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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Colin Kaepernick: Allegations about incident are “completely wrong”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick responded to news Thursday that he and two other NFL players were under investigation by Miami police for an alleged incident that occurred earlier this month. Kaepernick, on Twitter, questioned the veracity of the accuser and added, “I assure you that your faith is not misplaced.” TMZ initially reported […]

Jon Stewart takes down the NCAA (perfectly) on “The Daily Show” (video)

On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart took a crisp pass from Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier and crushed, absolutely crushed the NCAA, over its opposition to the efforts of college athletes to unionize. It’s a perfect couple of minutes in which he rips the non-profit organization for its “exploitative overwhelmingly financially advantageous — to [them] — draconian […]

Manny Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley and retirement questions

Manny Pacquiao will step into the ring Saturday night in a rematch against Timothy Bradley and, this time, the controversy swirling about the fight is limited to concerns about Pacquiao’s future. Will this fight be his last? It’s been a hot topic since he lost to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, but Pacquiao wasn’t […]

What was that stuff on Yankees pitcher’s hand?

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are playing their first series of the season and — who knew? — there’s already a controversy. Just what was that stuff on the hand of pitcher Michael Pineda? Was it dirt? Pine tar (shades of George Brett)? Oily gunk? Gunky oil? Pineda, who gave up four […]

Eli Manning to undergo ankle procedure

Eli Manning, who suffered an ankle injury in the New York Giants’ season finale against the Washington Redskins, was to undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his leg Thursday afternoon. Manning was, according to the team, going to have a debridement procedure performed in Charlotte, N.C. “I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the […]

Stephen Colbert isn’t canceled, he’s promoted to replace David Letterman

So much for the “Cancel Colbert” movement. Stephen Colbert is, in fact, getting a promotion. The Comedy Central talk show host has been tabbed by CBS to replace David Letterman, who announced recently that he will retire. In case you missed it, Colbert, as is his wont, satirized the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation earlier […]

Shawne Merriman joins WWE

Shawne Merriman, the former Maryland and NFL linebacker, will try his hand at a new endeavor. He’s joining the WWE. Merriman, who was in New Orleans for WrestleMania XXX over the weekend, had often attended WWE events and Rey Mysterio posted a photo to Instagram that leaked the news Saturday night. On Wednesday, John Layfield […]

Colin Kaepernick investigated over sexual assault allegation, reports say

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is under investigation after an allegation of sexual assault in Miami. The assault, according to TMZ, occurred at the Viceroy Hotel and Miami police confirmed to the Mercury News that an investigation is underway but would not reveal the nature of the allegation. No charges have been filed and […]

UConn bet pays off for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Big time.

There is, it turns out, another reason Floyd Mayweather Jr. goes by the nickname “Money.” In addition to often raking in the cash with fights in Vegas, he has been known to hit the jackpot gambling and, when he does, he shares the information with the world. His latest bets, on Connecticut in the NCAA […]

Braves’ scoreboard fireworks, flag go up in smoke

Oops. The Atlanta Braves would like everyone to know that the American flag did not actually go up in flames when a fireworks display caused a pyrotechnic nightmare at the team’s home opener Tuesday. The flag, according to a team spokesman, was made of fire-retardant material, so only holes were burned in it in spite […]

How to pick the Masters winner

The Masters begins today and, when Sunday arrives, one thing is certain: the winner won’t be Tiger Woods. But who will it be? Australian Adam Scott, the defending champion, with Woods’s former caddie, Stevie Williams, on the bag? Or will it be someone else? Here are a couple of the more esoteric ways to predict […]

Brandon Spikes on Patriots: “Four years a slave”

As he leaves for Buffalo, Brandon Spikes took a shot at the New England Patriots with a controversial word choice. The linebacker described his time under Coach Bill Belichick as “4 years a slave” in a tweet that brought down upon him the Twitter wrath of fans. The rip was occasioned by the release of […]

Jerry Jones: Cowboys may miss playoffs, but they’re the most popular TV show

Playoffs? Playoffs? Jerry Jones doesn’t need no stinkin’ playoffs. His Dallas Cowboys, he pointed out, have missed out on the playoffs the last three years, yet they remain very, very popular. “As you know, the Cowboys have not gone to the playoffs in several years,” Jones said during a press conference at which it was […]

Nike raises NFL jersey prices, with top shirt at $295

Ever so quietly, the price Nike charges for NFL jerseys has gone up. The manufacturer raised the prices on the two highest tiers of jerseys April 1, a fact that it did not announce. An Elite jersey, the one closest to what a real player wears, now sells for $295, up from $250 according to ESPN. […]

Pacers will start five guys no one will recognize tonight

With the Indiana Pacers running on fumes at exactly the wrong time of the year, Coach Frank Vogel is going with a rather unorthodox lineup tonight in Milwaukee. He intends to sit all five starters. “The starters are not going to play tonight, all five of them,” Vogel said (via Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis […]

And now, the A.J. McCarron, Katherine Webb wedding reality show

What’s a celebrity wedding without a reality show? This one will feature the lead-in and nuptials of former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and his model girlfriend Katherine Webb, who became an internet sensation thanks to Brent Musburger’s appreciative comments during the January 2013 BCS championship game. McCarron and Webb became engaged March 29 and Webb […]

NFLPA supports college effort to unionize, DeMaurice Smith says

While Shabazz Napier was grabbing headlines for a comment about going to bed “starving” and firing a shot at the NCAA for banning Connecticut from postseason for a year, leaders of the NCAA and universities were pressing their argument for why college players should not have the right to unionize. They made their arguments in […]

Batkid throws out first pitch at San Francisco Giants home opener (video)

Batkid returned to San Francisco on Tuesday, throwing out the first pitch at the Giants home opener and winning more hearts along the way. The 5-year-old Northern California boy behind the mask, leukemia-survivor Mike Scott, first made headlines in November when he went around the city fighting crime as his favorite superhero in an event […]

Derrick Gordon is first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player (video)

Derrick Gordon, a University of Massachusetts guard, announced this morning that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay male basketball player in Division I. Gordon, a redshirt sophomore, told Outsports that he’d informed his a week ago. From Outsports: Two weeks after his team’s upset loss to Tennessee in the NCAA tournament, Gordon had […]

Ryan Braun uses boos for fuel in Philly (video)

Hate, it turns out, works pretty well as fuel. Since the baseball season began and he was warmly welcomed back in Milwaukee from his 65-game suspension in connection with the Biogenesis investigation, Ryan Braun has heard every imaginable negative reaction on the road. There’ve been boos. Chants. Taunts. And then he went to Philadelphia, where […]

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