The Sixers' eSports team wins world championship as broadcasters and CEO go wild


The Sixers' eSports team wins world championship as broadcasters and CEO go wild

A few days before the world becomes captivated by humans playing soccer, the world became captivated by humans playing soccer with rocket-powered cars.

Got that?

Team Dignitas, the international eSports team owned by the 76ers, won the Rocket League Championship Series, and the $100,000 that comes with it, in dramatic fashion as announcers and CEO alike went absolutely bonkers.

Locked at three games apiece in a seven-game series, Team Dignitas allowed a goal after time had expired in regulation to send the game to overtime, only to hammer home the game-winning goal just seconds into OT.

Crazy last-second goal to send the Rocket League Championship Series into overtime

The announcers went bonkers over this buzzer-beater in Game 7 of the Rocket League Championship Series final.

Posted by SportsCenter on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

In the clip above, the broadcaster goes wild as JSTN of NRG eSports keeps the ball alive by not allowing it to touch the ground after time expires and scores a beauty of a goal to send the game into OT.

Below, in a longer clip, you can see Team Dignitas CEO Michael Prindiville watch his team take the lead with four seconds left, allow the game-tying goal after time expired and then win the game in OT.

Pierre Silfver, aka Turbopolsa, became the first three-time world champion with the win and if LeBron James doesn’t want to join the Sixers for that reason, maybe Kevin Durant will.

If you dig the videos above, be sure to check out Season 2 of the Universal Open, presented by Brisk, a 2-vs.-2 Rocket League Tournament, with a prize pool of $100,000. Qualifiers are going on right now with registration still open. The tournament will culminate with the Grand Finals on Aug. 24-26 with coverage on the NBC family of networks.

Nerlens Noel reacts to Bryan Colangelo's resignation by throwing shade

Nerlens Noel reacts to Bryan Colangelo's resignation by throwing shade

Nerlens Noel is one of the first players to react to the news that Bryan Colangelo is out as the president of basketball operations for his old team, the 76ers.

He’s throwing some shade, too.

Noel’s name came up in the initial report released by The Ringer as being a subject of several tweets from the then-mysterious Twitter accounts in question. According to the report, the Twitter accounts, which we now understand were managed by Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, called Noel a “selfish punk” who was “behaving like a vulture.” The report goes on to insist that “Brett Brown wanted NN (Nerlens Noel) gone,” and that he was bad for the locker room.

On Monday, Noel posted this image on his Instagram story, indicating that he was playing the online game “Normal Collars,” which is a jab at Colangelo.

Today, he became one of the first, if not the first player to react to the news that Colangelo resigned with this meme from the movie “Friday.”

With what was said about Noel, presumably by Colangelo’s wife, it’s easy to see why he was quick to react in this fashion.

More on Colangelo's resignation

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How Sixers actually benefit from Colangelo mess

• I believed Colangelo, too — and he still had to go

• Did Sixers fall behind in draft prep during investigation? 

Fox News falsely implies praying Eagles were protesting, and the players aren't having it

Fox News falsely implies praying Eagles were protesting, and the players aren't having it

Updated: 11:07 a.m.

On Tuesday morning, Fox News ran a piece it then Tweeted out, about President Donald Trump’s disinviting the Eagles to the White House “due to the national anthem controversy.”

As the anchor delivers the story, images of Eagles players are shown on screen. The first three photos are of players (Zach Ertz, Corey Clement and Jordan Matthews) kneeling — but they’re praying before games, not kneeling during the national anthem. The fourth is of Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod raising their fists during the national anthem, while Chris Long puts his arm around Jenkins.

Ertz and Long responded on their personal Twitter accounts and accused the outlet of pushing the agenda of the president with false information.

In his statement on Monday, Trump insinuated that members of the Eagles did not ‘proudly stand for the anthem.’ During the 2017 season, every member of the Eagles stood during the anthem. In the preseason, veteran corner Ron Brooks did kneel, but he didn’t make the roster for the regular season.

Eventually, Fox News issued an apology, but only well after the piece aired on TV and made its rounds on Twitter. 

Fox News has deleted the orginal tweet. 

But here’s exactly when each photo shown in the story was taken.

The first photo shown isn’t even from last season, it shows Jordan Matthews, who was traded by the Eagles prior to the 2017 season.

The second photo, showing Zach Ertz and Corey Clement was taken before the Eagles played the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 8. Long is seen running in the background and was later photographed during the anthem with his arm around Jenkins. This photo could not have been taken during the national anthem.

The third photo is of Zach Ertz from Nov. 26, kneeling before the game against the Chicago Bears. This photo was taken before the game and not during the anthem.

The final photo shows Long, Jenkins and McLeod standing on the field during the anthem.

The Eagles will not be going to the White House on Tuesday. Instead, they will be holding a light OTA practice as the NovaCare Complex (see story).