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Official NFL Shop mistakes Washington state for Redskins' home

The official shop of the National Football League was trying to celebrate state and hometown pride for several of its teams, but it appears to have made a big mistake.

NFLShop.com posted several novelty license plates with team logos over their respective states. As first noted Monday morning by the Washington Post, the shop was selling a Washington Redskins license plate with the logo over the state of Washington.

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The Redskins represent Washington, D.C., and play games in Maryland.

Not that it would be easy to figure out what state to put behind the Redskins, as Washington Post columnist Dan Steinberg pointed out.

“The WASHINGTON Redskins actually play their games in … well, they actually play their games in Maryland. But as everyone knows, the WASHINGTON Redskins actually hold their practices in … well, they actually hold their practices in Virginia. But as everyone knows, at least the WASHINGTON Redskins actually stage their training camp in … well, that’s in Virginia too,” Stienberg wrote. “So okay, it’s a little confusing. Still. Whatever the team’s proper geographic orientation, it has nothing to do with Washington state.”

The listing for the license plate was removed from NFLShop.com on Monday.

Track star Alysia Montano competes while five months pregnant

Track star Alysia Montano competed in the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championship five months into her pregnancy on Thursday.

Montano clocked 2 minutes 21.4 seconds in the 800 meter at Sacramento State’s Horney Stadium in the 110-degree heat.

Montano, 31, finished her two laps 19 seconds behind the winning time.

While Thursday’s event was inspiring, this isn’t the first time Montano competed while pregnant. In 2014, Montano competed in the 800 meter while she was eight months pregnant with her now 3-year-old daughter.

Montano’s time on Thursday was 11 seconds faster than the first time she ran pregnant.

“Everyone is like, ‘Oh, you’re going to be faster than you were last time, because you’re less pregnant,” Montano said, according to The Associated Press. “I’m like, ‘I’m still pregnant.’”

Montano’s personal-best time of 1:57.34 was set in 2010.

While she already proved a pregnant woman could compete in a track event three years ago, Montano was inspired to compete again on Thursday after learning “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot filmed some of her superhero film while pregnant.

Montano paid tribute to Wonder Woman with her shirt on Thursday.

“I wanted Wonder Woman to represent me,” Montano said of her top choice, according to Team USA. “When I found out (Gadot) filmed half the movie five months pregnant, I said, ‘I for sure am signing up for USA nationals.’”

Another athlete, Serena Williams, competed while pregnant. The tennis player said she found out just two days before playing the Australian Open that she was expecting. Williams went on to win the tournament.

Jamel Artis, Michael Young ink Summer League Deals; Artis gets partially-guaranteed contract with New York Knicks

Pitt stars Jamel Artis and Michael Young both went unselected in the NBA Draft. The pair will still get a chance to showcase their talents for the league, though, as both will play in the NBA Summer Leagues.

Young, the ACC's leading scorer this past season, will play for the Washington Wizards in the Las Vegas Summer League. Artis, meanwhile, was scheduled to hook up with the Miami Heat for both the Orlando and Las Vegas leagues. That has changed, though, with the New York Knicks offering him a better deal. Artis will play for the Knicks in the Summer League and then join the team for training camp in what is called a partially guaranteed deal since it sounds like the camp invite is automatic.

Former players that played internationally last year, James Robinson and Brad Wanamaker, will also get looks with the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively.

Of the four, Artis' case is the most interesting, obviously. The Knicks weren't mentioned in the gaggle of teams that I noticed had worked Artis out before the Draft, so I was initially confused about their apparent interest since I hadn't heard about it. But after running a quick search, I found that they did indeed have him in for a workout, looking at him back in the beginning of June. So many of those workouts happen that they're easy to miss.

So what is a partially-guaranteed contract? In short, it's getting a small amount of money and a preferred chance at making a team. The money, as this article indicates, isn't huge. But it is a great start for someone getting out of school and hoping to make it to the pros.

Getting into a training camp doesn't assure him a roster spot but it will give him an advantage of other players going into the summer leagues that don't have that opportunity. Artis still needs to make a good impression in that league even with the training camp invite but he's a little ahead of the game when it comes to a lot of the other undrafted players.

It's way too early to tell how this will work out for him. He needs to play on the summer league team and then perform well in camp. Frustratingly, his addition might be less tied to how he actually performs and will greatly depend on what else the team does by way of adding veterans or making trades, injuries, etc. Too much is up in the air right now to even come close to theorizing on a potential roster spot for him. Plenty is undecided but, at the very least, Artis will get a legitimate shot to play in the league. As an undrafted player, that's all you can really hope for.

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New to the Zoo: Samson George commits to Pitt

Pitt lands a 6’8” power forward

Pitt picked up a commitment from 2017 forward Samson George today After he visited campus over the weekend. George is a 6’8” 205 pound forward that played high school basketball for First Love Christian Academy in Washington, PA. He played for the well-regarded New York Rens AAU program.

George is originally a native of Nigeria, and moved and lived in the New York area before winding up playing his high school ball in the Pittsburgh region. He actually was enrolled at Iona this January, but was held up with an NCAA amateur issue. It would appear everything is in order for Pitt to pursue at this point.

At one time in his recruitment, he held offers from VCU, USC, and Rutgers but focused more in on mid-major programs. He picked Iona over Duquesne, Oregon State, and Monmouth. New Pitt assistant Sam Ferry came from Monmouth, so perhaps there is some familiarity there.

I think this is a pretty smart addition, considering they only have three post players on the roster. They needed the roster flexibility and security to have an additional body in case of an injury. George is noted as a very strong rebounder, and should help there in a big way. After he committed to Iona, Zagsblog.com had a story up about him and interviewed his high school and AAU coach. His AAU coach said this about George.

“He is a double-double machine and a high-end athlete. He attacks the ball at its highest point on rebounds. He can face the basket and hit the mid-range jump shot consistently. He will be a definite impact player the minute he steps on campus.”

George would give Pitt 12 scholarships filled for next season. They are still pursing other options and could fill the spot, or keep it tucked away for next recruiting cycle. Obviously adding seven freshman in one recruiting class isn’t ideal for roster balance, and I do expect a redshirt or two.

It is a nice tidbit that they are developing a bond with First Love Academy. Pittsburgh is not known for producing division one talent, but having a rising prep school in the region with multiple division one players is something that should be beneficial in the long run. It is something to monitor.

Obviously some of Pitt’s recruits are ‘late bloomers’, ‘diamonds in the rough’, or whatever cliche term you want to call them. That is what happens when you start from scratch. Will all seven freshman turn into valuable contributors? Doubtful. I’m sure some will, but it will be an interesting thing to watch next year and beyond. The next recruiting class will need to be better, and it appears to be off to a good start with Bryce Golden. Still, they can find some value with this class. George appears to be a very good rebounder, and hopefully that plays at the next level.

Former pro baseball player's son hospitalized after being hit in face with baseball

The son of former Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart has been placed on life support after he was hit in the face by a baseball, according to media reports.

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Jason Lockhart, 15, was hit Saturday, June 17, during a baseball tournament in South Carolina as he touched home plate. The catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher when it hit Jason in the face and broke his nose.

Jason originally received stitches. While at a doctor’s office for a follow-up two days later to remove the tubes and packing in his nose, his nose began to bleed uncontrollably. A CT scan showed the fracture was worse than realized and there was a tear inside his nose, The Associated Press reported. Since then, doctors were working on controlling the bleeding.

Keith Lockhart, who played with the Braves from 1997 to 2002 and is now a scout with the Chicago Cubs, has provided updates on social media and asked for prayers for his son.

Jason underwent surgery to repair the fracture in his nose, but the bleeding persisted. 

According to a Facebook post by Lockhart’s daughter, Sydney, who also has been providing updates on her brother’s condition, Jason was placed on life support Friday. 

In part, she wrote on Facebook:

“Last night they were able to put Jason into a paralytic state through meds and machines. This has helped stop any movement that could encourage or cause a bleed to begin.”

The bleeding, however, continued.

On Sunday night, Keith Lockhart wrote on Twitter that doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite hospital were closing in on a possible cause for the bleeding:

Late on Sunday, Sydney Lockhart wrote on her Facebook page:

The doctors decided to take Jason into surgery to do an endovascular embolization today. They went in to his arteries and blood vessels and found the two most practical areas that could be feeding the areas where Jason has been bleeding. They went into both arteries on each side of his nose and cut off the blood supply. They are hopeful that this is the source of the bleeding. The surgery was a couple of hours long and Jason is now resting still on the ventilator to keep his vitals monitored and keep him comfortable. They will watch him for 24 hours and then he will go into surgery tomorrow to have his nose repacked and this will give them an opportunity to look back behind the packing to make sure there are no other areas bleeding. We are tired here but hopeful. The prayers and support that everyone has given to us is overwhelming and we are truly touched. Thank you so much. WE FEEL SO SURROUNDED

This article contains information from The Associated Press.

Erin Andrews marries former NHL player Jarret Stoll in Montana

Erin Andrews is a married woman!

The “Dancing With the Stars” co-host wed her hockey player fiancé in an intimate ceremony in Montana surrounded by close friends and family on Saturday, according to People.

>> Check out an Instagram post from the wedding here

Just days before the ceremony, Andrews took to Instagram to share a beautiful photo of the sunset.

“Stop,” she captioned the image.

>> See the photo here

The couple started dating in 2012, and Stoll proposed over the holidays at Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33.

Andrews described the romantic proposal during an interview with “Good Morning America.”

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“We went there for Christmas to see the Christmas decorations, and we had a lovely dinner there, and he did it right there at dinner at Disneyland. I was bawling like a child,” she gushed.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Pat Signal: Matt Alaimo commits to Pitt

Pitt landed a commitment yesterday from a tight end

COMMITTED‼️ #H2P #L1TS8URGH pic.twitter.com/XdMRi1LOaE— Matt Alaimo (@_MattAlaimo) June 24, 2017

We are a little behind on this one, but Pitt landed a commitment from a three-star tight end yesterday. Matt Alaimo from St. Joseph’s Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey made the call to become a Panther yesterday afternoon.

Matt Alaimo is a 6’5” 235 pound tight end that hails from The Garden State. He is a consensus three-star recruit by all four major recruiting websites. ESPN calls Alaimo the 17th best tight end recruit in the country and Rivals grades him as the 19 rated player in the state of New Jersey. He had additional offers from the likes of Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Arizona State.

If St. Joseph’s Regional High School sounds familiar, that’s because Pitt’s current quarterback recruit, Nick Patti, is from the same school. The Pitt-bound duo led the Green Knights to a 9-2 record last season, and they claimed the New Jersey non-Public Group III title along the way. Alaimo hauled in a team-high 25 receptions for 371 yards last season.

If you notice in Alimo’s commitment tweet, he also announced he will also be playing baseball for the Panthers. As a first basemen for his high school team this season, Alaimo hit for a .435 average and led his team in RBI’s and doubles as well. Looks like he should be helpful for the baseball program and coach Joe Jordano.

Alaimo becomes Pitt’s tenth commitment for the class of 2018. He is also the sixth recruit to join the class this month. With Pitt figuring to have a small class, things may slow down a bit in the coming weeks. There could be some players to watch in the next day or two, but beyond that things will go quiet in July as the dead period starts up and the coaches usually take some down time before Fall camp and the season.

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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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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