Archives for June 2013

June 30, 2013

June 29, 2013

June 28, 2013

Old Blood: an elegy for Theo Fleury, hero to undersized scrappers.

posted by yerfatma to hockey at 11:15 AM - 0 comments

For Celtics, trade of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce is end of era: Six years ago, the fans here celebrated the Celtics' steal of Kevin Garnett. A half-dozen years later, they were experiencing the other end of the era, and the sad feeling that they were the victim now, instead of the lucky thieves.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 07:15 AM - 7 comments

June 27, 2013

Dwight Howard Likely to Leave Los Angeles: Dwight Howard has little chance of re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, unnamed "sources close to the situation" told ESPN. He plans to meet with Dallas, Houston and Atlanta along with LA once teams can talk to him beginning July 1. This ESPN report leans towards Dallas: "Howard likes the idea of being the top superstar of a franchise and with Dirk Nowitzki aging, Dallas would be viewed as Howard's team."

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:53 AM - 7 comments

June 26, 2013

New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez in semi-nude viral dance video: A video posted online appears to show the Jets quarterback and GQ cover boy bare-bottomed and dancing with two women at a swanky house party.

posted by BornIcon to football at 02:42 PM - 9 comments

Patriots Release Aaron Hernandez: The New England Patriots released Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday morning, a year after signing him to a four-year, $40 million contract. Hernandez will be arraigned on undisclosed charges today following the slaying of acquaintance Odin Lloyd, whose body was discovered less than a mile from Hernandez's home.

posted by rcade to football at 10:52 AM - 35 comments

June 25, 2013

The 9th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: Football in June, you say? But I've only just finished pushing the iceberg off Mama's front porch! How shall I ever clear enough room for twelve Saskatchewan farmboys to rumble 110 yards for a shot at a rouge? Worry not, dear friends: all you need is your trusty Internet connection and half a brain (0.487 brains CDN) to make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:06 PM - 18 comments

Gary Player to Pose Nude: If you ever wanted to see the 77-year-old golfer naked, but you didn't want to buy him drinks first, your day has arrived.

posted by rcade to golf at 03:50 PM - 3 comments

June 24, 2013

2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - Final Standings: That was a great Finals, even if it ended one game too soon. Final standings inside...

posted by MeatSaber to fantasy at 11:44 PM - 8 comments

Stunning comeback gives Chicago Blackhawks the Cup: Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland goals in a span of 18 seconds late in the 3rd period propelled the Hawks to a stunning 3-2 win and a second Stanley Cup championship in four years. Bickell scored at the 18:44 mark after Toews sent a pass through the wickets of the Bruins' Zdeno Chara in front of the net, with Bickell then one-timing a score through Tuukka Rask's five-hole for the stunning equalizer to make it 2-2.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 11:14 PM - 13 comments

June 23, 2013

Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup Game 5: The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 Saturday at home in game 5, putting them one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup. Patrick Kane scored two goals for the Hawks and Dave Bolland had an empty netter as the Bruins scrambled for an equalizer. The series returns to Boston Monday night.

posted by rcade to hockey at 10:19 AM - 10 comments

June 22, 2013

Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen killed.: The driver crashed just nine minutes into the 24 hour race, crashing heavily and causing an almost hour long safety car to repair the barrier. Allan was treated at the scene, and then transferred to the medical center where he succumbed to his injuries.

posted by Drood to auto racing at 06:53 PM - 2 comments

June 21, 2013

Hello, Larry: Heat Repeat as NBA Champs: Powered by LeBron James' 37 points, 12 rebounds and five three pointers, the Miami Heat repeated as NBA champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the Finals Thursday night. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range. Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebound for the Spurs but was denied his fifth chance to hoist the Larry O'Brien as NBA champ.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:05 AM - 14 comments

June 20, 2013

Aaron Hernandez's home searched in possible homicide probe: State and local police spent hours at the $1.3 million home of NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots on Tuesday night as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before.

posted by BornIcon to football at 10:18 AM - 26 comments

Blackhawks Win in OT to Even Stanley Cup: An 11-goal onslaught ended with a Brent Seabrook overtime goal that gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 6-5 road win over the Boston Bruins and evened up the Stanley Cup Finals at two games apiece. Boston fought back twice from two-goal deficits to tie, but never led. "We battled back many times, didn't make it easy on ourselves," said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

posted by rcade to hockey at 08:38 AM - 17 comments

June 19, 2013

Chris Christie Endorses NFL Team: "My favorite football team is not the New York Giants," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told a group of elementary school students in Parlin, N.J., Tuesday. "It's not the New York Jets and it's not the Philadelphia Eagles. My favorite football team [is] ..."

posted by rcade to football at 09:45 PM - 6 comments

Joe Torre's Daughter Makes Amazing Catch: Cristina Torre, the 44-year-old daughter of former Major League catcher and manager Joe Torre, saved a one-year-old boy who escaped a second-story apartment through a window and fell from an awning in New York City Wednesday. "The woman caught the baby," said Kristen Bramsen, 48. "The baby was shaken. Everyone was going up to the woman and hugging her. I hugged her."

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:27 PM - 5 comments

Late Comeback Keeps Heat Alive: Down by 5 with 28 seconds left, the Miami Heat accomplished an amazing comeback to force overtime and defeated the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 in game 6 of the NBA Finals. LeBron James had 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, scoring a late three-pointer in regulation and a go-ahead shot in OT. "We were a few seconds away from winning the championship and we let it go,'' Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said. A deciding game 7 occurs Thursday night.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:35 AM - 32 comments

June 18, 2013

Boston Takes 2-1 Lead in Stanley Cup Finals: A 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals gives the Boston Bruins a 2-1 series lead. Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored second-period goals. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots. "They had shots but most of them came from the outside," Rask said. "We eliminated a lot of their rebound opportunities."

posted by rcade to hockey at 07:20 AM - 1 comment

June 17, 2013

Spurs One Game from Title: The San Antonio Spurs dominated game 5 of the NBA Finals, defeating the Miami Heat 114-104 to take a 3-2 series lead. Manu Ginobili started for the Spurs and had a season-high 24 points and 10 assists. Spurs guard Danny Green's six three-pointers pushed him into record territory for the most threes in a playoff series. "I can't believe he's still open at this point in the series," said teammate Tony Parker. Miami's big three played well -- LeBron James scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade 25 with 10 assists and Chris Bosh 16 points -- but now must win both games in Miami to repeat as NBA champions.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:19 AM - 6 comments

June 16, 2013

England's Rose take U.S. Open: Justin Rose shot an even-par 70 Sunday, capping it with one of the loveliest pars he ever has made, to win the U.S. Open by two shots over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. The 32-year-old became the first English player to win the U.S. Open in 43 years.

posted by tommytrump to golf at 10:00 PM - 17 comments

African Muslim Rises Up Sumo Ranks: An Egyptian Muslim has become the first sumo wrestler from Africa to reach the second-highest division of the sport. Osunaarashi Kintaro, 21, whose real name is Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, is a Giza, Egypt, native who began practicing sumo at age 15 and moved to Japan two years ago. He's 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds and was promoted to juryo division after only eight tournaments. "God has given me the gift (of victory) after I have gone through a lot of pain," he said. Favoring pushing and thrust-out techniques so far in his career, Osunaarashi's sumo name means "great sandstorm."

posted by rcade to other at 04:19 PM - 0 comments

Bruins Win Game 2 in Overtime: A Daniel Paille goal 13:48 into overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 road win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals, evening the series at 1. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 18 saves in a first period onslaught by the Hawks, letting in only one goal by Patrick Sharp.

posted by rcade to hockey at 10:25 AM - 5 comments

Beware the $100 Million MLB Man: If thereís any enduring lesson from Pujolsís increasingly scary-looking contract, itís that teams would do well to build farm systems so flush with talent that those teams donít need to even consider breaking the bank for aging stars whoíll likely disappoint.

posted by justgary to baseball at 08:55 AM - 0 comments

June 15, 2013

Robert Kraft: Putin Stole My Super Bowl Ring: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has revealed that he didn't give Russian leader Vladimir Putin his Super Bowl ring in 2005 during a visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, as he's previously said. After Putin put it on, he pocketed the ring and kept it, Kraft said. When the NFL owner came home and demanded it back, the White House told him to claim it had been a gift. "I put my hand out (to get it back) and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out," Kraft said. He said he was told by someone in the Bush White House, "It would really be in the best interest if you meant to give the ring as a present."

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

June 14, 2013

The Boston Bruins are the toughest team in the NHL: So what is it good for, this heady melange of swagger and glower and grit and facepunching? What is it, if it's not a way to win? Consider this possibility: toughness in hockey isn't a strategy. It's an aesthetic.

posted by rumple to hockey at 01:43 PM - 4 comments

Heat's Big Three Lead Game 4 Win Over Spurs: Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, LeBron James 33, and Chris Bosh 20 in the Miami Heat's 109-93 road win over the San Antonio Spurs to even the NBA Finals at 2-2. The Spurs may want to rethink assigning center Tiago Splitter at the start to guard Wade, who shot 14-for-25 and was 4-4 from the charity stripe. During the game, a waterfront deck collapsed in Miami's North Bay Village as people gathered to watch the game, sending 100 people down five feet into Biscayne Bay. Two dozen were injured, two seriously. "There was just a crack, and then we were in the water," said Crystal Infante.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:41 AM - 3 comments

June 13, 2013

Four new, not-racist names for Washington D.C.'s football team: The slideshow at the bottom of the article is sort of interesting too, as insight into how branding companies think.

posted by rumple to football at 08:12 PM - 13 comments

Blackhawks Win Game 1 in Triple OT: In the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in triple overtime Wednesday night in game one of the championship series. Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw scored on a deflection 12:08 into the third extra period. The Bruins led 3-1 in the third but the Hawks scored two goals in a four-minute span. "We've preached it -- go to the net, you'll find a way to get a greasy goal," Shaw said.

posted by rcade to hockey at 10:46 AM - 9 comments

Jason Kidd hired as Brooklyn Nets head coach: The Brooklyn Nets named Kidd their coach Wednesday in a rare and speedy transition from uniform to suit. Jason Kidd getting Brooklyn Nets job irks Patrick Ewing Jr.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 09:12 AM - 2 comments

June 12, 2013

Spurs Crush Heat in Game 3: In the third-largest rout in NBA Finals history, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 113-77 and took a 2-1 series lead. The Spurs had 16 three pointers -- 13 from Danny Green and Gary Neal -- as Green scored 27 points and Neal 24, both personal playoff highs. LeBron James scored 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting and failed to reach the foul line for the first time in his Heat career. "He missed a lot of shots he normally makes," Green said of James. "LeBron is not just us stopping him. He's kind of stopped himself out there and we're getting a little lucky."

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:04 AM - 18 comments

June 11, 2013

'The Doctor' a vivid recollection, but Julius Erving's not done yet: Julius Erving enjoys the game and what it has become, and he relishes the global success that's on display during the NBA Finals. More than anything, though, he loves to hear the players speak, because sometimes he can hear a little bit of his own voice.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 02:07 PM - 0 comments

Blackhawks Fans Cheer Over Anthem: The return of the Chicago Blackhawks to the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals brings to the spotlight an unusual tradition among the team's fans -- making noise during the National Anthem. The custom of drowning out the song with roaring cheers dates to the 1985 playoffs and a series against the Edmonton Oilers. "It gives me goose bumps," Chicago forward Bryan Bickell said. "I can't imagine a better way to start a hockey game." Game 1 between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins is Wednesday night in Chicago.

posted by rcade to hockey at 01:10 PM - 1 comment

June 10, 2013

Patriots Will Sign TIm Tebow: The New England Patriots will sign Tim Tebow, league sources told ESPN. Tebow is expected to participate in the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday as a quarterback, according to sources. Belichick values versatility in his players, having used wide receivers Troy Brown, Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater at defensive back when injuries hit that position.

posted by rcade to at 11:14 PM - 24 comments

Heat Beat Spurs to Even Series: In perhaps the biggest game of his career, Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 19 points in the Miami Heat's 103-84 victory against the San Antonio Spurs. Tied 1-1, the best-of-seven NBA Finals now shifts to Texas for three consecutive games. LeBron James finished with 17 points, a postseason low, but other Heat players stepped up in a 30-5 run.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:57 AM - 8 comments

June 09, 2013

2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - Finals edition: When the NHL added six teams in 1967, it brought an end to the Original 6 era. No two Original 6 teams have faced each other in the Stanley Cup Finals since then...until now. Result after the conference finals and picks for the Finals inside...

posted by MeatSaber to fantasy at 02:00 AM - 19 comments

June 08, 2013

June 07, 2013

Spurs Take Game 1 Over Heat: The San Antonio Spurs began the NBA Finals with a 92-88 road win over the Miami Heat. Tony Parker scored 21 points, none more important than a desperate heave with time running out on the shot clock in the final 8 seconds. LeBron James had a triple-double with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:16 AM - 12 comments

June 06, 2013

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June 03, 2013

The Special One returns to Chelsea: After more (Inter Milan) and less (Real Madrid) spells elsewhere, Jose Mourinho signed a four year deal to return to Stamford Bridge. One wonders if he'll get on any better with his billionaire boss and how much change he'll ring before the season kicks off--speculation's already out there that Torres and Terry are goners and Essien will return to take the DM spot from Obi-Mikel. And maybe CR7? My main hope is that BetFair continues to back Special1 TV!

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 12:39 PM - 3 comments

Pacers' Roy Hibbert Fined for Gay Joke: The NBA fined Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert $75,000 on Sunday for using the phrase "no homo" and calling the media an expletive during his postgame press conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. Hibbert used the phrase as a joke. Asked about defending LeBron James, Hibbert referred to teammate Paul George and said, "I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint, because they stretched me out so much. No homo."

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:41 AM - 7 comments

June 02, 2013

June 01, 2013