The Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League traded forward Kealia Ohai to the Chicago Dash on Monday, a move Ohai said she is “extremely excited” for.
Her fiancé, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, is excited, too — but not necessarily about the coverage his future spouse is getting.
While Watt said on Monday that he is “very proud” and “excited” for Ohai, his attention on Tuesday turned instead to a local Houston news outlet that neglected to use Ohai’s name in a tweet announcing the news of her trade. The post only referred to Ohai as “J.J. Watt’s fiancée,” causing the NFL star to respond on his own Twitter page.
“This headline is trash,” he began, before explaining that Ohai is “incredible entirely in her own merit and deserves to be treated as such.”
The NBA revealed the first returns of voting for the 2020 All-Star Game on Thursday, and many fans on Twitter are up in arms over some players on the list.
Fan votes account for 50 percent of the vote to determine which 10 players will make it to the All-Star Game, which is being held at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 16. Shortly after the list was published, two players who were included immediately started trending on social media: Alex Caruso and Tacko Fall.
Fall, in particular, has become a cultural phenomenon among fans of his Boston Celtics and beyond. The 7-foot-5 Senegal native has only appeared in three games so far this season, totaling just 11 minutes — but according to voters, that’s enough to get him to Chicago. Over 110,000 fans have voted for Fall to make the Eastern Conference All-Star Roster, which puts him sixth on the list of frontcourt players in the East.
While some were quick to praise Fall as a “legend” or laugh at the situation, many others didn’t find the situation comical and called for an end to the fan vote.
On Monday, the Toronto Raptors took to the streets to celebrate their first championship in franchise history, which they claimed after beating the Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals.
Fans turned out in droves to get a glimpse of the trophy and the team’s stars, including Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard and … a fake Kawhi Leonard?
According to Toronto-based site blogTO, a man dressed in a full Leonard uniform with a similar hairstyle to the NBA Finals MVP was seen mingling with fans along the parade route, even signing autographs and taking selfies.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be a spry 42 years of age at the start of the 2019 NFL season this September.
Talk of his retirement has been constant over the past several years, though Brady himself has said he wants to play until he’s 45 — or, more candidly, until he starts to suck.
However, a tweet sent by the quarterback from Patriots minicamp on Tuesday that seemed to reference an impending retirement decision sent fans spiraling.
The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House to celebrate their 2018 World Series victory on Thursday, but as has become the norm as of late, many star players have revealed they won’t be going.
Starting pitcher David Price is among those who will not be in attendance, alongside Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., reigning American League Most Valuable Player Mookie Betts and manager Alex Cora, including others.
Price stated that his reasoning for not visiting the White House was simply because “it’s baseball season,” but on Monday, he took to Twitter to seemingly make another comment on the matter.
UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi, who first made headlines in January after scoring a perfect 10 on a now-viral performance, has completed her collegiate career.
The 22-year-old gymnast ‘s floor routine at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge went viral with more than 43 million views on Twitter. After some slight changes to the choreography, including the removal of Michael Jackson’s music and accompanying dance moves, Ohashi performed the infectious routine for the final time on Saturday at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics National Championship.
Footage of the routine, which was shared by espnW, has been viewed nearly 3 million times as of Monday morning. Ohashi earned a 9.950 for the performance.
ESPN anchor Jemele Hill penned a powerful essay on “doing the right thing” after her tweets criticizing President Trump became a story of national interest earlier this month.
The SportsCenter co-host opened up on Wednesday about watching her employer “become a punching bag” because of her comments calling the president a white supremacist.
“Twitter wasn’t the place to vent my frustrations,” Hill admits, further stating that the social media platform isn’t the best place for “nuanced, complicated discussions” about race and social issues.
She connects the feeling she had of letting her employer and colleagues down to a story from her childhood, when she disappointed her grandmother by succumbing to peer pressure from friends and stealing beer from the fridge.
“I was heartbroken because I felt like I had let my grandmother, who was one of my best friends, down,” Hill wrote. “And there is no feeling worse than letting down the people who love and support you.”
Stanley Cup tickets are, naturally, hard to come by — but it becomes even more difficult to acquire the coveted passes when a city is hosting its first Finals ever.
That was the case this year when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators faced off. While Pittsburgh has already won five Stanley Cup Finals (including 2016 and, spoiler alert, 2017), Nashville made its first appearance in the championship just this year.
Predators fan Andrew Fudge obviously wanted to be there. He took to Twitter twice with the hashtag #TDPreds to get the attention of the team — and it worked!
Fudge won two tickets to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Nashville. There was just one problem: he never checked his Twitter direct messages.
The St. Louis Cardinals deleted a tweet on Tuesday that was sent from the team account earlier in the day that many viewed as sexist.
The message in question was promoting a May 17 giveaway of replica World Series rings — but it implied that men who “love baseball” should obtain the gift for the women in their lives who “[love] jewelry.”
According to outraged fans, the tweet connoted that baseball and jewelry are mutually exclusive interests — and women are bigger fans of accessories then they are of sports.
Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most popular soccer players in the world, was celebrated on Wednesday when the airport on his home island in Portugal was renamed in his honor.
Part of the rebranding ceremony for Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport involved revealing a bust that had been sculpted in the star athlete’s likeness outside the terminal.
At least… it was supposed to be in his likeness.