Archives for March 2007

March 31, 2007

Ricky Williams wants back in...: but is there a spot for him? Running back Ricky Williams, exiled for the entire 2006 season because of a fourth violation of the NFL substance abuse policy, has triggered the process that could end his one-year suspension and lead to his reinstatement by the league.

posted by louisville_slugger to football at 07:30 PM - 12 comments

(Un)Holy Toledo!: University of Toledo football player Harvey "Scooter" McDougle, Jr., has been arraigned on charges of point shaving in connection with Toledo football and basketball games.

posted by wfrazerjr to general at 01:24 PM - 8 comments

March 30, 2007

“They ought to tell the girls that they are signing a death waiver.": New study shows cheerleading accounts for more catastrophic injuries than all other sports combined. And cheerleaders account for more insurance claims by NCAA member schools than all sports other than football.

posted by olelefthander to general at 05:37 PM - 9 comments

Fantasy DL Team: Inspired by a comment made by lbb in the MLB predictions thread, let's have a little disabled list fantasy baseball action!!! (Details inside.)

posted by holden to fantasy at 04:43 PM - 11 comments

Space Race...: American astronaut Suni Williams, a marathoner, qualified for the Boston Marathon by completing the Houston Marathon in 3:29.57, but won't complete her current mission on the International Space Station in time for the 111th running of the Boston Marathon on April 16th. Her alternative? Run the entire distance, all 26.2 miles, in zero gravity, strapped to a treadmill on board the space station. I figure, this deserves the "Extreme" tag.

posted by The_Black_Hand to extreme at 07:45 AM - 13 comments

March 29, 2007

Why don't I subscribe to Extra Innings?: The only thing more ridiculous is Jerry Jones saying teams should be able to break news of trades and such through exclusive deals rather than letting the mainstream media report it.

posted by olelefthander to general at 05:54 PM - 44 comments

Yankees' chain of command in question: The Yankees' chain of command, seemingly a source of stability the past year, has taken a major hit. The ramifications might not be clear for a while.

posted by justgary to baseball at 01:45 PM - 40 comments

NFL Competition Committee won't change overtime,: but at least they tackled the tough issue of guys spiking the ball after non-scoring plays. Another rule change this link does not address is that home teams can no longer be penalized for excessive crowd noise.

posted by olelefthander to football at 12:49 PM - 18 comments

Blue Heaven: Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida, will close when this spring training ends. The Dodgers will move to a new, state-of-the-art complex in Glendale, Arizona next year. Take time to watch this piece. It speaks for itself.

posted by dyams to baseball at 09:55 AM - 7 comments

"The guy said, 'Hit the net like any Negro would.'" : Serena Williams battled both Lucie Safarova and a racist heckler to win her third-round match at the Sony Ericcson Open on Monday, before going on to hand Maria Sharapova a 6-1, 6-1 defeat in the final on Tuesday.

posted by lil_brown_bat to tennis at 08:26 AM - 41 comments

We're: Not Brazil We're Northern Ireland!

posted by JJ to soccer at 06:01 AM - 20 comments

March 28, 2007

LeBron steps up sneaker war: ...when asked if he could envision endorsing sneakers that retail for one-tenth the price of most Nikes, James managed to take a shot at Marbury. "No, I don't think so,"..."Me being with Nike, we hold our standards high." Marbury shot back, "I'd rather own than be owned." LeBron's going to need that money for his new 35,440 ft. mansion and goal of becoming the world's first billionaire athlete.

posted by justgary to basketball at 11:47 PM - 46 comments

Maybe he'll get the save on appeal: Former MLB closer Ugueth Urbina draws a reported 14-year sentence for his part in the attempted murder of five workers on his farm in Venezuela.

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 05:05 PM - 15 comments

Glittering prizes and endless compromises: Rush's Geddy Lee on fantasy baseball.

posted by Hugh Janus to baseball at 03:56 PM - 16 comments

MLB Predictions Thread: As the baseball season is just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to get the SpoFi community's predictions for the 2007 season on record. Categories and predictions inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 03:39 PM - 48 comments

CFL Announces Commissioner: Today, Mark Cohon was announced as the 12th commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

posted by Spitztengle to football at 03:15 PM - 5 comments

Incident With Daughter Could Get Ukranian Swim Coach Lifetime Ban: : After this ugly incident between he and his 18-year-old daughter Kateryna was caught on live television during the World Championships in Melbourne, Ukranian coach Mykhaylo Zubkov, 38, may face a lifetime ban from the sport. FINA (the governing body of international swimming) has revoked Zubkov's accreditation and convened a Disciplinary Panel to decide his fate.

posted by The_Black_Hand to other at 07:03 AM - 45 comments

Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius is on pace to run the 200- and 400-meter sprints fast enough to earn a spot on South Africa’s Olympic team. He’d be the first amputee runner to cross over. Question is, do his prosthetic legs represent a disadvantage, or could they give him an unfair advantage?

posted by SummersEve to culture at 06:27 AM - 14 comments

A Mixed Martial Arts Super Bowl? : UFC buys Japan's Pride Fighting Championship, promises "Super Bowl" of MMA ass-kicking.

posted by The_Black_Hand to extreme at 06:14 AM - 13 comments

March 27, 2007

Scratchers for Everyone!: Jeff Van Gundy suggests the NBA open up the Draft Lottery to the entire league, not just those teams with the worst records.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 01:24 PM - 14 comments

The search for sports history: Forty years ago, no one would've dreamed that the hockey game they just watched would've been replayed in its entirety on today's NHL Network, so no one bothered to take care of the footage. Here are some stories of sports video history nuts, and what they have and haven't uncovered.

posted by DrJohnEvans to culture at 09:45 AM - 5 comments

From questionable minor to legitimate Miner: Danny Almonte -- yes, that Danny Almonte -- has signed to pitch in the Frontier League with the Southern Illinois Miners. According to Mike Pinto, the team's manager, scouts report him as having a 90+ fastball and a wicked slider.

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 09:16 AM - 9 comments

New team, new start for Ravens' McGahee: Buffalo was big enough for Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, etc., but not for Willis McGahee. Citing the lack of nightlife and the city being too small to properly heap adulation upon him, he takes his attitude to Baltimore, where the Ravens are wondering which Willis McGahee they're inheriting.

posted by dyams to football at 07:52 AM - 16 comments

The Saints Aren't Marching Anywhere, For Now At Least. : Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco's administration works with Tom Benson and the Saints to keep the team in New Orleans until 2010 at least. Even better, the foundation is now set for negotiations to keep the Saints in the Big Easy for many years beyond the current deal.

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 05:03 AM - 5 comments

USA V Munster: Any rugby fans in Chicago next August might like to check out the USA's final preparation for the World Cup as they'll take on the current European Champions Munster. Okay, so the Munster team won't feature any of the Irish squad members, but there will be more than enough senior Munster players left to make for an interesting match.

posted by Fence to other at 03:54 AM - 4 comments

March 26, 2007

Fantasy Basketball H2H league: Final regular season standings. Six in the championship bracket, six in the consolation bracket. Good luck in the playoffs!

posted by dusted to fantasy at 01:39 PM - 32 comments

"Calling it March Madness slaps lipstick on a pig.": Robert Lipsyte takes on the NCAA's corporate carnival: "the Big Dance for sportswriters, the Bracket Racket for gamblers, a frat-rat party, a racist entertainment, and a subversion of higher education, perhaps democracy as well."

posted by etagloh to basketball at 12:23 PM - 16 comments

Say it is so, Joe!: ESPN to replace Joe Theismann with Ron Jaworski on Monday Night Football. Joy at change tempered by fact that ESPN actually did something right for a change. Waiting for other shoe to drop ("Check out Joe Theismann's nightly segment on Pardon the Interruption!").

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 08:31 AM - 40 comments

March 25, 2007

Barton Wins D2 basketball championship in amazing fashion: With 45 seconds left and 7 points down, Barton comes back and wins the D2 championship. Anthony Atkinson scores 10 points in less than a minute to end Winona State's 57 game winning streak. One of the most dramatic finishes of any basketball game, let alone a championship game.

posted by urall cloolis to basketball at 11:04 PM - 11 comments

US 3-1 Ecuador: Playing again at the level of 2001-2004 (that is, from leading the Earthquakes to the 2001 and 2003 MLS championships and the US to within a single late goal of the final four in the 2002 World Cup and before his winter visit with Bayern Leverkusen), Landon Donovan scored a hat trick over higher-ranked Ecuador and the US back four plus newcomer Bennie Feilhaber stood up against a strong set of forwards. Sunil Gulati, inquiring minds want to know when you're going to end this absurd search for a permanent coach; with this and the previous 2-0 win over Mexico and his inclusion of young talent, Bob Bradley has earned the removal of the interim tag.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 02:14 PM - 21 comments

March 24, 2007

What Athletes, Fans, and the Sports Media Don't Understand About Human Growth Hormone: "The media haven't spent much time making a distinction between HGH and steroids. An AP story, titled After BALCO, Another Steroid Scandal, glosses over any differences between the two, drawing a straight line from the BALCO investigation to the busts in Florida. But Jerry Hairston isn't Barry Bonds. Sure, both of these guys probably took banned substances in an effort to boost their stats, and both were involved in major drug busts involving large numbers of Major League players. But it's just plain wrong to put growth hormone in the same category as anabolic steroids. In the sports version of the war on drugs, Bonds was shooting heroin while Hairston was smoking marijuana."

posted by Amateur to baseball at 10:45 PM - 34 comments

NCAA Hockey Update: Updated Standings 2007 Road to the Frozen Four

posted by skydivedad to fantasy at 11:48 AM - 20 comments

March 23, 2007

NHRA driver Medlen dies in hospital: Eric Medlen passes away after injuries sustained in a practice crash on Monday in Gainesville, FL. R.I.P. Eric. You will be missed.

posted by dbt302 to auto racing at 06:14 PM - 8 comments

Lost in Texas: Houston Texans release David Carr and Resign Ron Dayne? Say it aint so...

posted by firecop to football at 05:26 PM - 11 comments

Fantasy Tour de France: has this been done, or does anyone have an idea for how it might be done? Half of the people I work with bike to work, so for this summer's tour I want to organize an office Tour de France pool or something like that (and kick off the Tour with that greatest of bicycling movies, the Triplets of Belleville).

posted by lil_brown_bat to fantasy at 08:34 AM - 13 comments

March 22, 2007

Bill Frakes' Favorite Sports Photos. : Si photographer Bill Frakes shares some of his favorite sports photos. From the Silly to the sad. He has a few other sports galleries online as well.

posted by Joey Michaels to general at 05:47 PM - 13 comments

Tubby Fills A Gopher Hole...: ...Tubby Smith leaves Kentucky for Minnesota.

posted by TheQatarian to basketball at 04:33 PM - 28 comments

No Palace For These Cinderellas: In the NCAA tournament, where you stand determines where you sleep at night: to the best teams go the best hotels. [via Slate]

posted by Amateur to basketball at 02:04 PM - 7 comments

March 21, 2007

O.J. Mayo: Don't call him, he'll call you: High School star point guard hand-picks college but refuses to give out cell phone number to coach he verbally commits to. How should a coach from a school not renowned for their basketball program react to such a situation? Bonus points: what other athletes exhume as much ego?

posted by PublicUrinal to basketball at 09:49 PM - 145 comments

SportsFilter's 2007 Road to the Frozen Four : Road to the Frozen Four Confidence Pool courtesy of DrJE's way to kewl appi. Deadline Friday March 23rd 12PM. Details inside. Who's the best picker amongst us. Put up or shut-up time folks. PS Go Blue...

posted by skydivedad to fantasy at 01:02 PM - 37 comments

Cricket Coach's Death Considered Suspicious: Jamaican police are now treating the death of Pakistan national cricket coach Bob Woolmer, one of the most accomplished coaches in his sport, as suspicious. Woolmer died hours after the country's loss to Ireland in the Cricket World Cup.

posted by rcade to other at 10:54 AM - 25 comments

Somebody's getting all up in Manny's grill.: Bidding for Manny Ramirez's JENN-AIR (retail value: $4,000) is up around $20K. The grill has been used once, but as Manny says in the ad, "I never have the time to use it because I am always on the road." Can we expect the "purchase-use once-sell at an inflated price" model one we can expect to be expanded upon in the near future? Is eBay on the verge of becoming an endorsement-compensation-alternative for high profile athletes? And what impact might these straight-from-source transactions have on the memorabilia trade, if any?

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw to culture at 08:10 AM - 25 comments

March 20, 2007

London Irish player Juan Leguizamon: pulls a Jacobellis. With a twist of Patrick Stefan.

posted by gspm to other at 10:22 PM - 10 comments

Another year, another Six Nations,: and this one was certainly entertaining. To check the Fantasy league you'll have to be signed in.

posted by Fence to fantasy at 01:58 PM - 6 comments

March 19, 2007

Why we look the other way.: An interesting essay by Chuck Klosterman on steroids and the NFL.

posted by smithers to football at 05:41 PM - 46 comments

Better late than never: : the 2007 French Open becomes the last Grand Slam tournament to extend equal prize money to women.

posted by lil_brown_bat to tennis at 03:18 PM - 37 comments

Daughter of Olympian turns in skis for activism: "Whenever former Olympian Jim Hunter gets a phone call to his Calgary home with the '604' or '250' area code in his caller display he worries his activist daughter is in trouble. 'I fear for my daughter every day,' said Hunter."

posted by Amateur to other at 02:01 PM - 22 comments

2007 NCAA Hockey Tournament: The brackets have been selected, with the #1 seeds going to Minnesota, Notre Dame, Clarkson, and UNH. Notre Dame has been ranked #1 for most of the season, riding a hot goaltender. They have won five straight and only given up 3 goals total in those games. Minnesota beat North Dakota (the hotest team in the nation) in a thrilling OT game for the WCHA conference championship, after an amazing goal by Blake Wheeler (YouTube). First round of the playoffs start this weekend, with the Frozen Four in St. Louis in two weeks.

posted by emoeby to hockey at 01:57 PM - 25 comments

Modano gets no love from Nashville: Mike Modano became the NHL's all-time leading U.S.-born goal scorer during a loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday, but you wouldn't have known it if you were at the game. No mention of Modano's achievement was made during the game, and Dallas Stars president Jim Lites ain't happy about it.

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 01:19 PM - 18 comments

March 18, 2007

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 30 update. So the 00100011 00110001's were 35th two weeks ago, 1st last week, aaaand 36th this week. In other news, a three way tie for top spot this week.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 02:45 PM - 11 comments

And you thought Duke fans would be upset: Angry Pakistani cricket fans took to the streets, burned players in effigy and held a mock burial of its World Cup team after it lost to Ireland in the World Cup. Many backers even called for the freezing of players' bank accounts. "That is the least they can do for the shame and disgrace they have brought upon us," one protester, Yasir Ali, said in Multan. They must be made to pay for their spineless performance."

posted by wfrazerjr to other at 08:29 AM - 77 comments

Cowboy's "Crazy Ray" dies.: Super fan and team unofficial mascot Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones has died.

posted by FonGu to football at 06:14 AM - 11 comments

March 16, 2007

Gary Sheffield seeks The Calmness: The Tigers' newest slugger has a new book out. He takes swings at the Yankees ("the Corporation"), Joe Torre ("an owner's manager"), racism in baseball, steroid accusations and more in an interview with ESPN.

posted by Venicemenace to baseball at 08:24 AM - 26 comments

March 15, 2007

Need a Few More Fantasy Baseball Teams: My league (Yankee Haters) drafts on the 21st at 7:30 PDT. Need another league to play in? URL and password info inside.

posted by fenriq to fantasy at 11:01 PM - 1 comment

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: 35th best last week. On top this week. A 63 point swing. That has to be a record of some sort.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 08:53 PM - 11 comments

Ex-baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn Dies : Bowie Kuhn, whose 15 tumultuous years as baseball commissioner coincided with free agency and multimillion-dollar salaries, died Thursday. He was 80. Kuhn died at St. Luke's Hospital following a short illness, his spokesman Bob Wirz said.

posted by irunfromclones to baseball at 05:08 PM - 6 comments

March 14, 2007

C.C. Sabathia looks around Cleveland's clubhouse and sees something missing: "There aren't very many African-American players, and it's not just in here, it's everywhere. It's not just a problem -- it's a crisis."

posted by justgary to baseball at 06:37 PM - 65 comments

Rose admits to betting on Reds every night: Pete Rose revealed Wednesday that he bet on the Reds "every night" while he was manager of the team and that the Dowd Report was correct when it said he did so."I bet on my team to win every night because I love my team, I believe in my team," Rose said. "I did everything in my power every night to win that game."

posted by STUNNER to baseball at 05:10 PM - 80 comments

The new MotoGP season started this past Sunday in Qatar: , so this seems like a good time to get a preview on the 2007 season. My first impression on the new season: Pedrosa needs to learn how to properly hit the corners and everybody else needs to get used to seeing the backsides of the Ducatis in the straight aways.

posted by NoMich to auto racing at 03:24 PM - 7 comments

Men Want to Know How a Batter Swings: A page design article on an eye-tracking study offers a tidbit on how people observe baseball players at bat, using a photo of George Brett as a test. Women looked at Brett's face. Men divided their time between his face and his equipment. (Via Jason Kottke).

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:45 PM - 19 comments

Fantasy Basketball H2H league: Week 20 update. One and a half weeks to the playoffs, with at least two spots up for grabs, plus the first week bye up for grabs for the leaders.

posted by dusted to fantasy at 12:20 PM - 14 comments

2007 Formula One World Championship preview: With Melbourne mere days away, what can we expect from the top drivers fighting to be number one? A column by sportsfilter's own Drood.

posted by justgary to auto racing at 11:19 AM - 7 comments

March 13, 2007

Jackpot: Despite long odds, the Penguins will be in Pittsburgh for the next 30 years housed in a new arena they will pay next to nothing for. "Make no mistake about it -- without expanded gaming in Pennsylvania, the Penguins would be gone. The first puck would have been dropped next year in Kansas City."

posted by garfield to hockey at 11:13 AM - 47 comments

One round to go: in the Six Nations fantasy league. What changes did this weekend's surprise results throw up?

posted by Fence to fantasy at 04:54 AM - 3 comments

Day One!: Cheltenham begins today, the world's greatest national hunt festival. The favourites have been discussed for months. Now it is time to let the fun begin, not to mention the betting

posted by Fence to other at 04:51 AM - 11 comments

March 12, 2007

Death Race 2007: Unnecessary is the entire point of the Tough Guy competition, a semi-annual 8-mile race through mud, manure, water, fire, more mud, barbed wire, nets, electrical charges, still more mud, smoke grenades, sewer pipes, ice, even more mud, ropes, cables, tires, on a horse farm in England's West Midlands. Make sure to check out the vid at the top of the page.

posted by STUNNER to extreme at 03:21 PM - 20 comments

Rickey hangs 'em up.: Rickey could probably put up a .375 OPS in his sleep, but instead, Rickey's calling it a career.

posted by Dan121377 to baseball at 01:24 PM - 31 comments

You mean we were supposed to elect people?: The Baseball Hall of Fame has a board meeting on Tuesday. On the agenda is a look at tweaking a Veterans Committee that has failed to elect a single person -- player, manager, exec or umpire -- in three tries over the last five years. This might be a good time to contact your favorite board member with suggestions.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw to baseball at 12:19 PM - 7 comments

One and done: : Roger Federer exits after the first round at Indian Wells. Federer's 41-match winning streak was terminated by Guillermo Canas (7-5, 6-2); ironically, Canas had lost in qualifiers but backed into the tournament when Xavier Malisse withdrew with an injury.

posted by lil_brown_bat to tennis at 09:39 AM - 2 comments

2007 Formula One World Championship preview: With Melbourne mere days away, what can we expect from the top drivers fighting to be number one? Let's have a look...

posted by Drood to commentary at 01:58 AM - 0 comments

March 11, 2007

March Madness Bracket Challenge: Join the fun at Yahoo Sports Group ID# 79810 pw marchmadness

posted by apoch to fantasy at 06:35 PM - 38 comments

It's selection Sunday,: and while there are plenty of teams waiting with baited breath, only Appalachian State took out a $10,000 full page advertisement in the Indianapolis Star. This is believed to be the first time a team has publicly lobbied the selection committee via public media advertising.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 04:33 PM - 28 comments

"The Snake" sheds his career. : Former Arizona Cardinals savior-in-waiting, former inheritor of the Elway throne, Jake Plummer calls it a career after being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Plummer, who says he's healthy and has a great life, leaves this career behind for another as...a handball player?

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 12:43 PM - 29 comments

Choking allegations : and referee apologies mean that all the talk about Saturday's Six Nations competition is more about the controversy rather than the rugby.

posted by Fence to other at 09:05 AM - 18 comments

March 09, 2007

Chris Simon cheap shot: (via YouTube). The clothesline with the stick to Hollweg's face put the Rangers on the PP, allowing them to capitalize and score the GW goal. There has been talk on sports radio this morning that they would like to see Simon suspended into next year.

posted by willthrill72 to hockey at 09:44 AM - 81 comments

Diversifying a Colorless Game: Jeff DiNunzio writing in Sportscentral has penned an outstanding piece. "Hockey is dichotomous: while experiencing a period of great popularity in the number of new players registering with USA Hockey, its official governing body,(in the United States) the sport continues to suffer waning popularity on a large scale, especially in predominantly non-white regions." Referencing Scott Burnsides piece for ESPN this is a comprehensive and compelling read.

posted by skydivedad to hockey at 07:59 AM - 42 comments

March 08, 2007

Former Phillies coach John Vukovich dies : PHILADELPHIA - John Vukovich, the longest-serving coach in Philadelphia Phillies history and a member of their only World Series championship team in 1980, died Thursday. He was 59.

posted by irunfromclones to baseball at 05:58 PM - 6 comments

Roto league draft reminder: Just a reminder that the Spofi roto league draft is Saturday at 11:45am. I think we have room for 2 more if anyone else wants in.

posted by YukonGold to fantasy at 06:32 AM - 33 comments

March 07, 2007

Kicking for a China Bowl dream.: bugmenot: ihateyou/ password: losers The NFL is paying former Notre Dame kicker and longtime mercenary Nick Setta to train four Chinese Nationals to kick Field Goals. The two most successful will be on the sidelines, available for duty, for the August pre-season matchup between New England and Seattle, which is to be played in Beijing.

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 08:17 PM - 6 comments

Devil Rays Acquire Fan: Tampa Bay Devil Rays Team President Matthew Silverman paid $535 at auction for the fan support of Manny Stiles, a prolific contributor to ArmchairGM.Com who was "tired of people making fun of me for not having a favorite team." The money and an additional $1,000 will go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in remembrance of Stiles' brother.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:43 PM - 5 comments

The Royals Worst - And Best - Trade: Ed Hearn is known for one of the worst trades in Kansas City Royals history. After three kidney transplants, skin cancer, and suicidal thoughts, he's now known by many for something far better.

posted by dyams to baseball at 01:18 PM - 11 comments

When Naming Rights Become Naming Wrongs: Comerica is moving its headquarters from Detroit to Dallas, a black eye for a city that will have the bank's name on the Tigers' ballpark for another 22 years. "If you want to go, go," said one fan. "Take the name with you."

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:22 AM - 33 comments

March 06, 2007

2007 is the 50th anniversary of the Golden Glove award.: To celebrate, Rawlings is having fans vote on who they think the greatest fielders of the past fifty years are at each position.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to baseball at 08:23 PM - 45 comments

What would you chop a finger off for?: A chance to play in the cricket world cup? No need to get too worried, he is doing fine with it so far.

posted by Fence to other at 01:06 PM - 9 comments

March 05, 2007

No. 35 considers running for congress: Richter, a 40-year-old Democrat who lives in Guilford, said he expects to make a decision in the next few weeks about whether to run for the Fairfield County seat in 2008.

posted by HATER 187 to hockey at 03:49 PM - 16 comments

Suspected Knee Ligament Damage for Beckham: David Beckham, ... seemed to have twisted his right knee in the 69th minute, while attempting an on-the-run cross, and hobbled of the pitch clutching it.

posted by scottypup to soccer at 02:09 PM - 36 comments

In a battle of image, Duke takes black eye: So Duke wakes up Monday with a fresh black eye and a fourth loss to Carolina in the past five meetings. For the image-obsessed Blue Devils, it gets no worse than being bad and being dirty.

posted by justgary to basketball at 12:27 AM - 63 comments

March 04, 2007

Tinkering Never Stops for Top Pitchers: It can spin or cut or dip or tail. It does not rise, but it seems to sometimes. It can sink or fade or tumble or — gasp — hang. It can go faster or slower, this way or that. But depending on the particular pitcher, their strengths, and where they are in their career, they are constantly looking to add or develop something new.

posted by dyams to baseball at 07:51 AM - 6 comments

March 03, 2007

What happens in Vegas...: doesn't stay in Vegas for long, if you are the ATP. The men's tour has been experimenting with a round-robin format at select events this year, and thus far it has proven to be a disaster. At the latest stop, Las Vegas, a rule was temporarily rewritten mid-tournament to favor the top seed and defending champion, and then the situation was mysteriously reversed in the middle of the night. Midnight overseas phone calls, a cash payoff, and inciting the fury of the players: you can't make this stuff up! Previous "disasters" inside...

posted by somethingotherthan to tennis at 05:03 PM - 3 comments

FanNation | The Republic of Sport: It was bound to happen. A fully-featured social networking site for Sport Fans, includes, ability to track community events on a regional basis, hot topic tracking, blogging capability, player tracking, and ability to gather articles and stories from favorite news sources. Overall, a nice set of functionality, even if at launch, it is only focused on US Sports. Our beloved SpoFi probably doesn't have much to worry about until this site builds a following, but it does seem to have something new to offer sports fanatics. [also posted to MeFi]

posted by psmealey to culture at 09:24 AM - 32 comments

"Moral Bracketology": Writer David Stein devises a scheme to decide the best and worst moments in sports history.

posted by brainofdtrain to basketball at 01:59 AM - 23 comments

March 02, 2007

Cricket World Cup Fantasy League: Following the Ashes, a new Cricket contest. Now accepting entries, no knowledge of cricket (well, maybe a bit) required - details inside.

posted by owlhouse to fantasy at 07:32 PM - 10 comments

"I call him 'The Silent Scumbag.' … He's got a silent sickness to him. … Those quiet guys are the ones you have to watch out for." : Hee hee! I had post this because of the quote. David Wells is on the case and the Killing Machine may be getting a little too cozy. Sure, now he's just urinating on rookies, but when night falls....

posted by WeedyMcSmokey to baseball at 08:21 AM - 31 comments

March 01, 2007

Unknown Dodgers Pitcher Could Be Rock Star: Matt White, a journeyman pitcher trying to make the Los Angeles Dodgers, could become baseball's first billionaire player. It has nothing to do with his arm.

posted by dyams to baseball at 11:16 AM - 13 comments

Chairman of NFL's research committee on concussions resigns,: following strong criticism of his qualifications and the results of the committee's studies. Dr. Elliot Pellman's qualifications came under scrutiny after the release of the findings of a six year study (summary; full article requires subscription) that went against information from other studies. ESPN The Magazine called Pellman out in an October article. The committee's work has clear ramifications on not only the longterm health of NFL players, but those of college and high school players.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw to football at 04:03 AM - 12 comments

David, Posh and the little Beckhams to star in their own reality show: The cameras will follow their trip to America. Now that's how to have privacy and keep the children safe. How can the Beckhams possibly consider a reality show when nothing in their lives is real?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to culture at 12:14 AM - 17 comments