The Daily Buzz: Friday, June 7

The Spurs stormed into Miami and

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/nba-finals-miami-heat-lebron-james-san-antonio-spurs-tim-duncan-game-1-blog-060513">took

a 1-0 series lead in the NBA Finals Thursday night, putting

them three games away from

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/championship-rings-banners-mock-ups-released-san-antonio-spurs-miami-heat-before-game-1-nba-finals-060613">these

rings, but they weren’t the only big story in sports on

Thursday.

On the ice, the Blackhawks

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/chicago-blackhawks-beat-los-angeles-kings-in-game-4-of-western-conference-finals-060613">moved

within one win of a Stanley Cup Finals berth, and in baseball,

a Stanford star pitcher

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/houston-astros-select-stanford-pitcher-mark-appel-no-1-draft-060613?from=foxsports/Home/headlines">went

first overall to the Astros in the MLB draft.

Justin Gatlin

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/track/story/justin-gatlin-defeats-usain-bolt-in-100-meter-race-at-rome-060613">beat

Usain Bolt in the 100 meter dash in Rome, George Karl

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/george-karl-coach-of-year-los-angeles-clippers-memphis-grizzlies-brooklyn-nets-060613">got

the boot in Denver after guiding the Nuggets to a franchise

record in wins and earning Coach of the Year honors, and Justin

Bieber

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/justin-bieber-nba-finals-courtside-seats-causes-twitter-stir-interrupts-girls-life-steals-show-in-playoffs-060613">still

had us talking (but fortunately,

href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/bieber-books-space-flight-virgin-galactic-article-1.1364942"

target="_blank">he’s going to space).

As for everything else, here’s some of what you may have

missed.

• Mike Miller got his face stepped on:

• One of the top picks in this year’s MLB draft has a

href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/prep-prep-rally/no-7-mlb-draft-pick-trey-ball-unilaterally-110909511.html"

target="new">head start in using wooden bats.

• You may recognize this

href="http://247sports.com/Article/Renaissance-recruit-CJ-Sanders-of-Brentwood-Academy-Ohio-State-133788"

target="_blank">former child actor who is now a four-star

defensive back recruit.

• The Angels forced a fan to

href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/05/sports/la-sp-0606-angels-notes-20130606"

target="_blank">remove a paper bag from his head as a

“security measure.”

• Might we some day see

href="http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/56552/senator-leiter-al-would-be-interested"

target="_blank">Senator Al Leiter?

• An IndyCar driver

href="http://www.calgarysun.com/2013/06/06/indycar-driver-fined-for-flipping-the-bird-during-race"

target="_blank">was fined after giving a fellow racer this

two-finger salute during a race:

• Go read this

href="http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2013/6/6/4392208/montaous-walton-profile-fake-online-prospect"

target="_blank">outstanding longform profile of Montaous

Walton, who faked being an MLB prospect and fooled just about

everyone — including the media and an agent — for

years.

• While you’re at it, go

href="http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/9338962/when-beautiful-game-turns-ugly"

target="_blank">check out Wright Thompson’s piece on racism in

soccer in Italy and around the world, too.

• Contrary to popular belief, Bill Belichick

href="http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4744142/belichick-i-dont-hate-tebow"

target="_blank">does not hate Tim Tebow — or so he

says.

• What ever happened to the “walk the dog” and

the “sleeper”…?

• Is it time to

href="http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9348666/the-mlb-draft-work-quite-possibly-immoral-replace-it"

target="_blank">abolish the MLB Draft?

• Mets PR maven Jay Horowitz has

href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/harper-mets-pr-guru-extra-mile-prep-wheeler-article-1.1365757"

target="_blank">done everything humanly possible to prepare

stud prospect Zack Wheeler for life in New York — and in the

Bigs.

• Yasiel Puig’s star just

href="http://www.foxsportswest.com/mlb/los-angeles-dodgers/story/Puigs-emergence-draws-comparisons-to-Tro?blockID=909559&feedID=3709"

target="_blank">keeps on getting brighter.

• Johnny Football

href="http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130606/SPORTS11/306060145/2072/SPORTS?nclick_check=1"

target="_blank">makes his country debut. Watch

href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=106DmhF67R8">here.

• I’m almost 100 percent sure this is just an ad

meant to go viral, but it’s worth watching regardless:

• Despite her messy divorce from Tony Parker, Eva Longoria

is

href="http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/06/eva-longoria-is-still-rooting-for-the-spurs/"

target="_blank">still in the Spurs’ corner.

• Roger Staubach would like to see

href="http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/2013/06/former-cowboys-qb-roger-staubach-i-would-like-to-see-more-of-the-no-huddle-offense-with-tony-romo.html/"

target="_blank">more no-huddle offense with Tony Romo.

• Josh Brent reportedly

href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20130606-prosecutors-say-cowboys-josh-brent-tested-positive-for-marijuana.ece"

target="_blank">tested positive for marijuana as he awaits

trial over a drunk driving crash that killed a Cowboys

teammate.

• A NASCAR truck star

href="http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/06/06/4917556/truck-racing-star-finds-perspective.html"

target="_blank">lends a much-needed hand in tornado-devastated

Moore, Okla.

• 6-foot-1 over two 6-foot-8 guys…

this is how you win a dunk contest:

• Come

href="http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/college/college-football-hall-of-fame-starts-brick-sales/nYDTh/"

target="_blank">get your commemorative bricks for the College

Football Hall of Fame.

target="_blank">Run the Boston marathon on a treadmill?

• From the vault, here’s

href="http://www.thebiglead.com/index.php/2013/06/06/vince-coleman-drunk-interview-after-the-cardinals-clinched-the-1987-nl-east-pennant-video/"

target="_blank">drunk Vince Coleman celebrating after the

Cardinals clinched their division in 1987:

• Freedom Child is the horse

href="http://www.kentucky.com/2013/06/06/2668739/freedom-child-emerges-as-belmonts.html"

target="_blank">creating all the buzz at Belmont this

week.

• One CFL rookie plays on after a

href="http://www.thestarphoenix.com/sports/Tiger+Cats+rookie+hopeful+Breaux+learned+from+near+death/8489725/story.html"

target="_blank">near-death experience in high school.

• Repeat concussions led an NHL player to

href="http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/professional/repeated-concussions-prompt-mcdonald-retirement/article_4b80def3-8ddf-59b4-86a0-f29f758bf22d.html"

target="_blank">retire from the game.

• This Staten Island family will

href="http://www.silive.com/westshore/index.ssf/2013/06/bowling_has_played_big_part_in.html#incart_river"

target="_blank">bowl you over.

• There will be

href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/golf/2013_US_Open_at_Merion_Spectator_security_procedures.html"

target="_blank">special security measures in place at next

week’s U.S. Open.

• For the squash fans out there, here’s a player

fooling his opponent with not one, but two fakes: