Blind-sided: Blue Jacketsí Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker: On the morning of Oct. 7, two days before the Blue Jackets opened the 2014-15 season, Jack Johnson left his Ferrari parked in the garage of his Dublin apartment and drove his BMW to a federal courthouse Downtown to file for bankruptcy.
Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jews: Will the English get their own Donald Sterling moment? Kick It Out think so, and Wigan's shirt sponsor has already cancelled their deal over Mackay's hiring.
Lisa Saxon, the woman who helped change sports writing forever.: A profile well worth a read from Vice Sports.
CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition: The favourites rule the day as Edmonton and Montreal both move on to their division finals. Montreal wins a trip to Hamilton (snow; rude fans) while Edmonton gets a trip to Calgary (cold; cows). Meanwhile, in our little standings, there are some familiar faces in familiar places. Bundle up and make your picks inside.
Clif Bar Drops Sponsorship of 5 Climbers Over Risks They Take: Clif Bar, the nutrition bar maker that has long supported the sport of climbing, has dropped sponsorship of five well-known climbers. "We concluded that these forms of the sport are pushing boundaries and taking the element of risk to a place where we as a company are no longer willing to go," the company wrote in an open letter to the climbing community. "We understand that some climbers feel these forms of climbing are pushing the sport to new frontiers. But we no longer feel good about benefiting from the amount of risk certain athletes are taking in areas of the sport where there is no margin for error; where there is no safety net."
FIFA Goal of the Year nominees:
(Where "year" is October 2013 to September 2014.)
World Cup inquiry clears Qatar but criticises English FA: Or does it? Fifa report 'erroneous', says lawyer who investigated corruption claims and Fifa World Cup report pointless and a joke - FA boss Greg Dyke. So, Fifa corruption report: Who is to blame and what happens now?
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: This week's NFL games begin tonight with Buffalo at Miami. Leaders: wmwtm (1340), mattwalshvideo (1290), mbates321 (1280), Krumrie's Floppy Leg and lsun667 (1240).
CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition: It's snowing in Toronto and the Edmonton Eskimos have an injured quarterback: two sure signs that yes, it is indeed time for the CFL playoffs! All summer long you wistfully watched the hot pick 'em action from afar; now's your chance to join the fray. It's a new season and everybody starts at zero (or with the exchange rate, 0.0000142 US), so grab your twelfth man and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings: In a perfect ending to this wild and wacky season, we look atop the standings and find ourselves with a tie. But not the one you were expecting!
The End of Daisy Buchanan's: a Boston institution "where anything can happen".
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: Cleveland visits Cincinnati tonight to start off week 10. Top 5 in our contest: wmwtm (1200), mattwalshvideo (1190), lsun667 (1160), grum (1150), mbates321 (1140). Collective hive mind picks of the week: Baltimore over Tennessee and Denver over Oakland (both 98 percent). Closest choice: Kansas City over Buffalo (68 percent).
Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids: Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald broke this story Wednesday: "For 21 tumultuous months, New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez has defiantly maintained he never used banned substances from a Coral Gables anti-aging clinic, that he is the victim of a Major League Baseball 'witch hunt,' and that he would fight to the end to clear his name. But in a Drug Enforcement Administration conference room back in January, facing federal agents and prosecutors who granted him immunity, baseball's highest-paid player admitted everything: Yes, he bought performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America, paying roughly $12,000 a month to Anthony Bosch, the fake doctor who owned the clinic. Yes, Bosch gave him pre-filled syringes for hormone injections into the ballplayer's stomach, and even drew blood from him in the men's room of a South Beach nightclub." Now the Yankees must deal with a star player of diminished skills with three years and $60 million left on his contract, plus another $90 million in potential home run milestone incentives. Janet Macur of the New York Times writes, "In a million years, in a million baseball seasons, I never would have dreamed I'd ever say this: I feel sorry for the Yankees."
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20: That's right, it's the twentieth and final week of our little joy ride through the three-down tundra of Kevin Glenn's frozen heart. But nearly nothing's decided in the official standings, and nothing at all has been decided here. It's going to be a photo finish, so strike a pose and make your picks inside.
MVP, ROY and Cy Young finalist announced: Speculate away!
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 9: We have a new leader, Wmwtm, who is 10 points ahead of Lsun667 and Mattwalshvideo. The collective hivemind at NFL.Com has picked Cincinnati over Jacksonville by a margin of 98 to 2 percent.
Annotated list: the 25 best photos of Muhammad Ali, inside and outside the ring.
Bucks Player Almost Shoots in Wrong Basket: I love the reactions of the announcers, coach Jason Kidd and courtside fans after Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders comes tantalizingly close to eternal sports infamy by driving with the ball to the wrong basket.