Archives for May 2010

May 31, 2010

Marlins Sell Tickets to Guaranteed Perfect Game Night...:
...because it's already happened.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 09:09 PM - 8 comments

Own-Goals Deny Japan Historic England Win: Japan scored all three goals in their final World Cup warm-up match against Engkand. And lost 2-1. Yuji Nakazawa and Marcus 'Tulio' Tanaka both put the ball in their own net in the second half, denying the country its first-ever win over the Brits.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:12 PM - 6 comments

Zach Johnson Wins Colonial with Record Score: Zach Johnson won the Colonial in Fort Worth Sunday with a six-under 64 in the final round. His score of 21-under 259 broke the tournament record by two strokes. Five of Johnson's seven PGA Tour victories have come since he won the Masters in 2007.

posted by rcade to golf at 02:29 PM - 4 comments

Chad Ochocinco makes one young fan's dream come true: Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco(notes), formerly Chad Johnson, may have a slight strain of the diva receiver characteristic, but there's a humanity that has always separated him from the Keyshawns and T.O.s of the world

posted by gfinsf to football at 08:37 AM - 12 comments

World Cup Art.: Does exactly what it says it does.

posted by owlhouse to culture at 12:18 AM - 2 comments

May 30, 2010

Fired White Coach Sues Black University for Discrimination: Former Savannah State University football coach Robby Wells has sued Savannah State University for discrimination, alleging that the January move -- just three weeks after his contract was extended -- was due to his race. Wells' suit claims that Savannah State vice president Claud Flythe told him alumni and the public would never support a white coach with a black fiancee.

posted by rcade to at 07:55 PM - 4 comments

Raiders: Russell Owes Us $9.55 Million: The Oakland Raiders are trying to get $9.55 million back from recently released quarterback JaMarcus Russell, claiming the money was salary advances for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. "The money in question was fully guaranteed," said Russell's agent Eric Metz.

posted by rcade to football at 05:37 PM - 19 comments

Kobe leads the Lakers to the Finals: With L.A. nursing a five-point lead with 35 seconds left Bryant, wearing Grant Hill as a sweater, canned a 23-foot turnaround from almost the same spot. As Alvin Gentry stepped onto the floor to call a timeout, he patted Hill on the back and told his frustrated star good defense. Bryant stopped and fired back at Gentry, "Not quite good enough." Now it's Lakers v. Celtics in the 12th edition of one of the great rivalries in sports.

posted by cjets to basketball at 11:03 AM - 3 comments

May 29, 2010

Kendry Morales hits "carry-off" grand-slam home run:
Leaping into the crowd at home plate, Morales breaks his leg after hitting a grand-slam in the bottom of the 10th to win the game.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:39 PM - 10 comments

Roy Halladay is Perfect: Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in major league history, delivering the marquee performance of his All-Star career in a 1-0 win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday night.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 09:53 PM - 13 comments

There's Crying in Soccer: Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho was leaving the site of the Champions League final when he spotted his player Marco Materazzi "standing alone and apparently disconsolate," according to the New York Times. The video of their tearful farewell prompts the paper's Lede blog to float this theory behind Mourinho's success: "[P]layers appear desperate to do whatever it takes to win his approval, like schoolgirls fighting for an approving glance from their favorite teacher."

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:54 PM - 2 comments

Prepare for Intense Levels of Decency: Instead of kicking the shit out of a team that had just been formed out of kids who'd never played the game, didn't have a full set of equipment, and only loosely understood the rules, Roncalli High School's JV women's softball team forfeited the game in order to use the time to teach the new team how to play, then took up a collection to help them buy equipment and hooked them up with a former coach to help advise the program (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:59 PM - 3 comments

Seahawks Dump LenDale White: Only weeks after trading for him on draft day, the Seattle Seahawks have waived running back LenDale White amid reports that he's about to be suspended under the NFL drug policy. On Monday, head coach Pete Carroll said the team was being patient with White, 25. "He's got a long ways to go to get back in here with this club, but we're going to certainly wait it out and see how it does," he said.

posted by rcade to football at 02:57 PM - 0 comments

Orlando Magic lose, Boston moves on to NBA Finals: Orlando had geared up for a return to the title round, acquiring Vince Carter and 4 other players last summer. But after another 59-win season and 2 playoff series sweeps, they never recovered from stunning home losses to the Celtics in Games 1 and 2. Carter's homecoming did not go as planned. Unlike Paul Pierce, he was never a force in the series, the eight-time all-star looking ordinary at times. He scored just four of his 17 points in the second half and limped off the floor with about three minutes left, with the Magic trailing 92-76.

posted by tommytrump to basketball at 11:51 AM - 5 comments

MLB Fines Attention-Seeking Umpire Joe West: Major League Baseball umpire Joe West sent out his publicist to solicit more media coverage of his April statement that the Yankees and Red Sox speed of play was "pathetic and embarrassing," Jeff Passan reports for Yahoo Sports. On Friday the league fined West, one of its most tenured umpires and a country singer, for that move and his ejections of Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle and manager Ozzie Guillen. "I think he's too worried about promoting his CD and I think he likes seeing his name in the papers a little bit too much instead of worrying about the rules," Buehrle said.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:31 AM - 2 comments

May 28, 2010

Lakers Take 3-2 Series Lead Over Suns: Less than a minute after taking an ill-advised three pointer, Ron Artest beat the buzzer with a wild bank shot after rebounding Kobe Bryant's miss, helping the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 103-101 to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:58 PM - 1 comment

Last At-Bat Doesn't Help Home Teams: Having the last at-bat is not a statistically significant advantage in baseball, according to research by sabermetricians Theodore Turocy, Stephen Shmanske and Franklin Lowenthal. "Instead, the home-field advantage in baseball has to do with a more mundane reason: familiarity with the ballpark," the New York Times reports. "This comes through in extra-base hits."

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:59 PM - 4 comments

Columnist: 'Stars' Damages Erin Andrews' Credibility: New York Daily News columnist Joanna Malloy believes that Erin Andrews has damaged her credibility as a reporter with her skimpy attire and performances on Dancing With the Stars. "[A] journalist uncovers the facts, not her navel," Malloy writes. "Andrews is going to have to decide whether she wants to be a proper journalist or continue to be a journalistic lightweight who's light on her feet."

posted by rcade to general at 02:47 PM - 29 comments

The Knuckle Princess will maker her American pro baseball debut this Saturday: Signed with the Chico Outlaws, knuckleball pitcher Yoshida Eri will be the first woman to play pro baseball in the United States since the late 90s. The game will be streamed live.

posted by ursus_comiter to baseball at 02:20 PM - 3 comments

May 27, 2010

List: Pro Sports' Most-Losing Teams: Tampa, sad to say, is a pro sports loser. To quote Vince Lombardi "Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." ( - Slideshow) Bonus link: America's Most Miserable Sports Cities!

posted by BoKnows to general at 10:39 PM - 17 comments

UEFA sets rules to curb soccer clubs’ spending: Just in time for the World Cup, Platini pushes through what is essentially a salary cap for European clubs. Within a few years, if these rules do come into effect, the mega-million Euros transfer fees will pass into history. No more borrowing $310 million to buy the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Xabi Alonso in one Summer.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 04:29 PM - 4 comments

The Latest Controversial Ballpark Giveaway: ...the Ryan Howard Garden Gnome. Sure to scare off all varmints in your garden, as well as offend the politically correct.

posted by TheQatarian to baseball at 02:06 PM - 25 comments

Field of Schemes?: Joeurt Puk (aka Joe Cook) is the father of Cambodian baseball. In this feature by ESPN, Patrick Hruby looks into Cook's background and finds that Cook may not be the tireless philanthropist he claims to be.
Some more about Joe: - A blog comment in Cook's rambling writing style. - An LA Times feature on Cook. - A blog by Cook about Cambodia's baseball progress. - A documentary about Joe's exploits (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:41 PM - 1 comment

Danica Patrick Booed by Indy Fans: After a poor run put her in 23rd during Indianapolis 500 qualifying, Danica Patrick was booed Sunday for remarks she made during an interview broadcast over the public-address system. "I've never been bad here before. I've never been outside the top 10 on a finish or qualifying, so, it's not my fault," she said. "The car is not good."

posted by rcade to auto racing at 10:30 AM - 34 comments

Hall of Famer Bears Lineman Stan Jones Dies: Stan Jones, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman who was Pro Bowler for the Chicago Bears from 1955 through 1961, has died at age 78. Jones was once considered an oddity in the NFL for lifting weights to bulk up. "Some of my teammates thought I was nuts," he said in a 1991 interview. "Some guys figured you became so narcissistic, all you did all day was look at yourself in the mirror. Other guys were afraid you'd get muscle-bound."

posted by rcade to football at 08:45 AM - 1 comment

May 26, 2010

CFL and players reach tentative labour deal: Labour issues are rare in the CFL. In years when the two sides couldn’t get a deal done before the expiration of the previous one, they’ve operated under the terms of the old CBA until a new one was reached. Keeping games on the field is of vital importance for the league, given its teams draw a big chunk of their operating revenue from ticket sales. Two of the more contentious issues on the bargaining table were daily work hours and reducing the number of Canadian-born players teams must start.

posted by tommytrump to football at 06:04 PM - 1 comment

Where the road to the playoffs is a trail through a chain-link fence: without a diamond to call their own, the UMass Boston Beacons have nevertheless played their way into the NCAA Division 3 national championship.

posted by lil_brown_bat to baseball at 11:23 AM - 4 comments

Sevilla's Team Doctor Does Himself Brown: "Alfaro never takes off his white coat. He is so dedicated as to carry out a rectal examination in the middle of a match . . . that's a real urologist, always on call. You go up for a corner and suddenly he's checking your prostate. Not many doctors would do that."
[circa 2004]

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 08:43 AM - 6 comments

May 25, 2010

Yzerman heads south for GM post: With his resume, he could go anywhere he wanted. Tampa Bay wins.

posted by roberts to hockey at 08:43 PM - 1 comment

Meadowlands to host Super Bowl in 2014: Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

posted by kokaku to football at 08:22 PM - 62 comments

Jose Mourinho Reaching Deal to Coach Real Madrid: Jose Mourinho, hours after guiding Inter Milan to Champions League glory, will sign a four-year deal with Real Madrid worth $12.6 million a year, Spanish newspapers reported Sunday.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:04 PM - 3 comments

Texas Rangers' bankruptcy affects players most of all: The top six unsecured creditors in the Texas Rangers' bankruptcy filing are players, including Alex Rodriguez, current Rangers 3B Michael Young and, um, Mickey Tettleton.

posted by werty to baseball at 10:57 AM - 7 comments

How To Fix The World Cup.: A new book reveals where billions are gambled, matches are fixed and some end up dead.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 09:18 AM - 5 comments

May 24, 2010

What The Halak !?!? (Part 3) Revenge of the Leighton: They took their fans from coast-to-coast on an unlikely trip through the spring, past melting snowbanks, the opening of patios and pools, the first mosquitoes and through the Victoria Day weekend. What made this Canadiens run so special was that it came seemingly from nowhere, a team needing a charity point against the last-place Toronto Maple Leafs on their last night of the regular season just to make it into the playoffs. But the Montreal Canadiens aren’t going to make it to June.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 10:00 PM - 12 comments

Stanley Cup Finals Pickem 2010: Will we ever again see an all-Original 6 Finals? Will a 7-seed beat a 2-seed? Will garfield get his picks in before the Conn Smythe winner is named? Check inside to see, and make your own picks as well...

posted by MeatSaber to fantasy at 09:43 PM - 44 comments

Because there is no crying in baseball, everyone should keep it together: Dottie Kamenshek, the female baseball player who served as inspiration for Geena Davis' character in "A League Of Their Own," died of natural causes in California last Monday. She was 84.

posted by Demophon to baseball at 04:57 PM - 6 comments

The greatest 45 minutes in sports: On May 25, 1935, Ohio State's Jesse Owens set four world records in 45 minutes. The feat was so respected that the Univ. of Michigan still honors the achievement at its track.

posted by mjkredliner to general at 04:20 PM - 4 comments

NFL loses big money: The NFL's efforts to get the Supreme Court to consider it as one business instead of 32 separate businesses has failed. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the NFL teams are in competition with one another for purposes of apparel and cannot negotiate collectively to stifle competition.

posted by bperk to football at 12:41 PM - 5 comments

Windsor Spitfires win Memorial Cup: It was Windsor's second straight Memorial Cup title and they became just the eighth team in the 92-year history of the tournament to win back-to-back titles. In four tournament games, Windsor outscored the opposition 28-9 and trailed for one minute and 46 seconds in 247 and 38 seconds of action.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 10:32 AM - 2 comments

Mike Brown Fired by Cleveland Cavaliers: A report is circulating -- again -- that the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired Mike Brown. This time it's ESPN's The Magazine's Ric Bucher saying he has learned that Brown is out, despite guiding the Cavs to the NBA's best regular-season record the last the past two years.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 07:30 AM - 8 comments

May 23, 2010

Chicago Blackhawks sweep Sharks, advance to Stanley Cup Final : Dustin Byfuglien was born in March, 1985, meaning he had just celebrated his seventh birthday the last time the Chicago Blackhawks qualified for the Stanley Cup final. That was the era of Mike Keenan behind the bench, Ed Belfour in goal and Jeremy Roenick, leading the way. Chris Chelios had come over from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Denis Savard, but Steve Larmer was still around, and so was Brent Sutter, Michel Goulet and Steve Smith. Dominik Hasek was the back-up. Byfuglien was celebrating again yesterday, scoring a power play goal with only 5:55 to go in regulation to give the Blackhawks a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks and a sweep of their best-of-seven Western Conference final .

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 07:17 PM - 5 comments

Why Few Elite Athletes Become Elite Golfers: As Jerry Rice and Tony Romo become the latest to make the attempt to play high-level pro golf, the New York Times examines why so few succeed. Only three pros from other major sports have competed in the U.S. Open: NFL quarterback John Brodie, baseball outfielder Sammy Byrd and hockey player Bill Ezinicki. "Some of these guys, they don't quite understand what it's like to take it from a public course or a country club or a member-guest to the PGA Tour," said Corey Pavin. "Ego's a funny thing."

posted by rcade to golf at 07:00 PM - 4 comments

Jose Lima Passes Away: apparently of a heart attack.

posted by TheQatarian to baseball at 01:06 PM - 19 comments

Bull Gores Matador Through Mouth: At the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio was gored through the neck and out of his mouth by a bull during the San Isidro Feria. (Warning: Extremely graphic images and video.) Aparicio has been hospitalized in "very serious" condition.

posted by rcade to extreme at 12:31 PM - 6 comments

... or Is It Just Me: Hot Boxed, one man's experience at the Sauna World Champonships (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to other at 08:55 AM - 4 comments

If Troy Falls, Auburn Should Be Champs: As the college football world awaits the ultimate ruling on whether or not USC will be hit with severe NCAA penalties and, beyond that, whether those penalties will include a forfeiture of the 2004 national title, the BCS has already announced that there is a system in place to remove a title.

posted by gfinsf to football at 07:50 AM - 7 comments

May 22, 2010

Champions League has been decided: (Spoiler-free fpp) The Bernabeau was a great host to a well-played match and Howard Webb did the UK proud, not handing the game to one side with crap refereeing. Given the quantity and performances from players on both sides, Argentina and the Netherlands have to move up in World Cup forecasting.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 06:06 PM - 14 comments

Most Top Golfers Skipping Byron Nelson: Four years after the death of Byron Nelson at age 94, the Dallas golf tournament that bears his name is no longer attracting the best golfers. Only two of the top 20 have showed up this week: Hunter Mahan (No. 17), and Y. E. Yang (19).

posted by rcade to golf at 04:21 PM - 2 comments

Laviolette hasn't lost playoff magic: It's hard to believe that Flyers' coach Peter Laviolette is currently working on a seven series winning streak in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Of course, this is a streak that started in 2006 that was put on hold immediately thereafter and only continued this year.

posted by NoMich to hockey at 11:50 AM - 1 comment

May 21, 2010

Falcons want stadium: The president of the Atlanta Falcons said the franchise wants a new open-air stadium by the middle of the decade. Their current home, the Georgia Dome, opened in 1992.

posted by jjzucal to football at 09:20 PM - 5 comments

Gooaaaal: Write The Future -- A three minute long Nike World Cup ad (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:28 PM - 7 comments

Sixers Hire Doug Collins as Head Coach: The Philadelphia 76ers have hired TNT analyst Doug Collins as their new head coach. Collins, the previous coach of the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards, last led an NBA team in 2003. The 58-year-old was the first overall pick of the Sixers in the 1973 NBA Draft.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:01 PM - 3 comments

Nolan Ryan's Crusade: When Nolan Ryan says pitchers can throw more, he speaks from experience: In 1989, at age 42, he threw 166 pitches for Texas in a loss to the Royals. It's the second-highest total by a nonknuckleballer since STATS LLC began tracking pitches in 1988.

posted by mjkredliner to baseball at 12:10 PM - 14 comments

Sports Illustrated Writer Ron Fimrite Dies: Ron Fimrite, a Sports Illustrated writer of 34 years described as a "bon vivant" and "stylish sportswriter," has died at age 79. Fimrite specialized in "profiling athletic greats who had dropped off the radar of modern day readers," writes Doug Moe. Moe cites his pieces on Hobey Baker (1991), Walter Hagen (1989) and Max Baer (1978), all of which can be read in the SI vault. As a child hounded by his dad to get autographs -- in spite of being deathly afraid of famous athletes -- Fimrite once had Baer sit in his lap as a gag at the Oakland Oaks ballpark. "I sat there mortified beneath the old fighter, scarlet features obscured by Baer's massive torso," he wrote. "As I remember, he wrote something like 'Good luck to a swell kid -- Max Baer.' ... my first and last autograph."

posted by rcade to general at 08:58 AM - 2 comments

Wizards Win No. 1 Draft Pick in Lottery: The Washington Wizards won the draft lottery earlier this week, moving up from the No. 5 spot to earn the top pick in next month's draft. The Philadelphia 76ers moved up from the sixth spot to grab the second pick. New New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was on hand to see the team with the most chances fall to third.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:23 AM - 4 comments

May 20, 2010

Cardinals' Dockett Takes Shower on Live Webcam: Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has apologized for posting an online streaming video on UStream of him taking a shower to win a $1,000 bet. "Obviously we weren't real excited when it came out," said Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Screen captures (NSFW) show Dockett clad only in tattoos and a hand towel. "NO MEN ALLOWED," he posted on Twitter beforehand.

posted by rcade to football at 05:41 PM - 5 comments

Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect. Five minute slideshow with audio from the BBC of historical images to coincide with an exhibition at Lords on the linked histories of the two bat and ball sports (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to other at 03:02 PM - 2 comments

Floyd Landis admits to doping.: "Nearly four years after he began waging a costly, draining and ultimately losing battle to discredit his positive test for synthetic testosterone at the 2006 Tour de France, Floyd Landis told on Wednesday that he used performance-enhancing drugs for most of his career as a professional road cyclist, including for the race whose title he briefly held."

posted by apoch to other at 04:55 AM - 25 comments

May 19, 2010

If You Thought The Logo Was Bad...: London has unveiled the official mascots for the 2012 Olympics.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to olympics at 10:21 PM - 31 comments

The World Cup Antidote?: Portraits of real life footballers.

posted by owlhouse to culture at 09:47 PM - 1 comment

When Firing The Coach Isn't Enough: Apparently, in Turkish soccer you fire the stadium. As in set it on fire.

posted by TheQatarian to soccer at 04:04 PM - 0 comments

13 Year-Old's Everest Quest : Thirteen year-old Jordan Romero, who has summited the highest peak on 5 of 7 continents, is currently in the process of making an attempt at the summit of Everest, an attempt that has set off some debate in the climbing community.

posted by holden to extreme at 02:24 PM - 21 comments

Jets-Pats tape lawsuit rejected: In a follow-up to an earlier post, a federal appeals court upholds the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking damages for claims the New England Patriots' secret taping of New York Jets' signals affected game outcomes.

posted by jjzucal to football at 02:21 PM - 0 comments

Mets Call Up Knuckleballer R. A. Dickey: R. A. Dickey, a pitcher who learned the knuckleball with the help of Charlie Hough, makes his first start tonight for the New York Mets against the Washington Nationals. Like most knuckleheads, Dickey had an unusual path to picking it up. He was a 1996 Texas Rangers prospect who was about to sign his first contract for $810,000 when a doctor saw a Baseball America cover photo of him holding his arm oddly. A medical exam revealed he has no ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, the one replaced during Tommy John surgery, and reduced his deal to $75,000.

posted by rcade to baseball at 01:58 PM - 6 comments

Lance Armstrong: 'I Have Doubts': Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, in the second year of his attempted comeback and 38 years old, is losing his mojo. "I am a rider that a lot of times hasn't had a lot of doubts," he said. "And sometimes, there are days I have doubts, to be honest."

posted by rcade to other at 08:23 AM - 3 comments

Boston Puts Orlando in 2-0 Hole: The Boston Celtics beat the Orlando Magic 95-92 on the road Tuesday night and are taking home a 2-0 lead in their NBA Eastern Conference finals series. Paul Pierce scored 28 points and Rajon Rondo had 25 for the Celtics. Dwight Howard scored 30 in a losing effort.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:20 AM - 11 comments

May 18, 2010

New Film Stars Eric Cantona as a Hallucination: The new movie Looking for Eric features soccer star Eric Cantona playing himself as a hallucination of the film's protagonist, a middle-aged postal worker in sore need of an imaginary friend. "Mr. Cantona shows up from time to time in Eric's bedroom, where the two men drink wine, smoke a little grass and exchange philosophical insights," New York Times film critic A.O. Scott writes.

posted by rcade to soccer at 04:02 PM - 6 comments

Hanley benched for lack of hustle: But he's not apologizing: "We got a lot of people dogging it after ground balls. They don't apologize."

posted by justgary to baseball at 01:29 PM - 15 comments

Tyson Gay Breaks 200 Meter Record: At the Great City Games in England, American sprinter Tyson Gay ran the straight-track 200 meters in 19.41 seconds Saturday, breaking an unofficial 44-year-old record set by Tommie Smith in 1966 by 0.09 seconds.

posted by rcade to olympics at 12:56 PM - 10 comments

Speaking of Baseball...: In light of recent events, here is Ernie Harwell's HOF speech, complete with his poem about baseball. A good read.

posted by roberts to baseball at 07:45 AM - 1 comment

2-Year-Old Girl Catches 20 Lb Muskie With Barbie Fishing Pole: Not your everyday fish story when you have a muskie, a two-year-old girl and a Barbie fishing pole.

posted by irunfromclones to extreme at 12:20 AM - 10 comments

May 17, 2010

How Good is Rajon Rondo?: Charlie Pierce thinks he's tops. Whether you agree or not, worth reading the first paragraph destruction of Skip Bayless.

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 03:33 PM - 11 comments

Pudge Playing to Reach 3,000 Hits: Although he's 38, Washington Nationals catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez wants to play another four years so that he can reach 3,000 hits, a milestone currently 253 hits away. He would be the first full-time catcher to reach the mark. "I'm not old," he said. "Thirty-eight is not a lot."

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:39 PM - 9 comments

CFLers’ work is never done: ....for most Canadian Football League players, there’s nothing off about the off-season. With teams paying an average salary of about $60,000 a year, most players want or have to augment that with another job. “We’re not getting paid millions of dollars, so it’s important to have a second career to go to,” says Mike Bradwell (Toronto Argonaut receiver), who graduated from McMaster University last year with a degree in civil engineering.

posted by tommytrump to football at 12:29 PM - 4 comments

The World Cup and Economics 2010: - Let your inner economist geek out with Goldman Sachs' 69-page analysis of the upcoming World Cup. Check out how they did with their predictions in 2006[.pdf] and an extract[.pdf] from their efforts in 2002. Check out the competition from UBS[.pdf]. Then have a quiet sit-down in a darkened room for half an hour.

posted by JJ to soccer at 11:59 AM - 2 comments

Rivera Gives Up First Grand Slam in 8 Years: After walking in a run for the first time since 2005, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera gave up a grand slam home run to Minnesota Twins outfielder Jason Kubel in a 6-3 loss Saturday. "Throw your pitch and sometimes they are going to hit it," Rivera said.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:48 AM - 14 comments

Reds Edge Cardinals in Civil Rights Game: The Cincinnati Reds defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 in the second annual Civil Rights Game held during baseball's regular season. The game, begun in 2007 during spring training to "embrace baseball's history of African-American players," has been expanded to cover all those who champion equality in sports. Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Billie Jean King and Harry Belafonte were on hand to see the teams play in 1947 caps and uniforms, noting the year baseball's color line was broken. Banks threw the first pitch to Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, the only black starting player in either lineup.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:13 AM - 0 comments

Will Altitude Be Factor at World Cup?: Seven of the 10 World Cup soccer stadiums in South Africa are at elevations higher than 2,100 feet, raising the issue of whether altitude will be a factor. The United States will play its first-round games at Rustenburg (4,920 feet), Johannesburg (5,750 feet) and Pretoria (3,981 feet) but will be preparing for the tournament on the East Coast at sea level. "Hard work is best accomplished without being at altitude," said U.S. coach Bob Bradley. "You need to be at levels where you can push it and recover properly."

posted by rcade to soccer at 08:34 AM - 7 comments

May 16, 2010

Georgia Teen Dies After Collision at First Base: A 15-year-old Georgia teen covering first base died after colliding with a runner as he waited to catch a throw Saturday during a game in Jacksonville, Fla. Andrew Cohn of St. Mary, Ga., collapsed after the collision and later died at Shands Jacksonville hospital. "The throw was such that it pulled him off the base and into the baseline where the runner is entitled to run," said his father Harold Cohn.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:47 PM - 5 comments

Mariners Boycott Reporter After Griffey Caught Napping: The Seattle Mariners are refusing to give any interviews in the presence of Tacoma News Tribune team beat writer Larry LaRue, who explained last week why Ken Griffey Jr. was unavailable to pinch hit in one game: "He was asleep in the clubhouse," an unnamed player told LaRue. "He'd gone back about the fifth inning to get a jacket and didn't come back. I went back in about the seventh inning -- and he was in his chair, sound asleep." The newspaper stands behind the story, but LaRue regrets not speaking to Griffey before it ran -- and the way Junior's storybook career is wrapping up. "I wish Junior’s career was ending the way his season ended last year, when he was helping more and when his teammates carried him around the field after the last home game of the season. That’s the way he deserves to go out."

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:27 AM - 6 comments

People Will Come: If you buy it, people will come. The property from the movie The Field of Dreams is for sale. You could own a 193 acre farm, along with a baseball field, and a tourist destination that gets approximately 65,000 visitors annually. The current owners even have permission from Universal to sell memorabilia. Along with ownership of the property comes ownership of the Field of Dreams site. The asking price is $5.4 million (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:22 AM - 7 comments

McNabb Apologizes to Philly for Not Winning Super Bowl: "I look back -- the things that I set out that I wanted to accomplish and bring back to Philadelphia I wasn't able to, and I apologize more than anything to the people of Philadelphia, not bringing that Super Bowl to them." -- Donovan McNabb

posted by rcade to football at 08:16 AM - 7 comments

May 15, 2010

Rice Disqualified from Nationwide Event: Jerry Rice was disqualified from the Nationwide Tour event Friday because his caddie used a range-finding scope to check yardages. Rice, who shot the highest round Thursday in the 18-year history of the BMW Charity Pro-Am, said this is probably his last Nationwide event. "I can't commit to golf the way I want to," he said.

posted by rcade to golf at 07:06 PM - 4 comments

US Bids for World Cup in 2018, 2022: The United States soccer federation has made its case to FIFA for why it should be awarded soccer's World Cup in either 2018 or 2022 when the group picks sites in December. "On a technical basis, our bid far exceeds the standards set by FIFA," said federation president Sunil Gulati.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:39 PM - 13 comments

Columnist: Greed Fuels College Football Realignment: The Football Bowl Subdivision is the most inequitable sport in the world, writes Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette. "College fraud-ball at its highest level is so imbalanced and punctuated by greed, it'd be better off forming four 16-team super conferences and let whichever schools get left out play for a separate national championship. In a perfect world, those 64 big-boy schools could only play each other."

posted by rcade to football at 05:13 PM - 3 comments

May 14, 2010

Too many men, too few goals sinks Bruins (The Sequel): The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a couple of 3-0 deficits to finish off the Boston Bruins. For the Bruins, the season will be remembered for the colossal collapse. They're only the third team in NHL history to lose a series after winning the first three games. The only other teams to win a series after trailing 3-0 were the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, who beat Detroit, and the 1975 New York Islanders, who eliminated Pittsburgh. The other 159 teams that won the first three games in a series all won them.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 10:17 PM - 17 comments

2010 NHL Playoff Pickem Round 3: Wow, who knew they seeded the teams in the East backward? Get you picks in...

posted by MeatSaber to fantasy at 09:44 PM - 28 comments

Mike Woodson fired as Atlanta Hawks head coach: Woodson coached the Hawks for six seasons. The team improved its record in each of the last five years, including a 53-29 record this season that was fifth-best in franchise history, but GM Rick Sund decided the team needs a new leader. “It was a hard decision,” Sund said. “When I analyzed and looked at it, I went round and round. Finally I think it got to the situation where the compelling thought is, ‘Maybe change is good for everybody.’ That happens quite a bit in the NBA. Maybe the players need to hear another voice, and maybe Mike needs to talk to another group.”

posted by tommytrump to basketball at 07:57 PM - 2 comments

Tim Wakefield Gets 2,000th Strikeout: Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield recorded his 2,000th career strikeout in Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Wakefield fanned Vernon Wells and was saluted with a standing ovation. Wakefield, 43, joins Jamie Moyer (2,362), Javier Vazquez (2,280) and Andy Pettitte (2,177) as the only active pitchers to reach that milestone.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:38 PM - 12 comments

Royals fire Hillman, select Yost as replacement: There is a certain star-crossed irony that Trey Hillman’s tenure as the Royals’ manager came to an end Thursday afternoon after his club showed the sort of clutch hitting and competent bullpen work that it so often lacked. Former Milwaukee manager Ned Yost replaced Hillman effective immediately and will serve for the remainder of the season.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 05:14 PM - 7 comments

Bike Race Bib-Swappers Charged with Felony: After an injured mountain biker racer traded her non-transferable entry bib with another racer in a Leadville, Colo., race, local district attorney Mark Hurlbert charged both women with felony criminal impersonation. "We were looking at the laws, and this was the only crime that was a fit," said Hurlbert. "That doesn't mean they will be convicted of a felony." He's also the prosecutor who pursued a rape case against Kobe Bryant.

posted by rcade to general at 04:18 PM - 17 comments

Comcast Adds ESPN 3-D Channel: Comcast will start carrying the ESPN 3-D cable channel in June, making it the first cable company to sign on. In March, satellite provider DirecTV said it would carry the channel. ESPN 3-D will feature live sporting games, starting with the June 11 FIFA World Cup match that pits South Africa against Mexico, and also feature games from the NBA and college football and basketball. The channel requires 3-D TV sets.

posted by rcade to general at 03:02 PM - 0 comments

Stephen Strasburg Throws 6 No-Hit Innings in Triple A: Stephen Strasburg threw six no-hit innings for the Triple A Syracuse Chiefs Wednesday night, inching closer to his major league debut for the Washington Nationals. How good is he? "Since I was 5 years old I've played this game (and) I've never seen anything like this -- nothing close," Curt Schilling wrote for ESPN. "Not at that age, that polished."

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:48 AM - 20 comments

May 13, 2010

Final: Celtics 94, Cavaliers 85: Forget LeBron James. His season is done.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 11:20 PM - 41 comments

The Players Won't Be the Only Ones Scoring at the World Cup: Despite the link title, this is a very serious problem. I pulled liberty in Kenya some years ago, and we were warned that the HIV rate among prostitutes there was as high as 90%. Add to this the victimization of the women, and you have a first-rate disaster on your hands.

posted by Howard_T to soccer at 02:46 PM - 2 comments

Bengie Molina's Quick to Take Offense at ESPN: San Francisco GIants catcher Bengie Molina is angry about an ESPN SportsCenter segment that set his recent unsuccessful run from second to home plate to the theme from Chariots of Fire. "Look, you can say I'm the slowest guy in baseball or in all of sports or in the entire world," Molina wrote on his blog. "I don't take issue with that because I AM the slowest guy. I have always been the slowest guy. I can't challenge that criticism. But ESPN's intention was not to criticize but to humiliate. ... I would like those people at ESPN who, from a safe distance, make fun of players for a cheap laugh, to remember that players are actual people. With wives and mothers and fathers and children and brothers and sisters. My mother saw the clip."

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:14 PM - 18 comments

Two Rules for Dealing with Bernie Carbo: Don't Throw Slop, Don't Testify Against Him: Or he will hit a home run. Or have your arms broken. If I had a spare two grand laying around, I'd call Bernie's friends to see if we could stop those Just for Men ads.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 02:10 PM - 1 comment

College Infielder Hits in 42 Straight Games: Garrett Wittels, a Florida International University infielder, has extended his hitting streak to 42 games -- fourth-place all-time in college with Robin Ventura (58 in 1987), Phil Stephenson (47 in 1981), Roger Schmuck (45 in 1971) and Chuck Abbott (42 in 1996).

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:08 AM - 3 comments

May 12, 2010

What The Halak !?!? (The Sequel): Habs end Penguins' reign as Stanley Cup champions with 5-2 victory in Game 7 to move on to Eastern Conference final

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 09:55 PM - 24 comments

Eastern Oregon Player Dies After Spring Game: Eastern Oregon officials say wide receiver Dylan Steigers has died of injuries suffered during the team's spring football game. Steigers took a blow to the head late in Saturday's scrimmage. He walked off the field, but later vomited on the sidelines, a sign of concussion. Steigers, 21, had a two-year-old daughter.

posted by rcade to football at 05:34 PM - 1 comment

Cavaliers Lose By 32 to Celtics in Game 5: The Cleveland Cavaliers lost 120-88 to the Boston Celtics in game 5 of their NBA playoff series Tuesday night. "James looked as if he wanted to be just about anywhere else, including perhaps Guantanamo," writes Lynn Zinser of the New York Times.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:34 PM - 15 comments

High School hoops player found to be 22 year old: Sixteen year old Jerry Joseph averaged more than 20 points over the last nine games of the season on the way to being named the District 2-5A Newcomer of the Year, but it was 22 year old Guerdwich Montimere making the shots.

posted by irunfromclones to basketball at 02:54 PM - 2 comments

"I know a lot of rules and regulations.": A high school league championship in track and field was decided on a points deduction when Coach Mike Knowles spotted Robin Laird breaking the rules. Her infraction: wearing a friendship bracelet. Her pole vault would have helped her team win the meet, but she was disqualified. Knowles's team took home the trophy.

posted by Uncle Toby to general at 09:12 AM - 35 comments

Ballad of a South African Football Fan: 16 years after the end of apartheid in South Africa and one month before the first ever World Cup to be held in Africa begins, Raymond Whitaker writes about his memories of football (not rugby) in South Africa in the 60s and 70s. As a young white who yearned for the barriers of apartheid to be demolished, I was overwhelmed. For the first time in my life in South Africa, white and black people were hoarse with mutual joy, chanting "Jo-mo! Jo-mo!" All the restrictions and suspicions of South African life were forgotten for a couple of hours; instead we saw what was possible when everybody had a common purpose. But look at that date again. It was exactly three months before June 16th 1976, when police opened fire on black students in Soweto -- another event I witnessed -- and an uprising began that did not cease until Nelson Mandela was free. Clint Eastwood's recent film "Invictus" suggests that the 1995 rugby World Cup final was the game that united black and white South Africans, but at the Rand Stadium on that March night we glimpsed what took the best part of two more decades to come to pass. Never was a game more beautiful: it still chokes me up to think of it (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to soccer at 08:46 AM - 1 comment

May 11, 2010

Britain's football secrecy league: "[Christian Aid] discovered that a total of 14 English Premier League members and a further five in the Championship, together with one in League One and two in the Scottish League, are now based offshore." The full report (PDF)

posted by kokaku to soccer at 04:35 PM - 5 comments

Roy's Return Removed:
The much-anticipated return of Roy Halladay to Toronto (in a Phillies uniform) has been taken away from Toronto. Fears of problems from the G20 summit that week has given MLB the idea of moving the series to Philadelphia instead.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 03:26 PM - 24 comments

That's just Manny being Congressman Manny.: Manny Pacquiao has won his bid for election Congress in the Phillipines.

posted by Ufez Jones to boxing at 01:30 PM - 4 comments

12 Year Old Cashes in PBA Event: Kamron Doyle, 12, is the youngest to cash in a PBA event. After reading what this kid has done, I think my bowling equipment is going on Ebay tomorrow. Congratulations Kamron.

posted by dbt302 to other at 12:27 PM - 0 comments

Tiger woods loses his swing coach: Tiger Woods' troubled career took another blow Monday, when one of his coaches said he would no longer be working with golf's No. 1 player

posted by roberts to golf at 06:49 AM - 9 comments

May 10, 2010

LPGA Golfer Erica Blasberg Dies: Erica Blasberg, a 25-year-old LPGA golfer who turned pro six years ago, was found dead at her Henderson, Nev., home Sunday. The cause is under investigation. A 1999 profile of Blasberg from the Press-Enterprise describes her as a woman "raised to play golf."

posted by rcade to golf at 08:11 PM - 9 comments

AP Strips Brian Cushing's Rookie Award: Associated Press decided today to remove the Defensive Rookie of the Year award given to Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, who has been suspended four games in 2010 for violating the league's drug policy by failing a test for a performance-enhancing drug. A new vote will be held.

posted by rcade to football at 03:11 PM - 12 comments

High School Hires Female Football Coach: The new head football coach at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Washington, D.C., is Natalie Randolph, a former semipro football player with the D.C. Divas in the Independent Women's Football League. "When we heard that Ms. Randolph was the new coach, a lot of us thought it was a joke," said player Daniel West. "I was like, 'Ms. Randolph? The science teacher here? No way.'"

posted by rcade to football at 03:01 PM - 12 comments

Goooaaal! Goooaaal! Goooaaal! Goooaaal! Goooaaal!: Last Wednesday, Hibernian and Motherwell played their penultimate game in the Scottish Premier League. It ended in a 6-6 draw, equalling the record for the highest score draw in the history of professional football. (YT highlights for those who can't get iPlayer.) Although there aren't perfect records for professional matches worldwide, it's believed that this is only the second match ever with this scoreline, with the previous 6-6 score coming in a Belgian match between Genk and Westerlo (warning: terrible Eurohouse). This previous game, however, was a much dirtier affair, with four sendings-off and five penalties. The Hibees and the Well played relatively clean, with no goals scored from penalties and no red cards. Motherwell miraculously came back from four goals down, with a spectacular equaliser in injury time stunning the commentator. Scotland has a history with high-scoring football games; the highest-scoring professional football match in history took place in Arbroath in 1885 - hilariously, the second-highest scoring match took place on the same day, 18 miles away. Australia are the proud holders of the record for biggest win in international football, but perhaps the strangest record goes to the Madagascan club AS Adema, who have the largest winning margin in senior football, 149-0 against Stade Olympique L'Emyrne. Unfortunately they can take little credit for it: their opponents scored 149 own goals (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to soccer at 03:00 PM - 4 comments

Steve Nash: only needs one eye to sweep the Spurs.

posted by DrJohnEvans to basketball at 11:01 AM - 2 comments

Chelsea win the Premier League: ... in a bulldozing of Wigan Athletic on the last day of the season. The title could still have fallen to Manchester United had Chelsea drawn or lost against Wigan, who beat Chelsea 3-1 in September, but Chelsea allowed no questions in an 8-0 obliteration of Wigan, raising their total goals for the season to a stunning 103. Manchester United took second with a 4-0 victory against Stoke City, and Arsenal confirmed third place with a 4-0 win against Fulham, who are preparing for the Europa League final on Wednesday. Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur take England's four UEFA Champions League spots. On the bottom of the table, Hull City, Burnley, and Portsmouth go down to the Championship. The final table

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 12:28 AM - 13 comments

May 09, 2010

Tiger withdraws, may have bulging disk: Tiger Woods withdrew from The Players Championship on Sunday with an injury that he fears might be a bulging disk in his upper back.

posted by dviking to golf at 07:18 PM - 15 comments

Athletics' Dallas Braden throws perfect game against Tampa Bay Rays: Perhaps Dallas Braden is the type of guy who just needs to rile himself up in order to succeed.

posted by cjets to baseball at 06:29 PM - 60 comments

May 08, 2010

Starlin Castro Begins Cubs Career with 6-RBI Game: In his first game since being called up from Double A, Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat and had six RBIs in the team's 14-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Castro, 20, is the youngest shortstop in Cubs history.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:20 PM - 3 comments

Red Sox Nation Grumbles Like an Entitled Empire: Has "creeping Yankeeosis has spread to Red Sox Nation?"

posted by cjets to baseball at 12:42 PM - 10 comments

Moyer keeps on rolling.:
Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher (over 47 years old) to throw a complete game shutout.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 01:59 AM - 5 comments

May 07, 2010

Couple Parks on TPC Sawgrass 8th Green: A Jacksonville, Florida, couple parked their Pontiac G6 Coupe Thursday night on the eighth green of the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, the site of this week's Players Championship.

posted by rcade to golf at 05:45 PM - 13 comments

Texas High School Player May Be 22-year-old with Alias: Jerry Joseph, a promising 16-year-old sophomore basketball player at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, might actually be Guerdwich Montimere, a 22-year-old who helped lead a Florida high school to the state semifinals and was a McDonald's All American.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:10 PM - 2 comments

Pacman Jones Signs 2-Year Deal with Bengals: After being out of football since the 2008 season, Adam "Pacman" Jones agreed to a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.

posted by rcade to football at 02:41 PM - 5 comments

May 06, 2010

Weird Baseball Contract Clauses: Hey, New York Mets fans, think things couldn't get any worse? Next year former outfielder Bobby Bonilla goes back on the payroll at the ripe old age of 48.

posted by DudeDykstra to baseball at 08:18 PM - 2 comments

Raiders release former No. 1 overall pick Russell: Russell has been paid more than $5 million per win, more than $2 million per touchdown pass and more than $100,000 per completion. Russell, who won only seven of his 25 starts, will now likely be considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 06:16 PM - 17 comments

Springfield College Student Pitches Scoreless Inning. At Age 58: "When workouts began, he toiled intensely with everyone else. He woke up each day before dawn, exhausted and sore, and collapsed into bed at night even more so. 'Driving home, it hurt to push the gas, push the brake, push the clutch, even grab the steering wheel,'' he recalled. 'Other than that, I felt great.''"

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 01:03 PM - 2 comments

Ex-NFL Great Lawrence Taylor Arrested: Former New York Giants star Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday morning in connection with a rape investigation involving a 15-year-old girl at a Rockland County, N.Y., hotel, authorities said.

posted by texpat to football at 11:56 AM - 25 comments

Golfer's honorable loss.: A golfer shanks to allow another to win a spot.

posted by bobfoot to other at 12:32 AM - 23 comments

May 05, 2010


posted by cjets to football at 11:46 AM - 9 comments

May 04, 2010

Phoenix to wear 'Los Suns' jerseys for Game 2 vs. Spurs: The Phoenix Suns made a bold statement Tuesday denouncing the controversial new immigration bill that recently was signed into law, and widespread reaction has followed. Managing Partner Robert Sarver decided - with unanimous support from his players - that the Suns would wear their "Los Suns" jerseys in recognition of playing Game 2 against San Antonio on Cinco de Mayo. He also addressed the immigration bill that has been a divisive national topic since Gov. Jan Brewer enacted it into law April 23. "It's a clear-cut issue for me," said Steve Nash, the South African-born Canadian who is one of three foreigners on the Suns roster along with Brazil's Leandro Barbosa and Slovenia's Goran Dragic. "I don't agree with this bill. I don't agree with the spirit of the bill or the message it sends, not only to people in our community but how it represents our community across the country and the world.

posted by tommytrump to culture at 10:41 PM - 113 comments

Ernie Harwell dies: Longtime Detroit Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at age 92 after battling cancer.

posted by jjzucal to baseball at 08:31 PM - 20 comments

The Browns turn to YouTube to find able-bodied football players: He found a fellow named Joel Reinders, a strapping, 6'7", 320-lb. Canadian gent with a handlebar mustache who happens to play a little offensive tackle.

posted by gfinsf to football at 08:26 AM - 2 comments

Phillies fan tasered after running onto field: A police officer used a Taser gun to apprehend a fan who ran onto the field during a Phillies game Monday night, and the team and the police are investigating whether it was an appropriate use of force.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 08:19 AM - 74 comments

May 03, 2010

John Calipari's team isn't very bright: A number of schools released their athletic team's GPA's, and John Calipari's Kentucky basketball team didn't do so well. Their cumulative GPA was the worst among the athletic teams at UK, worst among the 9 SEC teams that released their GPA's, and worst compared to Louisville, Duke and Kansas. Considering his history, this can't reflect well on Coach Cal.

posted by cletus7777 to basketball at 12:41 PM - 9 comments

May 02, 2010

May 01, 2010