• Does this Nolan Ryan fan know who's sitting next to him?

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    Wed, Mar 22
    Houston 8 - 4 Minnesota
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  • Arsenal: Arsène Wenger Targets £25 Million Barcelona Star to Replace Mesut Ozil

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  • A deleted text message from vengeful gangster may get Aaron Hernandez off hook for double murder

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  • Australian daily under fire for comparing cricketer to Donald Trump

    Australia's The Daily Telegraph kicked up a storm on social media by anointing Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli "the Donald Trump of world sport." In a scathing piece last evening, the newspaper accused Kohli of destroying the spirit of the game in the on-going series between India and Australia. SEE ALSO: Apple's iOS 10.3 is an update cricket fans will love The Daily Telegraph noted, "The Indian captain is a law unto himself with no one – not even the ICC [International Cricket Council] or his own board – holding him accountable for his continual perpetuation of fake news... Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face." "Special players are allowed to have bad series, but Kohli’s great crime is he’s proven that the spirit of cricket is officially dead," it added.  The trigger Both teams have played three tests so far. And are tied at 1-1. The decider begins Saturday. But the series has been dominated by trash talk stemming from on-field incidents.  First, there was Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon calling Kohli "the head of the snake," referring obviously to the Indian captain's importance in the team.  When India won the next game putting up a good team show, Kohli responded: “I’m pretty happy if they keep focusing on the head of the snake, and the snake can sting from a lot of directions."  Kohli also alleged that his counterpart Steve Smith was not abiding by the rules of the game. The Indian captain stopped short of calling Smith a cheat referring to an on-field incident. The latter went on to admit that it was a "brain-fade" and he shouldn't have acted in the manner.  Meanwhile, former Aussie wicket-keeper Ian Healy called out Kohli's aggression and said he was "losing respect" for the Indian captain.  Not one to shy away, Kohli brought up Healy's reaction on being given out in a 1997 test match. The latter had thrown his bat in disgust as he walked back to the pavilion.  And now, in the just-concluded third test, Kohli injured a shoulder after which some Aussie cricketers allegedly mocked him. Though television footage later revealed that it might have been an erroneous assumption. But that didn't stop Kohli from giving an animated send-off to Aussie batsman David Warner, which prompted a fan to call him "an arrogant stain on the game."   In one series Virat Kohli has gone from aggressive streetfighter to an arrogant stain on the game. His ego is out of control. #IndvAus — Matt Webber (@MattWebberWrite) March 19, 2017 It also got the Australian cricket media's goat. And The Daily Telegraph ripped Kohli apart. The outrage But Indians are known to revere their cricketers. They did not take the Trump comparisons lightly and hit out at the publication for its "bizarre" and "disgraceful" reportage. The rebuttal was led by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan who sarcastically thanked the Aussie media for acknowledging Kohli as the "president" of the game. T 2471 - Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports !! ... thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT !! pic.twitter.com/ZOoNtuhtC2 — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 21, 2017 @imVkohli like Trump? Bizarre, over-the-top stuff: https://t.co/FKweD6pu3z — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 22, 2017 Disgraceful of Australian media to compare Kohli with Trump. We never compared Smith with Rahul Gandhi despite his self confessed brainfade. — cricBC (@cricBC) March 21, 2017 Australian media is correct when it compares Virat Kohli with Trump because when Aussies behaved like pussies, Kohli grabbed them. — Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) March 22, 2017 Dear Australian mediaTry scoring 27 ODI 100'sTry scoring 4 Test 200'sTry scoring most T20I fiftiesThen compare Kohli with Trump... — Sarcastic Dude (@Sarcasticdudee) March 22, 2017 Australian media stoop to new low, term Virat Kohli as 'bat-wielding Trump' https://t.co/RGgLLwQReb pic.twitter.com/kYt8peBxWK — DNA (@dna) March 21, 2017 Australian media says " Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport "I guess they forgot 2008 Sydney Test — Sarcastic Dude (@Sarcasticdudee) March 21, 2017 I ain't game for jinxing Kohli at all but watch him reply to this "Trump comparison" so very well with his bat. And then words. — Mystique. (@Cricketician) March 22, 2017 The support Interestingly, former Australian captain Michael Clarke who's one of the commentators in the current series, has come out in support of Kohli and said that only some reporters are "trying to tarnish" the Indian captain's image. "Comparing Virat Kohli with Donald Trump - what a load of s*** is that. What Virat did, even Smith would have. Bear in mind, I love Kohli and the Australian public love him. I always somehow find an Australian in him the way he plays and I absolutely love how he accepts challenges. It's just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him, but Virat shouldn't be bothered," he reportedly told a local news station. The final test begins in three days. Stay tuned for some fireworks! WATCH: Behold, the Trump mask.

  • Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann could leave at any time - Diego Simeone

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  • 'Stupid' NHL divisional playoff format is drawing criticism

    In a cruel twist of the NHL's divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round.

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  • Here's what Tony Romo trade prospects look like as Cowboys approach critical period

    The Tony Romo clock is running out. With offseason workouts set to begin in only a few weeks – and the Dallas Cowboys unlikely to risk having their ousted former starter show up and expose himself to injury – the moment to make a decision on Romo has arrived for Dallas. If the Cowboys are going to trade him, next week’s league spring meetings mark the last best chance for Dallas to pry something loose from another NFL team in exchange for the 14-year veteran.

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  • UFC star McGregor's fine for Vegas pre-bout fracas reduced

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  • Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay house is for sale, and you might even be able to afford it!

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  • Nick Saban lights up media in rant

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  • Alleged Tom Brady jersey thief reportedly had Kurt Warner autograph his own Super Bowl jersey

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  • The Spurs' latest hidden gem is a 27-year-old center who learned to play basketball at 18 after leaving the Jehovah's Witness

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  • Nikola Jokic's Nuggets dismantle the Cavs, get one step closer to playoffs

    Nikola Jokic lets one go over the outstretched arm of LeBron James. Nikola Jokic has had a brilliant sophomore season, one that’s seen him skyrocket from under-the-radar second-round draft pick to burgeoning face of a Denver Nuggets franchise on the rise. The Serbian center had the ball matched up with LeBron James — four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, three-time NBA champion, the best player on the planet until he decides otherwise — on the left block … and the rest of the Nuggets spread out, so their big man could go to work.

    Ball Don't Lie
    Wed, Mar 22
    Denver 126 - 113 Cleveland
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