Akron's famed St. Vincent-St. Mary high school will show off its new look on Saturday at a dedication ceremony for alum LeBron James, who donated $1 million earlier this year for gymnasium renovations.
During the break between the boys junior varsity and varsity games— or at approximately 6:45 p.m.— the school will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly re-vamped gym and locker rooms.
The gym will also officially assume the name LeBron James Arena.
Thanks to LBJ's donation, the school was able to purchase new hardwood floors, lights, and bleachers, as well as branded scoreboards and sports equipment.
One of the gym walls will also feature a 3D look at LeBron's life.
Also — oh yeah! — a fan rushed the court near the end of second quarter. He tapped Kyrie on the shoulder and showed him his t-shirt, which read "Kyrie Don't Leave" while Andrew Bynum was missing a shot in the low post.
It took a few moments for security to respond — please do watch the bizarre video below. The kid runs up the court with the players until Chris Paul puts the ball under his arm and waits for guards to escort the young chap away.
This is the second time in the past year that a fan at the Q has appeared on court during play. James Blair, the LeBron superfan, did the same thing last year during the Heat's 27-point come-from-behind victory, and is now banned from the arena.
After admitting to being a little scared, Kyrie Irving told Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal, that he admires "prideful Cleveland fans." That said, having a reputation for incompetent security is another matter.
Here's the vid:
In other news, Anderson Varejao nabbed 17 boards and laughed at a pouting Blake Griffin.
Youtuber AngryBrownsFan uploaded the latest Cleveland Browns parody to the video sharing site yesterday.
As far as Browns Christmas medleys go, it's not too shabby. We'll admit we were chuckling around 1:19 for the Release Greg Little ditty, sung to the tune of Feliz Navidad.
Check it out, here:
The Cleveland Indians confirmed they will close the doors of three of their four remaining team stores after the holiday shopping season.
With the increase of online sales, in-store profits have sunk to an all time low, prompting the team to retire its retail spaces in Fairview Park, North Canton, and Strongsville as of Jan. 27.
“We're evaluating all facets of our business, and we felt the market conditions are no longer economically viable” to keep the three team shops open, Curtis Danburg, the Indians' senior director of communications, told Crain's Cleveland.
The Progressive Field store will remain open.
To put it lightly, this year's Browns vs. Steelers game was a mega disappointment. Weeden couldn't get in gear to move the ball even an iota and Campbell is as good as donezo.
To help us all sober up from yesterday's loss, we've compiled a few fond (and vintage!) memories from Browns vs. Steelers games of years past when we've crushed, SMASHED, OBLITERATED Pittsburgh.
We hope you enjoy these as much as we did.
All photos are courtesy of the Cleveland Memory Project.
12 Vintage Photos of the Browns Crushing the Steelers
Those rumors have now been largely brushed off. Both C.J. Miles and Jarrett Jack told Mary Schmitt Boyer that these PLAYERS' ONLY emergency gatherings are common among struggling teams, especially as they're trying to establish an identity and get into rhythm early in the season. That much is true. Boyer reported that the air had been cleared, that there were some disagreements, sure, but that type of thing was to be expected. Players were just expressing their frustrations and confabbing in constructive ways. The Akron Beacon-Journal's Jason Lloyd said things weren't combative. Coach Mike Brown chalked the meeting up as evidence of the team's desire to win.
Miles and Jack, for their parts, said the team is moving in the right direction — "100 percent" the smiley Miles testified — but the meeting's immediate effects were inconclusive.
Friday's 86-80 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, which I had the great misfortune of seeing in person and which marks the second time the Cavs have lost to the Bobcats in November, suggested otherwise. Saturday's dramatic overtime win was, at the very least, terrific entertainment, but it's not like you watch Matthew Dellavedova play 31 critical minutes and conclude that the franchise has awoken from its nightmare.
To be clear, Saturday's win was good. Baskets were scored. Gritty defense was played down the stretch. Eyebrows were arched and teeth were bared in what resembled competitive drive. Tristan Thompson collected a loose rebound under the hoop in the fourth quarter, dunked with authority, and howled at the Washington fans as if to say, "I am a basketball player!" These are all, as C.J. Miles suggested, signs of improvement.
But if not for an array of happy accidents — a fortuitous Bradley Beal bobble and heads-up scramble by Delly, a couple of miraculous three-point makes by Earl Clark, heretofore a wandering nest of lost limbs, and the Dark Knight rising (so to speak) to the occasion, at the end of the first half and again in the fourth quarter and overtime, the game could have easily drifted out of reach early on.
Mike Brown admitted that the entire Wizards affair was "discombobulated," that the offense was constructed by the seat of his pants. He settled into a bizarre three-guard lineup with three point guards, (the tallest among them being Delly, listed generously at 6'4") and Earl Clark as a stretch PF. Brown then subbed Tristan in for Clark for rebounding late in the fourth.
The one obvious positive side effect is that we saw, clearly, how potent Kyrie can be off the ball. A player like Delly who's confident with the ball in his hands, sets meaty screens, and is generally shot-averse is a nice late-game complement for a guy with Kyrie's killer instinct but lately untrustworthy handle. Jack and Irving coughed up the ball five and six times respectively. Delly, on the other hand, had zero turnovers to go along with his two assists and two steals. Meanwhile, you know who was nowhere to be seen?
What do former Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson and Kim Kardashian have in common? They both have been front and center of a sex tape shopping scandal.
Word has it that the former 1st round NFL Draft pick was filmed having sex with at least three women, and the owner of the footage is looking to cash in.
The details on the tape are scant, but TMZ Sports is reporting that some anonymous soul contacted them and several other media outlets and showed them the vid.
"We've seen the footage — let's just say Trent's got a lot in common with the Colts mascot, if you catch our drift," TMZ staff wrote in a post yesterday afternoon.
The footage hasn't made it online- yet, and NewsNet5 has suggested that the owner is looking to score 10,000 big ones before the video reaches public eyes.
While we wait for an interested buyer to pipe up, head on over to Pro Football Mock, which has a humorous list going of what really happened in the tape, plus check out Twitter which is currently a-flurry with new hastags like #TrentPornNames and #TheOnlyPlaceHeScoresIsOnTape.