While it was a statement I suspected was coming for some time, there is no doubt that yesterday’s decision by Rory McIlroy to pull out of the Olympic Games has greatly undermined the efforts of the world’s golfing organisations to re-introduce golf into the games after a 112-year absence. - Referenced Article
LeBron James scored 41 points for the second straight game to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a NBA Finals Game 7 after a 115-101 over the Golden State Warriors Thursday. Game 7 is Sunday in Oakland. - Referenced Article
The Golden State Warriors admitted to missing the suspended Draymond Green in their 112-97 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. But they refused to use his absence as a cop-out. - Referenced Article
Smylie Kaufman is playing in his first Masters, and he’ll tee off on Sunday alongside Jordan Spieth in the tournament’s final pairing.
That’s remarkable bordering on miraculous in itself, but then there’s this: Kaufman learned to play Augusta National by playing the course on the Tiger Woods video game. You know, just like Jack and Arnie used to do. - Referenced Article
Brett Favre became the 14th first ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback on Saturday night after being voted in, according to USA Today.
Favre, who has been described as having a “gun-slinging approach” to quarterbacking, became one of the eight members of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, in his first year of being eligible to do so. - Referenced Article
The Miami Dolphins got their man. Now it’s up to Adam Gase to prove he can do something predecessor Joe Philbin couldn’t: Get the Dolphins and young quarterback Ryan Tannehill into the playoffs. - Referenced Article
Brisbane, Australia • Serena Williams retired during her Hopman Cup match in Perth on Tuesday, completing a day of injuries and upsets for the leading women's players less than two weeks from the Australian Open.
Williams, who missed the U.S. team's opening loss to Ukraine on Monday because of inflammation in her left knee, was trailing 7-5, 2-1 against Jarmila Wolfe when she left the court in her first match of the season. - Referenced Article
Bleacher Report By : Mike Freeman , NFL National Lead Writer
There is always massive turnover in Cleveland. Everyone gets canned, all the time, which is very Clevelandy.
The Browns have had eight head coaches since 2000. No, a coach and GM getting fired in Cleveland is not news. The real news will come soon. The real news will be what the new head coach does with Johnny Manziel. - Referenced Article
Darrelle Revis went MIA for most of Sunday’s season-crushing loss to the Bills.
The Jets’ $70 million man was schooled by a youngster, second-year wideout Sammy Watkins, throughout most of Sunday’s contest. Watkins, who was mostly marked by No. 24, finished with 11 receptions for 136 yards. - Referenced Article
The Pittsburgh Steelers is on the verge of missing the playoff this season and yet some are informing me that Todd Haley is in contention for a head coaching position in the NFL. I’m fully aware that the Steelers have racked up 5,948 total offensive yards and they have arguably the best receiving cadre in the league. At last check they ranked third in total offense in NFL, but what would Haley do without one of the league’s best Quarterback Receiver tandems and a proficient running attack?
Could Haley take a team with significantly less and produce the same results? In other words can he produce a playoff contending team without the luxury of talent on the Steeler’s roster? If you’re a team that wants to make a significant investment in a head coach I ask that you look at Haley’s performance in critical situations this season.
I would urge any front office to take a close look at the Steeler’s close defeat against their division rival Baltimore Ravens. Even though the Ravens are in the bottom 15 in the leagues for pass defense they managed to hold the Steelers to under 20 points in both division games. The Steelers air attack was grounded at critical junctures throughout the game.
In 2014 we suffered embarrassing defeats against division rivals in Baltimore and even in Cleveland, but any team considering Todd Haley should consider his performance under limited circumstances.
When Big Ben was out, they played a very tough game in San Diego. At a critical point in the game Big Ben drew up an offensive play and we reported:
Startling revelation that injured Pittsburgh Steeler Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drew up the explosive 72 yard Michael Vick pass to Markus Wheaton in last night’s thrilling victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Immediately before the game winning run by Runningback Le'Veon Bell; they received instructions on the play by Ben Roethlisberger; which begs the question, what is the role of the true Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley in Pittsburgh since Ben Roethlisberger call his own plays under center?
Big Ben also said he factored in the fact that he knew Michael Vick likes getting out of the pocket when drawing up the 72 yard play. Why did it take Big Ben to utilize Vick's strengths?
Big Ben was very disappointed when Haley arrived as the offensive coordinator, so I’m guessing he won’t be devastated if he departs. Big Ben usually controls the discussion when he zips to the sidelines in critical game situations and I would argue that it’s because he has too much control of the offensive strategy and execution due to Haley’s inefficiency.
It’s easy to win 10 games in this league with the league’s best running back, quarterback, and wide receiver. There is zero indication in my mind that Haley has the capability to win with less.
By all accounts Kirk Cousins is a mediocre Quarterback in the National Football League. He's had issues winning on the road and has strongled against playoff teams with winning records. It's very striking that many sports analysts have asked or presented the question of whether or not Cousins is the real deal. It's hard to believe that some have done a lot to prop up this quarterback when his on-field performance has been subpar most of the season.
A healthy RGIII with in a offensive system that is committed to his skill sets has this team at better than .500 and struggling to get in the playoff in a lackluster division. Cousins will go into contract negotiations at the end of the season and in all likelihood receive a huge amount of cash, but they will never win a Super Bowl with Cousins under center.
Two Cleveland Browns players found themselves in jail on Christmas following a traffic stop. Linebacker Armonty Bryant and cornerback De'Ante Saunders were placed under arrest after Saunders was pulled over and charged by police for operating a vehicle while impaired and speeding.
The state trooper who arrested the pair reportedly found a gun in the car, along with Adderall, according to Cleveland 19 News. - Referenced Article
Venus Williams has been trying in vain to win her eighth major tennis title since she captured the Wimbledon trophy in 2008. If she is to do it at the United States Open this year, it will come at a heavy cost. She will have to deny her little sister the rare opportunity to win a Grand Slam.
Williams beat Anett Kontaveit, 6-2, 6-1, and will play Serena Williams, the No. 1 seed, in the quarterfinals of the Open on Tuesday night. - Referenced Article
Maria Sharapova, the 2006 United States Open champion, withdrew from the Open on Sunday, citing a leg injury.
Sharapova, a five-time major winner, has not played since her semifinal loss at Wimbledon in July against Serena Williams, also withdrawing from recent tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati. - Referenced Article
2006 winner Maria Sharapova withdraws from U.S. Open for second time in three years due to injury
In an attempt to make the season-ending FedExCup playoffs, Tiger Woods is headed to Greensboro.
He announced last week he was considering playing in this week’s Wyndham Championship, and now it’s official. Tournament director Mark Brazil tweeted the news Monday morning: “Bam! Tiger is coming!” - Referenced Article
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has weathered an offseason in which several former players have suggested race factoring into his personnel decisions. Most recently, cornerback Brandon Boykin texted to CSN-Philly that Kelly is "uncomfortable around grown men of our culture."
That was widely interpreted to mean African-Americans, in the wake of previous comments by former Eagles LeSean McCoy and Tra Thomas. - Referenced Article
If New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was looking for a sympathetic ear in the Tom Brady saga, he is not getting one from Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
Kraft on Wednesday was critical of Roger Goodell's decision to uphold Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal, saying he was wrong to put his faith in the league during the appeal process. - Referenced Article
Tom Brady destroyed his credibility along with his cell phone. Might have put a few dents in his legacy, too.
For months, everyone has been snickering at the idea of the reigning Super Bowl MVP, the NFL's Golden Boy, being suspended for letting air out of footballs. But no one should be laughing now, not after Commissioner Roger Goodell's little bombshell Tuesday. - Referenced Article
Jerome Bettis looked at the box of cereal with his likeness on the front, and then glanced down at the lower left corner of it and couldn’t hide his smile. What he saw, what made him smile, is a logo that makes him so proud, the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo. “It warms my heart every time I see it,” said Bettis.
“This is something that was never a dream as a kid. You don’t dream of going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You dream of winning a championship. So when I see it, the realization is now I am in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” - Referenced Article
What can 11 luxury watches, a diamond wedding ring, a 401(k) account, three high-performance cars and 10 properties buy?
In the case of Jeffrey Webb, an ex-FIFA executive, it’ll secure a $10 million bond releasing him from police custody. Webb, a former vice president of soccer’s scandal-hit world governing body, was one of seven officials extradited from Switzerland in May for corruption. - Referenced Article
Welcome to America, circa 2015, where the dividing line between sports and pop culture no longer exists. Mix the hubris of Hollywood with the bravado of modern athletes and you get what you get. I can barely watch but neither can I resist the chance to witness it up close.
This is better than Brutus stabbing Caesar at the Theater of Pompey, though I’ll admit I was busy that night and didn’t catch it live. But I managed to see the ESPYs in person on Wednesday, amid the legends and the lunatics and the occasional Brutus or two. Red carpets seem to attract that. - Referenced Article
Just how exclusive is The Country Club in Brookline?
We’re about to find out. Word around the club’s meticulously manicured grounds is that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, whose mansion is just an errant tee shot away, would like to join.
But it’s not clear if the club famous for understatement and insularity will accept the glamorous power couple as members. - Referenced Article
Phil Mickelson has been in the news more for potential illegal financial activity than he has for winning golf tournaments over the last two years. First, Lefty was tied up in a potential insider trading extravaganza.
Now, a sports gambling ring and money laundering story. ESPN is reporting that almost $3 million of Mickelson's cash was transferred to someone who could get 60 years in prison for money laundering and illegal sports betting. Here's the crux of the matter from ESPN:
Nearly $3 million transferred from golfer Phil Mickelson to an intermediary was part of "an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events," according to two sources and court documents obtained by Outside the Lines.
Mickelson, a five-time major winner and one of the PGA Tour's wealthiest and most popular players, has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation.
Williams prefers to downplay her chances of becoming the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to win all four major tournaments — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open — in the same season.
"I haven't done well at Wimbledon recently, so that's the only one that's kind of eluding me," Williams said, managing to keep a straight face and perhaps hoping to convince herself as much as anyone who might be listening. "So I'm trying to get to that one, at least make it deep in the second week of that tournament." - Referenced Article
For about a month now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has "looked forward to hearing directly" from Tom Brady. It was a point he made at the May 20 NFL owner meetings, and it was a point he reiterated in his June 2 letter to the NFLPA.
"I very much look forward to hearing from Mr. Brady and to considering any new information or evidence that he may bring to my attention," Goodell wrote.
"My mind is open; there has been no 'prejudgment' and no bias that warrants recusal." - Referenced Article
In his mind, Jordan Spieth had waged a valiant fight against a penal colony of a golf course, against heavy self-imposed pressure to win the U.S. Open, and still he had come up empty. Somehow he had double-bogeyed the 17th at Chambers Bay, and so the birdie at the 72nd hole would prove irrelevant with Dustin Johnson about to win on an eagle try from 13 feet.
Spieth was behind closed doors in the scoring area, locked away with the local caddie, Michael Greller, who had gotten married at this place. Referenced Article
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a badgering fan Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in an incident that was dismissed as "fairly straightforward" by a police spokesman in Irving, Texas.
Irving public information officer James McLellan told ESPN on Sunday that no charges were filed, and there was no evidence that Manziel was "intoxicated or even had been drinking." - Referenced Article
David Blatt graduated from Princeton in the early 1980s, playing under legendary coach Pete Carrill before an extended pro career overseas.
He finished with a bachelor's degree in English Literature, writing his senior thesis on Brooklyn-born Bernard Malamud, author of the 1952 baseball novel "The Natural," as an expression of his affinity for sports literature. - Referenced Article
Kraft and Goodell have done more to manipulate the NFL than simply deflating footballs; Kraft lobbied Belichick's complete philosophy of the game and preserved mediocre 6th round pocket QBs like Brady in the league. Welker, Woodhead and Kevin Faulk could not have existed with out the Kraft/Goodell pact.
Callaway clearly has the better product when it comes to their new lightweight stand bag, but I have to say Nike wins out in terms of style. Nike has revolutionized the look and Callaway has revolutionized the technology and usability.
Since bags do not perform, the golfer does, you might prefer using the Nike bag if you mix and match your clubs; and this is coming from someone who buys Callaway clubs exclusively. There is no question that I'd rather buy the bag of the manufacturer of the clubs I use, so Callaway makes sense to me.
Sadly, I feel slighted that Nike has edged Callaway out in terms of charm and the aerodynamic look. It reminds me
of when cars changed to the rounded and sexier look. Callaway has simply put good looking colors on a box and even when you compare colors you'd have to still give the edge to Nike.
Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao admitted that there's no rematch clause for his upcoming May 2 super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
For him, the important thing is to set this fight first. In an interview with ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo, the fighting congressman also assured he still has enough training time to prepare against the undefeated by controversial American boxer. - Referenced Article
An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an "unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy" that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Dallas-based SCA Promotions announced the 2-1 decision against the former cyclist when its lawyers said Monday they had asked Texas' 116th Civil District Court in Dallas to confirm the arbitration ruling... - Referenced Article
All that new-found hope that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would really, finally, actually, for-reals-this-time have a boxing match?
That was so early-Sunday. Later on Sunday, Mayweather appeared on national television to throw cold water all over the optimism.
A report by the Telegraph, citing a source close to Pacquiao, claimed that the two sides had come to an agreement over the details for their long-awaited fight, worth $250 million. - Referenced Article
Former Olympic decathlon champion and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved in a fatal three-car accident in Southern California on Saturday, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.
Sgt. Matthew Dunn was unable to say whether Jenner was a driver or passenger. One person was killed in the wreck at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road, Dunn said, but no information about the deceased was immediately available. - Referenced Article
Because they didn't go into Beast Mode, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in Spin Mode after Super Bowl XLIX.
They were left to explain why they turned Marshawn Lynch - the running back known as "The Beast" - into a decoy with the game on the line and chose instead to pass the ball on second-and-goal from the 1. - Referenced Article
America has spoken, and it thinks the Patriots are lying cheaters.
That was the verdict from a nationwide poll this week of Americans who by a big margin don’t buy New England’s explanation for Deflategate and are now pulling for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.
Hours after a public face-to-face meeting and brief discussion during halftime of Tuesday night's Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. met privately for more than an hour to continue discussing terms for their proposed May 2 megafight.
They met inside Pacquiao's hotel suite and "it was very pleasant and very encouraging, and we give Floyd credit for coming over," Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz, who was present at the meeting, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. - Referenced Article
LeGarrette Blount was unceremoniously cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers in November, one day after the running back reportedly left the field early after being perturbed he didn't get any carries in a game.
Days later Blount was on the New England Patriots, plowing over defenders on his road to a Super Bowl appearance.
"You know things didn't work out as planned," he said during Tuesday's Media Day - Referenced Article
No record was at stake Sunday afternoon. Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski had already taken care of that, eclipsing Bob Knight’s mark for wins by an N.C.A.A. Division I men’s basketball coach, 902, in 2011 and chugging steadily onward.
Still, an announced crowd of 19,812 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday had the chance to see four little digits align to represent one big, round number — and with it, a breakthrough into another echelon of the sport. - Referenced Article
The NFL has found that 11 of 12 of the New England Patriots game balls were inflated significantly less than the NFL requires, league sources involved and familiar with the investigation of Sunday's AFC championship game told ESPN.
The investigation found the footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air less than what's required by NFL regulations during the Pats' 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, according to sources. - Referenced Article
In one of their first full squad meetings of the 2014 season, inside a meeting room at Anderson University in rural Indiana, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was blunt with his players about his expectations.
This was a season that should end in the Super Bowl, Pagano told them, admitting to his team that he knew a similar speech was taking place in 31 other NFL meeting rooms. - Referenced Article
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, fresh off leading the Buckeyes to victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game, announced Thursday afternoon that he would return to Ohio State instead of declaring for the N.F.L. draft.
Jones, who at one point was the team’s third-string quarterback, completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown as the Buckeyes upset Oregon, 42-20, on Monday night in Arlington, Tex. He also had 21 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. - Referenced Article
“Listen, not to go all totally out of conscious [I believe he meant ‘context’], but just think about this, Stephen A., honest to God,” Lewis said. “When we — the first time we created something called a tuck rule, it’s the only reason we know — I’m just being honest! — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule! There’s no such thing as a tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out, that’s a freaking fumble! […]
“They don’t go to that championship game — they don’t go to that championship game if that tuck rule, if that ball is not called a tuck! That’s a fumble!” Lewis shouted. “Charles Woodson made that man clearly fumble the ball and they named it the tuck rule, something that we’ve never heard in today’s game. So now you’ve got to ask yourself: When did the legacy really start?” - Referenced Article
On an episode of The Seth Davis Show, former NBA MVP and current NBA analyst Charles Barkley revealed why he’s no longer friends with Michael Jordan, after years of being close.
“I think [Jordan] was offended by some things I said about him on television. One of the reasons I don’t trust the media is you can’t have a double standard for guys you like and dislike.
I said Michael wasn’t doing a good job — he’s doing a great job now, [the Charlotte Hornets have] gotten better, they’ve made some great signings — but they weren’t doing good and I thought he didn’t have good people around him.
For Florida State fans, Jameis Winston’s decision to leave school early and declare for the National Football League draft wasn’t necessarily a surprise – he’s been among college football’s most exhilarating, pro-ready talents since he made his debut under center in the fall of 2013.
But their feelings about losing him to the pros are far more complicated than the typical fan base saying goodbye to their leader, an undeniably gifted quarterback who picked up a Heisman trophy and a national title en route to a 26-1 career record for the 'Noles. - Referenced Article
Obama said he watched the game and told the newspaper that he couldn't "remember a circumstance in which a good call by one of the refs is argued about by an opposing player of the other team with his helmet off on the field, which in and of itself is supposed to be a penalty.
The call is announced and then reversed without explanation.
I haven't seen that before. So I will leave it up to the experts to make the judgment as to why that happened, but I can tell you if I was a Lions fan I'd be pretty aggravated." - Referenced Article
Former standout defensive tackle Warren Sapp expresses his outrage with Ndamukong Suh's suspension for stepping on Aaron Rodgers injured leg.
"Acknowledge the fact that you're stepping on a human begin," Sapp said. Sapp talked about the casualness of inflicting the act and walking away without acknowledging the pain he was obviously inflicting. - Reference Article
By nearly all accounts, Jim Harbaugh's future with the San Francisco 49ers is nearing its end. That was reported last week by Fox Sports and speculated by many other NFL reporters over the past year. - Referenced Article
Once considered one of the NFL's biggest stars, New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick says he thinks Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston could be the league's next big star.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is "the future of the NFL," according to Michael Vick.
"I think he's the future of the NFL," Vick said of the Seminoles' Heisman Trophy winner, according to NJ.com. "I've been around so long, I appreciate guys coming out of college. I look forward to watching him. I have high expectations for him." - Referenced Article
The opportunity to play for a contender again has Rajon Rondo feeling revitalized after leaving a rebuilding franchise in the Boston Celtics.
"There's one goal that you have in mind, and I'm dying to get another ring again," Rondo said in his introductory news conference after joining the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster trade. "I want another parade." - Referenced Article
The plot is thickening for Michigan's football coaching search and Jim Harbaugh.
Well, maybe. It's important to know that there have been many reports and rumors regarding the possible return of the San Francisco 49ers coach to U-M, some right and many wrong thus far. - Referenced Article
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has been offered a six-year contract worth $48 million to become the new coach at Michigan, sources informed of Michigan's plans told NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.
A week ago Harbaugh indicated to Michigan officials that he preferred to stay in the NFL, according to Rapoport. - Referenced Article
Do all of the naysayers about Johnny Manziel have something to hang their hats on after his dismal performance on Sunday? If you’ll remember there were a lot of analysts saying he couldn’t make it in the big league.
Some said a first round selection would be too high in the draft. What is very apparent is he’s not the day-one QB some were hoping for. Where it counted the most, against a division rival and with playoff aspirations in the mix, he failed miserably.
The Cincinnati, who have had troubles of their own this season, were able to dictate the game and shut the Heisman QB out the entire game. Johnny Football was a non-factor.
Every defensive coordinator will look at the tapes from his poor performance against the Bengals to get insights on getting in Manziel’s head. Is he a conversation piece? Yes. Does he sell seats? Yes. But the real question is can he perform in the NFL? And this has yet to be seen.
I know some of you are defending him. You’re saying, give him time or he shouldn’t be expected to perform after being on the bench all season. My response to you all is, didn’t he sell the narrative that he’s spectacular. Tebow was supposed to be spectacular too.
Tiger Woods went back to his very successful past to try to forge a path to the future.
Having plenty of time to study and assess due to another lengthy injury hiatus, Woods used the months when he didn't hit a shot to assess how best to hit them when he returns, with his first competition coming this week at the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth. - Referenced Article
USA Today By : Eric Prisbell and Brent Schrotenboer
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault as part of plea deal with prosecutors to resolve his felony child abuse case.
As part of the deal, Peterson will avoid jail time and instead be ordered to pay a $4,000 fine, costs of court and 80 hours of community service. - Referenced Article
Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill will miss the Aggies' next two games after the team announced Saturday that the sophomore has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules and athletic department policies.
Hill, who started the Aggies' first eight games this season, was replaced by true freshman Kyle Allen as the starter in the Aggies' 21-16 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. - Full Article
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady square off Sunday in the latest showdown between the quarterback legends. It marks the 16th meeting between the two with Brady holding a 10-5 edge in their 13-year rivalry.
Manning got the better of Brady in January’s AFC Championship game, punching the Denver Broncos’ ticket to the Super Bowl (Brady’s New England Patriots defeated Manning’s teams in their three previous contests). - Full Article
LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team. How is this for redemption? James scored 36 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime Friday night. - Full Article
Steelers fans have to be wondering where this version of a well-rounded, playmaking Sanders was in Pittsburgh. Before arriving in Denver, he had never recorded a multiple-touchdown game or a 100-yard performance in his five-year career. A quarter of his 16 career touchdowns have come in the past two weeks... - Full Article
An independent investigator found evidence directly tying years of no-show classes at the University of North Carolina to a scheme that helped hundreds of athletes — particularly football and men's basketball players — raise their grades and stay eligible over an 18-year period, according to a report released Wednesday. - Full Article
Even as Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he believes quarterback Jameis Winston didn't sign autographs for money, a source tells ESPN that the university's athletic compliance department has begun to look into how so many Winston autographs were authenticated by a single company.
ESPN has learned that after the team's 38-20 win against Syracuse Saturday, Fisher approached Winston and asked him if he signed autographs for money. - Full Article
LeBron James scored seven points while playing only 20 minutes against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday in an exhibition game in Brazil.
Kevin Love, who was acquired by Cleveland a month after James left the Heat to return to Ohio, finished with 25 points in an entertaining game in the beachfront city that will host the 2016 Olympics. - Full Article
Colin Kapernick stood at the podium with the ensignia of Breast Cancer Awareness inscribed on the top of his forehead. Kapernick also adorned pink Beats by Dre Headsets in recognition of a great cause, but the NFL fashion police wasn't having any of it and fined San Francisco's QB 10gs.
The lesson in all of this is, when it comes to the NFL's money it doesn't matter how fashionable you are for the cause.
Since September 2006, law enforcement authorities have pursued 50 domestic violence cases against NFL players, including one for murder and at least five allegations of assaulting or choking pregnant women.
As the league faces a firestorm of outrage over how it handled recent cases, USA TODAY Sports looked at every case in which an NFL player was accused of domestic abuse since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took office eight years ago. - Full Article
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti responded Monday to an ESPN investigative report into the team's handling of Ray Rice's domestic abuse case, saying that a significant amount of the information in the story was "manufactured" from accounts provided by the running back's inner circle.
Bisciotti addressed the ESPN "Outside the Lines" report during a 45-minute news conference, saying he believes that Rice's camp is attempting to "build a case for reinstatement." - Full Article
Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson will be excluded from the National Football League team’s activities after he was indicted on a charge of hitting his four-year-old son with a branch.
Placing Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner’s permission list will allow him to “take care of his personal situation” until legal proceedings are resolved, the Vikings said in a statement on their website. - Full Article
Prominent voices have called for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s head in the wake of player Ray Rice’s suspension, with some people suggesting a rather unconventional replacement: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona this afternoon left that decision up to NFL owners, but advised Goodell to seek the advice of the former secretary. - Full Article
Johnny Football never ceases to entertain. In the third quarter of the Cleveland Browns preseason game vs. the Washington Redskins, Johnny Manziel trotted back to the huddle after a play and gave the Redskins bench the finger. - Full Article
There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation.
The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.
But now, as James considers a return to the team he abandoned four years ago with an entire region breathlessly awaiting a homecoming it couldn't imagine in its wildest dreams, it appears there has been some healing between the NBA superstar and his former boss. - Full Article
Welcome to 2014, where you can make $30 million by doing nothing more than wearing a pair of headphones, for no other reason than you just so happen to be...a basketball alien the likes of which we may never see again. - Full Article
She’s been called his secret weapon, his biggest fan -- and his hero. NBA Star Kevin Durant told everyone just how much his mom means to him -- just days before Mother's Day -- by thanking her in a tear-jerking speech as he accepted the award for the NBA's Most Valuable Player. - Full Article
It might have been the toughest $32 million Floyd Mayweather Jr. ever made.
Related Stories Mayweather wins a tough fight Associated Press Mayweather works hard to sell $32 million payday Associated Press Khan impressive on Mayweather undercard Associated Press Mayweather beats Maidana in unification bout AFP Mayweather finishes strongly to edge out Maidana Reuters Marcos Maidana did everything Saturday night but beat Mayweather, taking him 12 tough rounds before losing a majority decision. - Full Article
The Steelers had a winning record in each of Mike Tomlin's first five years as head coach.
They made the playoffs four times, went to two Super Bowls, and won the whole thing in 2008. But in the last two years, the team has been the definition of mediocre, going 8-8 in back-to-back seasons.
You'd have to go back to the 1998-1999 seasons for the last time the Steelers had two consecutive seasons of .500-or-worse football. Kordell Stewart and Mike Tomczak quarterbacked offenses that ranked 19th and 20th, and while those defenses were good, they weren't great. - Full Article
It's Masters week, and that's not something going unnoticed in the Beyonce household. Apparently inspired by golf's first major championship of the year (how could you not be?), Beyonce seems to be giving golf a try.
On Thursday, she instagrammed two pictures of her playing golf to her more than 11 million followers. - Full Article
Tiger Woods, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, will miss golf's version of the Super Bowl for the first time in 20 years because of back surgery.
The absence of golf's best-known personality could be a major blow for Nike, which is Woods' corporate sponsor, but it might turn out to be very good news for Callaway Golf , which sponsors rival Phil Mickelson and several younger players. - Full Article
Who knew Howard Stern has such thin skin? Stern, who has made a nice living second-guessing and criticizing people, got his back up Tuesday after ESPN analyst and former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy scolded him for leaving a Knicks game before the final buzzer sounded. - Full Article
Some Jets fans who are also dog lovers and animal advocates were not happy to hear the news that quarterback Michael Vick has been signed to the team.
As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported Saturday afternoon, the controversy when the Jets sign a quarterback usually revolves around questions such as whether he is ready, or whether he might be washed up as a player. - Full Article
World football's governing body is likely to face renewed pressure over the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, following publication by the Daily Telegraph of claims of new evidence of payments from a Qatari former Fifa vice-president to one of his fellow board members.
The controversial Trinidadian former Fifa executive committee member Jack Warner received $1.2m... - Full Article
Colts owner Jim Irsay faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after being arrested late Sunday on suspicion of intoxicated driving.
Irsay, who also faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, was arrested in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. - Full Article
Boxing's top draw Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly orchestrated a beat down of two of his employees after he suspected them of swiping jewelry from one of his Las Vegas homes.
The current Pound-for-Pound king pointed the finger - and fists, clubs and various other weapons - at two men hired to do work at his property after jewelry went missing, TMZ Sports reported Wednesday.
Sources told TMZ Sports that the men were told by Mayweather to meet them at an off-site location. - Full Article
After several days of speculation and earlier reports that former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson was offered, and then heavily considering accepting, an offer to join the Knicks' front office, Turner Sports' Greg Anthony reported on Wednesday night that Jackson had officially accepted a position with the Knicks. - Full Article
The real victory for the Chicago Bulls will come when they're knocking the Miami Heat out of the playoffs, not during the regular season -- no matter how charged the atmosphere is. Even so, they'll take this. - Full Article
Mark Jackson's still got it. After the Golden State Warriors practice in Indiana on Monday, the head coach took on Stephen Curry in a three-point shooting contest and dominated the All-Star guard with a clean sweep.
And Jackson was known as a pass-first point guard back in his day. - Full Article
Randy Moss’ 5-foot-10 daughter Sydney broke the Division III single-game scoring record for Thomas More College Friday, dropping 63 points on Waynesburg in the semifinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournament. - Full Article
Tiger Woods' back started to act up while he was warming up for Sunday's final round of the Honda Classic.
It got the better of him after 13 holes.
The world's No. 1 withdrew after making a par on the 13th hole on the Champions Course at PGA National Resort and Spa, walking over to playing partner Luke Guthrie to shake his hand before exiting the premises. - Full Article
Fresh off his debut Sunday as a 10-day contract player with the Brooklyn Nets, NBA journeyman Jason Collins has the league's best-selling jersey, rocketing past mainstays like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
Collins, 35, had been without a team after publicly coming out as gay at the end of last season, in April 2013, in the pages of Sports Illustrated.
But after signing a short-term contract with Brooklyn last weekend and making history Sunday as the first openly gay athlete to play in North America's top four major sports leagues, the veteran center has become a big-league retail draw. - Full Article
The trial of Oscar Pistorius is to be broadcast live in an attempt to address misconceptions about South Africa’s justice system.
In a decision that is expected to fuel an international media frenzy a judge ruled to allow the broadcast of what he called a celebrity trial, but said cameras would not be allowed to film close-ups or show the sprinter giving evidence. - Full Article
Liverpool kept up its Premier League title challenge with a 4-3 win against Swansea in an entertaining game at Anfield on Sunday.
The victory strengthened Liverpool’s position in the top four after Tottenham lost 1-0 at Norwich in the day’s late kickoff, cutting the north London club six points adrift of fourth place and the final Champions League slot for next season.
The result means Liverpool is still only four points behind leader Chelsea, which has 60 points after beating Everton 1-0 on Saturday... Full Article
When South Korean short-track speedskater and three-time Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-soo had a falling out with the officials running his team four years ago, he did what high-profile, long-tenured athletes in other professional sports have been doing for decades: He picked a new team, Russia.
Now, newly self-christened as Viktor Ahn, he has returned to the top of his sport at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, seizing control of the men’s 1,000 meters late in the race Saturday and taking the gold medal, Russia’s first ever in short-track.
When the race was over, Ahn, 28, thrust his fist in the air, grabbed a Russian flag and skated around the Iceberg Skating Palace to chants of “Vik-tor! Vik-tor!” from the crowd... Full Article
Russian president Vladimir Putin stopped by the USA and Canada Houses in Sochi on Friday, drawing plenty of attention from smartphone-wielding athletes.
One of them was Canadian speedskater Brittany Schussler, who took advantage of her proximity to Putin to snap a selfie.
Schussler later tweeted the picture to her followers with the message "I should've asked him to be my Valentine," but was soon met with strong criticism. Enough criticism that Schussler felt compelled to delete the tweet and explain herself to a Canadian newspaper... Full Article
Bridgewater has quick feet in his setup and a very smooth delivery.
He has plenty of arm strength to drive the ball into tight windows.
He also has the ability to change ball speeds on underneath and intermediate throws. He needs to improve his deep ball accuracy. He puts a lot of air under the ball and it sails on him occasionally... Full Article
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is not about to be left out in the cold. In Nutter's opinion, a Super Bowl in the City of Brotherly Love would surpass this past Sunday's big event, hosted for the first time in a cold-weather site just up the Turnpike at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
"Heck, yeah, we want it," Nutter told reporters, according to NJ.com.
On Wednesday, Jamaican pilot Winston Watts told reporters the team's runners (blades for the sled), bobsled shoes and other equipment had not made it from New York to Sochi.
Late Wednesday night, a Twitter account dedicated to the Jamaican bobsled team posted photos of their equipment at Sochi International Airport. Watts said the gear arrived just before midnight on Wednesday, and the Jamaicans were at the track early Thursday for two practice runs... Full Article
The official mascots for the Winter Olympics are a polar bear, a hare and a leopard. But walk around the complexes that will stage the Games here, with the opening ceremony Friday, and what seem more apt are a hand drill, a backhoe and a shovel.
Much of Sochi is a work in progress, and parts of it look at least a dozen all-nighters away from completion.
There are unfinished hotels, half-finished stores and a mall where the only shop that is open and thriving is a Cinnabon... Full Article
United Arab Emirates – On paper there is no other way to slice this – Tiger Woods is off to his worst start to a year as a professional.
With apologies to the PGA Tour’s new wraparound schedule, the run up to the Masters begins in January, not in October at the Frys.com Open, and the world No. 1’s record speaks for itself.
After failing to make the 54-hole cut at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, marking the first time he hasn’t advanced to Sunday at his season opener, Woods tied for 41st at this week’s Dubai Desert Classic... Full Article
I don't know about anyone else, but I was fired up with a slew of very intensed and emotional Michael Irving speeches on the NFL Network. Some of you remeber when Michael Irving went on a tangent about Coach Shanahan benching RGIII in the last couple of games, but the former Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame receiver has taken his rants to a higher level.
He had me rolling when Deion Sanders asked what sort of speech would he give to the players of the Denver Broncos before the Super Bowl. True to Michael Irving's form of late, he talked about "the greatest to ever play this game in Payton Manning." He said, "This game today is about legacy and it's about appreciation...LET'S NOT RUN FROM THE MOMENT LET'S RUN TO IT!"
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland held on to stun a hobbled Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and win his first Grand Slam championship in his major debut at the Australian Open on Sunday.
No. 8 Wawrinka, long the second fiddle to compatriot Roger Federer, erased an 0-12 record against No. 1 Nadal -- not even having won a set off the Spaniard -- and knocked off three top-10 players during his Cinderella run, including three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.... Full Article
There are two Richard Shermans. There's the smart Stanford graduate who loves to read. And there's the brash, trash-talker who considers himself the best NFL player. One is quiet, reflective. The other can be loud -- very loud. Much of America met the second Richard Sherman on Sunday night when, after making an amazing defensive play to seal the Seattle Seahawks' trip to the Super Bowl, he ranted in a postgame interview about his opponent. - More
The least-exciting play in any NFL game, by far, is the extra point following a touchdown.
Blocks almost never happen, and kickers rarely miss. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell understands that, and he told Rich Eisen of the NFL Network that extra points may be removed from the game, in an effort to keep things lively. - More
“The extra point is almost automatic. I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (attempts). So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement.”
In one of the most miserable performances of the season the Washington Redskins receiving corps performed awful down the stretch. In some of the most critical plays to keep the Redskins on the field RG3's receivers dropped passes thrown directly at them. At times the offensive line blew coverages that gave the Giant's DE Justin Tuck an easy tackle.
This was clearly a game where RG3 was let down by the mediocre talent on the offensive side of the ball.
When the St. Louis Rams went bargain shopping for a new quarterback in the wake of Sam Bradford's season-ending knee injury, they ended up with the less than inspired selections of Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.
Vince Young, owner of a career 31-19 record as a starting quarterback, can't figure out why his phone never rang. "Me and my wife and all my peers and fans, we're all trying to figure this stuff out. - More
Last week, the United States' Simone Biles won the all-around title at the World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, an astonishing achievement for anyone.
The fact that Biles is the first black woman to do so is one component of the story, and it's now become a prominent one.
After the event, fellow competitor Carlotta Ferlito of Italy was speaking in an interview and offered a pointed critique of Biles' victory: "I told (teammate Vanessa Ferrari) that next time we should also paint our skin black so then we can win, too." - More
On Thursday the Buccaneers released Josh Freeman, setting him into the free-agency wild. It turned out to be pretty good timing because both the Browns and Bills saw their starting quarterbacks go down later in the evening.
Brian Hoyer, who took over for the Browns two weeks ago, suffered what looked like a pretty serious injury.
The Browns reportedly fear ligament damage for their starter, which would put them in the market for another quarterback. - More
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are set to play a high-profile exhibition match in China for the second straight year. This time, they will play at Mission Hills, a monster par-73 course that will seriously challenge two of the world's top golfers.
Jon Ackerman of Back9Network.com provides the details - More
Michael Vick will be the Eagles' starting quarterback going into the 2013 regular season. "I think I proved I could be consistent every day and be a leader on this team," Vick said. "I'm going to take the same approach, the same mindset. I know how hard I worked over the last four months. It would be a shame if I let up. - More
Tebowmania lives – barely. The supposedly new, improved Tim Tebow showed the same shaky passing mechanics and accuracy late in the first half of Friday night's New England Patriots preseason debut that caused the New York Jets to release the ultra-popular Heisman Trophy winner after drafting Geno Smith in April. - More
Accused killer Aaron Hernandez was captured on his own home surveillance cameras holding a large caliber firearm in the minutes after his friend was shot dead, according to court documents released today.
Prosecutors added that they found a spent .45 caliber shell casing in a car rented by the former New England Patriots star that matched the five bullets found in the body of murder victim Odin Lloyd. - More
According to a report by Forbes magazine, Phil Mickelson will sacrifice 61% of his earnings for winning both the 2013 Open Championship and the Scottish Open, all of which will go in taxes to the British and U.S. governments and to the State of California.
Great Britain still collects taxes in Scotland, where the Open Championship was held this year. (Scotland will start collecting its own taxes in 2016.) - More
This one was for the ages. Everything about it was unforgettable.
The setting (Muirfield's hallowed ground in Scotland, a golf course that deigns to crown only legends); the player (the mercurial and thrilling Phil Mickelson, a beloved 43-year-old Californian inducing goose bumps and emotions); the performance (a final-round 66 when a final-round 66 at Muirfield was a ludicrous ask, four birdies in his final six holes to surge past a leader board of monster names, to pass Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods and Adam Scott and to stamp this Open into the annals as an all-time great). - More
Maria Sharapova took quite a shot at Serena Williams -- and it had nothing to do with tennis.
At her pre-Wimbledon news conference Saturday, Sharapova slammed Williams for the tennis star's controversial remarks regarding a high-profile rape case and told her to keep her opinions to herself when asked about a recent interview Williams gave Rolling Stone.
"I was definitely sad to hear what she had to say about the whole case," Sharapova said according to a report by the Times of India. - More
Phil Mickelson began his week with a flight back-and-forth across the country. Even longer might be the 18 holes that now stand between him and that U.S. Open title he has been chasing his entire career.
And he's never had a better opportunity than this one.
Despite a bogey on the final hole of a taxing Saturday afternoon, Mickelson was the sole survivor to par at Merion with an even-par 70 that gave him a one-shot lead... - More
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin impressed more than a few onlookers after leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record during his debut season at the helm in 2012.
Apparently, that line of thinking extended as far as the NFL. Sumlin told the San Antonio Express-News that he’s already had several opportunities to make the jump to the pros — perhaps even as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. - More
The Jets released Tim Tebow six weeks ago, and the longer he went unsigned, the dimmer his N.F.L. prospects seemed.
Arena football beckoned.
So did Canada, if he wanted to go, which he did not. Only the N.F.L. would suffice, and now that Tebow is poised to return, it is with the benefit of hindsight that perhaps there was only one plausible destination for him all along. - More
A disappointed but sanguine Sharapova does the routine of promising to "be back next year" after Williams has addressed the crowd in French — she's really going out of her way to win round a crowd she's had a prickly relationship with in the past.
Williams is looking formidable right now. Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova's records of 18 Grand Slam titles look like the next ones on the horizon for her, maybe even this year.
After that, who knows? She certainly looks like a player who has rediscovered her appetite for the game and also a way to bring more longevity to her career. - More
While Ray Allen made sure not to overly emphasize his decision to leave Boston for Miami or take any shots at the Celtics a day before his club faces the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, he did say that his third trip to the finals in six years does offer some satisfaction.
“I knew when I assessed the situation at the time every player going into free agency wants to win and as you get older, you try to see everything," he said Wednesday. - More
The fighter is reportedly betting $5.9 million on Monday night's Game 7 between the Pacers and the Heat, going with Miami, a seven-point favorite against Indiana.
"Money" Mayweather has no shortage of sirignanos these days — having just inked a six-fight, $200 million deal with Showtime — but a nearly $6M wager is pretty outrageous, even for an avid (and successful) bettor like Mayweather, who is known to root for the Heat even when he doesn’t have money on them. - More
Bernard Tomic's controversial father and coach has been banned from entering the grounds at Roland Garros and is being denied credentials at all tournaments on the men's tour following a physical confrontation with his son's hitting partner, but the 20-year-old Australian is keeping faith with him.
"He's here right now in Paris," Bernard said. - More
The redshirt freshman quarterback who led the University of Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season in 2012 and a berth in the national title game has been suspended for the fall semester for "poor academic judgment," Everett Golson said in a statement released by the school Sunday.
Golson did not provide details on what led to his suspension, and Notre Dame declined to comment beyond confirming late Saturday that the former starting quarterback is no longer enrolled, citing "federal law and our own policies." - More
Saying he had difficulty sleeping and contemplated withdrawing from this week's European Tour event, Sergio Garcia on Wednesday afternoon apologized for racially insensitive remarks directed at Tiger Woods at a tour function outside London the previous night, saying his comments were "totally stupid and out of place." - More
Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian Open women's final, while Rafael Nadal beat rival Roger Federer by the identical score to win the men's crown and his seventh career championship at the event.
Williams will enter the French Open, which starts next Sunday, on a career-best 24-match winning streak. - More
Phil Jackson always has been hesitant to compare Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Until now. In his new book, co-written with Hugh Delehanty and entitled "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," Jackson breaks down what separated Jordan from Bryant, the biggest stars and personalities that he coached during his Hall of Fame career.
On Wednesday afternoon, I received a text message from David Garrard. His comeback to the NFL, an attempt resurrect his career with the New York Jets, would in essence be over before it started. Garrard told me exclusively, "Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up.
Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting me in what I can do!!" And instantly, two strong takes popped into the omnipresent thought bubble above my head. - More
Leading international soccer player Mario Balotelli has had enough -- the AC Milan striker has vowed to walk off the pitch next time he is racially abused at a football game.
Balotelli, who was subjected to racist chanting during Sunday's Italian league game against Roma, has told CNN in an exclusive interview that he came close to leaving the field following the abuse at AC Milan's San Siro stadium in a match that finished 0-0. - More
When Mike Wallace left the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign with the Miami Dolphins, he also went from catching passes from a veteran Super Bowl champion to a quarterback entering his second season in the NFL.
But Wallace said Tuesday he believes Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill can be just as good as the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, who has passed for 29,844 yards, 191 touchdowns and has led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl titles. - More
Iran's wrestling team visited the United States for the first time in a decade and found a virtual home meet.
The fans waving Iranian flags and stomping on the temporary bleachers were treated to a show of dominance by the wrestling power Wednesday in the exhibition at Grand Central Terminal. Iran beat the Americans 6-1.
Tiger Woods had the last word against Sergio Garcia by winning The Players Championship on Sunday.
Woods ended a weekend of verbal sparring with Garcia by doing what he does best -- closing out tournaments, even if he let this one turn into a tense duel over the final hour at the TPC Sawgrass. - More
Radamel Falcao had threatened to spoil Barca’s title party when he struck in the 51st minute, but Alexis Sanchez levelled in the 72nd before David Villa’s miscued shot was diverted into his own net by Gabi eight minutes later.
Barca had to play with 10 men for the last 20 minutes after Lionel Messi was forced to leave the pitch with a recurrence of his hamstring injury after coach Tito Vilanova had already made his three substitutions. - More
After super featherweight Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran came down with a sciatic nerve injury mid way through fight week, his older brother Alberto “Barreterito 1″ Beltran (14-1-1, 8KOs) had to take the reins of last Saturday night’s Zanfer Promotions fight card held in an open air mini bull ring on the ground of the Caliente racetrack in the heart of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Close to two thousand fight fans witnessed Beltran at times struggle but at the end come back to earn a tough draw against hometown Rafael Cobos (12-4-5, 3KOs) in the eight round main event broadcast live by TV Azteca in Mexico. - More
Harry went table-to-table for about an hour at the party.
He asked Franklin, attending with her parents, for a rundown of her medals while he took some ribbing about the shrieking female fans who greeted his arrival in Washington from U.S. Reps. Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman.
The swimming sensation later tweeted about her encounter with the royal well-wisher: 'And the perfect way to end my 18th birthday!?
Meeting Prince Harry! It was a honor meeting him and I had a blast as always.'
At one table on the patio looking out over the rolling hills... - More
Vijay Singh filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour on Wednesday, claiming that the Tour subjected him to "public humiliation and ridicule for months" after he admitted to using deer antler spray, which was at the time on the Tour's list of banned substances.
The suit claims that the PGA Tour relied on the prohibited substances list from the World Anti-Doping Agency "without any independent review, analysis or assessment of the substances." - More
English soccer's most successful manager -- Manchester United's Alex Ferguson -- is retiring at the end of the season after more than a quarter of a century at the helm, the club announced Wednesday.
The 71-year-old Scot has managed the English club, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and loved by millions of fans around the world, from Manchester to Manila and Montreal, since 1986. - More
Event though there's a question about Chad Johnson's future in the NFL there's no question about his ability to be spontaneous and rev-up his 4.5 million twitter fan base. When a homelessman, AKA Porkchop, approached him to buy a beer for him two days ago, Chad Johnson took it a step further and purchased him new clothes, a watch and tweeted the episodes on Twitter.
Pork Chop has been his companion in the clubs and have received accolades from Johnson's followers.
Gays serve along side each other on the battle field.
As of yet it hasn't disrupted morale or unit cohesion. Our military is still the greatest fighting force perhaps in the history of civilization.
So when athletes are on the field, dugout or court where the objective is winning, should sexual preference matter? Apparently it has mattered enough that so many before Jason Collins have kept silent.
This is a monumental occurance because we've made a giant leap forward based on one person's courage. Jeff Seidel is right in his piece 'Gay NBA player's announcement a game-changer for sports', but I would take it a step further and say it's a game changer for advertisers who endorse the macho image in sports, the little kids who look up to athletes at all levels of competition and consumers of sports apparel.
Following the draw for the Champions League semifinals, it was well known that April 23 and 24 would be huge dates for the modern development of German football.
Bundesliga powerhouses Bayern Munich and Dortmund were paired with Barcelona and Real Madrid in a true measure of the quality of football in Spain and Germany.
To say that the Bundesliga sides passed their tests on the pitch would be a resounding understatement. Bayern dominated Barcelona for 90 minutes on Tuesday, hammering the Catalan giants by a 4-0 margin.
After the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Houston Rockets 99-95 in overtime to clinch the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that head coach Mike D'Antoni will return next season.
"I think under the circumstances, Mike did a great job. We don't anticipate any kind of a change," Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles.com. - More
A Colorado jury has awarded $11.5 million in a lawsuit originally brought against helmet maker Riddell and several high school administrators and football coaches over brain injuries suffered by a teenager in 2008. - More
As Guan Tianlang prepared to hit his second shot into the difficult 17th green at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, he stepped over his ball, then stepped back, felt the wind and switched his club.
Guan is 14, the youngest player in Masters history, a symbol of Augusta National’s desire to tap into the money and population in his native China and spread the game. - More
"The disregard that is being shown by some - specifically those commenting via social media - for the profound pain that Reeva's family and friends are going through is very troubling," the family of the Paralympian, who is accused of shooting Miss Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day, said in a statement. - More
The Australian Rugby Union is quietly confident the lure of an Olympic Games gold medal will keep superstar Israel Folau in the code.
Speculation is rife in rugby league circles that Folau will return to the NRL in 2014 after leaving the game at the end of 2010 before his less-than-successful two-year stint with the AFL club Greater Western Sydney. - More
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution For one night anyway, four million and some Atlantans could take a backseat. Rick Pitino owned this town. This has been his week and Monday was his night. The same day the 60-year-old New Yorker was officially announced as a member of the next class into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Pitino etched out some history all his own. - More
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski might require a fourth surgery on his previously broken forearm to help clear up an infection but a decision has not yet been made on that front, a person informed of Gronkowski's status told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about Gronkowski's recovery... - More
Michigan's latest group of young stars is determined to leave its own legacy.
Attacking Syracuse's suffocating zone defense in the first half with 3-pointers, crisp passing and a fearless attitude, the Wolverines advanced to the national championship game with a 61-56 victory over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday night. - More
After an objection was raised Thursday by FINA, swimming's international governing body, Lance Armstrong has withdrawn from a masters swim meet being held this weekend in Austin, Texas, The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting.
His decision came shortly after news of his planned participation started to spread, leading to questions about why an athlete who is banned from most international competitions because of doping charges could compete against others in such an event. - More
The Boca Raton, Fla., prison company that donated $6 million to Florida Atlantic University to change the name of the college's football stadium has withdrawn the gift, the company said Monday.
GEO Group announced that they informed FAU that the gift would be withdrawn and the stadium would no longer be named GEO Group Stadium, calling criticism against the move an "ongoing distraction." - More
Louisville guard Kevin Ware was up and walking on crutches Monday morning, and coach Rick Pitino said his player's spirits have been boosted by the outpouring of support from friends and fans.
Ware isn't in any pain after a 2-hour surgery Sunday night to repair a horrifying fracture in his right leg. Doctors reset the bone and inserted a rod, and are monitoring him to make sure there's no infection, Pitino said. - More
When you're the quarterback of the Redskins and you've just led your team to the playoffs in a most-unexpected way as a rookie and then had your season end with a chilling knee injury, there's probably not much that will faze you.
Sharing a conversation with the president might be one of those instances. This, from Robert Griffin III's Twitter account Sunday afternoon. - More
Rising Notre Dame sophomore wide receivers Davonte' Neal and Justin Ferguson have decided to transfer, coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday, meaning the Fighting Irish will have lost their top four signees from a 2012 recruiting class that was ranked No. 9 nationally.
Neal, who was the Irish's primary punt returner last season, was the school's highest-rated prospect from the recruiting class of 2012, receiving five stars from ESPN and ranking as the No. 1 overall athlete in his class. - More
Webb — Miss Alabama USA, model and the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarren — parlayed a brief televised shot during a football game into her own cottage industry of instant fame and commercial gigs.
(Thank you, Brent Musberger). But Amanda, 34, has no plans to capitalize on her re-discovered celebrity, perfectly content at being a stay-at-home mom to her three children, including daughters Aila, 6, and Lilly, 5. Marcum will be 2 next month. - More
Woods, who has won the tournament a record seven times and is the only two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year, made key par saves on the front nine and then stormed into the lead with a birdie on 15 and an eagle on 16 during Saturday's third round.
Woods, who can become world No. 1 for the first time in 29 months with a victory, fired a stellar 6-under-par 66 to reach 11-under-par 205 and leads Rickie Fowler (67), John Huh (71) and Justin Rose (72) by two shots. - More
UFC fighter Nick Diaz decided the post-fight press conference after a bout with Georges St-Pierre was the perfect time to tell the world, and U.S. Government, he hasn't paid a cent in taxes his entire life.
Michelle Beadle and Dave Briggs take a serious second to debate if there is deeper meaning behind Diaz’s proclamation, but it might be safe to assume the fighter has taken too many blows to the head. - More
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has plenty to think about this week as he readies his previously all-conquering side for their crucial upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Finland in Gijon on Friday, and then France in Paris three days later.
Reigning world champions Spain had been expected to stroll through Group I, but slipped up by drawing 1-1 with France in Madrid last October, a game which featured a missed Cesc Fabregas penalty and a shock injury- time equaliser from Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud. - More
The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.
The league will use the money to fund a "common good" trust over the next eight years that will help retired players with an array of issues including medical expenses, housing and career transition. - More
Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba was a shock omission on Saturday when Ivory Coast named a 28-man squad for next weekend's World Cup qualifier against Gambia in Abidjan.
The Ivorians listed the players who will be involved in next Saturday's tie in Abidjan on the soccer federation's website (www.fif-ci.com) without giving a reason for the former Chelsea player's absence. - More
Kobe Bryant struggled for the second night in a row, but this time LA wasn’t playing one of the worst teams in the NBA, and Dwight Howard wasn’t getting to the free throw line every minute.
After a 4-for-14 clunker against Orlando, Kobe shot a woeful 11-of-33 against Atlanta, and then suffered a left ankle injury in the final seconds that will keep him out “indefinitely” according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bryant took a baseline jumper and came down on the ankle of Dahntay Jones, and lay on the court writhing in pain.
Tiger Woods had gone more than three years without a World Golf Championship. He had no trouble remembering the drill.
He sat at a table with the blue Gene Sarazen Cup trophy — he has six just like it at home — and signed a stack of flags for posterity and charity after a two-shot win that was never in question during the final two hours on the Blue Monster at Doral. - More
Devouring courses that fit his eye, Tiger Woods is starting to look — and play — like the best player in the world again. Don't expect his roll to slow, either, as two more of his favorite tracks are on tap — Bay Hill and Augusta National. - More
If you're waiting on Bernard Hopkins (53-6) to get too old to box, you'll have to wait a little while longer.
Not only did he not look like a 48-year-old taking the IBF light heavyweight title from Tavoris Cloud (24-1) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he looked like he could challenge other top fighters in the 175-pound weight range.
After all, Cloud came into the fight as an undefeated champion with a KO percentage of 76 percent. But as we should already know by now, the numbers don't mean much to B-Hop. - More
Aided by some putting tips from Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods made nine birdies on Thursday and grabbed a share of the first-round lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 that easily could have been lower.
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy wasn't so fortunate.
The mid-round walk-off behind him, McIlroy stepped back into his other woes Thursday, again showing the poor form that led to his frustration a week ago up the road in Palm Beach Gardens, this time shooting a 1-over 73 that included two late birdies. - More
Despite a disappointing lack of photographic evidence, The New York Post reported Tuesday that a court officer spotted Los Angeles Clippers star Lamar Odom fast asleep on a courthouse bench during a custody hearing over his two children with ex-girlfriend Liza Morales.
"Excuse me, are you OK?” the officer asked Odom when he found the 6-foot-10 Clippers forward napping on a hard wooden bench outside the room where lawyers were discussing the case. "I need you to sit up," the officer said. - More
His quarterback is about to be under contract for the next six years, emerging as the highest-paid player in the game.
Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player who helped engineer a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers with three touchdown passes and zero interceptions is set to sign a $120.6 million contract today, a welcome development for Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
And Harbaugh told The Baltimore Sun that his excitement about the deal, which is scheduled to be signed this afternoon, is something for everyone to be pleased about. - More
It took 120 minutes, but Mexico eventually overwhelmed the USA to win the CONCACAF U-20 title 3-1.
Two early goals set the tone for what looked like it would be a high-scoring match, but after Jesus Corona's opener five minutes in and Benji Joya leveler from the spot five minutes later, the goals dried up. - More
St George defender Degu Debebe captains both club and country and going into this weekend's Orange CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round return leg against Jamhuri of Zanzibar , he is confident of progressing through.
Degu was speaking to Cafonline.com ahead Sunday's encounter.
Cafonline.com: You scored three goals without main striker Adane Girma that is great isn't it? - More
JOHANNESBURG - In his Olympic year, Oscar Pistorius steadily became an avid firearms collector, joining a gun-collecting club and purchasing a collection of firearms that included a .500 Magnum pistol dubbed by its manufacturer as "the most powerful production revolver in the world" and a civilian version of a military assault rifle.
At the end of 2012, in the first blush of his romance with Reeva Steenkamp, the model he later shot and killed, Pistorius got deeper into his hobby. It was known that Pistorius liked guns but only now, from Associated Press interviews with other collectors, is it becoming clear the extent to which he became a dedicated firearms aficionado in the 12 months before he shot Steenkamp. - More
Rafael Nadal said his injured knee is improving after beating Argentina's Martin Alund 6-0 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Mexican Open. The Spaniard, 26, was playing his 10th match on clay since returning from a seven-month injury lay-off. - More
Warriors coach Mark Jackson, a native New Yorker and former Knicks point guard, understands the allure of playing in the hallowed grounds of Madison Square Garden perhaps better than anyone. Jackson's reverence for the arena seems to have rubbed off on Stephen Curry. - More
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, league sources confirmed to ESPN.
Kansas City will trade its second-round pick in the 2013 draft -- the second selection (No. 34 overall) in the round -- as well as another conditional mid-round pick in 2014 to acquire Smith from San Francisco, a league source told ESPN. - More
Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana 77-73 on Tuesday night, the seventh time the top-ranked team in The Associated Press' poll has lost a game this season.
Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten), who outrebounded Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers by a whopping 44-30 and solidified their slipping NCAA tournament case with an emphatic performance against the Big Ten leaders. - More
Dennis Rodman will be traveling to North Korea with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters. Rodman has been quick to deflect criticism on his Twitter, "I'm not a politician. Kim Jung Un & North Korean people are basketball fans. I love everyone. Period. End of story." But the truth is, just like Google's CEO and Governor Richardson's visit, Rodman can do a great deal to ease tensions between our two nations.
Rodman's resume of many great feats playing in the pros with his share of championships and personal bests can actually be an asset during his talks with officials there. When Bill Clinton went there to get the communist nation to release journalists he paid a visit to the White House upon his return. Now maybe Obama will host the NBA great with some White House Ale to pick his head on diplomacy issues.
Keith Dambrot, the coach at the University of Akron since 2004 and the former coach of Lebron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School had some choice words for arguably one of the best basketball players of all time:
"I said he needed to be as coach-able as possible, he needed to get back to the basics. But most of all, he needed to clear his head. I told him to be true to himself.
"I said, 'You're not the golden child anymore; people don't like you. Well who cares, if you can look yourself in the mirror and say you're a good guy.' It was hard for me to see so many people hate him. He made a business decision. LeBron is the most team-oriented player I've coached, and he's such a great person." - More
Tom Brady took a huge step today to ensure he'll retire a Patriot, agreeing to a three-year contract extension that will keep him under center for New England through the 2017 season, when he will be 40 years old.
For the second time in his illustrious career, Brady is doing something players in this day and age simply do not do: As he did in 2005, Brady, a league source told SI.com, is signing a contract with New England that will pay him significantly less money than the market will bear, in large part to help the Patriots stay competitive for the next five seasons. - More
"You spend a lot of time thinking about what to do when the time comes," Patrick said. "I kept asking up above what was working. You needed a hole, you needed people to help you out. I had a little bit of help today here and there, but I felt like if I was going to dive low, I had a feeling I was going to get freight-trained. ... At the end of the day, it was a solid day."
An investigation encompassing everything from fake NFL game jerseys to counterfeit Super Bowl tickets ended with more than $17 million worth of items seized and 41 people arrested, according to U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The federal agency began its probe -- which it dubbed "Operation Red Zone" in reference to the area between the 20-yard line and goal line for a football team's offense -- on September 1, 2012, and wrapped it up on February 6.
ICE special agents, U.S. Postal Inspection Service members and state and local police officers nationwide conducted the investigation, in conjunction with the NFL and other top sports leagues. - More
Manti Te'o noted on Saturday when he talked with an assembled group of media that he met with the Texans and Packers since arriving at the NFL Scouting Combine.
He could have added the Philadelphia Eagles.
Te'o met with the Eagles prior to the weekend, according to multiple league sources.
The Eagles, like the rest of the NFL, were doing their due diligence on a draft prospect that has drawn intense public interest after being entangled in an infamous catfishing scheme following a stellar career at Notre Dame. - More
Tony Stewart was horrified as he looked in the mirror while taking the checkered flag of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
At least 28 fans were injured by flying debris from rookie Kyle Larson’s Chevrolet, which went hurtling airborne into the wall and broke into pieces on the front stretch of Daytona International Speedway.
“That’s the worst image I’ve ever seen in a race in my life,” said a somber Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion and veteran of IndyCar racing as well Track president Joie Chitwood said 14 fans were transported to area hospitals and another 14 were treated at the track’s infield care center. - More
The Demon Deacons has just upset number 2 Miami 80-65 on Saturday with a 6-0 run during the final minute of the half.
Trying to use the momentum Miami came with five ponts of Wake Forest but came up short.
Codi Miller-McIntyre added 15 points and Travis McKie came away with 8.
Park City’s Ted Ligety lived up to soaring expectations Friday by defending his title in the giant slalom and becoming the first American to win three gold medals at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
No skier at all had done that since the legendary Jean-Claude Killy swept four races in 1968. - More
Condoleezza Rice had a rough go at Pebble Beach. There were many errant golf shots to be played with her partner and 'Bama Fan Jason Bohn.
Unfortunately one of the erratic shots landed on the head of a spectator on the course.
Rice, forever the seasoned diplomat, rushed over to the injured spectator and her daughter to offer a towel to stop the bleeding. After medical assistance arrived Rice was kind enough to give the daughter her contact information to keep her abreast of the recovery efforts.
Dwight Howard knows how all the attention surrounding his exit from the Orlando Magic created a "Dwightmare" situation for everyone involved and he wants to avoid the negative spotlight with his free agency decision looming in Los Angeles.
"I'm not a crybaby," Howard told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter on Monday. "I didn't try to cry my way out of Orlando. That was never my intention, or not what I did at all.
After successfully pretending to be Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, Dennis Dixon could now be getting to reprise the role for which he’s most famous: Dennis Dixon.
According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles are in contract talks with Dixon. Dixon, a Heisman candidate at Oregon and presumed first-round pick, plunged to round five after tearing an ACL during the 2007 college football season. - More
Vijay Singh has unfortunately entered the point of no return as it relates to performance enhancing substances.
He has admitted to using a substance created by S.W.A.T. (Sports with Alternatives to Steroids) called Deer Antler Spray, which contains a banned substance by every major sports league including the PGA Tour. - More
Tiger Woods was so good for so long at Torrey Pines that it didn't matter how bad it looked at the end. In a finish that was fitting for such a long and exasperating week, Woods built an eight-shot lead with five holes to play on Monday until he lost patience with the slow play and started losing shots that only determined the margin of victory. - More
Bill Belichick stormed off the field, after his decisive loss by the Baltimore Ravens, without giving an interview to CBS. A Hall of Fame football star now analyst and a current NFL football star denounced the arrogance and rightfully so. Compare the behavior of Bill Belichick's to that of Peyton Manning's; bringing his family to the Raven's locker room to bid farewell to Ray Lewis.
Terrell Owens competitively screamed give me the ball on the sidelines and received the err of the country for being troublesome in the locker room, while Belichick and Brady exhibit worse behavior and it chalked off as being overly competitive.
The look on Belichick's and Brady's faces was the dazed look of disgust and amazement at the same time; after all they have capitalized off the NFL's rule changes. They even coined a rule after Tom Brady called "The Brady Rule" to denote the NFL's staunch protection of immobile pocket passers.
Compare Brady to the quarter backs before him; those that had to be real athletes, by being elusive in the pocket and making plays with their arms and legs if need be. Brady has received over 300 sacks during his NFL tenure to John Elway and Brett Farve's over 500 sacks virtually the same period of time due to the NFL's alteration of the sport.
One would have to come away thinking the frustration exhibited by Belichick was the result of not only yesterday's shellacking, but an understanding that they no longer have the arsenal to impose their will in big games anymore. Brady has been a field general who has lost a lot of close matchups since "Spygate". Just ask Terrell Suggs.
I wonder what the conversation was like when Chip Kelley came to New England and dissected his Read Option System for Belichick. Belichick have been a great strategist in football. He's had the advantage of being up close and personal with football since childhood. In this long off season, will he think about the advantages of the Read Option System and how it catapulted three rookies to post season play? After all if there was any coach in the league to introduce a successful offensive system in the pros why it wasn't Belichick? Huh?
His offense appeared tired and confused out there playing a one dimensional system without "The Gronk". There was nothing left to give in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots racked up the score against the best teams in the league this season only to be stunned in the game that counted a lot more.
Sean Payton had to forfeit 5.8 million in pay for the 2013 season for his part as head coach in the bounty scandal to Belichick's mere $500,000, by comparison, in the video-tapping scandal. Some have asked why. Others have alleged Brady and the Patriots are the leagues poster child.
One well-placed San Francisco 49ers source said he "highly, highly doubted" that San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree will be charged in the events that led to an investigation of sexual assault last week. - More
I wrote on Thursday night about the startling lack of diversity in this year's NFL head coach and GM hires. Based on the reaction from my Twitter account, a lot of white people were upset and insist we live in a post-racial world. Right. - More
One day after his Notre Dame team got thrashed in the BCS Championship Game, Brian Kelly turned his attention toward a move to the next level. Kelly met with the Philadelphia Eagles about their vacant head-coaching job, according to a person informed of the meeting between the parties. - More
The Patriots [team stats] had a chance to put the previous week’s loss behind them and send a message to their AFC Championship Game counterparts, but this time, they couldn’t stave off a Baltimore Ravens comeback. - More
“FYI yes Kobe and I are friends, but no we are not together and never have been,” the raven-haired. “Can't guys and girls be just friends..? He's an amazing athlete and I've enjoyed getting to know him and many other great athletes in my Olympic journey.” - More
It's Usain Bolt's world and everyone else is living in it. Once again, Bolt blew through the field and took home gold at the Olympics, finishing the 100m finals in a time of 9.63. After questions about whether Bolt was ready -- prompted by Yohan Blake's win at the Jamaican trials -- the world record holder reminded everyone who's the boss. - More
Garrett William Reid was born in Provo, Utah April 13, 1983 and grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Harriton High School and Montgomery County Community College.
Garrett was working as a strength & conditioning coach. He found his passion in helping others develop their physique.
To further his career, Garrett had planned to begin studies in sports management in the fall. He was proud of his rank of Eagle Scout. He was the greatest big brother. He was definitely the funniest person to all who knew and loved him. Garrett will be long remembered for his sense of humor, his bold laughter and zest for life. Through his most difficult times his biggest strength was the love and support he received from his family and they from him. He will be truly missed. Garrett is survived by his parents Andrew and Tammy and siblings Britt (Kristen), Crosby, Drew, Spencer and the love of his life, Laura Perkins.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship finally may have gotten over the hump with Fox.
After taking criticism from fans for its first three live cards on the network, "UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera" was filled with great fights from pillar to post, particularly the all-important four-fight live broadcast on Fox. - More
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won her second straight gold medal in the women's 100-meters Saturday at the London Games, but the host nation of Great Britain wound up stealing the spotlight with three gold medals.
Jessica Ennis was expected to win heptathlon gold for the host nation after building a big lead heading into Saturday evening's final discipline, but Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford's Olympic titles on the men's side were nothing short of shocking. - More
South Africa won its first ever Olympic gold medal in rowing in the lightweight men's four. Moving up from fourth in the final 500m the South Africans overtook 2010 World Champions Great Britain, 2011 World Champions Australia and 2008 Olympic Champions Denmark to cross the line first.
Great Britain took silver and Denmark bronze - this is the fifth overall Olympic medal won by legendary Dane lightweight sculler Eskild Ebbesen, aged 40. He has won a medal in the lightweight men's four at every Olympic Games since Atlanta in 1996. - More
Japan ran out shock a 1-0 winner over 10-man Spain in the Olympic Group D fixture at Hampden Park in Glasgow, courtesy of a goal in the 34th minute from Yuki Otsu following some questionable defending from Martin Montoya.
Kensuke Nagai and Hiroshi Kiyotake could have made it a more comfortable win for Takashi Sekizuka's side as both wasted good chances either side of halftime,
but Spain struggled to trouble Shuichi Gonda in the Japan goal, particularly after Inigo Martinez's sending-off at the end of the first half. - More
Drew Brees has agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract with the New Orleans Saints, with $60 million guaranteed, said a person familiar with the deal.
Brees and the team Friday reached the agreement, which will pay the quarterback $40 million in the first year, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been publically announced.
Two weeks after getting smoked by Michael Phelps at the U.S. Olympic trials, swimmer Tyler Clary blasted the 14-time gold medalist and his training habits in a contentious interview with his local California newspaper. - More
At the risk of overstating Roy Hibbert's value here (he's not exactly Dwight Howard, is he?), Indiana's decision to match Portland's offer for the restricted free-agent center is a big, huge buzzkill for the Blazers that could mean a season filled with more struggles than we'd hoped
Chael Sonnen did his talking for two years. Anderson Silva did his talking in two rounds.
In one of the most anticipated matches in Ultimate Fighting Championship history, Silva overcame a slow start in the main event of UFC 148 before vanquishing his long-time tormentor.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 15,016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Silva extended his UFC record to a perfect 15-0 on Saturday night, defending his middleweight title with a TKO victory at 1:55 of the second round.
Tilahun Regassa of Ethiopia breezed to victory Sunday morning in the Boilermaker 15-kilometer road race.
Regassa won with a time of 43 minutes, 1 seconds. He was 32 seconds faster than Kenya's Peter Kirui, who won the Peachtree 10K Road Race last week in Atlanta.
Regassa was sixth at the Peachtree. He's previously won races in 2010 at the Bolder Boulder, half-marathon in Abu Dhabi and the Cresent City Classic in New Orleans. Regassa said he was hurt most of last season.
Ray Allen will take less money for a chance at another NBA championship.
Allen told the Miami Heat on Friday night that he intends to accept their contract offer and leave Boston after five seasons, even though the Celtics could pay him about twice as much as the reigning NBA champions will be able to next season.
Miami could only offer Allen the mini mid-level, worth about $3 million a year.
The women's game, under some scrutiny the past week or so because of comments from some of the ATP Tour players about value for money and the relative merits of the men's and women's games, had an opportunity to strut its stuff Tuesday. The women came through like champions. - More
The 16-year-old with the spectacular uneven bars routine and personality to spare beat Jordyn Wieber for the first time Sunday night, winning the Olympic trials and the lone guaranteed spot for the London Games. - More
Glum Italian fans filed away from the ancient Circus Maximus in Rome well before four giant television screens recorded the end of an emphatic 4-0 defeat to Spain in the European Championship final on Sunday.
A disaster, the dream is over, said Claudio Marangoni, 28, a transport worker from Rome who had faded Italian tricolour flags painted on each cheek.
No one expected to end up in the final but to lose like this is humiliating. Tens of thousands of flag waving supporters had packed into the ancient Roman chariot racing arena, the scene of joyous celebrations after Italy's 2-1 victory over Germany in the semi-final on Thursday.
What's this? Was that Michael Phelps letting his guard down just a little bit Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials?
Phelps let reporters in on how he really feels about the 200-meter butterfly and handled a few more post-race and press conference questions than usual.
The New Orleans Hornets ended one month of artificial suspense Thursday night, selecting University of Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis with the first overall pick in the NBA draft, a selection the team hopes results in a sustained turnaround of its on-court fortunes.
Venus Williams first round exit from Wimbledon brought retirement questions on social media. Venus has spent a career dominating the event at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London. This is the earliest exit by Venus at the event in 15 years.
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Just in case there were any doubts out there, Serena Williams wants to make perfectly clear that she's going to be around tennis awhile longer. So is older sister Venus. "I have no intention of stopping, and I don't think she does either.
We're definitely connected at the hip," the 30-year-old Williams said Saturday, two days before Wimbledon begins. "I enjoy being out there on the court so much."
The Boston Bruins selected goalie Malcolm Subban with the 24th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. P.K. Subban's brother might just try to stop his brothers in the Boston-Montreal series soon. Like P.K., Malcolm plays with intensity and is determined to be the best.
San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker has reportedly filed a $20 million against the W.i.P. Club for the injuries he sustained during last week’s fight between singers Chris Brown and Drake.
The NBA star filed papers in Manhattan Supreme Court, holding the nightclub owners responsible for the injury to his eye, according to The New York Post, which first reported the suit on Thursday. Parker claims that he suffered “corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries” because of the fight.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the boxers who fight fans worldwide want to see in the ring together, top the list of the 100 highest-paid athletes released by Forbes magazine on Monday. Mayweather, who ranks No.1 for making $US85 million ($A84.25 million) from two fights last year, is serving a three-month jail sentence for domestic battery in Las Vegas, having failed in a bid to serve the remainder of his time under house arrest. - More
KERO 23 ABC By : Mike Tyson wants his next knockout to be on Broadway. The former boxer announced Monday that he will team up with director Spike Lee to bring his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” to the Longacre Theatre for six nights only,
Mike Tyson is making the popular move from the big screen to Broadway with his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." The production, under the direction of Spike Lee, will play at the Longacre Theatre for six nights only starting July 31. - More
Santa Margarita High student Beau Hossler, who recently finished his junior season, was thrust into the spotlight at the US Open on Friday when he managed to grab sole possesion of the lead for a few holes at San Francisco's Olympic Club. - More
Tiger Woods is charging at the U.S. Open again. Woods made back-to-back birdies to climb to 2-under par through 15 holes Thursday, one behind leader Michael Thompson in the opening round. Jason Bohn and David Toms also were at 2 under. - More
Chad Ochocinco signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, just after four days the New England Patriots released him. He will be able to participate in this week’s OTAs after signing his deal with his new team. - More
The NBA Finals are underway in Oklahoma City where LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat will battle Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder for the championship trophy and game 1 featured big performances from all the big stars and we have the top 5 plays right here in our top 5 plays of the night! - More
Two former Auburn football players , Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian, were shot to death and a current player, Eric Mack, suffered a gunshot would Saturday night during a shooting at an Auburn apartment complex, according to a report by newspaper website al.com. - More
Timothy Bradley had youth and confidence on his side. Manny Pacquiao possesses power and speed in abundance. Pacquiao made good use of his skills to pound Bradley, but he couldn’t convince two of the judges at ring side that he did enough to win. - More
Oklahoma City — After years of nagging Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks not to take him out of games, Kevin Durant finally got his wish. And now, he's one big step closer to making his basketball dreams come true. - More
Paul Pierce drilled a huge 3-pointer with 52.9 seconds remaining and Kevin Garnett poured in 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 94-90 win over the Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Pierce,... - More
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has fired Bafana Bafana coach, Pitso Mosimane. He was axed late last night after an emergency meeting in Johannesburg where the team and Mosimane's performance was discussed. - More
Pitso Mosimane is set to be sacked as Bafana Bafana coach on Monday, following South Africa’s dismal 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier on Sunday in Phokeng.
The South African Football Association have convened an emergency meeting, set for 11am on Monday, where they are expected to fire Mosimane, and replace him with his assistant coach, Steve Komphela. - More
KEVIN Durant scored half of his 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 to tie the NBA Western Conference Finals at two games apiece. Defensive stalwart Serge Ibaka contributed some unexpected offence, scoring 26 points on perfect 11-for-11 shooting for the Thunder, who improved to 7-0 at home this post-season. - More
PARIS -- It was a compelling tale of two ongoing dramas, unfolding simultaneously, on two stages of red clay on Saturday. On Court Suzanne Lenglen, New Jersey native Christina McHale was trying to upset 2011 French Open champion Li Na. On court No. 1, affectionately called the "Bull Ring" because of its round shape, American immigrant Varvara Lepchenko was trying to upset 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. - More
CHANDIGARH: Behind new KKR star Manvinder Sultan Singh Bisla's leap from obscurity to household name is a story of grit and keen desire to excel. Both his parents are academicians, but that didn't deter them from encouraging their son to take up an activity completely alien to them. -More
Jeff Carter scored three goals, Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots and the Kings matched an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory, beating the Coyotes 4-0 Tuesday night to take control of Western Conference finals. Read More...
David West scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, George Hill added 15 and the Indiana Pacers took home-court advantage away from Miami by beating the Heat 78-75 in Game 2 of the teams' Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night. Read More...
Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs, recharged after a weeklong layoff, wore down the busy Los Angeles Clippers to win Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series, 108-92 on Tuesday night. Read More...
The New York Yankees have placed closer David Robertson on the 15-day disabled list after tests revealed the right-hander suffered a strained left oblique while pitching against the Seattle Mariners on May 11. Read More...
There's just no stopping the Kings. Jeff Carter's hat trick carried the sizzling No. 8 seed past the Coyotes 4-0 for its seventh straight playoff road win and a 2-0 lead in the West finals. Read More...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jeff Carter scored three goals, Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots and the Los Angeles Kings matched an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Tuesday Read More...