Maddon defends not using Davis: ‘I really just needed him for the save’

Following the Chicago Cubs‘ crushing walk-off defeat at the hands of Justin Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Joe Maddon explained why he sent John Lackey out to pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning instead of closer Wade Davis.

“I really just needed him for the save tonight,” Maddon told reporters, according to ASAP Sports.

“He had limited pitches. It was one inning only, and in these circumstances you don’t get him up and then don’t get him in. So if we had caught the lead, he would have pitched. That’s it.”

Maddon revealed that Davis was limited to only one inning Sunday because of his pitch totals from Game 5 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals three days earlier. He tossed 2 1/3 innings (44 pitches) to secure the save and the series for the Cubs.

Lackey, meanwhile, made an appearance Saturday, throwing a scoreless 1 2/3 innings on 27 pitches. Entering Game 2, the 38-year-old had never pitched in back-to-back outings. With one on and two out, he gave up a walk before Turner homered to give the Dodgers a 4-1 win and a 2-0 series lead.

“I’m just betting on his experience right there as much as anything. I know that he went out there and tried to make the pitches that he wanted to make. I know that the crowd would not affect him, and it didn’t,” Maddon said, when asked why he decided to use Lackey.

“Just the first walk he just kept trying to get (Chris) Taylor to chase. Once he got to two strikes and he didn’t chase, to the hitter’s credit. Then I didn’t see the last pitch to Turner, but obviously it was pretty good. But I really thought that John would not be affected by the moment.”

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Jimmy Fallon Says Being Anti-Trump Is “Just Not What I Do” [VIDEO]

Jimmy Fallon is going to have to make a choice, but right now he’s toeing the line. The host of The Tonight Show’s ratings have been slipping while his lack of Trump slander is raising eyebrows. 

Fallon is getting the side eye, especially considering his nightly music crew, The Roots, are the type of people Trump wouldn’t bother inviting to the White House.

Reports the Huffington Post:

The dramatic downward trajectory is likely due to Fallon’s decision to refrain from having hard-hitting segments about President Donald Trump’s administration, while Colbert and Kimmel have had massive success doing just that.

Amid the ratings drop (and to promote Fallon’s new children’s book, Everything Is Mama), fellow NBC show “Sunday Today” will have Fallon on for an interview about “The Tonight Show” this weekend. As a teaser, “Today” released a segment of the interview where host Willie Geist asks Fallon why he isn’t going after Trump.

“It’s just not what I do,” Fallon said in response. “I think it would be weird for me to start doing it now. I don’t really even care that much about politics. I’ve got to be honest. I love pop culture more than I love politics. I’m just not that brain.”

The comedian did add that it’s tough to make fun of Trump’s daily struggle because a lot of it is more scary than funny. He said “With Trump, it’s just like every day’s a new thing he gives uh, you know, a lot of material. A lot of stuff is hard to even make a joke about because it’s just too serious.”

To be fair, Fallon did poignantly respond to the Charlottesville riots, saying, “It’s important for white people to speak out against this.”

Pick a side, Jimmy. Even Michael Jordan isn’t rolling with that “Republicans buy sneakers, too” jig.

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‘It’s just hoops’: Kyrie downplays season opener vs. Cavs

The Boston Celtics will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers to open the 2017-18 season, which sets the stage for Kyrie Irving to step into the spotlight.

Emotions will be running high in Quicken Loans Arena as the Cavs faithful welcome back Irving, their former favorite son who spurned them this summer with a trade request that saw him shipped to Boston.

Reactions might have been mixed had Irving left on more amicable terms given everything he’s done for the franchise, but after his recent barbs at the city of Cleveland, he should expect a hostile homecoming.

Of course, none of that worries the newest Celtic. He’s not anxious at all.

“No. Why would it be? It’s just hoops,” Irving told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “It’s just hooping. I understand the magnitude.”

“I know what it is going to entail in terms of marketing, whatever the case may be, to garner up this energy to make people feel a certain type of way. I get all that. It’s part of the game. It’s been a part of the game for a while. But, it’s just two hoops and a basketball,” Irving added.

Irving saw the Cavaliers at their lowest point after LeBron James left for South Beach, and was there at their glorious apex when he made the dagger three to snap Cleveland’s 45-year title drought. None of this will be new to him.

“It’s all love no matter what,” Irving said. “I have heard boos at times to hearing cheers in the parade. I’ve been in the championship parade as well as being down 30 in ‘Q Arena.’ So, I’ve heard it all. It’s just good to be there and hoop against a great team like the Cavs.”

Irving added that although relations are frayed at the moment, he does truly cherish the chapter of his life spent in Cleveland.

"I’m appreciative of (my career in Cleveland). The multiple legacies I want to live in my life, Cleveland is definitely part of one. Whether it’s appreciated or not, it doesn’t matter to me. I think the effect, the actual time I spent there, is what matters most and actually trying to be remembered for what happened," he said.

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Bad News After What Was Just Found On Shooter’s Hotel Room Video And Who He Was Caught Paying

Details surrounding the Las Vegas shooter have been shrouded in secrecy over the last two days. The country has been waiting for answers as to how a seemingly average older man, who blended into society, died in infamy Sunday night after committing the largest shooting our country has ever seen. He wasn’t known for having […]
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Police Just Dramatically Changed The Official Story of The Las Vegas Shooting

On Monday, police dramatically changed the official timeline of how the Las Vegas shooting began. Last week, officials claimed Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock shot Jesus Campos, a security guard at the Mandalay Bay hotel, after Paddock opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, leaving 59 dead and hundreds more injured, going so far as to credit Campos with halting the […]
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Watch: Just invite Dennis Smith Jr. to the dunk contest already

Get used to seeing Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. on highlight reels all season long.

Smith showed off his insane hops in Monday’s preseason game against the Orlando Magic. He took off from well outside the paint before flying in for a massive jam.

He finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and seven assists in the win.

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Reported Massage Fiend Harvey Weinstein Just Got Fired On His Day Off

How the mighty have fallen. Movie executive Harvey Weinstein just got fired from the company that bears his name, the Weinstein Company. 

Since this occurred on a Sunday we are going to be extremely petty and point out that he got canned on his day off.

As you probably know, the New York Times dropped an expose detailing the myriad of women Harvey Weinstein has allegedly sexually harassed throughout the years. You know ish was real when instead of buckling down and claiming slander or libel, Weinstein basically said my bad and said he was getting therapy.

As for getting fired, the New York Times reports:

“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the company’s board said in a statement on Sunday night.

The New York Times reported last week that Mr. Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements over nearly three decades with women who had accused him of sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact.

This is where we must point out the privilege of being able to sexually harass women for decades and still become a big-time movie exec.

We’ll bring it up again when the inevitable “come back” goes down, too.

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Whiteside unfazed by GM survey snub: ‘I’ll just keep killing their team’

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside didn’t receive a single vote for NBA’s best center from the annual general manager survey released Wednesday.

Whiteside is already plotting his revenge.

“I’m just killing whatever team they’re on,” Whiteside told Ira Winderman of the Miami Sun-Sentinel. “I’ll just keep killing their team.”

Related: NBA GMs expect Warriors to repeat, LeBron will be MVP

Being overlooked is pretty much the story of Whiteside’s career. He barely saw the floor and washed out of the league after his first two NBA seasons, then logged stints in remote leagues in China and Lebanon, before rediscovering himself in Miami.

Whiteside has since blossomed into a fringe All-Star, with averages of 14.7 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in 29.2 minutes over the last three seasons. His interior dominance earned him a maximum contract, and he’s led the league in blocks and rebounds, yet his reputation still lags behind the elite centers in the league.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, and Marc Gasol each received roughly a quarter of the vote, while DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gobert, Draymond Green, Nikola Jokic, and DeAndre Jordan also received nods as the top center.

Related: NBA GMs tab Towns as best center, franchise cornerstone

Having already been shunned in All-Star and All-Defensive Team voting in recent years, Whiteside wasn’t shocked by how general managers voted.

“Nah. I’m not surprised anymore.

“I don’t care what them GM thinks,” Whiteside added. “Four years ago, they didn’t think I could play in this league. I care about what Pat Riley and coach Spo think.”

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