Archives for April 2011

April 30, 2011

Guillen Suspended for Twittering Balls and Strikes: Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for two games because he complained on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday's game for arguing balls and strikes. "This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic," Guillen tweeted. "Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium." The league forbids players and team personnel from posting to social media from 30 minutes before game time to its conclusion.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:06 PM - 3 comments

Grizzlies Kick Spurs from Playoffs: The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 99-91 in a deciding game six of their playoff series Friday night. The Grizzlies are only the second eight seed in NBA history to knock off a one seed in a seven-game playoff series. I'm not mentioning the first.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:59 AM - 3 comments

April 29, 2011

Hold that promotion?: This morning's Sun claims that current Championship leaders QPR are set to be hit with a 15-point penalty and denied automatic promotion to the Premier League for breaking third-party ownership and agent licensing rules related to the transfer of Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin in 2009. QPR only need a point from this weekend's match to seal an automatic spot; the League's decision is set to be announced next week.

posted by etagloh to soccer at 02:20 PM - 5 comments

The Problem with France's Football Team? : Too black.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 01:23 PM - 5 comments

April 28, 2011

Cam Newton First Pick in NFL Draft: In an NFL Draft that began with league Commissioner Roger Goodell receiving a hearty chorus of boos, the Carolina Panthers chose QB Cam Newton with the first pick Thursday night. Four quarterbacks were selected in the first 12 picks: Newton, Jake Locker (Titans), Blaine Gabbert (Jaguars) and Christian Ponder (Vikings).

posted by rcade to football at 11:24 PM - 15 comments

Judge Denies NFL's Request for Stay: As the NFL begins its draft tonight, the federal judge who lifted the NFL lockout two days ago has denied the league's request to put her ruling on hold, a decision that allows free agent signings and player trades to take place. Two general managers told ESPN that none will be taking place yet. "We are awaiting further word from the league," one said.

posted by rcade to football at 04:47 PM - 2 comments

Yankees Accidentally Leak Personal Info Of 20,000 Season Ticket Holders: Precisely 21,466 season ticket plans are listed in the document, representing all of the "non-premium" seats that make up the vast majority of Yankee Stadium, excluding only the suites and the first few rows in the infield. UPDATE: The Yankees have responded with this email to all season ticket subscribers. The subject line was blank.

posted by Demophon to baseball at 04:14 PM - 1 comment

Braves Pitching Coach Goes Batty: After allegedly hearing Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell make crude and homophobic comments during batting practice Saturday, a San Francisco Giants fan scolded him that kids were present. The fan, Justin Quinn, claims that McDowell responded that kids don't belong at a ballpark, then walked over with a bat and said, "How much are your teeth worth?" Quinn said, "My kids are in panic mode ... they're like grabbing onto me. I'm talking to him, trying to calm him down and the kids are screaming." The fan gave a press conference Wednesday alongside attorney Gloria Allred in which they re-enacted a sexual gesture McDowell performed with a bat.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:59 AM - 23 comments

Darnell Dockett Crushes Quarterbacks, Crushes on Oprah: Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, who once took a live shower on UStream, describes himself thusly on Twitter. Location: "SOMEWHERE STEALING CABLE!" Bio: "CEO of I don't give a f*ck records. I have a midget addiction. Charlie Sheen's my homeboy. I eat ants. I got a sex tape called Oprah on the Nine-Oh coming soon!"

posted by rcade to football at 08:58 AM - 7 comments

The Special One Loses It: A remarkable outpouring of frustration, even by his standards.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 12:52 AM - 10 comments

April 27, 2011

2011 Stanley Cup Pickem: Part Deux!: Game 7s! Overtime! Suspensions! Don Cherry jackets made from old curtains! Round 1 had everything. Get your picks in for round 2 here...

posted by MeatSaber to fantasy at 10:42 PM - 29 comments

Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award. Deservedly so. Seriously.: The amazing part is of this is not that Ron Artest won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The amazing part is he deserved it.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 03:56 PM - 3 comments

Indians Continue Surprising Start: The Cleveland Indians won their eighth home game in a row, a 9-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals that keeps them atop the AL Central with a league-best 14-8 record. "Tribe starting pitching has been nothing short of fantastic. Relief pitching has been lights out," writes Chuck Yarborough of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "Nobody -- NOBODY -- expected this."

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:19 PM - 2 comments

Peyton Manning Tanks Concussion Tests: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning says that he intentionally fails the NFL's baseline concussion tests so that it's easier to pass them after suffering a concussion. "Before the season, you have to look at 20 pictures and turn the paper over and then try to draw those 20 pictures," he told ESPN. "And they do it with words, too. Twenty words, you flip it over, and try to write those 20 words. Then, after a concussion, you take the same test and if you do worse than you did on the first test, you can't play. So I just try to do badly on the first test."

posted by rcade to football at 02:11 PM - 53 comments

Canucks Beat Blackhawks, Survive Series: A wicked wrister by left wing Alex Burrows five minutes into overtime led the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, a game 7 win in their first-round playoff series that avoided an epic collapse. The Canucks had lost 3 straight to the Blackhawks, evening the series at 3, before the win. "Obviously we didn't make it easy on ourselves," Burrows said.

posted by rcade to hockey at 08:37 AM - 6 comments

April 26, 2011

Grizzlies Push Spurs to Brink: The 8-seed Memphis Grizzlies pushed the top-seed San Antonio Spurs to the brink of elimination Monday night with a convincing 104-86 defeat on their home court Monday, taking a 3-1 lead in the series. The Grizzlies, who had an 0-12 playoff record before this postseason, were down by 2 at the half and opened the third with a 14-0 run. "Obviously, the whole team is frustrated," said Spurs guard Tony Parker. "[L]ittle the Spurs have shown during their last two games indciates that this team has the moxie needed to win a Game 6 in Memphis," observes Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:28 AM - 1 comment

The members of many collegiate women's sports teams....aren't: Aren't what? Aren't women? Aren't team members? Aren't athletes? The answer: yes.

posted by lil_brown_bat to other at 08:23 AM - 13 comments

April 25, 2011

Judge Tells NFL to End Lockout: Handing the players a significant victory, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson granted an injunction to end the NFL lockout, ruling that "the irreparable harm to the players outweighs any harm an injunction would cause the NFL." The NFL responded, "We also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans."

posted by rcade to football at 08:31 PM - 24 comments

Hornets Even Series with Lakers: New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul had 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in a 93-88 playoff victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. Their first-round playoff series returns to California tied at 2.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:14 PM - 8 comments

Berbatov to Miss Champions League Semi-Final: Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov will miss the first leg of the club's Champions League semi-final against Schalke on Tuesday because of a groin strain. Man U goes to Germany as overwhelming favorites to be at Wembley Stadium in the Champions League final May 28 against either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

posted by rcade to soccer at 01:16 PM - 1 comment

Blackhawks Force Game 7 Against Canucks: After falling down 3 games to none, the Chicago Blackhawks have evened their first-round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks to force a decisive game 7. Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo -- who was benched to start the game -- gave up a rebound goal to Blackhawks rookie Ben Smith in overtime for a 4-3 loss Sunday night.

posted by rcade to hockey at 10:33 AM - 30 comments

April 24, 2011

Play fair, run fast and smile for the camera : Why America is different: "Our sports aren't like real life because we want them to be fair."

posted by owlhouse to culture at 10:48 PM - 6 comments

Fan Catches His 4,768th Baseball: On Thursday, Zack Hample caught the first Major League home run hit by New York Mets catcher Mike Nickeas and bartered it for a chance to meet him. On the Baseball Collector blog, Hample tells the story of this encounter and how he's caught 4,768 baseballs at 48 different major league stadiums since 1990. He writes, "I told him that I'd caught a lot of baseballs, including several historic home runs, but this was the first time that a player had actually wanted one of them back." (His explanation for his hobby: "I tend to get obsessed with things, and one of them happens to be snagging baseballs at major league games. Someone has to be insane about it. Might as well be me.")

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:55 PM - 8 comments

April 23, 2011

Mavericks Blow 23-Point Lead as Blazers Even Series: After leading by 23 points with 2:49 left in the third period, the Dallas Mavericks lost 84-82 to the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night. Their playoff series returns to Dallas tied 2-all. Blazers guard Brandon Roy scored a go-ahead jumper with 39.2 seconds left and Jason Terry missed a desperation three-point heave with time running out.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:31 PM - 4 comments

Mullan Breaks Zakuani's Leg with Hard Tackle: Seattle Sounders winger Steve Zakuani suffered a fractured right tibia and fibula from a reckless tackle by Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan in the third minute of their match Friday night (video). Mullen, who earned an immediate red card, said afterwards, "It was a tackle that I've done hundreds of times and I'd probably do it again. I apologize and wish Steve a speedy recovery."

posted by rcade to soccer at 08:26 PM - 3 comments

Brandon Marshall Hospitalized After Stabbing: Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall underwent surgery early Saturday after being stabbed in the stomach by a woman. He's expected to fully recover. The Sun-Sentinel reported that his wife Michi Nogami-Marshall was arrested Friday for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

posted by rcade to football at 10:31 AM - 3 comments

Hawks Take 2-1 Lead Over Magic: The Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 88-84 Friday to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Jamal Crawford hit a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to seal the win. "I think Jamal Crawford's shot was lucky and an angel had to be sitting next to him when he let that one go," said Magic center Dwight Howard. Game 4 is Sunday in Atlanta.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:26 AM - 5 comments

April 22, 2011

Bruins-Canadiens Series Tied at 2: The Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in overtime Thursday to tie their first-round NHL playoff series at two games apiece. Michael Ryder scored the winner 1:59 into extra time. All four games in the series have been won by the visiting team. The Bruins "looked helpless in the losses on Garden ice," writes Kevin Paul Dupont in the Boston Globe. After scoring a goal, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference flipped off the Habs crowd, a gesture he attributed to a glove accident. "I was just pumping my fist," he said.

posted by rcade to hockey at 09:50 AM - 12 comments

April 21, 2011

Ryan Braun signs $105 million extension: "One of the cornerstone pledges we made when purchasing the Brewers was to build a perennially competitive team, and Ryan Braun has already shown that he is a very rare and special talent," said chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio. Elected to start in each of the last 3 All-Star Games, Braun, 27, is one of just 5 players in MLB history to hit 125 homers and post a .300 batting average over the first 4 seasons of his career (Joe DiMaggio, Chuck Klein, Albert Pujols and Ted Williams). He also currently holds the franchise's mark for highest career batting average at .308 and entered the 2011 season with 128 homers, eighth-most in major-league history by any player in his first four years.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 05:06 PM - 8 comments

New York Mets Awash in Black Ink: Artist Joe Petruccio is chronicling every game of the 2012 New York Mets season as a drawing on his blog, as he's been doing for the New York Knicks. "I create an entry after each Mets game or commentary on the crazy stuff going on around the team," he explains. In the sketch after Saturday's loss in both sides of a doubleheader to the Atlanta Braves, he wrote, "You would think it couldn't get worse." A Mets fan should know better than that.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:01 PM - 1 comment

Utah Plans Antitrust Lawsuit Against BCS: Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R) has announced that he's filing suit against the Bowl Championship Series, claiming it's "an illegal monopoly" that violates antitrust regulations -- and expects to be joined by the attorneys general in at least two other states. "This isn't about bragging rights, it isn't some kind of frivolous deal, there are serious antitrust violations that are harming taxpayer-funded institutions to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars," he said.

posted by rcade to football at 10:34 AM - 3 comments

April 20, 2011

Alleged Tree Poisoning Moron alleges he was attacked: Updyke told McKenzie exclusively that he went to the Tiger Express gas station to get a drink. When he was in the parking lot, someone attacked him and he fell to the ground. When he got up he asked a clerk for the nearest hospital and took himself to be treated.

posted by Demophon to football at 09:38 PM - 16 comments

MLB takes financial control of the Dodgers from Frank McCourt: Commissioner Bud Selig stripped Dodgers owner Frank McCourt of financial control of the club Wednesday, saying he would appoint a trustee to oversee the team's business affairs while investigating the "operations and finances of the Dodgers and related entities." Selig intervened after McCourt required a $30-million loan from Fox last week in order to meet the team's first payroll of the season.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 05:54 PM - 8 comments

Site Tracks Baseball Homer Distance: Baseball fans: Curious how far that home run went? Try HitTracker. Archives go back to 2005. The longest home run since then was in 2008 by Adam Dunn. Longest home run this season: Justin Upton. Other bombs: Josh Hamilton. Wladimir Balentien. More historic home runs here. Baseball Almanac's take on the longest home runs (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:03 PM - 1 comment

Mail Bomb Sent to Celtic Manager: Mail bombs sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two well-known supporters of the Scottish soccer club were intercepted by police. Originally thought to be fake, the devices were "capable of causing significant harm," said John Mitchell of Strathclyde police. From the AP report: "While police didn't discuss the motive behind the mail bombs, sectarian tensions in Northern Ireland and Glasgow are regularly played out between Celtic fans, who are mostly Catholic, and Rangers fans, who are mostly Protestant."

posted by rcade to soccer at 11:09 AM - 2 comments

Tiger Woods' Niece Wins ACC Championship: Cheyenne Woods, a collegiate golfer for Wake Forest who looks remarkably like her uncle Tiger, won the ACC golf championship by seven strokes Sunday. He noted her achievement on Twitter: "That's awesome, I'm so proud of her."

posted by rcade to golf at 10:30 AM - 10 comments

April 19, 2011

Steve Sabol Fighting Brain Tumor: NFL Films president Steve Sabol, 68, is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments after the discovery of a brain tumor. "This is one hell of a story," Sabol told Sports Illustrated's Peter King. "I mean, isn't it? Dad makes the Hall of Fame. Son's going to be his presenter. Son gets a brain tumor. Now the story is, Is the son going to be there? Will the son make it? What a great story this is going to be, however it turns out.'"

posted by rcade to football at 11:13 AM - 4 comments

Fans Choose Next Recipient of Madden Curse: The EA Sports fan vote to choose the NFL athlete on the cover of the videogame Madden '12 has come down to an unlikely final: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick vs. Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, a seventh round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2007 who ran for 1,177 yards and scored 13 touchdowns last season.

posted by rcade to football at 10:39 AM - 5 comments

NBC, Versus win NHL TV rights in bidding war vs. ESPN: A source with knowledge of the NBC/NHL relationship told us this morning that it's a 10-year deal.

posted by NoMich to hockey at 10:08 AM - 14 comments

Reds' Leake Arrested for Shoplifting: Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake was arrested Monday at a downtown Cincinnati Macy's department store, accused of trying to steal six T-shirts. The shirts, worth $59.88, had the tags removed by Leake and the incident was captured by security cameras, the store alleges. Leake, the team's first round draft pick in 2009, received a $2.3 million signing bonus and will earn $425,000 this season.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:58 AM - 32 comments

April 18, 2011

Thirty years ago today, the longest game in professional baseball history was started.:
"I've been watching for the bunt for 23 innings now."

posted by grum@work to extreme at 01:50 PM - 8 comments

Hornets Upset Lakers to Open Series: Chris Paul scored 15 points in the final five minutes and had 14 assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 109-100 upset victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA playoff series opener Sunday. It was the first time in 16 playoff series openers that Lakers coach Phil Jackson lost.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:07 AM - 12 comments

April 17, 2011

Man City Beats Man U to Reach FA Cup Final: Yaya Toure scored the only goal in Manchester City's defeat of local rival Manchester United Saturday and advanced to May's FA Cup final. It's the first trophy game for Man City since the 1981 FA Cup.

posted by rcade to soccer at 12:26 PM - 3 comments

Heyman: Barry Bonds Belongs in Hall of Fame: The accomplishments of Barry Bonds before he began using steroids -- which appears to have been the 2000 season -- merit his inclusion in the Baseball Hall of Fame, writes Jon Heyman, a Sports Illustrated writer and hall voter. "[T]he question voters need to ask, beyond whether a candidate ever used PEDs, is whether those drugs helped transform the player into a Hall of Famer," he argues. "[H]e was Hall worthy before he became a steroid user."

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:24 AM - 65 comments

April 16, 2011

Tarp Rolls Over Royals Groundskeeper: Kansas City Royals groundskeeper Trevor Hogan tripped and was rolled over by the 1,500-pound tarp at a game earlier this week. "I don't recommend it," said Hogan, who's now being called Speed Bump by his coworkers. "My back probably popped eight times when it rolled over me."

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:54 PM - 2 comments

Phil Hughes Put on DL with 'Dead Arm': New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes, who won 18 games for the team last season, has been placed on the disabled list after going 13.94 ERA and losing noticeable speed on his fastball. "The arm strength is not there," Hughes said Friday. "My arm feels dead."

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:21 PM - 2 comments

Entire Soccer Crowd Sings National Anthem: At the team's first-ever home Major League Soccer game Thursday, thousands of Portland Timbers fans sang the National Anthem. "Clear your throats," said a preparatory blog post on the Timbers Army site. "Drink warm tea with honey. ... Learn the words." The anthem was popular with everyone but Bob Ryan, who said on ESPN's Around the Horn that it was a "big civic joke."

posted by rcade to soccer at 11:41 AM - 7 comments

Kobe Bryant Meets His Hero: This week Kobe Bryant was starstruck in a chance meeting with Rudy Ruettiger, the inspiration for the 1993 film Rudy. Bryant said he's watched the Notre Dame football film hundreds of times since seeing it first as a high school sophomore. "You want to meet the person who's had the biggest influence on my life?" Bryant said. "That's Rudy. The real Rudy Ruettiger. ... When I saw it I told myself if I can play as hard as Rudy with the talent I have, anything's possible."

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:32 AM - 5 comments

April 15, 2011

Gators Can't Keep Their Mouths Shut: On Sunday, two Florida Gators basketball players and a team manager were arrested on theft charges in St. Augustine, Fl. Players Erik Murphy and Cody Larson allegedly broke into a car outside a restaurant with manager Joshua Adel as lookout. Murphy and Adel were caught and put in the back of a squad car, where Murphy talked at length about coming up with cover stories -- not knowing they were being recorded. Larson, who had fled, called them up and they put him on speakerphone. At one point in the 33 minutes of audio obtained by the local media, Murphy asks Adel, "Have you ever gotten arrested before?" When Adel says no, Murphy replies, "Then we could get off." Adel's response: "There's no getting off. We're not in fucking Gainesville."

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:35 PM - 7 comments

Red Sox agree with 1B Gonzalez on 7-year deal: The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on a new contract that will pay him $154 million over the next seven years

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 01:33 PM - 1 comment

‘Life coach’ gives up on QB Russell: Nearly four years after JaMarcus Russell became the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, his playing career may have completely bottomed out after “life coach” John Lucas asked Russell to leave Houston recently, two sources close to the quarterback told Yahoo! Sports.

posted by BornIcon to football at 07:38 AM - 15 comments

‘Get off my lawn!’ Bears TE Greg Olsen gets kicked off high school field: Apparently, it's tough to find a place to work out if you're an NFL player trying to stay in shape in the midst of a lockout. Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen got in a little bit of trouble with a high school near his house

posted by BornIcon to football at 07:36 AM - 1 comment

April 14, 2011

Phoenix Coyotes to Winnipeg? : Will the Coyotes finally return to an undersized MTS Centre or is Winnipeg the NHL's equivalent of San Antonio and the Alamodome? A great bargaining chip that no one really, ever wants to use?

posted by jc to hockey at 07:53 PM - 18 comments

Emotional Farewell to NBA in Sacramento: After what is likely to be the team's last game in Sacramento, Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear and analyst Jerry Reynolds could barely get through their final broadcast signoff. "There's a lot of uncertainty as we all know," Napear said as fans chanted the broadcasters' first names. "But what we do know is the love affair between this team, and this city." Sacramento Mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson is still hopeful they can convince the team not to bounce.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:52 PM - 2 comments

Bryant Fined $100,000 for Anti-Gay Slur: The NBA has fined Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant $100,000 for calling a referee a "fucking fag" (video) after he got a technical foul in a 102-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:34 AM - 46 comments

April 13, 2011

Bonds guilty on one count...: But mistrial on the other three.

posted by Bonkers to baseball at 06:03 PM - 18 comments

'Most Staggeringly Complex Steering Wheels Ever Built': German Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg explains the dials, knobs and readouts of his race car's steering wheel to Autopia. "It looks a bit more like a spaceship control pad than a steering wheel," he says.

posted by rcade to auto racing at 04:18 PM - 8 comments

Sam Fuld Blows Cycle -- by Hitting Double: On Monday night, Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Sam Fuld stepped up to bat needing just a single to complete a cycle. His team led 14-4. He ripped a hit to the left-field corner, rounded first and made it into second base safely. "I know a lot of guys who would have stopped," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "Some guys in the dugout said they would have slid into first base."

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:11 PM - 18 comments

Josh Hamilton Out 6-8 Weeks with Broken Arm: Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton broke a bone in his upper arm attempting to steal home in the 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers Tuesday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks (video). During the first inning, Hamilton was sent from third to home when the Tigers did not cover the plate fielding a foul ball. Catcher Victor Martinez beat him home with the tag. "It was just a stupid play," Hamilton said. "I definitely shouldn't have done it. ... I listened to my coach and I went."

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:12 AM - 4 comments

Historic Baseball Images :
Photos taken by Leslie Jones between 1917 and 1956. Most of these revolve around the Boston baseball teams (Red Sox and Bees/Braves).

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:37 AM - 2 comments

April 12, 2011

Iverson: 'Take The Vehicle, I Have 10 More': After his Lamborghini was pulled over in Atlanta March 30 while he was a passenger in the car, former NBA All Star Allen Iverson got into an argument with police who discovered his temporary drive out tag was fake and his tags were expired. "Take the vehicle. I have 10 more," Iverson told the officer, according to a police report. "Do you know who I am?"

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:15 PM - 13 comments

The Jets, for some reason, seem to want Randy Moss: Randy Moss, once upon a time, was the most unstoppable receiver in the NFL. Still, there's apparently a team out there that would love to have Randy wearing its uniform: It's the "no head case is too wacky for us" New York Jets.

posted by BornIcon to football at 03:34 PM - 4 comments

2011 SpoFi NHL Playoofs Confidence Pool: Pick your teams and then pick your nose for the 2011 SpoFi NHL Playoofs Confidence Pool is in town! The deadline for getting your picks in is 13 April, 7:00 PM Eastern Time. Uh, that would be for picking your teams in the confidence pool, not picking your nose. There's never a deadline for that!

posted by NoMich to fantasy at 12:53 PM - 11 comments

Free Darko Goes Dark: Free Darko calls it quits. Contributors to the irreverent basketball writing site that Brian Philips describes as "a vintage record shop that radiation turned into a grad student" talk about what Free Darko meant to them. Also, an interview with Free Darko writer and illustrator Bethlehem Shoals and Jacob Weinstein (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:59 AM - 3 comments

Judge Orders NFL, Players to Begin Mediation: A federal judge has ordered the National Football League and its players to begin mediation Thursday under the auspices of a Minnesota court -- though they can't be forced to reach an agreement. Sports business analyst Andrew Brandt compares this to "a set-up date for people with no interest in each other."

posted by rcade to football at 10:16 AM - 1 comment

April 11, 2011

The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Pickem is here!: Get your picks in early, first round starts Wednesday.

posted by MeatSaber to fantasy at 05:33 PM - 28 comments

Goalkeeper Scores on 83-Meter Kick: The goalkeeper for the second division Sport Colombia in Paraguay, Quinonez Wilson, recently scored on a free kick from a reported 83 meters over Club Cerro Porteno -- a feat being described as a new world record.

posted by rcade to soccer at 04:00 PM - 7 comments

Dallas Stars Blow Chance to Make Playoffs: After the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday, the Dallas Stars only needed to beat the roster-depleted Minnesota Wild to make the playoffs. They lost 5-3. "We have it right there, and we can't beat a team that's not even going to make the playoffs," said Stars forward Adam Burish. "It's the worst feeling ever."

posted by rcade to hockey at 03:36 PM - 7 comments

Missing: Derek Jeter's Swing: New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said he's done talking about his swing, which he retooled in the offseason after a subpar 2010. "I ain't talking about it anymore," Jeter said Saturday. "I'm good. People made so much about it. I'm fine." He's not, according to USA Today's Gabe Lacques: "Jeter is hitting .206 after nine games. Worse yet, as many observers have pointed out, it's a soft .206."

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:23 PM - 7 comments

April 10, 2011

American Buys Gunners: Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, Nuggets, Avalanche and Rapids is set to raise his stake in Arsenal Football Club to 62% - a move that would require him to make an offer for all remaining shares.

posted by Mr Bismarck to soccer at 04:48 PM - 4 comments

Ottawa Senators fire Clouston : Florida Panthers fire Peter DeBoer It didn’t take long for the axe to fall..... Just hours after Ottawa’s final game of the year, a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, Senators general manager Bryan Murray wiped the slate clean, firing head coach Cory Clouston and assistants Greg Carvel and Brad Lauer. The Panthers fired DeBoer on Sunday, one day after the team finished its 10th straight season without a playoff appearance. Florida's 72 points were worst in the Eastern Conference and the third-fewest in the 30-team NHL.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 02:33 PM - 4 comments

The Strongest Hands in the World: Nine years ago, "Big Rich" Williams was an offensive lineman projected to be a third round NFL pick with an earning potential of millions. He quit the draft and instead pursued the low-dollar, low-attention strongman sport of grip and may have the strongest hand strength of all time. "Using one hand, the men must hoist a 163-pound anvil by the horn and walk. The first few contestants can't even loosen the weight from the ground, their palms slipping uselessly as if they were tugging at a tree root," reports ESPN the Magazine. "Now it is Williams' turn. He approaches the anvil, bends, wraps his right hand around the tip and lifts. He waddles the length of the stage, turns and waddles back. He does not rush. He carries the anvil like a lunch pail. He lets it slip at 60 feet, eight inches. That nearly doubles the world record -- the one he set last year."

posted by rcade to general at 01:56 PM - 6 comments

McIlroy, 21, Leads Masters by 4 Strokes: Fourteen years after another 21-year-old became the youngest Masters champion in history, Rory McIlroy has a four-stroke lead going into today's final round. "I'm not getting ahead of myself," said McIlroy. "I know how leads can dwindle away very quickly." He's 237 days older than Tiger Woods was in 1997 when he claimed his first green jacket. Woods trails by seven shots.

posted by rcade to golf at 12:42 PM - 13 comments

April 09, 2011

Chipper Jones Gets 2,500th Hit: In a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and starting pitcher Cliff Lee, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fourth inning and a sixth inning single to reach 2,500 hits. Only five active players have more career hits. He's three RBIs from joining Eddie Murray as the only switch-hitters in Major League history with 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBIs. "It was really cool to do it Opening Night here in front of a packed house, instead of in front of 25,000 or 30,000 in midsummer when it doesn't mean all that much," he said.

posted by rcade to baseball at 04:43 PM - 6 comments

Morris Twins Leaving Kansas for NBA: Twin forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris are leaving Kansas one year early to be eligible for the NBA Draft. Marcus Morris, Big 12 player of the year, led Kansas with 17.2 points per game. Markieff Morris led the Big 12 in field goal percentage (58.9) and rebounds per game (8.3). NBADraft.Net has them projected as the 12th and 13th pick.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:46 AM - 5 comments

Swisher Slide Breaks Nishioka's Leg: A hard slide by New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher broke Minnesota Twins second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka's leg Thursday. Nishioka suffered a fractured left fibula and has been placed on the disabled list. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire defended Swisher. "That's just a good baseball slide, trying to break up a double play," he said. "There's no intent there." See the play on MLB.Com.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:50 AM - 10 comments

April 08, 2011

Pro Sports Teams Find Religion: Pro sports teams have begun offering religious themed nights in the U.S. for Christians, Jews and Mormons. People who attend the Oakland A's first Jewish Heritage Night will receive an A's yarmulke. After the Florida Marlins Inspirational Forum game, outfielder Chris Coghlan will discuss his devotion to his Christian faith. "Jesus is our rock, and every single day I go out to play for him. And to play hard," Coghlan said in a 2010 interview. "I owe that to him. He gave me the abilities to play this game."

posted by rcade to baseball at 07:15 PM - 15 comments

Manny Ramirez Retires from Baseball: Manny Ramirez has retired from baseball after being notified of an issue involving the league's drug policy. "Rather than continue with the process under the program, Ramirez has informed MLB that he is retiring as an active player," the league announced.

posted by rcade to baseball at 04:35 PM - 10 comments

CNN Sportscaster Nick Charles Facing Death: Sportscaster Nick Charles, the original sports anchor at CNN and a boxing commentator, has been fighting incurable bladder cancer since August 2009 and decided to call off chemotherapy in January. Charles, 64, has a five-year-old daughter from his third marriage and several grown children whose forgiveness he sought for the pain caused by divorce. After a chance reunion in early March with Mike Tyson, the longtime friends speak several times a week. "In the 12th round, somebody is going to raise my hand," Charles said. "I'm going to be victorious. I finally got my life right."

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

'The LeBrons' Return in Animated Series: LeBron James has launched a new animated series for kids on YouTube that brings back The LeBrons, the four versions of himself who starred in TV commercials. The first episode has a "two wrongs don't make a right" message.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:30 AM - 4 comments

April 07, 2011

Boston Red Sox off to worst start since World War II: This might not be such a big deal but it comes after an off-season where the team owners came in third in the league for payroll ($160 million). Some of that hefty payroll is heading into prize free agents Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford's pockets. These two additions led many to anoint the Sox as favorites to win 100 games and/or the World Series. So are they feeling the pressure? Are their high paid pitchers too fat and happy? Or maybe they just need a boost from good old Fenway Park where they have their first home game of the season on Friday against old pals: the New York Yankees.

posted by jeremias to baseball at 06:46 PM - 29 comments

Ben Roethlisberger Getting Married: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is getting married July 23 to Ashley Harlan, 26, a physician's assistant he met during training camp in 2005. "I'm a happier person, I'm in a happy place, but a lot of that has to do with her," he said.

posted by rcade to football at 06:07 PM - 18 comments

Report: Former Ohio State wide receiver Duron Carter to visit Alabama: Alabama is set to welcome wide receiver prospect Duron Carter for an unofficial visit this weekend. Carter, is the son of former NFL All-Pro receiver Cris Carter.

posted by Folkways to football at 01:14 PM - 0 comments

Women's Ski Jumping Added to 2014 Games: International Olympic Committee officials have added six new events to the Winter Olympic program in time for Sochi 2014, including women's ski jumping.

posted by skippy to olympics at 11:21 AM - 5 comments

The top 10 sports broadcast calls of all time.: With these broadcasts came the inevitable memorable calls by the announcers. It’s a rare skill to summarize the occasion aptly and not be overwhelmed by it. Some announcers rise to the challenge, others fall victim to it. But either way, what they said at the spur of the moment, in complete spontaneity, would be preserved for posterity.

posted by gfinsf to other at 08:36 AM - 16 comments

Taking His Talents To... Anfield?: LeBron James and the Fenway Sports Group struck a deal which makes FSG LeBron's representative around the world. In return, LeBron received a minority ownership stake of Liverpool FC. This connection is meant to expand both Liverpool and LeBron's brands across the globe.

posted by boredom_08 to soccer at 01:42 AM - 5 comments

April 06, 2011

VCU Makes Shaka Smart a Millionaire: Shaka Smart's improbable run to the Final Four has earned the Virginia Commonwealth University coach a new eight-year, $1.2 million contract from the school. The second-year, 33-year-old coach had been offered North Carolina State's head coaching job. " He exemplifies everything that is right about college athletics," said VCU athletic director Norwood Teague.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:50 PM - 5 comments

Among the Missing: whether college players appear or not, there's one draft fixture who won't be attending, scouting guru Joel Buchsbaum (from 2003).

posted by yerfatma to football at 03:00 PM - 4 comments

Poulter: Tiger Woods Won't Win Masters: Golfer Ian Poulter predicted that Tiger Woods won't finish among the leaders at the Masters. "I don't think he'll finish in the top 5," Poulter said. "The shots he was hitting at Doral, they were very inconsistent," Poulter said. "You can't afford to hit shots like that on this golf course and get away with it. I don't think you want to rely on your short game that much around this place."

posted by rcade to golf at 12:11 PM - 11 comments

'The Safety is Not the Same': Before the attack that left him in a coma with possible brain damage, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow texted relatives that the atmosphere at Dodgers Stadium was dangerous. "The safety is not the same," said his cousin John Stow. "It's definitely not the same. We knew that, Bryan knew that going into it, but I don't think he could ever imagined that it would be like this." Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers blasted owner Frank McCourt for dismissing safety concerns. He asks, "Shouldn't the Dodgers be talking their heads off about security issues, and whatever it takes to reassure fans they will have a positive experience?" The vicious assault was followed by the smallest home crowd for a weekend Dodgers game against the Giants since 2003. One hundred of Stow's colleagues will collect donations at the Giants home opener to help defray his medical expenses.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:31 AM - 20 comments

April 05, 2011

Great set of photos showcasing the culture of cricket in South Asia: : young and old, amateur and professional, prisoners and priests.

posted by rumple to other at 11:10 PM - 6 comments

First Pick in NFL Draft Wide Open: The projected top picks in this year's NFL Draft are more fluid than they've been in years, said longtime Dallas Cowboys personnel guru Gil Brandt. "I think you could name nine of the top 10 -- but I don't think you can name the order in which they'll go," he said. The Carolina Panthers hold the first pick and are reportedly considering quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton, cornerback Patrick Peterson, wide receiver A.J. Green or trading down.

posted by rcade to football at 04:55 PM - 5 comments

Kid Gives Super Bowl Ring to Refrigerator Perry: Cliff Forrest Jr., a 10-year-old sports fan from Pittsburgh, has spent $8,500 of his college savings to buy William "Refrigerator" Perry's Super Bowl ring and give it back to him. "My son said he knew he had problems," his mother Tracy explained. "He said Perry lost the ring through hard times, and that he only had one ring. He said, 'I want him to have the ring back.'"

posted by rcade to football at 03:02 PM - 14 comments

Worm's turn for Hall: Known for his wild wardrobe and bizarre behavior during his playing days, Dennis Rodman didn't disappoint at the Naismith Hall of Fame ceremony. Wearing Gucci shades, a fitted cap, a leopard scarf and designer jeans, Rodman joined Chris Mullin, Tom "Satch" Sanders, Artis Gilmore– who were all wearing suits – as the headliners for the 2011 Hall of Fame Class, who were announced at the Crown Plaza Hotel

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 11:20 AM - 4 comments

Nelson Cruz Homers in First 4 Games: Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has homered in the first four games of the season, tying a record held by Willie Mays and Mark McGwire. Sportswriter Evan Grant says the stat has been tracked since 1919. More details on Baseball Reference.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:01 AM - 29 comments

Out of Bounds: Sex and the AFL. Some thoughts on sport and its effect on men, women and our power relationships. Sample quote for US readers: “Psychiatry has not taken enough interest in jock culture as a window into other American pathologies.”

posted by owlhouse to culture at 09:59 AM - 1 comment

April 04, 2011

Fulham Fans Want Michael Jackson Statue to Beat It: Facing criticism that it makes the club a "laughingstock," the chairman of Fulham's soccer team said fans can "go to hell" if they don't like the new Michael Jackson statue he unveiled Sunday at the team's Craven Cottage stadium. "If some stupid fans don't understand and appreciate such a gift this guy gave to the world they can go to hell," said Mohammed Al Fayed, a friend of the late singer.

posted by rcade to soccer at 03:43 PM - 4 comments

Butler Meets UConn Tonight for NCAA Title: Butler, an Indianapolis university with only 4,000 students, will attempt to complete its improbable climb to an NCAA basketball championship tonight against UConn. The eight seed could become the first champ ranked that low since Villanova in 1985. UConn's Jim Calhoun, who has been coaching longer than his Butler counterpart Brad Stevens has been alive, is going for the school's third NCAA crown in 13 seasons.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:34 PM - 10 comments

Mocking ‘Family Guy’ bit works way into Mets broadcast: The New York Mets have so many problems with outside criticism that about the last thing they need is a foul-mouthed cartoon baby giving his opinion on the team.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 07:23 AM - 3 comments

No Double Dip for UConn: The 2 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team defeated the two time defending national champion Connecticut Huskies 72-63 on Sunday night to receive a place in the national championship game, in an upset much bigger than the UConn men's basketball team making it to the national championship. UConn's 2004 basketball teams will remain the only teams to win both the men's and women's national championships in the same year.

posted by boredom_08 to basketball at 01:33 AM - 5 comments

April 03, 2011

Bill James: Develop Writers Like Ballplayers: "Our society is very, very good at developing certain types of skills and certain types of genius. We are fantastically good at identifying and developing athletic skills -- better than we are, really, at almost anything else," baseball statistical guru Bill James writes in his new book Solid Fool's Gold. "We are quite good at developing and rewarding inventiveness. We are pretty good at developing the skills necessary to run a small business -- a fast food restaurant, for example. ... We are not so good at developing great writers."

posted by rcade to general at 09:36 AM - 9 comments

April 02, 2011

At Least Someone is Sitting Upfront in Yankee Stadium: Unfortunately, the MLB may ask him to leave the stadium.

posted by yerfatma to baseball at 06:05 PM - 2 comments

Giants Fan Attacked at Dodgers Stadium: After the opening day game at Dodgers Stadium Thursday, a San Francisco Giants fan was savagely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers attire outside the stadium and has been hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Bryan Stow tried to escape taunting fans and was head in the head, fell and kicked repeatedly, police said. "Everyone likes rivalries, but to me that's crossing the line," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:39 AM - 15 comments

MIT Professor Picks Red Sox over Yankees: Using quantitative models based on player analytics, MIT professor Dimitris Bertsimas predicts the Boston Red Sox will win 101 games this season, 8 more than the New York Yankees. "A player is a vector of numbers and from that, we can forecast overall team statistics," said Bertsimas, director of MIT's Operations Research Center and a Sox fan.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:33 AM - 7 comments

April 01, 2011

Crashing the Fiesta: A long investigation into the Fiesta Bowl has produced a long and damning report (link goes to long PDF) detailing a culture of corruption under CEO John Junker. The report details gifts given to lawmakers, college administrators and others to help boost the bowl's stature in college football. Among the most egregious violations concerns the practice of the bowl directing employees to make political contributions, and then reimbursing the employees, a blatant violation of campaign finance laws and regulations regarding non-profit organizations. The political fallout is spreading fast and may end up rivaling the upheaval from the AzScam scandal. Meanwhile, the Bowl Championship Series organization has announced that the Fiesta Bowl may be in jeopardy of losing its spot among the BCS bowls, but has softened its stance a little amid reports that top BCS officials were among the recipients of Fiesta Bowl gifts. BCS critics are arguing that this shows the systemic corruption present in the bowl system. Proponents of a playoff are likely going to use the report and ensuing investigations as ammunition in their battle to scrap the BCS. The report is likely to unleash a chain reaction of investigations and indictments. The NCAA is feeling pressure to investigate the entire bowl system, and they suddenly have even bigger problems on their plate. State governments will probably probe individual bowls, and Congress may decide to insert itself into the fray. With possible felonies committed, criminal cases linked to the scandal could keep this in the news for quite some time (via MetaFilter).

posted by rcade to football at 01:42 PM - 1 comment

Cal Ripken used steroids?:
While researching for an upcoming book about the life and times of American baseball hero Cal Ripken, the author (Lance Williams, previous co-author of "Game of Shadows") was forwarded medical records from a disgruntled former Orioles doctor. The information casts a dark shadow on Ripken's storybook career.
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posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:28 AM - 33 comments

Tennis Player Lobs Ball at Crying Baby: After a baby in the crowd was heard wailing during his serve at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on Wednesday, Spanish tennis player David Ferrer lost the point and then lobbed a ball into the crowd in the direction of the child (who was not hit). Ferrer went on to lose the match to Mardy Fish.

posted by rcade to tennis at 08:09 AM - 7 comments

Pennington tears ACL playing pickup basketball, career in doubt: Some guys never get hurt. Some guys are injury-prone. And then there's Chad Pennington who can't seem to make it a few months without undergoing a major health issue.

posted by BornIcon to football at 07:40 AM - 5 comments