Review Category : National Sports

LeBron James Strikes Deal with Warner Bros.

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NBA star LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment are teaming up with Warner Bros. Entertainment in a partnership covering projects in television, film and original digital content.

James announced the deal Wednesday, but no specific projects were unveiled. However, the partnership has added fuel to the rumor that there will be a Space Jam 2 starring King James.

James made his feature film debut last week in the romantic comedy Trainwreck, opposite co-stars Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.

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Brad Keselowski Guest Stars in ‘Sharknado 3′

NBCUniversal(NEW YORK) — A NASCAR driver was among the many guest stars in Wednesday night’s premiere of the Syfy movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Brad Keselowski made an appearance in the flick. He exclaimed, “Oh hell no!” before a vicious shark landed on him. If you missed it, the Sharknado Twitter feed has helpfully posted a GIF of the moment.

Among the other sports figures featured in Sharknado 3: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, football’s Chad Ochocinco and wrestling’s Chris Jericho.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/22/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

Major League Baseball:

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 5, Tampa Bay 4, 10 Innings
Cleveland 7, Milwaukee 5
Texas 10, Colorado 8
Kansas City 5, Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 3, Chi White Sox 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N-Y Yankees 4, Baltimore 3
Detroit 9, Seattle 4
Houston 4, Boston 2
L.A. Angels 5, Minnesota 2
Oakland 4, Toronto 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 3, Atlanta 1
Cincinnati 9, Chi Cubs 1 (first game)
Chi Cubs 6, Cincinnati 5 (second game)
Washington 4, N-Y Mets 3
San Francisco 7, San Diego 1
Miami 5, Arizona 3

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Minor League Baseball Team Changes Mascot to a Taco

iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) — A taco has been chosen as the new mascot for a minor league baseball team, but unfortunately it’s a one-night-only affair.

The Fresno Grizzlies will become the Fresno Tacos for one game on Aug. 6 against the Sacramento River Cats.

Why tacos?

The AAA minor-league affiliate of the Houston Astros are putting on their taco-themed uniforms for the fifth installment of Fresno’s “Taco Truck Throwdown.”

According to ABC News affiliate KFSN-TV, the Throwdown brings in people from all over California to watch a baseball game and load up on tacos. The event will host dozens of taco trucks and visitors will be able to get to choose their favorite. KFSN-TV also says organizers hope to break last year’s record of selling over 27,000 tacos.

The Fresno Grizzlies are already tweeting pictures showing off the new gear along with the tag line, “this time, we are what we eat.”

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Illinois Farm Creates Corn Maze Honoring Chicago Blackhawks

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Stanley Cup champs are celebrated…with corn.

Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois is honoring the Chicago Blackhawks for their Stanley Cup win with a corn maze.

“So we called our maze designer out in Idaho and asked if he had time to create a new design,” George Richardson, an owner of the farm, told ABC News affiliate WLS-TV. “Then we got permission from the Blackhawks to use their logo. The result is a bold design with the Blackhawks logo in the center and the Chicago skyline in the background, flanked by two hockey players and the word “Champions.”

According to WLS-TV, the maze was created over the Fourth of July weekend with a maze designer cutting 11 miles of trails into the 30 acres of corn, all with the help of a GPS.

The farm will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from Aug. 29 through Nov. 1.

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Browns’ Johnny Manziel Opens Up About His Rough Last Season

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Browns’ Johnny “Football” Manziel had a tough last season, throwing for only 175 yards in five games to go along with two interceptions.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, the quarterback was frank when summing up his season.

“Last was, in my mind, for me personally, a disaster,” he said.

What’s more, Manziel checked himself into rehab after multiple reported nightclub incidents, which no doubt affected his performance on the field. He now says he is focused squarely on football.

“I didn’t come out and perform. That’s what it comes down to. Regardless of everything else,” he said.

He also says he’s retiring his trademark “money” celebration routine.

“I think it’s even my fault the way I’ve built myself up,” he said Tuesday. “I set myself for a little bit of failure in that regard … if I didn’t come out as a rookie and really perform.”

The Browns brought in veteran quarterback Josh McCown to compete for the starting job this season.

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Microsoft Sponsoring Upcoming Pocono Race

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Microsoft will sponsor the Sprint Cup Series race set for Aug. 2 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

The event has been named the Windows 10 400. Microsoft is releasing its new operating system a couple of days earlier.

Microsoft is the official technology partner of NASCAR and a major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports as part of agreements announced last month.

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Microsoft Sponsoring Upcoming Pocono Race

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Microsoft will sponsor the Sprint Cup Series race set for Aug. 2 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

The event has been named the Windows 10 400. Microsoft is releasing its new operating system a couple of days earlier.

Microsoft is the official technology partner of NASCAR and a major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports as part of agreements announced last month.

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Peyton Manning to Contribute to Chattanooga Victims

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Sport/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning will contribute to the campaign to help the families of the five service members killed in the shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) confirmed Manning’s contribution on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

Sen. Corker said, “My friend and a great Tennessean, or at least we claim him as that — he lives in Chattanooga for part of the year — Peyton Manning has lent his name to this effort, and my sense is you’re going to see a generous outpouring to ensure that at a base level some of the needs of these families, if not all financially, will be dealt with in an appropriate way.”

Manning played college football at the University of Tennessee.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/20/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 5, Tampa Bay 3
Pittsburgh 10, Kansas City 7
Colorado 8, Texas 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE
L.A. Angels 11, Boston 1 (first game)
L.A. Angels 7, Boston 3 (second game)
Detroit 5, Seattle 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 7, N.Y. Mets 2
Cincinnati 5, Chicago Cubs 4
Atlanta 7, L.A. Dodgers 5
Arizona 3, Miami 1
San Diego 4, San Francisco 2

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