Archives for November 2010

November 30, 2010

Yankees All-Star Gil McDougald Dies: Gil McDougald, a versatile All-Star infielder who played on five World Series championship teams with the New York Yankees, has died at age 82. McDougald is remembered for hitting a line drive off the face of Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score, causing him to temporarily lose eyesight in one eye. "If Herb loses the sight in his eye, I'm going to quit the game," a distraught said at the time.

posted by rcade to baseball at 07:41 PM - 5 comments

Derek Anderson Pulls a Dennis Green: After being questioned several times about laughing on the sidelines during the Arizona Cardinals' 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson launched an angry tirade before storming out of the press conference. "Every single week I put my heart and soul into this!" Anderson yelled. "I don't go out there and laugh. It's not funny. Nothing's funny to me. I don't want go out there and get embarrassed on Monday Night Football in front of everybody."

posted by rcade to football at 12:57 PM - 10 comments

U.S. Women Draw Group of Death: The U.S. women's soccer team may have drawn the toughest group at next summer's World Cup tournament, joining North Korea, Colombia and Sweden in Group C.

posted by rcade to soccer at 12:17 PM - 9 comments

Newton Serenaded with 'Take the Money and Run': An employee at Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium played "Take the Money and Run" and "Son of a Preacher Man" over the PA system before the game against Auburn, two digs at visiting quarterback Cam Newton that have cost the employee his job. "The University of Alabama takes great pride in our football team’s long-standing tradition of playing the game with dignity and class, and showing respect for players and coaches of opposing teams," said school PR director Debbie Lane.

posted by rcade to football at 11:35 AM - 9 comments

Manning Throws 2 Chargers Touchdowns in Loss: Peyton Manning threw four interceptions -- two returned for touchdowns -- as the Indianapolis Colts lost 36-14 to the San Diego Chargers Sunday. Manning has thrown seven picks in two games, the most over that span in his career. "Here is the problem with Peyton Manning," writes Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz, "It's the 10 other offensive guys sharing the field."

posted by rcade to football at 08:29 AM - 21 comments

November 29, 2010

Woman Mistaken for Cricket Match: An American Twitter user called TheAshes has been mistaken for The Ashes, receiving hundreds of misdirected messages. "I am not a freaking cricket match!" wrote the exasperated woman, whose plight has inspired a #gettheashestotheashes movement, a T-shirt and an offer of a free flight to Australia from Qantas Airways.

posted by rcade to other at 06:25 PM - 7 comments

TCU moving to the Big East Conference: TCU is moving to the Big East Conference after next year. This gives them a shot at one of the BCS automatic bids.

posted by dviking to football at 12:47 PM - 14 comments

Bills Receiver Blames God After Loss: After dropping what would have been the game-winning catch in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson posted a message on Twitter blaming God. "I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO..."

posted by rcade to football at 07:44 AM - 29 comments

The decline and fall of brand Tiger Woods: is a story best told by a journey, along the Emirates Road to the south of Dubai and then left down an unmarked road. One year after Tiger crashed his car into a tree, Lawrence Donnegan visits what's left of The Tiger Woods Dubai, golf's chosen one's first foray into course design. In September 2008, it was moving units rapidly and being built at a furious pace. Two years on, no one seems to know what will become of the half built development.

posted by JJ to golf at 07:23 AM - 9 comments

November 28, 2010

Alouettes savour Grey Cup glory again: Montreal 21, Saskatchewan 18 ; Riders self-destruct on last-gasp drive It wasnt the high-scoring game most everyone had anticipated. But it was as entertaining and competitive - and as close - as had been expected between two teams who seemingly have always produced classic efforts. The Montreal Alouettes scored 13 second-half points to defeat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-18 in the 98th annual Grey Cup Sunday night, before 63,317 Commonwealth Stadium spectators.

posted by tommytrump to football at 10:38 PM - 2 comments

North Texas Hires Dan McCarney as Coach: The North Texas Mean Green have hired Dan McCarney, who formerly led Iowa State, to open up the team's new stadium next fall as head coach. McCarney ended a 22-year bowl drought at Iowa State and beat state rival Iowa five times. He's currently the assistant head coach and defensive line coach at Florida.

posted by rcade to football at 05:33 PM - 5 comments

LeBron James Bumps Heat Coach: A shoulder-to-shoulder nudge between LeBron James and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra during Miami's loss to Dallas Saturday night has USA Today asking if it was intentional. The Heat held a players-only meeting after the loss, which dropped them to 9-8, and will be visiting Cleveland Thursday.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:34 PM - 16 comments

Ian Poulter Drops the Ball: Robert Karlsson won the Dubai World Golf Championship Sunday, defeating third-round leader Ian Poulter in a playoff after his marking blunder on the final hole. Poulter dropped his ball on his marker on the green, causing it to move from its original position.

posted by rcade to golf at 03:39 PM - 2 comments

Miami Fires Coach Randy Shannon: Miami fired coach Randy Shannon Saturday after the Hurricanes finished a 7-5 regular season that began with championship expectations. Shannon was 28-22 in four seasons at Miami and received a four-year contract extension before this season.

posted by rcade to football at 02:34 PM - 4 comments

November 27, 2010

Colleges Chomp High Schools That Use Their Logos: Glades Day School, a 300-student school in Belle Glade, Fla., is one of many schools that are hearing from colleges these days about copying their logos. The University of Florida told them to stop using its Gator trademark. "It just hurts; it has a sting to it," said headmaster Robert Egley. "We send them our students, we send them our money and we support them. It just flies in the face of common sense that they would come after us."

posted by rcade to general at 01:59 PM - 7 comments

Whalers Executive Eyes Future NHL Return: Three decades after bringing the Whalers to Hartford, Howard Baldwin has launched the Connecticut Whale in the American Hockey League and hopes to someday bring the NHL back to town. "Create a good market, and I think the rest will fall into place," said Baldwin, a former Whalers executive and movie producer.

posted by rcade to hockey at 11:44 AM - 3 comments

NFL investigating possible Broncos filming violation: In an echo of the New England Patriots' "Spygate" scandal, the NFL is investigating whether a Broncos employee videotaped a San Francisco 49ers walk-through at London's Wembley Stadium four weeks ago. Steve Scarnecchia, the team's director of video operations, is on a "personal leave of absence" while team and league officials investigate. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels could not reached for comment. McDaniels and Scarnecchia both previously worked for the Patriots, Scarnecchia between 2001 and 2005 and McDaniels between 2001 and 2009. In 2007, the Patriots were found to have videotaped New York Jets coaches sending in signals during a game between the two teams, which is against league rules. Following an investigation, commissioner Roger Goodell stripped the Patriots of their 1st round pick in the 2008 draft. He also fined the Patriots $250,000 and fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000.

posted by tommytrump to football at 11:25 AM - 5 comments

McCartney Wants Colorado Job Again: Bill McCartney, who led the Colorado Buffaloes to a national championship in 1990, wants to become the struggling program's next coach. McCartney, 72, has spent 16 years out of the game. "I'm going to be significantly younger than the typical 70-year-old," he said. "My wife, Lyndi, who has the most advanced case of emphysema, she went to the doctor recently and the doctor told her that she still had several years to live. We got home that day, and she said to me, 'I want you to go back to coaching.'"

posted by rcade to football at 09:56 AM - 5 comments

Nevada Destroys Boise State's Title Hopes: Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman missed two field goals -- one at the end of regulation that would have won the game, another in overtime -- in a 34-31 loss to conference rival Nevada Friday night. The defeat ended Boise State's 24-game winning streak and dashed their hopes of playing for the Bowl Championship Series title.

posted by rcade to football at 09:37 AM - 14 comments

November 26, 2010

Madison Square Garden Will Have Spectator Bridges: As part of a $775 million transformation, two spectator bridges will be suspended across Madison Square Garden to give fans a bird's-eye view of New York Rangers and New York Knicks games. "They'll be like no other seat in professional sports or entertainment," said MSG President Hank Ratner.

posted by rcade to general at 01:31 PM - 4 comments

Terrell Owens Honors Ailing 6-Year-Old: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens has reached out to Josiah Viera, a 6-year-old who suffers from the rapid aging disease Progeria, "Watching Josiah's perseverance, his passion for life and his love for baseball made me forget my own struggles and of how blessed I am," Owens said.

posted by rcade to football at 12:20 PM - 1 comment

Bruins' Recchi Scores 1,500th Point: Boston Bruins winger Mark Recchi scored two third-period goals Wednesday in the team's 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, becoming the 13th NHL player to reach 1,500 career points.

posted by rcade to hockey at 08:15 AM - 2 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: This is it! Your last chance for three-down glory on the frozen Edmonton turf. Grab your balaclava and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:34 AM - 11 comments

November 25, 2010

Adding Rushing to Quarterback Rating: In the New York Times, Luis Deloureiro is working on a new quarterback stat that includes a way to measure mobile threats like Michael Vick. The formula is (passing yards + rushing yards - sack yards)/(pass attempts + sacks). Vick's 8.8 almost doubles second place finished Ben Roethlisberger at 4.6. Philip Rivers (4.4), Vince Young (4.2) and Aaron Rodgers (3.7) round out the top 5.

posted by rcade to football at 07:10 PM - 16 comments

Spurs Rally from 21 Down for 12th Straight Win: Trailing by 21 points, the San Antonio Spurs rallied against the Minnesota Timberwolves to win their 12th straight game. The Spurs lead the NBA with a 13-1 record, a .929 percentage that would give them 75 wins over a season.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:54 PM - 5 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2010 -- Week 12: NFL picks that miss the American Thanksgiving, but not the day after American Thanksgiving.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 12:25 PM - 2 comments

Try 30 Olympic Sports for Charity: The Gold Challenge is a charity effort in the UK encouraging people to try 5, 10, 20 or 30 Olympic or Paralympic sports. Organizers hope to inspire 100,000 people to try the sports, raising money as individuals or teams.

posted by rcade to Olympics at 11:09 AM - 4 comments

November 24, 2010

Kevin Garnett: Shaq is Like Clean Sheets: "You ever wash your sheets and then go outside and hang them out, and the sun dries them? You ever smell the sheets? That's what Shaq is, Shaq is like," Kevin Garnett told reporters, pausing to breathe in deeply. "I don't want to give any products any tags right now, but you know what I'm saying. For anybody who's ever hung out clothes, they know what I mean."

posted by rcade to basketball at 06:57 PM - 6 comments

Mike Leach Sues ESPN, PR Firm: Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has filed a new lawsuit against ESPN and a public relations firm hired by Craig James, alleging libel and slander. Leach was forced out at Tech after stories about making player Adam James, Craig's son, stand in a darkened shed while he was suffering the effects of a concussion.

posted by rcade to football at 06:41 PM - 4 comments

Division III Game Won in Seventh Overtime: The Skidmore Thoroughbreds beat the Southern Vermont Mountaineers 128-123 Tuesday night a seven-overtime marathon, the longest game in NCAA Division III men's basketball history and matching the longest NCAA men's game at any level. The teams combined for 166 rebounds and 230 field goal attempts and Southern Vermont guard Lance Spratling played all 75 minutes. Skidmore freshman guard Eli Johnson didn't enter the game until the fifth overtime. His only points of the game were a game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the sixth overtime.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:23 PM - 4 comments

Ohio St. President: TCU, Boise Don't Deserve Title Shot: Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said that even if they run the table, TCU and Boise State don't deserve to be in the Bowl Championship Series title game. "Well, I don't know enough about the Xs and Os of college football," Gee said. "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day. So I think until a university runs through that gantlet that there's some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to [be] in the big ballgame."

posted by rcade to football at 02:29 PM - 21 comments

MLB/ Posting system snafu embroils Iwakuma: Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma of the Rakuten Golden Eagles, not yet eligible for free agency under Japanese Professional Baseball (JPB) rules, is seeking this year to move to the Major Leagues through the posting system. Oakland has won the exclusive rights to negotiate with Iwakuma, having tendered a $19 million bid. However, negotiations have broken down, with Iwakuma's agent, Don Nomura, opening the negotiations with a demand of $12 million per annum for a multi-year deal (for a pitcher who has never thrown a pitch in the major leagues), claiming that it is comparable to what the Dodgers are paying Hiroki Kuroda. Oakland, in turn, has countered with a $15.25 million four-year offer (approx. $3.8 million per year), which is about what he is currently making with Rakuten.

posted by billinnagoya to baseball at 07:35 AM - 1 comment

November 23, 2010

Mets Hire Terry Collins as Manager: The New York Mets have hired Terry Collins as the 20th manager in the history of the ballclub. Collins managed the Houston Astros from 1994-96 and the then-Anaheim Angels from 1997-99. The 61-year-old addressed concerns about reports he left the Angels due to a player revolt. "I'm not the evil devil that a lot of people made me out to be," Collins said. "I learned to mellow a little bit."

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:25 PM - 4 comments

Fans Needed to Save Sheffield Wednesday: Fans of Sheffield Wednesday FC, one of the oldest soccer clubs in the world, have launched a bid to take over the team after a judge ordered it to wind up operations in the next 28 days. "We only have days left to save the club," said local businessman Garry Scotting, who pledged more than $790,000 and urged others to join in. The One Wednesday fund-raising effort has pledges thus far of $3.1 million. The club, which plays in England's League One, is an estimated $37 million in debt.

posted by rcade to soccer at 03:11 PM - 1 comment

Boras is MLB's version of Josh Luchs?: The money obligates them to the agent, gives the agent leverage, and coerces the athlete to do what the agent wants because of fear of foreclosure or other adverse consequences for the athlete or the athletes family, said Mark S. Levinstein, a prominent sports lawyer who is a partner at the Washington law firm Williams & Connolly

posted by Demophon to baseball at 10:15 AM - 3 comments

November 22, 2010

Child Dies After 50-Foot Fall Out of Luxury Suite Fall at Lakers Game: A two-year-old boy died after a 50-foot fall out of a luxury suite at Staples Center in Los Angeles following Sunday's Lakers game. Lucas Anthony Tang's parents lost sight of him before the accident.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:28 PM - 68 comments

Vikings Fire Brad Childress: Only 10 games after he took the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship game, head coach Brad Childress has been fired, ESPN is reporting. The Vikings fell to 3-7 Sunday after a 31-3 home loss to the Green Bay Packers.

posted by rcade to football at 01:27 PM - 41 comments

Sidney Crosby: The Most Underrated Player in the NHL: "Crosby has become to his sport what Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is to his: underappreciated."

posted by MeatSaber to hockey at 01:15 PM - 19 comments

Bucs Receiver Mike Williams Arrested for DUI: Mike Williams, a rookie wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was arrested early Friday morning for DUI after being stopped for speeding in the Tampa area. Williams tested at 0.065 and 0.061, below Florida's 0.08 legal limit for alcohol while driving, but he failed a field sobriety test, police said. A fourth-round pick, Williams has started every game this season and leads the team with 40 catches for 627 yards.

posted by rcade to football at 08:22 AM - 7 comments

November 21, 2010

Martinez Scores 'Knockout of the Year': WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez landed a devastating one-punch knockout of Paul Williams during the second round of their fight in Atlantic City Saturday night, avenging a loss last December in a 12-round decision. "Williams was out cold before he hit the canvas," Tim Smith of the New York Daily News reported. "There was no need for referee Earl Morton to count." Video.

posted by rcade to boxing at 11:27 AM - 2 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2010 -- Week 10: Unadorned picks this week -- and one loser already.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 10:25 AM - 2 comments

CBS Developing Colin Cowherd Sitcom: CBS is developing a sitcom based on the life of ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd and his relationships with his "wife, ex-wife and SportsNation co-host Michelle Beadle," Michael Hiestand of USA Today reports.

posted by rcade to general at 10:02 AM - 15 comments

Kyle Gets Buckets: Kyle Singler, a senior on the Duke Men's Basketball team and the 2010 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, has become a Youtube sensation. The video has been featured on SportsCenter as well as on numerous websites. Kyle Singler is co-captain of the reigning National Champions and currently #1 ranked Duke Blue Devils. A recent NYT article on Singler can be found here (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:16 AM - 7 comments

November 20, 2010

Duncan Becomes Spurs All-Time Scorer: Tim Duncan set San Antonio's career scoring and games played records Friday night in a 94-82 win over the Utah Jazz. Duncan's 20,791 points and 988 games pass David Robinson -- giving him bragging rights over his former teammate. "I'm going to stick it to him a little bit," Duncan said.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:29 PM - 1 comment

Matt Millen praised for work with Detroit Lions: If Matt Millen remains Public Enemy No. 1 in Detroit, Roy Williams might be a close No. 2. Williams, a former Lions receiver, praised Millen for doing "a great job" as Lions general manager.

posted by roberts to football at 10:48 AM - 5 comments

Greg Oden Out for the Season: Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will have microfracture surgery on his left knee and will not play this season, the team announced Wednesday night. The 22-year-old, the first overall pick in 2007, hasn't played since breaking his kneecap in December 2009.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:30 AM - 5 comments

The Knick Killer: Harvey Araton wrote that basketball star Reggie Miller has "a mouth that can stretch as far as his jump shot range." He might be right. Once, in a game against the New York Knicks, Miller so taunted Knicks guard John Starks that Starks headbutted him. Starks was summarily ejected. That incident took place during Game 3 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals -- a series New York would go on to win in 5 games. Read the rest on MetaFilter.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:43 AM - 1 comment

November 19, 2010

Former NHL coach Pat Burns passes away: Pat Burns, who coached the New Jersey Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship, passed away today after a courageous bout with cancer. Burns' previous NHL head coaching positions included Boston from May 21, 1997 until October 25, 2000. In 1997-98, he became the first coach in history to win 3 Jack Adams Awards as the league's top coach. Burns coached Toronto from May 29, 1992 through March 5, 1996. In his first season with Toronto, he received the Adams Award for the second time. Burns became just the 3rd individual to win multiple Adams Awards and only the 2nd to win it with more than one team. His first NHL head coaching experience was with Montreal from 1988-89 through 1991-92. In his first season with the Canadiens, he won his first Adams Award.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 06:47 PM - 9 comments

One-way football: Are you going to tomorrow's NWU-Illinois game at Wrigley? If so, you'd better hope that you got seats on the west side of the field... otherwise you may not see too much.

posted by DrJohnEvans to football at 01:51 PM - 13 comments

Five former University of Kansas officials have been charged: by a Federal Grand Jury in a scheme allegedly involving the theft and sale of over 17,000 KU Basketball tickets and 2,000 KU Football tickets. In addition to a possible 30-year prison sentence, prosecutors are aiming to recover between three- and five- million dollars from the accused. The Lawrence Journal-News provides an interactive timeline for your perusal.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 10:35 AM - 4 comments

Tiger Woods: How I've Redefined Victory: In an essay for Newsweek, Tiger Woods shares what he's learned from his extended public humiliation and divorce. "At first, I didn't want to look inward. Frankly, I was scared of what I would find -- what I had become," he writes. "What endures in the record books are the achievements won through competition. What endures in our actual lives is the love of our family and the respect of others."

posted by rcade to golf at 08:24 AM - 6 comments

November 18, 2010

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Final Edition: Overtime! Upsets! Heart, grit, etc. etc. etc. You don't really care. You just wanna know if you scored any points. Find out and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:10 PM - 15 comments

Sportswomen of the Past : - A Homage with Vintage Pictures (yes, via Metafilter).

posted by NoMich to culture at 09:11 PM - 1 comment

King Felix wins the Cy Young Award!:
Seattle Mariners righthander Felix Hernandez may have had trouble posting victories in 2010, but he was a convincing winner in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award. Hernandez, known as King Felix, was crowned despite posting a victory total that was the lowest for any winner in either league among starting pitchers in a full season and matched the lowest for a winning starter in any season.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 04:13 PM - 11 comments

Want to know what Peyton Manning is doing at the line of scrimmage?: You probably don't. This made my head hurt and gave me a new appreciation for his approach to the game.

posted by yerfatma to football at 01:57 PM - 5 comments

Marlins Trade Uggla to Braves: The Florida Marlins traded two-time All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla Tuesday to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Mike Dunn and infielder Omar Infante. Uggla, 30, leads all second basemen in home runs since he broke in with the Marlins four years ago. He could be eligible for free agency after 2011.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:07 AM - 6 comments

November 17, 2010

Roy Halladay Wins National League Cy Young, Vote Unanimous: When Roy Halladay was named the winner of the N.L. Cy Young Award on Tuesday, he was golfing in Mexico with Mike Sweeney, Chris Carpenter, and Chris Young. Yes, even Halladay knows how to take a vacation and find a foursome somewhere. In a few weeks, Halladay will once again beat just about everyone to the Phillies' spring training complex. (After realizing this could be a problem, they gave the man his own key.) He has already begun an arm-strengthening program. All right, so vacation isn't all rest.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 08:49 PM - 2 comments

Black, Gardenhire Win Manager of Year Awards: Black wins by one point over Dusty Baker, while Gardenhire finally gets his first award after being runner-up five times in the past eight years.

posted by TheQatarian to baseball at 08:04 PM - 15 comments

AEG Proposes Football Stadium in Downtown Los Angeles: Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owner of the Los Angeles Kings and LA Galaxy and a minority stakeholder in the Los Angeles Lakers, has unveiled a plan to build a privately-financed $725 million football stadium in downtown Los Angeles next to Staples Center. "This is the closest L.A. has been since the Raiders and Rams left," said David Israel, a member of the group that oversees the L.A. Coliseum.

posted by rcade to football at 05:05 PM - 5 comments

Rhoden: BCS Encourages Mighty to Crush Weak: Wisconsin's 83-20 victory over Indiana is the result of a system that discourages mercy, writes William C. Rhoden in the New York Times. "Where is the sportsmanship? Where is the compassion? Where is the mercy? The answer is that they have been devoured by the Bowl Championship Series beast."

posted by rcade to football at 03:36 PM - 8 comments

DC Radio Host: 'I Want Redskins Reparations': "The Washington Redskins owe us. The Washington Redskins owe me, and they owe everybody else that has ever taken crap from Cowboys fans, that has ever not jumped on the Patriots' or the Steelers' bandwagon, that has remained loyal in this melting pot, you owe us money. ... You owe us money, and you owe us an apology, because you went out there, and you half-assed it. ... You're a joke, from the top down. Every single person on that team deserves to lose their job today. Every. Single. Person. How dare you not turn in your keys, how dare you not go out to Ashburn and say here's my key card. ... You kill me. You make me sick." -- DC sports radio host Chad Dukes in an epic 12 minute rant

posted by rcade to football at 12:07 PM - 17 comments

Neftali Feliz, Buster Posey Rookies of the Year: Two of the youngest stars in the World Series have won the Rookie of the Year awards. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz took the honors for the 2010 season.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:21 AM - 3 comments

November 16, 2010

UConn Beats Baylor, Extends Win Streak to 80: The UConn Huskies defeated the No. 2-ranked Baylor Bears 65-64 Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to 80 games. Six-foot-eight center Britney Griner scored 19 points and had nine blocks for the Bears, who saw an 8-point lead disappear in the final 6:51. The Huskies are now eight wins shy of tying the UCLA men's all-time NCAA Division I basketball record for consecutive wins.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:46 PM - 6 comments

'Last Year at the World Cup, There Were Broken Bones.': Tomorrow in New York City, the Quiddich World Championship will be decided. Invented in 2005, Muggle Quiddich is now played at hundreds of high schools and colleges around the world. Forty six teams are meeting this weekend for the fourth annual world championship. The game is co-ed, full contact, and strangely faithful to JK Rawling's fictional sport. The IQA's official rules lay out how to play. Chasers play a basketball-like game of throwing a ball through one of three hoops. Beaters try to bean opposing players with a ball, dodgeball style. And the seekers chase the golden snitch, portrayed by a guy in a gold jump suit. Early in the game the snitch may go anywhere on or off the field, so games are often interrupted by snitches and seekers from adjoining fields running through. Game footage helps give an idea of how a typical game goes. And here is some coverage of day one of the World Championship (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to other at 02:44 PM - 3 comments

Hudson Uses Award Money for 'Miracle Field': Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is devoting the $20,000 he won as the National League's comeback player of the year to build a baseball field in honor of a Make-a-Wish kid he got to know in 2006. Justin's Miracle Field -- which is being built in Kingsland, Ga., for special-needs kids -- is named for the late Justin Norris. "This is a guy who raised a ton of money," Hudson said of Justin's father Jeff. "It's a powerful thing when a father can do something like this."

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:15 PM - 5 comments

Michael Vick Lights Up Washington for 6 TDs, 413 Yards: Michael Vick's numbers in Philadelphia's 59-28 win over Washington last night: 20-for-28 passing with 333 yards and four touchdowns, 8 carries for 80 yards rushing and two touchdowns and a 150.7 quarterback rating. Hall of Famer Steve Young called Vick's performance the "full fruition of the position." More importantly, his 49 fantasy points are ESPN's third-best since 2000. "If Donovan McNabb is worthy of a five-year, $78 million deal that reportedly included significant guaranteed money, what is Vick, who is three years younger, worth?" asks Ashley Fox.

posted by rcade to football at 11:35 AM - 73 comments

November 15, 2010

Colin Campbell has some splainin to do : In the immortal words of that long-time hockey observer Ricky Ricardo, Colin Campbell has some splainin to do. Already under fire for trying to sort out the complexities and nuances of the NHLs new head-shot rule, the senior vice-president of hockey operations is feeling even more heat after some of his three-year-old e-mails to then-director of officiating Stephen Walkom were posted online by blogger Tyler Dellow. The e-mails, while edited to remove names, apparently criticize referees for penalizing Campbells son, Gregory, then of the Florida Panthers, on at least two occasions. One of the penalties was for high-sticking Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard, whom Campbell describes as a fake artist.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 09:31 PM - 3 comments

Texans Touchdown Revives Calvin Johnson Controversy: Although it was overshadowed by another catch later, The Houston Texans scored a late game-tying touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday that was similar to Calvin Johnson's non-catch for the Detroit Lions earlier this season. After Kevin Walter went to the ground on an 18-yard catch in the end zone, he lost the ball as he lifted it. Officials ruled that lifting the ball was a second move and awarded the touchdown.

posted by rcade to football at 03:00 PM - 11 comments

No. 1 Duke Begins Title Defense with Blowout: The No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils opened their season Sunday by beating the Princeton Tigers 97-60. This is the seventh time Duke has opened a season as the top-ranked team. Coack Mike Krzyzewski, four wins shy of 800 at the school, is 30-1 in Duke's home openers.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:19 AM - 3 comments

Steve Nash Announces Birth, Divorce: A day after the birth of his son Matteo, Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash has announced that he and wife Alejandra Amarilla are getting a divorce, according to a statement he issued to Life & Style magazine. "[T]his is a bittersweet moment for my wife and I; after five years, we are now in the process of dissolving our marriage. This will be my only statement on this."

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:42 AM - 31 comments

November 14, 2010

Vettel Becomes F1's Youngest Champ: Driver Sebastian Vettel clinched the Formula One title by winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday, to become the youngest ever champion. Fernando Alonso could have won by finishing fourth, but he ended up seventh. "Weltmeister!" Vettel's team screamed over the radio in triumph, which is German for "world champion."

posted by rcade to auto racing at 02:36 PM - 3 comments

Pacquiao Beats Margarito, Wins WBC Title: Boxer Manny Pacquiao dismantled the larger, taller Antonio Margarito on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium to claim the vacant WBC super welterweight title. In the final rounds, Pacquiao (52-3-2) clearly took pity on Margarito (38-7-0-1), doing just enough to win the rounds as his opponent's eyes were swollen shut.

posted by rcade to boxing at 01:18 PM - 9 comments

Spurrier swamps the Gators: The Gamecocks are SEC East champs. "We haven't had many championships so we have to coach them up a little bit," Spurrier said. "But we didn't talk about it obviously until the game was over."

posted by roberts to football at 09:46 AM - 5 comments

November 13, 2010

Golden State Warriors Sold for $450 Million: The $450 million sale of the Golden State Warriors to venture capitalist Joseph Lacob and movie producer Peter Guber has been approved by the NBA. During the 15 years the franchise was owned by Chris Cohan, the team had two winning seasons and only made the playoffs once.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:51 PM - 2 comments

Morneau: Target Field Dimensions 'Ridiculous': After the Minnesota Twins decided not to move the fences at Target Field, first baseman Justin Morneau sent an email to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune criticizing the decision. "Right-center to left-center is ridiculous," he wrote. "It affects the hitters a lot, and you start to develop bad habits as a hitter when you feel like you can only pull the ball to hit it over the fence." ESPN rates the stadium as the toughest home run park in the Majors.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:40 AM - 1 comment

November 12, 2010

Kevin Love Posts NBA's First 30-30 Game Since 1982: in the Wolves' comeback win over the Knicks. Michael Beasley added 35 for the Wolves. Love's 30-30 was the first in the NBA since Moses Malone in 1982, and the first 30-rebound game in the NBA since Charles Barkley in 1996.

posted by TheQatarian to basketball at 11:58 PM - 4 comments

Alabama Paying Opponents $2.3 Million in 2011: Losing to the top football programs is a revenue opportunity. The University of Alabama will pay a $2.35 million to its three 2011 non-conference home opponents in football: $1.2 million to Kent State, $750,000 to North Texas and $400,000 to Georgia Southern.

posted by rcade to football at 06:31 PM - 10 comments

Jim McMahon Can't Remember 1985 Games: Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is working with the Sports Legacy Institute on the concussion crisis in sports. McMahon, 51, suffers daily bouts of memory loss and couldn't answer a reporter's question about his gamous comeback win over Minnesota in the 1985 season. I've been hit in the head so many times, it's hard to remember that far back," he said. "I don't remember specific games."

posted by rcade to football at 03:03 PM - 10 comments

Celtics Drop Heat in South Beach: In a game they never trailed, the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 112-107 Thursday night in Miami. Ray Allen scored 36 and Paul Pierce 25 in the win. The Celtics have won twice against the Heat, who fall to 5-4 and are chasing 11 losses a lot faster than 72 wins. Afterwards, Pierce posted on Twitter, "It's been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach."

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:00 AM - 28 comments

November 11, 2010

Meggett Gets 30 Years in Jail: Former NFL player David Meggett was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after his conviction in a South Carolina court on charges of criminal sexual conduct and burglary, he played six years with the New York Giants, three with the New England Patriots and one with the New York Jets.

posted by tommytrump to football at 06:13 PM - 6 comments

AFC Wimbledon May Face MK Dons in FA Cup: The possibility that AFC Wimbledon will play MK Dons in the FA Cup's second round is "very painful for us," former AFC Wimbledon manager Dave Anderson said. MK Dons were formed when the financially troubled Wimbledon FC was moved to Milton Keynes, a franchise relocation unprecedented in English football. "In my book, what happened was the footballing crime of the century," Anderson said. "No one has a problem with Milton Keynes having a football team but why didn't they start like everyone else at the bottom and work their way up?" AFC Wimbledon was started at the bottom by former Wimbledon FC supporters who held an open tryout. The team has been promoted four times, reaching the fifth tier of the sport. The MK Dons sit two tiers higher. They've never played each other.

posted by rcade to soccer at 05:43 PM - 7 comments

ESPN: Cam Newton, Dad Sought Pay to Play: ESPN is reporting today that quarterback Cam Newton and his father Cecil said in separate phone conversations that his college choice would be part of a pay-for-play plan, according to two sources who recruit for Mississippi State. The conversations were reported to the Southeastern Conference in January. After committing to Auburn despite a prior commitment to Mississippi State, Cam Newton allegedly called a recruiter at the latter school to apologize, telling him "the money was too much" not to switch to Auburn.

posted by rcade to football at 01:56 PM - 14 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition: The CFL playoffs are here! You are cordially invited to participate if you: (a) missed out on the regular season pick 'em, (b) need to make up for your shoddy regular-season performance, or (c) won the regular season and need to defend your record. If you meet any or all of these eligibility requirements, please make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:03 PM - 18 comments

Another legend passes: While Dave Niehaus was not as well known as Scully, Buck and Gowdy, he was the voice that introduced the Pacific Northwest to Major League Baseball since the inception of the Seattle Mariners.

posted by Demophon to baseball at 08:47 AM - 8 comments

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2010 -- Week 10: NFL picks that tell you to get in here for your chance to win!

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 08:21 AM - 10 comments

Vikings Players Want Childress Out: Six Minnesota Vikings players want coach Brad Childress to be fired, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, but not enough to give up on the season. One player (unnamed, naturally): "As much as I hate Childress, I will keep playing." Another: "We've got too many good football players, and we won't lay down like Dallas."

posted by rcade to football at 07:58 AM - 13 comments

November 10, 2010

Pacers Score 54 Points in One Quarter: The Indiana Pacers made 20-out-of-21 shots in the third quarter of their 144-113 win over the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, amassing a 54-point total that is the fourth highest scoring quarter in NBA history. "It really was one of those things that happens on video games," Pacers forward Danny Granger said. "Actually, I'm not even sure it can even happen on a video game."

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:25 PM - 3 comments

Sources: Yankees Will Overpay Jeter: Derek Jeter's offer is expected to be for three years at somewhere between $15 million and $20 million per season, two unnamed sources told ESPN. "That would be a slight paycut from his $21 million paycheck in 2010, but still well above the going rate for a shortstop who hit .270 last year and will hit his 37th birthday two weeks before the next All-Star Game," writes Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.Com.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:56 PM - 19 comments

Roy Halladay's Advice for Kids: "As the young people of today head out on their own, they face many unique challenges," writes Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay. "In this economy, nobody is guaranteed a good job or a competitive salary, and the struggle to find steady, rewarding work is harder than it's ever been. That's why, as a man in his early 30s who has enjoyed a very successful career, I have one piece of advice for America's youth, and that is to throw a baseball really, really well."

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:07 PM - 3 comments

November 09, 2010

Jaguars Fan is Human Autograph Book: Jacksonville Jaguars fan Kim Nored, 29, has gotten the signatures of numerous players, coach Jack Del Rio and mascot Jaxson De Ville tattooed on her upper arms. Players forever memorialized in flesh include Tony Boselli, Maurice Jones-Drew, David Garrard, Josh Scobee, Tyson Alualu, Rashean Mathis, Marcedes Lewis, Reggie Nelson, Ernest Wilford, Atiyyah Ellison, Austen Lane and Thomas Williams. "It breaks my heart that they're not on the team anymore," she said of the final four players. "But it doesn't bother me that I got the tattoos."

posted by rcade to football at 07:19 PM - 6 comments

Hawkins gets the hook at CU: with a cumulative 19-39 record and no winning seasons since joining the Buffs in 2005, head football coach Dan Hawkins was finally handed his walking papers. The last straw came on Saturday when the Buffs blew a 28 point lead over the Jayhawks, giving up 35 points in the final 11 minutes of the game.

posted by lil_brown_bat to football at 11:23 AM - 8 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Drama down to the wire! Edmonton or B.C.? tommytrump or JPR? The only way to find out is to check the standings inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:24 AM - 6 comments

November 08, 2010

Fired Joe Morgan: ESPN has declined to renew Joe Morgan's contract, officially ending his 20-year partnership with Jon Miller in the broadcast booth. Is Dan Shulman next in line?

posted by DrJohnEvans to baseball at 06:07 PM - 15 comments

Dallas Cowboys Fire Wade Phillips: The Dallas Cowboys have fired Wade Phillips after the team fell to 1-7 this season with a 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers on national television. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has been named as his replacement. "I'm not stomaching this," owner Jerry Jones said after the game. Phillips was 34-22 in Dallas, reaching the divisional round of the playoffs last season.

posted by rcade to football at 03:39 PM - 34 comments

Oregon's New Basketball Court Floors People: The Oregon Ducks are decorating their Matt Arena basketball court this season with the most elaborate design since the Pittsburgh Pisces. Here's a spectator's view of the design, which honors the Tall Firs, the 1939 Oregon Ducks team that won the first NCAA basketball tournament.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:02 PM - 15 comments

Big East Shopping for 2 New Members: The Big East Conference announced last week that it's looking to add two members, leading to speculation that the No. 3-ranked Texas Christian University and No. 25 Central Florida are its leading targets. Other possibilities are Eastern Carolina and Villanova, which plays in the lower Football Championship Subdivision and is a Big East member in other sports. Geographically, TCU is a poor fit. "It would be weird if we were in the Big East," team quarterback Andy Dalton said.

posted by rcade to football at 01:01 PM - 5 comments

Hornets Open Season 6-0: The New Orleans Hornets have opened their season 6-0 with wins over Milwaukee, Denver, San Antonio, Houston, Miami and Milwaukee (again). They've held all six opponents to under 100 points. "Defense is our calling card," said coach Monty Williams.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:58 AM - 1 comment

November 07, 2010

400 for JoePa; How Long Will He Go?: Joe Paterno's 400th coaching victory came in a 35-21 comebacker over Northwestern. Paterno was hoisted onto the shoulders of his players and briefly carried before being met on the field by his wife and a mob of reporters and well-wishers. The milestone having been achieved, the question remains; when will JoePa decide he's had enough?

posted by Howard_T to football at 02:31 PM - 7 comments

Jenson Button Escapes Carjacking Attempt: Reigning Formula One champion Jenson Button escaped a carjacking attempt in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday evening. As five or six armed men approached an armored car carrying Button and his father that was stuck in a traffic jam, the undercover police officer driving the car managed to escape. "There were two guys with small hand guns along with one guy who had a big gun that looked like a machine gun," Button said. "The driver saw it and floored it. There wasn't enough room to get through so we were banging through all the cars, and eventually made it."

posted by rcade to auto racing at 12:07 PM - 10 comments

Could title game be TCU vs. Boise State?: TCU may have earned the right Saturday to play in the BCS final. Boise State is looking good too. Is a non Pac-10, Big Ten, whatever-10-or-12, title game in the BCS cards?

posted by roberts to football at 08:38 AM - 22 comments

The Longest Possible Home Run: The longest home run in Major League Baseball history was New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle's 565-foot tape-measure shot against the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., on April 17, 1953. Using differential equations, The Week answers the question: What is the longest home run it is physically possible to hit? This can actually be determined. It requires a 111-mph fastball; a 127-mph swing; a 194-mph batted ball heading upward at a 35-degree angle; and a dry, warm stadium in high elevation (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:00 AM - 3 comments

November 06, 2010

The Hoser's NFL Picks 2010 -- Week Nine: NFL picks that are having a hard time not buying the damned half-off Halloween candy.

posted by wfrazerjr to football at 05:59 PM - 7 comments

Soccer Coach Sends Backups to Conference Tournament: The coach of Florida State's women's soccer team has been suspended for the first game of the NCAA Tournament because he left his starters home for the ACC Tournament to save them for the NCAA tournament, where they're expected to get an at-large bid. A team of backups lost 3-1 to Wake Forest in the first round. Mark Krikorian said sending substitutes was "in the best interest" of the team. Athletic director Randy Spetman said, "I want people to know that this was my decision and there was never any intention to disrespect the ACC or our championship events in any way."

posted by rcade to soccer at 05:20 PM - 4 comments

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Sorry to be so late with these, but Bug Selig called me up and said I couldn't do it any earlier. Something about keeping the TV people happy. Anyway, results are inside!

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:59 PM - 6 comments

Nation Taking No Joy in Cowboys' Pathetic Collapse: "As the Dallas Cowboys struggle with a 1-6 season, sports fans nationwide have been saddened by the bad fortune that has befallen the franchise long revered as one of the NFL's crown jewels, and known throughout the football world as America's Team," reports ONN. "'It's really been tough to watch, especially for a team that had so much potential heading into the season,' Appleton, WI shopkeeper and longtime Packers fan Erik Hoyer said."

posted by rcade to football at 02:39 PM - 7 comments

NFL Top 100 Players: Do You Agree With NFL Network's List?.: "NFL Top 100," the ongoing series by the NFL Network counting down the league's best players of all-time as determined by a "blue-ribbon panel," concluded Thursday.

posted by gfinsf to football at 08:22 AM - 9 comments

November 05, 2010

Videographer's Death Continues to Rock Notre Dame: Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick and coach Brian Kelly are facing calls to resign in the wake of team videographer Declan Sullivan's death last week in a scissor-lift collapse. "The fact that Declan died in this tragic accident means we didn't do all we can," Swarbrick told Christine Brennan of USA Today. "We'll think about that the rest of our lives." A day before Sullivan's death, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel faced the same storm system and gave this quote after sending his team to practice indoors: "It looks a little nasty. I worry about our cameramen, their well-being up there 50 feet in the air." A person who worked the same job for another university's football team has shared his thoughts on Deadspin: "I can assure you that the attitude of football programs nationwide when it comes to this equipment is not safety first."

posted by rcade to football at 04:01 PM - 10 comments

Maurice Clarett Back in Football: ESPN catches up with Maurice Clarett, who at 26 has completed his prison sentence, re-enrolled at Ohio State and is playing for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. Clarett, who once signed autographs "The Greatest of All Time" while helping lead Ohio State to a national championship in his only college season, marvels at his past lack of humility. "I used to write that. I used to believe it, too."

posted by rcade to at 01:28 PM - 5 comments

Zenyatta Goes for 20 Saturday: The six-year-old mare Zenyatta goes for her 20th consecutive victory in the Breeders Cup Saturday at 6:45 p.m. Eastern, which is expected to be the final race in an astounding career. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime horse," said Darren Rovell. "[T]he mainstream news media have been rather late in coming to this amazing party that is Zenyatta," writes Leslie Knauf.

posted by rcade to other at 12:46 PM - 3 comments

Paul Pierce Reaches 20,000 Points: Scoring 12 of his team's 14 points in overtime, Paul Pierce made his 20,000th point during the Boston Celtics' 105-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night. He becomes the 36th NBA player to reach that milestone while scoring all of his points with the same team. Pierce said in the postgame press conference he'd wanted to leave Boston five years ago as the losses piled up. "I was a disgruntled player at the time," he said. "To still be here and to be still talking about this feat, it's an incredible moment for me."

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:03 AM - 2 comments

November 04, 2010

NCAA investigating the recruitment of Auburn's Cam Newton: The NCAA is investigating whether a representative of Cam Newton solicited money before the quarterback signed with Auburn. That quote is taken from this USA Today article which links to this statement from John Bond.

posted by NoMich to football at 09:19 PM - 19 comments

Legendary Tigers/Reds Manager Sparky Anderson dies at 76: Sparky Anderson, the all-time leader among Tigers managers in victories, visibility and inimitable quotations, died today at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 76.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 03:33 PM - 20 comments

Jeter, Yankee Contract Talks to Be 'All Business': Most believe Derek Jeter will be the Yankees starting shortstop when the 2011 season begins. But "business" could potentially get in the way of that happening.

posted by dyams to baseball at 11:29 AM - 19 comments

Colin Cowherd Shows the NBA What Offensive Really Looks Like: and gets taken down by the great Bethlehem Shoals of Free Darko.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 11:13 AM - 8 comments

Tottenham Beats Inter Milan 3-1 in Champions League: Two weeks after scoring a hat trick in a 4-3 loss to Milan, Gareth Bale had two assists in a 3-1 Tottenham win over Inter Milan in Champions League play Tuesday. Spurs move to the top of Group A with the victory, one of the biggest in team history. "We all had the belief that we could hurt Inter and we showed that," Bale said.

posted by rcade to soccer at 10:30 AM - 6 comments

Pro Rugby Player Admits 'Simulating' Dog Sex: Joel Monaghan, a Rugby League player with Australia's Canberra Raiders, has admitted that he's the player in an Internet-published photo engaged in a sex act with a dog. "Joel wants to make it clear that he was the one playing a prank on an absent team mate by simulating the act," his manager Jim Banaghan said. "It was a moment of abject stupidity brought about by too much drink and a complete lack of any thought process." The photo is described (but not shown) by the gossip site Jumping Anaconda.

posted by rcade to other at 10:20 AM - 9 comments

More Marathoners Running Barefoot: Although barefoot runners will represent a tiny number of the 43,000-plus runners in this Sunday's New York City Marathon, organizers report an increase in participants interested in the trend. "When I was growing up, I was barefoot a lot, so I could run gravel roads when I was a kid," said runner Rick Roeber.

posted by rcade to other at 08:58 AM - 0 comments

November 03, 2010

Kevin Garnett Makes 'Cancer Patient' Dig at Opponent: During last night's Celtics/Pistons game, Boston forward Kevin Garnett told Detroit player Charlie Villanueva that he looks like a "cancer patient," Villanueva claimed on Twitter. Villanueva suffers from alopecia universalis, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. "I'm pissed ... he's tossing it like it's a joke," he tweeted. "I know way 2 many people who passed away from it."

posted by rcade to basketball at 06:55 PM - 59 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19: This is it! One more week to go before we crown a champion. What was once a runaway lead has turned into a close race. Make a difference and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 06:00 PM - 21 comments

Another baseball great turns out to be human afterall: Everybody dies someday, of course, but dementia is a form of torture not only for the sick person but also for family and friends. I've always imagined it as a mental form of ALS. Contemplating Sparky Anderson losing his sharp mind ... it's quite depressing.

posted by Demophon to baseball at 02:14 PM - 0 comments

Champion Surfer Andy Irons Dies: Surfing champion Andy Irons, 32, was found dead Tuesday in a hotel room in Dallas during a layover en route to his home on Kauai, Hawaii. Irons withdrew from the Rip Curl Pro Search event in Puerto Rico Sunday due to an unspecified illness. He was the world champion from 2002-2004 and the biggest rival to nine-time champion Kelly Slater. His wife Lyndie is expecting their first child in December. Irons reportedly contracted dengue fever while in Portugal, but medical examiners also are investigating his death as a possible methadone overdose.

posted by rcade to other at 09:41 AM - 5 comments

Dwyane Wade Brings Terrifying Back: Miami Heat role player Dwyane Wade attended a Halloween party this year in whiteface, hiring a makeup artist and wearing a blond wig so he could go as Justin Timberlake. Jessica Biel not included.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:33 AM - 16 comments

November 02, 2010

Sabermetrics Comes to Soccer: The arrival of Boston Red Sox owners to Liverpool will help bring Sabermetrics further into English soccer, the Telegraph reports. "Billy Beane and I are close friends," said Damien Comolli, who used baseball as a model when recruiting players while at Tottenham. "He loves football as I love baseball. We have and are talking at length since 2006 about data application in both football and baseball."

posted by rcade to soccer at 05:53 PM - 5 comments

Does the Power Balance Wrist Band Work?: ESPN's Outside the Lines investigates whether the Power Balance Wrist Band, a band with a Mylar hologram to "optimize energy flow," actually improves an athlete's endurance, flexibility, strength and balance as advertised. More than $17 million was made last year selling the bands, which are being endorsed and worn by Shaquille O'Neal and other athletes. Exercise physiologists at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse tested the $30 bands against a 30 cent rubber wrist band on 20 student athletes. I think you know where this is going.

posted by rcade to general at 04:26 PM - 28 comments

Transgender Man Plays on Women's College Team: A guard for George Washington University's women's basketball team is a transgender man. Kye Allums, who was born female and has not undergone any hormone treatments, changed his name from Kay-Kay to Kye within the last year and was relieved not to lose his scholarship. "When people refer to me as 'girl' or 'she,' it doesn't sit well with me," Allums said. "That feeling you get when someone pisses you off, that feeling you get when your stomach gets hot and it aches, that's what it feels like. And that's how I know I'm not supposed to be a girl." On Nov. 13, he will be the first transgender person to compete in Division One college basketball, according to OutSports. Opposing fans used to taunt Allums about his masculine build, but it backfired. "I love it," he said. "It makes me feel better about myself to hear them call me a man."

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:17 AM - 11 comments

November 01, 2010

San Francisco Giants Win The World Series: ...in five games over the Texas Rangers. They won Game 5 3-1 on the strength of eight innings of three hit, 10 K pitching from Tim Lincecum and a three-run homer in the seventh inning by Edgar Renteria.

posted by boredom_08 to baseball at 11:09 PM - 29 comments

Baseball Playoffs May Add Two More Wild-Card Teams: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig gave strong hints before Sunday's World Series game that two more wild-card teams will be added to the playoffs, though not at the expense of shortening the 162-game season. "Is eight out of 30 enough? Is that fair?" he asked. "Two more would give us 10, and 10 out of 30 I still think is a rational mix."

posted by rcade to baseball at 07:35 PM - 17 comments

Vikings waive Moss: One day after Moss publicly criticized his new team and said of his old team, "I miss them guys, man. I miss the team." The Bengals now have an opportunity to complete the rare diva receiver trifecta...

posted by googly to football at 04:27 PM - 58 comments

3-5 Chargers Lead NFL in Total Offense, Defense: Although the San Diego Chargers lead the league in total offense and total defense, they have a 3-5 record. "They're dominating on the stat sheet like few teams in history ... but can barely win a game," observes Kerry J. Byrne of Sports Illustrated.

posted by rcade to football at 03:41 PM - 7 comments

PGA Golfer Given 26-Stroke Penalty: While playing a tournament in China, PGA golfer Ryuji Imada was assessed a 26-stroke penalty for moving his balls 13 times one club length (per PGA rules) instead of one scorecard length (per Asian and European leagues). He finished the first round with a 24-over-par 97. "I'm an idiot," Imada said.

posted by rcade to golf at 12:15 PM - 1 comment

Giants Take Game 4 to Move within 1 Win of World Series Crown: Twenty-one year old rookie Madison Bumgarner threw 8 innings of 3 hit ball for the win. The Rangers will now turn to Cliff Lee to try and take the series back to San Francisco.

posted by justgary to baseball at 03:16 AM - 8 comments