Archives for February 2014

February 28, 2014

Miller & Ott traded to St. Louis; Sabres get Halak and Stewart, prospect and two picks: In one of the biggest trades in Buffalo Sabres history and the 1st one under new G.M. Tim Murray, goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott have been dealt to the St. Louis Blues. In return, the Sabres are getting goaltender Jaroslav Halak, right winger Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a 1st-round pick in '15 and a 3rd-round pick in '16.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 08:07 PM - 5 comments

February 27, 2014

Outlook Poor for Comatose Schumacher: Today's New York Times has bad news about F1 legend Michael Schumacher, who has been in a medically induced coma since being hurt two months ago in a skiing accident: "The outlook for Schumacher, 45, has been obscured by the decision of his doctors and his family not to give regular updates on his progress. But what is known seems increasingly dispiriting, at least for his prospects of achieving a complete mental and physical recovery, or even of escaping long-term impairment."

posted by rcade to auto racing at 04:56 PM - 1 comment

February 26, 2014

February 25, 2014

February 24, 2014

How Cities Fared After the Olympics Left Town: CBS News returns to the Olympic Games venues of the past three decades to see how many of the facilities constructed for the event are still around benefiting their communities. The gold medal of sadness goes to 1984 host Sarajevo: "The bobsleigh and luge track on Mount Trbevic was turned into an artillery position from which Bosnian Serbs pounded the city for almost four years."

posted by rcade to olympics at 08:48 PM - 14 comments

February 23, 2014

Nets Sign First Openly Gay NBA Player: Journeyman center Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and will make history as the first openly gay player for an NBA team when he takes the court in a game. The Nets play the Lakers tonight at 9 p.m Eastern. Collins came out in a Sports Illustrated cover story last April, but was not signed by a team until now.

posted by Etrigan to basketball at 04:39 PM - 8 comments

Dutch Speedskating Coach No Fan of American Football: Dutch speedskating coach Jillert Anema, fresh off his country winning 21 of its 22 medals in that sport at the Sochi Games, has a unique theory for why the U.S. wasn't as successful in that competition: "You have a lot of attention for foolish sport, like American football. You waste a lot of talent, athletic talent, in a sport where it's meant to kill each other, to injure each other. And when you compete once every four years, with talent, with a few lone wolves, who are skating, you can't beat the world, it's no way. [The US.]. is so narrow-minded, and you waste a lot of good talent in a sport that sucks."

posted by rcade to olympics at 04:33 PM - 3 comments

February 22, 2014

February 21, 2014

76ers Sign Teen with Down Syndrome: The Philadelphia 76ers have given a two-day contract to an 18-year-old high school student with Down syndrome after his on-court exploits in a game went viral. Senior Kevin Grow, the longtime manager of his Bensalem High School basketball team in Pennsylvania, got to suit up and play the final two minutes of his final two games. He scored 14 points in the finale, burying four three-pointers including a buzzer beater. Grow shared a meal with the 76ers, took part in shooting drills and got his own locker and No. 33 jersey.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:08 AM - 3 comments

February 20, 2014

Giants Fan Bryan Stow's Attackers Sentenced: Two California men were sentenced to prison Thursday for the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan after a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. Marvin Norwood, 33, and Louie Sanchez, 31, were sentenced to four years and eight years, respectively. The men were harshly criticized by Judge George Lomeli. Sanchez smirked during the judge's admonishment. "You show no remorse whatsoever," Lomeli said. Stow is disabled and unable to care for himself, said his father, David. Caregivers and family members shower, dress and feed Stow, who takes 13 medications a day, said his sister Bonnie Stow.

posted by rcade to baseball at 05:24 PM - 0 comments

Ravens' Ray Rice allegedly knocked out fiancee at hotel: Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, were both arrested Saturday morning and charged with simple assault-domestic violence after an argument at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Rice is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 25 at 9 a.m Video

posted by BornIcon to football at 07:59 AM - 1 comment

February 19, 2014

Olympian Took Name of German Underwear Company: One of the men's luge competitors, Bruno Banani of Tonga, renamed himself after a Germany underwear company of the same name. There are Olympic rules about marketing athletes, but none that prohibited Fuahea Semi from taking the name as part of an effort in Tonga to get an Olympian to compete. He failed to qualify in Vancouver four years ago, crashing and waking up in the hospital, but made it to Sochi. "This is the name that made history for me," he said. "And I will stay with it. The name will always be there. Whatever people want to call me, it just doesn't matter."

posted by rcade to olympics at 05:08 PM - 2 comments

February 18, 2014

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February 14, 2014

Manziel Would Draft Himself at No. 1: The Houston Texans not taking Heisman-winning Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft would be "the worst decision they've ever made," said Heisman-winning Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. "I'd be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito."

posted by rcade to football at 04:53 PM - 5 comments

February 13, 2014

February 12, 2014

Derek Jeter to Retire From Yankees After 2014 Season: Shortstop Derek Jeter, entering his 20th season with the Yankees, announced Wednesday on his official Facebook fan page that 2014 would be his final year playing professional baseball.

posted by BornIcon to baseball at 03:16 PM - 16 comments

February 11, 2014

February 10, 2014

February 09, 2014

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay: Michael Sam was a first team All American and the SEC defensive player of the year. Sam is projected by some to be a third round pick and would become the first publicly gay NFL player.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to football at 08:20 PM - 41 comments

1,000 Texts Between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito: The Big Lead has an enormous collection of texts between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. A highlight: "U good dude?" Incognito asks last March. "Did u get some chick pregnant? I'll help you off her if that's the case." Martin replies, "Lol yeah I'm good man. Ima hold you to that if I ever knock up a chick at tootsies."

posted by rcade to football at 01:00 PM - 1 comment

February 08, 2014

February 07, 2014

February 06, 2014

Why is the world's gayest sport stuck in the closet?: A perceptive long essay from buzzfeed examines sexuality and men's figure skating.

posted by rumple to olympics at 07:19 PM - 2 comments

St. Louis Rams Owner Buys Land in Los Angeles: St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased 60 acres of parking lot in Los Angeles between the Hollywood Park Racetrack and the Forum, reviving chatter about the NFL returning to town. Hey, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, isn't he just doing this to extort more money from the taxpayers of St. Louis? "Yes, he wants the city and state to make a more competitive offer to keep the Rams. The sides are now $600 million apart on their bid and ask. But Kroenke isn't bluffing, either. He loves LA, and a stadium in that area was already approved for Davis before he moved the Raiders in 1994. This is no joke."

posted by rcade to football at 04:26 PM - 13 comments

Sacre Bleu! Los Angeles Lakers Run Out of Players: In last night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers ran out of players. Robert Sacre fouled out with 3:31 left in the game, leaving only four players on the team capable of taking the floor -- they had fielded eight, two were injured and another fouled out). Shahan Ahmed of the Los Angeles Times explains what happened next: "Under rules seemingly no one had heard before, the Lakers were allowed to keep Sacre in the game after the Cavs shot a technical free throw. From that point forward, any foul Sacre committed would count as a personal foul and a technical foul. Luckily, that never happened." ProBasketballTalk has more on the excellent weirdness.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:57 PM - 8 comments

How to Watch the Olympics: The Winter Olympics begins today in Sochi, Russia, with events broadcast on several NBC TV networks. Also, every event will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.Com, as long as you have a cable or satellite TV subscription.

posted by rcade to olympics at 08:46 AM - 18 comments

February 05, 2014

CBS to Air 8 NFL Games on Thursday Night: CBS has reached a deal with the NFL to air eight games on Thursday night in the first half of the season and two late-season Saturday night games. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the games. CBS, which broadcast its first NFL game in 1956, had the rights to air NFC games from 1970 to 1993 and has owned the AFC rights since 1998.

posted by rcade to football at 06:04 PM - 11 comments

Tracy McGrady Takes the Mound: Former NBA scoring champ Tracy McGrady is hoping to make the roster of the Sugar Land Skeeters, a minor league baseball team in Texas, as a pitcher. He has hit 90 mph on the radar, according to Roger Clemens, who is mentoring him. McGrady retired from the NBA last August after 15 seasons, seven as an All-Star in Orlando and Houston. He last played baseball as a junior at Auburndale High School in Florida. "I've thought about this since high school," McGrady told ESPN. "For 16 years, I've told people I'm a baseball player and how much I love baseball. We have an independent league team right here in my backyard. I'm five minutes away from the stadium. So I had to give it a shot."

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:51 AM - 1 comment

February 04, 2014

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February 02, 2014

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30: The Seattle Seahawks annihilated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl 0x30, the biggest rout in the NFL's championship game in 21 years. How dominating was the Seattle defense? They scored a safety 12 seconds into the game and that lead held up until the final play of the third quarter. A linebacker, Malcolm Smith, was chosen the game's MVP. He returned an interception of a Peyton Manning pass 69 yards for a touchdown shortly before halftime.

posted by rcade to football at 06:03 PM - 100 comments

SpoFi's 2014 Fantasy Baseball League is Active!: So begins my fourth year of running SpoFi's fantasy baseball league. Invites to previous players have been sent out. If you're interested in joining, you'll need to email me so I can send you a direct invite as Yahoo! fantasy no longer provides a way to post a URL and password to let new players join a league. Same thing if you've been playing and you haven't seen the invite in your inbox. We've got keepers this year, as was discussed in the league last season. Existing teams can pick up to three. They'll take the place of your first three draft positions, so new teams will have first pick at the free agents.

posted by ursus_comiter to fantasy at 11:22 AM - 3 comments

February 01, 2014

Strahan, Brooks lead NFL Hall of Fame class: Michael Strahan and Derrick Brooks led a group of seven players who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Marvin Harrison, however, was not elected. Brooks will enter as a first-ballot HOFer, and punt Ray Guy finally gets in through the veterans' committee.

posted by jjzucal to football at 07:55 PM - 2 comments