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UCLA athlete dismissed from team after racist comments, outcry among students

UCLA athlete Chris Weiland was dismissed Monday from the cross country and track & field team after video of him making racist, sexist and homophobic comments surfaced across social media platforms Sunday. Weiland, a Rancho Cucamonga High graduate, was heard talking to his mother on the phone during the video while making the remarks. “When first learning of this a few months ago, I was disgusted and immediately suspended him indefinitely from the team,” said Avery Anderson, UCLA’s Director of T...
Tags: Instagram, Oregon, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Cross Country, College sports, Anderson, Ucla, Bruins, Tucson, Naomi Osaka, Weiland, Jennifer Brady, Dorian Thompson Robinson, Michaela Onyenwere

Albert Pujols’ wife suggests he’s retiring, then backtracks

As the Angels opened camp for the full squad on Monday afternoon, Albert Pujols’ wife posted on social media that this will be the final season for her husband. However, she later updated her post to include the caveat that this is merely the last season of his contract with the Angels. A representative of Pujols’ agency then said that no decision has been made. Just last week, Pujols told ESPN Deportes that he is undecided about his future beyond 2021. It would be little surprise if Pujols does...
Tags: Instagram, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Angels, Espn Deportes, Albert, Joe Maddon, Pujols, Jose Quintana, Maddon, Andrelton Simmons, Albert Pujols

Sierra Canyon 5-star guard Amari Bailey commits to UCLA

Sierra Canyon junior guard Amari Bailey announced his verbal commitment to UCLA via Instagram Wednesday evening. Bailey is the No. 1-rated combo guard in the country and the No. 3-ranked overall high school prospect for the 2022 class, regardless of position, according to Sierra Canyon 5-star guard Amari Bailey commits to UCLA. Only a junior. — Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) February 18, 2021 The 6-foot-4 guard played in 33 of Sierra Canyon’s 34 games ...
Tags: Instagram, Sports, Sport, Soccer, College sports, Ucla, Cronin, Bailey, Mick Cronin, Sierra Canyon, Amari Bailey, Will McClendon, Peyton Watson

Justin Turner announces his return to the Dodgers

Justin Turner ended a winter-long dance with free agency by announcing the outcome almost everyone expected — he has reached agreement on a new contract with the Dodgers. Turner posted a message on Twitter — “Lettts gooo run it back @Dodgers fans!!!” — over a photo of himself with the message, “LA He’s Here To Stay.” A video on Turner’s Instagram account showed him loading a Dodgers equipment bag into the back of a car, presumably heading to spring training at Camelback Ranch. The contract is re...
Tags: Instagram, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Turner, Justin, DAVE ROBERTS, Roberts, Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, Justin Turner, Andrew Friedman, Alanna Rizzo

Amanda Zahui B. joins Sparks, Riquna Williams departs

Amanda Zahui B. is headed to Los Angeles from New York City – a move she made Instagram official shortly before the L.A. Sparks did, via a series of happy snapshots of herself holding aloft a “Los Angeles basketball” T-shirt. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to continue my career with the Los Angeles Sparks,” said Zahui B., a 6-foot-5 center, in Thursday’s news release from the team confirming the signing, which a league source indicates is a multi-year agreement. “From my first conversation wi...
Tags: Instagram, New York City, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Williams, Las Vegas, Staples Center, WNBA, Sparks, Derek Fisher, Fisher, Stockholm Sweden, All Star

Shaq Shoots His Shot at Megan Thee Stallion on Instagram Live

It’s no secret that Megan Thee Stallion is one of the hottest/sexiest female rappers in the game and literally everyone in the industry wants a piece of her WAP. Rapper Slim Thug has made countless attempts to get at Megan via Instagram and often comments under her posts professing his love for her. Most recently, Slim commented under one of Megan’s IG posts stating: “My home is your home” along with the heart eyes emoji. View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Celebs, Instagram, Funny, Sports, Hip Hop, Nba, Pop Culture, Hilarious, Jazz, Lol, Slim, Shaq, Meg, Megan, Shaquille O'Neal, Dear Santa

Chargers QB Justin Herbert continues to cook rookie records

COSTA MESA — Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert doesn’t have a Twitter account because he doesn’t want to lose focus of his football responsibilities, but he occasionally updates his Instagram profile. The star rookie posted updates Tuesday of a brisket he cooked on his Traeger grill to celebrate the Chargers’ win against the New York Jets last week. Herbert called it a “victory brisket” and said it would be a tradition after every Chargers win. It was his first successful time cooking a briske...
Tags: Instagram, Oregon, Sports, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chargers, Andrew Luck, Keenan Allen, New York Jets, Joe Flacco, Henry, Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Clippers agree to deal with point guard Ky Bowman

Former Golden State Warriors point guard Ky Bowman has agreed to a deal with the Clippers, according to a league source who confirmed the initial report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Bowman, a 6-foot-1 former Boston College standout, has received a camp invite to compete for a roster spot with the team. With Bowman’s addition, the Clippers’s roster projects to hold 14 players (Joakim Noah is on non-guaranteed contract and could yet be waived ahead of the Dec. 22 opener). In Bowman, the Cli...
Tags: Instagram, Washington, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Sport, Green, Soccer, Brooklyn, Nba, Detroit, Los Angeles Clippers, Robinson, Clippers, Boston College, Golden State, Serge Ibaka

Chargers back coach Anthony Lynn before facing Raiders

INGLEWOOD — Raiders coach Jon Gruden imagined what could have been Sunday if SoFi Stadium welcomed fans for the inaugural Las Vegas vs. Los Angeles game. Chargers fans could have bragged about quarterback Justin Herbert while Raiders fans claimed Los Angeles as part of their “Raider Nation.” “We can’t wait to see your stadium,” Gruden told Chargers reporters this week. “I would like to share it with your fans and our fans. That’s been the real disappointment. We play in front of Bob Stiriti. He’...
Tags: Instagram, Sports, New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, NFL, Raiders, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Chargers, Las Vegas, Denver, Carolina Panthers, Anthony, Bradley, Inglewood

AI Camera Mistakenly Tracks Referee’s Bald Head Instead of Soccer Ball

As the world starts to slowly cede control of everything to artificial intelligence, there’s bound to be some growing pains. When a Scottish soccer team upgraded their stadium with live-streamed games courtesy of a ball-tracking, AI-powered camera, they failed to realize that, to a computer, a referee with a shaved…Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Football, Sports, Artificial Intelligence, Cameras, Soccer, Ai, Pixellot

Cristian Pavon scores twice, but Galaxy’s slide continues in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cristian Pavon scored twice for the Galaxy, but Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored a pair of first-half goals and the Portland Timbers clinched a spot in the MLS playoffs with a 5-2 victory over L.A. on Wednesday night. The Galaxy (5-11-3, 18 points) has lost eight of their past nine games and is sitting in last place in the Western Conference. It is the fourth straight season the Timbers (10-5-5, 35 points) have made the postseason. The Timbers were coming off a 1-1 draw with Cascadia Cu...
Tags: Instagram, La, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Portland, Mls, Seattle, Portland Timbers, Lafc, Carson, Javier, Hernandez, Los Angeles Galaxy, Diego Valeri, Giancarlo Gonzalez

Demand More (with Abby Wambach) – Episode 51 of Rants & Randomness

This conversation has been a long time coming, and I’m excited for you to hear more! This week, I’m talking to an absolutely amazing athlete and human, Abby Wambach. Abby is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion. She was the United States leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. An activist for equality and inclusion, Abby is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, Forward: A Memoir and Wolfpack: How to Co...
Tags: Podcast, Instagram, Sports, United States, New York Times, Fifa, Humor, Abby Wambach, Abby, Glennon Doyle, Glennon, Luvvie, Yaba Blay, Chicago Recording Company, Rants & Randomness, Abby Wambach Abby

The first fans of 2020: pro-Braves, maskless on Instagram, ‘good for baseball’

Fans look on during the second inning in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves at Globe Life Field on Monday night in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) Fans wait for the start of Game 1 of a baseball National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds ARLI...
Tags: Texas, Instagram, California, Sports, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Mlb, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Stubhub, ARLINGTON Texas, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers, Braves, Fox Sports

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss reflects with pride on a long, strange, difficult season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There are times when Jeanie Buss peers down below her box through the plexiglass at the spaced-out seats near – but not too near – the AdventHealth Arena court and thinks of where she and the Lakers should be. She thinks of the season-ticket holders and the security guards and ushers she has known for years from her perch in Staples Center, a space near the home baseline in the first row of the lower bowl where she has held court for years. Some of that has been replicat...
Tags: Instagram, Minneapolis, China, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Rob, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, Johnson, Magic Johnson, Staples Center

Da Brat on Relationship With Allen Iverson: I Used to Wake Up & Jerk Him Off Every Morning

Back in June, Da Brat came out as bisexual in an exclusive interview with Variety just months after she took to Instagram to confirm that she was in a serious relationship with a woman named Jesseca Dupart. But at one time, DaBrat was dating and sleeping with former NBA star Allen Iverson. In a recent interview with Kandi Burruss on Burruss’ “Speak On It” YouTube show, Brat went into great detail about her relationship with the NBA legend, and admitted to being a “domesticated” woman who likes t...
Tags: Celebs, Instagram, Sports, Atlanta, Hip Hop, Nba, Pop Culture, Jazz, Philadelphia, Trending, Celebrity Interviews, Allen Iverson, Brat, Kandi Burruss, Iverson, Da Brat

NBA legend Michael Jordan owns several multimillion-dollar homes across the US. Take a look inside his impressive real estate portfolio and see which ones are for sale.

Michael Jordan has homes in Park City, Utah, Highland Park, Illinois, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP/Google Maps Billionaire and NBA legend Michael Jordan owns five multimillion-dollar homes across the US. Jordan owns two homes in North Carolina where the NBA team he owns, the Charlotte Hornets, is based, and one in Jupiter, Florida. The other two are currently for sale in Illinois and Utah. Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and he has in...
Tags: Photos, Real Estate, Life, US, Sports, Trends, Strategy, Nike, Features, Chicago, Michael Jordan, Basketball, Nba, Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant

No travel during playoffs gives Lakers, and other NBA teams, more time for recovery

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Most NBA players reside in the upper tiers of frequent fliers. There’s a routine: packing bags, boarding the charter, then maybe breaking out the cards or perhaps putting in headphones and taking a nap. In the NBA lifestyle, flying is something of a chore, something to go through rather than something to enjoy. And late-night flights across the country can leave even well-traveled players reeling from jet lag — which can make or break a practice the next day. In these pl...
Tags: Instagram, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Rockets, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, West Coast, Rajon Rondo, James, Lakers, Howard, Utah Jazz, Rondo

Lakers’ Danny Green reveals how NBA players cope with mental toll of the bubble

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There are times Danny Green needs support, but there’s times he pushes it away, too. Being inside the NBA bubble at Disney World — away from the family and people you love — for nearly two months has a mental toll which is sometimes difficult to articulate. But nothing quite makes it pour out than after a bad game. Green, 33, has had a few of those since he first got here on July 9.  A veteran of 129 playoff games, Green is used to getting a little cold now and then. But...
Tags: Instagram, Milwaukee, Sports, Toronto, Sport, Green, Soccer, Spurs, Nba, Espn, Lebron James, Green Room, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, James, Milwaukee Bucks

Sylvester Stallone is Working on a ‘Rocky IV’ Director’s Cut, May Be Cutting Out Paulie’s Ridiculous Robot

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Rocky IV. And since tensions with Russia are at their highest since the Cold War, maybe it’s time to revisit the movie where a boxer from Philly takes down the Soviet Union. Thankfully, Sylvester Stallone is working on something that fans are going to want to see: a director’s cut of Rocky IV. And the good news is that MGM is already on board to release it.  Sylvester Stallone, who directed and starred in Rocky IV, posted this to Instagram over the week...
Tags: Movies, Instagram, Drama, Russia, Sports, Sequels, Sylvester-Stallone, MGM, Philly, Stallone, Soviet Union, Ivan, Apollo Creed, Paulie, Vladamir Putin, AV Club

Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’

Lakers reporter Kyle Goon shared LeBron James’ postgame thoughts on Instagram about the shooting Sunday of Jacob Blake, in which James said his emotions were “all over the place” and that “Black people in America are scared.” On Monday night, after the Lakers’ Game 4 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, James sounded off after police shot and wounded a Black man (Jacob Blake), apparently in the back, while responding to a call about a domestic dispute in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protesters gather...
Tags: Instagram, Sports, America, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Wisconsin, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Booker, James, Lakers, Kenosha, The Lakers, Hill, Blake

Rams players clearly don’t want to wear virus-blocking face shields

THOUSAND OAKS — A few weeks ago, a promising plan for protecting football players from COVID-19 during practice and games involved the use of plastic face shields. They could help to keep the coronavirus away from noses and mouths. They fit easily onto helmets. They’re light, ventilated and transparent. Now, something else is transparent: Rams players’ disdain for the idea. In the few days that reporters have been allowed to watch practice, none of the 80 Rams players in training camp in Thousan...
Tags: Hbo, Instagram, Sports, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Chargers, Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Associated Press, Johnson, Jerry Hughes, Robert Woods, Donald, Jared Goff

NFL Star DeSean Jackson Proposes to Longtime Girlfriend & Mother of His 2 Sons Kayla Phillips

DeSean Jackson is kneeling … but for a VERY different reason. The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver just proposed to Instagram model Kayla Phillips, his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his sons, and she said yes! Video surfaced Wednesday (Aug. 19) showing Jackson, 33, on bended knee in front of Phillips, 29, at an indoor golf spot. “You guys are the first to know, I haven’t posted on social media or anything, but yeah, I’m getting married,” Phillips said in the clip as she showed off her e...
Tags: Celebs, Instagram, Sports, NFL, Los Angeles, Pop Culture, Jazz, Philadelphia Eagles, Hitler, Jackson, Proposals, Auschwitz, Phillips, Jerusalem Post, DeSean Jackson, Kayla

Rams tight end Tyler Higbee tries to keep his stock on the rise

Tyler Higbee and the Rams don’t have to be reminded what a good tight end is worth to a team, not after his record-setting December nearly rescued their 2019 season. They got a reminder anyway this week when the 49ers’ George Kittle and the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce signed contract extensions that set a new bar for NFL tight ends. Kittle’s five-year contract pays him $15 million a year, and Kelce’s four-year deal averages $14.3 million. Both leapfrogged the Chargers’ Hunter Henry, who briefly was the...
Tags: Instagram, Sports, NFL, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Dallas Cowboys, Todd Gurley, Travis Kelce, Robert Woods, Watts, Los Angeles Rams, Rams, John Johnson, Anthony Lynn, Kittle

Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell announces his return on social media

“I’m back!!!!!!!!” “I lost my best friend my number one lady… So this next wave of greatness is coming with a lot of pain and passion” “This for you MA!!!!! IM DIFFERENT BELIEVE THAT!” Those Clippers fans who have been monitoring Montrezl Harrell’s social media posts, sympathizing with him after he lost his grandmother and wondering when they might see him on the court again, they got an answer early Monday morning. With a series of tweets, Harrell — who left the bubble July 17 — announced his a...
Tags: Florida, Instagram, Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Nba, Denver, Clippers, Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard, Doc Rivers, Lou Williams, Leonard, Walt Disney World Resort

Montrezl Harrell will return to Clippers ‘when he’s ready,’ Doc Rivers says

Montrezl Harrell is hurting. The Clippers forward has shared some of those feelings publicly the past the few days on Instagram, including Saturday, when he posted a tribute to his grandmother, whom he’d left the team and the bubble to be with before she died. “I LOVE U GRANDMA,” wrote Harrell, the 27-year-old from North Carolina, in an Instagram story that continued, in part, “I don’t know when I will Stop crying prolly never every day I wake up I’m talk to you every day till I see you again. “...
Tags: Instagram, Sports, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Nba, New Orleans Pelicans, North Carolina, Rivers, Lakers, Clippers, Beverley, Patrick Beverley, Doc, Doc Rivers

Joey Bosa reports to Chargers’ training camp on time

There will be no “Joey Bosa watch” at the Chargers’ training camp this summer. The star pass rusher reported Tuesday at the team’s headquarters for the veterans’ first day of training camp and coronavirus testing. “I made it,” Bosa said in a video the Chargers tweeted at 4:56 p.m. The cutoff time for players to arrive was four minutes later. sup @jbbigbear — Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) July 28, 2020 Bosa got a collective “You’re here” response from those in th...
Tags: Instagram, Sports, Denver Broncos, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Chargers, Melvin Gordon, SoFi, Los Angeles Chargers, Bosa, Tom Telesco, Joey Bosa, Justin Herbert, Telesco, Francisco Pinto Adrian Garcia Marquez

Clippers, still scattered in and out of the NBA bubble, come together in defense of Lou Williams

Still shorthanded, the Clippers welcomed back center Ivica Zubac, who said he was happy to rejoin his teammates on the floor for 13 minutes Monday, their first action together since he tested positive for the coronavirus before July 4. But while the Clippers went through the paces in preparation of Thursday’s big restart opener against the Lakers, a more heated back and forth was happening off the court — on Twitter. Kendrick Perkins, the retired NBA player who’s now an ESPN analyst, scolded Lou...
Tags: Florida, Instagram, Washington, Sports, Sacramento, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Nba, New Orleans, Espn, Rivers, Lakers, Perkins, Clippers

Bubble Dribble: Here’s what an NBA game is like without fans

Editor’s note: This is the Friday July 24 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. Reporter Kyle Goon is one of the few in the country allowed inside the NBA’s bubble. To get the “Bubble Dribble” insider accounts in your inbox throughout the NBA conclusion, sign up here. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s an exchange I’ve seen perhaps a hundred times. I’ve never heard it like this. LeBron James ran to the rack and dropped in a lay-up on Thursday night, then hunted out a referee: “Tha...
Tags: Instagram, Disney, Sports, America, Sport, Soccer, Showtime, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Taylor, Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, Staples Center, James, Lakers

Angels reliever Keynan Middleton takes a knee during Anthem

Keynan Middleton, who has been vocal on Twitter and Instagram about social issues, took a knee during the National Anthem before the Angels game on Monday night in San Diego. Middleton took a knee and raised his fist, following in the model of other athletes who have made such symbolic statements against systemic racism. Middleton indicated through a team spokesman that he would release a statement via his social media. Before the game today, @since93key took a knee during the playing of the Na...
Tags: Instagram, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Mlb, San Francisco Giants, Oakland, Middleton, Los Angeles Angels, National Anthem, Joe Maddon, Maddon, Anthony Rendon, Keynan Middleton

Lakers, out of their comfort zone, try to connect in unique NBA environment

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — This time last year, Rob Pelinka was introducing Anthony Davis, one of the biggest prizes of the offseason, at a celebratory press conference and putting finishing touches on what figured to be a championship-contending team. Fast forward to now, where the Lakers’ general manager is one of just 36 people in the team travel party, meaning everyone has to wear the odd hat here and there. One of Pelinka’s jobs? Dribble cone. During a recent practice, he lined up on the cour...
Tags: Florida, Cook, Instagram, Yahoo, Boston, Disney, Sports, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Houston, James

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