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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Here’s why two Tennessee girls’ basketball teams both tried to lose

On Saturday, the girls’ basketball teams from Riverdale and Smyrna high schools in Tennessee met in the District 7-AAA consolation game, which was a postseason game, at least nominally. But because of the state’s high school playoff structure — and the looming presence of one of the nation’s best teams — both squads employed an […]

ESPN suspends Keith Olbermann over Penn State tweets

ESPN has suspended Keith Olbermann for the rest of the week from his “Olbermann” show because of a series of tweets about Penn State University on Monday night. “We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State,” ESPN said in a statement. “It was completely inappropriate and does […]

Insulting Manny Pacquiao’s basketball skills sends one American player to the unemployment line

Basketball officials in the Philippines delivered a low blow to an American player who dared criticize the basketball skills of Manny Pacquiao, the country’s legendary boxer/politician/wannabe hoopster. Daniel Orton, a 6-foot-10 former...Show More Summary

Kansas State police are looking for fan who hipchecked Kansas player when crowd rushed the court

Kansas State campus police are looking for a fan who was among the hundreds who stormed the Bramlage Coliseum court after the team upset Kansas on Monday night. [Related: Fans storm court after Kansas State upsets Kansas] This fan seemed to make a beeline for Jamari Traylor of the Jayhawks and hipchecked him. Late Tuesday […]

Kobe Bryant is not amused by the Lakers’ victory joy

The Los Angeles Lakers were a trifle excited when they got their 14th victory of the season, but their joy did not extend to the team’s biggest star, Kobe Bryant. With Bryant out for the season and the Lakers headed for lottery-pick territory, the team managed to snap a seven-game losing streak Sunday night with […]

The Cleveland Browns’ new logo is completely underwhelming

Last week, word leaked out that the Cleveland Browns were getting a new logo, leading to much hullabaloo. On Tuesday, they released the new logo. Here are the Browns' updated logos (via @Browns) pic.twitter.com/3ZV4D5F6w2 — SundayNight Football (@SNFonNBC) February 24, 2015 So it’s … darker orange? That’s it? Still just a plain ol’ helmet? “Our […]

Michael Sam joins ‘DWTS’ along with Nastia Liukin

As he waits for his NFL career to be rebooted and jokes about wedding plans “in Westeros,” Michael Sam will put on his dancing shoes. Sam, the first openly gay player taken in the NFL draft last May, will join the cast of “Dancing with the Stars.” Nastia Liukin, the Olympic-gold medal winning gymnast, is […]

Tuukka Rask plays for the B’s, inspires a wasp

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is having a comparatively off season, with his 2.37 goals-against average on pace to be his highest since 2010-11 and his.919 save percentage on pace to be his lowest since that same season. But here’s some news that could take the sting out of all that. You see, scientists […]

Marshawn Lynch wants to trademark ‘I’m just here so I won’t get fined’

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a man of few words at the Super Bowl and now he hopes to trademark one of the few things he said during his encounters with reporters in Arizona. Last week, he filed a trademark request for the phrase “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” with […]

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says shortening the season isn’t out of the question

Last week, Major League Baseball announced four new rule changes that it hopes will quicken the pace of games. Starting this season, managers will have to stay in the dugout during replay challenges, hitters will need to keep one foot in the batter’s box during at-bats, games will start promptly upon return from commercial breaks […]

Fans storm court after Kansas State upsets Kansas, trapping Bill Self, Jayhawks

It starts to happen every year about this time and it only intensifies as February gives way to the madness of March. Every time there’s a college basketball upset, fans storm the court, creating scary scenes for onlookers and terrifying ones for those in the midst of the insanity. There have been calls, from time […]

Girls basketball teams try to lose game to each other, both get postseason ban

If only the Smyrna and Riverdale girls had Herm Edwards as their coach. He surely would have pointed out to them that “you play to win the game.” (He might also have tossed in a sarcastic, “Hello?” Which would have been great.) Instead, the coaches of those Tennessee high school teams did it have pointed out […]

76ers’ Isaiah Canaan hits the wackiest buzzer-beater of the season

The 76ers took some heat for trading away former rookie-of-the-year point guard Michael Carter-Williams and highlight-reel current rookie K.J. McDaniels, who constituted two of the team’s few promising players. But Philly did get Isaiah Canaan back in the McDaniels deal, and on Monday night, the squad’s new point guard made some magic. With time running out […]

Penguins fans name their newborn son ‘Malkin Crosby’

A pair of Penguins fans just had a newborn son, and they couldn’t wait to show how much they adored … the team. Welcome to the world, Malkin Crosby Long. We LOVE the name. And Malkin’s future brother? He’ll be Beau Bennett Long. pic.twitter.com/S4mEusOyMF — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 24, 2015 Hmmm, that name doesn’t […]

Byron Jones leaps into the record books at the NFL combine

The NFL combine is all about breaking the game of football into various components and seeing how prospects do in individual drills, such as the 40-yard dash, bench press and vertical jump. By that standard, no one has had a better combine than Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones. Not only did Jones absolutely smash the unofficial combine […]

The best 10-year-old basketball player just might be the son of LeBron James

We present another installment in our occasional series: LeBron James’s Kid Has Some Serious Skills. In Monday’s episode, we see highlights of the 10-year-old’s performance at the 2015 John Lucas All-Star Weekend 10U tournament. “Bronny,”...Show More Summary

Former Louisville guard Chris Jones threatened to ‘smack’ a woman in a text

On Sunday, Louisville dismissed guard Chris Jones. The school gave no reason for its action, but word leaked out that the senior was seeking help with anger management. On Monday, at least one reason emerged for the dismissal: Jones had sent a female student, with whom he was involved, a threatening text message. The news emerged […]

Adrian Peterson’s agent is reportedly fighting with the Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings supposedly expect Adrian Peterson to return to the team when his suspension ends. The running back, meanwhile, reportedly is looking elsewhere, with the Dallas Cowboys mentioned as a possibility. Based on a story coming out of the NFL combine in Indianapolis, it sure seems like the latter is more likely to happen. […]

Alex Rodriguez shows up early to Yankees spring training

Alex Rodriguez got a jump start on his return to baseball by showing up early to spring training on Monday, two days before his fellow position players. His coaches and teammates weren’t expecting him so early, Billy Witz of the New York Times reports: Rodriguez’s arrival seem to catch the Yankees by surprise. Amid rumors […]

Jameis Winston to the Bucs with No. 1 pick seems like a done deal

Despite all the baggage Jameis Winston brings to the table — and at a time when the NFL is looking to avoid anything that hints at baggage — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem certain to take the Florida State quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. That’s the consensus coming out of […]

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