Zack Wheeler opts for Tommy John, Mets pitcher admits he ‘cried a little bit’ after learning of fate

PORT ST. LUCIE — Zack Wheeler said he “cried a little bit” after finding out he had a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow but he had no regrets over the way the Mets handled his injury. The hard-throwing righthander had been experiencing pain in the joint, but on Monday, when Mets team doctor Dr. David Altchek informed him on a conference call that the ligament was torn and his season was over, he was overcome with emotion. Stunned, he turned the corner and headed back into the clubhouse, where he was greeted by his teammates. “I came out here and everybody was sort of staring at me as I rounded the corner,” Wheeler said Friday. “I am like, ‘torn UCL.’ They all came up to me ... (I) cried a little bit. ... They were really supportive, better than I thought they were going to be. Bunch of good guys in here.” The 24-year-old confirmed on Friday that he will have Tommy John surgery next week. In addition to replacing the ligament, the procedure will fix a partially torn tendon that was the cause of Wheeler’s worsening elbow pain last season, and remove a calcium deposit. Altchek will perform it in New York, with Wheeler targeting a return in June of next season. With Wheeler having had a few days to digest the news, his emotion Friday was a mix of disappointment and defiance. He took issue with reports that the Mets botched the handling of his tender elbow last season, the team allowing him to keep pitching. Wheeler had an MRI after the season that revealed the torn tendon, but he did not find out about the torn ligament until it showed up on an MRI from last week. RELATED: HERE IS WHY THE METS DIDN'T TRADE WHEELER, DILLON GEE, NOAH SYNDERGAARD “All this stuff (reported) that I had torn stuff three years ago, you don’t know that. That happened when I was younger. That’s why the calcium Continue Reading

SEE IT: ‘Charlie Bit Me’ brothers are all grown up — 8 years after video went viral

The adorable brothers behind the "Charlie Bit Me" viral video are all grown up — eight years after they became one of the most watched Internet videos ever. Charlie Davies-Carr, now 9, and his older brother Harry, 11, reflect on their fame and even reenact the scene that captured more than 815 million hearts around the world in a CBBC Newsround video published Wednesday. WATCH: THE TOP 10 MOST ICONIC YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF ALL TIME "It makes me laugh," Harry says. The 57-second hit shows the two siblings from England sitting in a chair when Charlie, who was 1 at the time, chomps down on Harry's finger twice. "Charlie bit me," Harry, then 3, says before putting his finger back into the mouth of his baby brother, who bites down harder. "Ouch!" he cries repeatedly, as Charlie giggles. "Charlie bit me, and that really hurt." The boys' father uploaded the clip on YouTube in May 2007 because the file was too large to send to relatives in the U.S., the siblings reveal to CBBC. They've remained mostly unchanged by their Internet success and still find all the attention bizarre.  "I think it's a bit odd that those people watched it," Charlie said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Georgia woman ‘doing a little bit better’ amid infection by flesh-eating bacteria

A Georgia mom of two who faces a possible quadruple limb amputation after becoming infected with deadly flesh-eating bacteria is currently said to be in a stable condition. Cindy Martinez was hospitalized outside Atlanta three weeks ago after being struck down with necrotizing fasciitis and myositis, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 34-year-old former Marine was told that she may lose one or parts of all of her limbs. Her husband, David Martinez, said Sunday that she appeared to be "doing a little bit better." "It's just an up-and-down roller coaster right now," he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Initially it was minute-by-minute and hour-by-hour. And it's day-by-day now and that's good," he added. Martinez first began suffering mysterious shoulder pain last month. The Gwinnett County woman was hospitalized after doctors realized she'd been infected by the flesh-eating bacteria. It's not known how she contracted the devastating illness. David Martinez, who met his wife when they were in the Marines, said it was a miracle that she'd survived. The current Gwinnett County cop also said her sickness helped their family, including their 5- and 2-year-old children, come closer to God. "As a husband and father I wanted her to stay here, but if that was not what was in his plans, I was able to accept that," he told the newspaper. "As long as I accept him and my family accepts him and we do everything in his will, everything will be OK," he added. A GoFundMe page aimed at raising cash to cover Martinez's medical care has so far raised more than $45,000. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Victoria Beckham reveals she doesn’t want more kids: ‘I feel like I’ve done my bit’

For Victoria Beckham, four is the magic number. During her talk at New York’s 92nd Street Y on Wednesday, the former Spice Girl said she doesn't want to have any more kids. When asked if she was thinking of having a fifth child, she responded, “I’ve got four! I feel like I’ve done my bit."  A major reason the fashion designer is content with her family life is that after three sons – Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12 and Cruz, 10 – she and her husband David Beckham finally had a girl. “I was told when I had my scan that I was having another boy at first,” she recalled about being pregnant with Harper, now 3. “I felt so lucky to be pregnant, so whether Harper was going to be a boy or a girl I felt very blessed.” Right before her due date, the couple received a “lovely surprise”: she was actually expecting a baby girl. Beckham said the addition of Harper to the family was a dream come true. Beckham also shared that Harper's older brothers' influence has meant that her daughter cares more about football than fashion. "Harper loves football, it’s like a dagger going into my heart," she said. “As much as she is girly, she’s a tomboy as well," Beckham added. Harper's famous footballer dad demonstrated just that in an Instagram photo Friday. "Mia Hamm eat your heart out," the now retired athlete captioned the image. "Harper Seven taking lessons from her brothers." Continue Reading

Florida man Dick Oranges bit store employee, swung knife at him: cops

Florida man Dick Oranges bit a store employee and swung a knife at him during a confrontation over stolen clothing, police said. Oranges, of Naples, was confronted earlier this month by the managers of an unidentified store and a loss prevention officer, who saw him go into a dressing room and leave without the clothing he brought in, the Naples Daily News reported this week. Oranges resisted their attempts to bring him back into the store, pushed the manager away and bit the officer’s arm hard enough to break the skin, police said. He then allegedly pulled out a knife and swung it at the officer. When the store workers backed away, Oranges fled in a gold convertible. Oranges got arrested for an unrelated drug incident two weeks later. In that instance, Florida Highway Patrol troopers pulled him over for speeding, and Oranges pleaded with them to give him “a second chance,” according to the Naples Daily News. But after officers smelled marijuana in the car, they say they found a pouch filled with rolling papers and a grinder, labeled “Dime Bag.” Oranges confessed to the alleged clothes store crime while in jail on the drug charge. He claimed he was trying to return the merchandise and said the officer was the one wielding a knife. Oranges, 49, is being held on $19,500 bond for charges including battery, retail theft, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and driving with an expired license, records show. Follow @jaysunsilver Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Keeping a running score of New York’s homicide rate seems a bit ridiculous

Murder isn’t baseball. So keeping box scores seems a bit ridiculous. Every day I read about an increase in murders and shootings as if we were following the Mets mid-season decline instead of the accomplishments of the greatest police force on Earth. There are so many reasons people commit murder that you have to factor in the economy, gang activity, the street drug of choice, weather, personal relationships and, yes, NYPD policies. But to say that the city is reverting to the “bad old days” of the late-1980s or early 1990s because we have 22 more murders in the first five months of this year compared to the same period in 2014 — a record low year for murders — is preposterous. It’s unfair to constantly compare last year’s stats to this year’s. There will be fluctuations in human behavior all the time, no matter who sits in City Hall or One Police Plaza. In 1998, when Rudy Giuliani ruled with city with an iron fist, there were 633 murders, according to NYPD stats. The next year there were 671. But I don’t remember the front pages screaming that those 40 extra homicides meant we were reverting back to the bad old days of 1993 when we had 1,946 murders under Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. In 2002, in Mike Bloomberg’s first of 12 years as mayor and with Kelly (below left) back as police commissioner, there were 587 murders. The next year, 597. Then in 2004, there was a decrease, to 570. Great. But in 2006, 596 people were killed, 26 more bodies on the streets of New York City. Did anyone claim we were hurtling back to Kelly’s first stint as commissioner in 1992-94? No. Because that would have been unfair. The mayor and the city backed Kelly and watched him sing “Auld Lang Syne” in 2007 to 496 murders. A great number. But remember that when Bill Bratton first took over One Police Plaza Jan. 1, 1994, inheriting a city with 1,946 murders, he brought it down to Continue Reading

Florida woman who allegedly bit wheelchair-bound man in ‘vampire’ attack now accused of stabbing boyfriend with scissors

A northern Florida woman who once allegedly called herself a vampire before chomping on an elderly man’s face is now accused of stabbing and cutting her boyfriend with scissors, according to police. Escambia County sheriff’s deputies arrested Josephine Smith, 26 of Pensacola, on Tuesday afternoon after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend Earl Wynn during an alcohol-fueled argument, Sgt. Andrew Hobbs told the Daily News. Smith tried to kick out the windows of the police cruiser and started babbling about the bloodthirsty mythical creatures again en route to being booked, Hobbs said. Wynn told WEAR-TV that she was angry about being unemployed and had been using the pair of scissors to modify clothing before she turned against him. He told the TV station that he didn’t want to press charges against Smith, who he said was simply mentally ill and is “the sweetest person I’ve ever met.” State law, however, dictates that aggressors in domestic abuse incidents must be arrested, regardless of the victim’s wishes, Hobbs said. Smith is currently incarcerated on felony aggravated battery charges, according to county inmate records. She previously served six months after she allegedly assaulted a wheelchair-bound man in St. Petersburg in 2011, the TV station reported. Milton Smith, 69, alleged she tore off part of his face and lips with her teeth after proclaiming herself a vampire on the porch of an abandoned Hooters restaurant, the Tampa Bay Times reported at the time. Police found her at the scene half-naked and coated in blood, according to the paper. She professed not to remember anything. But her boyfriend maintains the incident on Tuesday was an accident caused, in part, by her not taking her medication that day, according to WEAR. “She didn’t do anything wrong here,” Wynn told the TV station. “She just needs mental Continue Reading

Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler dust off ‘Really!?!’ bit to skewer Sports Illustrated writer for sexist tweets

Seth Meyers resurrected a favorite segment from his "Weekend Update" days to slay a Sports Illustrated writer over sexist tweets. SI scribe Andy Benoit kicked up a minor online firestorm Monday when, in a Twitter exchange with an editor about the women's World Cup, he snarked, "women's sports in general not worth watching." FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS ON FACEBOOK. CLICK HERE TO 'LIKE.' On "Late Night" Wednesday night, Meyers called in "SNL" alum Amy Poehler from the bullpen and teed Benoit up in a segment of "Really!?!", a bit in which the "Update" then-co-anchors flayed celebs and politicians for doofus behavior. "I guess I'm not surprise that you work for Sports Illustrated. You guys put out a swimsuit issue every year dedicated entirely to women who aren't in sports — unless you think it's a sport to cover both boobs with one arm," Poehler said at one point. For his part, Benoit has since apologized for the remarks, which he called "senseless." "I got carried away responding to playful ribbing ... and, in my stupidity, overcompensated by saying something ignorant and extreme. 100% mistake on my part, for which I'm deeply sorry," he tweeted Tuesday. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH VIDEO HERE Continue Reading

North Carolina police catch monkey who bit worker in hospital parking lot

Charlotte cops had some monkey business to take care of last week. A vigilante monkey escaped from his owner and bit an employee at the parking lot of Carolinas Medical Center University on Wednesday. Officers and animal control officials tried to find the animal who fled into some woods but were unsuccessful until a day later when the quick little animal returned to the scene of the crime, reports the Charlotte Observer. But this time the hospital's security and a relative of the owner cornered it under a car and trapped it inside a bin until the department's Animal Care & Control unit arrived, the newspaper reported. Footage of the hilarious scene was posted to Instagram by user marktheproblem. The animal, a brown Capuchin named Carter, is now being held in isolation at the agency's facility. The Mecklenburg Health Department is now determining how to test the monkey for rabies, the newspaper reports. Carter's owner was actually cited last March for refusing to turn the monkey over to officers, reports TV Station WBTV. The owner was issued a city ordinance violation for having an exotic animal inside city limits. USING A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Michigan woman who bit off part of ex-boyfriend’s ear avoids jail after copping plea

A Michigan make-up artist who bit off part of her ex-boyfriend's ear during an argument over bills has been spared jail — but ordered to attend anger management classes for two years. Danielle Nebelung savagely assaulted Anthony Caruso at their Macomb County home last March after a debate about money turned seriously ugly, reports The Macomb Daily. The 32-year-old jumped on the 37-year-old's back and chomped down on his ear "like a dog would," according to court reports. Nebelung was initially charged with domestic violence and felony assault with intent to maim. She entered a no contest plea to a single misdemeanor domestic violence charge at Macomb County Circuit Court on Friday. The deal saw her spared jail time, but she will have to enroll in anger management classes as part of her probation, according to The Smoking Gun. She has also been banned from having any contact with her ex-lover, whose had the severed part of his ear surgically reattached. Nebelung still faces a personal injury lawsuit filed by Caruso. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading