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Tears of Nash, a jeered champ, a corn-saving dive and Tebow

Tears of Nash, a jeered champ, a corn-saving dive and Tebow

By Graydon Johns | Posted - Jul. 10, 2012 at 12:47 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — While Steve Nash's trade from the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers, an admitted rival, took many by surprise, it completely devastated a four- year-old Suns fan.

"Then I'm never going to like him anymore," the poor girl squeaks out after collapsing to the floor and with tears streaming down her face.

Ah, the reality of professional sports. After 10 seasons and two MVP awards in Phoenix, even Nash himself admits there's no such thing as loyalty anymore.

But is Nash to L.A. any worse than Karl Malone's trip west to don the purple and gold?

Motives are the same (championships).

Champ booed at exhibition

Last year's Home Run Derby champion Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees was booed mercilessly Monday night at this year's Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Seems a little much for an all-star exhibition, but Royals fans have their reasons.

You see, Cano had the opportunity to pick his AL squad for the derby and left off hometown slugger Billy Butler.

And they just didn't boo his introduction, they booed every time he swung and jeered every time his attempts fell short.

In fact, whether he'll admit it or not, it seemed the booing got to Cano, who didn't hit one ball out of yard.

Sweet justice?

Maybe the Butler did it.

No brakes. No brakes!!

What would you do if you lost your break going 188 mph on a motorcycle?

Scream? Cry? Pray?

Pro-stock motorcycle racer Angie Smith jumped off her bike before it tumbled into a cornfield.

You can see Smith, competing in the Full-Throttle Series at the NHRA Nationals, pumping her brakes to no avail before zooming off the track headed for a cornfield.

Smith bails just before hitting the rows of corn.

"The cornfield was coming up and, I was like, 'I don't want to mow the whole cornfield down,'" Smith said, apparently more concerned about the crops than her own well-being.

Smith was fine and actually qualified for the finals, but chose not to compete.

She's probably counting the lives she has left.

Big upset

With all these NBA moves stealing the headlines you probably weren't aware of a gigantic upset in the sports world.

Over the weekend 46-year-old Ronn Matt won the annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in southwestern Michigan with a spit of 69 feet.

It was Matt's first attempt and first time in 20 years a champion was crowned not named Krause or Lessard.

Since 1992, members of the Krause and Lessard families have dominated the event.

Brian "Young Gun" Krause of Dimondale holds the world- record spit - more than 93 feet - and had won the past two years. But the 34-year-old finished fifth with a spit of 52 feet, 10 inches.

Krause's father, Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause, came in second with a spit of 61 feet, 2 inches.

Another competitor, Pastor Kevin Hester, Tebowed during his attempts and was in the lead at one point with a spit of 50 feet.

But just like many of Tebow's throws it came up short.

Animated motivationAnd finally, this is just cool.

BBC unveiled its marketing campaign this week for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games and instead of using real athletes, we get animation.

The title sequences for the London 2012 Olympics entitled "Stadium UK" was released Tuesday.

It's an entertaining watch, but for some reason I was expecting food to fall out of the sky at some point.

Anyway, enjoy.

Graydon Johns

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