Archives for April 2007

April 30, 2007

Discovery cycling releases Basso,: Citing concerns that his presence might be a hindrance to the Discovery Channel Cycling Team's efforts to find a new sponsor, Ivan Basso has parted ways with the Austin-based team that signed him late last year.

posted by lil'red to other at 12:27 PM - 7 comments

April 29, 2007

Cricket World Cup Fantasy League: Everyone gets a prize. Results inside.

posted by owlhouse to fantasy at 10:01 PM - 7 comments

"The Worst Beating of Your Life": Very funny article about extreme marathoning. Competitors have 60 hours to go 100 miles (and that's the good news). Or you can compete in the 60 mile version, dubbed "The Fun Run".

posted by vito90 to extreme at 03:41 PM - 13 comments

St. Louis Cardinals Reliever, Josh Hancock, Dies in Car Crash.: Hancock's Ford Explorer slammed into the rear of a tow truck that was parked in the far left westbound lane of I-40 shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tonight's game against the Cubs will be postponed. This follows Hancock giving his teammates a scare on Thursday afternoon by showing up late for a Thursday afternoon tilt. With righthander Darryl Kile dying before a game in Chicago five years ago, the Cardinals don't take it lightly when a player doesn't show up at the park on time.

posted by NoMich to baseball at 11:03 AM - 90 comments

Pats Making Move For Moss: If Randy Moss becomes a Patriot, the only question remaining will be: What possible excuse for not producing can he come up with now?

posted by dyams to football at 10:37 AM - 59 comments

April 28, 2007

Bad Light Stops Play. Or Does It?: Aussie hat trick as the Cricket World Cup finishes the way it began. And continued for most of the tournament.

posted by owlhouse to other at 11:18 PM - 4 comments

Gretna make history with third title in a row: Club from a tiny Borders town secured promotion to the top flight after just five years in the league, winning their league's title in three straight levels. Can they pressurize the Old Firm next season?

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 02:29 PM - 9 comments

April 27, 2007

Meet the Mets, Greet the Mets, Sell Steroids to the Mets...: Former New York Mets batboy Kirk Radomski, who worked as an equipment manager and clubhouse assistant for the Mets from 1985-95, admitted to selling banned drugs, including anabolic steroids, amphetamines and human growth hormone from 1995 through 2005. He also laundered the money from those transactions.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 08:32 PM - 21 comments

MLB Credits Hank Aaron With 50 Lost Home Runs: In what Major League Baseball officials are calling a "long overdue correction of a gross oversight," Commissioner Bud Selig announced Tuesday the discovery that Hall of Famer Hank Aaron had in fact accumulated 50 previously unaccounted-for home runs during his illustrious 22-year baseball career, bringing his once record total of 755 to an even higher 805 and putting the all-time home-run record perhaps forever out of reach.

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 01:49 PM - 65 comments

New car no fun for most drivers.: NASCAR’s grand experiment, the Car of Tomorrow, took the next step last Saturday night in Phoenix, and it was not a big hit with many of the Nextel Cup drivers. “I could see the leaders almost the whole race, and it was like we all were just out there running the exact same lap times,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. “It was a parade. I was bored".

posted by TelamarketersBeware to football at 01:11 PM - 8 comments

The Real Winning Eleven: Want to own a stake in an English football team, but don't have pockets as deep as Roman Abramovich, Malcolm Glazer, George Gillett and Tom Hicks, Randy Lerner, or possibly even Stan Kroenke? Now's your chance! MyFootballClub is recruiting 50,000 members to bid for an English football club. Hoping to make history together by voting on which team to purchase—as well as which players to buy and sell—members plan to guide a club up the leagues and share equal ownership and control. Just like a football management game, but for real.

posted by scully to soccer at 11:50 AM - 6 comments

Sosa makes history in Rangers' loss: There are a lot of unanswered questions about the Rangers, but Sammy Sosa is not one of them.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 05:05 AM - 12 comments

Private eyes are watching you?: Possible #1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell says that at one point recently an NFL team -- he says he does not know which one -- spied on him for a period of several days and possibly longer by assigning someone to follow him. Fair game or not?

posted by forrestv to football at 02:19 AM - 40 comments

April 26, 2007

Don't quit your day job!: Thank god with these stats, we shouldn't have to worry about that anytime soon.

posted by jojomfd1 to basketball at 11:29 PM - 5 comments

Ron Mexico had better watch his back a little better.: We would hate to see another example made out of someone. Update: Vick told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he's never at the house. "I left the house with my family members and my cousin," he said. "They just haven't been doing the right thing. The issue will get resolved."

posted by jojomfd1 to football at 10:01 PM - 43 comments

The New Adventures of New Christine: : Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner, a 23-year veteran of the paper, reveals quite a change to come in his life. Don't worry, he'll still like football.

posted by The_Black_Hand to culture at 04:55 PM - 35 comments

'Let's See Tiger Play Under Par Left-Handed': Today's Cincinnati Enquirer recalls another legendary black golfer named Woods, a local player from the '40s to '70s who belonged to a select fraternity of hustlers who made their money gambling on themselves. "Chicago was dominated by a player known mostly as Young Blood. Nashville had Potato Pie. Atlanta had Golf Ball. Washington, D.C., had Get Straight. Cincinnati had Jimmy Woods." Woods, who died in 2000, would beat an opponent right-handed and then offer to make things fair by playing him left-handed. His long-time caddie Ron Dumas said, "Jimmy made shots other guys wouldn't even try."

posted by rcade to golf at 08:32 AM - 10 comments

Bloody mess: Schilling's sock called into question: Gary Thorne, who does play-by-play of Orioles games on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and has a solid national reputation, having done lots of work for ESPN, brought up the saga of Schilling's bloody sock during last night's telecast.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 06:52 AM - 79 comments

April 25, 2007

One of Celtic goalie Artur Boruc's better saves: - he stops an assault on a pregnant woman by racist neds.

posted by Abiezer to football at 09:37 PM - 7 comments

Tony Stewart Likens NASCAR to Pro Wrestling: "I guess NASCAR thinks 'Hey, wrestling worked, and it was for the most part staged, so I guess it's going to work in racing, too,'" he said on his radio show. "I can't understand how long the fans are going to let NASCAR treat them like they're stupid before the fans finally turn on NASCAR."

posted by commander cody to auto racing at 04:25 PM - 24 comments

Pacers Bounce Carlisle: The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday that Rick Carlisle will not return as head coach. In four seasons as Pacers coach, Carlisle compiled a 181-147 record (.552 winning percentage). The Pacers made the NBA playoffs in three of the four seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Finals in Carlisle’s first year, 2003-04. That same season, the Pacers posted a 61-21 record, the best in franchise history.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 02:15 PM - 6 comments

Possession gets you life: : on Wednesday, 4/25, the IOC announced a lifetime ban of six members of the Austrian cross-country and biathlon teams, making them permanently ineligible to participate in the Olympics in any capacity. The ban marks a double first: the first ever lifetime Olympic ban, and the first ever ban resulting not from any missed or failed tests, but for possession of blood doping equipment.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 09:32 AM - 8 comments

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 35 update. Three weeks remain and still much to be decided in the so-called UEFA Cup places.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 08:43 AM - 10 comments

Alan Ball dies, aged 61: The youngest of England's World Cup winning team, Alan Ball died of a suspected heart attack after a fighting a bonfire at his home.

Everyone knows the World Cup winner, the little ginger bundle of energy who really won the Jules Rimet trophy, begging Sir Geoff Hurst's pardon. (BBC)

posted by Fence to soccer at 05:53 AM - 7 comments

April 24, 2007

Bubble Trouble: Torii Hunter nearly gets himself in three years' worth of trouble over four bottles of champagne.

posted by TheQatarian to baseball at 09:08 PM - 8 comments

Sonics lower the boom on Head Coach, GM.: Seattle Supersonics Coach Bob Hill has been fired, and General Manager Rick Sund has been "re-assigned" to the position of consultant. Owner Clay Bennett and Vice Chairman Lenny Wilkins will be in charge of hiring a new coach and GM.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 07:05 PM - 5 comments

Remedial Parenting 101:: Don't let your 4-year-old kid play in, around, or anyplace near the endzone! (Related story)

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 03:53 PM - 19 comments

Nobody's better at losing than the Phillies.: Join in the fun and help them celebrate 10,000 losses as a franchise.

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 03:43 PM - 13 comments

Basso withdraws from upcoming races.: Italian Olympic Committee investigation of Basso link to Operacion Puerto has been reopened. Discovery has issued a press release asking him to stop racing pending investigation. Will he be racing in Giro or TdF this year?

posted by BikeNut to other at 02:55 PM - 1 comment

NHL Conference Semis Pick 'Em: Plus results from the first round.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:57 AM - 37 comments

Coaches talk about all-or-nothing texts.: Some college football coaches think the NCAA should find a middle ground on a proposed text messaging ban.

posted by TelamarketersBeware to football at 08:44 AM - 7 comments

:07 Seconds or Less: Jack McCallum is a long time basketball journalist for Sports Illustrated. He was granted all-access by D’Antoni and took great advantage of it. He shares all the stories that happened in the locker room, some too profane to repeat. But the most insighting thing, was how some of the star players were portrayed.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 07:08 AM - 14 comments

Roy Keane to replace Fergie?: So Eric Cantona believes as Sunderland look like returning to the Premiership. But questions remain over whether Keane has really proven himself as a manager. Especially considering the recent loss to Colchester.

posted by Fence to soccer at 03:59 AM - 7 comments

April 23, 2007

Author David Halberstam killed in car crash:

Halberstam was a proficient and outstanding writer whose works covered the extraordinary 1949 baseball season, the 1964 World Series that ended the Yankees' longest dynasty, the industry that was Michael Jordan, and the enigmatic New England Patriot's coach Bill Belichick.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw to culture at 09:15 PM - 9 comments

Positively Landis?: Reigning Tour de France Champion Floyd Landis, still awaiting an arbitration hearing regarding his positive test for synthetic testosterone during last year's Tour, now learns his seven other "B" samples have come back positive as well. If the doping accusations are upheld, Landis faces a two-year ban from competitive cycling, and would become the first Tour champion in the event's 104-year history to be stripped of his title

posted by The_Black_Hand to other at 03:31 PM - 59 comments

Warriors Beat Mavericks in Series Opener: The eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors pulled a huge upset on the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks Sunday, beating them for the fourth time this season. Mavs Coach Avery Johnson is being criticized for changing to a centerless, small-ball lineup. "Why is the top seed in the entire tournament allowing Golden State to dictate the matchups?" asks Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Randy Galloway.

posted by TelamarketersBeware to basketball at 07:56 AM - 14 comments

Gordon Takes Phoenix for the First Time, Ties "The Intimidator" for Career Victories.: Tough racing down the stretch against Tony Stewart, then a victory lap with the #3 flag. The Rainbow Warrior takes Phoenix for the first time in 16 races, and notches career victory number 76, tying him with the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

posted by The_Black_Hand to auto racing at 06:38 AM - 13 comments

A Toss of the Dice, and History at Fenway. . . : Red Sox go back-to-back-to-back-to-back, setting a club record and tying a MLB record with four consecutive homers off Chase Wright to help a shaky Daisuke Matsuzaka complete a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 06:28 AM - 39 comments

April 22, 2007

Uh Oh!: Islanders Sean Hill becomes the first player suspended for violating the NHL's drug policy. The sentence, 20 games.

posted by HATER 187 to hockey at 12:57 PM - 5 comments

The New Color Line in American Baseball is Green: As Jackie Robinson festivities highlight the declining number of black Americans playing pro ball, San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius offers a different reason for the shift: To develop skills and get noticed by scouts, young baseball prospects in the U.S. today must participate in expensive traveling teams and "showcase" tournaments like Perfect Game in Iowa, which prices the game out of the reach of many families. "At one point, we charted the first five rounds of the draft over the last eight or nine years and highlighted every black kid," said Perfect Game organizer Jerry Ford. "We found that with the exception of two or three players, every one of them had attended a Perfect Game event.'

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:46 AM - 60 comments

April 21, 2007

Ever seen a one-legged Penguin? Yes, you have: Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby reveals he played the final two weeks of the NHL season and the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a broken left foot. Crosby made the disclosure after having to bow out of the upcoming World Championships in Moscow.

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 02:53 PM - 17 comments

First Round Predictions.: Henry Abbott of TrueHoop predicts the first round. He also manages to poll the stat geeks to see how their methods stack up.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 02:15 PM - 11 comments

Car jump: is this a new event? Is this Joey Garthwright ?

posted by knuckleballer to baseball at 02:11 PM - 1 comment

April 20, 2007

Leo Messi does a Maradona.: The insanely-talented 19-year-old Barcelona midfielder shows why so many call him the new Maradona in a 5-2 drubbing of Getafe. For the second goal of the match, Messi first picks up the ball at the centerline, then jinks, cuts and scurries past 1-2-3-4-5 (the keeper)-6 players before slicing the ball into goal. There's a link to video of the goal in the article but I'll embed clips of both Messi's magic and Maradona's goal for the ages inside. Es fantastico.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 08:18 PM - 23 comments

Sacramento Kings fire Coach Eric Musselman.: He lasted one (losing) season. GM Geoff Petrie begins the search for a new head coach when he returns from his scouting trip in Europe.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 03:04 PM - 9 comments

The Legend of Broadway Joe: "I'm no hypocrite," Joe said. "I don't hide anything." He paused to finish his drink before continuing. "I drink for the same reason I keep company with girls. It makes me feel good. It takes away the tension." A biography in booze: Modern Drunkard Magazine climbs inside Joe Namath's pads and sloshes around for a while.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw to football at 02:16 PM - 5 comments

Newcastle wants England FA to pay more for Owen injuries.: "The Premier League has backed Newcastle's claim for compensation from the Football Association for Michael Owen's serious injury on England duty. Owen, 27, suffered knee ligament damage against Sweden in the 2006 World Cup. Newcastle have received about £6m compensation from the FA, FIFA and, their insurer, but want to recoup £150,000 paid out in getting Owen fit." How prevalent is this kind of compensatory arrangement for pro players who are injured in international matches? How about in other sports? For example, do the MLS or NBA or NFL or MLB teams get compensated when their players get injured playing for Team USA? Will the increasing costs help return international sports to amateur status?

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:07 PM - 6 comments

Warriors back in playoff run after 12 years of not making the cut.: Chris Mullin was on the Golden State Warriors' last playoff team, and he's the architect of the current club's return to the playoffs after a 12-year absence.

posted by TelamarketersBeware to basketball at 11:55 AM - 9 comments

Prospects admitted marijuana use: Top NFL prospects Calvin Johnson, Gaines Adams and Amobi Okoye reportedly admitted to marijuana use during interviews with teams in February.

posted by Debo270 to football at 11:38 AM - 38 comments

'Pacman' looks to regain fans' trust: Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones bought a full-page newspaper advertisement to print an open letter in which he promised to regain trust of his team and fans.

posted by BornIcon to football at 09:42 AM - 20 comments

A-Rod caps off winning rally: Trailing 6-2 in the ninth, Josh Phelps homered, and Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu hit RBI singles to pave the way for Alex Rodriguez's 10th homer, a walk-off shot to sweep the Indians.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 05:19 AM - 39 comments

April 19, 2007

Sorry tubby, you're just too good.: Bryan Murray's grand-nephew banned from his youth hockey league, for being too big and too good.

posted by HATER 187 to hockey at 07:28 PM - 14 comments

The Blue Jackets take off MacLean -- who's next?: The NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets have fired general manager Doug MacLean, whose teams never came closer than 19 points to the playoffs in his six-year tenure. Who's in line for that job and who should be listening for footsteps?

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 05:10 PM - 6 comments

Nationals Honor Virginia Tech, Fall to Braves : "It was an honor to wear that hat," Washington center fielder Ryan Church said after his team's 6-4 loss. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families."

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 07:10 AM - 14 comments

Urlacher fined $100,000 for Super Bowl hat : Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $100,000 by the NFL for wearing a cap during Super Bowl media day that promoted a sponsor not authorized by the league.

posted by BornIcon to football at 06:59 AM - 56 comments

Re-Mark-able night in Chicago: Buehrle no-hits Rangers: Mark Buehrle hurled the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history, coming within just one Sammy Sosa walk in the fifth inning of a perfect game, during a 6-0 victory over Texas.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 06:36 AM - 20 comments

April 18, 2007

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 34 update. OK, it might be reasonable to say that there are 36 people that won't be winning the pool, but don't be accused of only singing when you are winning. Because most teams have reason to sing after this week.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 10:29 PM - 11 comments

Sports ground finder: Enter you UK postcode and find your nearest football, rugby (either code) or cricket ground. Not much use to most of our users I realise, but maybe on a business trip?

posted by Abiezer to general at 11:50 AM - 7 comments

Players' Club: The 30 slu naughtiest athlete's of all time leading off with Evgeni Plushenko's Sex Bomb.

posted by justgary to culture at 11:29 AM - 14 comments

Nice profile of Manny Ramirez: from the New Yorker. “You can write it down just like that: ‘David Ortiz says Manny is a crazy motherf&^%er.’"

posted by rumple to baseball at 01:28 AM - 12 comments

April 17, 2007

SpoFi EPL Fantasy League: Can we declare the season over and gspm the runaway champ?: Whoa, I thought I was kicking ass this gameweek 34. But that gspm is unstoppable. Have you seen his lead?

posted by worldcup2002 to fantasy at 08:57 PM - 6 comments

"I'm pretty sure that by the time I finished, the Kenyans were already back in Africa celebrating.": 350lb Jacob finished the Boston Marathon. An inspirational story. via MeFi

posted by geekyguy to other at 08:11 PM - 4 comments

Referee Suspended Indefinitely: NBA referee Joey Crawford was suspended indefinitely by commissioner David Stern on Tuesday for his conduct toward Tim Duncan, who contends the ref challenged him to a fight.

posted by irunfromclones to basketball at 01:02 PM - 66 comments

Visit historic fenway park.: Come for the atmosphere, stay for the pizza.

posted by YukonGold to baseball at 11:47 AM - 33 comments

"Fight Money":: In Japanese baseball many teams give each player a $1,000 bonus for a win. Yankees left-hander Kei Igawa says, "It's like bait." Would it fly in MLB? Fukuoka Hawks reliever C.J. Nitkowski says, "It's ashtray change at best."

posted by Hugh Janus to baseball at 11:30 AM - 11 comments

Former NHLer Gaetan Duchesne collapses, dies at 44: Gaetan Duchesne, who played in the NHL for 14 seasons and helped the Minnesota North Stars reach the 1991 Stanley Cup final, died while training at a gym Monday. He was 44.

posted by wingnut4life to hockey at 04:48 AM - 1 comment

April 16, 2007

Dale Jr. Finishes Race For Competition's Car: Kurt Busch wrecks, then leaves the track. His team gets his car ready to go back on the track, but doesn't have a driver. Enter Dale Jr. (already out of the race) who volunteered to take Busch's Hendrick's Motorsports Chevy out to finish the race, earning a few points for a competitor. Does this point towards Junior leaving for another team next season, or is he just too nice a guy, and could you EVER imagine Dale Sr. pulling this type of stunt?

posted by dyams to auto racing at 08:08 PM - 21 comments

April 15, 2007

I need a left-handed bat stretcher.: Nervous and excited to suddenly find himself in the major leagues, former New York Yankees batboy Matthew McGough recalls his adventures leading up to his job working for the Bronx Bombers in 1992.

posted by dusted to baseball at 10:38 PM - 3 comments

NASCAR facing uncertain future as it searches for its identity: “Are we moonshiners, country music, banjos and Route 66?” said one auto racing promoter. “Or are we merlot and Rodeo Drive? We just have to settle down and say: ‘Is this what we want? Exactly who are we?’ ”

posted by roberts to auto racing at 02:30 PM - 19 comments

The 'Next Jeff Gordon' Begins His NASCAR Career: When they asked NASCAR driver Mark Martin in 2005 who he'd pick as his replacement at Roush Racing, his answer was quick: Joey Logano. "I would put him in that car in a heartbeat," Martin said, naming a 14-year-old who wasn't even old enough to be allowed to race at the top level yet. "I'm telling you, he's ready. He's good enough to do it." Logano, now 16 (but still only 5-foot-7 and 112 pounds), begins his NASCAR career in Phoenix Thursday.

posted by rcade to auto racing at 08:41 AM - 13 comments

April 14, 2007

Winning Isn't Everything: My Baltimore Orioles could be playoff contenders, and I don't like it.

posted by justgary to baseball at 07:37 AM - 21 comments

April 13, 2007

Sports Agent Convicted of Smuggling.: Smuggling HGH you may ask? No .. smuggling baseball players out of Cuba and harboring them in the United States for profit. Evidence includes $225,000 in payments to purported drug trafficker and Cuban smuggler Ysbel Medina. It's like Baseball's version of Miami Vice starring El Duque.

posted by gradys_kitchen to baseball at 03:41 PM - 11 comments

Former UNC player Melissa Jennings accuses Anson Dorrance, the nation's most decorated women's soccer coach, of maintaining a hostile environment filled with sexual harassment: 9 year old lawsuit is alive and kicking with the backup goalkeeper believing the abuse prevented her from reaping the benefits of college sports, a violation of Title IX.

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

Maradona back in hospital: Just two days after his stay in hospital Diego Maradona is back in hospital. He is being treated for toxic hepatitis related to alcohol abuse.

posted by Fence to soccer at 07:30 AM - 9 comments

April 12, 2007

Hey, Clarett, This is How You Get Drafted Early: "Okoye is poised to become the youngest player drafted in the first round since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger. Not because he has the brightest lawyers, mind you, but, well, because he's just plain bright. Twice before high school, he skipped grades. Now this Nigeria-born defensive tackle is set to defy the notion that teenagers have no place in the grown man's NFL."

posted by yerfatma to football at 04:56 PM - 18 comments

College basketball's top ten active coaches - SI thinks they know: Oddly enough, Nick Nolte's turn as coach Pete Bell in the legendary Western University Dolphins in Blue Chips did not make the cut.

posted by gradys_kitchen to basketball at 11:16 AM - 27 comments

Bledsoe retires: Drew Bledsoe hangs it up after 14 years. Given his daunting stats but lack of a ring, is he merely another Marino? If not, how should we remember him? How does he rank among the greats?

posted by brainofdtrain to football at 10:10 AM - 48 comments

Hernandez outshines Dice-K at Fenway : Fenway Park was the place to be, and not just because of the first matchup in the major leagues between Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ichiro Suzuki.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 07:46 AM - 29 comments

April 11, 2007

Back of the line, Canadians!: The National Hockey League has scheduled Saturday's Ottawa/Pittsburgh game for the afternoon instead of prime time, which means the U.S.'s NBC (which isn't coughing up a dime to carry hockey) gets the contest instead of the CBC (which pays $65M a year for the NHL television rights in Canada). "I made my feelings known in very strong terms that I felt that game should be in prime time," CBC Sports head Scott Moore said. "Bettman feels that he's doing the right thing for the game by exposing Sidney to the U.S. audience. I strongly disagree. I couldn't change his mind, and we're very disappointed about that."

posted by wfrazerjr to hockey at 02:47 PM - 18 comments

Photos of the new Gordie Howe statue outside the JLA in Detroit.: I didn't realize they didn't have one of him there yet, so this stylized entry (designed by Omri Amrany, (who also did one of Michael Jordan, as well as a few of the Tigers) is overdue.

It looks good, but it's not quite the dynamic work of art that Robert Graham's Joe Louis fist is.

posted by chicobangs to hockey at 01:31 PM - 14 comments

Imus, the Irrelevant and Whitlock, the Wise: I know the Imus slur of Rutgers players is all over the news. And, we are sick of hearing about it. But this excellent piece by Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star is reminiscent of Bill Cosby's refreshing and candid commentary on the real problems facing minorities.

posted by ChiefsSuperFan to culture at 12:39 PM - 75 comments

It was a close game... until it started.: Manchester United thumped seven past Roma to win 8-3 on aggregate [links to goals inside]. Chelsea won too, so unless Eindhoven can score four at Anfield tonight, there will be three English clubs in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

posted by JJ to soccer at 03:57 AM - 13 comments

April 10, 2007

It was a close game...until it started.:
An NCAA Division III baseball game produced an interesting result. As the box score shows, the rally in the 6th inning fell a little bit short.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:15 PM - 12 comments

Blackhawks win lottery.: Chicago won the NHL draft lottery Tuesday, giving the Blackhawks a reason to celebrate after missing the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons. The Blackhawks, who will pick first in the June draft, had the fifth worst record and only an 8.1 percent chance to come out on top in the lottery.

posted by skydivemom to hockey at 06:29 PM - 9 comments

Titans' Pacman is suspended for 2007 season : and Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals received an eight-game suspension — both for numerous violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

posted by BornIcon to football at 12:48 PM - 84 comments

April 09, 2007

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 32 and week 33 update. Yup, two gameweeks completed in the last three days. What is this, the Christmas crush?

posted by gspm to fantasy at 09:20 PM - 10 comments

Denial of Death: "You're sure they'll do something before they stand for the national anthem. But with the fans on their feet … the announcer reads from a script over the public address system: Twenty years ago today … four players lost their lives … please stand and honor these players with a moment of silence.

"… The players look down at their skates, the others at their boots. A hush falls over the arena, the only sound the wooden roof creaking. Finally, after 30 seconds, the announcer says: Thank you. Please remain standing for the playing of O Canada.

"And that's it, a moment of silence and nothing more. If you'd never been in Western Canada's Swift Current before, if you didn't know the back story, you might mistake it for tasteful understatement. But if you put your ear to the door, you'd know this is the minimum interruption in a culture of denial in a town where the only thing tougher than looking through a scrapbook might be looking in a mirror."

posted by Amateur to hockey at 07:38 PM - 10 comments

The Cheater's Guide to Baseball: blog. The author, Derek Zumsteg, also wrote a book named, oddly enough, The Cheater's Guide to Baseball.

posted by NoMich to baseball at 03:59 PM - 7 comments

NHL Playoffs Confidence Pool: You know you want it.

posted by qbert72 to fantasy at 01:37 PM - 70 comments

Cleveland vs Milwaukee:
Due to the weather in Cleveland, the Indians/Anaheim series will be played in a neutral site.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:18 PM - 11 comments

Fantasy Basketball H2H league: This is it: smithers and I head to head for the league championship, along with three other matchups for 3rd, 7th and 9th place.

posted by dusted to fantasy at 12:52 PM - 41 comments

NHL Conference Quarters Pick 'Em: Here it is, kids.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:29 AM - 56 comments

Party Like It's 1994: The planets are aligning once again. The Rangers are going to the NHL Playoffs with the Devils and Islanders. I'm getting chills ...

posted by firecop to hockey at 08:46 AM - 11 comments

Meet the Golfer Who Kept Tiger Woods Out of His Fifth Green Jacket: In 2002, Zach Johnson won the Hooters Tour tournament in Tulsa, Okla. "I thought that was the best days of my life right there. Chicken wings and everything."

posted by rcade to golf at 08:43 AM - 29 comments

April 08, 2007

102-Year-Old Woman Sinks Hole in One: Elsie McLean became the oldest golfer to hit a hole-in-one Thursday at Bidwell Municipal golf course in Chico, Calif. She sank the 100 yard shot on the par 3 fourth hole using a driver. "When you get to be 102, you don't have much choice," she said. McLean, who began golfing before Arnold Palmer took up the sport, has played the course for 70 years.

posted by rcade to golf at 08:27 AM - 11 comments

April 07, 2007

Mizzou's Hawkins becomes first openly gay coach in NCAA: Does this take us one step closer to an openly gay pro athlete?

posted by olelefthander to culture at 12:44 PM - 22 comments

NHL Coaches On The Hot Seat (Maybe...): No coach is untouchable. Just ask Claude Julien.

posted by wingnut4life to hockey at 10:00 AM - 14 comments

April 06, 2007

Hargrove Robs Pitcher of Five-Inning Snow Hitter: As snow fell in Cleveland with increasing strength, Indians pitcher Paul Byrd was one strike from an official game against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the fifth when Mariners Manager Mike Hargrove, known as the "Human Rain Delay" during his playing days, made a well-timed trip to argue with the umps.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:38 PM - 22 comments

What advice would Jim Rice give a minor league player today?: "There's plenty of money to be made, so go get it. When I make it to the big leagues, what do I have to do in order to stay? You've got to learn how to stay. If I've got to cheat, I've got to cheat. I don't care."

posted by justgary to baseball at 07:47 PM - 6 comments

SportsFilter "Frozen Four" Road to the Championship2007: SpoFie Confidence Pool Update. It's Michigan State vs Boston College in the Final. Some Great Hockey and indifferent announcing from Mr. Hair "Barry Melrose". This is going to be exciting!

posted by skydivedad to fantasy at 08:31 AM - 28 comments

Dirk Gent(leman)ly: Reading some English comments on the Marbury-LeBron sneaker war, I learned that Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt runs his own foundation to help the poor in Nepal and Ghana, as well as back home in his native Holland. I was suitably impressed.

posted by Abiezer to soccer at 06:58 AM - 6 comments

2 pitchers for the price of one?: I can see KC picking this guy up for a song... the concept is pretty cool though.

posted by firecop to baseball at 12:18 AM - 18 comments

April 05, 2007

Billy Donovan staying at the University of Florida; Brewer, Noah, Horford, and Green are not. : Despite all the speculation, Billy Donovan, architect of the Gators' back-to-back National Championship teams, rejects Kentucky without even speaking to the university officially. He'll have to mold next year's team without juniors Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Taurean Green, who are all giving up their final year of college eligibility to head to the NBA.

posted by The_Black_Hand to basketball at 03:14 PM - 25 comments

Ex-Patriot receiver Darryl Stingley dies: Darryl Stingley, paralyzed after a vicious hit during an NFL exhibition game nearly 30 years ago, died Thursday. He was 55. The "Assassin" that delivered the paralyzing blow will now never have the chance to reconcile with the man he put in a wheelchair.

posted by irunfromclones to football at 01:06 PM - 26 comments

April 04, 2007

Frank Thomas strikes out with the Television Bureau of Canada: A commercial featuring new Toronto Blue Jay designated hitter Frank Thomas has been forced off the air. In the spot, Thomas swats a young boy off a bed in a pillow fight, an act the TBC deems too violent. Watch here on YouTube and decide for yourself.

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 06:06 PM - 25 comments

Eddie Robinson passes away: Eddie Robinson, who sent more than 200 players to the NFL and won 408 games during a 57-year career, has died. He was 88.

posted by Bishop to football at 09:01 AM - 7 comments

Insert Your Own "Reaching the Summitt" Joke Here:: Tennessee Women's Basektball Coach Pat Summitt racks up her seventh National Championship, as the Lady Vols stomped Rutgers last night, 59-46. Tennessee has now beaten Rutgers three straight years in the NCAA tournament and five times since 1998.

posted by The_Black_Hand to basketball at 07:14 AM - 11 comments

Beilein takes UM job.: The ironic thing here is Beilein once complained that the only thing he didn't like about the WVU job was he worked in a place where the football program overshadowed the basketball program. I wonder what he will find at Big Blue?

posted by FonGu to basketball at 04:58 AM - 10 comments

April 03, 2007

"Juuuuust a bit outside.":
The worst ceremonial first pitch in baseball history.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:24 PM - 28 comments

Spofi EPL fantasy footie: Week 31 update. EnFuego is hot! But he is starting his charge from 24th place.

posted by gspm to fantasy at 08:39 AM - 9 comments

Florida 84, Ohio State 75: Florida holds off Oden, Ohio State to win its second basketball title and remains the only school to hold both the football and basketball championships. Let the debates begin: Greatest athletics program of all time? Is Noah still a lottery pick? Another year for Oden?

posted by PublicUrinal to basketball at 12:30 AM - 50 comments

April 02, 2007

Is it the stick or not?: And if it is, is that OK?

posted by olelefthander to hockey at 08:38 PM - 9 comments Playoff Fantasy Hockey Challenge: With the Playoff Fantasy Hockey Challenge, you begin the postseason owning the rights to every player participating in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Your task is to ice a team of ten starting players each week, but you can only select a player a maximum of three times throughout the playoffs. Are you up for the Challenge?

posted by skydivemom to fantasy at 07:17 PM - 4 comments

Chicago Cubs for sale.: The Cubs will go on the block to finance the sale of their owners, the Tribune media group (who also own marquee newspaper brands such as the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Baltimore Sun, and Newsday, among others) to Chicago billionaire Sam Zell. Speculation on NPR today was the Cubs could fetch $500 million - $700 million. Who's likely to buy?

posted by worldcup2002 to baseball at 05:57 PM - 13 comments

Fantasy Basketball H2H league: Results from the Quarterfinals in both the championship and consolation brackets, plus matchups for the Seminfinals.

posted by dusted to fantasy at 04:17 PM - 12 comments

Pressel survives, becomes youngest to win LPGA major: How many thought it would be Michelle Wie doing this?

posted by dbt302 to golf at 02:36 PM - 12 comments

Devils fire Julien: Lou Lamorello once again installs himself behind the bench

posted by tahoemoj to hockey at 01:31 PM - 22 comments

Ten Years of Tiger: - a decade ago, he won his first major in spectacular style. Ten years on, as he gets ready to tee it up in Augusta this week in pursuit of his fifth green jacket, the game has changed dramatically, but there is a lot left to do when it comes to bridging the racial gap. Can anyone beat him this week? At 11/10 with most bookmakers, the experts seem to think not.

posted by JJ to golf at 05:32 AM - 6 comments

April 01, 2007

Planes, Taxis and Disco Pants: Sunderland fans have their return trip paid for by the club chairman out of his own pocket, after being kicked off a plane for 'rowdy behaviour'. Which involved singing about the club chairman's dress sense. Not an April Fool's Day story.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 11:08 PM - 5 comments

Dice-K's Armaments: at the beginning of the season, the Boston Globe provides a nice look at all of Daisuke Matsuzaka's pitches. What are other teams' hometown papers offering today?

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 06:26 PM - 14 comments

"Juventus,: giants of Italian and world football, were cut down in Serie A's match-fixing scandal last summer and relegated to the second division for the first time in their 110-year history." This well-written article follows the team and their remaining star players in their year of shame.

posted by rumple to soccer at 03:11 PM - 8 comments

Mailman coming back for one more delivery:: After spending the last several weeks contemplating a comeback, the former two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has decided to return for the Jazz's playoff run.

posted by mr_crash_davis to basketball at 10:29 AM - 5 comments

Greg Maddux in standoff with San Diego Police.: The former-future-hall-of-famer is reportedly intoxicated and has been screaming insults about Padres Manager Bud Black's selection of Jake Peavy as the opening day starter. San Diego County Sheriffs have surrounded Maddux's condo, and happened to find four dead prostitutes in the trunk of his Chrysler 300M. Sidd Finch, former peer prodigy and famous cohort of Maddux, has had no comment on the situation. Reports updated as they come to the public.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 12:22 AM - 20 comments