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This pitcher threw a perfect game for the ages

There have been dozens of no-hitters this season, and even some perfect games. But the most perfect game of the year on Friday. Cedar Grove sophomore Mia Faieta struck out all 21 batters she faced in a 4-0 victory over North Warren in the NJSIAA/Wilson Sporting Goods North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 semifinals. Mia Faieta…

Several ESPN analysts don’t think one SEC powerhouse will even win nine games this season

The LSU Tigers head into the 2017 college football season with a new permanent head coach, Ed Orgeron, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a down or rebuilding year for the Tigers.

The over/under for LSU this fall is a hefty nine wins, and two ESPN writers don’t believe the new-look Tigers are destined to reach this milestone.


Aschoff: “Spring games don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but in the weather-shortened game that LSU had, the offense didn’t look very good at all. Derrius Guice is great, but who’s going to take pressure off of him? And that defense lost a lot, especially at linebacker and in the secondary.” Khan: “The schedule makes a 5-0 start quite feasible, meaning the Tigers would need to win four of their last seven to hit the number. There are still too many question marks — particularly offensively — at this moment in time for me to go over here. I think this is probably a nine-win team, but it’s no fun taking a push, so…”

Nine wins is a high-mark for the 2017 LSU Tigers, but the Tigers had a down year in 2016 and the team still won eight games. Since 1999, the team has won at least eight games every single season.

With a new offensive coordinator in place in Matt Canada, one of college football’s best defensive coordinators in Dave Armada, along with the kind of talent they already have on the roster from stellar recruiting in the past, the Tigers not adding at least one more victory than last year’s team seems like a stretch.

Still, the question marks surrounding the offense are real and fair, but with former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada aboard and Cam Cameron no longer calling the plays, it’s hard not see at least some kind of bump for the Tigers’ offense in 2017.

Malik Zaire could reportedly be pushing for a decision that has major conference implications

Much coveted graduate transfer Malik Zaire has reportedly chosen a new school after months of teasing and pushing back his commitment. The Notre Dame graduate had been down to Texas, Harvard, Wisconsin and Florida, but it looks like he has made up his mind according to a reporter from a station in the area:

Sources tell me former Irish QB Malik Zaire is telling people he has chosen Florida, is now just waiting for SEC to change transfer rules. — Alex Wilcox (@AlexWilcoxWNDU) May 28, 2017

RELATED: Malik Zaire has postponed transfer announcement, spurring speculation about destination

Zaire was rumored to be headed to Florida for a long time until it was revealed the Gators couldn’t take on another graduate transfer because their previous two did not meet certain academic requirements. The SEC still has to rule on whether Florida would be allowed to take on Zaire, but this “decision” might spur the conference to make some changes to allow for it since there will be added pressure.

The SEC meetings are set to take place next month and he is hoping for a favorable new ruling on that. It’s believed he would immediately become the Gators’ starting quarterback as he is a proven commodity and the staff knows exactly what they have with him on board, should he be allowed to transfer to Florida.

car flips through the air in one of the scariest crashes ever at Indy500

It has been a wild and crazy week for Scott Dixon and things got (much) crazier early on Sunday afternoon.

First, the IndyCar driver was dominant in grabbing pole position in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Then, just hours later, Dixon was reportedly robbed at gunpoint at a fast food restaurant that was less than a mile away from the track that he would be racing on over the weekend.

Now, an incident that took place within the confines of the race itself could certainly make an impact.

Oh my god it’s incredible that Scott Dixon is OK. — Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) May 28, 2017

Dixon miraculously emerged without significant injury and the entire sporting world celebrated that fact. It was incredible that he was able to walk away unscathed given the way that the car flew and spun but, in this case, defying the laws of physics is, unquestionably, a great thing.

The 36-year-old driver probably would have preferred that his week went very differently, with only the win of pole position as a real positive. Still, things could have been much worse for Scott Dixon and he will almost certainly emerge quite thankful that he was able to walk away scot-free, even with disappointment of not finishing the marquee race of the IndyCar season.

Matt Galambos hoping to catch on with Steelers

Pitt had five players selected in the NFL Draft this year, but a few others landed rookie tryouts. One of those was linebacker Matt Galambos who got a look with the Steelers.

It's difficult to make a final roster as an undrafted player but Galambos is hoping to do just that. Step one? Get signed and after the camp, GGalambos achieved that goal.

"I knew if I went out and gave all that I had, learned the plays, the installs to the best of my ability, I would be okay with it," said Galambos. "Right after the final practice of minicamp (General Manager) Kevin Colbert came up and talked to me about staying here. It was an honor. ... "Getting signed is the first step. You are in the camp. Now you have to keep going. People think you are all set. But there is a long way to go. There is so much work to put in. But it’s awesome. Nobody in my family has ever experienced anything like this."

The odds are still pretty stacked against Galambos but as Steelers Depot suggests, the Steelers are a little thin at inside linebacker and that could to a way being paved for the former Pitt  player.

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WWE legend and Hall of Famer reveals his long-term plans with the company

WWE legend Booker T has been a temporary fixture on Monday Night Raw for the last couple of weeks with David Otunga away filming another movie.

Although Otunga is reportedly done filming and can return to the Raw commentary booth soon, Booker T revealed on his podcast “Heated Conversations” that he won’t be leaving the Raw announce team anytime soon.

Via Rajah:

“The former World Champion revealed during the most recent edition of the show that he will be working as one of the commentators at the RAW announce table through the summer.” Booker T just said he will be on #RAW announce table until the end of the summer! That's GOODT news! — Brad Gilmore (@bradgilmore) May 28, 2017

This is a very interesting development, as it was originally expected that Booker T would leave the commentary booth after Otunga was able to return, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

On Smackdown Live earlier this year, Tom Phillips joined the commentary team there that created a temporary four-man booth on the blue brand. With Otunga available to return and Booker T confirming that he’s staying on the Raw commentary team for a while longer, a four-man booth on Raw may not be out of the question either.

Roommate of arrested SEC receiver seeking crazy sum of money for damages now

Senior Tennessee receiver Josh Smith was arrested earlier in the month for an alleged domestic assault committed against his roommate. It turns out that the victim, Kennedy Foster, is looking for quite a serious sum of money in damages despite the fact that the two are supposed to be pretty close friends.

RELATED: Josh Smith receiver arrested for shocking domestic assault

Foster has demanded $875,000 in compensatory and punitive damages by Tuesday, May 30, or he will seek a $3 million civil lawsuit, according to a report by Tennessee radio host Jimmy Hyams:

BREAKING NEWS: Alleged victim seeks $875k settlement fromUT receiver or threatens $3M civil suit. Read blog: — Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) May 28, 2017

The incident occurred after Cinco De Mayo and Foster suffered a broken nose, broken teeth, and damage to his eyes and right ear, according to claims by his attorney. Neither side agrees on what exactly happened and Smith’s attorney, Keith Stewart, has expressed his feelings on the damages Foster is seeking.

“I’m not accusing him (Foster) of extortion, but that’s what it looks like,’’ Stewart said. “Given my understanding that Mr. Foster’s attempts to press charges against Malcolm Stokes were unsuccessful, it seems his motives are clear.’’

Josh Smith has gone before the UT Student Code of Conduct board but a verdict has not been rendered, according to Butch Smith (Josh’s father). The senior receiver has taken alcohol anger management classes, but it is not known if Josh Smith has been punished by Volunteers head coach Butch Jones.

[h/t Saturday Down South]

An MMA fighter was hit so hard he lost control of his entire body

This is the definition of getting your clock cleaned.

In a UFC fight in Stockholm, Bojan Velickovic from Serbia hit Sweden’s Nico Musoke so hard he stumbled around the ring like a newborn deer taking its first steps. Check it out:

Yep, that’s what a TKO looks like, as the referee stopped the fight in the third round. Good move. As funny as this is, it’s also scary that someone could have this reaction after being hit.

Boxer suffers horrifying facial injury following series of vicious blows

Saturday evening, Errol Spence Jr. became a champion. He defeated Kell Brook in a multi-round fight that left Brook, who has already had eye issues from previous fights in the past, with a left-eye injury that is one of the more gruesome injuries you will ever see in boxing.

Ultimate warriors @SpecialKBrook and @ErrolSpenceJr exchange some heavy shots in the 10th. #BrookSpence — SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) May 27, 2017

This was a heavily anticipated fight, and it didn’t disappoint. However, Spence Jr. won in memorable fashion after outlasting Brook, repeatedly going after that left eye, and ultimately causing Brook to take a knee.

"The Truth" hurts! @ErrolSpenceJr forces @SpecialKBrook to a knee and becomes IBF Welterweight World Champion. #BrookSpence — SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) May 27, 2017

The victory for Spence Jr. meant that he won the IBF Welterweight World Championship.

Spence Jr. improves to 22-0 in his boxing career, with 19 of those wins coming by KO.

[h/t The Big Lead]

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