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Michael Jordan fan has crying LeBron James tattooed on leg

Kalen Gilleese concedes that LeBron James is one of pro basketball’s greatest players, but he still believes that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star is not in the class of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, his favorite player.

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So after the Cavs were beaten in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors, Gilleese, who already sports a body full of tattoos, added a crying LeBron James face to his right calf.

“I think LeBron is in the top five of all time, but he’s not Jordan,” the Salt Lake City resident told ESPN. “I just get ticked off by everyone saying that. And I absolutely hate how LeBron flops.”

Gilleese said he bugged his friend, tattoo artist Preston Schooley, to do the tattoo for the last two months.

“After the Warriors won, I convinced him to do it on me,” Gilleese told ESPN.

“He likes to be a troll, and this does the trick,” Schooley told ESPN.

Gilleese said that whether people like or despise James, they are impressed by Schooley’s intricate work.

“I’ve heard from a lot of people that have seen it,” Gilleese told ESPN. “No matter what they think, they end by appreciating how well done it is.”

Ryan O'Callaghan, former Patriots offensive tackle, comes out as gay

Former New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan revealed in an interview with Outsports on Tuesday that he is gay.

“No one is going to assume the big football player is gay,” O’Callaghan said in the interview. “It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide.”

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O’Callaghan, who said he originally contemplated suicide after his NFL career was over, initially came out to then-Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli in 2011. O’Callaghan said in his interview that he hopes he can use publicly coming out as a way to help other LGBTQ people struggling with their identity.

O’Callaghan, who played in the NFL for five seasons, made 20 starts in his career for both the Patriots and the Chiefs. The 33-year-old Cal product was originally taken in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by New England.

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New Dayton women’s assistant coach niece of country music legend

Dayton Flyers women’s basketball coach Shauna Green hired a new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with a memorable name: Calamity McEntire. She’s the niece of country music star Reba McEntire.

"I am thrilled to announce the addition of Calamity to our staff," Green said in a press release. "She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record as a recruiter. Her knowledge, work ethic and energy will be felt immediately. We are very excited to have Calamity join our Flyer family."

RELATED: UD women hire Ryan Gensler

McEntire spent last season at the University of Hawaii and the four seasons before that at Arizona. She previously coached at Boise State, UC Santa Barbara and Fresno State. She’s a native of Kiowa, Okla.

As for her famous aunt, McEntire told HawaiiWarriorWorld.com in 2016 they are close.

“She is someone I admire and look up to, not so much in her success, but how she went about it and how she treats people,” McEntire said. “She works really, really hard and she treats people really, really well and that’s how McEntires do things.”

Cardiac Hill Poll of the Week: Will Jamel Artis be Drafted?

While most of the intrigue around this year's NBA Draft is centering around the early Lottery picks, there's at least a bit of local intrigue related to the Panthers by way of Jamel Artis.

We've heard much less on the team's leading scorer, Michael Young, but Artis seems to be getting a decent amount of attention. Last month, he worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and Sacramento Kings. Artis has also recently had workouts for the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Charlotte Hornets, via reports on Twitter. Possibly even more. If nothing else, Artis is making his way around the league.

This Hornets video, by the way, was sent out from the team's official Twitter account and shows Artis performing pretty well:

A l k at Jamel Artis (#Pittsburgh) in his #HornetsSummer draft workout. #BuzzCity pic.twitter.com/QPQ3E22wCl — Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 18, 2017

Artis still is no lock to be selected. And as I wrote before, some of these teams may have no plans to draft him but wanted to have him in to see if he's a summer league candidate. But are his chances significantly worse than those of Lamar Patterson, who was taken in the second round a few years ago? I don't think so. Perhaps the biggest knock on him is his age and, at 24, it's not like he couldn't still have a long career in the league if deemed a strong enough player.

Given all of that, do you expect to hear Artis' name called during the draft on Thursday?

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New to the Zoo: Parker Stewart joins the 2017 Pitt class

Pitt lands an ex-Ole Miss recruit for next season.

Excited to announce I will be joining the Pittsburgh Panther family, play for Coach Stallings, and compete in best conference, the ACC ☝️ pic.twitter.com/CZhr0zkG45— Parker Stewart (@Parker2828) June 19, 2017

Pitt was able to land a much needed addition to their 2017 recruiting class yesterday, as they landed shooting guard Parker Stewart. He was a one-time Ole Miss signee, but asked for his release from his letter of intent earlier this month. He is able to join the team soon, and will be eligible to play next season.

Stewart is a 6’5” 185 pound shooting guard from Union City, Tennessee. His father, Anthony, is a division one head coach for Tennessee-Martin. Stewart is graded as a three-star by all four of the major recruiting services. In addition to Pitt, he received late interest from Georgetown and Iowa State. He held an impressive offer sheet initially with the likes of Wisconsin, Florida, and NC State and about a dozen more.

Stewart is known for one thing especially, and that’s outside shooting. He should walk into Pitt and be their top threat from the outside right away. Here is a look at his senior year at Union City.

Given the graduation of Jamel Artis and Cameron Johnson’s transfer, finding a quality outside shooter like this should help offset those losses somewhat. Landing a player like this this late overall is also impressive. It’s rare to add a good high school talent this late in the game, at this point transfers and junior college players seem to be the only additions available.

To help paint a better picture of Pitt’s ever-changing roster, I’ll give everyone a quick rundown. Ryan Luther and Jonathan Milligan are back as the seniors of the team. Joining the senior class is grad-transfer Monty Boykins from Lehigh. Jared Wilson-Frame is coming to Pitt with junior eligibility from junior-college. Malik Ellison is a transfer from St. John’s and will sit this upcoming season, and has two years to play after that. Beyond that, it will be six true freshmen; Parker Stewart, Marcus Carr, Kham Davis, Shamiel Stevenson, Peace Ilegomah, and Terrell Brown.

That leaves two open scholarships Pitt can use before this upcoming season. They can likely add an additional post player to help out the very thin frontcourt. Pitt’s roster is definitely imbalanced as they have six freshman and not many upperclassmen at the moment. Pitt will likely have 4, and as many as five spots to fill in the 2018 recruiting class. They are off to a pretty strong start there with four-star Bryce Golden committing to the program just days ago.

Pitt has not had a very positive offseason with a bevy of transfers, the controversial blocking of Cameron Johnson, and their fair share of recruiting misses. So to add a four-star 2018 player a few days ago, and to beat out Georgetown for a three-star player yesterday, this would rank up there with the better developments the program has had in recent memory.

Pitt baseball has three players selected in the 2017 MLB Draft

Last month, I mentioned that Pitt was unlikely to have any high picks selected in the MLB Draft. That draft was held last week and, well, that proved true as the Panthers had no picks in the top 15 rounds. A few Pitt players did eventually get taken, however.

First off the board was pitcher Josh Falk, who went to the Oakland A's in the 17th Round.  Another pitcher, Isaac Mattson, went to the Los Angeles Angels in Round 19. Finally, pitcher Josh Mitchell was scooped up in the 22nd Round by the Kansas City Royals.

No position players were taken, which wasn't terribly surprising. As I wrote last month, Pitt had only one .300 hitter this season, and that was freshman Alex Amos (who was not eligible to be drafted). No one else hit better than .281.

Even the starting pitchers taken didn't have great seasons. I thought Mattson could have been first off the board as he was solid as a reliever. He led the team in saves (4) and had a 2.87 ERA. Perhaps most importantly to scouts, he averaged better than a strikeout per inning.

Falk and Mitchell were less impressive. Falk was 3-7 with a 3.92 ERA and Mitchell was 1-5 with a 4.61 ERA. Mitchell also allowed a team-high ten home runs. Teams are looking less at records and more at 'stuff', though, so it's not as simple as looking at even typically good indicators such as ERA. Records when playing on bad teams is even less useful.

So now the question is, will any of those guys be back to try to improve their draft stock? Falk was a senior, so he was gone for sure. According to Royals Review, Mitchell has already signed. Finally, while I hadn't seen if Mattson had signed or not, his Twitter account indicates he is a 'former' Pitt pitcher, so sounds as if he's gone.

Losing Mattson out of the bullpen hurts and even though Falk and Mitchell didn't have great seasons, it still means the Panthers will need to replace 2/3 of its main rotation. But overall, Pitt isn't losing the type of production they lost last year when five players were drafted. Three of those players were taken in the first 12 rounds, including a first-rounder and a fourth-rounder.

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Son of Charleston church massacre victim drafted by Cubs

Nearly two years after his mother was killed by white supremacist in a South Carolina church, Chris Singleton realized his dream of playing professional baseball when the outfielder was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

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Singleton, a right-handed center fielder at Charleston Southern University, was chosen by the defending World Series champions with the final pick of the 19th round Wednesday (No. 585 overall). 

Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of nine people killed by Dylann Roof on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study class at Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, WLTX reported. Coleman-Singleton, 45, had taught her son at Goose Creek High School and also was a pastor.

Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crime charges and acknowledged he was hoping to incite a race war.

Despite the tragedy, Singleton continued his college baseball career. He batted .276 with four home runs for Charleston Southern this season.

“It’s a lot of God and a little bit of me right now,” Singleton told the Post and Courier of Charleston. “It’s timing itself up perfectly in my eyes, so it’s really a blessing.”

Cavaliers’ star LeBron James embraces the bald look

LeBron James, smarting after the Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors, has decided to take on a new look.

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King James, who has been compared to Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, took on MJ’s bald-headed look, showing off his shaved head on his Instagram account. James’ hairline has been receding for years, so he decided to take action, USA Today reported.

James is also back in the gym, hoping that his work ethic will pay off with the NBA title the Cavaliers were unable to defend this season.

Pitt Basketball Recruiting: Panthers land 2018 PF/C Bryce Golden

While we're still trying to sort out the 2017-18 roster, Pitt basketball coach Kevin Stallings added a key player for 2018. On Thursday night, the Panthers added 6'9" power forward/center Bryce Golden.

#H2P pic.twitter.com/YsbYtzIsoI — Bryce (@bryce_golden) June 16, 2017

Golden is a 247 four-star composite recruit out of Sharpsburg, Maryland and reportedly had offers from several quality programs, including Maryland, North Carolina State, Clemson, and Xavier. He just visited with Pitt earlier this week. ESPN has him as a four-star recruit while Rivals and Scout both peg him as a three-star player.

While Scout only gives him three stars, they also have him as a top 80 player for 2018, slotting him as the 79th best recruit overall back in their March rankings.

I haven't been able to find any solid stat averages on him but given everything that's gone down with the basketball program this year, this is a hard one not to like. Stallings hasn't endeared himself to fans that much after last year's disaster, but he is known for recruiting. And his 2018 class is off to a solid start with the addition of Golden.

Here's some of his work around the rim at the Peach Jam event.

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Orlando City Soccer forward Cyle Larin charged with DUI

Orlando City Soccer Club forward Cyle Larin was arrested early Thursday in Orlando and charged with driving under the influence, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Investigators said a trooper spotted a white Cadillac shortly after 2:30 a.m. traveling the wrong way on the South Ivanhoe Boulevard ramp.

The vehicle merged onto North Orange Avenue and continued to travel in the wrong direction in the wrong lanes, so the trooper pulled over the driver, investigators said.

The driver stopped in the middle of the road, and an oncoming Mercedes stopped within feet of the vehicle, preventing a head-on collision, according to an arrest report.

The driver told the trooper he was unfamiliar with the area and wasn't from the area, the report said. Investigators said he later told the trooper he moved from Toronto, Canada, to Orlando about three years ago.

The trooper described the man's eyes as bloodshot and glossy and said that the vehicle smelled of alcohol, the report said.

The trooper asked the driver to pull into an adjacent parking lot, where he identified himself as Cyle Larin and a field sobriety test was performed, officials said.

Investigators said that Larin, whose speech was slurred and who had difficulty answering questions, told the trooper that he and his female passenger were coming back from Ono Nightclub in downtown Orlando, but he said he hadn't drunk any alcohol.

The report said Larin had difficulty following some of the trooper's instructions during the field sobriety test and kept changing his answer when asked how much he had to drink, the report said.

Larin told the trooper he had "two to three vodka Red Bulls," according to the report. He was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail, where he blew a .179 and .182 during breathalyzer tests, troopers said. The legal limit for blood alcohol content in Florida is .08

Larin was booked into the Orange County Jail and is being held in lieu of $500 bond.

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