Archives for June 2012

June 30, 2012

Goodell lays down rules for team relocation to LA: Teams listed as in the relocation mix now are the Jaguars, Chargers, Raiders/Bills (depending on the LA Times or ESPN) and St. Louis Rams.

posted by roberts to football at 07:03 AM - 6 comments

June 29, 2012

Nadal Knocked Out of Wimbledon: The 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol sent Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon Thursday in a shocking second-round upset, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Nadal had never lost a grand slam match to a foe ranked 70th or higher. Between games in the third set, Nadal bumped Rosol. Asked what his goal had been going into the match, Rosol said, "Just don't lose 6-0, 6-1, 6-1."

posted by rcade to tennis at 01:05 PM - 3 comments

June 28, 2012

2 Balotelli Goals Send Italy Into Finals: Goals by Italian striker Mario Balotelli in the 20th and 36th minute helped Italy shock Germany 2-1 in the Euro 2012 semi-finals and advance to the final against Spain Sunday. A Mesut Oezil goal in added time brought Germany within one, but Italy held off their frantic comeback attempt over the final two minutes. "The German defense had appeared breachable at times during the Euro, but it took Balotelli's power, speed and skill to expose it," writes Grant Wahl.

posted by rcade to soccer at 05:36 PM - 19 comments

June 27, 2012

Spain Beats Portugal, Advances to Euro Final: Spain has reached the Euro 2012 final, defeating Portugal 0-0 (4-2) on penalty kicks -- with Cristiano Ronaldo never getting to kick because he was set to go fifth. Cesc Fabregas scored the winning penalty for Spain after Bruno Alves clanked one off the bar. Eurosport called it "a game that resolutely refused to catch fire."

posted by rcade to soccer at 05:49 PM - 5 comments

Watching Baseball With People Who Hate Baseball: 5 Steps to Miserable Solitude.

posted by DrJohnEvans to baseball at 08:26 AM - 5 comments

June 26, 2012

Hockey HoF Selects 4: Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic, and Matts Sundin are the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Sakic and Sundin were in their first year of eligibility, while Bure waited 6 years. For Oates, who was in his 5th year of eligibility, it was quite a day, as he was named head coach of the Washington Capitols shortly before his selection to the Hall.

posted by Howard_T to hockey at 09:03 PM - 14 comments

The college football playoff is a go: The mythical NCAA football championship has expanded from two teams to four. As of the 2014 season, the top four teams at the end of the season will be seeded 1-4 and 2-3 in a rotation of the four current BCS bowls (and two more to be determined) on December 31st and January 1st, with the winners proceeding to a championship game (which cities will bid to host, much like the Super Bowl) on the first Monday in January at least six days after the latter semifinal. The selections will be made by a committee, which will take into account records, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and conference championships.

posted by Etrigan to football at 08:15 PM - 12 comments

The Atlantic calls for the NL to go DH: With the move of the Houston Astros from the National League to the American League (which puts an odd number of teams in each league), Major League Baseball will more or less be forced to spread interleague play throughout the season. Jake Simpson of The Atlantic says that this should give MLB the chance to finally give up on having each league play with different rules -- specifically, the designated hitter. The disparity is simply too much to spread over the course of a whole season, Simpson says.

posted by Etrigan to baseball at 11:29 AM - 9 comments

June 25, 2012

Tony Parker Sues Nightclub Over Posse Fight: San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is suing a SoHo nightclub in New York City for $20 million after a shard of glass penetrated "99 percent" of his left eye during a June 14 bottle-throwing brawl between the entourages of musicians Chris Brown and Drake. "I almost lost my eye," Parker said. The suit alleges the owners of the W.i.P. club were reckless for allowing both groups in the club at the same time "despite known tension between the two."

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:58 PM - 56 comments

The 8th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: It's the height of summer here above the Arctic Circle, which means endless days of punting on third down. That's right, it's time once again to match wits against the best CFL prognosticators on either side of the 49th parallel. Also, that one wise guy who's standing right on the 49th parallel. This time-honoured tradition runs all summer long, so don't miss your chance to get in a full season of good guesses and lucky breaks. Tighten your chinstrap and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 07:57 AM - 17 comments

June 24, 2012

U.S. Sprinters Tie in Super-Speed Photo Finish: In a race with three spots on the U.S. team at the Summer Olympics up for grabs, Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh finished the 100 meters Saturday in a photographic tie for third -- using a finish-line camera that shoots at 3,000 frames per second. There's no rule for how to break such a tie. "How we reached this point without a rule, I have no idea," said Ato Boldon, a former sprinter and race commentator.

posted by rcade to olympics at 10:27 PM - 7 comments

The most amazing bowling story you'll ever read: Bill Fong is tied as the 15th-best competitive league bowler in Plano, Texas. One night in January two years ago, he almost achieved immortality. And then again, maybe he achieved it anyway.

posted by wfrazerjr to other at 07:37 PM - 3 comments

Italy Punts England on Penalties: After dominating England for most of the preceding 120 minutes -- but scoring no goals -- Italy beat England 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 match in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals Sunday. England had a 2-1 lead after Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney scored and Riccardo Montolivo shot one wide, but they scored no more after Ashley Young hit the crossbar and Ashley Cole was stopped by keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:06 PM - 33 comments

June 23, 2012

Spain Stomps France in Euro 2012: Xabi Alonso scored two goals, leading Spain to an easy 2-0 victory over France in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 Saturday -- its first win over France in its history. Spain will face Portugal Wednesday for a spot in the finals and a chance to become the first country to win three successive major tournaments.

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:07 PM - 5 comments

Mark Cuban slashes up Skip Bayless's arguments on ESPN. : Never before has a windbag been under such excruciating pressure.

posted by ursus_comiter to basketball at 04:04 AM - 17 comments

June 22, 2012

Brandon Jacobs repays 6-year-old fan...and then some: This offseason, the Giants released Jacobs and he signed with the 49ers. It was a development that six-year-old Giants fan Joseph Armento wanted to avoid, and it explains why he sent Jacobs $3.36 so the team could afford to keep him in New York.

posted by MeatSaber to football at 08:59 PM - 0 comments

Spectator Sues Little Leaguer Over Errant Bullpen Throw: A Manchester, N.J., woman has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the Little League player who threw a ball that hit her in the face, causing multiple fractures. Matthew Migliaccio, 11 when the incident occurred in May 2010, was warming up a pitcher in the bullpen when he tossed a ball that hit Elizabeth Lloyd in the face as she sat five feet away. She claims he threw it on purpose. He says it was accidental.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:06 PM - 6 comments

Germany Shows Greece Who's Boss: With goals by Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus, Germany defeated Greece 4-2 in the second Euro 2012 quarterfinal Friday. Greece put a brief scare into Germany with a 55th minute equalizer by Georgios Samaras that made the score 1-1, but after the Khedira goal five minutes later they could find no relief.

posted by rcade to soccer at 05:36 PM - 5 comments

Euro 2012 Confidence Pool (Standings Post-Group Round): Standings after the group round inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 02:59 PM - 1 comment

Sports Artist Leroy Neiman Dies: Legendary sports artist Leroy Neiman died Wednesday at 91. "I've zeroed in on what you would call action and excellence. ... Everybody who does anything to try to succeed has to give the best of themselves," Neiman said in a 2008 interview.

posted by tahoemoj to culture at 02:14 PM - 4 comments

Trail of stock deals led to DeCinces insider trading accusation: Link to ex-Oriole teammate Murray remains unclear.

posted by Hugh Janus to baseball at 08:44 AM - 6 comments

June 21, 2012

Portugal Advances Over Czech Republic: Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 in Euro 2012 quarterfinals Thursday. Cristian Ronaldo scampered around a defender and blasted a header in the 79th minute on a terrific cross by Joao Moutinho after twice hitting the post on earlier shots. The Czechs had no shots on goal and only two attempts the entire match. "Now it is big smiles and good music," Ronaldo said.

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:23 PM - 9 comments

WBO Scores Fight for Pacquiao: A five-judge panel assembled by the WBO championship committee unanimously favored Manny Pacquiao over Timothy Bradley in a video review of their fight.

posted by rcade to boxing at 02:33 PM - 2 comments

June 20, 2012

Rangers Broadcaster Has On-Air Medical Crisis: Texas Rangers television broadcaster Dave Barnett had some kind of medical crisis during Monday's game against the San Diego Padres. In the eighth inning, Barnett's call became nonsense, leading to fears he was suffering a stroke. "Go-ahead run is at fifth ... on what Adams is insisting on calling a botched robbery. What actually happened was his henchman ..." he said before his mic went silent.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:32 AM - 9 comments

Miami Heat One Win Away from NBA Championship: LeBron James fought through leg cramps to help the Heat go up 3 games to 1 in the best of 7 series. A team leading by 3-1 in the Finals has never failed to win the championship.

posted by justgary to basketball at 09:35 AM - 19 comments

"He's in pain, he's risking his career... and he's doing it for someone else.": Olympic lifting is not the easiest of endeavours. Getting 157 kilos over your head would be a challenge at the best of times. But imagine, for a moment, you were trying to execute a clean and jerk with a torn quadracep that has left you barely able to walk. Would you do that to qualify for the Olympics? Would you do that for someone else to qualify? Tevita Ngalu did.

posted by rodgerd to other at 06:59 AM - 4 comments

June 19, 2012

$70: that's what it will cost for access to the NFL's All-22 film as part of Game Rewind next year. The story also confirms another bit of previously insider-only info: Charlie Casserly is a stone moron.

posted by yerfatma to football at 02:13 PM - 5 comments

June 18, 2012

R.A. Dickey-ulous!:
Mets pitcher throws back-to-back one-hitters.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 11:57 PM - 6 comments

Roger Clemens Not Guilty on All Charges: Former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens has been acquitted on all charges that he obstructed and lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs during his career. He'd been charged with two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:33 PM - 48 comments

Germany, Portugal Advance in Group B: A Lars Bender goal in the 80th minute sent Germany past Denmark 2-1 and into the Euro 2012 quarterfinals Sunday in the final day of Group B play. Portugal claimed the second spot out of group with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands. Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals. The Dutch, runner up in the 2010 World Cup, go home without earning a single point.

posted by rcade to soccer at 11:00 AM - 8 comments

Heat Beat Thunder in Game 3: Coming back from a 10-point deficit, the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 91-85 at home to take a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals. LeBron James had 29 points and 14 rebounds. Kevin Durant had 25 points, but for the second consecutive game got into foul trouble. The Thunder "lost its mind through a stretch of the third quarter," writes Berry Tramel.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:52 AM - 3 comments

June 17, 2012

June 16, 2012

Greece, Czech Republic Advance in Group A: Greece knocked off Russia 1-0 and the Czech Republic beat Poland by the same score in Euro 2012 group A's final games Saturday, putting the Greeks and Czechs in the quarterfinals. Giorgos Karagounis scored for Greece on a defensive miscue right before the first half ended. Petr Jiracek scored for the Czechs in the 72nd minute. Russia went into its game only needing a draw to advance.

posted by rcade to soccer at 05:49 PM - 8 comments

June 15, 2012

Heat Even Series in Game 2 Squeaker: Helped by a non-call on a possible foul by LeBron James against Kevin Durant in the final seconds, the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96 on the road in game two of the NBA Finals. The series is now even. James and Durant each scored 32 in an epic clash of titans. "I shudder to think what LeBron James and Kevin Durant would do in single coverage against Larry Bird," writes Henry Abbott.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:19 AM - 5 comments

June 14, 2012

Mets Considering Fan Section for Autistic Kids: The New York Mets are surveying fans about the possibility of offering a section of Citi Field for autistic children and their families. The team asks in a survey, "The Mets are considering adding a designated ‘quiet’ seating section with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?"

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:24 PM - 14 comments

Spurs Kick Harry Redknapp : Only months after he was a frontrunner for the England job, manager Harry Redknapp is out at Tottenham Hotspur. Redknapp, who led Spurs to two top-four finishes the past four years and a Champions League run, could not reach terms on a contract extension with team chairman Daniel Levy. Last week Redknapp publicly urged Levy to lengthen his deal beyond one more season. "If they don't extend it and I go into my last year, it's not an easy one when players know you've only got a year left," he said.

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:05 AM - 11 comments

Matt Cain pitches first-ever perfect game for the Giants:
"Cain struck out 14 Astros, tied for the most strikeouts ever in a perfect game." It was the 22nd perfect game in major league history and the first perfect game against the Astros.
The Giants won 10-0, with 15 hits.

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 01:10 AM - 24 comments

June 13, 2012

North Dakota voters overwhelmingly decide to do away with UND's 'Fighting Sioux' Nickname: As a part of yesterday's primary election, more than two-thirds of voters cast "yes" for Measure 4, overturning the Legislature-passed code from 2011 which required UND to use the Fighting Sioux nickname. The measure also passed in Reservation County, which encompasses most of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation.

posted by Ufez Jones to culture at 08:36 PM - 37 comments

Thunder Take Game 1 Over Heat: Kevin Durant's 36 points, eight rebounds and four assists led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-94 comeback win over the Miami Heat in game one of the NBA Finals Tuesday. LeBron James had 30 points for the Heat, but was bested by Durant's 17 points in the fourth. "Against most of Durant's moves, there can be no help," writes Henry Abbott.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:02 AM - 16 comments

June 12, 2012

Russia, Poland Draw After Their Hooligans Clash: Several violent clashes between Russian and Polish fans preceded their match at Euro 2012 Tuesday. Russia's Alan Dzagoev scored his third goal of the tournament and Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski got the equalizer in a 1-1 draw. "The Russian-Polish tension here is overwhelming," writes Grant Wahl, who described an enormous banner unfurled by Russian fans of a medieval swordsman. "Revealingly, the banner was in English, suggesting that the Russians were attempting to make a nationalist statement to the wider world."

posted by rcade to soccer at 07:01 PM - 18 comments

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pickem, Final standings: I quit betting against the Kings after round 2, shoulda done the same with results inside...

posted by MeatSaber to fantasy at 12:03 AM - 8 comments

June 11, 2012

Kings of the NHL: The Los Angeles Kings crushed the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to claim Lord Stanley's Cup for the first time in franchise history, taking the series four games to two. The Kings' first three goals were scored during a five-minute major penalty in the first period. Steve Bernier hit Rob Scuderi behind the Kings' net and was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Kings Goaltender Jonathan Quick won the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP.

posted by rcade to hockey at 11:04 PM - 20 comments

Pitcher caught throwing opposing pitcher's wife?:
Dallas Latos (wife of Red's pitcher Matt Latos) may have outed Jose Valverde as a spitball pitcher.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:17 PM - 6 comments

June 10, 2012

Soccer Pitch Carved Out of Forest: On July 21, four soccer teams will play each other on a new pitch cut out of a forest in the Scottish borders near Selkirk. The Forest Pitch project was created by artist Craig Coulthard for the Cultural Olympiad and London Olympics. The teams will be amateurs who've only been U.K. citizens since 2000 or later.

posted by rcade to soccer at 02:11 PM - 3 comments

Heat Beat Celtics, Advance to NBA Finals: LeBron James had 31 points and 12 rebounds in the Miami Heat's 101-88 victory over the Boston Celtics in game 7 of the Eastern conference finals, sending the Heat to their second-straight NBA Finals. Dwyane Wade had 23 points and Chris Bosh 19, sending the big three to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in game 1 Tuesday.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:44 PM - 31 comments

Devils nip Kings to force Game 6: New Jersey danced down a tightrope during a wild final minute Saturday to stay alive in the Stanley Cup final. They held on as Los Angeles stormed their net with an extra skater to get a 2-1 win and cut the Kings’ lead in the NHL championship series to 3-2. Game 6 goes Monday in L. A. Now it is the Kings who finally have to sweat a little, although they brushed aside the question of pressure, 25 times in NHL history a team took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Cup final, 20 of them won in a sweep. No team has won in Game 6 after letting its lead slip to 3-2, one team (the 1945 Toronto Maple Leafs) went on to win in seven games and one, the 1942 Detroit Red Wings, blew a 3-0 lead and lost in Game 7 to the Maple Leafs, meanwhile, in the boardroom, the Devils appear to be on very thin ice.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 10:49 AM - 3 comments

June 09, 2012

Denmark Stuns Netherlands 1-0: In the first upset of Euro 2012, Denmark shocked the Netherlands 1-0 Saturday. Michael Krohn-Dehli scored for Denmark in the 24th minute, sneaking a shot through the legs of Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Robin van Persie, selected to start over Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, missed several good scoring chances. It was Denmark's first win since 1967 over the Dutch, who must win over Germany or Portugal in the tournament's "group of death" to have any chance to advance.

posted by rcade to soccer at 07:12 PM - 12 comments

Seattle Mariners no-hit the Dodgers with six different pitchers: The 3rd no-hitter thrown by the Mariners in their 35-year history was far from conventional. Shortstop Brendan Ryan wasn't sure if in some ways that wasn't a little better. "It was kind of fun to get so many people involved," Ryan said after the Mariners used 6 pitchers to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers in a spellbinding 1-0 victory at Safeco Field on Friday night. "It just felt like a really collective team effort." The game tied the major-league record for the most pitchers used in a no-hitter, accomplished once previously in 2003 by the Houston Astros, and was the 10th combined no-hitter in major-league history.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 10:09 AM - 4 comments

June 08, 2012

In the Ruins of a Blue and White Empire: "This is the tale of two sons. One who told a story that brought down a kingdom. The other who will never finish rebuilding it." Esquire revisits the Penn State scandal and its aftermath through the eyes of Jay Paterno and the unnamed Victim 1 in the criminal complaint against Jerry Sandusky.

posted by Etrigan to football at 10:33 PM - 0 comments

No Triple Crown as I'll Have Another Scratched: I'll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes due to injury, trainer Doug O'Neill said on the Dan Patrick radio show Friday. The thoroughbred was a 4-5 favorite to win the race, which could have brought horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

posted by rcade to other at 11:33 AM - 24 comments

June 07, 2012

Euro 2012 Confidence Pool: For those not interested in playing a full-blown Euro fantasy league or (like me) interested in both, click the link for the SpoFi Euro 2012 confidence pool. Additional details inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 01:19 PM - 22 comments

The Thunder storm into the NBA Finals.: After losing the first two games of the series, the Thunder came back and beat the Spurs four games in a row to make it to the NBA Finals.

posted by bperk to basketball at 12:06 AM - 12 comments

June 06, 2012

June 05, 2012

Superstar or Scrub?: TrueHoop analyzes who should be taking the final shot in an NBA game.

posted by bperk to basketball at 07:39 PM - 1 comment

SportsFilter Euro 2012 Fantasy League: If you are interested in joining a fantasy league for the European Championships, see details inside.

posted by holden to fantasy at 02:41 PM - 5 comments

June 04, 2012

Tiger Woods Wins Memorial: With three birdies on the final four holes, Tiger Woods won the PGA Memorial tournament Sunday and tied Jack Nicklaus at second place in career tour victories. His 73rd tour victory included a chip shot on 16 described by Nicklaus as "one of the most incredible golf shots I think you will ever see played." Sam Snead leads them both at 82.

posted by rcade to golf at 10:15 AM - 5 comments

Justin Blackmon Arrested on DUI Charge: Jacksonville Jaguars draft pick Justin Blackmon, the first wide receiver selected in the NFL Draft, was arrested on a DUI charge and tested at three times the legal limit for blood alcohol. Blackmon, 22, was pulled over for speeding early Sunday morning in Stillwater, Okla. While in college, Blackmon was arrested for misdemeanor DUI in 2010, suspended for one game and said afterwards, "I look forward to redeeming myself and proving to everybody that this isn't who I am. I'm not this guy. I'm humbled by this experience and I will grow from it."

posted by rcade to football at 10:02 AM - 5 comments

June 03, 2012

June 02, 2012

June 01, 2012

Johan Santana Throws First Mets No-Hitter: For the first time ever, a New York Mets pitcher has thrown a no-hitter. Johan Santana managed the feat over the St. Louis Cardinals in an 8-0 victory. Santana walked five and threw 134 pitches, the most in his career. Left fielder Mike Baxter made a running seventh-inning catch and slammed hard into the wall to keep the no-hit bid alive.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:54 PM - 5 comments

Meet the Cup of Coffee Club: There have been 17,808 players who reached the Major Leagues, 974 of whom only played a single game. The Awl profiles some of these members of the Cup of Coffee Club. "The first batter I faced was Hank Aaron," said pitcher Rex Hudson, whose first and last appearance was on July 27, 1974. Consecutive home runs to Aaron and Dusty Baker ended his day two innings later.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:05 AM - 5 comments