LeBron: ‘I didn’t go bald like Mike, but I’m getting there’

LeBron James‘ admiration for the legendary Michael Jordan dates back to his days as a child first playing the game of basketball, mimicking Jordan’s on-court tendencies, and even how he wore his gear.

That’s as far as the Cleveland Cavaliers star went in trying to be like Mike, though, because if he went any deeper, he probably wouldn’t have any hair on his noggin anymore.

“I did pretty much everything that MJ did when I was a kid,” James said following Cleveland’s Game 5 victory over the Boston Celtics to advance to the NBA Finals once again. “I shot fadeaways before I should have. I wore a leg sleeve on my leg and folded it down so you saw the red part. I wore black and red shoes with white socks. I wore short shorts so you could see my undershorts underneath.”

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He then jokingly added, “I didn’t go bald like Mike, but I’m getting there. But it will be post-career, though. That’s the only thing I didn’t do.”

Tristan Thompson – along with Kevin Love and J.R. Smith – invaded James’ postgame presser, and had the most priceless reaction on his face when his teammate cracked the joke about His Airness.

With his 35 points in 34 minutes of action, James moved past Jordan to become the Association’s all-time leader in playoff scoring.

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Sanchez frustrated by recurring finger injury: ‘It’s not getting any better’

As the Toronto Blue Jays slowly begin to receive promising news on the injury front, the same can’t be said when it comes to Aaron Sanchez and his lingering finger injury.

The 24-year-old starter, who landed on the disabled list for the third time this year because of the same problem, was understandably frustrated on Tuesday, providing a somber update on the ailment.

"It's not getting any better," Sanchez said, according to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith. "I can't keep having this issue every inning and have to go check. This game's already hard enough to have to go out there and compete.

“I’m beating myself up trying to go in there and pitch through it. It’s not doing me any good, it’s not doing the team any good.”

Sanchez most recently pitched on May 19 against the Baltimore Orioles and lasted six innings with his fastball regularly touching 97 mph. It wasn’t until after the game that Sanchez revealed he was, once again, feeling discomfort in the same finger. He was placed on the disabled list less than 24 hours later.

“The only thing that’s going to help it heal is not doing anything, not playing catch, just letting it heal,” Sanchez said. “It kind of sucks not being able to play catch, but when I play catch it’s the last thing that hits my finger, so every single time I’m throwing the ball it’s getting hurt and hurt.”

The issue first started as a blister that eventually forced Sanchez to visit a finger specialist who removed the nail completely. He’s made two starts since, one of which caused his middle finger to bleed on May 14 against the Seattle Mariners.

The Blue Jays, naturally concerned about the status of last year’s American League ERA leader, have maintained that there is no timetable for Sanchez’s return. The club continues to be without J.A. Happ and Francisco Liriano, though the latter appears closest to coming back.

In five starts this year, Sanchez has combined to a 3.33 ERA with 18 strikeouts and a 1.27 WHIP.

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Penn State AD fine with Ohio State getting CFP nod last year

The announcement of the four teams selected to last year’s College Football Playoff brought about a lot of discussion, at the forefront of which was the inclusion of Ohio State over Big Ten champion Penn State.

Not only did the Nittany Lions win the Buckeyes' division and conference, but they also won the head-to-head matchup during the season. Despite all that, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour had no problem with Ohio State making the final four.

“I think Ohio State should’ve gone,” Barbour told Sean Keeler of Landof10.com. “I have no problem with the fact Ohio State went.”

While Barbour was okay with the Buckeyes grabbing a spot, that doesn't mean she felt Penn State wasn't a deserving choice. She felt the Nittany Lions winning the conference title was enough to get them in the CFP as well.

“We were arguably the best league in the country and we didn’t go, so let’s try to figure out why and what is there,” she questioned. “(Whether) it’s we, Penn State, or we, as a conference, how do we address that in the future?”

Clemson and Alabama were practically unanimous selections for the CFP, so perhaps it's not surprising that both teams easily won their semifinal matchups. While most pundits were fine with Ohio State's spot, it was Washington's position that caused great debate.

While the Pac-12 champion Huskies only lost one game during the season, their strength of schedule was well behind Penn State’s.

Penn State suffered a narrow loss in an epic Rose Bowl against USC, and is expected to challenge for a national championship in the 2017 season. With Ohio State and Michigan on the Nittany Lions' schedule yet again, it's likely another scenario that sees two of those historic programs left out of the CFP occurs again.

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MVP?: James Harden Went To Club Right After Getting Eliminated From NBA Playoffs [VIDEO]

James Harden didn’t go sulking in his room after getting booted out of the NBA Playoffs earlier this week. Instead, he partied at the club.

If you’re a Houston Rockets fan, the last thing you want to see right now is the best player on the team spending his night in the club after getting embarrassed in a must-win playoff game. But, that’s your reality right now.

MVP candidate James Harden gave one of the worst performances of his career Thursday night when he scored just 10 points in a 114-75 blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurts. Rockets fans obviously had higher hopes for the home game that was also commemorated by a limited edition Travis Scott t-shirt.

While MVP candidates and “great” players would be expected to lay low after such a game, Harden decided to lick his wounds in the club. People there either didn’t watch the game or assumed that the Rockets won because they started chanting “MVP” when they noticed Harden was there.

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Wall feels he’s getting LeBron treatment from referees

John Wall doesn’t think he’s getting the calls he deserves against the Boston Celtics.

The Wizards point guard voiced his displeasure with the officiating in Washington’s second-round series, suggesting his ability to absorb contact has limited the number of fouls he’s drawn against Boston.

“I think I get the same treatment as LeBron gets when he drives,” Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. “I think I’m too big and physical, so guys bounce off me and they think I’m supposed to play through it, so I just keep playing and, like, coach tells me, don’t worry about it. Just try to finish plays without worrying about the fouls. So that’s all I can do.”

Wall was particularly upset with a non-call in overtime of Game 2, when Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley appeared to grab the 26-year-old’s arm prior to a costly Wizards turnover.

“He’s pretty good, I played against Avery for a long time but it doesn’t bother me. I mean, he’s a great defender, but it don’t bother me as much,” Wall said. “Like, if everybody look at the last play, if you look, he was holding my whole arm. The whole time … but the ref told me he couldn’t see it.”

Even if the whistle hasn’t gone his way, Wall has continued to put up big numbers through the first two games of the series, averaging 30 points, 14.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and two steals on 48.1 percent shooting.

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LeBron will pay Jones’ fine again, but he must ‘stop getting kicked out’ vs. Raps

Enough is enough, Dahntay Jones.

The Cleveland Cavaliers veteran was ejected from Monday's Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors after picking up two technical fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct – he celebrated a dunk rather excessively, exchanging some words with Norman Powell and Jakob Poeltl.

Those techs will result in a $ 6,000 fine, which LeBron James will cover … again, and hopefully for the last time.

"And I told him tonight, I said, 'Listen, Dante. Enough is enough, stop getting kicked out against Toronto all the time, alright? (So I can) stop paying your damn fines.' But yeah, he don't have to worry about it. He's good," James said.

A year ago in the East Finals against the Raps, Jones was suspended without pay for punching Bismack Biyombo in the "Hibberts," and James footed the $ 80 bill.

Classic LeDad.

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Leah Messer: Is She Getting Back with Jeremy Calvert?!

Leah Messer has been raising a whole lot of eyebrows lately.

And right now, we’re not even talking about the persistent rumors that she’s currently pregnant with her fourth child.

No, today the issue in question is that last night, she celebrated her 25th birthday at a nightclub … and her second ex-husband, Jeremy Calvert was there.

And not only was he in attendance, but they also posed for a few intimate photos together.

“Good times,” she captioned one photo, and for another she wrote “Just a little fun, that’s all!!!”

It does look like she’s having a good time, and quite a bit of fun — and hey, let’s be honest, she looks drunk, too — but this is just a little surprising.

For one, the last we heard Leah and Jeremy weren’t on good terms. On the last season of Teen Mom 2, she complained that he wasn’t stepping up enough in taking care of their daughter.

She even told him that marrying him was the biggest mistake of her life.

And for two, they’re not simply just getting along in these photos. They look pretty darn close.

Like, if you’re at a club with your ex, pressed up against him with your hands in your hair, that’s not just a “we’re putting our differences aside for your child” pose.

But still, that’s the story they’re going with.

Early this morning, Jeremy posted a meme that read “Being friends with your ex shows you two are mature enough to get over the fact that you weren’t meant to be together.”

He added the caption “Before everyone freaks the f-ck out Jesus Christ….”, along with some hashtags about putting their daughter first.

Interestingly enough, he then posted another meme, this one reading “Never sacrifice your class to get even with someone who has none. Let them have the gutter. You take the high road.”

In that caption, he wrote “This is so true, I’m for sure going to start doing this, time to wise up and get my head out of my ass….. so glad I didn’t mess up again and rolled out timing was perfect….. give her the unfollow button everyone thanks.”

Some internet sleuths revealed in the comments that his former fiancee, Brooke Wehr, had shared a photo of herself in bed with a guy around the same time the photos of Jeremy with Leah hit Instagram, so that’s what he was responding to.

What does it all mean? It’s hard to tell.

But we do know that Leah liked both of Jeremy’s catty memes, so it seems like the two are now on the same team.

Are they back together? Have they been back together for a while, and is Leah’s rumored new baby actually Jeremy’s?

Hey, there’s always a chance.

And these people are so messy, it won’t be too long before we hear about it.

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