CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six: It's another week chock-full of upsets, which means the regulars continue to struggle and the rookie continues to shine. jagsnumberone adds some padding to the first-pace lead, and may in fact have a record-breaking streak on the line heading into Simcoe Day. Flip your coins and make your picks inside.
Boston 2024 is DEAD.: After Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced he would not sign any Olympic contract that required the city to make up cost overruns, it seems that the city and the USOC have gone their seperate ways.
Your 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Class: Craig Biggio, Tom Smoltz (who did not go in as a Detroit Tiger), Randy Johnson (who went in as an Arizona Diamondback), and Pedro Martinez. Justin McGuire of The Sporting News live blogged the event on Sunday.
NFL limits Junior Seau's daughter to video voiceover at HoF induction: Wow. Because why would the league want to give a voice to the child of one of it's greatest players?
Jose Bautista calls out Colin Cowherd for insipid remarks about Dominican ballplayers: One of baseballís most vocal sluggers is not happy with Colin Cowherd for the radio hostís negative portrayal of Dominican players, and the MLB Players Association is reportedly equally upset. Saved you a click version: ďItís too complex? Iíve never bought into that 'baseball is too complex.' Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world class academic abilities."
Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM: First, the Leafs lure Mike Babcock away from the Red Wings and now they land Uncle Lou. It's been one heck of an off season for Toronto.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five: Close games all around make money for some and mud for others. The first-place tie is broken up in a big way, but say hello to the third-place logjam. Grab your cant hook and make your picks inside.
The Justice Department has ended its criminal case against Barry Bonds.: The U.S. Department of Justice will not appeal a court ruling that cleared baseball player Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice in a probe over steroids. The DOJ's move effectively ends the long criminal prosecution of the sport's career home run leader. The slugger was convicted on one obstruction charge in 2011, and the jury deadlocked on three perjury counts. His sentence of two years of probation and 30 days of home confinement was put on hold pending his appeal.
Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform: Pacers will wear ĎHickoryí uniforms in select games starting in the 2015-16 season to celebrate the filmís 30th anniversary.
Pro Surfer Attacked by Shark During Competition: Three-time world surfing champion Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark Sunday during a competition off the coast of South Africa but escaped unharmed. Fanning, 34, battled the shark for a few seconds before swimming away to be rescued by crews on jetskis and boats. "I just can't believe it," said Fanning, who was nearly overcome with emotion on multiple instances during his interview. "I'm just tripping. ... To walk away from that, I'm just so stoked." The World Surf League canceled the J-Bay Open shortly after the attack.
Cowboys, Yankees Most Valuable U.S. Sports Teams: Forbes magazine has estimated the worth of the Dallas Cowboys at $3.2 billion, making the NFL team tied for second-most valuable sports franchise on the planet behind the Real Madrid soccer club in Spain at $3.26 billion. The New York Yankees in baseball also are valued at $3.2 billion. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has the most profitable club in sports at $246 million with revenues 31 percent higher than their nearest NFL rival.
Colin Cowherd Leaving ESPN: After 12 years on ESPN Radio, Colin Cowherd is leaving and talking about a move to Fox Sports. The new president of that network, Jamie Horowitz, was producer of Cowherd's SportsNation and Sunday football shows. Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead doesn't think this is due to Cowherd crossing any lines at the self-criticism averse, NFL-protecting ESPN. "The difference here was that ESPN did make an aggressive bid to keep Cowherd, but was upstaged by Fox," he writes.
Harold Reynolds Feels Jackie Robinson Could Have Done Better.: Reynolds commented on Jackie Robinsonís age when he made his MLB debut, comparing him to Giants catcher Buster Posey. Robinson was 28 years old when he debuted for the Dodgers in 1947, an age that would be considered ancient in todayís game. Reynolds said Robinson did not make play in a big league until that age because they held rookies back longer during that time and he hadnít completely figured out the game.
Dez Bryant, DeMaryius Thomas Sign $70-Million, 5-Year Deals: Star receives Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys and DeMaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos both have new deals for five years and $70 million from their respective teams. Bryant rakes in $45 million fully guaranteed, including a $20 million signing bonus and fully guaranteed salaries of $3 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017. Thomas hauls in $43.5 million guaranteed. The similarity of the deals has the NFL Players Association wondering whether there was collusion between the teams.
Vin Scully calling a hot footing.: It doesn't get any more baseball than this.
Australian Rules Tactics: For a long time, they didn't seem to actually exist. A new book delves into the history of coaching, and tries to explain what's happening to the average punter.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four: The newcomers continue to hang on to first, but it's getting crowded at the top at the old-timers have started chipping away. I think we've found the narrative for this season, guys! Bury your ledes and make your picks inside.
Chennai Super Kings & Rajasthan Royals suspended from IPL for Two Years: A Supreme Court-appointed panel suspended IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years on Tuesday after their officials were found guilty of illegally betting on games... What needs to be decided now is if two new franchises will be created to fill the new hole.
What if we talked about NHL players the way the media talks about female athletes?: "Chicago Blackhawks can go back to being fathers, partners and sons today, but they have taken on another title -- heroes""
Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman: '.... itís surprising that Williamsís story of picking up a tennis racquet in Compton and ending up the greatest womenís tennis player of all time hasnít been turned into a homily on Americana. ďIf Serena were smaller, lighter, and less connected to her roots she would probably be more popular,Ē says Kendall. ďBut racism means that many Americans look at her refusal to be ashamed of coming from the inner city, her rejection of European beauty aesthetics, and her spectacular record and see a negro that doesnít know her place.Ē'
GoFundMe Campaign Raising Money for Fenway Fan Struck by Bat: The latest fan at Fenway to get clocked in the stands along the third base line is doing well, but Tonya Carpenter, the one hit by the bat and almost killed, is facing a long recovery, as of a June report. She has needed to relearn to walk and talk and will likely be out of work a year, so a GoFundMe campaign is raising money for her.
British Strongman Sets Record By Lifting 1,018.5 Pounds: English weightlifter Eddie "The Beast" Hall broke his own world record with a deadlift of 1018.5 pounds at the Arnold Classic in Australia this weekend. Event namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger was there to cheer him on, raising his hand for a high five that found no partner. "I left him hanging at first, oops," Hall said.