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  • Falcons dominate Packers, advance to Super Bowl LI

    01/22/2017 4:26:50 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 38 replies
    NFL ^ | January 22, 2017 | Conor Orr
    For the first time since 1998, the Atlanta Falcons are going to the Super Bowl. Thanks to a beautifully dominant 44-21 beat down of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome, Matt Ryan and Co. left no question as to which team was best. After Green Bay's 11-second, three-and-out drive to start the second half, one which included a pair of drops from tight end Jared Cook, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was caught in a moment of rare emotion on the sidelines. He was smiling ear-to-ear before snapping back into the typical blank coaching façade we've...
  • Olivia Munn Upset She's Not Engaged: Rumours Swirl Aaron Rodgers Resents Brother Popped Question 1st

    01/22/2017 3:41:41 PM PST · by drewh · 36 replies
    Hollywood Take ^ | January 19 2007 | By Robin Lempe
    Is Olivia Munn upset that Aaron Rodgers hasn't proposed yet? Sources say Olivia thinks it's taking too long for her and Aaron to get engaged. And she's jealous that JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers are making wedding plans. Is Olivia Munn upset she isn’t engaged? Sources claim that she’s resentful that Jordan Rodgers popped the question before his brother, Aaron, did. Olivia, 36, and Aaron Rodgers, 33, have been dating since April of 2014. JoJo and Jordan Rodgers only knew each other a few months before getting engaged on The Bachelorette. Of course, that was the whole goal of The...
  • 2016 NFL Conference Championship Weekend - Predictions & Pass-Rush Match-Up Analysis

    01/22/2017 10:05:11 AM PST · by Jim 0216 · 51 replies
    Rankings are from the final regular season stats. Numbers represent overall and specific NFL rankings by points except pass/run ranked by yardage. Depending on who has the ball, compare offense/defense strengths in pass/run yardage to anticipate best game plan. Sunday, Jan 22, 1:05 PM MT FOX #8 Green Bay at #2 Atlanta Atlanta Offense #1:...1 Pass 5 Run GB Defense #21:.....32 Pass 14 Run GB Offense #4:..........15 Pass 7 Run Atlanta Defense #27:...11 Pass 26 Run We’ve got the #1 and # 4 best offenses in the NFL against the #21 and #27 defenses. Although I prefer a better offense/defense...
  • Yordano Ventura Reportedly Dies In Car Crash At 25

    01/22/2017 9:00:17 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 51 replies
    The Spun.com ^ | 01/22/2017 | Pilgrim's Progress
    The Kansas City Royals’ star pitcher reportedly died in a car crash today. Yordano Ventura, a 25-year-old starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, reportedly died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic today. Cristian Moreno, a bilingual sports journalist for ESPN, confirmed the news on Twitter. He says the Dominican police force confirmed the accident and tragic death.
  • Boston Hotel Where Steelers Are Staying Evacuated After Fire Alarm Triggered

    01/22/2017 7:17:40 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | 01/22/17
    he Pittsburgh Steelers may not be facing off against the New England Patriots on a full night of sleep. KDKA’s Rich Walsh reports that fire alarms started going off around 3 a.m. Sunday at the Boston hotel where the Steelers and many fans are staying waited outside. Hotel personnel said the entire hotel had to be evacuated, but it ended up being a false alarm. Alarms were going off for about half an hour before guests were allowed to return to their rooms. ESPN reported around 8 a.m. that Massachusetts State Police have arrested a 25-year-old Boston man who allegedly...
  • Mark Gastineau: I Have Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

    01/19/2017 6:14:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 19, 2017 | Anthony Barstow
    Jets great Mark Gastineau revealed in a radio interview Thursday with WOR’s Pete McCarthy he has been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The franchise’s all-time sacks leader, known for his colorful demeanor and hard-nosed play, said he believes his health issues are the result of his playing style and that new techniques could have prevented his diagnosis. “When my results came back, you know, I had dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” Gastineau told McCarthy.
  • Packers fan to take wife's last name: Packer

    01/19/2017 4:21:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Wauwatosa native Ryan Holtan-Murphy and Chicago born Marie Packer will soon say "I do." Their wedding will take place this June in the Windy City, but going against tradition, the groom is taking the bride's last name of Packer.
  • NFL Conference Championship Weekend: Predictions & Pass/Rush Match-Up Analysis

    01/19/2017 12:11:08 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 23 replies
    Rankings are from the final regular season stats. Numbers represent overall and specific NFL rankings by points except pass/run ranked by yardage. Depending on who has the ball, compare offense/defense strengths in pass/run yardage to anticipate best game plan. Sunday, Jan 22, 1:05 PM MT FOX #8 Green Bay at #2 Atlanta Atlanta Offense #1: 1 Pass 5 Run GB Defense #21: 32 Pass 14 Run GB Offense #4: 15 Pass 7 Run Atlanta Defense #27: 11 Pass 26 Run We’ve got the #1 and # 4 best offenses in the NFL against the #21 and #27 defenses. Although I...
  • BREAKING NEWS: The Oakland Raiders have officially filed paperwork for a relocation to Las Vegas.

    01/19/2017 10:25:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 63 replies
    ESPN ^ | January 19, 2017 | Staff
    BREAKING NEWS: The Oakland Raiders have officially filed paperwork for a relocation to Las Vegas.
  • NFL in action: How President Obama inspired a new wave of athlete activism [Hurl]

    01/19/2017 8:05:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SI ^ | January 18, 2017 | Jacob Feldman
    Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is hardly a fan of President Obama’s politics. A pro-life advocate, Watson voiced support for Ben Carson early in the 2016 campaign. Still, he describes Jan. 20, 2009, as “an amazing time.” “I remember watching the inauguration with my wife,” he says. "I remember sitting there seeing this family that looked like how me and my wife and our family now look in the White House. Even to this day, it’s still this unbelievable thing.”
  • Packers: Family situation adds emotion to Mason Crosby's game-winning kick at Dalla

    01/18/2017 1:21:48 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 01/18/2017 | JASON WILDE
    --SNIP-- What Crosby did to beat the Cowboys — kicking a 56-yarder to give the Packers a 31-28 lead with 93 seconds left, then booting the 51-yarder twice after the Cowboys called timeout right before the snap on his first try — was historic. No kicker had ever made two 50-yard field goals in the final 2 minutes of a regular-season or postseason game in NFL history, and the two kicks extended his NFL-record streak of 23 consecutive postseason field goals without a miss. And he did it with Brittany and Rees on his mind at various points in the...
  • Lady Gaga Asked Not to Talk About Politics, Donald Trump During Super Bowl Halftime Show [tr]

    01/18/2017 6:10:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 78 replies
    Entertainment Tonight ^ | January 17, 2017 | Sophie Schillaci
    When Lady Gaga hits the Super Bowl stage, at least one subject will be off limits: Politics. A source close to the halftime show tells ET, "Lady Gaga was told by the NFL that she cannot say anything or bring anything up about the election, or mention Donald Trump." A rep for the NFL calls this "nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none."
  • Chargers admit mistake, drop new LA logo after criticism

    01/17/2017 8:00:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 15, 2017 | Staff
    The San Diego Chargers' old lightning bolt logo remained essentially unchanged for more than 40 years. The Los Angeles Chargers' first logo lasted about 48 hours. On Saturday, team officials said they had scrapped their first logo, which bore an uncanny resemblance to the Los Angeles Dodgers' timeless blue-and-white 'LA' crest.
  • Dean Spanos On His 'Difficult' Decision to Move Chargers Back To LA

    01/16/2017 10:44:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 63 replies
    kfi640iheart.com ^ | 1/16/17 | Marc Inocencio
    The Rams returned to L.A. last year, and the Chargers CEO Dean Spanos confirmed last Thursday that his team is also moving back. Spanos' decision comes after years of haggling with the city of San Diego to secure tax money to build a new stadium, but the request did not receive public support. In November, voters went to the poll and rejected the measure asking for $1.15 billion in taxpayer funding for a new stadium and convention center annex in San Diego, 57 percent to 43 percent.
  • ESPN Will Memorialize Obama on Martin Luther King Day with Formal Tribute

    01/16/2017 10:22:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/16/17 | Dylan Gwinn
    Just in case you had forgotten how obscenely biased and liberal ESPN is, well, they’ve reminded us yet again. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the sports network that had vowed to become less overtly-liberal will feature a tribute to the “sports fandom,” of President Barack Obama. According to a press release, the program will feature, “segments saluting the “First Fan” only a few days before he leaves the presidency, ending his historic eight years as the first African-American to hold the office. Michael Eaves will anchor the program.”
  • Men's Basketball Veteran's Day Recognition (Virgina Tech)

    01/16/2017 8:01:52 AM PST · by bigbob · 1 replies
    Virginia Tech Athletics YouTube ^ | 11/11/15 | Virginia Tech Athletics
    The men's basketball team gathered to discuss the meaning of the National Anthem and recognize those who have served.
  • NFL LIVE THREAD CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

    01/16/2017 7:26:19 AM PST · by Bender2 · 113 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | ESPN.com
    NFL Live Conference Championship Weekend Sunday, January 22 3:05 ET Packers at Falcons 6:40 ET Steelers at Patriots
  • Cowboys Turn Down Chance at a 'Fair Catch Kick'

    01/15/2017 5:38:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Dallas Cowboys turned down a rare opportunity Sunday just before halftime of their divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. After punt returner Cole Beasley fair caught a Packers punt at the Cowboys' 38-yard line, Dallas could have utilized an obscure NFL rule to attempt an untimed, unrushed field goal attempt. (It's known as a "fair catch kick.") Because the defense can't rush, the kick can't be blocked. And with no time left on the first-half game clock, the Cowboys wouldn't have had to worry about giving the ball back to the Packers.
  • Packers hold off Cowboys' comeback, reach title game (34-31)

    01/15/2017 5:27:46 PM PST · by CedarDave · 44 replies
    NFL Sports ^ | January 15, 2017 | NFL Staff
    The Green Bay Packers are back in the NFC title game. Mason Crosby's 56- and 51-yard field goals late in the fourth quarter sent Green Bay past the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31, in Saturday's Divisional Round matchup. Dak Prescott led a 15-point Cowboys comeback, culminating in a 52-yard Dan Bailey field goal with 44 seconds left. But Aaron Rodgers saved his best for last, capping off a 43-yard, 32-second drive with an impossible 36-yard sideline bullet to Jared Cook. The play set up Crosby's winning kick with three seconds left.
  • First Bets Placed On Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather Super Fight (Irishman a 10-1 underdog)

    01/15/2017 4:30:48 PM PST · by drewh · 13 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | JANUARY 15, 201710:31AM | Damon Martin
    THE prospect of a Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight has created a mega-buzz about megabucks. UFC boss Dana White was on The Herd on Friday, countering the boxer’s $15 million offer to the UFC superstar with one of $25 million to each combatant in a proposed boxing bout. The superfight lends itself to the perfect storm for Las Vegas linemakers. And it didn’t take long for one to post odds. Dave Mason of betonline.ag weighed in with his opinion on Twitter. In short, McGregor is quite the long shot. Follow Dave Mason @DaveMasonBOL Nice. @danawhite offers @TheNotoriousMMA & @FloydMayweather $25M...
  • WWE Hall OF Fame Legend Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka Dead at Age 73

    01/15/2017 1:33:18 PM PST · by drewh · 3 replies
    TMZ ^ | 1/15/2017 12:02 PM PST
    Jimmy Snuka, the WWE Hall of Famer, has died after losing his battle to stomach cancer. Jimmy wrestled from the 1970s onward ... all the way through 2010. Jimmy came into the WWE as a heel, and became famous for his acrobatic wrestling style. He eventually turned and became a good guy. He had a number of shots at the WWE championship -- both as a villain and hero -- but never won. The Fijian wrestler, also known as Superfly Snuka, would often punish his opponents with his signature move -- the Superfly Splash ... which was an epic body...
  • Bayley to get Wrestlemania 33 Moment Similar To Daniel Bryan

    01/15/2017 2:19:06 PM PST · by drewh · 10 replies
    One India News /Wrestling Observer ^ | Jan 15 2017 ast | Raja
    Going by the rumour mill, Sasha Banks will not win the title there as Charlotte will be keeping her winning streak intact with some shenanigans. : Bayley cemented A spot in the championship picture after winning the number one contender’s match against Nia Jax. With a little help from Sasha Banks, she connected with the Bayley-to-belly to put Jax away and winning the bout. She is set to challenge Charlotte for the Raw Women’s championship at the Royal Rumble PPV. The infamous moment when Raw was occupied by the fans (image courtesy Youtube) Going by the rumour mill, she will...
  • Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, Wrestling Legend, Dead at 73

    01/15/2017 1:34:33 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 15, 2017 | Jason Diamond
    Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, the high-flying Fijian-born professional wrestler who rose to fame alongside icons Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Andre the Giant in Vince McMahon's WWE (then the WWF), is dead at the age of 73. His death comes less than a month after murder charges were dropped in the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend Nancy Argentino. WWE superstar and Snuka's daughter Tamina Snuka announced her father's death on Instagram.
  • Wounded Warriors Take Aim at Feral Hogs

    01/15/2017 1:24:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jan 14, 2017
    Feral hogs can be a big problem for property owners in north Texas. On Saturday, a unique group of hunters helped keep the wild pig population at bay. Texas Game Wardens organized a feral hog hunt for eight wounded warriors, including Air Force Veteran Chris Walff. The hunt is adventure Walff said he never imagined he would be on. "Exhilarating, that's the one word I’m going to go with. It’s exhilarating to be out," Walff said. Walff is in a wheelchair, paralyzed for medical reasons after returning home from Afghanistan. "So for 2.5 years, I laid in a hospital bed...
  • Falcons trounce Seahawks, advance to NFC title game

    01/14/2017 5:29:54 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 20 replies
    NFL ^ | January 14, 2017 | Chris Wesseling
    Leading MVP candidate Matt Ryan riddled Seattle's secondary for 338 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a convincing 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Here's what we learned in Saturday's game: After both teams traded clinical opening-drive touchdowns that spilled over to the second quarter, a holding penalty on special teamer Kevin Pierre-Louis swung the game in Atlanta's favor. Devin Hester's 80-yard punt return would have set the Seahawks up at the seven-yard line with a chance to take a commanding 17-7 lead. Instead, Seattle lost 84 yards of field position,...
  • Chargers Fans Offered Ways to Cover up Bolts Tattoos

    01/14/2017 4:00:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Jan 13, 2017 | Jaspreet Kaur, Artie Ojeda and Monica Garske
    Some Chargers fans were so dedicated to the team that along with wearing Bolts gear, they also sport tattoos inspired by the NFL team. But with the team deciding to move from San Diego to Los Angeles for the 2017 season, many San Diego residents are now calling themselves "former" fans. When the team announced its big move Thursday, some angry fans threw away their jerseys in a growing pile outside of Chargers Park Thursday. One person was even arrested for setting their jersey on fire. Other former fans are now taking their Chargers' gear to the Sports Arena to...
  • 2016 NFL Divisional Playoffs: Analysis & Viewing Sheet

    01/14/2017 12:00:45 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 35 replies
    Summary of projected winners this weekend: Falcons Patriots Chiefs Cowboys Analysis: Rankings are from the final regular season stats. Numbers represent overall and specific NFL rankings by points except pass/run ranked by yardage. Depending on who has the ball, compare offense/defense strengths in pass/run yardage to anticipate best game plan. Saturday, Jan 14, 2:35 PM MT FOX #6 Seattle at #2 Atlanta Atlanta Offense #1: 1 Pass 5 Run Seattle Defense #3: 18 Pass 1 Run Seattle Offense #18: 5 Pass 24 Run Atlanta Defense #27: 11 Pass 26 Run The best part of the game will be Atlanta with...
  • Oakland Raiders to file relocation papers, will move to Las Vegas

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Raiders Wire ^ | January 14, 2017 | Will Reeve
    The Oakland Raiders have had one foot out of the door of Oakland for years. But Saturday morning the team confirmed it will file relocation papers to move the franchise to Las Vegas. The news is expected to be officially unveiled by Raiders soon and was first reported by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport Saturday morning at 3 a.m. PT.
  • Big loss: Packers rule WR Jordy Nelson out vs. Cowboys

    01/13/2017 8:27:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 13, 2017 | Shalise Manza Young
    It seemed like a bit of a longshot all week that Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson would be able to play in Sunday’s NFC Divisional round game against the Dallas Cowboys; going back to Monday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy would say only that Nelson “had a chance” to be on the field. But on Friday, McCarthy told media that there is essentially no chance: Nelson, who suffered at least two fractured ribs in Green Bay’s wild-card win over the New York Giants last week, will not play. New York safety Leon Hall drilled Nelson in the side with his...
  • Patriots have a Trump problem

    01/13/2017 4:43:35 AM PST · by Third Person · 32 replies
    SB Nation ^ | January 12th, 2017 | Charlotte Wilder
    The Clinton-Kaine signs were still up on the afternoon of Dec. 24, sagging in the snow like tombstones of hope. They flashed by the windows as I drove through my hometown of Lincoln, Mass., where 77.7 percent of residents voted for Hillary Clinton. Hanging off porches behind some of the Clinton signs were New England Patriots flags. For over a decade now, people outside of New England have reviled the Patriots for turning winning into a science and, many believe, cheating to do so. Pats fans doubled-down in response, and a fierce loyalty took root in Massachusetts that, through the...
  • New Orleans woman shoots trophy Mississippi buck<picture>

    01/12/2017 5:01:23 PM PST · by BBell · 20 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/12/17 | Todd Masson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Conditions couldn't have been better Saturday for deer hunting, with frigid air keeping Friday's sleet and snow in a frozen state on the ground in Jefferson County, Miss. A New Orleans woman says all that ice is partly responsible for her killing the biggest deer of her life. Marni Demelo, 29, told ms-sportsman.com she heard the deer moving through the woods adjacent to a food plot she was hunting, and had time to prepare herself for what she hoped would be a shot at a big buck.-snip-Demelo knew the buck was one she would be proud of, but didn't realize...
  • 2016 NFL Divisional Playoffs: Analysis & Viewing Sheet

    01/12/2017 2:07:44 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 38 replies
    Rankings are from the final regular season stats. Numbers represent overall and specific NFL rankings by points except pass/run ranked by yardage. Depending on who has the ball, compare offense/defense strengths in pass/run yardage to anticipate best game plan. Saturday, Jan 14, 2:35 PM MT FOX #6 Seattle at #2 Atlanta Atlanta Offense #1: 1 Pass 5 Run Seattle Defense #3: 18 Pass 1 Run Seattle Offense #18: 5 Pass 24 Run Atlanta Defense #27: 11 Pass 26 Run The best part of the game will be Atlanta with the ball. With the best pass offense in the NFL against...
  • Chargers shouldn't look for a welcome wagon in L.A.

    01/12/2017 12:17:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 125 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 11, 2017 | Bill Plaschke
    Eery relationship is built on honesty, so the San Diego Chargers should hear this as their moving vans are chugging up the 5 Freeway on their noble mission of greed. We. Don’t. Want. You. The news broke Wednesday that Chargers owner Dean Spanos has informed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell he is moving the team to Los Angeles, which is pretty much dreadful news for Los Angeles.
  • Twitter immediately ripped the new Los Angeles Chargers logo to shreds

    01/12/2017 9:39:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | January 12, 2017 | Pete Blackburn
    The Chargers made their relocation to Los Angeles official on Thursday morning, and the team immediately unveiled a new logo as a result. The club's official Twitter account was first to post the new artwork, which looks somewhat like a modernized ripoff of the Dodgers 'LA' logo. Not surprisingly, it didn't take long for the internet to rip it to shreds. Here are some of the best jabs at the unspectacular new emblem.
  • The Tweeting Will Continue Until Morale Improves

    01/12/2017 7:13:40 AM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies
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    credit: Max Keiser said this line on the Kaiser Report on Tuesday. I think it is a perfect response to liberals who are whining about Trump talking directly to the people. It would make a good bumper sticker too. Personally, I know I'm going to get tired of all this tweeting (I'm already tired of Tweets being reported as news every time some inconsequential celebrity makes an utterance). But if it helps to shut down the lying, slandering, libeling media it'll be worth it.
  • Sources: Chargers Plan to Announce Move From San Diego to Los Angeles

    01/11/2017 9:18:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    ESPN ^ | 1/11 | Adam Schefter
    Almost one year to the day that the Rams moved to Los Angeles, the Chargers now likely intend to do the same. The Chargers plan to announce as early as Thursday that they are moving to Los Angeles, league sources said, ending a 55-year stint with San Diego and returning to their birthplace. The Chargers played their inaugural season in Los Angeles in 1960 before moving to San Diego in 1961.
  • Surfing Dog Shark Scare?

    01/11/2017 4:24:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A weekend shark sighting temporarily closed the ocean off of a stretch of Huntington Beach, and a surfing dog may have had a close encounter with a shark. During a photo shoot with Sugar the Surfing Dog in Huntington Beach, an image was taken that shows what appears to be a 9 to 10-foot-long shark in the wave next to her. Source: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Surfing-Dog-Shark-Scare__Los-Angeles-410271715.html#ixzz4VVD1py1c Follow us: @NBCLA on Twitter | NBCLA on Facebook
  • Surfers Ride Aptos Creek During Dangerous Storm

    01/10/2017 3:20:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 9, 2017
    When Costco created the Wavestorm surfboard, I don't think this is what they had in mind. Two thrill-seekers jumped into a raging Aptos Creek with Wavestorm foam surfboards during the brunt of Sunday's Pineapple Express storm. Onlookers recorded the dangerous spectacle on video. -- WATCH HERE. Tree trunks were among massive amounts of debris being swept down the raging river as the two men jumped into the water. They were tossed off their boards by the power of the river multiple times, and struggled to climb back on. One man managed to stand on his board for a few seconds...
  • World Cup madness: 48 countries, 16 groups (yes, that's 3 teams in each) [tr]

    01/10/2017 8:26:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2017 | Jack Bezants
    The FIFA Council have unanimously approved a 48-team World Cup from 2026 at a vote in Zurich. The plans overseen by president Gianni Infantino mean the tournament will now begin with 16 groups of three teams, with the top two advancing into a 32 team knock-out stage. Infantino has previously suggested FIFA could introduce penalty shoot-outs after group matches that end in a draw in order to stop teams playing for a result that favours them both.
  • Clemson’s final ‘pick play’ was perfect, legal, and should remain so

    01/10/2017 8:18:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | January 10, 2017 | Nate Scott
    Clemson beat Alabama in the national championship game on Monday night, 35-31, a thrilling end to a very good college football season. The Tigers won the game with a play run with just a few seconds remaining, when quarterback Deshaun Watson rolled to his right and found 5-foot-10 receiver Hunter Renfrow wide open in the corner of the end zone. He looked almost a little too wide open. And thus began the scrutiny.
  • Jimmer Fredette is China's Biggest Basketball Star

    01/10/2017 7:44:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    The Big Lead ^ | January 9 ,2017 | Stephen Douglas
    Jimmer Fredette is a big, huge star again in China. Jimmer leads the Chinese Basketball Association in scoring with 38.4 points per game and won the league’s 3-point contest during halftime of the All-Star game this weekend.
  • Watson, Clemson Stun Alabama To Win College Football Title On Last-Second Pass

    01/10/2017 6:08:36 AM PST · by blam · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-10-2017
    January 10, 2017 FoxNews.com Jan. 10, 2017: Clemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates a last second touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow (13) to win the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Last year’s College Football Playoff championship game was a classic. This year’s was even better. And in the end, Clemson got its revenge over Alabama. Deshaun Watson hit Hunter Renfrow for a two-yard touchdown pass with one second to play as the Tigers edged the Crimson Tide, 35-31, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Monday night. The win gave Clemson its second national...
  • Alabama vs. Clemson tonight - Why It Could Be a Close Game

    01/09/2017 4:04:09 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 103 replies
    Opinion ^ | 1/9/17 | Jim Newell
    Numbers are regular season stats in yards: Alabama Offense....... 40 Pass 9 Run Clemson Defense....... 11 Pass 20 Run Clemson Offense....... 7 Pass 37 Run Alabama Defense.......9 Pass 1 Run On defense, Clemson should stop ‘Bama’s passing game and could slow ‘Bama’s running game. ‘Bama's defense should stop Clemson’s running game cold but the Clemson offense could have success with college’s 7th best passing game. ‘Bama’s 1st against the run but 9th against the pass. Looks favorable for ‘Bama but if Clemson’s run defense holds and they find success in their very good passing game it could be close. Obviously,...
  • NFL Wild Card weekend was bad, but Roger Goodell wants to make it worse

    01/09/2017 8:06:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | January 8, 2017 | Dieter Kurtenbach
    Remember when the NFL playoffs were fun? Can you recall the time before backup quarterbacks (and highly paid quarterbacks that play like backups) and atrocious, record-setting (and not in a good way) defenses took the field on Wild Card weekend?
  • NFL Live Thread Divisional Play Off Weekend

    01/09/2017 6:15:50 AM PST · by Bender2 · 241 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | ESPN.com staff
    NFL Live Thread Divisional Play Off Weekend Saturday, January 14 3:35 PM Seahawks at Falcons 7:15 PM Texans at Patriots Sunday, January 15 12:05 PM Steelers at Chiefs 3:40 PM Packers at Cowboys
  • National Championship, Alabama vs. Clemson Predictions, Picks, Spread, Line (Tonight 7:00 EST)

    01/09/2017 5:53:04 AM PST · by blam · 54 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | 1-9-2017 | Tom Fornelli
    Their first College Football Playoff title game was a thriller, and odds are the rematch will be, too Tom FornelliJanuary 9, 2017 While it certainly isn't a rule, it's generally accepted that the sequel is never quite as good as the original. The logical explanation for this phenomenon is that a movie doesn't get a sequel unless the first installment was popular enough to warrant one, which means that the sequel has lofty expectations to live up to. As do Alabama and Clemson when they meet Monday night in Tampa for a national championship rematch. When these two teams met...
  • 5 Baseball Players That Weren’t Deserving of the MLB Hall of Fame

    01/08/2017 1:40:03 PM PST · by EveningStar · 97 replies
    The Cheat Sheet ^ | January 8, 2017 | Ryan Davis
    The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame was created all the way back in 1936 and has 312 members that have been enshrined over the years. The process, which involves sports writers and even former players voting and requires a player to receive 75% to be inducted, is far from perfect. Sure, you have plenty of players that are deserving that make it into the Hall of Fame without problem. But sometimes, deserving players are left out for long periods—such as third baseman Ron Santo, who finally was selected following his death in 2011—and other times undeserving players are chosen....
  • California YouTube Daredevil Misses Pool in Illicit Jump From Hotel

    01/06/2017 6:45:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | January 5, 2017 | Alma Fausto
    An Orange County daredevil famous on YouTube for jumping off buildings and landmarks was placed under investigation by police after reportedly jumping from a Laguna Beach hotel last week and injuring himself. Anthony Booth Armer, 28, of Laguna Niguel was hospitalized after injuring his feet when a stunt went awry at the Pacific Edge Hotel. jumper Anthony Booth Armer, 28, of Laguna Niguel In a YouTube video posted on New Year’s Day, Armer – known as 8Booth – is seen jumping off a rooftop and striking a concrete pool edge with his feet before tumbling into the water. The video...
  • EXCLUSIVE — Sarah Palin: Kaepernick, Take a Knee Over This One

    01/06/2017 5:59:41 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 6th, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    “The child, yet unborn, spoke with the Father, ‘Lord, how will I survive in the world? I will not be like the other children. My walk may be slower, my speech hard to understand. I may look different. What is to become of me?’ “The Lord replied to the child, ‘My precious one, have no fear. I will give you protectors. They will love you because you are special, not in spite of it. Though your path through life will be difficult, your reward will be greater. You have been blessed with a special ability to love, and those whose...
  • 2016 NFL Wildcard Weekend: Analysis & Viewing Sheet

    01/06/2017 3:46:33 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 34 replies
    Numbers represent overall and specific NFL rankings by points except pass/run ranked by yardage. Depending on who has the ball, compare offense/defense strengths in pass/run yardage to anticipate best game plan. Saturday, Jan 7, 2:35 PM MT ESPN ABC #11 Raiders at #26 Texans Raiders Offense #7: 20 Pass 7 Run Texans Offense #28: 32 Pass 19 Run Texans Defense #11: 2 Pass 11 Run Raiders Defense #20: 30 Pass 25 Run Best part of the game is when the Raiders have the ball. The Raiders should run a lot. If they pass too much, Houston’s 2nd best pass defense...