Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mom drops off Giants’ Eli Apple at first day of practice (VIDEO)

New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple may be 20 years old, but he's still not grown up enough to deny his mother the pleasure of driving him to his first day of practice as an NFL player.

Early Thursday morning, the NFL rookie's mom, Annie Apple, posted a video to Twitter of herself driving Eli to the training facility at MetLife Stadium. According to mom, she's been driving her son to football practice since he was a kid and couldn't pass up the chance to drop him off at training camp again.

"It's Eli's first day," Annie says, with excitement in her voice.

The proud mother then posted a video of her son walking toward the bus, narrating his every move, with the hashtag #MommyCam.

"Look at Eli," Annie, a Twitter star in her own right, says, proudly. "Aw, he's putting in his bag in the bus with other grown people."

Apple — a New Jersey native who was the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft in April — is probably hoping his new teammates don't see the '' moment.

But really, who hasn't been in that situation? At least before you got your driver's license.

Lightning's NHL draft strategy leaked on Twitter by Sabres fan

A sneaky Buffalo Sabres fan got his/her hands on a piece of Tampa Bay’s draft playbook Thursday afternoon and the slick Twitter user decided to put images of the Lightning’s purloined trade strategy online.

The piece of computer paper, titled “Trade Ideas - 2016”, lists potential Lightning trading partners based on draft picks.

The user said that his friend found the paper in a hotel lobby. The conversation between the two was later obtained by @TheDailyHockey twitter account and posted again.

No players are listed on the posts — only picks. But it listed past trades involving the franchise’s draft picks, and teams’ tendencies when it comes to trading up and down in the draft.

The original tweet was taken down but not before a screen-shot of it was posted by @kikkerlaika, who sent it to her almost-2,000 followers and turned the incident into a sort of Draftgate.

“We’d like to ask you to please take the tweets down and ask that your friend not share it either,” the Lightning pleaded via Twitter after the images were posted.

The leaker had a snarky suggestion in his reply.

“Sure as long as (Lightning star Steven) Stamkos signs with the Sabres.”

Stamkos is expected to become one of the most coveted free agents in league when he hits the market on July 1. Buffalo is one of the front-runners to land the former 60-goal scorer and have the salary cap to do it.

Whether or not the Lightning ended up sticking to their script is unknown but the team did take Brett Howden, a center out of Manitoba, with the 27th pick.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Derrick Rose could bring rape case PR nightmare to Knicks

The newest member of the New York Knicks, Derrick Rose, is bringing more than just his talent to the NBA team and, if the former MVP's sexual battery case goes to trial Oct. 4, the first day of preseason and Rose is liable, the Knicks organization could start the season with a PR nightmare.

Outside of suffering numerous injuries with the Chicago Bulls, the star point guard has been accused in a lawsuit of drugging and gang raping a woman along with two of his close friends.

The woman, identified as "Jane Doe" in the suit which was filed in 2015, claims that Rose and two of his friends entered her California apartment and gang raped her in August of 2013.

The 27-year-old Rose denied the allegations but did acknowledge that he had a consensual sexual relationship with the woman. 

In court documents, the woman claims that she became involved, both romantically and sexually, with Rose at a party he was hosting in Los Angeles in October of 2011. The woman, who is suing for $21.5 million in damages, says that she was attracted to Rose because he was "quiet, shy and reserved."

However, she says in the lawsuit that the former Chicago Bulls player's sexual demands made her uncomfortable.

The woman says the 2008 first round NBA draft pick reportedly asked her to have sex with him and one of his friends named Randall Hampton in 2013. 

Hampton along with the point guard's childhood friend, Ryan Allen, are also named in her lawsuit as defendant and was first filed in Los Angeles Superior Court before being transferred to federal court.
The trial was scheduled for October 4 by U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald. That is also the same day that the NBA preseason tips off.
The Knicks have yet to comment about the lawsuit against Rose. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Man with 'Trump Sucks' painted on chest crashes court during Game 4 of NBA Finals (VIDEO)

Television viewers saw Game 4 of the NBA Finals get pretty physical with LeBron James mixing it up with some rough play and verbal scraps with both Draymond Green and Stephen Curry. But what they didn't see was see was what happened in the fourth quarter when a shirtless fan with "Trump Sucks" painted on his chest made a mad dash across the court during a stoppage in play.

Security quickly tackled the knucklehead fan — who ABC refused to show — before escorting him off the floor. Mark Jackson, the former NBA star and Warriors coach praised security for the speed in which they removed the idiot.

Golden State won Game 4 in Cleveland and looks to clinch its second straight NBA title Monday at home.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Enough with all this madness about Bartolo Colon's home run

Not since Hank Aaron's historic No. 715 has baseball seen a home run as widely celebrated as the one Bartolo Colon dumped into the left field seats at Petco Park Saturday night.

Even Padres pitcher James Shields — the pitcher who gave up the shot — has self-appointed himself "President of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club."

The 19-year MLB vet is a likable enough guy, but it's time for the madness about a single long ball to stop.

We get it. A 42-year-old fat guy lofts a ball into the stands for his first career dinger, wobbles around the bases and all hell breaks loose. And now we get to hear Mets announcer Gary Cohen's now immortal "the impossible has happened" ad nauseum until blood runs out of your ears.

And we've have heard Mets Spanish station WEPN's broadcast clip so much it makes hearing GOOOOOOAAALLLLL sound like sweet music:

Now Topps has even turned the image of Colon's dinger into a baseball card:

So all you chubby-chasing baseball fans compose yourselves. It was so fortuitous a swing that even the 19-year MLB veteran almost carried the bat all the way to first base with his helmet over his eyes. So get over it.

And if you didn't figure it out by now... I'm a Yankees fan who fondly remembers when El Barto squeezed himself into slimming pinstripes.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Tony Mangia on photo assignment in Peru

A message to readers of The Other Paper:

I will be out of the United States for the next month photographing the beautiful countries of Peru and Bolivia.

Packing the photojournalist's essentials

And I'm sure there's the possibility of a few coca leaves being chewed (to alleviate altitude sickness) while on a seven day ascent up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu followed by a fly-over of the mysterious Nazca Lines land formations.

Then, after getting acquainted in Iquitos of the Amazon Basin, I am considering a shaman to purge the negative energy (namely, the Yankees and Giants) from my body with that old spiritual-cleansing hallucinogen, ayahuasca.

Depending on the availability of wi-fi or Internet in the Andes, it’s doubtful I will be posting anything online but will run photos or stories if I can. So goodbye — and good riddance — social media and sports TV.

But, at least under the spell of the mind-blowing ayahuasca, I can hopefully envision the Islanders hoisting the Stanley Cup and a World Series in the Bronx.

Thanks for reading— Chau — Tony Mangia

Canelo Alvarez shows concern for Amir Khan after devastating 6th round KO (VIDEO)

Amir Khan had been screaming for a big fight the last two years and on Saturday night, after getting his shot, the valiant Brit only got to see a big right.

That's because all Canelo Alvarez needed was his powerful right hand to end a close fight with as destructive a knockout you will ever see.

After struggling with Khan’s speed for the first five rounds, Alvarez (47-1-1, 33KOs) finally unleashed a long right hand that sent Khan (31-4, 19KOs) flying backwards to the canvas, where referee Kenny Bayless didn’t even bother to count him out at 2:37 of the sixth round.

Alvarez retained his piece of the middleweight title after the devastating right, but went and kneeled before an unconscious Khan after the ref's call.

"You want to win by knockout, you never want to hurt anybody," said Alvarez after the fight. "It was my human reaction [to hover]. I don’t want to hurt someone"

After checking on Khan, the Mexican fighter then went over and motioned to Gennady Golovkin, who was ringside, to join him in the ring for a fight.

Alvarez says he has "no issue" fighting GGG at a 160-pound limit. Meaning a big obstacle has been removed towards setting up what could be the bout of the year — any year.

Let's see that brutal KO again.

So who said boxing was dead?