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  • NFL Wild Card Playoffs Live Thread--January 5-6, 2013

    01/06/2013 1:14:40 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 87 replies
    Me | Sunday, January 6, 2013
    Go Redskins! By the way, today is Ray Lewis' last home game in Baltimore.
  • Amid sanctions, Penn State's seniors salvaged season

    01/06/2013 12:11:16 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 58 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 1-5-13 | Scott Brown
    Amid sanctions, Penn State's seniors salvaged season By Scott Brown Published: Saturday, January 5, 2013, 11:55 p.m. Updated 15 hours ago Coach Bill O‘Brien often can‘t say enough about the role Penn State‘s seniors played in leading the Nittany Lions to an improbable 8-4 record this past season. But two key words offer the simplest explanation of why this senior class will go down as perhaps the most important in Penn State football history: “Charlie Mike.” That is military shorthand for the initials C.M., which stand for “Continue Mission.” Following an inspirational speech from a former Nittany Lion and Navy...
  • NHL, NHLPA agree to framework of new CBA

    01/06/2013 7:29:04 AM PST · by airborne · 26 replies
    NHL website ^ | 1/6/13 | Shawn P. Rourke
    The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association reached agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement early Sunday morning. After a marathon 16-plus hour negotiating session at the Sofitel Hotel that began Saturday afternoon, the sides announced an agreement in principle shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday. The League did not announce the start date of the season or the number of games each team will play. Those details will be announced soon. The deal, agreed to at approximately 4:40 a.m., was announced jointly by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr...
  • Watch The World Champion USA Junior Hockey Team Sing

    01/06/2013 6:24:56 AM PST · by airborne · 11 replies
    DeadSpin website ^ | 1/5/13 | Isaac Rauch
    We won! Though we were widely considered underdogs to the Russian and Canadian teams, the USA squad made it to the finals of the World Junior Championships in Russia and triumphed over Sweden, 3-1, to take the gold medal. Not only was it hockey—hockey still exists—it was a great American triumph, as Florida Panthers draft pick Rocco Grimaldi scored the tying and go-ahead goals after a less-than-promising start to the game. As Desi_Relaford noted in the game thread: "Nothing is more American than winning a gold medal in a sport that barely registers in the US in a tournament most...
  • NHL lockout is over; players, owners reach tentative CBA deal after 16-hour talks

    01/06/2013 2:57:13 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    yahoo sports ^ | 1/6/13 | Greg Wyshynski
    It took 16 hours of talks in New York on Saturday, with concessions from both sides. It took 113 days. A total of 625 regular-season games were sacrificed, or over half the 2012-13 season. It took months of bitter sniping, petty politics, false hope and broken hearts.
  • Black quarterbacks changing perceptions as NFL playoffs near

    01/05/2013 5:26:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 63 replies
    The Grio ^ | January 04, 2013 | Stefen Lovelace
    Young quarterbacks have been the dominant storyline of the 2013 season. Of the 12 NFL playoff teams, six start quarterbacks that are either in their first or second year. The days of needing an established veteran at the quarterback position may be over. Of those five young starting quarterbacks, three are African-American. Rookies Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson will play each other in the premier wildcard game this weekend, with the Washington Redskins hosting the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon. Colin Kaepernick gets a week off, as he helped lead his San Francisco 49ers to a bye. And while our...
  • Alabama's hatred of Notre Dame runs long, deep

    01/05/2013 11:01:54 AM PST · by Hoodat · 50 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Jan 4, 2013 12:21 AM EST | Pat Forde
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Jeremy Pike is a 37-year-old native and resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Like all proper fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide, he maintains an abiding hatred of Southeastern Conference rivals Auburn and Tennessee. But there is a third member of his unholy fan trinity, and always has been. "Oh, I hate Notre Dame," Pike said. "I never pull for them." On Nov. 3, Pike and about 50 other Alabama fans were in Louisiana getting ready to watch the Tide play LSU – the most anticipated game of the year. But before the game, they were glued to...
  • Spencer: Corbett makes right call challenging NCAA

    01/05/2013 9:19:35 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 20 replies
    Delco Times ^ | 1-3-12 | Gil Spencer
    By GIL SPENCER gspencer@delcotimes.com So finally someone in a position of authority in this state is standing up to the late-hitters and pile jumpers that used the Penn State scandal for their own shameful and hypocritical purposes. That someone is Gov. Tom Corbett, who has finally filed a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its publicity-whore President Mark Emmert. Better late than never. Last summer, Emmert declared PSU in violation of the NCAA’s regulations without citing a single concrete NCAA rule that the school had broken and imposed crippling sanctions on its storied football program — including a...
  • The business of polo Cloney ponies

    01/04/2013 1:31:21 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 17 replies
    The Economist ^ | Jan 5th 2012
    IMAGINE a football match pitting 11 clones of Wayne Rooney against 11 more clones of the same spud-faced Manchester United striker. Even avid Wayne-watchers might find it a bit dull. But polo fans may one day be treated to something similar. No one is proposing to clone the stallions who wield the mallets, of course. But the stallions they sit on are another matter. Outstanding polo horses are hard to find and horribly expensive. Each world-class rider may have dozens, the best of which may cost more than $200,000 each. So breeding great mounts is big business. It used to...
  • Stricker an anomaly as TOUR's youth movement continues [Golf Ping]

    01/04/2013 9:48:30 AM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 6 replies
    PGA.COM ^ | January 4, 2013 | Ann Miller for PGATOUR.COM
    January 04, 2013 By Ann Miller for PGATOUR.COM KAPALUA, Hawaii — Golfers in their 20s won nearly half of last year’s PGA TOUR events, but the defending champion in this week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions is 45-year-old Steve Stricker. He is the only player in his 40s here and has one of the best track records at Kapalua Plantation, with top-10 finishes three of the last four years. Not bad for an old guy, at least by comparison. Of the 37 winners last year, 15 were in their 20s. Stricker turned pro about the time 2012 Rookie of the Year...
  • Iron Maiden bassist puts his Ł7-million mansion on the market …

    01/04/2013 3:41:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 02:32 EST, 4 January 2013 | Suzannah Hills
    The multi-millionaire founder and bassist of heavy metal band Iron Maiden is selling his Essex rock star mansion, which includes its own pub called the Horse and Cart. Steve Harris’ Ł6.75 million ($11 million) house also has an indoor swimming pool surrounded with garish murals of voluptuous women, vikings and Gothic pictures on the walls, which wouldn’t be out of place on one of the band’s horror album covers. Outside there is an old-fashioned red telephone box, floodlit tennis court and a full-sized football pitch with home and away changing rooms. … Long-haired Harris, 56, who released his first solo...
  • SEC's vulnerability should give Notre Dame added confidence against Alabama

    01/03/2013 8:44:10 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 3, 2013 | Pat Forde
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The most widely stated theory about why Notre Dame allegedly has no chance in the BCS championship game against Alabama is the vast superiority of the Crimson Tide's league, the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide was tested at the highest level, the theory went. They went through a meat-grinder schedule no school outside the SEC could comprehend or survive. Certainly not some fancy-pants independent program that sprinkled service academies and low-level ACC opponents between its few big games. You've heard it. I've heard it. Touchdown Jesus has heard it. So you can bet the Fighting Irish...
  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' David King a product of a promise kept between two mothers

    01/03/2013 3:00:54 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 22 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 01-02-2013 | Stephanie Kuzydym
    Oklahoma football: Sooners' David King a product of a promise kept between two mothers On Friday, David King will lead the Sooner defense one last time when OU faces Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. King got to this point thanks to the love of his two mothers: the one who kept him off the streets and the other who kept a promise. By Stephanie Kuzydym | Published: January 2, 2013 As David King ran onto Owen Field one last time, Stacy McVaney sat on the bleachers, surrounded by players' parents, and wept. Stacy is a crier. Balled up in...
  • Browns eye Oregon coach Kelly

    01/02/2013 1:37:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    fox ^ | Jan 2, 2013 2:26 PM ET
    According to several reports, Cleveland's CEO Joe Banner is in Arizona and intends to interview Kelly, who is preparing the Ducks to play in Thursday's Fiesta Bowl. Kelly has been courted by NFL teams in the past and came close to taking Tampa Bay's job last year. Kelly has deflected questions about a possible jump to the pros, saying he's focused on finishing his fourth season at Oregon. Kelly's fast-paced offensive system is intriguing to the Browns, who fired Pat Shurmur earlier this week. New England coach Bill Belichick consulted Kelly this summer and has incorporated aspects of Oregon's up-tempo...
  • Son Of Clippers Owner Found Dead In Malibu

    01/02/2013 10:23:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | January 2, 2013 5:59 AM | Pete Demetriou
    MALIBU (CBSLA.com) — The son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been found dead in Malibu. Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives were sent to an apartment in the 22600 block of Pacific Coast Highway around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on a welfare check, authorities said. KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou reports when deputies arrived, they found the body of 32-year-old Scott Sterling inside the unit. “Sheriff’s Homicide and Los Angeles County Coroner’s personnel at this time believe that Sterling died of an apparent drug overdose,” Deputy Guillermina Saldaña said. An autopsy is pending. No additional details were released. In 1999, Sterling was...
  • The refs are blind! No really – Outback Bowl officials make a terrible call on a first down.

    01/02/2013 8:24:42 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 46 replies
    http://sports.yahoo.com/ ^ | 01/01/2013 | Frank Schwab
    Fans argue all the time that a referee missed a call, but those arguments are usually subjective. The holding call that killed the drive might have been ticky-tack, but it wasn't black and white that it was a missed call. The pass interference that set up the game-winning touchdown wasn't just a phantom call - it might have been a tough call but it was debatable. You very rarely see a football official flat out miss a call. A fourth-quarter call in the Outback Bowl was black and white. There really can be no debate. It was a blown call...
  • World junior (hockey) championship: Switzerland headed in the (winning) goal ...

    01/01/2013 1:28:49 PM PST · by shove_it · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 31 Dec 2012 | Neate Sager
    By the margin of Dario Simion being 6-foot-2 instead 5-foot-10 like the stereotypical Swiss forward of yore, Switzerland is in the world junior championship medal round. ~snip~ Simion was trying to screen the goaltender when defenceman Samuel Guerra stepped into a slapshot. Since the deflection was unintended, it counted...
  • Devin Hester ponders retirement

    12/31/2012 10:02:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    ESPN ^ | December 31, 2012
    Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester was so distraught Monday after hearing Lovie Smith was fired that he actually talked about retiring. The 30-year-old Hester has one year left on his contract. "I don't even know if I want to play again," Hester said. "That's been something on my mind for two years. "It's not (much fun for me anymore). I've got my workers comp papers in my pocket. We'll see how I feel. I'm going to go home and talk to my wife and talk to my family and see where we go from there. I got two beautiful kids,...
  • Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys should part ways after latest loss

    12/31/2012 1:17:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 110 replies
    NFL ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | Gil Brandt
    The Dallas Cowboys needed quarterback Tony Romo to come up big against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night. Instead, he threw three interceptions, including a crucial fourth-quarter pick that contributed to the Cowboys' season-ending loss. After the latest down moment in Romo's inconsistent career, I think it's time for Dallas to move on; it's time for the Cowboys to cut ties with Romo. Romo's one of those guys who seems to do really well when it doesn't count, but when it counts, he doesn't get the job done. It's not because he's not smart; it's not because he's not athletic;...
  • NFL "Black Monday" thread - Reid, Crennel already gone

    12/31/2012 7:04:56 AM PST · by Perdogg · 178 replies
    Andy Reid and Romeo Crennel already have been fired. Rex Ryan to keep his job
  • Fire Jason Garrett

    12/30/2012 9:22:41 PM PST · by sean327 · 63 replies
    Me | 30 Dec 2012 | sean327
    Garrett is the worst play caller in the history of the NFL. I know Pop Warner coaches who would make better Offensive Coordinators. How is it you have one of the best RBs in the NFL and you only call 13 running plays? If you know the Redskins are gonna blitz on every frikin 3rd down, why don't you run a few screens or draws to slow them down? Garrett sucks! Fire him now!
  • Sunday Night Football - Week 17 - Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins

    12/30/2012 6:32:58 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 55 replies
    Me | Sunday, December 30, 2012
  • Irish Get Serious About Preparing For Alabama

    12/30/2012 11:37:05 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 12-30-2012 | Tom Coyne
    <p>SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Top-ranked Notre Dame finally got down to the serious business of getting ready to play defending national champion Alabama in the BCS title game on Jan. 7.</p> <p>After weeks of some players and coaches traveling the nation for award shows, players finishing up the school year with finals and making trips home for Christmas, Notre Dame had its hardest hitting practice Saturday since its 22-13 victory over USC on Nov. 24 in the regular-season finale. Kelly plans another physical practice Sunday.</p>
  • Texas suspends two football players on eve of Alamo Bowl; police investigate sexual assault

    12/28/2012 6:11:37 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Dec. 28, 2012 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Texas suspends two football players on eve of Alamo Bowl as San Antonio police investigate sexual assault at hotel Texas (8-4) plays Oregon State (9-3) in Saturday's bowl game. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Friday, December 28, 2012, 2:58 PM AP University of Texas football coach Mack Brown does not identify the two players sent home. SAN ANTONIO - Texas suspended two football players Friday and sent them home on the eve of the Alamo Bowl, hours after police said they were investigating a report of a sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel. Coach Mack Brown did not identify the players,...
  • UCLA vs. Baylor: Holiday Bowl live updates

    12/27/2012 10:54:03 PM PST · by dr_lew · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/28/2012 | Mike Hiserman
    On the last play in regulation, Brett Hundley connected with wide receiver Logan Sweet on a 34-yard scoring pass to make the score a little-more-respectable 49-26 Baylor advantage.
  • No let up in senseless attacks of Tim Tebow

    12/27/2012 7:35:35 PM PST · by re_nortex · 77 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | Wed, Dec 26, 2012 7:05 PM EST | Jay Hart
    After years of swirling around Tim Tebow, the vultures now have something else to pick on. It's barely a scrap, if that, for holier-than-Tebow critics who have been foaming at the mouth to dig up a granule of dirt on the man ever since he announced he was still a virgin.
  • Net Loss: Brooklyn Nets Fires Coach Avery Johnson

    12/27/2012 7:05:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/27/2012 | BRIAN MAHONEY
    Coach of the month in November, out of a job by New Year's. The Brooklyn Nets have elevated expectations this season, and a .500 record wasn't good enough. Coach Avery Johnson was fired Thursday, his team having lost 10 of 13 games after a strong start to its first season in Brooklyn. "We don't have the same fire now than we did when we were 11-4," general manager Billy King said at a news conference in East Rutherford, N.J. "I tried to talk to Avery about it and we just can't figure it out. The same pattern kept on happening."...
  • French football Fan Fined for Bin Laden Jersey

    12/26/2012 11:46:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Dec 2012
    SNIP Police who arrested the 21-year-old said he told them he was honouring the memory of Osama bin Laden, but he denied that in court. SNIP He said he had seen far worse jerseys, such as one bearing the name Adolf Hitler
  • Week 17: NFL Game Picks

    12/26/2012 5:51:17 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 45 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 24, 2012
    Five NFC teams are fighting for two postseason spots, and the race for first-round byes in the AFC remains convoluted. The Cowboys lost, but the Giants' loss later sets up a winner-take-all Cowboys-Redskins game on Sunday night for the NFC East title. The Vikings remained in the No. 6 slot in the NFC but also were big winners, as the Giants and Cowboys' losses mean Minnesota doesn't require help to make the postseason.
  • More fans duped in 'oversold' Cowboys ticket scheme

    12/26/2012 4:20:45 PM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    WFAA ^ | December 26, 2012 | BYRON HARRIS
    The list of angry fans who were stood up by a sports promoter at the Cowboys-Steelers game two weeks ago is growing. It stretches literally around the world and into the hundreds... All say they are victims of the Maximum Sports Connection and Ronni Sokol. Just before kickoff, they say she told them the game had been "oversold." "I don't expect to get any money back, because with her track record, it doesn't look good," said Kerry Vincent of the Mechanicsburg Police Department in Pennsylvania.
  • Anonymous hacked Big Red football site again!

    12/26/2012 8:46:22 AM PST · by goodwithagun · 5 replies
    I will provide a link in the comments section to a nice NY Times article that is quite long but really covers what is happening well. I don't think Anonymous is doing this just because of the rape; I believe iris because of the lawsuit against the bogger. I will provide a link for her as sell. I'm pretty sure she make money from her blog so don't click if you have issues with that.
  • 'Surfing Santa' Not in Immigration Trouble This Year

    12/24/2012 4:40:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    WDAM ^ | Dec 24, 2012
    The Canadian man known as "Surfing Santa" is back again with his holiday tradition. Every year, John Fulton puts on Santa's red suit and windsurfs along the Niagara River between Ontario and New York. Although Surfing Santa has a history of getting in trouble for surfing too close to Buffalo, the U.S. Border Patrol officially sanctioned his trip for this year. Agents also had a boat in the water just in case Fulton had trouble in the water.
  • What Happened to the (NY) Giants?

    12/24/2012 3:25:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 24, 2012 | David Roth
    Giants quarterback Eli Manning has had plenty of reasons to perfect his pout in the last few weeks. It’s not exactly a rivalry, the thing that exists between the New York Jets and New York Giants. Neither team plays in New York, nor against each other all that often. The fan bases don’t overlap, but don’t exactly clash, either. So all year, Giants fans have been able to stand alongside other neutral NFL observers marveling at the buff, surly telenovela that is the Jets. The Jets, for their part, were at it again on Sunday, with third-stringer-turned-starter Greg McElroy...
  • Rip Hawk dead at 82 (professional wrestler)

    12/24/2012 11:31:54 AM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | December 22, 2012 | Steven Johnson
    During his thirty years as a pro wrestler, Rip Hawk piled up enough championship belts, main event appearances, and road stories to last a lifetime... Hawk, who died December 22 at 82, after a series of heart-related ailments in recent years, was best known as the tag team partner of Swede Hanson in Jim Crockett Sr.'s Charlotte, N.C.-based promotion in the 1960s and 1970s...
  • Fennelly: Bucs need to show signs season wasn't a waste

    12/24/2012 7:20:51 AM PST · by 4Runner · 2 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | December 24, 2012 | Martin Fennelly
    Despite nearing the end of his fourth season, quarterback Josh Freeman is dissolving before our very eyes. He had an incredibly deceiving 372 yards passing yards on Sunday. He also threw four more interceptions, for eight in two weeks, or as many as he had in his first 13 games this season. His head is full of mush. Maybe the Bucs should lock him up with a contract while the price is right. How does five years, $100,000 a year sound? Suddenly, No. 5 is a project again, the priority worry. I'm sure they're hidden somewhere, but there just aren't...
  • Anonymous just hacked my school's football page

    12/23/2012 8:27:50 PM PST · by goodwithagun · 15 replies
    I can't believe this! Here is a long article, yet it provides all the pertinent info! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/sports/high-school-football-rape-case-unfolds-online-and-divides-steubenville-ohio.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
  • NFL Tiebreaker Status (update for week 17, Vanity)

    12/23/2012 5:43:55 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 17 replies
    Dec 23, 2012 | campaignPete R-CT
    AFC for a bye: Hous has head-to-head over DEN, giving them Current hold on #1 seed and bye NE PATS have head-to-head OVER HOUS and DEN and BALT HAS head-to-head victory over PATS in fight for #3 seed. BALT has clinched tiebreaker over CINN (div record) TIEBREAKERS FOR INDY VS CINCY AT 10-6: CONFERENCE WILL BE 7-5 IND VS. CIN, COMMON GAMES, INDY IS 4-1, CINCY IS 3-2 therefore, INDY HAS CLINCHED THE #5 SEED. NFC Giants: WASH AND DAL have tiebreaker over NYG (DIV REC), NYG CAN only be wildcard. NYG have tiebreakers vs MN and CHI and SEA...
  • Mystery of dogs leaping from 'suicide' bridge

    12/23/2012 11:46:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 85 replies
    unexplained-mysteries.com ^ | Saturday, 22 December, 2012 | "Seeder"
    Over the last 50 years dozens of pet dogs have leapt from the 50ft bridge for no apparent reason, usually on clear sunny days. Each of the dogs jumped from the same spot between two parapets on the right-hand side. In 2005 the problem was so bad that 5 dogs jumped to their deaths off the bridge within the space of 6 months. The SSPCA ( Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ) considers the matter a 'heartbreaking mystery'. Many theories have been proposed to explain these peculiar circumstances. Some people believe that the dogs have jumped...
  • Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City

    12/23/2012 11:24:29 AM PST · by goodwithagun · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12-16-2012 | Juliet Macur and Nate Schweber
    HOURS AFTER SUNSET, the cars pulled up, one after another, bringing dozens of teenagers from several nearby high schools to an end-of-summer party in August in a neighborhood here just off the main drag.
  • Anti 'gun confiscation' laws.

    12/22/2012 7:47:13 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 44 replies
    12/22/12 | grumpygresh
    Statements by Obama and NY governor Cuomo and others have made gun owners very worried. If we get an assault weapons ban via congressional action or presidential order, who will stop the momentum from turning to outright confiscation especially in Leftist jurisdictions. I don't know if any states currently have state laws that address this specific issue, but we need to make sure that our gun and property rights are secure from the gun grabbers at all levels.
  • Robert Griffin III: If He’s a “Cornball”, Give Us More

    12/21/2012 7:08:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/19/2012 | Alfonzo Porter
    If Robert Griffin III is a “cornball”, then clearly cornball is compatible with aptitude, proficiency, talent and intelligence. Frankly, I’d like every young black man in America to be defined that way. While the recent commentary by ESPN reporter, Rob Parker regarding the young Washington Redskins phenomenon may have caught others off guard--I could see it coming from ten miles away. As an educator, I have had the privilege to work with African Washington Redskins player Robert Griffin III. (Evan Vucci - AP) American male students in a number of capacities: as a teacher, principal, counselor, coach, and mentor. The...
  • NHL cancels all games through Jan. 14

    12/21/2012 12:16:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 5:06 PM EST | Ira Podell
    The NHL could be one step away from canceling another hockey season because of a labor fight with the players. In the latest round of cancellations, the NHL on Thursday wiped out all games through Jan. 14. More than 50 percent of the schedule has been lost, and the rest is now in great danger, too. “I don’t want to characterize what today’s cancellations mean or don't mean,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email. “I will stand on the announcement that was made.” So far, 625 regular-season games have been called off, including nearly...
  • Tim Tebow breakup: All alone again after split with Camilla Belle

    12/20/2012 6:54:58 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 113 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012
    This has not been the best week for New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. First, on Wednesday, Jets Coach Rex Ryan says Greg McElroy will replace Mark Sanchez as the Jets' starter, leaving Tebow on the bench. Then, on Thursday, US Weekly reports that Tebow has broken up with actress Camilla Belle after two months of dating. Belle is famous for starring in "From Prada to Nada" and "Dirty Dancing 3." And when I say famous, I mean "been in movies no one has ever heard of or watched." US Weekly says the breakup came because "the relationship just didn't...
  • Bulls' Joakim Noah holsters his finger guns after Newtown shootings

    12/19/2012 12:48:47 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 4 replies
    Kansas City ^ | 12/19/2012 | Lisa Gutierrez
    In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has retired his trademark six-shooter celebration. Every time he makes a big play he pretends to fire off two guns with his fingers. But, as media outlets noted on Tuesday, he didn't do it once during his triple-double performance in the Bulls' 100-89 victory over Boston. After the game he told reporters that "you can’t joke around with things like that. Too many people are dying because of guns. We have a problem here with guns. So just trying to be a little bit compassionate about what’s...
  • Week 16: NFL Game Picks

    12/18/2012 8:27:17 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 18, 2012
    In the NFC, five 8-6 teams appear to be competing for two available spots, though the 9-5 Seahawks haven't secured their postseason berth yet. And while the Steelers, Cowboys and Giants wouldn't make the playoffs if the season ended today, all would get in by winning their remaining two games. The Vikings, who would make it right now, do not control their own fate.
  • Major League Dreidel Players Put Competitive Spin on Classic Hanukkah Game

    12/18/2012 5:42:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | December 14, 2012
    This isn't your bubbe's game of dreidel. More than 30 competitors spun for glory Thursday night as part of a Major League Dreidel contest at Full Circle Bar on Grand Street. With team names ranging from "Hanukkah Hustlers" and "Latkatonic" to "Gimel Da Loot," the particpants played a modified game of the holiday classic, in which spinners tried to land their dreidels on a Hebrew letter or in hole at the end of the table for maximum points. MLD founder and referee Eric Pavoney, aka the "Knishiner," called the contest a "cross between shuffleboard and cornhole." "Dreidel is not just...
  • Jets start Greg McElroy, bench Mark Sanchez

    12/18/2012 4:10:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2012 | Cindy Boren
    New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan wasn’t saying who his starting quarterback would be after Mark Sanchez’s ineffectiveness Monday night, but by Tuesday afternoon he was ready for a for a change. Greg McElroy, the second-year QB out of Alabama, will start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers rather than his other option, Tim Tebow, the guy the Jets traded for in March. The news was first reported by Rich Cimini of ESPN New York and Brian Costello of the New York Post. Tebow played six snaps in the loss that crushed the Jets’ playoff hopes Monday night. McElroy has...
  • Kobe's ego is Lakers' big problem

    12/18/2012 12:01:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Fox ^ | Dec 18, 2012 2:17 PM ET | Jason Whitlock
    The root cause of the Lakers’ dysfunction has been consistent for 15 years. It is Kobe Bryant’s ego, his desperate pursuit of Michael Jordan’s legacy. L.A.’s Dwight Howard experiment is going to explode and implode in spectacular fashion unless someone in the Lakers organization is bold enough to kill Kobe’s Michael Jordan avatar so that Howard’s Bill Russell avatar can emerge and lead the Lakers. You follow? The wrong player is driving the Lakers. Dwight Howard is the second-most talented player in the league. He’s the single-most gifted defensive player the NBA has seen since Bill Russell. On a properly...
  • Jim Thorpe Remembered for Generous Heart

    12/17/2012 7:09:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Sentinel ^ | Joseph Cress
    When “Radio” Gardner was 15 years old, he snatched a football from the end zone and ran out of the municipal stadium in Portsmouth, Ohio. Who could blame him? It was not the typical pigskin, but one that had just been kicked over the goalpost by a sports legend. That same fall, Mary Johnson welcomed a familiar visitor to her family cabin outside nearby Minford, Ohio. The man once known as the “greatest athlete in the world” was there to say goodbye and offer her a football helmet as a parting gift. “Jim Thorpe was one to give things away,”...
  • ODU's Heinicke wins Payton, FCS' Heisman Trophy

    12/17/2012 6:46:52 PM PST · by wolfman23601
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 12/17/2012 | Harry Minium
    Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke capped a record-breaking season in which he became the most prolific passer in the history of the Football Championship Subdivision by winning the Walter Payton Award on Monday night. Surrounded by family and friends from his hometown of Atlanta, and an entourage of ODU officials, Heinicke accepted the award as he was accorded a standing ovation by several hundred spectators at The Sports Network FCS banquet at the Sheraton Society Hill. “Other than the national championship, there’s not a better award you could win,” Heinicke said. “It’s a huge honor and I’m very humbled. “I’m speechless....