Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The Golden State Warriors tied the NBA finals 2-2 after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-82 Thursday night.
The Cavs appeared to struggle with a change in the Warriors’ starting lineup, with Warriors coach Steve Kerr inserting veteran Andre Iguodala in place of Andrew Bogut.
Kerr admitted he lied when asked prior to Game 4 if he would start Bogut.
“I don’t think they hand you the trophy for…based on morality. They give it to you if you win. So…sorry about that,” Kerr said in the postgame press conference.
LeBron James finished the game with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists in his worst showing of the finals so far.
In the second quarter, the Cavs star cut his head after crashing into photographers. He remained down for several minutes while game play was stopped, but continued to play after using a towel to stop the surface cut from bleeding.
Game 5 will be played Sunday, June 14 in Oakland, California.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland 6, Seattle 0 Oakland 7, Texas 0 Baltimore 6, Boston 5 L.A. Angels 6, Tampa Bay 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE San Diego 6, Atlanta 4, 11 Innings Miami 6, Colorado 0 N-Y Mets 5, San Francisco 4 Chi Cubs 6, Cincinnati 3 Milwaukee 6, Washington 5 NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Golden State 103, Cleveland 82
iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James cut his head after crashing into photographers during Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday night.
James was fouled by Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut while driving to the basket in the second quarter. He fell backwards, hitting his head on a camera, and remained down for several minutes while play was stopped.
James used a towel to stop the bleeding before making one of two free throws.
According to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, James didn’t need to come out of the game because the wound was a surface cut and he had stopped bleeding.
Courtesy of Mike Kozan/ESPN(DETROIT) — An eBay auction ended with a Barry Sanders-signed urinal going to an anonymous winner for $3,000.
Mike Kozan, the original owner, put up the Sanders-signed Pontiac Silverdome urinal on eBay a year after the Detroit Lions star signed it, according to ESPN. On Thursday night, one lucky winner came out on top, 46 bids between 17 people later.
The 28-year-old from suburban Detroit is planning on donating some of the money, said ESPN. ESPN also said Kozan contacted Sanders’ agent, J.B. Bernstein, for ideas on where he could donate money in Sanders’ name.
“They didn’t give me a charity or anything like that,” Kozan told ESPN. “But there are a couple charities that Barry has been public about and [I’ll] do it in his name or something.”
Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Twins player Torii Hunter’s outburst Wednesday night may have been one for the ages, but he has plenty of competition when it comes to the greatest baseball meltdowns of all time.
Hunter, an outfielder, became enraged by a called third strike during the game at Target Field in Minneapolis against the Kansas City Royals. He completely lost it, along with some of his clothing.
Here’s more about five of some of professional baseball’s greatest meltdowns: 1. Torii Hunter
Hunter began arguing with the umpire until he was ejected from the game. But stomping off the field wasn’t enough for Hunter, who proceeded to strip off his gear and clothes and toss them around the field.
2. Lou Piniella kicks dirt onto ump, throws bases
Fiery manager Lou Piniella wasn’t afraid to show officials how he felt when he disagreed with calls. For his first ejection as the Chicago Cubs manager June 2, 2007, Piniella was furious over a call at third base at Wrigley Field against the Atlanta Braves. Piniella raced toward the ump who made the call and throws off his hat. He proceeded to kick dirt onto the feet of the ump when taking breaks from screaming in his face and kicking his hat in the air.
Piniella’s other famous episodes include picking up and throwing first base as the Seattle Mariners’ manager in September 2002, with some good dirt- and hat-kicking for good measure.
3. Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon carries first base
On June 26, 2001, Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon was furious at an umpire’s call and walked off the field with first base in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
4. The “pine tar incident”
As former American League president Lee MacPhail from 1974 to 1984 says in an MLB.com video, players couldn’t have pine tar on the bat above a certain point because it was ruining baseballs.
When the Kansas City Royals played the New York Yankees July 24, 1983, at Yankee Stadium, the Royals’ George Brett hit a two-run homerun, giving the Yankees the lead. But Yankees manager Billy Martin requested that the umpires inspect Brett’s bat. The umpires ruled that the pine tar was excessive and wouldn’t acknowledge the home run. Brett erupted in anger from the dugout and charged the ump.
5. Baltimore Orioles Earl Weaver has two-minute tirade with umpire
Weaver’s tirade against umpire Bill Haller on Sept. 17, 1980, during the Orioles’ home game against the Detroit Tigers, is possibly the most epic because every profanity was recorded. Haller was wearing a microphone reportedly for a documentary about being an umpire. The expletive-laden argument includes accusations that the ump pushed his finger at Weaver, and Weaver’s saying “You’re a big liar,” “No, you are,” and so forth.
iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — Rugby players are notorious for being a rough and tumble bunch. Georgia Page showed the boys that they don’t own the word “tough.”
The sophomore rugby player from Australia took a tackle straight to the face in a semi-final game on May 30 at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, and the recently posted video has since gone viral, said Blake Mannion, vice president of marketing at United World Sports.
The dramatic video shows Page going in for a tackle and grabbing her face in pain. She’s only down on the field briefly — before she gets right back up and tackles two more players.
She spits blood back onto the field by the time she makes it back to her feet.
“She’s got to be one of the toughest women on the planet,” Mannion told ABC News Thursday. “That’s some serious grit to get back into the fight like that.”
Page’s team, Linwood University, ended up defeating Notre Dame College and advancing to the final game on May 31. They lost to Penn State, but Page didn’t let the broken nose stop her from playing.
“It happened so fast I don’t think the crowd understood the magnitude of the moment,” Mannion said.
“It truly speaks to the game of rugby where people are putting their body on the lines for their teammates,” he added.
The video of Page’s heroics has logged more than 1.3 million views on the USA Sevens Rugby Facebook page. Page’s fans on the Internet have given her the memorable nickname of the “Rugby War Goddess.”
Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — WWE legend and Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes died Thursday at the age of 69, the company said in a statement.
Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Runnels, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 and was considered “one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment,” the WWE said.
Rhodes is the father to current WWE stars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels).
Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) — The list of events for the 2020 Olympic Games may soon grow to include men’s baseball and women’s softball.
Riccardo Fraccari, president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), announced Thursday that the governing body has officially applied with the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games to have the sports included at the Games. Their last appearance was at the 2008 Olympics.
The WBSC cites Japan’s love for these two sports as one reason why they would be a good addition to the roster.
“Adding baseball and softball – a major global team sport and highly popular in Japan – can help further position the Olympic Games as the centre of the sporting and cultural universe – providing the athletes, organisers and viewers with an electrifying Games-time synergy and atmosphere,” Fraccari said.
Currently, baseball and softball are played by an estimated 65 million athletes in over 140 coutries. And there’s growing support for the games’ inclusion. A video aimed at raising awareness of the opportunity baseball and softball can bring to the Toyko 2020 Games has gotten more than 615,000 views since its release in late March.
Tokyo 2020 organizers are set to evaluate all of the potential event additions and create a shortlist by June 22.
Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio State announced on Wednesday that it will induct former head football coach Jim Tressel along with 13 other new members in the fall.
Tressel, who is now the president of Youngstown State University, was the coach of the Buckeyes from 2001 to 2010. He led the team of a 94-21 record, with nine bowl appearances, six Big Ten titles, and a national championship in 2002.
He also led the team to national championship appearances in 2006 and 2007.
Tressel resigned in May 2011 after an investigation by the NCAA found that Ohio State players had a financial agreement with the owner of a nearby tattoo parlor.
Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will show off his patriotic side on the track during Fourth of July weekend.
He’s revealed a special paint scheme his No. 88 car will feature during the July 5 Sprint Cup race at Daytona, dubbed the Coke Zero 400. The top half of the car is black, while the bottom half is an American flag-themed design.