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Mo’Ne Davis featured on SI cover, is a major badass

- August 19th, 2014

Last week, we introduced you to Taney Dragons starting pitcher Mo’Ne Davis, who tossed a complete game shutout to punch her team’s ticket to the Little League World Series. She allowed just three hits in the 8-0 win.

Since then, the 13-year-old’s profile has gone up. Way up.

Davis followed up by outdoing herself on the big stage. On Friday, she became the first female pitcher in LLWS history to toss a complete game shutout. Armed with a 70-mph fastball, she gave up just two hits, threw eight strikeouts and issued zero walks as she led her Philadelphia-based squad to a 4-0 victory.

After the game, Davis described her pitching to ESPN: “I throw my curve ball like Clayton Kershaw and my fastball like Mo’Ne Davis.”

Badass quote.

She also challenged Kershaw, who is her pitching idol, to a head-t0-head contest. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace accepted.

He’s hardly the first major leaguer to notice Davis. Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout gave her a shoutout on Twitter and Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz also offered praise.

Her star power has transcended baseball. Athletes and celebrities outside of the baseball world have taken notice.

Some people have even thrown around the possibility of Davis achieving her goal of becoming the first female player in Major League Baseball.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What’s clear right now is that Davis has become an icon for teenage ball players (girls and boys), a status that was solidified Tuesday when Sports Illustrated announced she would grace the cover of its next issue.

The best part about baseball’s fascination with Davis is that it has to do with her powerful arm and smooth delivery. The fact she’s female is secondary.

Her team put together a late rally to win Sunday night. She’s likely to get the start Wednesday.

Here’s hoping for another lights-out performance.

Little League coach gives best post-game speech in recent memory

- August 19th, 2014

“The most precious moment” of Cumberland (Rhode Island) manager Dave Belisle’s career arrived after a loss.

Representing New England at the Little League World Series this week, the Cumberland Americans were bounced in a tight, 8-7 loss to the Great Lakes Region Monday night in Williamsport, PA.

The kids, ages 11 to 13, hung their heads.

Some sniffled. Some cried.

That’s when Belislie put things into perspective with one of the most touching post-game talks in recent memory.

And it was all caught on ESPN.

Jordan Subban scores nifty shootout goal on brother Malcolm

- August 19th, 2014

So this is in no way legal and his brother Malcolm was barely trying, but Jordan Subban showed some slick hand-eye coordination at the BioSteel Camp this week.

Jordan, a defenceman in the Vancouver Canucks system, went head-to-head in a shootout contest against Malcolm, a Boston Bruins goalie prospect.

Another one for Jordan to brag about in a lifetime of these.

The two are little siblings of Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban.

BONUS: New York Islanders draft pick Josh Ho-Sang made Malcolm look silly with this shot.

(h/t HockeyWebCast)

Here’s Kate Upton doing the Ice Bucket Challenge … and her boyfriend

- August 19th, 2014

When is one of Major League Baseball’s top hurlers irrelevant?

When his significant other is supermodel Kate Upton.

Upton and her main squeeze, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, both did the Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday.

Verlander called on fellow athletes Frank Thomas and Andy Roddick to join the growing number of people who have accepted the challenge, which raises awareness and funding for ALS research.

Johnny Manziel gives Redskins bench the finger

- August 19th, 2014

On Monday Night (Preseason) Football, quarterback Johnny Manziel was finally in the spotlight.

And it didn’t take long for the enigmatic 2014 draft pick of the woeful Cleveland Browns franchise to add fuel to the fire that rages between NFL fans about his football abilities and night-time proclivities.

Yes, that’s right: Johnny Football gave the Washington Redskins bench the middle finger.

Manziel — just as interested in partying as he is at playing quarterback — was 7-for-16 for 65 yards and a touchdown against the ‘Skins in his limited time on the field. He posted a 76.3 passer rating on the night and was also sacked three times.

Love him or hate him, Manziel will continue to make headlines because of his polarizing character.