Archives for March 2013

March 31, 2013

Money & March Madness: In 2011, PBS Frontline asked, "If everyone else is profiting from the multibillion dollar college sports business, why shouldn't the athletes?"

posted by phaedon to basketball at 10:11 PM - 14 comments

Louisville's Kevin Ware Suffers Broken Leg: Louisville sophomore Kevin Ware suffered a horrendous broken leg injury in the first half of a regional college basketball tournament final on Sunday, his bone protruding visibly from his skin as his teammates recoiled in horror at the sight. Duke's Tyler Thornton shot a 3-pointer from the wing and Ware ran out to defend and landed awkwardly on his right leg.

posted by grum@work to basketball at 08:23 PM - 12 comments

Cyclist Gropes Woman's Butt on Race Podium: Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan was pictured groping the bottom of a podium girl after the Tour of Flanders as the event hostesses gave congratulatory kisses to race winner Fabian Cancellara. AFP calls his actions sexual harassment and asks, "[I]s the use of models as some kind of uncomfortable hybrid of hostess and shamelessly exploitative "eye candy" now outmoded and inappropriate to the modern sport?"

posted by rcade to other at 08:18 PM - 7 comments

Opening Night in Baseball: Major League Baseball is kicking off its 2013 season tonight with the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros meeting for the first time as American League West division rivals. The Astros were moved from the National League Central during the offseason and face a tough task with the Rangers, Oakland A's and Los Angeles Angels all potential playoff contenders. The game is being broadcast on ESPN.

posted by rcade to baseball at 03:07 PM - 5 comments

9-Seed Wichita State Reaches Final Four: The Wichita State Shockers have become only the fifth team seeded ninth or higher to reach the Final Four, knocking off the Ohio State Buckeyes 70-66. The preceding overachieving underdogs were Penn (9 in 1979), LSU (11 in 1986), George Mason (11 in 2006) and Virginia Commonwealth (11 in 2011). The Shockers had a 20-point lead in the second half and outlasted a furious Buckeyes comeback.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:01 AM - 4 comments

March 30, 2013

Crabtree Lost Sight After Super Bowl Hit: San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree said that a hit by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the game's final possession temporarily blinded him. "When the guy hit me, he hit me all in the face," Crabtree said. "I'm not tripping. I'm not one to whine about nothing, but he hit me all in the face, and I couldn't really see after he hit me." He did not seek medical treatment and did not leave the game because his vision "snapped back," he said.

posted by rcade to football at 09:34 AM - 0 comments

March 29, 2013

Tony Romo stays in Dallas: 6-year extension worth $108 million. $55 guaranteed - 3 more than Flacco.

posted by phaedon to football at 04:35 PM - 16 comments

A collection of baseball writers have gotten together for a different kind of fantasy draft. : All the players are fictional, although some players are more fictional than others.

posted by ursus_comiter to fantasy at 02:54 PM - 0 comments

McCarver Leaving Broadcast Booth: This season will be the last for Tim McCarver calling baseball games for Fox, the 71-year-old announced. "I wanted to step down while I could still do the job," McCarver said. "It's not a tough call, it's not a sad thing for me. ... But I'm going to miss Joe Buck a lot." McCarver and Buck have been broadcasting games together since 1996. Baseball's loss may be jazz music's gain.

posted by rcade to baseball at 12:55 PM - 0 comments

March 28, 2013

Miami Dolphins Change Their Logo: For the first time since the team was founded in 1966, the Miami Dolphins won't have a helmeted dolphin on their logo. A uniform change for next season includes a new more realistic logo. Snowflake could not reached for comment.

posted by rcade to football at 11:06 AM - 18 comments

Iggy!! Part deux?: After 16 seasons, two Rocket Richard Trophies, one trip to the Stanley Cup final, two Olympic gold medals....Jarome Iginla is a Pittsburgh Penguin. The Calgary Flames announced late Wednesday that Iginla is headed to Pittsburgh for forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hankowski and Pittsburgh’s 2013 first-round pick.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 04:21 AM - 9 comments

March 27, 2013

Tiger Woods Nike ad causes a stir with “winning takes care of everything” message: The company that sponsors Woods proclaimed, in his own words, “Winning takes care of everything.” It’s a phrase he often uses when talking to reporters about himself and other golfers. But because this is Tiger Woods, Nike’s swaggering post is also being perceived as a reminder of his not-so-positive, womanizing past.

posted by BornIcon to golf at 12:23 PM - 5 comments

Sacramento OKs Arena Deal to Hold Onto Kings: The Sacramento city council has approved a $448 million public-private deal to build a new 18,500-seat arena in a last-ditch effort to keep the Sacramento Kings from leaving for Seattle. City Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player, will appear before the NBA Board of Governors hoping to persuade them to reject the move. The city would own the arena and fork over $258 million of the cost. "We want the folks of Seattle to get a team, we wish them well, but we want to keep what's ours," Johnson said.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:34 AM - 3 comments

U.S. Achieves Historic Draw in Mexico: For only the second time ever, the U.S. men's soccer team earned a point in a World Cup qualifier in Mexico at Azteca Stadium. Behind the play of keeper Brad Guzan and defenders Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler, the Americans played to a 0-0 draw on the road. Mexico had 15 corner kicks, including three in the final two minutes.

posted by rcade to soccer at 07:40 AM - 7 comments

March 26, 2013

Kyle Lohse Signs 3-Year Deal with Brewers: Pitcher Kyle Lohse has signed a three-year, $33 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers with an extra $1 million in performance bonuses. Lohse, 34, was 30-11 with a 3.11 ERA and 1.13 WHIP the past two seasons. The Cardinals will get a first-round pick from the Brewers as compensation because they made Lohse a qualifying, one-year offer. "[T]he draft pick exchange with a division-rival could haunt Milwaukee in the long term," writes Cliff Corcoran of SI.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:17 AM - 8 comments

Sun Belt Conference Adds 4 Schools: The Sun Belt Conference is adding Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Idaho and New Mexico State this week, according to reports. They replace North Texas, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee, which left for Conference USA. Idaho and New Mexico State will be football-only members. The top-ranked team among five conferences -- Sun Belt, CUSA, Mountain West, MAC and the needs-a-name half of the Big East -- will get a berth in the new playoff.

posted by rcade to football at 10:11 AM - 4 comments

March 25, 2013

Tiger Woods Climbs Back to No. 1 Ranking: Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitation at Bay Hill Monday, a milestone for at least three reasons: The win is his eighth at Bay Hill (tying Sam Snead for most wins in a single tournament), his 77th in the PGA (putting him behind only Snead with 82) and puts him back at golf's No. 1 ranking, passing Rory McIlroy.

posted by rcade to golf at 12:38 PM - 3 comments

Florida Gulf Coast Makes 15-Seed History: Florida Gulf Coast has become the first 15 seed in NCAA basketball tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16, defeating San Diego State 81-71. "They play with a swagger, and they have a right to do that," said San Diego State coach Steve Fisher. Nate Silver's statistical model has increased Florida Gulf Coast's chances to win the tournament from 0.001 percent up to 0.02 percent.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:53 AM - 4 comments

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SportsFilter 2013 March Madness Bracket: Before games begin today at 12:15 p.m. Eastern, enter your NCAA college basketball tournament bracket. The password is slamdunk.

posted by rcade to fantasy at 08:31 AM - 33 comments

March 20, 2013

If it seems like Botswana's Bobby Shillinde came out of nowhere,: that's because he did. And sadly, he's probably going right back, assuming they can sort the passport.

posted by yerfatma to soccer at 09:06 AM - 3 comments

March 19, 2013

Brian Lara vs Sachin Tendulkar: And why sports comparisons are meaningless but still jolly good fun.

posted by owlhouse to other at 09:51 PM - 0 comments

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March 15, 2013

ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons from Twitter for Criticizing 'First Take': ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons from posting on Twitter after he criticized the network for airing a segment on First Take in which Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman repeatedly insulted host Skip Bayliss. "I am not defending this segment," Simmons wrote on Twitter. "I thought it was awful and embarrassing to everyone involved. Seriously." He then added, "But what bothers me about the reaction to that segment is people saying Richard Sherman 'won.' Nobody won. Everyone lost. Including ESPN."

posted by rcade to general at 02:24 PM - 10 comments

The Evolution of World Series Celebrations: After the final strikeout of the 1950 World Series, the Yankees immediately run off the field; the catcher initially goes toward the dugout, then veers slightly toward the pitcher, who runs right past him into the dugout. The rest of the team, along with some non-uniformed humans, follow them toward the dugout. Players navigate past assorted ragamuffins and besuited gentlemen to reach the dugout. "We won, now get me into this doggone dugout!" they all shout excitedly.

posted by justgary to baseball at 01:29 AM - 3 comments

March 14, 2013

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March 11, 2013

We Can't Accept Mediocrity: Australia sacks four cricketers for not preparing a presentation.

posted by owlhouse to other at 08:41 PM - 3 comments

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March 06, 2013

New Fox Channel Takes on ESPN: On Aug. 17, a new Fox Sports 1 network is launching as a direct competitor to the Beast of Bristol. The network will air college basketball and football, a 26-week slate of Major League Baseball (starting in 2014), UEFA Champions League soccer and men's and women's World Cup soccer, a nightly news program competing with SportsCenter and an hour-long evening show hosted by Regis Philbin.

posted by rcade to football at 06:40 PM - 20 comments

March 05, 2013

There are buzzer beaters and then there are BUZZER BEATERS: In the New York Section 1 AA championship game New Rochelle was on a 9-1 run but still behind by 2 points. Only 2.9 seconds left on the clock and they have to take out the ball on the opposite side of the court. The long lob down the floor was picked off by the opposing Mount Vernon, things didn't look good until Khalil Edney had something to say about it.

posted by jeremias to basketball at 06:54 AM - 10 comments

March 04, 2013

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March 02, 2013

Rory McIlroy Struggles Since Switching to Nike: Rory McIlroy quit the Honda Classic eight holes into the second round on Friday, marking three disappointing tournaments in a row since he switched from Titleist to Nike equipment. He was seven over and had just put his second shot on the ninth in the water. "A tough day made impossible by severe tooth pain," he wrote on Twitter. "Was desperate to defend title but couldn't play on. Gutted."

posted by rcade to golf at 01:00 PM - 0 comments

March 01, 2013

NFL Teams Asking Prospects: Do You Like Girls?: Two NFL draft prospects said that teams have asked them questions attempting to find out whether they are gay. "They ask, like, 'Do you have a girlfriend? Are you married? Do you like girls?' Those kinds of things," said Colorado tight end Nick Kasa. "[I]t was just kind of weird. But they would ask you with a straight face."

posted by rcade to football at 01:44 PM - 11 comments