Steve Blake receives death threats over Twitter

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Steve Blake receives death threats over Twitter

Lakers guard Steve Blake missed the potential game-winning shot in the finalseconds as Los Angeles collapsed late, ultimately losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The put the Lakers into a 2-0 hole in the best-of-7 game series.The defeat could hardly be pinned on the former Maryland star; the Lakers blew a seven-point lead in the final two minutes with Kobe Bryant's miscues and perhaps Mike Brown coaching gaffes taking center stage during the collapse. Blake was indeed open in the right corner, but the shot erred. It happens. It happens a lot. Based on the nasty tweets Blake and wife received following the loss, you wouldn't think so.Our online relatives at Pro Basketball Talk have the latest evidence (courtesy of ESPNLA.com) manners are outdated for many in the internet age.

After the game, both the Twitter feeds of Blake and his wife, Kristen, were inundated with criticism ranging from curse word-laden rants to threats.I hope your family gets murdered, read one tweet that Kristen Blake re-tweeted along with a single comment: Wow.Its pretty disappointing that there are a lot of hateful people out there, but you move on, Blake said. I just dont appreciate it when its toward my family. You can come at me all you want but when you say things about my wife and my kids, that makes me upset.Not that is should matter, but Blake's starred in the Lakers Game 7 win over the Denver Nuggets. That was on Saturday. I guess when the irrational hate is flowing memories are incredibly short. I hope that our collective tolerance for such misplaced and cruel behavior is as well.

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Barry Trotz heaps praise on Sidney Crosby in wake of World Cup win

Barry Trotz heaps praise on Sidney Crosby in wake of World Cup win

One of the interesting dynamics of a tournament like the World Cup of Hockey is seeing different players and coaches come together on new teams. Teammates become opponents and opponents become teammates. That was the case for Barry Trotz as he joined the coaching staff of a Canadian team led by captain Sidney Crosby.

Crosby is of course the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team that ended the Caps' Presidents' Trophy winning season in the second round. It was the second time the Caps had to watch Crosby hoist the Stanley Cup after losing to him in the playoffs.

But Trotz had nothing but good things to say about Crosby upon his return to Washington after the World Cup.

"There’s a reason that Sidney Crosby is considered the best player on the planet," Trotz said. "He showed that in this tournament, that he was the best player."

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It's hard to argue with that assessment given that Crosby led all players in the tournament with 10 points in just six games. But it was what Crosby did off the ice that impressed Trotz the most.

"My son was in for a day," Trotz said, "Just sitting there playing an iPad and Sid went down and sat with him and played on the iPad for a minute with him and stuff like that. He didn’t have to do that. He just did. I’ve got a lot of respect for guys like that."

While they may have been a part of the same team for the World Cup, however, that doesn't mean Trotz wasn't also scouting Crosby.

As the defending Cup champions, the road to the East likely runs through Pittsburgh. If the Caps hope to finally overcome the playoff hurdle, they will have to beat the Penguins.

So did Trotz learn any secrets on how to beat Crosby?

“I don’t know if it’s secrets," he said. "It’s a real awareness of what he really can do and what you don’t want him to do. So you try to find ways for him to not do what he does."

As the Caps have learned, that's easier said than done.

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DeSean Jackson planning protest of police violence with custom cleats against Browns

DeSean Jackson planning protest of police violence with custom cleats against Browns

Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson was one of the four players to raise his fist during the national anthem last weekend  as a form of protest in solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick,

But Jackson plans to continue his protest this weekend, making a fashion statement in the process.

The speedster has a pair of custom cleats referencing the string of incidents involving police violence.

TMZ spoke to Jackson and it appears he is planning to wear the cleats in pregame warm-ups and potentially on the field during the Redskins' Week 4 home game against the Browns, the latter of which could earn him a fine from the NFL offices.

Jackson spoke to TMZ about his message:

"Senseless killings have been ongoing for awhile and police brutality in our black community ... and as a young black leader with a stage and platform I'm starting awareness to help prevent these killings, and hopefully get justice to these cops who have taken lives of innocent human beings."

Jackson says he doesn't just want justice, but also "a change with the decision making on these cop killings."

"I am also coming up with a master plan to start a movement" with the intention of making a real impact.

What that movement is, we don't know yet, but as of now it starts on Sunday. 

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