Friday, April 18, 2014

Colts won't let Hakeem Nicks wear No. 88: Report

After wearing No. 88 during his five-year career with the New York Giants and as a standout receiver at North Carolina, Hakeem Nicks has been given No. 14 by the Colts, according to the team's website.

And not by any choice of the newly acquired wideout.

To be clear, the Colts have not officially retired the 88 jersey which the team’s all-time leading receiver, Marvin Harrison, wore during his 13 seasons in Indianapolis, and which Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey wore for nine seasons in Baltimore. But the Colts aren’t giving No. 88 out anymore.

“Everybody knows I love those eights on my chest, but we’ll have to see how that pans out,” Nicks said when he signed with the Colts in March.

The Colts are running out of numbers in the 80s, with Raymond Berry’s 82 and Gino Marchetti’s 89 both retired, and Reggie Wayne’s 87 likely to be retired some day as well. But it's only right they retire 88, and when they do they should honor both Harrison and Mackey.

The Colts open their offseason conditioning program Monday, at which time Nicks will work out in his new number.

Golfer Pablo Larrazabal jumps into lake to escape swarm of hornets (VIDEO)

There are water hazards and double bogeys in golf but what happens when you combine the two — a double hazard?

But that's what happened to Pablo Larrazabal who was given the scare of his life on the course in Kuala Lumpur on Friday when he was attacked by a swarm of angry hornets and had to dive into a lake to escape.

Larrazabal was playing the 14th hole of his second round at the Maybank Malaysian Open when he was suddenly attacked by the giant insects — which he described as "three times the size of bees."

The 30-year-old Spaniard was forced to flee from the swarm and, after failing to shoo his attackers with his shirt, jumped into the lake and took cover under water in a desperate bid to shake off the insects.

"I've never been so scared," admitted Larrazabal afterwards. "They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. I didn't know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake."

A stunned Larrazabal eventually emerged from the water, dried off and received several injections to treat the stings he suffered. 

Incredibly, Larrazabal then resumed his round and he shot a remarkable score of 68 — four under par — which included two birdies after the terrifying incident.

Call it golf's version the birdies and the bees.

Bills OL Eric Wood autographs jockstrap for fan (PHOTO)

There have always been plenty of kooky NFL team supporters who asked to be autographed. Apparently now, there is one team supporter's supporter needing to be signed.

That's right. A Buffalo Bills fan in Ohio sent a jock strap to Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood this week asking the player to autograph it.

Making sure he mentioned he was the "biggest" Bills fan in Ohio.

And, instead of being freaked out by the bizarre request, Wood signed the thing.

Just in case you were wondering, Wood also clears up any issues with the ick factor:

And even invited fans to appropriately join in on the fun:

This should be fun.

Carlos Beltran takes scary tumble over Tropicana Field wall (VIDEO)

Carlos Beltran said he'll see how he feels Friday morning before telling manager Joe Girardi whether he can play after his scary tumble over a Tropicana Field wall in the Yankees' 10-2 win over the Rays Thursday night.

The 36-year-old Beltran said he suffered a sore left shoulder and right wrist after the right fielder chased a Desmond Jennings' fly ball and flipped over the wall during the third inning.

Beltran said he was focusing on the ball, worried he might lose it in the stadium's white dome, and didn't even think about the 3-foot high blue padded wall.

Girardi said Beltran told him he had no clue a wall was there. Beltran played on but came out for a defensive substitution in the bottom of the eighth with the lead well in hand.

"I thought he was hurt bad is what I was thinking," the manager said. "We asked him. We were like, 'Did you know the wall was there?' He was like, 'No.' And I'm thinking, well, every place has a wall. So, you know it's a scary moment. I didn't take him out because of that but hopefully he's not too sore tomorrow."

Beltran finished 0-for-5 with a strikeout and four left on base Thursday.

Steen scores game-winner to lift Blues over Blackhawks in triple overtime (VIDEO)

It took the St. Louis Blues five overtime periods, and then some, to take advantage of the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to cap the longest playoff game in franchise history and give the Blues a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to end the exhausting opening game. 

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock greeted reporters for the postgame news conference with a humorous "Good morning" early Friday after the marathon match.

"It's big. We want to start this series off on a good note," Steen said. "Especially at home in front of our fans."

Both teams will certainly enjoy a day of rest before meeting in Game 2 Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rangers fan gets frightening image of Rick Nash cut into hair (PHOTO)

Most athletes are usually honored to have their number or image shaved into the hair on the back of devotee's head, but this Rangers fan's elaborate rendition of Rick Nash's face might scare the NHL star himself.  It is absolutely terrifying — even the Bauer logo looks sinister.

Let the nightmares begin.

Baseball mainstay Don Zimmer has heart surgery: Report

Ex-Yankees and Red Sox coach Don Zimmer had surgery Wednesday to fix a leaky heart valve, according to the Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney.

Whether or not you know him as Popeye, Zip or The Gerbil or remember him in the infamous brawl with Pedro Martinez, the 83-year-old Zimmer has been a mainstay in baseball as a player, manager or coach over a career spanning seven decades.

Zimmer is currently resting comfortably, though he'll stay in the hospital for a few days, according to reports.

Zimmer was the Yankees' bench coach for four World Series wins in the late-1990's after a stint with the Sox.

He's currently in his 11th year as an advisor for the Rays.

Get well Zim.