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T.I. says Lil’ Wayne comments on Black Lives Matter are unacceptable

T.I. is calling comments Lil’ Wayne made about the Black Lives Matter movement unacceptable.

“I’m at a loss for words here, ” posted Clifford “T.I.” Harris in an Instagram Post.

DeWayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter conducted an interview with ABC Nightline in which he said that the Black Lives Matter movement didn’t have anything to do with him.

“I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothing to do with me, ” responded Lil’ Wayne to a question about his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement. “If you do, you’re crazy.”

The comments, which included sentiments such as Wayne not feeling connected to Black Lives Matter and him commenting that his life mattered, whipped up a social media storm. Wayne attempted to block the interview from being aired on television and fired his publicist when he was unable to do so.

Wayne would clarify his comments by saying that he got upset when the reporter in the interview asked questions about his thoughts on his daughter possibly being called vulgar names when he uses those same names to refer to women in general.

“From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses,” said Wayne. “Apologies to anyone who was offended.”

“I KNOW you wired a bit different than most other responsible adults, but still … U TRIPPING!!!!” posted T.I. in response to the Lil’ Wayne comments. “I don’t know what you goin thru,or what you are attempting to avoid but this … is absolutely unacceptable!!!! You’re disrespecting yourself, bringing shame on your family name & tarnishing your legacy.”

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Bill Simmons HBO show canceled

HBO show Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons is being canceled.

The show from the former ESPN personality has only been running for four months. Home Box Office announced on Friday that the show would officially be canceled. Simmons will continue to conduct business with the cable group and they will continue to be a minority investor in the Bill Simmons Media Group.

The show only averaged a paltry 200, 000 viewers per episode and bottomed out at 82, 000 during a late October airing. For his part Simmons has accepted responsibility for the show not performing well enough to continue. The final episode of the show will air on November 9.

“One of the many reasons I joined HBO was to see if we could create a show built around smart conversations for sports fans and pop culture junkies,” said Simmons. “We loved making that show, but unfortunately it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. And that’s on me. But I love being a part of HBO’s family and look forward to innovating with them on other ambitious programming ideas over these next several years — both for the network and for digital. With that said, I want to thank the dedicated staff that worked so diligently with me behind the scenes to make this show every week — we hired so many great and talented people and I loved having them in my life. It’s difficult for me to imagine not working with them anymore.”

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Lochte protesters crash DWTS set

Ryan Lochte had his performance on Dancing with the Stars interrupted by protesters.

In the season 23 premiere of Dancing with the Stars, gold medal Olympian, Lochte and his professional dance partner, Cheryl Burke, were interrupted by anti-Lochte protesters. According to Lochte, the experience affected his preparation for the next week.

“Everything that happened last week, just getting back to rehearsal, learning a new dance and just trying to stay positive through the whole time was really challenging for me,” said Lochte. “But I got through it with the help of [Burke], with the help of my family now from Dancing With the Stars and I just, I quick stepped!”

The protests were motivated by the Brazil Olympics scandal at which Lochte was the center. With his mother on set, the protesters crashed the set on which DWTS is taped. Lochte revealed that he was heartbroken to have to see his mom be witness to the protest. It was she that made public the story that Lochte had been robbed in Rio de Janeiro.

“But [my mom] came out there smiling,” remarked Lochte.

Additional security has been added to the set in the aftermath of the protests. Cheryl Burke responded to the security by saying she felt safe before and after the protests. Lochte concurred that he is not nervous about a repeat.

“I was just nervous about dancing and not missing my steps…and I still didn’t do it,” said Lochte.

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Marlon Byrd suspended 162 games for PED’s

Cleveland Indians outfielder, Marlon Byrd, has been suspended 162 games for PED use. Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Byrd, whose suspension is without pay and is effective immediately, tested positive for secretagogue Ipamorelin, a growth hormone.

Byrd, 38, had been caught previously using the performance enhancing drug, Tamoxifen, in 2012 after he was released from the Boston Red Sox. For that violation he served a 50 game suspension.

Byrd is not a home run hitter and is not known for his physical specimen. Many pundits have surmised from his second bust that the belief in a PED user “type” has become more and more of a myth.

“I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore, I have decided for forgo my right to an appeal in this matter and accept the suspension,” apologized Byrd, who accepted immediately his punishment. “I apologize for any harm this has caused the Cleveland Indians, Indians’ fans, my teammates, and most importantly, my family,” continued a regretful Byrd.

Retired players and pitchers alike have come out to speak out on the latest PED bust in Major League Baseball.

“Can I get back all the home runs he hit off me please? Thanks,” tweeted retired pitcher, Dan Haren. “Also last year magically returned from a broken wrist in 16 days, at age 38. Proceeded to homer off me that day.”

“Marlon Byrd is a joke. All you cheaters are a joke. Do it the right way one time, accept your ups & downs,” tweeted retired pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie.

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Toronto stuns all with a series tying win over LeBron and Cleveland in Game 4

The Toronto Raptors, who had long been counted out of their 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers, have clawed their way back into tying the series two games apiece after a surprise win in Game Four on May 23, 2016.

“We’ve been counted out, and we like that challenge,” said Raptors All Star, DeMar DeRozan, after their 105-99 win over the Cavs.

Toronto got huge performances from its All Star backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, who have both continued to shoot themselves out of their respective historic slumps.

Lowry scored 35 points on a blistering 14-20 shooting night from the field including going four for seven from three point range. He also added five rebounds, five assists, and snatched three steals defensively. DeMar DeRozan added 32 points on 14-23 shooting.

Bismack Biyombo continued his recent surge of dominant post play, blocking three shots and grabbing 14 rebounds, bringing his rebound total to 40 in the two Toronto wins in the series.

Now the Raptors look to take their positive turn in play back to Cleveland where the Cavaliers have won the season and playoffs series three games to none and by a total of 72 points.

“We had a few defensive breakdowns that you can’t have down the stretch of a game, especially in the playoffs,” said Tyronn Lue after the game. “They executed every time we made a mistake.”

“We have to continue to make sure that when they punch, we punch back,” said Lowry. “And if they punch three times, we punch four times.”

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Ricky Burns wants big payday brawl against Adrien Broner

British former World Boxing Organization featherweight and lightweight champion, Ricky Burns (39-5-1, 13 KOs) is eyeing a large cash match up with the controversial former four weight class world champion, Adrien Broner (32-3-1, 24 KOs).

Burns, who hasn’t fought since November and who went bankrupt after a legal battle with his former promoter, Frank Warren, will look to defeat Italian Michele di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) May 28, 2016 in his next match.

“I was meant to fight Adrien Broner at super-featherweight and lightweight,” said Burns. “It’s always been a fight on the table but you don’t know what sort of Broner will turn up and if he’ll make the weight. I’ll take on anyone if I win though.”

The fight between Burns and Di Rocco will be for the World Boxing Association Light Welterweight Championship belt of which Broner was stripped after failing to make the weight against another Brit in Ashley Theophane.

“The last couple of years have been up and down for me, but I don’t need any extra incentive on this fight, it’s a massive chance for me to create history,” remarked Burns. “I’ve put myself through it over the last 10 weeks because there’s no way I am losing — I am ready for anything that comes my way.”

With a win over di Rocco, Burns hopes to obtain a contract to fight Broner, who will likely provide the largest payday Burns has garnered in his career. Broner has been embroiled in controversy stemming from issues making weight, legal troubles, and off color comments of late.

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Oldest beer recipe unearthed

Scientists have discovered evidence of beer brewing in China. The archaeological site dates back to 3400 BC. The most surprising bit of this info is that there is evidence that the Chinese used barley as part of their recipe. This is peculiar as there is no evidence to support that the crop was grown in Asia at the time. The Barley use has led scientists to think that perhaps intercontinental trade started much earlier than previously thought.

The beer brew facility proved that the art has changed very little over the 7000 years of drink making. The Chinese used a fermentation pot much like the one used today. They also used a fermentation technique very similar to the one used today.

However, their recipe was unique to that used in Europe at the time. They used barley has their main ingredient, but added Chinese pearl barley was giving it both a sour and sweet taste. “All indications are that ancient peoples, including those at this Chinese dig site, applied the same principles and techniques as brewers do today,” said McGovern, an expert in ancient fermented drinks.

The Chinese were however not the first people to partake in beer. Iran records the earliest evidence of creating a distiller. Egypt follows next with a more sophisticated method of beer creation.

Scientists assume that the reason for beer has always been the same since its first invasion. It was meant for tension breaking. This is evident from the most of the big empires having a brewery by 2000 BC.

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Draymond Green will not be suspended for Groin Kick

Warriors forward will be playing in Game 4. The decision took a full day to reach. The incident where Draymond kicked Steven Adams in the groin was discussed. The decision took a whole day to deliver on. The leg kick should have led to a suspension.

The kick attracted a small penalty of $25, 000, and the foul was upgraded to a flagrant two. “The way everybody is blowing it up makes me think I’m going to get suspended, when I don’t think it should even be considered because I know I wasn’t trying to kick him,” said Green. Green has been on a streak. He has a flagrant one foul in a game with the Houston Rockets. One more offense and Draymond is out of the basketball for good.

The decision has attracted criticism for the Vice President of Operations Kiki Van De Weghe. He took the time to talk with USA Today about the decision. On the question of how come Draymond got off the hook so easily, he responded that it was a tough decision even for him.

To reach the decision, the vice president watched the similar situation in the past. A player can get either of the three: a Flagrant One, a Flagrant Two or Flagrant Two with fines, or a suspension. Referees and Investigators play a critical role in coming to the decision.

After receiving all of the feedback from all the concerned parties, the NBA Commissioner comes in. USA Today asked about the Dahnty Jones situation. The incident was similar to Draymond Jones. The Dahnty Jones situation was such that his fist was closed. Draymond case attracted a higher penalty because his leg was involved.
This is not the first time Draymond has done this. Steve Adams has been a victim of his antics. In response, the vice president reiterated Draymond already had a severe enough penalty to handle.

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Yankees owner Hal Steinbraenner blames players for slow start to 2016 season

New York Yankees owner, Hal Steinbrenner, has come to the defense of team manager, Joe Girardi, and blamed Yankees players for their slow start to the season.

“The first five weeks were disappointing, frustrating, particularly looking at the offense,” said Steinbrenner on May 18, 2016. “Clearly not living up to their potential.”

The Yankees are in last place in the American League East with a record of 16-22 and players such as Mark Texiera, Michael Pineda, Luis Severino, , and Chase Headley were critical of Girardi and his coaching staff.

Steinbrenner took all of the aforementioned players to task individually.

“When you look at a guy like Mark Teixeira, clearly, he’s not playing to his potential with the bat,” said Steinbrenner.

Steinbrenner then turned his sights on Michael Pineda.

“Whatever technically is wrong with the delivery, Larry [Rothschild, Yankees pitching coach] is going to work on, but the rest is up to Pineda to figure out. He’s a professional, and that’s what we expect from him, and that’s what his teammates expect from him.”

Steinbrenner claimed that pitcher, Luis Severino, needed to push through his current poor performance and garner some self-confidence to turn around his game.

“The coaches are doing a good job,” said Steinbrenner. “These are professional athletes. They’re the best baseball players in the world, and sooner or later it comes down to them, on the inside, to push through whatever it is they’re going through and to persevere.”

First baseman, Mark Texiera, later acknowledged that he needed to play better and that he had to find a way out of his current slump.

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Thunder dynamic duo may have spells end of the Spurs dynasty era

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the San Antonio Spurs from the 2016 NBA playoffs in six games, possibly spelling the end of the “Big Three” era in San Antonio.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 65 points as the Thunder lead ballooned to as much as 28 points in a 113-99 Game Six victory over the Spurs on May, 12, 2016.

Durant scored 37 points on 12-24 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, Westbrook scored 28 points on 10-21 shooting and added 12 assists and two steals, and center, Steven Adams, scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds, two steals, and a block in the victory.

The Thunder bounced back to win four out of five against the Spurs after being blown out in Game One.

“We had that game, and we left it behind us,” remarked Westbrook of Game One. “We came out after that and had a different mindset. We knew what we had to do to win the series. They’re a great team. They’ve been winning for 10-plus years, same pace. I’m just proud of our guys.”

The Spurs have more questions than answers after their elimination, including the future of 40 year old future Hall of Famer and anchor of five Spurs NBA Championships, Tim Duncan, who is undecided about whether he will retire.

Spurs guard, four time NBA champion and probable future Hall of Famer, Manu Ginóbili, has also considered retirement and some sports pundits speculate that Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, might follow his long time superstar, Tim Duncan, out the door if he decides to leave.