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WATCH: Twins’ Miguel Sano pranks coach with rubber snake

When you’re winning, being loose and having fun in the dugout is natural. The Minnesota Twins are leading the American League Central division with a 27-20 record, even after Sunday’s 8-6, 15-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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The players are in a good mood, and so was pitching coach Neil Allen until Miguel Sano pranked him with a rubber snake in the dugout, MLB.com reported.

Allen was giving out high-fives in the dugout before Sunday’s game when Sano made his move. As Allen high-fived him, Sano handed his coach a rubber cobra. Allen’s reaction is priceless as he suddenly bolts backward in terror.

After catching his breath, Allen had a good laugh with the players.

Denver sportswriter criticized for tweet about Indy 500 winner

A Denver sportswriter has apologized for an insensitive tweet about the winner of the Indianapolis 500 being from Japan.

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Terry Frei of the Denver Post tweeted that he was “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” the New York Post reported.

Frei’s tweet came shortly after former Formula One driver Takuma Sato captured Sunday’s race at the Brickyard, becoming the first Japanese winner in the race’s history.

 The tweet caused an immediate backlash on social media, with Twitter users criticizing his post as insensitive.

“Really just a monumentally stupid tweet,” wrote the band, The Mountain Goats. “Congrats.”

Frei later deleted his tweet and apologized.

“I fouled up. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said what I said when I said it. I should have known better and I regret it,” he tweeted.

WATCH: Man on drone delivers game ball in Portuguese Cup final

Now this is the way to deliver a game ball. 

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Before Benfica and Guimaraes met in the final of the Portuguese Cup on Sunday, a man brought the game ball to the officials by flying a drone into the stadium. 

Despite damp conditions, the man made a perfect landing and handed the ball to the head official.

Benefica won 2-1 to earn its 26th Portuguese Cup and its 11th league and cup double.

Seven Pitt track and field athletes will compete at NCAA Championships

The NCAA Preliminary East track and field rounds were held this weekend and after the dust settled, seven Pitt athletes qualified for the NCAA championships.

Leading the way is Desmond Palmer, who will participate in two events - the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdles. The 400m hurdles is really his specialty as he is a three-time All-American in that event. Palmer is the only male athlete that will participate at the championships.

Andim Fosam (hammer throw), Gillian Schriever (10,000m), and the women's 4x400m relay team (Morgan Harvey, Quadaisha Newkirk, Danielle Leaks, and Desiree Garland) will join him at the championships in Eugene, OR.

The event is held from June 7-10.

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Matt Galambos hoping to catch on with Steelers

Pitt had five players selected in the NFL Draft this year, but a few others landed rookie tryouts. One of those was linebacker Matt Galambos who got a look with the Steelers.

It's difficult to make a final roster as an undrafted player but Galambos is hoping to do just that. Step one? Get signed and after the camp, GGalambos achieved that goal.

"I knew if I went out and gave all that I had, learned the plays, the installs to the best of my ability, I would be okay with it," said Galambos. "Right after the final practice of minicamp (General Manager) Kevin Colbert came up and talked to me about staying here. It was an honor. ... "Getting signed is the first step. You are in the camp. Now you have to keep going. People think you are all set. But there is a long way to go. There is so much work to put in. But it’s awesome. Nobody in my family has ever experienced anything like this."

The odds are still pretty stacked against Galambos but as Steelers Depot suggests, the Steelers are a little thin at inside linebacker and that could to a way being paved for the former Pitt  player.

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=Jabaal Sheard threw out the first pitch at an Indianapolis Indians game. Let's judge it.

Former Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard is a new member of the Indianapolis Colts after winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots this past season. In the offseason, he got a three-year deal worth a reported $25.M with the Colts. Almost half of that is said to be guaranteed.

Sheard, naturally, is making the circuit around his new city and recently, had the chance to throw out the first pitch at an Indy Indians game. The Indians, of course, are the AAA affiliate of the Pirates so there's even another Pittsburgh connection there.

The pitch wasn't disastrous, but, I mean, it could have been better.

Take a look here and vote in the poll to let us know how you think he did.

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Poll How would rate Jabaal Sheard's first pitch? Great Above average Decent Um ... Yikes   0 votes | Results

Cardiac Hill Poll of the Day: How many games will the Pitt football team win in the 2017 regular season?

Yesterday it was the men's basketball team. Today? Football. I know we've run this poll once earlier this year but I've got like 100 of these to do, so cut me some slack.

Pat Narduzzi lost five players to the NFL Draft but still returns a decent group. The players from his first draft classes with the Panthers are also starting to mature.

Pitt brings back almost all of its production at wide receiver, has a talented group of running backs, and a solid offensive line. Defensively, they will replace almost all of their front four and the questions about the secondary will linger. One ace up their sleeves is the return of All-American specialist Quadree Henderson who was the top return man in college football last season in addition to his work as a receiver.

How do you expect the Panthers to fare in the 2017 regular season?

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Pitt basketball transfer Cam Johnson to visit North Carolina on Monday

Pitt basketball transfer Cam Johnson is still looking for a new team. The Panthers (for now, anyway) have blocked him from transferring within the conference for a season and despite that being a scenario that plays out in the majority of transfers, it's a move that has drawn the criticism of some heavy hitters in the media.

Even though Pitt hasn't yet changed its stance on Johnson's case, he will visit North Carolina on Monday, per SB Nation's Tar Heels blog.

I'm still not quite sure how I see this playing out. I remain adamant that Pitt should hardly be taking the amount of criticism they've gotten since this is commonplace in college athletics. But given that head coach Kevin Stallings is also friendly with North Carolina coach Roy Williams, it wouldn't shock me to see a deal reached.

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Top-seeded Kerber stunned in first round of French Open 

Angelique Kerber became the first top-seeded women’s player in the Open era of tennis to lose in the first round of the French Open, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday. 

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Makarova was successful against Kerber’s serve and took advantage of the No. 1 seed’s numerous mistakes to earn the victory.

The momentum seemed to turn toward Kerber late in the second set as she grabbed a break. But she promptly double-faulted to hand the advantage back to Makarova.

The result will allow Karolina Pliskova or Simona Halep to overtake Kerber for the No. 1 spot with deep runs into the tournament, according to Bleacher Report. Pliskova can clinch the top spot with an appearance in the final, while Halep will need to win the tournament.

Kevan Smith seeing time with Chicago White Sox due to Geovany Soto injury

Last year, former Pitt baseball (and before that, football) player Kevan Smith made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox. Smith played in seven games last year, batting only .125.

He was back in AAA this year but a couple of elbow issues have landed White Sox starter Geovany Soto on the disabled list and that has opened the door for Smith to get another shot. Smith got off to sort of a slow start at the plate but has heated up a bit lately.

On the year, Smith is hitting only .205. However, he's starting to find his way, it seems. In his last six games, he's batting .333 (6-18) and also had a pair of doubles. He's also up to a respectable .267 for the entire month of May and is making the most of his second chance with the team.

Soto has landed on the disabled list already twice this year. If Smith continues to hit, he could find himself continuing to get some playing time even after Soto comes back. Soto is hitting for more power than Smith (three home runs on the year to Smith's none for his career) but is also only batting .190.

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