Archives for January 2013

January 31, 2013

Greg Jamison asks for extension on Phoenix Coyotes deal:: In the most clear sign yet of the fragility of Jamison’s efforts to buy the Coyotes, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said an attorney representing Jamison called him late Wednesday night to ask for an extension on a lucrative arena-management deal. The city previously offered Jamison a 20-year deal that pays him an average of $15 million a year to manage Arena. However, the deal mandates that Jamison has to purchase the Coyotes from the NHL by 11:59 p.m. Arizona time today. If Jamison misses the deadline, the deal evaporates. Weiers said of extending the deadline: “Obviously, we’re not going to do that.”

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 01:03 PM - 2 comments

January 30, 2013

X Games Snowmobile Rider in Critical Condition: Although he walked away from the huge snowmobile crash he suffered Thursday during the Winter X Games and was diagnosed with a concussion, Caleb Moore developed bleeding around his heart and brain complications and is hospitalized in critical condition. The 25-year-old athlete crashed while doing a backflip and his 450-pound Polaris snowmobile landed on him. "The prognosis is not good at all. It's almost certain he's not going to make it," his grandfather Charles Moore told the Denver Post. No competitor has died during the 17-year history of the Winter X Games.

posted by rcade to extreme at 02:11 PM - 18 comments

Rich Rodriguez: Some Michigan players 'felt a sense of entitlement': He was implementing a spread-option offense, while working mostly with players recruited for a pro-style scheme, and said he just needed time.

posted by bo_fan to football at 12:21 PM - 1 comment

January 29, 2013

Randy Moss: 'I'm the Greatest Receiver Ever': San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss declared himself the greatest wide receiver to play the game during Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday. "I don't really live on numbers, I live on impact, what you are able to do out on the field," Moss said. "I really do think that I am the greatest receiver to ever play this game." Moss has 982 receptions, 156 touchdown receptions and 15,292 yards in his 14-season career, compared to Jerry Rice's 1,549 receptions, 197 touchdown receptions and 22,895 yards over 21 seasons.

posted by rcade to football at 05:44 PM - 27 comments

A-Rod and others received HGH from a Miami :

"The names are all included in an extraordinary batch of records from Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic tucked into a two-story office building just a hard line drive's distance from the UM campus. They were given to New Times by an employee who worked at Biogenesis before it closed last month and its owner abruptly disappeared. The records are clear in describing the firm's real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids."

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:23 AM - 7 comments

January 28, 2013

January 27, 2013

Lower-level clubs oust 5 EPL sides in FA Cup: With apologies for posting one of my articles, the Premier League took a bit of a hit, and almost near-annihilation, by lower-level clubs in the FA Cup's fourth round.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 07:38 PM - 5 comments

Rajon Rondo Tears ACL, Out for Season: Boston Celtics All-Star guard Rajon Rondo has a torn right ACL and will miss the rest of the NBA season. Rondo injured his knee in Friday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks. He was averaging 13.7 points and 11.1 assists this season.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:31 PM - 10 comments

January 26, 2013

The NFL Pick 'Em, Pro Bowl Edition: In honor of Sunday's Pro Bowl, the NFL's annual spectacle of gentle tackling, pick the game's winner, the over/under and four individual categories. The deadline is 7 p.m. Sunday Eastern time (2 p.m. Honolulu).

posted by rcade to fantasy at 03:02 PM - 21 comments

Fake-to-Third, Throw-to-First Now a Balk: Major League Baseball has changed the rules to make it a balk when a pitcher fakes a pickoff throw to third base and then throws to first. The players association rejected the change last year but baseball owners voted to overrule them. Umpire Ted Barrett said in his 18 years of officiating the majors he's only seen it work once. The runner caught off base said to him, "Have you ever seen that work on anybody -- except me?"

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:01 PM - 8 comments

January 25, 2013

The NFL's Response to Brain Trauma: A Brief History: The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates, a former football fanatic who has drifted away from the game because of the ongoing brain trauma revelations, lays out a timeline of the league's actions. Parts of it don't make for pleasant reading.

posted by cobra! to football at 12:09 PM - 1 comment

Two NASCAR Drivers Are Dating: Danica Patrick told an AP reporter that she and fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are in a relationship. Patrick and Stenhouse are both rookies this year in the Sprint Cup Series and said this won't affect how they race. "I always say I'll race people how they race me until they do something to make me change my mind. I don't anticipate that changing at all, or us having any issues on the track," Patrick said.

posted by rcade to auto racing at 09:24 AM - 17 comments

January 24, 2013

January 23, 2013

Look dude, you can do this.: Teenager Sloane Stephens takes down her idol Serena Williams in the Australian Open. Stephens also happens to be the daughter of former New England Patriot, John Stephens.

posted by NoMich to tennis at 01:52 PM - 1 comment

Coach Bill Callahan Threw Super Bowl?: Former Oakland Raider players, Tim Brown and Jerry Rice, claim that coach Bill Callahan threw Super Bowl XXXVII against Tampa Bay because was still miffed at the Raiders for trading coach John Gruden to the Buccaneers. In response, Callahan vehemently denies their allegations and seems to be firing up the ol' defamation lawsuit engine.

posted by NoMich to football at 07:06 AM - 7 comments

January 22, 2013

Saints Coach Sean Payton Reinstated: The NFL has reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton after his one-year suspension from the bounty scandal. During his absence the Saints went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years. Payton signed a five-year contract extension last month that puts him with the team through 2017.

posted by rcade to football at 02:32 PM - 7 comments

Dodgers Infielder Caught After Police Chase: Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Sellers was arrested for reckless motorcycle driving and evading police after a chase in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, and police say it's not the first time he fled them. He's been riding an off-road motorcycle dangerously in a neighborhood, callers told police. "There's probably been three other times that we've chased him," said Tod Sockman of West Sacramento police. They boxed him in with a perimeter before he gave up.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:33 AM - 3 comments

January 21, 2013

January 20, 2013

Ravens Will Meet 49ers in Super Bowl 0x2F: The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers won the conference championship games Sunday and will meet in the Super Bowl. Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, brothers born 14 months apart, will face each other after knocking off the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons on the road.

posted by rcade to football at 11:16 PM - 80 comments

Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight.:
Stan "The Man" Musial passes away at age 92.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 02:28 AM - 13 comments

January 19, 2013

NFL Pick 'Em, Championship Round: For week three of the playoffs, pick the two winners, three individual categories and one team pick by 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. Standings corrected from last week for Jacoby Jones.

posted by rcade to fantasy at 09:05 PM - 27 comments

January 18, 2013

'I Was a Target for a Catfisher': "She eventually told me her name; Hope Porter, a blonde from Texas. Born and raised in Austin and went to the University of Texas. She brought up the College World Series, and how she had seen me pitch. Another stroke to the ego. She was playing it perfectly. Drawing me in. She sent me some pictures that day. No, guys, not nudes." Los Angeles Angels prospect Michael Roth explains how he was romantically pursued by a hoaxster (which is called catfishing).

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:38 PM - 3 comments

Lance Armstrong Admits Using PEDs, Destroying People: In an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast on her cable network Thursday, disgraced champion cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted that he took performance enhancing drugs, engaged in blood doping and engaged in lawsuits and other efforts to destroy the people who told the truth about his efforts to cheat. "I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times," said Armstrong, whose public act of contrition is part of a choreograped campaign to persuade the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to let him compete in elite triathlons. One of his victims was former U.S. cycling team massage therapist Emma O'Reilly. After she went public with her knowledge of Armstrong's cheating in 2003, he sued her and characterized her as a prostitute with an alcohol problem. "He was suing me for more than I was worth. I was worried he would bankrupt me," she said.

posted by rcade to other at 01:02 PM - 29 comments

January 17, 2013

Jaguars Hire Gus Bradley as Head Coach: The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to be their new head coach, the fourth in team history. The Seahawks defense gave up a league-low 15.3 points per game last season under Bradley, who was in his fourth season as DC. Before that, he was a linebackers coach at Tampa Bay and a college assistant coach from 1990 to 2005.

posted by rcade to football at 09:01 AM - 13 comments

January 16, 2013

Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend was... fake?: Per Deadspin, the most inspiring story in college football this year was just that: a story.

posted by Goyoucolts to football at 06:41 PM - 50 comments

Eagles Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach: The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Chip Kelly away from Phil Knight and the Oregon Ducks. Kelly, whose up-tempo offense helped Oregon reach a BCS championship game, was 46-7 in four seasons. He was still recruiting for the Ducks as recently as Tuesday but had a "change of heart" about taking the Philly job, an unidentified source told USA Today.

posted by rcade to football at 01:10 PM - 17 comments

January 15, 2013

N.C. State Player Saves Wheelchair-Bound Fan: After N.C. State upset No. 1-ranked Duke Saturday and fans stormed the court, Will Privette got a friend to push him onto the court in his wheelchair but quickly was knocked down among the celebratory mob. Wolfpack player C.J. Leslie saw the fallen fan, cleared a path and picked him up. After he fell, Privette said he thought, "OK, this is not going to end well at all."

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:34 AM - 4 comments

January 14, 2013

January 13, 2013

January 12, 2013

NFL Pick 'Em, Divisional Round: For week two of the playoffs, predict the four winners, three individual categories and one defense pick by 4:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 p.m. in Novosibirsk).

posted by rcade to fantasy at 09:50 AM - 45 comments

January 11, 2013

January 10, 2013

Jaguars Fire Coach Mike Mularkey: New Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has fired head coach Mike Mularkey after only one season leading the team, a 2-14 disaster that was the worst in franchise history. Caldwell and Mularkey worked together for four years when Caldwell was the Atlanta Falcons director of pro player personnel and Mularkey the offensive coordinator.

posted by rcade to football at 01:22 PM - 15 comments

Junior Seau Had Brain Disease CTE: Twelve-time Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health revealed Thursday after conducting a blind study of his brain at his family's request. Seau had abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the NIH found. "I was not surprised after learning a little about CTE that he had it," said his son Tyler. In private his father was suffering from wild mood swings, irrationality, forgetfulness, insomnia and depression, Tyler said.

posted by rcade to football at 09:19 AM - 0 comments

January 09, 2013

Maple Leafs fire G.M. Brian Burke : The Toronto Maple Leafs new ownership conglomerate of Bell, Rogers and Larry Tanenbaum pulled the plug on Burke on Wednesday morning, shocking the hockey world on a day when most of the game’s owners – included Tanenbaum – are set to vote on the collective agreement. Burke’s firing comes just 4 days before training camps are expected to open and a week and a half before an abbreviated 48-game schedule will start for the Leafs in Montreal on Jan. 19. The curious timing of the decision came after months of soul searching by new ownership, according to MLSE president Tom Anselmi.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 03:14 PM - 5 comments

Nobody Voted into Baseball Hall of Fame: For the first time since 1996, the Baseball Hall of Fame voted in no new members. The closest to the 75 percent vote threshold required for induction was Craig Biggio, who had 3,060 hits for the Houston Astros and received 68 percent. Steroid users Roger Clemens (37.6 percent), Barry Bonds (36.2 percent) and Sammy Sosa (12.5 percent) weren't even close. Other notable first-time candidates who fell short were Mike Piazza (57.8 percent) and Curt Schilling (38.8 percent). The only player to be inducted July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y., is veterans committee honoree Deacon White, a catcher who played for eight teams over 20 seasons, winning batting titles in 1875 and 1877 and winning the 1887 "world's series" with the Detroit Wolverines.

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:40 PM - 51 comments

January 08, 2013

Alabama Crushes Notre Dame in BCS Championship: College football's BCS championship between Alabama and Notre Dame ended early in a flurry of Crimson Tide touchdowns en route to a 42-14 victory. Coach Nick Saban's team has won three of the last four championships and the SEC has won its seventh in a row.

posted by rcade to football at 09:29 AM - 34 comments

January 07, 2013

SpoFi Puckathon 6.5 - Half a League is Better Than None: Well, I'm not sure how many of y'all are willing to follow the NHL after the lockout, but if you're up for it, I've set up a rotisserie league following the setup that SkyDive Dad used in days of yore. I've set the draft to go off the day before the puck hits the ice. The League ID if you need it is: 39210 And the password for joining is: lockoutschmockout

posted by ursus_comiter to fantasy at 01:03 PM - 12 comments

RG3 Reinjures Knee in Washington Playoff Exit: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III's spectacular rookie season came to an end Sunday when he re-injured his right knee, hurt four weeks earlier, in a 24-14 NFC wild-card playoff loss to Seattle. As new questions are being asked about coach Mike Shanahan playing the team's franchise quarterback despite the injury, team doctor James Andrews revealed that he never cleared Griffin to play after the original injury, contradicting comments by Shanahan.

posted by rcade to football at 11:20 AM - 11 comments

What is American Soccer?: A tactical history of the USMNT. From a list of the best football writing 2012.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 03:52 AM - 2 comments

January 06, 2013

NFL Pick 'Em, Day Late and Dollar Short Edition: Like fans in Cincinnati and Minnesota, we'd like to pretend Saturday didn't happen. Enter our prediction pick 'em for the NFL playoffs before 1 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. in Bratislava).

posted by rcade to fantasy at 11:39 AM - 13 comments

Game On!: After 6 long months of negotiations, it took one extremely long night to get the NHL out of the boardroom and back on the ice. A tentative deal to end the 113-day NHL lockout was reached Sunday morning at the end of a marathon 16-hour negotiating session. “We have reached an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a news conference. “We’ve got to dot a lot of i’s and cross a lot of t’s. There’s still a lot of work to be done but the basic framework of the deal has been agreed upon.” “Hopefully within a very few days the fans can get back to watching people who are skating, not the two of us,” said Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 07:35 AM - 8 comments

January 05, 2013

2013 Cotton Bowl: Johnny Manziel Highlight Reel vs Oklahoma : Johnny Football is pretty good!

posted by gfinsf to football at 07:24 AM - 7 comments

January 04, 2013

January 03, 2013

January 02, 2013

Clowney's monster hit sparks Gamecocks' Outback Bowl win: After Michigan's Floyd Simmons gained not-quite-four yards on a fourth-and-four play in the fourth quarter of the Outback Bowl, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier watched as referee Jeff Maconaghy awarded a first down in spite of the fact that the nose of the ball didn't reach the first-down marker. Spurrier asked a nearby official for an explanation. Spurrier's memory of the exchange goes like this: Spurrier: "You know the ball did not touch the first-down marker?" Official: "I know it didn't." Spurrier: "Well, why'd he give it to 'em?" Official: "I don't know." Michigan took the field for its first-down play. Quarterback Devin Gardner handed off to Vincent Smith. Then... BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

posted by gfinsf to football at 05:44 AM - 14 comments

January 01, 2013