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Mic'd up Anthony Rizzo the latest MLB star to mock Astros for stealing signs

Mic'd up Anthony Rizzo the latest MLB star to mock Astros for stealing signs

Anthony Rizzo looked hesitant to make the joke, but boy did it land when he did. 

Rizzo's Chicago Cubs were playing a spring training game against the Angels on Monday when he decided to use his mic'd up moment on ESPN's broadcast to poke fun at the Houston Astros expense. 

"Somebody bang for me," he said in the middle of an at-bat after admitting he had no clue what pitch was coming.

It was a reference to Houston's tactic of banging on trash cans to tip batters off what type of pitch was coming next. Rizzo must've had a good idea of what was coming as he followed up his sly comment with a smooth hit to right field to get on base. 

With no shortage of Astros slights in sight, Rizzo joins a long line of players having fun while the Houston players remain clouded with disappointing judgement from fans and their peers alike. 



D.C. United brings ex-Crew star Federico Higuain on as player-coach

D.C. United brings ex-Crew star Federico Higuain on as player-coach

After losing their marquee star Wayne Rooney to a player-coach deal to English Championship side Derby in the offseason, D.C. United has secured a player-coach of their own for 2020. 

Washington Post's Steve Goff reported former Columbus Crew star midfielder Federico Higuain will join Ben Olsen's coaching staff this season, while he's also expected to feature off the bench in a playmaking No. 10 role in which he's thrived throughout his career after he recovers from an ACL injury. 

Higuain, 35, has been sidelined since last May when he exited a match against the Colarado Rapids after providing a game-tying assist. Columbus decided not to re-sign one of the most consistent playmakers in recent MLS history last year.

The Argentine totaled 55 goals and 63 assists during his eight-year stint with the Crew, and could be quite an impactful free agent signing for the Black and Red. 

The midfield maestro marks Olsen's fourth signing for the 25th season of MLS, joining club-record transfer fee Edison Flores, Julian Gressel, and Yamil Asad. 

He'll be on the bench for the first time in his new role for D.C.'s match against David Beckham's new club, Inter Miami, on Saturday. 

If you feel like you recongize the last name, it's because Federico's younger brother, Gonzalo, has played as a striker for the Argentine national team and at some of the top European clubs in the game including Real Madrid, Napoli, Chelsea and currently Juventus. 


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Report: Damian Lillard targeting Wednesday return against Wizards

Report: Damian Lillard targeting Wednesday return against Wizards

Just a day after Steph Cury was supposed to make his return from a lengthy hand injury against the Wizards on Sunday night, it's been reported another star point guard is now targeting his return against Washington in a few days. 

Stadium's Shams Charania reported Portland's Damian Lillard is targetting Wednesday as his return from a groin injury suffered Feb. 12 against the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Lillard's injury came right before the NBA All-Star break, allowing Phoenix shooting guard to replace him on Team LeBron. (At least Dame Dolla was able to perform for the Chicago faithful during the festivities!). 

The Wizards will travel out to Sacramento before heading up north to take on the Trail Blazers in Lillard's potential return. Lillard and Co. will be rooting for a Wizards win against the Kings, as they're half a game back os Sacramento and two spots down in the Western Conference standings. 

After making the Western Conference Finals last season, the Trail Blazers got off to a rocky start to the season mirroring the inconsistencies that plagued the 2016-2017 Portland outfit that was swept in the first round of the playoffs by eventual title winners in Golden State. 

Now, those Warriors are firmly placed in the basement of the league with an eye towards the draft and the Trail Blazers are rushing Lillard back from injury to make a late postseason push. Just 3.5 games back out of the coveted eighth placed-Grizzlies, Lilliard's return would make a significant difference. 

Still, despite the expected timely return of Lillard to help propel Portland up in the standings, there's a good chance both of last year's Western Conference finalists miss the postseason altogether. 

Considering the insane scoring stretch Bradley Beal has been on lately, it wouldn't be too surprising if the Wizards defeat both Golden State and Portland in the same week. 

It's unclear whether or not Lillard would be available for the team's upcoming back-to-back games or if he would rest, as the Trail Blazers play the Suns and Kings on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. 

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