In case you were out living a life of leisure, here’s what you missed in sports on Wednesday.
- LeBron James took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow from recent criticism. “Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL,” James wrote. “He’s a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he’ll be nice.” After reading the tweet, Tebow immediately responded to LeBron via direct message saying: “What the f$*k did I ever do to you?”
- Speaking of basketball players giving their opinions on other athletes, Charles Barkley is now questioning Tiger Woods’ behavior. He called the firing of caddie Steve Williams “the last straw,” and wondered why Tiger hasn’t spoken to him in two years. Barkley said he hoped it wasn’t because of that one time when he introduced Woods to 25 prostitutes and ruined his life.
- Casey McGehee hit three home runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers’ to a 10-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. In honor of his heroics, everyone at Miller Park ate three giant bratwursts and had three tiny heart attacks.
- Without the injured Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees smoked the Chicago White Sox 18-7. Derek Jeter led the way with five hits, and the Yankees needed just 2.1 innings to chase Chicago starter Gavin Floyd. This will undoubtedly usher in a new round of criticism from the pundits, who have long believed that he should change his last name to something cooler than “Floyd.”
- Rodriguez, who usually keeps his nose pretty clean, might be suspended for taking part in illegal poker games. At least one of the games allegedly took place in Beverly Hills, and another allegedly featured a near-fight. As if his participation wasn’t enough, reports indicate that every time A-Rod was dealt the suicide king, he made everyone uncomfortable by crying.
- The Atlanta Braves topped the Washington Nationals 6-4, and Dan Uggla went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 25 games. This just confirms what Uggla’s father has told him for years: he ain’t half the man DiMaggio was.
- Matt Garza threw seven innings of scoreless ball as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0. The Pirates are now below .500 for the first time since June 21, which coincidentally is also the day when a sad Pittsburgh child found a genie and wished for six weeks of happiness, some penny candy, and a day off from the steel mill.
- Roy Halladay toiled through seven innings to earn his 14th win as the Philadelphia Phillies trumped Colorado Rockies 8-6. Even though Halladay looks like an old gunfighter and EVERYONE would love it, he still didn’t run around the field firing two pistols into the air after the last out.
Shane Ryan is a staff writer for Grantland. Follow him on Twitter @SCurrySavesDuke.