AVP Tour, Bud Light Girls Roll Into San Francisco

So the question is this: Can the AVP Tour survive — outside of its traditional homeland of LA, that is — without the team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh? Apparently so. Check out the tour’s newest sponsor — Kentucky Grilled Chicken. If the product that David Letterman once dubbed “Hot, Oily Hens” can find a home on the beach volleyball circuit, the field is wide open.

Bud Light Lime Girls in SF

Stopped by Pier 32 in San Francisco on Sunday to catch the women’s and men’s finals of the San Francisco Open, which marks the beginning of the end of the 2009 AVP Crocs Tour. Second-seeded Jennifer Kessy and April Ross beat top-seeded Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs for the women’s title, and top-seeded Olympic gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beat second-seeded John Hyden and Sean Scott for the second straight weekend in the men’s final.

And the Bud Light Lime Girls continue to impress, although I’m still nostalgic for the Cuervo Girls. More photos after the jump.

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Falk’s Fault If Elton’s Gone; ESPN’s Favre Fakeout

Last week I listened to an interview of Elton Brand here in Los Angeles on local KLAC-AM. This was well before the L.A. Clippers’ blindside Baron Davis sign. During the visit, Brand said pretty much everything but that he would take less in contractual obligations to remain with the Clips. He went on and on about his devotion to his teammates and even referred fondly to some of the team’s trainers by name - as he sold the prospect of his return

David Falk Elton Brand

Fast forward to today, which has Brand and his agent, David Falk, huddling in Washington D.C., as they mull a more lucrative offer from the Golden State Warriors - and, according to the LOS ANGELES TIMES, the darkhorse Philadelphia 76ers.

Most around here, of course, will tell you that Brand is a man of his word and will indeed eventually re-sign with the Clippers. So what then is taking so damn long?

It’s clear that Brand’s agent Falk is no doubt pushing his client (and rightly so) to closely examine the ramifications of turning down $90M+ offers from Golden State and Philly. And in keeping with that, perhaps force the Clippers into additional, while small, contractual concessions.

One source close to the situation told me today that he thinks Falk is deliberately bottlenecking Brand’s re-signing with the club in order to let the Clippers (and their fans) know just how important his client is to the team. And of course, how he took less money to stay.

Not to mention waiting for din from the Baron buzz to dissipate - so Brand can reclaim center stage in announcing his agreement. In other words, don’t blame Brand for the delay, but his oft-cantankerous counsel Falk.

And if Brand does depart, most close to the situation believe that it will be because of Falk’s influence, who clearly has no allegiance to Elgin & Co.
In the end, the decision will be all Brand’s, and if he chooses to turn down the Clippers’ $70M offer after the club scared Baron out of the Bay Area, I wouldn’t want to be at his next Hollywood pitch session.

More Clippers news: Chris Kaman will be play for Germany in the summer Olympics.

Video of the Padres’ Michael Barrett fouling a ball off his face last night in Colorado:

Michael Barrett

Rays manager Joe Maddon to the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES on someone illegally using his debit card to fill a car in New York: “With the price of gas these days, I would have preferred they’d gone to Tiffany’s.”

Maddon is also most notably a sharer of Baron Davis’ eyewear:

Joe Maddon Baron Davis Eyewear

Think I would’ve drummed up that quote and comparison if the Rays weren’t in first and coming off a sweep of the Bosox?

Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK plainly shows how ESPN trumped up the Brett Favre comeback story by cutting off a quote he gave to the BILOXI SUN-HERALD.

I, like you, watched SportsCenter last night as Favre’s “it’s all rumor” quote was touted over and over. One problem though, Favre finished the quote by saying, “there’s no reason for it.” ESPN conveniently left out the second part of the comment, which makes the story just a smidge less compelling.

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Publicist For Tony Parker Says Affair Rumor Is Completely Untrue

PARKER PUBLICIST: X17 AFFAIR RUMOR IS “100% UNTRUE“: TMZ.COM weighs in on Alexandra Paressant’s claim to X17ONLINE that she had an affair with Tony Parker. Parker and wife Eva Longoria assert flatly to the website that they’re victims of a golddigger.

Eva Longoria Tony Parker Wedding France

Longoria: “Tony has been nothing short of the perfect husband.

Parker: “I love my wife. She’s the best thing in my life, and I have never been happier.

Longoria rep Liza Anderson to TMZ in a statement: “These allegations are completely, 100% false and untrue. All high profile couples fall victim to these sorts of things in the course of their relationships. It appears that this is not the first time this woman has used an athlete to gain public notoriety.

This isn’t the first time Ms. Paressant has been caught up in controversy when it comes to the other sex. She sent shockwaves throughout the soccer world when she claimed her former boyfriend Ronaldinho, a Brazilian soccer star, was partying too much during the 2006 World Cup.