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Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 07/24/2014

Yadier Molina serves his brother crackers on a plate — home plate

Brothers Yadier, left, and Jose, shown earlier this season, before Yadier injured his thumb. (Mike Carlson/Associated Press)

Yesterday, we saw LeBron James tell his neighbors “Sorry about that” by sending them cupcakes. It’s unclear what, exactly, Yadier Molina was trying to tell his brother Jose tonight, but he chose to say it with crackers.

Jose was in St. Louis to play catcher for his Rays, while Yadier was sidelined with a thumb injury, so maybe Jose should have been the one sending the pick-me-up. As it happened, TV cameras caught Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo putting a couple of packs of peanut butter-filled cheese crackers on home plate, then showed Yadier laughing and motioning for his brother to take them.

Sure enough, Jose gratefully accepted the offering and put the crackers in his back pocket.

(courtesy of raysindex.com)

No word yet on whether Jose ate the crackers, or what that was all about. We do know that Jose went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts. However, his Rays beat the Cards, 3-0, so he must have called a pretty good game. Add in a hand-delivered snack from his younger brother, and I’d say Jose had a pretty successful evening.

By Des Bieler  |  12:15 AM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 07/23/2014

ESPN’s Jay Harris wins a car with a hole-in-one

That’s the smile of someone who’s actually good at golf. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Most golfers can only dream of hitting a hole-in-one (or even getting a lousy eagle, he wrote with clenched teeth). It’s even harder to imagine accomplishing that feat at one of those charity events where you can actually win something for draining an ace at a certain hole.

But that’s the wonderful reality for “SportsCenter” anchor Jay Harris. On Tuesday, Harris was participating in the Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational (“Coach Michael Woodson’s Inaugural Golf and Lifestyle Event“), when he arrived at the 17th hole. It was a 190-yard par 3 that promised a Range Rover to whomever could play it in two-under.

According to ESPN’s Front Row Web site, “Harris’s shot hit the hill to the left of the green, rolled on and rolled in.”

“I actually put a good swing on the ball,” said the 18-handicap golfer. “It was the right distance.”

Guess it was. And it was the right timing, as well, for his first-ever hole-in-one.

This is turning into something of a thing for ESPN’s on-air talent. Less than a year ago, Stuart Scott had a hole-in-one at the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic. He doesn’t appear to have won anything extra for his effort, though, so why did Scott bother?

By Des Bieler  |  11:15 PM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 PM ET, 07/23/2014

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has all sorts of relationship advice

Dale Earnhardt Jr. had some words of wisdom to dispense via Twitter. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press)

At 39 years old (and unmarried as yet), Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been around the track a few times, so who better to turn to for dating advice? The two-time Daytona 500 champ turned Twitter into his personal version of “Loveline” today.

Very sound. No one appreciates hearing the bad news via text message, right, Katy Perry?

Excellent advice! Everyone knows that living well is the best revenge. So if you find yourself making an unscheduled stop in Singlesville, take advantage of your new-found freedom while telling your buddies, “Seriously, if I had to listen to that ‘Rude‘ song one more time …”

Good stuff from Junior. A little later, he even added a crucial bit of advice for guys still in a relationship — it’s essential to make it clear very early on that you intend to put sports on the TV. It still probably won’t work, but hey, you tried.

By Des Bieler  |  10:14 PM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 PM ET, 07/23/2014

Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt Israeli soccer club’s match

Maccabi Haifa players are shown during a training session in 2013. (Nikolas Giakoumidis/Associated Press)

Israeli soccer club Maccabi Haifa was playing a preseason friendly against French side Lille OSC in Austria when pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the field. After order was restored, referees ended the match at that point, with Lille up, 2-0, in the 86th minute.

Although no injuries were reported, a story in the U.K.’s Daily Mail includes photos showing a fight breaking out on the field between some of the Maccabi Haifa players and protesters.

Video of the incident (courtesy of LiveLeak.com) shows some of the melee. UEFA is currently barring Israeli teams, including Maccabi Haifa, from hosting Champions League or Europa League games.

By Des Bieler  |  09:32 PM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 PM ET, 07/23/2014

Teammates get one last prank in on Jeff Francoeur

Jeff Francoeur has plenty of reason to be happy about getting called up to San Diego. (Andrew A. Nelles/Associated Press)

The El Paso Chihuahuas do two things well: wear awesome uniforms and play pranks on Jeff Francoeur. Back in April, they posted a video which showed the enormous lengths to which they had gone to convince Francoeur, who had just joined the squad, that one of his new teammates was deaf. Eventually, the ruse was revealed to the outfielder, who was a little amazed, for a variety of reasons.

Well, when you have someone as good-natured as “Frenchy” on your team, only so much time can pass before you pull another stunt on him. This one, however, didn’t require quite as much time or ingenuity. Francoeur was spotted ducking into the coaches’ locker room to use their bathroom, apparently a no-no for El Paso players, so some other Chihuahuas “made him pay.”

They rigged all the doors so Francoeur couldn’t open any of them, effectively locking him in. Teammates knew that he could stand being in there for only so long, because “with no TV, no nothing, staring at walls, everyone that knows him knows he’s losing his mind right now.”  With no conventional means of escape, Francoeur eventually had to climb up into the ceiling and then over to the players’ locker room.

Oh, Frenchy, when will you be rid of these pesky Chihuahuas? Actually, today — Francoeur was just called up to the Padres.

He replaces Cameron Maybin (who was suspended 25 games for a substance violation) in San Diego. Back in El Paso, woe to whomever replaces Francoeur as the team’s prankee of choice.

By Des Bieler  |  09:14 PM ET, 07/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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