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In the top of the 10th inning, Ian Desmond hits a solo home run to center field that propels Texas to a 3-2 win over Minnesota.

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06/28/2016 10:59 AM
Ian Desmond makes fantastic catch, does the opposite on next play

Baseball is a funny game. From play to play, anything can happen. Just because you make a heroic play doesn't mean you're immune to doing something embarrassing later in the game. Or, if you're Texas Rangers center fielder Ian Desmond, it doesn't mean you're immune to doing something embarrassing on the very next play.

This is a tale of two plays, both which happened in the bottom of the third inning of the Rangers' game against the New York Yankees on Monday night. In the first one, Desmond showed off his best outfield defense. Brett Gardner lined a pitch from Chi Chi Gonzalez directly to center field, and it was sinking fast. Desmond saw the ball coming and ran in, making a forward dive as he slid his glove between the ball and the grass right before it touched the ground. It was a fantastic play.

But on the very next play, things went wrong. Carlos Beltran hit a fly ball to center field, which should have been an easy catch for Desmond, right? But as he ran over to get under the ball, he slipped and fell down. It didn't look like he tripped on anything (other than his own feet), he was just suddenly on the ground. He got up right away and kept on running for the ball, but his pratfall had taken up too much time and the ball dropped in front of him for a single. 

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What a roller coaster of emotions for Ian Desmond. In the span of just a few minutes he experienced the thrill of making a spectacular catch and the agony of taking an embarrassing fall. Not many players get to experience the highs and lows of baseball in such a short amount of time. That makes Ian Desmond special, even though he probably doesn't want to be special for that particular reason. 

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06/28/2016 10:07 AM
Saints keeping camp in West Virginia following devastating floods

If there's any team that can understand the effects of devastating weather, it's the New Orleans Saints. But the franchise that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has no plans of moving its training camp from West Virginia despite the devastating floods the area has been hit with in the past week.

Instead, the Saints have vowed to stay and pledged to help victims and families affected by the biggest floods in the state in nearly a century. The franchise has held its training camp at The Greenbriar resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. the past few seasons, and Greenbriar County has suffered the brunt of the damage, including 16 reported deaths there and 24 total statewide.

The New Orleans Saints, seen here in 2015, will keep their training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. despite devastating floods last week. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)The team issued a statement from team president Dennis Lauscha and executive vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis:

"On behalf of our entire organization, we wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the West Virginians whose lives have been dramatically affected by the severe flooding the state has recently received.

"Unfortunately, our community is very familiar with the loss of life and property these weather disasters can cause and we are working to assist those affected, where we can.

"We have maintained contact with officials at the Greenbrier and our plans remain to conduct training camp starting on July 27. We will continue to monitor the situation and look for ways that our team/organization can contribute in a positive way while we are there this summer. We will do this based on the direction of the local community and the Greenbrier, so that we are not adding to the burden of this difficult recovery.

"It is evident that help and assistance is greatly needed across the state and in the immediacy we are working with the United Way to offer our assistance. We would encourage those that are interested in providing assistance to visit https://www.unitedwaygreenbrier.org."

The Saints have issued dates and times for camp, which is scheduled to open July 27. The final practice at The Greenbriar is scheduled for Aug. 16.

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06/27/2016 11:39 PM
These kids were so happy to meet the U.S. Olympic basketball team

Most of the discussion surrounding the U.S. men's basketball team for August's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has focused on the players that will not be attendance. The stream of dropouts was steady right up until Monday's announcement of the 12-man roster in New York City, with LeBron James and Stephen Curry the two biggest names to remove themselves from the consideration. The Kevin Durant-led group that will go to Brazil is still the overwhelming gold-medal favorite, but it's clearly missing some of the most exciting superstars in the sport.

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It would be easy to use those high-profile absences as reason to pay less attention to Team USA when they start the Olympic tournament. However, the faces of the kids who were present at the USA Basketball unveiling in Harlem should be proof enough that such an opinion is pretty damn jaded. Just look at how this group of kids reacted to meeting some of their heroes:

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Sure, at least one of the kids in the first video says the most exciting thing would have been to meet LeBron. But he seems just fine with settling for KD and company.

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06/28/2016 12:32 PM
Canucks fined $50,000 for GM's comments about Stamkos, Subban

The Vancouver Canucks will be cutting a $50,000 check to the National Hockey League after they were fined following comments made by general manager Jim Benning last week about Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban.

“Canucks General Manager Jim Benning violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in players under contract to other NHL Clubs,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in a statement.

“I spoke with Jim and accept his representation that he intended no harm with his comments and that he will handle similar questions from the media differently in the future.”

Appearing on TSN 1040 last week, Benning said he wanted to add both Stamkos and Subban to the Canucks this off-season, which was an issue considering 1) The UFA meet-and-greet period hadn’t opened yet in regards to Stamkos and 2) Subban is under contract with Montreal until 2022. 

In a statement Benning said, “Last week I was trying to be candid with our fans and media about our efforts to improve our team but said too much about players on other teams. I have spoken personally to the NHL and the General Managers involved to apologize and I accept the League’s ruling.” 

While Canucks president Trevor Linden agreed with Benning in that he believed the comments were “innocent,” Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wasn’t too pleased, saying he “crossed the line.” 

The $50K fine is double the one that Ron Wilson and the Toronto Maple Leafs got hit with in 2009 following comments the then-head coach made about pursuing the Sedin twins.

The NHL could have handed down a more severe punishment which may have cost them draft picks, but the hope is that the fine and embarrassment of being caught is enough to prevent this from happening again in the future.

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06/28/2016 03:09 PM
Billy Hurley III to skip British Open to attend sister's wedding

Billy Hurley III has made his choice, and he's going to choose family over the British Open.

The newly minted PGA Tour winner announced Tuesday that he'll attend his sister's wedding the week of the year's third major instead of making the trip to compete at Royal Troon.

The Naval Academy grad earned a spot in the Open after winning the Quicken Loans National on Sunday, but he knew he had a pretty big conflict.

“I wouldn't miss my sister’s wedding for the world, and I think that at this point in time for me and my family and the trajectory of our family, it's very important for me to be there to support her and her new husband,” Hurley said, according to USA Today.

“It was a pretty easy decision at the end of the day. She tried to not really influence me a ton on Sunday night, but I called her while I was playing, and she started crying. I mean, so she was pretty thrilled that I'll be there.”

Hurley's emotional win, which came a year after making a public plea at the same tournament to find his father who had left home without warning, not only got him into the year's third major, but it also landed him a spot in this week's no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“I don't think they were expecting me here," Hurley said. "My locker is kind of in the corner and there's a parking spot back in the back of the lot and everything. But happy to have just both of those this week, to be honest.”


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