Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek’, dead at 83

LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.

Although Leonard Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner’s often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of television and film’s most revered cult series.

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Rajon Rondo reportedly ‘extremely unlikely’ to re-sign with Mavericks

Rajon Rondo was suspended for Wednesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, which came in the wake of at least two heated exchanges that the Dallas Mavericks point guard had with head coach Rick Carlisle. Will the tension ultimately lead to the end of their working relationship?

Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports that Rondo is “extremely unlikely” to re-sign with the Mavericks when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Apparently the disagreements between Rondo and Carlisle have had to do with who should be calling offensive plays. Rondo believes his track record speaks for itself and that he should be able to call plays as the team’s point guard, while Carlisle — one of the best offensive minds in the game — has been hesitant to give a player who has been with him for less than one season that much control.

MacMahon notes that Carlisle had similar issues with Jason Kidd several years ago, though never quite as public as the spat between Rondo and Carlisle. The Mavs went on to win an NBA Championship a few years later with Carlisle and Kidd working together.

Dallas gave up a first-round pick, a second-round pick and three players for Rondo. Mark Cuban and company would not have given up that much for a one-season rental, but it’s hard to ignore the shouting match Rondo and Carlisle had on the court earlier this week.  The tension apparently spilled over into the locker room area after the game.

On Wednesday, Carlisle admitted that his communication with Rondo needs to improve.

“The incident last night was born in large part out of poor communication between him and I,” he said. “That’s on both of us. We had a long talk about the situation today, and we both agreed that we need to communicate more frequently.”

It has long been rumored that Rondo did not get along with Doc Rivers and was one of the reasons Rivers ultimately chose to leave the Boston Celtics. The veteran guard certainly isn’t one of the more coachable players in the NBA.

An Animated Short Narrated by Bill Gates About the Possibility of Eradicating Many Infectious Diseases by 2030

After discussing the future role of genetically modified organisms in the global economy, tech mogul turned philanthropist Bill Gates has returned to The Verge for another animated discussion, this time tackling the potential eradication of many global diseases like polio by the year 2030.

The system has had a tendency to get vaccines out to rich kids, who are less at risk for getting a disease and not get them out to the kids who need it most.

Josh Hamilton reportedly confesses to cocaine relapse

Josh Hamilton met with MLB Wednesday about a “disciplinary” issue, according to reports, and a new report says the Angels outfielder confessed to having a relapse with cocaine.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported the news:

 

 

here was little information given about Hamilton’s meeting with MLB, but this provides some context. So did the report from FOX’s Ken Rosenthal which said the issue was “worse than PEDs.”

Because of Hamilton’s background as a drug addict, having a cocaine relapse could be considered worse than cheating the game. Hamilton was thought to have been clean for several years since being suspended by MLB from 2003-2005, but he did have an infamous alcohol relapse in 2012.

Hamilton is rehabbing shoulder surgery he underwent last month. He reportedly has been staying at a friend’s ranch in Houston rather than remaining at the Angels’ spring training complex in Arizona, an arrangement that the LA Times considered to be odd.

Hamilton, 33, is set to earn $35 million this season, though the Angels would not have to pay him while he is suspended if that ends up happening (though it sounds like he will avoid that for now). He is also guaranteed to make $32 million in both 2016 and 2017.

Report: Josh Hamilton meets with MLB over ‘disciplinary issue’

Something strange appears to be going on with Josh Hamilton.

As Hamilton remains at a friend’s ranch in Houston while rehabbing from shoulder surgery he had earlier this month, a report from Mike DiGiovanna  of the Los Angeles Times  indicates that the 33-year-old slugger had a meeting with Major League Baseball on Wednesday to discuss a “disciplinary issue.”

Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed the meeting but would not go into detail about it.

“I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York,” he said. “At this point I have no other information to offer.”

The Angels are reportedly bracing for possible disciplinary action against Hamilton.

As DiGiovanna notes, it is strange that the Angels have allowed Hamilton to rehab at his friend’s ranch rather than remaining with the team, which most players are required to do while they recover from injuries before or during the season. Hamilton is expected to be out until at least May with the shoulder injury.

While we can’t speculate as to what the disciplinary meeting could have been about, we can tell you that Hamilton has a well-documented history of problems with drugs and alcohol. He was suspended from baseball from 2003 to 2005 because of it, later returning and becoming one of the more inspiring comeback stories in sports, though he did have a relapse in 2012.

Hamilton has avoided any of the Angels’ celebrations in the past that included alcohol.  He also publicly apologized for having a relapse back in 2012. When Hamilton was reinstated in 2005, he agreed to be tested for drugs three times a week.

All I can say is sometimes, karma will get you.

Thanks to Tony for the heads-up.

 

 

Jon Daniels: Rangers add a left-hand bullpen contender that ‘looks the part’

SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Texas Rangers added a left-hander for the bullpen competition on Tuesday, acquiring left-hander Edgar Olmos from Seattle on a $20,000 waiver claim.

Olmos, 24, has appeared in five major-league games with Miami in 2013. He is a power pitcher with a fastball in the 92-94 mph range but has had control problems. At the Double- and Triple-A levels of the Miami organization last year, Olmos had 60 strikeouts with 30 walks in 77 2/3 innings.

“He looks the part,” general manager Jon Daniels said of Olmos, listed at 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds. “We’ll get him in here with our coaches and see what he can do.”

The Rangers were down to two healthy left-handed bullpen candidates: Alex Claudio and Martire Garcia. Before the addition of Olmos, manager Jeff Banister admitted it would be helpful to have a larger field of candidates.

“The easy answer is we’d like to have solid options from the left side,” Banister said. “I can’t worry about what we don’t have. I have to evaluate what we do have.”

Rangers star Yu Darvish and girlfriend expecting a child

Yu Darvish and girlfriend Seiko Yamamoto.

Texas Rangers star pitcher Yu Darvish, 28, has revealed in his blog that his partner and former wrestling world champion Seiko Yamamoto, 34, is pregnant.

“Ms. Seiko Yamamoto and I have been blessed with a child,” Darvish said in his post. “We found out the end of last year, but decided to wait until she was in a stable period before announcing the news.”

Darvish said they had yet to decide on marriage and other matters.

Yamamoto, 34, won the women’s world championship in the 55 kilogram division – 121 pounds – annually from 1999-2002. According to Japanese media reports, she currently is working as a coach with the USA Wrestling. Yamamoto is not listed on the organization’s website.

Yamamoto’s father, Ikuei, wrestled for Japan in the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich. Her brother, Norifumi, is a mixed martial artist and kickboxer who competes in the Bantamweight division of the UFC.

Darvish and Yamamoto have each been married once.