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Kevin Pillar Was Able To Walk Off The Field After A Scary Moment Getting Hit In The Nose With A Fastball

Baseball is a sport that often feels safe, as it’s not a contact sport in the way football and hockey (or even basketball) are, and the slower pace of play can lull you into a sense that there isn’t danger. However, with how hard guys throw and how fast the ball comes off of the bat, the moments where those things get away from someone are unsettling reminders of just how dangerous it is just simply hitting and pitching.

Earlier this season, Bryce Harper got a scare when he took a fastball to the face, but was able to get a hand up and pull his head back in time to avoid a direct hit. On Monday Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar wasn’t as fortunate when a 94 mph fastball from Braves pitcher Jacob Webb got away from him, riding up and in to Pillar’s face where it hit him square in the nose in a terrifying scene in Atlanta.


That Pillar was able to get up and walk off the field as quickly as he did seems like a minor miracle, but he was bleeding profusely from the bridge of the nose where he got hit. You could see Webb’s immediate reaction was to snap around and crouch to the ground in horror, clearly feeling awful for what just happened and hoping that Pillar would be OK. Freddie Freeman and everyone else on the infield had the same reaction, as the sound it made when it hit Pillar was awful. Webb was very shaken up in the dugout afterwards, being spoken to by his pitching coach and manager.

Hopefully Pillar will be alright long-term, but he will surely miss some time and the work to get back both physically and mentally from that kind of moment is going to be a process. We’ll provide further updates when made available on his injury and status.

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Matt Gaetz Was Trolled With A Banner Reading ‘Tick Tock’ Flown Over The Florida Courthouse Where His ‘Wingman’ Pleaded Guilty

Ever since it was revealed he was being investigated by federal authorities for his alleged role in a sex trafficking ring, Matt Gaetz has tried to pretend everything’s normal. When the Republican congressman has acknowledged he’s in trouble, it’s mostly been to paint himself as a victim, even using his plight to beg for donations. That’s only inspired some to troll him with even more gusto, as happened on Monday, when someone flew a banner reminded him that he’s in deep doo-doo.

According to Newsweek, after Joel Greenberg, his former confidant and “wingman,” plead guilty to six felony charges that may involve Gaetz, a banner could be seen over the Florida courthouse where it took place. Its message was simple: “TICK TOCK MATT GAETZ.”

Among the charges to which Greenberg plead guilty are sex trafficking of a child, as well as production of a false document, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, stalking and conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. The first charge involves a 17-year-old girl who was allegedly paid for sex and travel.

Gaetz is not mentioned in the 86-page plea agreement, which found the feds dropping 27 of the 33 charges made against Greenberg in exchange for “substantial assistance” with the investigation. Greenberg admits he was in what he called “sugar daddy” relationships with young women, in which he introduced them to adult men who paid them for sex. Gaetz, who has been under investigation since the last months of the Trump administration, has denied involvement.

(Via Newsweek)

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The Kings Will Reportedly Keep Luke Walton As Coach For Another Season

The 2020-21 season was a roller coaster for the Sacramento Kings. The highs were high, with various winning streaks and upset victories. However, each winning stretch was met with an equal or more lopsided losing skid, with the Kings losing nine consecutive games on two separate occasions. Much of that unevenness can be traced to the league’s worst defense but, after months of speculation that a coaching change could be in the offing, word broke from James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area that head coach Luke Walton will reportedly stick around for at least one more season.

Shortly after Ham’s report emerged, Sam Amick and Jason Jones confirmed the news.

Walton is under contract, so it may seem odd that this kind of reporting would be needed. After all, the Kings didn’t fall terribly short of their preseason expectations in the standings, finishing at 31-41 despite injury issues. With that said, Walton’s name has been associated with the “hot seat” for so long that it will come as a surprise, at least to some, to see him projected to return.

Defensive aptitude is often linked, at least to some degree, to coaching and the Kings allowed 116.5 points per 100 possessions for the season. That isn’t entirely Walton’s fault, of course, but it would also be accurate to say that Sacramento underachieved defensively when compared to their talent level.

It seems that after months of speculation, Walton has seemingly managed to wiggle off the hot seat… for now.

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Dan Harmon Is Making His Upcoming Ancient Greece Show The First Animated Series That Embraces Blockchain And NFTs

Some people — including some entertainment journalists — are still trying to wrap their heads about cryptocurrency, as well as NFTs, those digital collectibles that have taken the entertainment industry…well, not by storm, exactly, but which have at least gotten some not-always-appreciative attention. But it appears Dan Harmon is aiming to be the first animation maven to bridge the crypto divide. As per The Hollywood Reporter, the next show from the co-creator and mastermind of Rick and Morty is leaning hard into Blockchain and those pesky NFTs.

For starters, the show — announced back in February and revealed to concern Ancient Greece — has a name: Krapopolis, which, as a representative for parent company Fox described it during a presentation Monday, is “centered on a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other.”

But that’s not quite groundbreaking. This, however, is: Fox says it will be “the first-ever animated series curated entirely on the Blockchain.” What does that mean, exactly? Essentially that it will be interactive, but in a new way. In their presentation, Fox said the show will “connect directly with fans and enthusiasts through NFTs,” and they’ll “curate and sell digital goods, ranging from NFTs of one-of-a-kind character and background art and GIFs, as well as tokens that provide exclusive social experiences to engage and reward superfans.”

Fox also describes themselves as a “advertiser-focused, artist-first and animation-obsessed company.” That’s a lot to unpack, but the idea of being both “advertiser-focused” and “artist-first” certainly sounds fishy.

Though NFTs have been embraced by some artists, mostly in the music industry, such as Post Malone, Doja Cat and Eminem. So welcome to the cutting edge, the guy who got McDonald’s Szechuan sauce from 1998 back in the news.

(Via THR)

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A Rich Guy Apparently Bought A Soccer Team In China Then Made Them Play Him And His Son In Separate Games

Purchasing a team in any sport seems like a pretty cool enterprise. Is it always the best business decision? No, not always, because it’s not hard for teams to lose gobs of money, but some of the stuff that you get to do — great seats, merely say you’re an owner, hang out with athletes sometimes — is really terrific.

Apparently, the owner of one soccer team in China’s second division is taking this to a new level. A man named He Shihua, age 35 is the principle shareholder of Zibo Cuju Football Club, and during a match against Sichuan Jiuniu, he got subbed on just before injury time while wearing the No. 10 shirt.

His Transfermarkt page indicates he has been registered with clubs in the past, so I suppose it’s not the most wild thing on earth that he got on the pitch. But I would recommend taking a big deep breath because baby, we are in for some nonsense: He Shihua, during the team’s game on Friday, got his son on the dang pitch.

According to TUDN, the mandate is to always make sure that his son is in the team’s starting XI. I think I can speak for everyone and say this rules. Anyway, Zibo Cuju has one point through five matches and is in last place.

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Ricky Schroder Offered A Not-Quite-Apology To The Costco Employee He Harassed In A Controversial Video

If you didn’t know where Ricky Schroder stood on the political spectrum before last year, don’t be ashamed. It’s been ages since Silver Spoons, the sitcom that made his name. That all changed in November, when it was revealed the former child actor had joined the likes of Scott Baio as ‘80s stars who had gone full-rightwing. First he helped bail out Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen who shot two protesters to death late last summer. And this weekend he posted a video of him harassing a Costco employee who was simply asking him to wear a mask when entering their premises.

Schroder got hell for the video, with a lot of the blowback involving a Hollywood player, even a fallen one, pestering someone just doing their job. After his name went viral, and not in a good way, he tried to douse the flames, offering an apology that amounted to “sorry, not sorry.”

The not-quite-mea culpa came towards the start of what a 7 ½-minute video that finds him sitting at an outdoor table, offering a meandering précis on thoughts that appear to be largely shaped by rightwing media sites. He addressed the video, which finds him pressing his smartphone camera close to the Costco employee, who patiently explains that the company still requires customers to put a simple piece of cloth over the face due to a still-going once-in-a-century pandemic.

“I was trying to make a point to the corporate overlords and I’m sorry that I had to use you to do it,” Schroder told the employee, who he turned into an unwitting social media hero for putting up with a belligerent former celebrity. “I’m not upset with you or anybody in the position like you have, who works for a living. I understand you were following your laws and rules. I was trying to make a point to the corporate overlords and I’m sorry that I had to use you to do it. And if I hurt your feelings, I apologize.”

But he wasn’t that sorry. “I do think that independence for medical tyranny is more important than hurting people’s feelings,” he said. “I want us all to go back to the way it was. I don’t want this COVID reality they want, these COVID passports. I just don’t want it. And neither should you.”

There was more — a lot more. Schroder, who seems to regularly record similar videos on his Instagram page, had some thoughts. They ranged from single mothers (which he blamed on “feminist-liberal-socialist policies”) to police (“back the Blue!”) to a, um, long dissertation on Rhodesia, which he described as a “place where whites live in fear.” He told “the black community” that they should listen to Candace Owens.

Schroder also repeatedly gushed about the ‘80s, when things were better, he claimed — or at least when he was famous and made lots of money. He painted it with the same nostalgic brush Donald Trump uses to whitewash the ’50s, with the exception of the “crack-filled streets in the inner cities.” He then said, “We’ve gotta kill all the drug dealers,” albeit just “the big drug dealers.”

But most people, including the Costco employee he accosted, probably didn’t make it that far. Still, if you ever wondered what the guy whose breakthrough was a movie where no less than Jon Voight played his dad thinks about Marxism, well, now’s your chance.

(Via The Wrap)

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CBD Topical Balms And Lotions That Actually Aren’t Trash

When it comes to evaluating CBD products, sometimes it can feel like venturing into the Wild Wild West. The product category’s lack of FDA regulation means that almost anybody can slap the three letters C-B-D on a product, even if there aren’t any cannabinoids to be found in the product at all. This has caused the compound — which has genuinely useful therapeutic benefits — to be maligned as much as celebrated in recent years.

But not all CBD is good, but not all of it is crap, either. Some CBD products are very much worth the time and effort made to produce them. And worth your cash if you’re looking to ease routine aches and pains.

When evaluating topicals like lotions and balms, there are a few things that are particularly important to pay attention to. Dosing is the first thing to look for. Generally speaking, 300-milligrams of CBD per two ounces of balm, salve, or lotion would be the lowest dosing threshold to be therapeutically useful. Sourcing is another topic to investigate. Is the company using organic hemp? Is it American-grown, which comes with the guarantee of federal oversight as opposed to in other countries, which may not have as strict of an evaluation process? Is the company using full-spectrum CBD, which will contain traces of THC and may only be found in a dispensary setting? Full-spectrum is the goal, but it won’t be available to everyone.

For those without access to dispensary-grade CBD topicals, broad-spectrum is what should be sought-after next — as it will contain a broader range of cannabinoids and other cannabis plant compounds, which is believed to result in better therapeutic benefits. To be avoided in most scenarios are CBD products made from CBD isolate or distillate. CBD thrives when in concert with as much of the rest of the cannabis plant as possible. CBD labeled as being sourced from the “whole plant” is a misnomer designed to trick buyers into thinking it’s full spectrum. There’s no CBD found in the hemp plant’s seeds or stalks, so this is just marketing babble designed to get customers to pay more for a cheaper production process with no value to the end-user.

One last thing before we get started, CBD topicals often contain other active ingredients — arnica, camphor, etc. — that can lead you into thinking it’s the CBD that’s relaxing your muscles or calming your inflamed joints. That’s where this guide comes in. I tested some of the most respected brands peddling CBD topicals on the market, as well as some that are less-known but utilize top-shelf production processes, to see which are worth your hard-earned cash.

Zenbarn Farms Wolf Balm

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Zenbarn Farms Wolf Balm

Price: $49.99

Made from Vermont-grown hemp, Zenbarn Farms Wolf Balm combines 600-milligrams CBD and 400-milligrams CBN (Cannabinol) in a concentrated balm with a beeswax base, arnica, and peppermint, tea tree, camphor, rosemary, and cinnamon oils as other anti-inflammatory agents.

Bottom line:

Apart from potency and high-quality sourcing, there are other reasons to shop Zenbarn. The company is Black-owned and donates one percent of sales to the Waterbury Anti-Racism Coalition, a grassroots organization working to combat racism locally in Vermont.

Terra Vita Cooling Salve

Price: $54.99

Terra Vita’s Cooling Salve with lidocaine is a surefire pain-buster. Boasting 500-milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD with lidocaine suspended in castor, olive, and coconut oils with beeswax, this is a potent balm that will kick the hell out of muscle pain wherever it’s applied.

Bottom line:

Because lidocaine is a potent pain reliever, it can be hard to say which is the most active ingredient here. The dosing is right, however, and, at the end of the day, it works. Two thumbs up.

Cornbread Peppermint + Arnica CBD Balm

Price: $54.99

Kentucky-based Cornbread sells what is the first certified organic hemp products in the U.S., which means that it’s sourcing is reliable, to put it mildly.

Cornbread’s 500-milligram balm stick earns double points for being potent and portable. Peppermint and arnica are a welcome bonus to the flower-only CBD used, which brings additional levels of soothing and cooling to any affected areas on the body.

Bottom line:

Pack this balm stick for any kind of on-the-go activity where acute pain might be an issue.

Xula Uff! (touch + soothe) salve

Price: $62

Featuring all organic ingredients, this full-spectrum balm is specifically formulated for those with wombs, especially for people who get menstrual cramps and other period-related discomforts. In addition to showing off 600-milligrams of full-spectrum CBD oil per one fluid ounce, it also contains 100-milligrams of CBG, or cannabigerol, another naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant that, when applied topically, is said to help reduce inflammation and pain.

It also contains candelilla wax, mango seed butter, comfrey leaf, hyssop fower, cramp bark, ginger root, and cayenne pepper.

Bottom line:

This is the ultimate period-busting formula. Full stop.

Green Roads Pain Relief Muscle and Joint Pain Cream

Price: $49.99

Green Roads’ pain cream packs 750-milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD from American-grown hemp into a one ounce bottle, which means it’s stronger than many creams available on the market. It utilizes a pharmacist-formulated blend of methyl salicylate, menthol, CBD, and other soothing botanicals.

Bottom line: People who suffer from intense, chronic joint and muscle pain may find this cream helpful above the rest.

Her Royal Hempress Age-Defying Whipped Serum

Price: $62

CBD is said to help inflammation, so because of that, it has become a popular skincare product for those looking to reduce redness, puffiness, and other skin indignities. Packed with full-spectrum CBD, green tea extract, resveratrol, CoQ10, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and other so-called age-defying compounds, this serum is a lightweight moisturizer that instantly brightens any dull face.

Bottom line:

Is it actually age-defying? I keep getting older, despite its use, so who can say for sure. As a moisturizer though, it packs a punch without causing breakouts.

Goodekind CBG Topical

Price: $35

For those looking to switch up cannabinoids — which can be helpful after prolonged use of another cannabinoid (the body builds up tolerance to cannabis compounds quickly) — CBG is a great option for inflammation and pain management. Goodekind’s 300-milligram CBG topical also has organic peppermint and eucalyptus oils to sweeten the deal.

Bottom line:

Beyond just providing quality products from lesser-known cannabinoids, Goodekind also donates an eighth of its profits to different human rights initiatives across the United States.

Inya Hemp CBD Balm

Price: $100

Inya Hemp’s San Diego County-based farm was destroyed by a wildfire in summer 2020. What was able to be salvaged and re-planted ends up in the company’s small-batch 300-milligram balm, which is useful or both muscle and joint pain.

Bottom line:

Looking for an extra kick? Try the version with lavender and marjoram.

Papa & Barkley Releaf Balms 1:3

Price: $90

Okay, I’m cheating a little bit by including this balm, but seeing as it has a 1:3 CBD:THC ratio, it still contains enough CBD to gush over its potential healing properties.

Papa & Barkley is widely regarded as one of the best in the biz for producing medical-grade quality CBD and THC products, and the Releaf balm is no exception. This can be good for pain and includes tea tree, peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus oils. The presence of THC adds a supposed extra layer of pain relief and anti-inflammation properties and, because it’s applied topically, it won’t get you high.

Bottom line:

Don’t live in a THC-legal state? Papa & Barkley also has a CBD-only line sold in all 50 states.

Care By Design 1:1 Pain Cream

Price: $90.00

Care By Design’s 1:1 pain cream is a pain management tour-de-force: 450-milligrams of CBD are combined with an equal amount of THC in three fluid ounces of aloe vera, shea butter, peppermint oil, and orange essential oil, among other ingredients.

Its potent and offers a truly full-spectrum approach to topical cannabis pain management.

Bottom line:

Like Papa & Barkley, Care By Design also has a non-THC CBD line available for sale in all 50 states.

As a brand affiliate, Uproxx may receive a commission pursuant to certain items on this list.

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Huge ‘Overwatch 2’ News Is Coming — Here’s What We Know So Far

While Overwatch fans still have a bit of a wait ahead of them until Overwatch 2 graces the home screens of their next-gen consoles, Blizzard isn’t leaving them out in the cold. The developer has announced that a two-hour “What’s Next” livestream showcasing Overwatch 2 is coming on Thursday, May 20 at 12 PM PT — or high noon, if you’re a McCree main. According to Blizzard’s news release, “What’s Next” will showcase how the developer is “reinvigorating the core Overwatch experience.”

While we’ve already seen some of the new game’s updated character designs, the livestream will offer fans a lengthy look at the game’s new maps and mechanics, as well as a first-look at live gameplay and PvP matches. As of right now, veterans Lucio, Mercy, Tracer, Genji, Mei, Winston, Reinhardt, McCree, Reaper, Pharah, and Widowmaker are all confirmed to make a comeback, but here’s hoping we’ll see even more familiar faces — and some new ones — during the event.

The “What’s Next” event will be hosted by Matt “Mr. X” Morello and Mitch “Uber” Leslie, two of the Overwatch League’s most prominent commentators. In addition, the duo will be joined by lead hero designer Geoff Goodman, art director Dion Rogers, and newly-appointed game director Aaron Keller, who took over long-time game director Jeff Kaplan’s role earlier this year. Following the event, Blizzard’s Overwatch 2 team has confirmed they also be taking questions about the game via Reddit AMA on May 24.

You can watch the Overwatch 2 “What’s Next” livestream on the game’s official Twitch and YouTube channels, and can sign up for regular game updates on the official Overwatch 2 website.

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John Boyega Is Returning To The Role That Kickstarted His Career With The Sequel To ‘Attack The Block’

You know who John Boyega is, in part, because of Attack the Block. The whipsmart sci-fi comedy thriller, which hit theaters a decade ago this year, was the English actor’s first screen role. And he hit it out of the park. He was subsequently cast as Finn in The Force Awakens, and the rest is history. But now it appears he’s taking a victory lap by returning to the role that made him a household name.

As per Variety, Boyega is returning for a sequel to the singular British hit, in which he’ll reprise the role of Moses, a low-level crook and gang leader in South London who runs afoul of hungry, hungry alien invaders who look like giant, black-furred hedgehogs but with sharp, neon fangs. Details so far are unclear, but Boyega isn’t the only one coming back. So is director Joe Cornish, who went on to co-write the first Ant-Man and was last seen helming The Kid Who Would Be King.

It’s also not clear if anyone else from the cast will be returning, but hopefully they can lure back Jodie Whittaker, who went on to become the current lead on Doctor Who. For now we just have Boyega, hot off raves for his work in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe entry Red, White, and Blue, and who made his feelings about the new project known on Instagram, telling everyone he’s “bloody excited.” Yeah, same here.

(Via Variety)

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Braves Pitcher Huascar Ynoa Is Out ‘A Couple Months’ After Breaking His Hand Punching The Bench

The Atlanta Braves came into the 2021 season with lofty expectations after a run to the NLCS a year ago, where they came up just short of a World Series trip in a seven-game loss to the eventual champion L.A. Dodgers. Through a quarter of the season, things haven’t gone according to plan in Atlanta, as they’ve scuffled out to a 19-21 start, which is third in the NL East (albeit just two games back of the Mets) and 10th in the National League.

There’s plenty of time for the Braves to turn things around, but injuries keep piling up, particularly to their pitching staff. Mike Soroka and Touki Toussaint are both on the DL with an Achilles and shoulder injury, respectively, and one of the few bright spots on the early season, Huascar Ynoa, is headed to the 60-day DL himself with a broken hand. Ynoa was 4-2 on the season with a 3.02 ERA, 1.052 WHIP, and 10.1 K/9, providing the Braves with some much needed quality starting pitching, and is also hitting .353 on the season with two home runs and 6 RBI.

So, how did he manage to break his hand, you might ask? Well, here’s Braves manager Brian Snitker explaining what happened.

Yes, Huascar couldn’t help but load up and punch the bench in frustration, breaking his hand and putting him on the shelf for “a couple months,” per Snitker. As the manager says, no one feels worse about it than Ynoa, which is surely true, but that doesn’t really help anyone right now.

One day professional athletes (and, really, guys in general) will learn to stop punching things made of wood, concrete, metal, hard plastic, etc., but sadly that day is not today. Dugout tirades are a time-honored tradition in baseball, as guys are allowed to throw things and bash things with bats to get out their frustration with their teammates and coaches typically just watching from a distance until their tantrum is over.

However, if I may offer a suggestion to baseball teams everywhere, guys breaking things — bats, coolers, phones, their hands — is an unnecessary casualty of the frustrations of baseball. Every dugout should have a heavy bag hanging in the corner where guys can punch and swing their bats at a thing made for just such activities without running the risk of ruining everyone’s water, stash of sunflower seeds, or, in Ynoa’s case, putting themselves on the disabled list for a couple of months.