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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Champ Bailey reportedly will retire from NFL after 15-year career

Cornerback Champ Bailey is calling it a career. Despite interest from teams, Champ Bailey has decided to retire from NFL to pursue other career opportunities, agent Jack Reale said Tues. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2014 Bailey, the No. 7 pick of the 1999 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins, was named to 12 […]

Luis Suarez snubbed from FIFA Ballon d’Or nominations, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo get nods

Luis Suarez is an objectively better soccer player than several of the 23 men nominated for this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) award, but he’s also the only player over the age of five to bite an opponent this year when he got angry, so maybe that’s why he was left off the list. […]

Houston Astros finally might get rid of that center field hill at Minute Maid Park.

Major League Baseball frowns upon teams making any sort of big news during the World Series, but Joe Maddon blew all that up last week when he announced that he won’t be returning as Tampa Bay Rays manager. So the Houston Astros are now fine with breaking some very major news of their own: They’re […]

Becky Hammon scoffs at sexism as she readies to take her place by Coach Gregg Popovich at the Spurs opener

The San Antonio Spurs will have a new face on their bench on Tuesday night when Becky Hammon, the first woman assistant coach in major pro sports history, takes her place alongside Coach Gregg Popovich when the team tips off against the Dallas Mavericks. While the Spurs organization and most sports writers and NBA personnel have welcomed the addition of […]

Warriors co-owner blames an autocorrect fail for using ‘hoodish’ instead of ‘Yiddish’

A co-owner of the Golden State Warriors expressed regret Monday night for an email memo to team employees in which he wrote that he planned to learn “hoodish.” Peter Guber said that he meant to type “Yiddish” as he responded to a team email that noted that NBA rosters this year have 101 players from […]

The College Football Playoff feeds the sport’s controversy-industrial complex

On Tuesday night, the College Football Playoff committee will reveal its initial top 25 ranking, with the top four teams first in line to play in the inaugural national semifinal on New Year’s Day. It is a historic, pointless day for college football. Yes, at long last we’ll hold a mini-tournament to determine the nation’s […]

Search continues for Colo. man who disappeared during Broncos-Chargers game

Investigators in Denver continue to search for a 53-year-old Colorado man who went missing during Thursday’s Chargers-Broncos game at Sports Authority Field. A police spokesman told 9News, a local station, that authorities currently don’t suspect foul play in the disappearance of Paul Kitterman, who never returned to his seat after halftime. Authorities are now reviewing […]

Are you tired of LeBron James homecoming ads? Sprite isn’t.

LeBron James is returning to his roots — you might have heard — and the Ohio odyssey is celebrated in a new Sprite commercial. In it, the Cleveland Cavalier returns to his Akron hometown and visits a basketball court rebuilt by the purveyors of the lemon-lime beverage. In the ad, James talks about his return […]

NFL trade deadline day likely to feature minor deals, at best

NFL trade deadline day is upon us (the official deadline is 4 p.m.), which is the red-headed stepchild of pro-sports trade deadline days. Deals of note rarely happen, even though they probably should. What is likely the biggest transaction of the season — the Seahawks’ trade of Percy Harvin to the Jets – already happened, […]

Why did Jerry Jones have to tell Jason Garrett that Tony Romo was okay?

If the Dallas Cowboys go into a tailspin here, if Tony Romo starts to battle injuries down the stretch, blame the guy standing on the sideline during the team’s overtime loss to the Washington Redskins — the guy next to Coach Jason Garrett, the guy featured prominently on ESPN’s pregame promo. That would be Jerry […]

Michael Jordan tweets, ‘I’M BACK!’ … then LOLs

Michael Jordan is taking over the Charlotte Hornets’ Twitter feed for the day and his first tweet was a doozy. I’M BACK! …just kidding LOL. Trying out social media for the first time and sharing my day with you. Ready? #MJTakeover — Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) October 28, 2014 Yes, he was “just kidding. LOL” as […]

Guy with Tony Romo’s face shaved into the back of his head is probably pretty sad today

Just gaze in wonder at that for a moment. It’s just so well done. The detailing. The paint. The fact that it all fits so nicely onto the back of his head. Anyway, an Instagram user put that shot up during Monday night’s Cowboys-Redskins game. And then Romo got hurt. And then Dallas owner Jerry […]

Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch will still be a Seahawk after NFL trade deadline

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will still be a member of the Seattle Seahawks after the NFL’s trade deadline passes Tuesday. Coach Pete Carroll shot down an ESPN report tht the Seahawks are tired of Lynch’s antics and would like to move him, just as they did last week with Percy Harvin. He was […]

The College Football Playoff committee reveals its first rankings Tuesday. Here’s everything you need to know.

The College Football Playoff committee will reveal its first top 25 ranking Tuesday night, with the first four teams gaining an inside edge on spots in the first college football playoff semifinal. Here’s everything you need to know. [RELATED: Here's how a one-loss team can impact the College Football Playoff picture.] So how can I […]

Video shows Diego Maradona apparently hitting ex-girlfriend Rocio Oliva

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has found himself in trouble again. Maradona, 53, is shown apparently striking former girlfriend Rocio Oliva in a 30-second cellphone video originally aired by Argentine TV program “Nosotros al Mediodía.” “Stop! Stop! Stop hitting me,” Oliva says in the video, according to a translation by the New York Daily News. […]

Police release report on car accident that killed Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras

Less than 24 hours after news broke that St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident, police in the Domincan Republic have released their report. The details are as follows, per St. Louis Today: Taveras was driving the red 2014 Chevrolet Camaro in the city of Puerto Plata, some 215 miles north of […]

NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. scores big for Hendrik Motosports at Martinsville with emotional victory

It’s been 10 years since tragedy struck a Hendrick Motorsports plane on its way to a NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway. The crash killed all 10 people on board, including team owner Rick Hendrick’s son, brother, twin nieces, the team general manager, head engine builder and more. Sadness turned into joy on Sunday, however, when […]

Charles Barkley is thinking about leaving TNT

Soak it all in for the next two years, folks. After a decade-and-a-half of hearing Charles Barkley describe things as “turrible,” the stalwart NBA analyst is thinking of leaving TNT when his contract expires in two years. He said, via SportingNews.com: “I love my job, I love the people I work with. My big decision is, I’ve […]

The Boston Bruins dressed up like ‘Frozen’ characters to visit kids at Boston Children’s Hospital

Some young patients at Boston Children’s Hospital got a very special visit on Monday from “Frozen” characters Kristoff, Anna, Sven, Hans, Olaf and Elsa. That sounds lovely, except… yikes. Kristoff, Anna, Sven, Hans, Olaf & Elsa ready to visit the kids @BostonChildrens ! pic.twitter.com/VC7M5AKIqL — Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 27, 2014 Yes, friends, Boston Bruins […]

Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny releases touching statement about Oscar Taveras

  Messages from MLB players, coaches and officials poured in quickly after news broke on Sunday that Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras had died in a car accident alongside his girlfriend. But one voice was conspicuously absent, that of Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny. He remained quiet until late this morning, saying he  “simply couldn’t” say anything […]

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