Monday, July 18, 2016

Michael Page rolls Pokemon at Evangelista Santos after skull crushing knee kick at Bellator MMA (VIDEO)

It looked like just any other dramatic MMA knockout when Michael "Venom" Page sent Evangelista Santos straight to the canvas with a spectacular flying knee kick at Bellator MMA's debut event in London on Saturday night — except for the fact that it might have been the first time a fighter ever rolled a Pokeman at his fallen opponent.

But after the 38-year-old Brazilian went down clutching his head in pain, referee John McCarthy made sure to stop the fight  — and for good reason.

The kick, which McCarthy later told Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith was the hardest knee he had ever witnessed in more than 20 years of combat sports officiating, had dented Santos's skull so badly that the damage was actually life threatening.

Photos later posted by the veteran fighter, as well as a digital scan, showed the gruesome results of Page's head crushing knee shot.

Here's video of the KO and Page taking Pokemon Go to the next level:

The injury was bad enough for the fighter's ex-wife and famous female MMA star Chris Cyborg to promote a crowd-funding site for surgery.

"Fight fans Please say a prayer for my ex-husband Cyborg Santos. Many of you watched him fight on Spike TV this weekend when he suffered this injury while fighting in London.

"Cyborg is still in the hospital in the UK, and they are not sure when he will be able to fly again. He has not had surgery yet and their is worry the brain can continue to swell causing more damage.

The DR said this very Easily could have been life threatening."

And while UFC commentator Joe Rogan posted a link to the Go Fund Me page — saying the injury was the worst he had ever seen inflicted in a mixed martial arts fight — it also raises the question of why Santos' insurance or Bellator aren't doing more for the fighter.

Page, who improved his undefeated record to 11-0 with his seventh knockout victory on Saturday also took to social media to wish his opponent the best.

Ash Ketchum couldn't have put it better.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Travis Peterkin and Radivoje Kalajdzic in talks for ShoBox fight

Brooklyn's own Travis (Notorious) Peterkin and Radivoje (Hot Rod) Kalajdzic, by way of Bosnia, are in talks to face each other, possibly in September on a Showtime ShoBox telecast, according to insiders.

Promoter Lou DiBella, who works with both fighters, told on Wednesday that the light heavyweight bout is in the works.

Travis Peterkin photo by: Tony Mangia

For Kalajdzic, it would be the second straight undefeated prospect he’s faced after he nearly upseting former U.S. Olympian Marcus Brown, losing a split decision on April 16 at Barclays Center. The 25-year-old Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 knockouts) would also be facing another undefeated fighter after he drew with 2008 Olympian Lenin Castillo in Aug. of 2015, also at Barclays Center.

Radivoje Kalajdzic

Peterkin, a strong athletic fighter from Brooklyn, won his last fight, a slow-paced, eight-round decision against Larry Pryor in March at BB King’s in Manhattan, but seems well prepared to showcase his true potential. The 24-year-old Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 knockouts) of Saint Petersburg, Florida, has not fought since the controversial loss to Browne.

Travis Peterkin (r) photo by: Tony Mangia

The venue for a proposed fight between Kalajdzic and Peterkin is still up in the air but it wouldn’t take place at Barclays Center, DiBella said.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Quartet sparks controversy for adding 'All Lives Matter' into Canadian national anthem before All Star Game

A Canadian singing quartet found itself creating a bit of controversy when they changed a lyric in our neighbor to the north's national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming “All Lives Matter” during its pregame performance at the 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday.

The Tenors, a group based in British Columbia, found themselves knee deep in mustard and maple syrup at Petco Park after their unexpected lyric change while singing “O Canada.”

Trying to make some sort of political statement, The Tenors chose to sing: “We’re all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great.” The normal lyric is “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free.”
One member of the group chose the moment to hold up the sign during the middle portion of the anthem, which is often sung in French at sporting events.

“United We Stand” was written on the back of the sign.
Although the audio wasn’t crystal-clear at the park, many fans reacted with surprise when they saw the sign on the ballpark video scoreboard. The Canadian anthem wasn’t shown live on U.S. television, but it aired in Canada, where the Tenors’ decisions lit up social media with overwhelming criticism of the change while managing to anger two countries at once.

“All Lives Matter” has become a common online response in recent months to the “Black Lives Matter” movement but the phrase is widely perceived to some as a trivialization of the problems specifically facing the African-American community.

The award winning group, which includes Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira and Victor Micallef, has recorded multiple platinum albums in Canada while performing around the world. It later issued an an apology saying Pereira acted as a "lone wolf" and would not be performing with them until further notice.

Pereira later took to Twitter to try and explain himself, saying things like "I've been so moved lately by the tragic loss of life and I hoped for a positive statement that would bring us ALL together. ONE LOVE." and "Once we awaken the love within, we will never be without. Peace be with us all. Remi."

And the unemployment cheques start arriving ... quand?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo posts tribute to officer killed in Dallas sniper shootings

On Friday, a full day after 12 police officers were ambushed and five left for dead by a sniper during a protest over police brutality in Dallas, the outcry and condemnation of the assassinations from the sports world is, relatively speaking, the sound of crickets compared to the social media drum beating about injustices regarding other national issues.

But at least one professional sportsman said something to pay tribute.

Joey Gallo remembered a chance meeting with one of the slain officers and posted a heartfelt message on Instagram about Patrick Zamarripa — a hero cop the Texas Rangers' 22-year-old prospect won't — and didn't — forget.

Gallo says he had met 32-year-old Zamarripa in Dallas once while he was walking around with teammate Nomar Mazara.

“He was an avid Rangers fan. But more importantly a great person, and family man,” Gallo wrote. “Please keep Patrick, and all the officers affected and their families in our prayers today.”
Here's the photo of that encounter and the story behind it via Gallo's Instagram account:

A photo posted by Joey Gallo (@joeygallo24) on

We shouldn't forget Zamarripa was a father who served three tours in Iraq and was just doing his job.

Gallo may be struggling in Triple-A ball right now, but at least he remembered.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Cubs fan carted off field after falling onto warning track (VIDEO)

A man was carted off Wrigley Field and hospitalized after he slipped and fell while attempting to jump from the bleachers before a game between the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

The Cubs, who didn’t identify the man, said in a statement the fan “was injured after attempting to jump onto the field.”

The incident happened around 7 p.m., about the scheduled start time, but the tarp was on the field because of earlier heavy rain. The game later began after a delay of 1 hour, 35 minutes.

The man, dressed in shorts and sneakers, was face down just in front of the ivy in right-center field when officials started running from the dugouts to assist him. They immediately checked his pulse while a medic ran in from right field.

It took three people to turn the man over onto his back. They then pulled up his shirt and put on a brace to stabilize his neck before strapping him onto a backboard and loading him into a cart. Witnesses said he appeared to be awake as they carted him from the field.

The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

“We will remain in contact with the fan’s family to stay updated on his progress,” the team said.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Female hammer thrower hits official in groin with errant toss (VIDEO)

Hanging around a track and field event can sometimes be a sport in itself — with all of those javelins sailing, shot puts flying and runners to dodge. And one poor official found found out the hard way that there are even hammers to look out for.

In a video posted by New Zealand Olympic champion Valerie Adams an unnamed blond-haired woman released the nine pound block of iron right into the private parts of the unsuspecting man.

After spinning around to gain as much speed as possible, the woman sent the hammer sailing towards the guy who wasn't even behind a net and didn't have time to save his boys.

Adams, who is training in Switzerland at the moment, later noted on the Instagram video: "That would have hurt..."

A video posted by Valerie Adams (@valerieadams84) on

You might say the dude needed a little ice and was Mighty Thor the next day.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Derek Jeter finds himself in restricted waters with fiancee Hannah Davis

Derek Jeter might have been captain of the New York Yankees, but when it comes to navigating actual waterways, the former shortstop is more like the Skipper of the S.S. Minnow than a five-time World Series winner.

At least on the Fourth of July when the Yankees icon was issued a $250 fine and $30 processing fee for boating in a restricted area near MacDill Air Force Base off the coast of Tampa while enjoying a day on the water with his fiancee Hannah Davis. 

But it was what the Air Force security team who detained Jeter and his beautiful first mate did afterwards what probably hurt Jeets the most. That's because an active-duty Air Force member posted a photo of the citation on Facebook with the caption, “On behalf of the Boston Red Sox, here is your ticket Derek Jeter.”

The post was later deleted but not before a screenshot was picked up for all to see.

On Tuesday, the Air Force issued a news release apologized about posting the citation on social media and said they would be disciplining the airman who made the post.

"This action is totally inconsistent with Air Force values and the responsible Airman will face the appropriate disciplinary action," MacDill spokesman Terry Montrose said. "We sincerely apologize to Mr. Jeter for any inconvenience."

It is unclear how close Jeter drifted towards the military base, but signs are posted about 2,500 feet from the shoreline warning boaters to stay away.