Monday, July 6, 2015

FSU QB De’Andre Johnson seen punching woman in face at bar (VIDEO)

De'Andre Johnson was charged with battery after being accused of punching a woman at a Tallahassee bar — and shocking new footage shows the FSU freshman quarterback slugging the alleged victim in the face, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Surveillance video from a bar called Yiannis was released Monday by the Tallahassee State Attorney’s Office and it shows Johnson hitting the woman square in the eye.

The video tape shows the 19-year-old Johnson following a woman in a bar. As the two appear to be exchanging words, the woman, reportedly a 21-year-old FSU student, holds up her right fist and then Johnson grabs her right arm. She throws a light punch with her left hand before Johnson nails the woman with a right-handed punch to the face.

The four-star prospect was charged with misdemeanor battery last week after being accused of punching a woman the night of June 24. Johnson turned himself in Tuesday and was later released on a $500 bond.

Johnson was suspended indefinitely by Florida State on June 25 for a violation of athletic department policy.

Massive pileup highlights third stage of Tour de France (VIDEO)

Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez won the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday, with British rider Chris Froome finishing second to take the race leader’s yellow jersey. 

But it was a massive pileup of other cyclists which stood out on the day.

The crash happened with a little under 65 kilometers (37 miles) remaining, forcing the stage to be neutralized and then stopped altogether shortly after — for nearly 20 minutes — while organizers allowed those who were in the crash to catch up.

The crash took place before the 159.5 kilometer Stage Three course wound through Belgium when Frenchman William Bonnet went down and several riders tumbled around him.

All of the main contenders avoided the 20 rider crash, except Fabian Cancellera, who started the day in the yellow jersey and pulled out of the Tour with two fractured vertebrae. 

Odell Beckham Jr. bemoans being known only for 'The Catch'

Odell Beckham Jr. vaulted into the celebrity stratosphere after the remarkable one-handed catch he somehow hauled in against the Cowboys before a national television audience last season. And after an offseason of showing off his phenomenal athletic skills on social media and getting himself the cover of Madden NFL 16, the Giants' sensitive receiver still thinks his notable rookie season is being defined by one play.

Now, only a few weeks after the second-year Giant was complaining that ribbing from his New York Giants teammates during practice were starting to get under his skin, Beckham is bemoaning the fact that that one catch defined his whole season.

Beckham told ESPN:

"It's unfortunate, in a way, to be known only for 'the catch,'" he said. "There were so many other things I did during the season; it's hard for me to distinguish myself because of that catch. I know that I'm more than that. But at least people know you, you know what I mean?"

During Beckham's breakout 2014 rookie season, he caught 91 passes for over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns — in only 12 games.

And the most memorable was that catch.

"When I watch it, I'm like, 'Wow, that really happened!' It's still a little crazy to me,” admitted the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year. "I envisioned myself making some kind of catch in the end zone, but I didn't know exactly what it was going to be ... I knew that I was capable of it, but just seeing it and the reaction to it, it was by far the craziest thing that has ever happened to me."

While ODB obviously rejects the fact that the iconic catch defined his first NFL season, he better get used to it. 

Because NFL defenses — long on memory but, short on cordiality — are definitely not going to let Beckham forget about it. 

Austin Dillon walks away from airborne crash which injured five fans (VIDEO)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 early Monday morning, but the finish of the race was marred by a horrifying crash that sent Austin Dillon's car sailing into the catchfence at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon walked away and waved to the crowd after his car got airborne and was torn apart by the fence. He was been checked and released from the infield care center with a bruised tailbone and forearm.

Track president Joie Chitwood III confirmed 13 fans were examined and eight declined treatment. Of the five treated, one was transported to a local hospital, treated and released. The other four were treated at the infield care center.

"It's not really acceptable, I don't think," Dillon told reporters after exiting the care center. "We've got to figure out something. Our speeds are too high, I think. I think everybody could get good racing with slower speeds."

After Sam Hornish Jr. had spun through the grass to bring out the race's final caution, that set up a green-white-checker finish. A mass of cars were jockeying for position behind Earnhardt Jr., who had been the driver to beat all night, and several lines followed him across the finish.

Denny Hamlin appeared to get backed up into Kevin Harvick. That pushed Jeff Gordon back into Dillon, whose car lifted and flew over two or three lanes of traffic and up into the catchfence toward the entrance to Turn 1.

The fence was torn down in the section where Dillon hit. Dillon's car was hit again by Brad Keselowski's car as drivers scattered to try to avoid the multi-car pileup.

Crew members from many teams ran out to check on Dillon and help extricate him from the car. They gave a thumbs up when they saw he was OK.

Dillon waved to the crowd after being helped from the car.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Runner loses 10K race after premature celebration at finish line (VIDEO)

Ben Payne was a just few feet from crossing the finish line to win the 2015 AJC Peachtree men’s open 10k Saturday in Atlanta, but ended up losing in a photo finish to British Olympian Scott Overall.

The worst part was how the  American lost it.

Overall, who ran the marathon in the London Olympics, charged down the final stretch and passed Payne just before crossing the line as Payne began a premature celebration. 

Both men thought they had won the race, but hours after they crossed the line, organizers declared Overall to be the Fourth of July winner.

Good thing Payne wasn't George Washington or we'd all be speaking with British accents right now. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Rays' Kevin Kiermaier gets knocked down by angry pigeon (VIDEO)

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier didn’t quite get attacked by a rogue pigeon at Yankee Stadium Friday night, but it did show him who's boss.

During the 12th inning of the Rays-Yankees game, the feathered fiend swooped down on Kiermaier while he was standing at first base.
Maybe the Bronx bird is a Yankees fan but, more likely, he was mad that the 4-1/2 hour game was cutting into his nest time.

You know. Waking up early, getting the worm, desecrating a few statues and all that stuff.

Japan topped win over England with strangely mesmerizing celebration (VIDEO)

While everyone was still shaking their heads after England's heartbreaking loss to Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Wednesday, on the other side of the pitch, the winners were celebrating in a most unusual way.

Japan's strangely mesmerizing line dance wasn't seen by many but, you can bet, Americans don't want to see it again on Sunday.