Archives for July 2008

July 31, 2008

Bowman Ditches Detroit for Blackhawks: Didn't see this coming.

posted by garfield to hockey at 12:16 PM - 3 comments

FootballFilter 2.0: The people behind FootballFilter have re-thought the concept and came up with an aggregator format (similar to which "categorizes new[s] sources into things such as tabloids, broadsheets, magazines, broadcasters, international, [and] blogs." According to the developers, the idea behind the new FootballFilter is to "centralise all the best football sources into one place to save time and make the most of your time on the internet." [via MetaFilter Projects]

posted by scully to soccer at 06:32 AM - 10 comments

July 30, 2008

The MLB Trade Deadline is Looming.: We've already seen a couple of big trades. Will Manny be next?
A few blogs to keep you knee-deep in trade rumors and talk: MLB Trade Deadline Blog, ESPN Trade Deadline Blog
Lastly, for your perusal: Deadline Disasters

posted by NoMich to baseball at 08:05 PM - 50 comments

Beeping ball helps blind play baseball.: Just as keen eyesight is important in baseball, acute hearing is critical in beepball. At one point, the noise of a plane flying overhead briefly halted Saturday's tournament. Yes, beepball, or "beep baseball" if you would rather call it that.

posted by NoMich to baseball at 10:01 AM - 5 comments

Athletes Jawing About Performance-Enhancing Mouthguard: Pure Power Edge is one of the more unusual strength boosters to be offered to pro athletes -- a $1,700 custom mouthguard. "The key to the PPE lies in neuromuscular dentistry and the belief that jaw alignment can have a major effect on the rest of the body," reports today's Florida Times-Union, "... by finding the ideal jaw position and locking it in place with a fitted mouthguard, strength is released to the rest of the body because the brain can focus more on core muscles."

posted by rcade to general at 09:11 AM - 3 comments

Cotto-Margarito: It Was That Good : Yes, it was that good. Going into the welterweight showdown between WBA champion Miguel Cotto and challenger Antonio Margarito boxing fans were salivating over a match up that guaranteed fireworks.

posted by BornIcon to boxing at 06:20 AM - 5 comments

July 29, 2008

It's not every day you pick up 15,000 games in the standings. : But last fall a man hardly anyone's heard of went from the losingest team of all time to the winningest team of all time....

posted by rumple to basketball at 11:07 PM - 0 comments

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 6: SpoFi is back online and so is the CFL Pick 'Em. Chances are most of you, violently anxious to know your weekly score, pried your cubicle neighbour's calculator from his cold, dead hands, and already tallied up your own points. But just in case you don't share a cubicle, I did your tallies too. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:33 PM - 24 comments

NBA source says Ron Artest to be traded to Rockets: HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets are close to an agreement to acquire Ron Artest from the Sacramento Kings, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The 28-year-old Artest is as well known for his volatile personality as his basketball skills.

posted by knowsalittle to basketball at 10:26 PM - 17 comments

July 27, 2008

Johnson survives tire debacle at Indianapolis: INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Jimmie Johnson grabbed his second win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by surviving horrendous tire troubles that made Sunday’s race a caution-marred debacle. A durability issue with the tires Goodyear brought to the Brickyard forced NASCAR to slow the race with competition cautions designed to make teams change their tires.

posted by knowsalittle to auto racing at 05:39 PM - 11 comments

IBAF changes rules for extra innings.: Under the new format, the 10th inning will be played normally. At the start of the 11th, teams will have the option of beginning at any point in the existing batting order and placing the previous two batters on base.

posted by BoKnows to other at 12:24 PM - 11 comments

July 26, 2008

NBA Trademarks 6 Possible names for Oklahoma's team...: and they are 6 of the worst names I've ever heard.

posted by freeze_over98 to basketball at 05:40 PM - 44 comments

On the Champs-Elysees history will be made.: While the cameras and the peloton follow Carlos Sastre on his victorious ride into Paris, Wim Vansevenant rides into the history books.

posted by apoch to other at 11:41 AM - 3 comments

NBC to Stream NFL games live on the Internet this season.: Maybe this internet thing isn't just a fad after all.

posted by mick to football at 08:18 AM - 7 comments

July 25, 2008

How Soccer Explains China: China is about to bag a sackful of Olympic Golds but that won't be any comfort to Han sporting nationalists, because the country (its men's team anyway) are still crap at the only sport that matters, association football.

posted by Abiezer to football at 04:06 AM - 1 comment

A Baseball Career Without Steroids.: "My first team was the Hanover Park Braves," he says. "The very first game I ever played in, I hit a home run." Fasano had watched his father work as a carpenter, his mother as a custodian. As he honed his skills on the baseball diamond, he began to crave the golden ring -- the fame and fortune that accompanied major-league success. He wanted … the dream.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 01:15 AM - 6 comments

July 24, 2008

Sandlot ball going the way of wooden bats : Sandlot baseball, a slice of American life enjoyed for decades by boys from coast to coast, appears on the verge of extinction. Nowadays, most neighborhood ball fields sit empty on summer afternoons, the idea of unsupervised play having gone the way of the rotary-dial phones kids once used to round up the fellas for a game.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 07:49 PM - 9 comments

Cheating Eight Year Old: Player banned from an Under 10 tournament for 'receiving instructions' from her father through a headset.

posted by owlhouse to tennis at 06:50 PM - 16 comments

Making Time Stand Still: Today, for a few hours, he's part of the crowd, just another fan watching Tom Glavine paint the black, just another daydreaming kid picturing himself running hard from first to third.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:35 PM - 7 comments

The Yankees ban sunblock at the fight terrorism: From the article: Yankee fans are seeing - and turning - red over a ban on sunscreen, which Stadium security guards say was widely expanded in the last few weeks. (via Boing Boing)

posted by cjets to baseball at 01:48 PM - 18 comments

Iraq banned from Olympics: The interntional Olympic committee confirms a ban on Iraqi participation in 2008 games due to government interference.

posted by graymatters to other at 12:51 PM - 6 comments

July 23, 2008

Josh Childress spurns the Hawks & the NBA for the Greek League.: Childress will be playing for basketball powerhouse Olympiakos. Olympiakos finished as the runner-up in the Greek League, and made the quarterfinals in Euroleague 08.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 11:43 AM - 11 comments

July 22, 2008

It's Salford City Reds and Celtic Crusaders!: The Rugby Football League has announced which 14 teams will be awarded a licence to compete in Superleague 2009-2011. The existing 12 clubs have all been selected, plus Salford City Reds and Celtic Crusaders (from Bridgend, South Wales). Missing out are Widnes, Leigh, Halifax, Featherstone, and Toulouse. Wakefield and Castleford must be relieved, but the inclusion of Celtic over Widnes is a huge risk, as the RFL try to expand the game into new areas - in this case, a tradionally rugby union area. PS - Can we have a "rugby" category? Pretty please?

posted by salmacis to other at 10:17 AM - 6 comments

It's OK for the NFL to get you drunk, but not Charles Woodson: Just when you thought you could feel no worst about professional sports...

posted by emancipated107 to football at 08:04 AM - 32 comments

July 21, 2008

Jeremy Shockey Traded to Saints: In the second big swap of the day in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints traded a second-round and fifth-round pick to the New York Giants for tight end Jeremy Shockey.

posted by rcade to football at 05:02 PM - 16 comments

Terrell Owens is a sweet, sweet man.: If you get mowed down by a Honda Civic, you'd be extremely lucky to have Terrell Owens nearby.

posted by BoKnows to culture at 03:01 PM - 28 comments

TigerTown could win ESPN'S search for TitleTown!: Could Massillon, Ohio be the winner in ESPN's quest for the one city to call Titletown? With submissions like these, and others as well, could Massillon top them all once again. Here is some more history of the Tigers, oops I mean T-I-G......E-R-S.

posted by jojomfd1 to other at 10:53 AM - 9 comments

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 5: Another highly entertaining week gives us hope that the CFL's defensive era of 2006-07 was as short-lived as it seems to have been. Heck, even Toronto got in on the offensive action this week, and that's no small feat for them! Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:30 AM - 22 comments

Jason Taylor Traded to Redskins: After losing two defensive ends to season-ending injuries on the first day of camp, the Washington Redskins traded a second-round and sixth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for defensive end Jason Taylor.

posted by rcade to football at 07:50 AM - 12 comments

July 19, 2008

Robot Bob Sheppard?:
There is a suggestion by some that Bob Sheppard voice (announcer at Yankee Stadium) be converted into a text-to-speech program so that he may always be the announcer at new Yankee Stadium.

One gentleman has compiled a result of what it might sound like.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 05:42 PM - 4 comments

Michelle Wie Disqualified for Scorecard Gaffe: In second place at 17 under after three rounds of the State Farm Classic Saturday, Wie was disqualified from the tournament for failing to sign her second-round scorecard until after leaving the scorer's tent. "She was like a little kid after you tell them there's no Santa Claus," said LPGA official Sue Witters.

posted by rcade to golf at 05:17 PM - 62 comments

July 18, 2008

Pistorius fails to make Olympic team: After winning the right to compete against able-bodied runners, Pistorius failed to meet the qualifying time for the 400 meters in his final attempt, and two others were chosen as alternates.

posted by opel70 to other at 02:40 PM - 20 comments

July 17, 2008

Not tonight, honey, I have a game tomorrow.: The notion of pre-game abstinence from sex to enhance athletic performance is a longstanding one. But is that notion as fictional as Rocky Balboa? Sean Cupp thinks so. Chris Byrd is the guinea pig. Tom Fornelli resents his high school coach.

posted by MrFrisby to culture at 09:35 PM - 17 comments

Montana and Gretzky together?: Coach Bill Redell hit the practice field and started rounding up his quarterbacks. "Hey, get me Montana," he shouted, followed moments later with, "Hey, get me Gretzky.

posted by BoKnows to football at 06:12 PM - 1 comment

Serena won't play Indian Wells; WTA's new rule won't change it: Serena and Venus Williams' ongoing boycott of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, Calif., could jeopardize their participation at other tournaments under recently adopted rules for mandatory events set to kick in next year. (edit) The Williams sisters have steadfastly declined to participate at the Pacific Life Open since 2001. That year, Venus defaulted to Serena minutes before their semifinal started. Spectators subsequently jeered Serena in the final. The sisters and their father, Richard, have said they believe the crowd's actions were racially motivated.

posted by knowsalittle to tennis at 10:36 AM - 86 comments

Rob Green: 21 days that changed my life.: This summer West Ham's goalkeeper did without the traditional footballer's holiday and went instead to Africa to work with a charity that helps the truly disadvantaged – and uses football to get its message across. Here Rob Green describes an experience that was both shattering and ultimately uplifting.

posted by salmacis to soccer at 10:29 AM - 6 comments

July 16, 2008

The Friendly Frozen Confines: New Years Day 2009, Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field.

posted by HATER 187 to hockey at 11:03 PM - 9 comments

It was very ugly for Uggla: NEW YORK -- They cheered the legends. They cheered the hometown heroes. They cheered the old owner. They booed the commissioner, booed Terry Francona and Billy Wagner, even booed Sarah Jessica Parker. But towards the merciful end of The All-Star Game That Would Never End, the Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures had energy only for one chant: "Hit it to Uggla."

posted by knowsalittle to baseball at 10:24 PM - 19 comments

Kid brothers drill back-to-back aces at Sawgrass.: The odds of two players in the same group making a hole-in-one have been estimated at 17 million-to-1 by Francis Scheid, a retired Boston University math professor who was commissioned by Golf Digest to calculate hole-in-one odds under various scenarios. The odds for a PGA Tour player have been pegged at 3,700-to-1 and a handicap golfer at about 13,000-to-1.

posted by BoKnows to golf at 06:50 PM - 4 comments

Clemens back in the news again. Does anyone believe him now?: A package sent to his home? Who signed for it?

posted by scuubie to baseball at 05:06 PM - 13 comments

July 14, 2008

Brett Favre: Packers should let me play elsewhere : Brett Favre finally is speaking for himself: He wants to play but doesn't feel welcome in Green Bay, so he's asking to be released. The quarterback's first substantial comments on his latest retirement decision reversal...

posted by knowsalittle to football at 06:00 PM - 14 comments

Drunk referee shown the red card.: (video link)

posted by salmacis to soccer at 03:41 PM - 8 comments

The Hot Hand in Sports.: Here at the Hot Hand page, we try to get an idea of how unlikely something is, through either a statistical or historical lens.
This site has been around for a shade over two years now. Looks like I'm not getting anything done today.

posted by NoMich to general at 02:13 PM - 1 comment

The Doping Dilemma: Scientific American contributer, and Skeptics Society Founder, Michael Shermer uses Game Theory to explain why doping has become rampant in cycling and other sports. He also uses the theory to outline some actions that can be taken to remedy the problem.

posted by sic to culture at 01:42 PM - 15 comments

Packer out, Kellogg in as CBS lead announcer : Billy Packer is out after 27 years as the lead college basketball analyst for CBS, making way for Clark Kellogg. "Like Billy Packer, Al McGuire or any of the most highly regarded broadcasters, Clark is an original voice with his own style and perspective." Will Kellogg's style be an upgrade over Packer's? Is this a good move for CBS?

posted by brainofdtrain to basketball at 01:18 PM - 3 comments fantasy football vs. Yahoo fantasy football: besides participating in the Spofi head to head, I usually run a h2h league at work. In the past I've used Yahoo, but I wondered if anyone has experience with the free fantasy game and has an opinion of their respective goodness. Any thoughts?

posted by lil_brown_bat to fantasy at 12:49 PM - 3 comments

Judge Sides with Redskins: The Washington Redskins have won the latest round in a 16-year court battle against a group of American Indians, prevailing on a technicality that again skirts the issue of whether the team’s nickname is racially offensive. In a ruling dated June 25 and first circulated Thursday, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the youngest of the seven Native American plaintiffs waited too long after turning 18 to file the lawsuit that attempts to revoke the Redskins trademarks.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 09:52 AM - 26 comments

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 4: Blowouts! Upsets! Intrigue! The entertaining anything-goes CFL is back, although maybe Toronto fans prefer the defensive eras. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:39 AM - 24 comments

A fun article about Yankee Stadium from a Boston Globe writer.: Some great moments from the most famous stadium in the world on the eve of its final All-Star game. My first trip to Yankee Stadium was the 1960 New York Giants vs Pittsburgh Steelers game. What was your first game or best memory?

posted by gfinsf to baseball at 06:31 AM - 9 comments

July 13, 2008

Odd Disappearance of Afghanistan's Only Female Olympian.: Mehbooba Andyar's choice to compete in a head scarf and full-length, body-covering running suit could not spare her from Taliban taunts and threats. The Afghan middle-distance runner nonetheless trekked on and was on the verge of realizing her Olympic dream. But now Andyar — slated to be the only female Afghan athlete at the Beijing Games — has gone missing from her training site just weeks before the opening ceremonies.

posted by BoKnows to other at 10:07 PM - 1 comment

Lecavalier signs 11-year, $85-million extension with Lightning : Owner Oren Koules was ecstatic. "It's a huge day for this organization and this ownership group," he said Saturday night.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 05:20 PM - 10 comments

Bobby Murcer, 62, Yankee on Field and Air, Dies : Bobby Murcer, the Yankees' All-Star outfielder and longtime broadcaster who never became another Mickey Mantle, but endeared himself to Yankee fans in a baseball career of over four decades died Saturday in Oklahoma City.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 05:11 PM - 7 comments

First round KO: Philly's first "Flyin Hawaiian" knocks out Jose Canseco in the first round of a celebrity-charity boxing match. He treated him like the Giants goal-post in 1992, making Canseco look even more ridiculous then he already has made himself. Sikahema was asked if there were any surprises. "That it didn't finish in the first 30 seconds," he said.

posted by GoBirds to general at 05:07 PM - 10 comments

July 12, 2008

Busch wins at Chicagoland as JGR ties series record: JOLIET, Ill. -- Break up Joe Gibbs Racing! Oops! Tony Stewart has already taken care of that -- for next year, anyway -- but Stewart's departure at the end of the season, made official this weekend, couldn't slow Gibbs' momentum in the Nationwide Series.

posted by knowsalittle to auto racing at 07:19 PM - 3 comments

July 11, 2008

The Decline of the National League.: By just about every measure, the 16 teams in Major League Baseball's National League are inferior to the 14 in the American League. The AL has won 11 of the last 16 World Series, including three of the last four. The annual All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday, has practically become a farce: Not counting a 2002 tie, the AL has won 10 straight.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 11:31 PM - 10 comments

Favre Asks For Release: Favre seeks unconditional release from Packers, sources say. How much worse can this get for the Packers?

posted by jda to football at 07:00 PM - 34 comments

Tour of France rider Beltran in custody after doping: "When are these idiots going to learn that it's over?" Thats why they call it dope, buddy. The Tour continues its downward spiral into cheating scandal hell.

posted by irunfromclones to other at 04:51 PM - 21 comments

Road to glory passes through Lakehead: Of all the odysseys Darnellia Russell has experienced — her teen pregnancy, her lawsuit against the Washington state school board, her high-school basketball team winning the state championship, the movie about her struggles and the fact she was ignored by the same U.S. Division I universities that once teased her with letters of recruitment — this has to be the oddest yet.That was where The Heart of the Game ended and where Russell's celebrity status exploded. She travelled the continent promoting the film as the teenager who took on the system and won. The movie received several honours, including the top entertainment award from the Women's Sports Foundation in Los Angeles. People recognized Russell and asked for her autograph. But those scholarship offers from Division I schools? They stopped coming soon after word got out she was pregnant.

posted by tommytrump to basketball at 11:43 AM - 5 comments

July 10, 2008

Branded.: A Postmortem. The Scenarios. Kevin Arnovitz (of Clipperblog) recaps Elton Brand's defection and what it means to Clipper fans.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 04:03 PM - 6 comments

What do you get the hockey fan who has everything?: Well, Graeme Patterson in Halifax has hooked up a synthesizer/organ to a table hockey game.

"The sk1 somehow had each key hooked up to each player (eg: A=goalie, C#=right winger etc...) and when the keyboard was played they would move around and such."

(More pictures here.)

posted by chicobangs to hockey at 02:29 PM - 9 comments

July 09, 2008

Using pawns, brawn to nab chess-boxing crown: Rarely do brains and brawn come together in this way. A Russian has been crowned world champion in the sport of chess boxing that requires equal skill at moving pawns and throwing punches. The loser said he was simply too punch-drunk to fend off checkmate.

posted by tommytrump to extreme at 10:07 PM - 6 comments

Michigan to pay $2.5M, Rodriguez $1.5M to satisfy WVU buyout: -- Former West Virginia University football coach Rich Rodriguez and the University of Michigan have agreed to pay a $4 million buyout clause and settle a lawsuit that WVU filed after he broke his contract in December 2007. (previously)

posted by netbros to business and law at 03:53 PM - 7 comments

The Day Cool Died: Phil Taylor's essay on the demise of Cool in sports.

posted by cjets to general at 02:52 PM - 35 comments

Dave Zirin interviews Ralph Nader: about the idea of a fan's bill of rights, the NBA referees' scandal, and the still-growing dangers of taxpayer-funded stadiums.

Before Ralph Nader was the guy no one wanted to be stuck talking to at the Presidential Election party, he was one of the most important consumer watchdogs the United States ever had. Here, the always-excellent Dave Zirin brings out the childhood Lou Gehrig fan in him, and lets the erstwhile politician get a few things off his chest.

posted by chicobangs to culture at 01:27 PM - 6 comments

EPL Fantasy 08-09 Open for business : Pssst. Sign up. Pass it on. Don't tell squealy. Games start August 16. League Name : Spofi Code : 84936-22714

posted by garfield to fantasy at 01:03 PM - 39 comments

Finding the Hits, Avoiding the Errors:: A culinary scorecard for all 30 major league baseball stadiums. Map View. (NY Times)

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 10:43 AM - 3 comments

July 08, 2008

Take The NCAA Official Exam, Prepare to Fail: This oughta be fun for you NCAA football fans... 100 muliple choice questions to test your rules knowledge.

posted by bobfoot to football at 11:34 PM - 0 comments

The Best $166 million can buy.: Sports Illustrated experts Michael Lombardi and Bucky Brooks both set out to build the best teams they could under the current NFL salary cap.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to football at 06:35 PM - 5 comments

Excavators find articfacts from the 18th Century buried below Rutgers Stadium.: The crew, working on the Rutgers Stadium Expansion Project (warning: embedded audio), has discovered thousands of artifacts among what are believed to be the remains of a tavern and a house built in the 1700's.

posted by Ufez Jones to culture at 10:12 AM - 4 comments

July 07, 2008

The Voting Results Are In: The fan and player voting has been completed and the All Star rosters have been announced. There is still the Final Vote where fans have the opportunity to choose one final All Star. As usual the results do not come without controversy, with numerous experts weighing in. The team by team breakdown of the All Star rosters can be found here.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to baseball at 05:41 PM - 41 comments

Dara Torres, 41, qualifies for Olympics, rewrites swimming records.: Dara Torres qualified for her fifth Olympics, 24 years after her debut in 1984. At 41, two years after having a child, she's still kicking ass and breaking records. Torres swears by resistance stretching and has volunteered for drug tests amid allegations of steroid use. Awesome pic (holy six-pack, Batman!) and more detail about Torres at (where I first learned of Dara), plus even more detail at NYT and Wikipedia.

posted by worldcup2002 to other at 04:21 PM - 10 comments

Nadal-Federer epic the most thrilling of all the Wimbledon finals: I came here to see what the buzz was and was shocked to see Nadal/Federer hadn't been posted already. I only saw part of the match and sadly missed most of the last set, but it seemed pretty epic to me, especially during the 4th set tiebreaker.

posted by drumdance to tennis at 01:45 PM - 44 comments

Brewers make trade for pitcher C.C. Sabathia Minor-league prospect Matt LaPorta is included in the deal: In a bold move designed to end the club’s 26-year playoff drought, the Milwaukee Brewers agreed in principle Sunday night to acquire Cleveland left-handed pitcher C.C. Sabathia in exchange for top prospect Matt LaPorta and three others.Neither side would officially confirm the deal because paperwork still was being completed and medical records exchanged. But a source familiar with the discussions said minor-league pitchers Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson also were in the deal. The fourth player could turn out to be third baseman Taylor Green, the Brewers' minor-league player of the year in 2007.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 11:30 AM - 12 comments

CFL stunned by death of a giant : Ackles's death brought the Lions' complex and the CFL to a standstill Sunday as mourners dealt with shock. Though he stood barely 5 1/2 feet tall and never played professionally, Ackles was a giant of the game. He authored a storybook career with his hometown team and walked with U.S. football royalty during a sojourn to the NFL before returning to Vancouver and reviving a dormant Lions franchise earlier this decade.

posted by tommytrump to football at 09:49 AM - 4 comments

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 3: No boatloads of points this week: two and a half upsets will guarantee that anytime. Hamilton was a big SpoFi fan favourite back in the day; are those days threatening to return? Yikes. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:39 AM - 28 comments

July 06, 2008

"I don't want sympathy; all I want is a chance to play.": Bert Shepherd, World War II aviator, and the first man to play Major League Baseball with an artificial limb, dead at 87.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 05:23 PM - 5 comments

July 05, 2008

The state of Cuban baseball. : Michael Lewis writes a brilliant piece in Vanity Fair about Cuban baseball and some of the defectors. Informative, insightful, long. Single page version.

posted by vito90 to baseball at 06:06 PM - 5 comments

Former Chargers Safety Terrence Kiel Killed: Kiel, 27, died last night when he rolled the 2004 Chevy sedan he was driving in Scripps Ranch, Calif. An eyewitness saw him driving the wrong direction on the road before the accident. Kiel, a second-round pick in 2003 and immediate starter for the team, saw his career derailed after he was caught shipping two boxes of codeine-based cough syrup via FedEx in 2006.

posted by rcade to football at 02:16 PM - 2 comments

Jagr's Bummed.: The New York Rangers decide to move on with Markus Naslund, leaving Jaromir Jagr behind. Jagr is reportedly on his way to Russia.

posted by NoMich to hockey at 02:15 PM - 3 comments

Jaeger Bomb -- I threw the 1983 Wimbledon women's final to Martina: Now a Dominican nun, former women's tennis star Andrea Jaeger says in an interview she tanked the final against Navratilova after a confrontation with her father the day before. Jaeger, who was 18 at the time, also says she saw Navratilova that same evening and got the cold shoulder. "I couldn't have done that in her position, but all I thought at the time was, 'I've changed her routine and affected her. I can't go out and try in the final now'."

posted by wfrazerjr to tennis at 12:41 PM - 11 comments

Williams Defeats Williams for Wimbledon Crown: For the first time since 2001, Venus Williams defeated her younger sister Serena in a Grand Slam final, taking her fifth Wimbledon championship in two sets 7-5 and 6-4. Their career record against each other is now even at 8-8. Although a sportswriter described past Williams vs. Williams finals as underwhelming and error-prone, this was a dramatic match that included the fastest serve ever by a woman at Wimbledon: Venus' 129-mph ace in the second set.

posted by rcade to tennis at 10:55 AM - 9 comments

July 03, 2008

Sonics are Oklahoma City-bound: "The transition and move of this team begins tomorrow morning," Bennett said in Oklahoma City, where he announced that season ticket sales for the soon-to-be named franchise at Ford Center would begin Thursday.

posted by tommytrump to basketball at 04:19 PM - 20 comments

Video: Diamondbacks Catcher Chris Snyder Fractures Left Testicle: Although the injury report just says that Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder is on the 15-day DL with a groin injury, the team revealed that he suffered a "left testicular fracture" Monday when hit by a foul ball. "Suspended in the scrotum, a skin pouch below the penis, each testicle is surrounded by the tunica albuginea, a tough, fibrous covering that often takes the hit of trauma to the gland," according to UrologyHealth.Org. "Like the shell of an egg, it can be easily 'fractured' or shattered when confronted by a blunt or violent force." See the video.

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:14 PM - 33 comments

It's a sister slam! : Venus and Serena Williams cruised through the Wimbledon women's singles semifinal with straight sets victories over Elena Dementieva and Zheng Jie, to advance to their third straight all-Williams Wimbledon final.

posted by lil_brown_bat to tennis at 01:09 PM - 10 comments

Joe Buck Prefers Bachelorette to Baseball: Fox's lead baseball announcer told ESPN's Colin Cowherd yesterday that he prefers watching The Bachelorette to watching baseball. "These games take forever," Buck said, "by the time you get through the sixth inning, if you're watching every minute, you've put two-plus hours into the thing. ... From our own perspective the Saturday Game of the Week ... is not as special or unique as it used to be."

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:30 AM - 20 comments

July 02, 2008

Dallas Stars Sign Sean Avery: The NHL's infamous agitator, fresh off a playoff stunt that inspired a new no-mimes rule, signed a four-year, $15.5 million deal shortly after the league's free agent signing period began.

posted by rcade to hockey at 02:18 PM - 24 comments

July 01, 2008

Are you ready for some football?....Sit Down!: The Kansas City Chiefs have a "Fan Code of Conduct," which is essentially a list of rules that fans have to follow when they're attending a game at Arrowhead.

posted by BoKnows to football at 07:50 PM - 52 comments

Stanley Cup arrives in Newfoundland: .......for the Harbour Grace, N.L., native, the first player from Newfoundland to win the Stanley Cup, the most important stop during his two-day celebration with the trophy was at a local children's hospital. "These kids aren't feeling great, but I hope that the Cup cheers them up for that one special moment. And that's really what it's all about."

posted by tommytrump to culture at 09:38 AM - 5 comments

Grey Cup arrives in Afghanistan: KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Canadian Forces Capt. Ryan Matthies stood back in disbelief, seemingly trying to comprehend what he had just done. "Dude . . . I just touched the cup!" the soldier said, staring at his hands.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 09:29 AM - 6 comments

Christian News Site Turns Athlete Homosexual: OneNewsNow, an online news service owned by the American Family Association, has been editing AP stories to automatically replace the word "gay" with "homosexual," filing numerous stories about the American sprinter Tyson Homosexual and the NBA player Rudy Homosexual. One story still online: "Memphis Grizzlies backers hit the hay hoping that Kevin Love would open things up for Rudy Homosexual in the frontcourt."

posted by rcade to general at 09:20 AM - 42 comments