Heat’s Jimmy Butler Forgets He’s On TV And Swears During Postgame Interview

When it was announced that the NBA would be played without fans to finish out the rest of the season, there was a lot of uncertainty around what the broadcast would sound like.
A question for some fans was whether or not we’d finally be able to hear just how intense these athletes go at each other and referees. In other words, will the trash talk be loud and clear? And if not, can someone please start a streaming service that has rights to a broadcast rated “R” for language?
And while pumped-in hip hop and virtual fans fill the arenas with noise, you do pick up a lot more on what the guys on the court are saying. But rarely can you catch a blatant swear word.
But there is Jimmy Butler, who on Monday used profanity to address another player in the middle of being interviewed on live television.
“Good s— my dude,” Butler said during his postgame interview, endearingly greeting some unidentified players exiting the court. “Brotherly love, man, I like to see y’all walking out together, it’s cute.”
This seems accidental, but it’s fun to remind ourselves that the wing has been even more inappropriate in press conferences before.
Hilariously, the Heat announcer questioning him had to apologize for Butler’s outburst. Check it out here.
And by the way, that sports streaming service that allows us to hear swears should be a thing.
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Bruce Cassidy Knows Hurricanes’ Top Line Will Be ‘Handful’ For Bruins

The stage is set and the Boston Bruins will take on the Carolina Hurricanes in their quest for the Stanley Cup.
These two teams met last year with Boston sweeping Carolina after the Canes shocked the hockey world and eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
It will be no easy task for the Bruins, especially considering Carolina made easy work of the hapless New York Rangers in the round-robin tournament.Boston, meanwhile, went 0-3-0.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy knows the threat the Hurricanes pose, particularly their top line of Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teräväinen, noting they have a “sixth sense.”
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But Cassidy also sees some of his own top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand in the opponents.
“They’re really well connected. They remind me of our — you know when Bergeron’s line is going,” Cassidy told reporters during a Zoom call Monday. “They can turn away from pressure and they don’t need a lot of time to find each other. Seem to have that sixth sense on the ice of where they’re going to be and that probably comes with repetition, being good players. They have it seems like a good balance of size with Svechnikov, Aho kind of dishes and passes. Teräväinen is more of a guy that looks to thread the needle but certainly has some speed to back you off.
“They’re going to be a handful, just like our guys are when they’re going. You have to limit their touches. You have to close on them quickly when you can. And do damage control by not giving them easy chances off the rush. That’s what I’ve always found against good offensive lines. You have to make them work for every inch of the ice and if they’re willing to do that and have success doing that, then you have to tip your hat to them.”
We’ll get our first look at the two teams going head-to-head Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
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Boston Celtics Rank Second In The Athletic’s NBA Power Rankings This Week

It certainly is up for debate, to say the least, but the most die-hard of Celtics fans will appreciate this.
In The Athletic’s weekly NBA Power Rankings feature by Zach Harper, Boston jumped from No. 7 to No. 2 in the entire bubble after going 3-1 on the week entering final seeding game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
First on The Athletic’s list are the Toronto Raptors, who fell to the Celtics on Friday night. The Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, and Milwaukee Bucks round out the top five–and yes, in that order. For further reference, the Western Conference’s No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers and No. 2 Los Angeles Clippers are ranked seventh and ninth, respectively.
Here is their reasoning for having the East’s third-place team so high in the power rankings:
They really are in a good spot. It seems like Kemba Walker is progressing, and the Boston Celtics can throw four monster perimeter scorers at any team they face. The loss to Miami this week was tough, but they rallied by demolishing Toronto. That felt like a statement game, even if it’s a mostly meaningless seeding game in the bubble. Boston still needs to find ways to minimize its lack of size and rim protection in the playoffs, but Brad Stevens has this team playing pretty well at the right time.
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If you’ve been watching this team game to game, you wonder if the Celtics’ uncharacteristically poor bubble defense will keep improving as the stage gets bigger, like we saw against the Raptors. It feels like it will, or at least that they’ll play well enough in the postseason to give their high-producing offensive quartet a cushion.
But still, take this ranking with a grain of salt. The list’s No. 4 team may not even make the playoffs, despite how hot the Suns and Devin Booker have been.
To be fair, The Athletic seems self-aware that some of these decisions are knee-jerk reactions based on the week. They defend the making of these rankings as so:
It’s Power Rankings. The whole thing is subjective. I really do put thought and homework into these rankings each week, but also I could just decide the team that bench presses the most will have the most power…
It’s up to my discretion how the rankings shake out each week. For some teams, they’ll be hit in the short-term. Others will be given the benefit for the long-term.
If I have a team ahead of another team, there’s no reason to ask why they’re ranked above the team you like. The answer is pretty simple: I think that team is set up better for success.
All things considered, the Celtics certainly are looking pretty good, and they also made a jump up in ESPN’s rankings. There shouldn’t be a team in the NBA who wants to go through Boston in its playoff picture.
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Brett Favre Not Sure There’s Right, Wrong Answer To Anthem-Kneeling Issue

Should NFL players be allowed to kneel during the national anthem before games, or not?
That’s the question that people both inside and outside the league have been debating since Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 2016.
For many, the answer is simple. For Brett Favre, however, it’s not.
Considering he spent 20 seasons in the NFL, Favre knows a thing or two about how his fellow athletes tick. And while he can’t speak for them personally, the 50-year-old has his own opinion on the matter, though it might not be exactly what you think.
“I know from being in an NFL locker room for 20 years, regardless of race, background, money you grew up with, we were all brothers it didn’t matter,” Favre said, via USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson. “Guys got along great. Will that be the same (with kneeling scenario)? I don’t know. If one guy chooses to stand for his cause and another guy chooses to kneel for his cause, is one right and the other wrong? I don’t believe so. We tend to be fixed on highs.
“I don’t know what it’s like to be Black,” he added. “It’s not for me to say what’s right and what’s wrong. I do know we should all be treated equal. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be in America.”
The debate continues.
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MLS is Back Final Preview: Orlando City v Portland Worthy Final

The MLS is Back Tournament is already a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS worthy tourney but on Tuesday night in Orlando could send a very successful event over the top. Portland Timbers versus Orlando City SC has the makings of being a thrilling match with Orlando surprising many with a run into the finals.

Orlando came out of Group A with seven points after posting a 2-0-1 record while the Timbers came out of Group F with the very same record.

Following the group stages Orlando defeated the Montreal Impact 1-0, defeated LAFC in penalties, and defeated Minnesota United 3-1. As for Portland, they beat FC Cincinnati in penalties, defeated NYCFC 3-1, and then beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1.

Orlando’s success while has come to a surprise to many the culture change under Head Coach Óscar Pareja has been well documented. In this tournament we have seen a well rested and dominating Nani for the first time in MLS. The Portuguese super-star isn’t the only firepower up top for Orlando with Chris Mueller posting a break-out tournament with three goals. Also aiding Orlando’s efforts is goalkeeper Pedro Gallese who through six matches this season has a GAA of just .83 goals makign 16 saves on 21 shots.

On the Portland side of things the Timbers have had disappointing results in previous seasons but their talent has never been doubted. Leading the way is midfielder Sebastian Blanco who through six matches has scored three goals and recorded five assists. Behind him is who has Diego Valeri two goals and three assists. How has Portland done without Brian Fernandez? Their forward Jeremy Ebobisse has four goals on the season and Jaroslaw Niezgod has two.

Fans can watch the final of the MLS is Back Tournament at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and TSN.
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Tacko Fall, Mo Bamba Share Hilarious Golf Course Moments On Instagram

OK, 2020 just keeps getting more and more interesting.
We’ve already been dealing with an unprecedented worldwide pandemic that temporarily shuttered sports globally as countries attempted to come to grips with COVID-19. Several professional sports in the United States have since resumed play, though some, like the NBA, are doing so in a bubble to protect players and staff as they attempt to complete their season.
That said, players have had to find ways to keep themselves entertained while away from their friends an family for an extended period of time. And with facilities like the Walt Disney World Resort golf courses, who can blame players for wanting to hit the links?
We already know Jayson Tatum has had his fun on Disney’s golf courses. Tacko Fall has been, too. And this time, he brought Orlando Magic star Mo Bamba with him. Bamba captured a portion of the hilarious occasion and posted it to his Instagram story — and it’s certainly worth a watch.
Check it out, via Boston.com:

Tacko Fall hit the golf course with Mo Bamba today: pic.twitter.com/QxUc6XCTGR
— Boston.com Celtics News (@BDCCeltics) August 11, 2020

Gotta love it.
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Watch J.D. Martinez Smash First Home Run Of Season For Red Sox Vs. Rays

If anyone needed a home run it was J.D. Martinez.
The Red Sox designated hitter had not amassed an RBI since Boston’s Opening Day win over the Baltimore Orioles, and has struggled a bit at the plate since .
But the home run drought ended Monday night when Martinez absolutely crushed a solo home run up and over the Green Monster to extend Boston’s lead to 4-1 in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Check it out:

— NESN (@NESN) August 11, 2020

We wonder if it’s landed yet.
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CT Sun Wrap: Connecticut Defeats Dream 93-82, Earns Second Win Of 2020

Welcome back to the win column, ladies.
The Sun found themselves on the right side of the ball Monday night, topping the Dream 93-82 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. This is Connecticut’s second win of the season, having won two of their last three games.
After a slow start to the season, Stricklen dazzled against her former team, posting 18 (all of which came in the first quarter alone) on 60 percent shooting, Williams also looked solid, putting up 12 points and seven rebounds off Atlanta’s bench.
Sun rookie Kaila Charles entered Connecticut’s rotating door at starting shooting guard, earning seven points and five rebounds in her first official WNBA start Monday night. It was a team effort for Connecticut, with nine players notching points in the contest.
Alyssa Thomas led all scorers with 21 points on an impressive 83.3 percent shooting. DeWanna Bonner stunned on defense with nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks on top of a 12-point performance.
Both teams now sit at 2-6 in the Eastern Conference.
Here’s how it all went down:
PG: Jasmine Thomas
SG: Kaila Charles
PF: Alyssa Thomas
SF: DeWanna Bonner
C: Brionna Jones
Stricklen and Williams looked solid in the first, to say the least.
Strick scored 12 points, including three triples, in the first quarter alone. Williams put up six of her own, giving the Dream an early edge over the Sun.

On brand. @strick40 starts us off with her 3!#ATLDream #ATLvsCON pic.twitter.com/mSXjH5MjpD
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) August 10, 2020

Quick thinking from @CourtMWilliams #ATLDream #ATLvsCON pic.twitter.com/Ui5QBB0wdc
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) August 10, 2020

This girl is on FIIIIIRE! #ATLDream #ATLvsCON pic.twitter.com/SIXr030QF6
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) August 10, 2020

Both Alyssa and Jasmine Thomas dominated for the Sun, however, scoring 11 and six points, respectively, in the first.

All Aboard! The Engine has arrived. #SUNState pic.twitter.com/L2IcwzWQKd
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

The teams traded leads early and often and this one, though Atlanta maintained a slight edge on Connecticut through most of the first. Williams gave the Dream a 25-23 lead with one of her signature floaters and 1:07 left of the clock, but Bria Holmes delivered a massive three just 4.3 seconds before the end of the quarter to give the Sun a one-point lead entering the second.

Bria Holmes. Remember the name. #SUNState pic.twitter.com/kUxxzihyBB
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

The Sun opened up a double-figure lead in one of their strongest first-half efforts so far the season.
The Thomases, Holmes, Jones and Natisha Hiedeman all had a hand in padding Connecticut’s lead in the second. The Sun looked solid on both sides of the ball, too, grabbing an impressive 19 rebounds and holding the Dream to just 44.4 percent from the field.

Jas is on fire#SUNState pic.twitter.com/JUTZk4jeyI
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

Too easy.#SUNState pic.twitter.com/iKi77eomCq
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

No hesi. #SUNState pic.twitter.com/N6AR4cDYzr
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

The Dream announced midway through the second that Chennedy Carter had sustained “an apparent ankle injury” earlier in the half and would not return to the game.

Chennedy Carter left tonight’s game against the Connecticut Sun with an apparent ankle injury. She will be out for the remainder of the game and will be evaluated by Atlanta’s medical team.
— Atlanta Dream PR (@ATLDreamPR) August 10, 2020

DB and the B stands for Block.#SUNState pic.twitter.com/MPra1aYp9k
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

At one point, Connecticut had itself a 13-point lead. And while Atlanta managed to trim it back some, the Sun still remained in control, featuring some more solid stuff from the rookie Charles, who notched six points in the half, and Bonner, who had six rebounds and three steals in an impressive first-half defensive effort.

That's the energy Kaila!#SUNState pic.twitter.com/4JdEWji4oV
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

Connecticut held a 56-46 lead at half, though Strick led all scorers at 18 on a season-high six triples. She now is 15th on the WNBA’s list of All-Time 3-Pointers Made.

Shekinna Stricklen hit a season-high in a game with 6 triples… and she did it all in one half! pic.twitter.com/BgXDlhhh4r
— WNBA (@WNBA) August 10, 2020

The Sun picked up right where they left off in the first half.
Connecticut did more than just maintain its double-figure lead in the third. The Sun truly hit its stride, leading the Dream by as many as 24 points and going on a 21-7 run to start the quarter.
And, naturally, the Thomases and Bonner led the charge.

Tunnel vision.#SUNState pic.twitter.com/SKV5FOv403
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

We don't know who loved that shot more, DB or us? (peep the reaction).#SUNState pic.twitter.com/NjiOuSAymy
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

Baseline boogie#SUNState pic.twitter.com/Cc3ku5Yy4L
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

The Sun outscored the Dream 25-15 in the third, taking an 81-61 lead into the final frame.
Not much changed in the fourth as the Sun sparkled for the last 10 minutes of play.
Connecticut’s bench kept their foot on the gas, allowing the Sun to maintain a 20-plus point lead on the Dream. Hiedeman was at the top of her game, sinking a pair of threes early in the fourth.

From the top! #SUNState pic.twitter.com/ppKiwdsLGA
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

THE STEP BACK#SUNState pic.twitter.com/Nf7fQAJxQT
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

The Dream managed to slowly chip away at the Sun’s lead late in the frame, but it was too little too late. Connecticut wound up with the W, topping Atlanta 93-82.
We stan that kind of bench reaction.

We don't know who loved that shot more, DB or us? (peep the reaction).#SUNState pic.twitter.com/NjiOuSAymy
— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020

Connecticut takes on the Dallas Wings, whom the Sun earned their first win against, for the second time in two weeks Wednesday night, with tip-off slated for 7 p.m. ET.
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Red Sox Have True Test In Front Of Them In Battle For Playoff Contention

The Boston Red Sox have a difficult test in front of them.
Boston begins a four-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox will then travel to New York to take on the Yankees for another four games. A quick two-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies follows. Then finally a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles before the Red Sox finally have a day off on Aug. 24.
The Red Sox currently sit in fourth place in the American League East at 6-9 on the season entering this lengthy stretch winners of three of their last four games.
For more on their upcoming schedule, check out the video above from Monday’s “Red Sox Gameday Live,” presented by DCU.
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Red Sox Starting Pitching Has Been Sneaky Good Recently For Boston

Don’t look now but the Boston Red Sox’s starting rotation might be starting to fall into place.
The rotation has been the biggest question mark for Boston throughout the coronavirus-shortened Major League Baseball season thus far without the arms of Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez, David Price and Rick Porcello at the Red Sox’s disposal.
Over the last four games, Boston’s starting rotation has been stellar combining to go 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA, while striking out 20 batters and allowing just seven walks over 18 innings pitched.
It’s most certainly a small sample size, but could be a sign of good things to come.
For more on the rotation, check out the video above from “Red Sox Gameday Live,” presented by DCU.
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