Seagulls have a long relationship with Oakland Coliseum, with swarms making a number of appearances over the years. Chalk that up to the price of playing a baseball game so close to a major body of water.

Usually, the presence of seagulls is harmless, if a little invasive. But last night, the seafaring birds were particularly aggressive.

Chicken fingers were reportedly pilfered from fans, and the gulls were so dense in the outfield that Athletics players were placing their gloves on top of their hats, helpless to clear the field and just hopeful that the birds didn't hit them with any unwanted deposits.

The San Francisco Giants have had similar problems on the other side of the bay. There's no obvious solution to the problem -- oftentimes, the interference only goes on for a short while, and then it's back to business as usual.

If the problem persists, it might be time for Randy Johnson to unretire his cannon of an arm and remind those birds the perils of spending too much time at a baseball field.

Some members of Michigan's football team have adopted a wallaby. Well, those guys actually think they adopted a kangaroo, but the general consensus is that they actually own a wallaby. (The folks at the San Diego Zoo have an explanation on the difference between a wallaby and a kangaroo.)

The distinction is probably not important to them: The animal is from Australia, is a marsupial, and it is awesome. Junior running back Wyatt Shallman posted a picture to Instagram that shows him posing with the newest member of the Wolverines family:


Go big or go home.... New member of 1401 south state #kangaroo #imnotevenjoking

A photo posted by Wyatt Shallman (@thepeoplesrepublicofshallman) on

Shallman, who lives in a house with several other members of the Michigan football program, doesn't say where he got the wallaby.

It doesn't seem to be illegal, since there are pet wallaby breeders based in Michigan, but if we're assessing the wisdom of adopting a pet wallaby while playing college football, that might be subject to debate.

Quarterback Shane Morris, who lives in the house with Shallman, doesn't seem to think the wallaby is the greatest idea in the world:


Similarly, it's doubtful Michigan's football program has a written rule addressing wallabies as pets -- yet, anyway.

But now that the public knows about the wallaby situation, Shallman had better be careful and take proper care of the wallaby. If he's irresponsible about his new pet, animal activists will be eager to take him to task over it.

It doesn't take much common sense to know that college football players and wallabies probably don't mix well. Jim Harbaugh can't be thrilled about the potential distractions this creates.

A website devoted to the noble purpose of identifying every NBA player with a cat has resurfaced and is slowly but surely gaining steam.

NBAcatwatch.com and the corresponding Twitter account, @NBAcatwatch, has become quite active the past few weeks. The site has even added one more player, Golden State Warriors forward James Michael McAdoo, to its list of confirmed cat owners.


McAdoo joins Nik Stauskas, Alexey Shved and a handful of others players who are also feline owners. Not surprisingly, both the quirky Lopez brothers care for a curiously named cat. Brook, the Brooklyn Nets center, has Poup. His brother, Robin, has Prince Edward Zephyr.

For what it's worth, lots of people associated with the NBA have cats. Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is one:


Still, the list of players who own cats remains relatively small. In fact, the list of NBA players who are scared of cats is nearly as long and much more notable. Carmelo Anthony, Eric Bledsoe, Draymond Green, Zach Randolph are all afraid of cats.

To compile the list, the feline fanatic behind the website has put in lots of detective work:



As for the future, it's unclear how many players in this year's NBA draft are cat owners. Jahlil Okafor, who will likely be one of the top picks Thursday, has said that he wants to be a veterinarian but has given no indication that he likes cats. Sam Dekker, the former Wisconsin forward who is also likely to be drafted Thursday, has been spotted with cats but has not confirmed ownership:


I got a starting 5 of kittens!

A photo posted by Sam Dekker (@samdek15) on

At this point, it seems safe to say there will be more Wildcats (as in, those from Arizona and Kentucky) entering the NBA than there will be cat owners.

(Hat tip to Deadspin)

At the "Pups in the Park" promotion at Dodger Stadium, dogs from around the Los Angeles area were brought to the ballpark for a little fun in the sun.

One came more prepared than the others. Gizmo T. Pug, a special pug correspondent to the Los Angeles Times, was ready to report on the event. Armed with a video camera mounted to his back, the pup brought viewers around the stadium and face-to-face with other dogs at the game.

As far as ideas go, this one was worth its weight in gold. Gizmo proved a great tour guide, interacting with a number of dogs throughout the park. He also proved popular among fans, earning some much-deserved scratches.

But nothing beats watching Gizmo take his seat in the stands and enjoy the game. The scene was as hilarious as it was adorable.

It seems crazy that no one had thought of this before, but thanks to Gizmo's video, the world is surely a better place today than it was last week.

Meanwhile, it's time to open the gates to dogs on a more regular basis. America's past time meets man's best friend: What else do you want?

American Pharoah attracted many casual fans by ending horse racing's 37-year run without a Triple Crown winner. While many of them were undoubtedly impressed to see history in the making, they were also puzzled about why the horse's winning time was actually slower than those of earlier generations. In short: If man keeps on running faster, why don't horses?

The answer boils down largely to technology (lighter shoes and springier tracks make it more favorable for man to run faster) and anatomy (the legs of thoroughbred horses are inherently limited how much force they can handle). For a more detailed explanation, check out this article by Eric Adelson from a few years ago.

Consider that American Pharoah's time in the Belmont Stakes, which he won Sunday to complete the Triple Crown, was sixth best in history at 2 minutes, 26.65 seconds. Fifth on the list of fastest Belmont times was Gallant Man, who covered the 1.5 miles in 2:26.60 -- in 1957.

To put this in perspective, that would be like Usain Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion in the 100 meters, posting a slower time than the 1956 gold medalist. Bolt had a time of 9.63 seconds at the 2012 Games in London. Bobby Morrow won in 1956 with a time of 10.5 seconds. The winning time in the 100 meters has gotten faster in nine of the past 10 Olympics. Here are the five fastest times in the Belmont, and there is no sequential pattern:

1. Secretariat, 1973 (2:24.00)
2. Easy Goer, 1989 (2:26.00)
3. A.P. Indy, 1992 (2:26.13)
4. Risen Star, 1988 (2:26.40)
5. Gallant Man, 1957 (2:26.60)

Secretariat remains an outlier at 2:24. It's a time that is even more absurd considering he had no horse pushing him at the end, winning by 31 lengths. To illustrate this point, the Wall Street Journal produced a video with side-by-side footage of Secretariat and American Pharoah in their respective runs at the Belmont:

American Pharoah needs to win the Belmont Stakes to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to capture the Triple Crown. Trainer Bob Baffert has reached this stage before -- winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness -- with three other horses, so he is familiar with the dynamics of how the Belmont is longer and different. Here is how Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza are sizing up their challenge:

Marshawn Lynch didn't want any old fish tank. He wanted a custom display to marvel at, and he got it.

In Wednesday's episode of "Tanked," on Animal Planet, Lynch will be featured as the show's experts put together the perfect tank for his tastes. The "Beast Mode" tank features aggressive breeds of fish and other subtle touches that respond to aspect of Lynch's brand.

Perhaps the coolest feature: A bottle of Hennessey custom-made to honor the Seahawks as Super Bowl champions. The bottle is on display in the aquarium waters.

Also featured in the episode is NBA star Dwight Howard, whose love for snakes gets a brighter spotlight: The "Tanked" experts have built him a combination snake and fish tank that would cost the average person "$50,000 to 60,000." The snakes and fish occupy the same tank space and can both access the water, but an acrylic divider keeps the snakes from coming in contact with the fish.

Needless to say, Howard's tank reigns as the creepier of the two. Here's the more pressing question: How do you build a fish tank for a man who only gives one-word answers?

Some sports books in Nevada plan to capitalize on the Kentucky Derby and Mayweather-Pacquiao fight being held on the same day by offering special crossover bets.

Another intersection of commerce between the boxing and horse racing worlds is the partnership between the fight organizers and Derby long shot Itsaknockout.

The boxers' names will be displayed on the pants of jockey Jockey Luis Saez during the race.

The horse will wear a blanket with Mayweather-Pacquiao branding at appropriate times.

Itsaknockout, owned by Starlight Racing, is listed at 30-1.

When 73-year-old Carl Moore saw a bear advancing on his small dog, he reacted by doing exactly the opposite of what safety guidelines would suggest. Moore punched the bear in the face.

"The man or beast that I run from ain't been born, and his momma's already dead," Moore, a former Marine, told CBS 13 in Sacramento. "I ain’t run from nothing; I never have in my whole life and I ain’t going to start now. And you're not going to sacrifice my babies for some damn bear."

Perhaps wisely, the bear has not re-appeared.

"He ain’t been back since he's been smacked by Carl," Moore told CBS 13.

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For the past few years, late April has been a busy time for Miami Heat players.

In the "Big Three Era," during which the Heat played in the Finals for four consecutive years, the team found itself in the midst of a playoff run during these days.

But after the departure of LeBron James last summer and the injury to Chris Bosh this season, the Heat players are in an unusual position: Watching the playoffs from afar.

Big men Chris "Birdman" Andersen and Udonis Haslem have found an interesting and (some might say) productive way to spend their offseason. Andersen and Haslem spent some time hunting alligators in Haslem's backyard.


According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, both Haslem and Andersen have valid alligator trapping licenses that allow them to assist a licensed trapper in removing a nuisance alligator from a property.

Andersen is 6-foot-10, so it looks like one of the alligators he killed was at least seven feet long:


Got a south Florida Dinosaur out of UD's back yard. Gator shoes with the belt to match!!

A photo posted by @birdzilla.ro on


@ud40 showing @birdzilla.ro about those Florida Gators. Know'em talkin bout

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It's been an eventful offseason for Andersen, who also got some new head ink:


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