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Lyle Menendez confirms he and brother were pictured on basketball card

Lyle Menendez confirmed that he and his brother, Erik Menendez, who were convicted in their murder of their parents, appeared in the background of a 1990-91 Hoops basketball card of Mark Jackson that went viral last month, the Daily Mail confirmed. 

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In an interview with DailyMailTV, the convicted murderer said he wouldn’t mind owning the card, which was seemingly worthless for years until a Reddit user spotted the brothers sitting courtside in the photo of Jackson, the New York Knicks’ point guard. The post went viral and the the value of the card jumped dramatically, although current eBay listings place it in the $15 to $30 range.

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“I’d love to have the card, but it seems like they’re getting snapped up pretty quickly,” Menendez, 50, told the Daily Mail. “So, I probably won’t get one.”

Lyle Menendez and Erik Menendez, who turned 48 on Nov. 27, are serving life sentences without parole after fatally shooting Jose and Mary “Kitty” Menendez on Aug. 20, 1989. The brothers were convicted of their parents’ murders in 1996.

Both men are currently serving time at the R.J. Correctional Facility in San Diego, according to CBS News.The Reddit entry echoed an Aug. 9 Instagram post by jgold50, a self-described “collector of random things, mostly mortality subject matter.”

Sports Collectors Daily ran the nearly four-minute interview with Lyle Menendez on DailyMailTV, and parts of the discussion centered around the basketball card.

“At first I just said ‘Oh wow,’ you know it’s just a little emotional.” Lyle Menendez told DailyMailTV. “It was one of the last times with Erik and I, free together.”

Baylor snaps UConn women's 126-game regular-season winning streak

The top-ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team lost a regular-season game for the first time since 2014, falling 68-57 to No. 8 Baylor on Thursday, KXXV reported.

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The victory by the Bears (10-1) snapped a 126-game regular-season winning streak for UConn (11-1), which had not lost since falling to Stanford in overtime on Nov. 17, 2014, ESPN reported. It was the first regular-season loss in regulation for the Huskies since Feb. 18, 2013, against Baylor -- a span of 163 games, the network reported.

It was also the first double-digit loss for the Huskies since a 13-point loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 27, 2012. Baylor notched its first victory against a top-ranked team in 15 tries and extended its home winning streak against non-conference opponents to 45 games, KCEN reported

In the postseason, UConn, an 11-time national champion, lost in overtime during the last two national semifinals, ESPN reported.

"Listen, we're all chasing (UConn coach) Geno (Auriemma), let's be real," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey told reporters after the game. "I didn't know it was a first. I don't coach like that. I just want to win the next game."

Kalani Brown led Baylor with 22 points and 17 rebounds.

Kansas basketball fan, 102, watches beloved Jayhawks in person for first time

The secret to a long life, according to a longtime University of Kansas basketball fan, is sweet onions -- and KU basketball, of course.

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Hattie Long, 102, watched her first Jayhawks basketball game at the Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, and the nation’s No. 2-ranked college team did not disappoint, breezing past Eastern Michigan 87-63.

"I just liked to see them play," Long told KWCH. "And by cracky, I knew every one of their names!"

“She's like a kid in a candy store to put it mildly, I think," Long’s grandson, Dan Ravenscraft, told WDAF.

Kansas coach Bill Self and team members sent Long an autographed photo two years ago to mark her 100th birthday, and it hangs next to her family photos at her nursing home in Whitewater, Kansas, KWCH reported.

Long said she has watched every Jayhawks game for the past 40 years, the television station reported. But Saturday night was the first time she had seen “her boys” in person.

“Well, I sure would like to have Bill (Self) shake my hand and give me a pat on the back," Long told KWCH. "By cracky, I might just grab him and give him a smack on the cheek!"

Self beat her to the punch when he met Long after the game, giving her a hug and a kiss on the cheek. The players posed for a picture with her and signed a poster, WDAF reported.

About those sweet onions …

Long said when she was younger she used to eat them like apples, the television station reported. Before Saturday’s game, she put some on her hamburger for good luck.

By cracky, it worked.

Watch: Celtics star Kyrie Irving gives homeless man $240

Celtics star Kyrie Irving had 11 assists in a losing effort Thursday night against the Houston Rockets, but the Boston point guard’s biggest assist came before the NBA game.

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In a video given to TMZ Sports, Irving is shown giving a homeless man $240, according to Bleacher Report.

Irving was headed to the Celtics’ team bus before Thursday’s game when he stopped to help the man, the website reported. The video was shot by Thomas Moreno on his cellphone, according to Bleacher Report.

Irving scored 23 points and had four rebounds during the Celtics’ 127-113 loss.

 

Boy Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo flew to U.S. to have tumor removed dies

The foundation of retired NBA star Dikembe Mutombo flew an 8-year-old boy from Africa to the United States so the child could have surgery to remove a large tumor from his face, KABC reported.

Update 12:41 p.m. EDT Dec. 22:

Matadi Sela Petit has died after a surgical procedure to remove an enlarged tumor.

“Matadi suffered a rare and unpredictable genetic reaction to anesthesia,” Mutombo said in a post on social media. 

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Mutombo first met Matadi in Congo, where the former pro basketball star’s foundation built a hospital, the television station reported. Doctors repaired a cleft lip for Matadi but were unable to operate on the tumor.

"(It’s) very difficult as a father to see a child who is 8 years old who is born like all of us but has not gotten opportunities," Mutombo said.

Mutombo’s foundation sponsored Matadi’s flight to the United States, where doctors at the Osborne Head & Neck Foundation in Los Angeles are performing the surgery for free.

"He is suffering from a life-threatening illness and we are here to help this little boy and Mr. Mutombo's foundation save this little boy's life," Dave Dell of the Osborne Head and Neck Foundation told KABC."Hopefully (the surgery will) change the life of this young man and go back to living a normal life," Mutombo told the television station.Matadi will stay with his father, who accompanied his son to the United States, at the Ronald McDonald house for free while he recovers from his surgery.

1990 basketball card appears to show Menendez brothers in background 

A sports card that has been practically worthless for more than 25 years has suddenly become a sensation in the collectibles hobby.

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That’s because the two men in the background of a 1990-91 Hoops basketball card of Mark Jackson look like the infamous Menendez brothers, the New York Daily News reported.

While there has been no confirmation that the two men pictured are indeed Lyle and Erik Menendez, it is possible that the brothers, convicted in 1996 for their parents' murders in 1989, could have been sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

Neither the brothers nor Jackson have commented about the card.

Twitter user John Rosenberger tweeted Friday that a poster on the Reddit website named Pirate_Redbeard wrote that Lyle and Erik Menendez appear to have been sitting in front-row seats when Jackson's card photo was taken during the 1989-90 NBA season.

Which game was it? The Knicks played 28 home games before the brothers were arrested in March 1990, and no opposing players are included in the photo, so it’s difficult to say.

The Reddit entry echoed an Aug. 9 Instagram post by jgold50, a self-described “collector of random things, mostly mortality subject matter.”

Lyle Menendez, now 50, and Erik Menendez, who turned 48 on Nov. 27, are now serving life sentences without parole after fatally shooting Jose and Mary “Kitty” Menendez on Aug. 20, 1989. Both men are currently serving time at the R.J. Correctional Facility in San Diego, according to CBS News.Before the brothers were arrested in Beverly Hills, California, on March 8, 1990, they spent a large amount of their parents’ money, according to court records. The brothers took trips and bought cars. Lyle Menendez bought a chicken wing restaurant in New Jersey, the Los Angeles Times reported in 1994.

Darren Rovell, a sports business reporter for The Action Network, tweeted that the Jackson card was selling on eBay for as much as $30

“This checks out,” Rovell wrote in a different tweet. “Menendez murder happened Aug. 20, 1989. Brothers were apprehended March 1990. Photo was taken at MSG in 1989-90 season and set came out before 1990-91 season.”

Jackson played seven of his 17 seasons in the NBA for the Knicks and coached the Golden State Warriors from 2011 to 2014. He is currently a commentator for ESPN.

By Sunday night, Amazon had eight cards for sale. One seller jokingly referred to it as the “Menendez Brothers rookie card.”

Rob Veres, the owner of Burbank Sportscards in Southern California, told Sports Collectors Daily he sold 130 of the Jackson cards recently. 

“We knew about it a few months ago and bought up a few hundred of them thinking it could be something special if the general public discovered it,” Veres told the collectibles website. “Those cards, along with 100 cards we had in regular stock, gave us a nice quantity. We started selling them at $7.99 months ago and they moved all right, but when the Reddit post went viral and it hit Bleacher Report as well as the hobby sites, things got crazy.” 

Even after raising prices, Veres told Sports Collectors Daily said he was able to sell the cards for as much as $24.99 apiece.

“The mind-blowing stat is the 8,349 page views for this single listing, 7,000 of which have been in the past 36 hours,” Veres said. “I can’t recall ever seeing anything like that.”

It’s not the first time infamous persons have appeared in the background of a photograph. A photograph exists of John Wilkes Booth in attendance at the second presidential inauguration of Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1865, History.com reported in 2015. Six weeks later, Booth would assassinate Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington.

The Jackson card now becomes an oddity among sports cards, to be placed next to the 1989 Fleer baseball card of Billy Ripken with an obscenity written on the bat knob and the 1994-95 Pinnacle hockey card of Sylvain Turgeon, which featured future Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane watching from the stands as a child.

 

Syracuse misspells last name on jersey of coach Jim Boeheim's son

This is one name that should never be misspelled on a Syracuse University basketball jersey.

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Boeheim.

Jim Boeheim is in his 43rd season as coach of the Orange. With more than 1,029 victories -- along with five Final Four appearances,and a national title in 2003 -- Boeheim has earned legendary status.

But when Boeheim’s son Buddy played in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden against the University of Connecticut on Thursday, the freshman wore a jersey that spelled his last name “Boheim,” the Syracuse Post-Standard reported.

The Orange were red-faced.

The younger Boeheim, at 6-feet, 5 inches, scored a point and had an assist in Syracuse’s 86-73 loss to the Huskies.

With his name properly spelled during Friday’s game against Oregon, Buddy Boeheim did better, scoring three points. But it was not enough, as the Orange (2-2) lost 80-65, spoiling Jim Boeheim’s 74th birthday, which is Saturday.

WATCH: College basketball player apparently elbows opponent's face, gets barred from campus

A basketball player for Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus for apparently throwing an elbow into an opponent's face

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The broadcast of the NCAA Division III basketball game posted to Fitchburg's website appears to show number 23, listed on the roster as Kewan Platt of Charlestown, throwing an elbow into the face of another player late in the game.

With Fitchburg State trailing Nichols College 73-63, freshman guard Nate Tenaglia of Tewksbury launches a three on a breakaway. As Tenaglia returns to the ground, Platt glances over his shoulder before apparently throwing an elbow right into the guard's face

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Tenaglia hits the ground hard and remains there momentarily before hopping up as the referees huddle.

"Clearly shows the kid already let the shot go and then gets hit," Fitchburg State junior Prince Addo said. "I don’t even know what to say; I’m just speechless."

After a short stoppage, the refs decide to toss Platt from the game, assessing a flagrant foul.

In a statement, Nichols College Athletics Director Chris Colvin said the team is glad Tenaglia was not hurt.

“We’re very happy that the Nichols College student-athlete involved in the incident, Nate Tenaglia, was unharmed and able to finish the contest. We are proud of the way our student-athletes handled the incident and that they did not allow it to escalate. This matter is in the hands of the authorities and the Fitchburg State administration. We trust that they will handle it appropriately," Colvin said.

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One Twitter user pointed out that Platt appears to have been frustrated by a no-call at the other end. 

"I feel it could’ve been a little feud like back and forth," Fitchburg State junior Eric Patel said.

The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying the organization is considering further sanctions against Fitchburg State University.

"It doesn't show a good side of the school," Fitchburg State student Eric Patel said Wednesday afternoon. "It kind of ruins the school's reputation. Other than that, it is just unsportsmanlike." 

The conference also said Platt's previous player of the week award had been vacated. 

"His behavior goes against the MASCAC’s mission, which includes good sportsmanship," the conference said on Twitter

WFXT reported that Fitchburg State University police are investigating. 

You can watch the full game here.

WATCH: Lakers fan sinks half-court shot to win $30K, tries to high-five team

A Lakers fan sank an incredible half-court shot Monday night to win a $30,000 jackpot, then tried to celebrate with some of the players.

Spoiler alert: It didn't work out.

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Video of the hilarious moment before the fourth quarter of the Lakers-Spurs game quickly went viral, with tens of thousands of views on Twitter.

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Here's another view:

The fan, identified as 26-year-old Ali Sabbouri of Anaheim, California, seemed to take the denial in stride, flashing a huge grin as he accepted his check. 

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NBA star Russell Westbrook, wife Nina expecting twin girls

NBA star Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina, announced Tuesday they are expecting twin girls in a YouTube video produced by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The video is called "The Westbrook Family." Nina lets out the news they're having twins 2:12 into the video. Russell mentions they will be girls at the 2:28 mark.

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The couple already have a 1-year-old son named Noah.

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Russell had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. The seven-time All-Star and former MVP is expected to miss preseason and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. The Thunder's first game is Oct. 16 at Golden State.

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