The all-time World Cup finals league table: Not surprise that Brazil top this table or that Germany is a close second, but a bit surprising for me the gap after that, both in points and goal difference. Spolier alert: USA are in 25th heading into next summer ;)
Kirk Cousins to start for Redskins in Week 15: Barring a disaster of a performance from Cousins, he will likely be the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.
Three managers unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame:
At the end of the 1981 season, these three managers had a combined career managing record of 705-912, with only two winning seasons (out of 11+ seasons managing) between them. Fast forward 32 years, and a 6853-5159 record with 63 winnings seasons (out of 78+) between them, and Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony LaRussa were inducted into the HOF by the Veteran's Committee.
Broncos' Prater Kicks Record-Breaking 64-Yard Field Goal: In the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans, kicker Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos set a new NFL record Sunday with a 64-yard field goal, passing the four kickers who hit a 63 yarder: Tom Dempsey of New Orleans in 1970, Jason Elam of Denver in 1998, Sebastian Janikowski of Oakland in 2011 and David Akers of San Francisco in 2012. Prater's kick was made in high-altitude Denver, which helps kick distance, but only in 14 degree weather.
Ohio State Falls, Auburn Likely to Face Florida State: Ohio State's winning streak ended at 24 games as the Buckeyes lost 34-24 to Michigan State, a defeat that appears all but certain to put Auburn in the National Championship game Jan. 6. They would face undefeated Florida State, which rolled over Duke in the ACC Championship Game.
Sporting KC Wins MLS Cup on 10th Round of Penalty Kicks: Before their home stadium in 20 degree weather (7 degrees factoring in wind chill), by far the coldest final in MLS Cup history, Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake on penalty kicks 7-6 Saturday. The teams were tied 1-1 after 120 minutes from a goals by Alvario Saborio of RSL and an Aurelien Collin equalizer for KC. Keeper Jimmy Nielsen outdueled Nick Rimando on PKs and then spray-painted "2013" under "MLS Champions" at Sporting Park in the postgame celebration.
U.S. in World Cup's Group G (as in Grim): The draw for the 2014 World Cup was telecast live at 11 a.m. Eastern, and the United States has ended up in Group G alongside Germany, Ghana and Portugal, an extremely tough draw for the Americans.
UW Snaps Up Boise's Petersen: After Boise State wunderkind coach Chris Petersen allegedly turned down the USC job, the Trojans turned to Washington's Steve Sarkisian. UW responded by taking Petersen after what is described as a short negotiation.
No criminal charges for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged after an investigation into an alleged sexual battery, State Attorney William Meggs said today.
New Year's Eve, 1975: Montreal Canadiens vs. Soviet Central Red Army. Complete video of possibly the greatest ice hockey game ever played. Introduction by Dick Irvin, Jr. Via the NHL History Channel, which has some other excellent nostalgia.
Meet the New York Times 4th Down Bot: The New York Times has launched a Twitterbot that will analyze every fourth down play in an NFL game, determining whether the coach made the right call or not. The analysis uses a statistical model created by Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats. "In general, it finds N.F.L. coaches far too conservative," the paper observes.
USC Hires Steve Sarkisian: The USC Trojans have hired head coach Steve Sarkisian away from Washington, according to reports Monday. Since taking over in 2009, Sarkisian led the Huskies to a 34-29 record. Prior to that he was a USC assistant for seven seasons and was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll. Ed Orgeron, the interim coach who led the team to a 6-2 record, is being pursued to stay on in another job.
Don't Play Thailand: Many football fans will be scratching their heads to see Switzerland among the top seeds at next year's World Cup finals, while thoroughbreds like the Netherlands and Italy are not. The truth is that it could be down to the choices made by football administrators, not players.
Did Mike Tomlin Do That on Purpose?: Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin interfered with a Jacoby Jones kick return during Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens, possibly denying Jones a touchdown. Tomlin, facing away from the play in the direction of a video board, was standing on the field, jumping out of the way at the last second. Several Ravens accused him of doing it intentionally. The Ravens won 22-20.
Jason Kidd fined $50,000 for intentionally spilling drink: The NBA fined Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd $50,000 for his spilled-drink shenanigans that took place in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 99-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the league announced Thursday.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Saskatchewan wins big, which means it comes down to the wire in our standings. Hope you did your punting research before making your tiebreaker pick, because our winner sure did.
Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released.:
With a maximum of 10 spots allowed on a ballot (and an average of only 6.6 spots used per ballot in last year's voting), the baseball HOF logjam begins in earnest.
Rogers reaches 12-year broadcast deal with NHL worth $5.2-billion : Rogers Communications Inc. will be the exclusive national rights holder for the NHL for the next 12 years in a $5.2-billion deal that fundamentally reshapes the sports broadcasting landscape in Canada. Rogers will make annual payments of $300-million to the NHL, which will incrementally increase until they reach $500-million in the final year of the deal. There is also an upfront payment of $150-million. In addition to the Rogers deal, the NHL gets about $300-million (U.S.) a year from U.S. network NBC, which is also shared among the 30 teams. In total, each team will get about $25-million a season in television revenue, not including fees for local broadcast.
Saskatchewan Roughriders complete dream season: It was a celebration unlike any other at Mosaic Stadium. The sold-out, predominantly green and white crowd remained at the facility long after the Saskatchewan Roughriders had beaten the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23 to win the 101st Grey Cup.
FCS School Passes for 0 Yards, Beats Florida: The box score for Georgia Southern's 26-20 upset of Florida is insane. The FCS school, which will be joining the Sun Belt Conference, had 0 yards passing. Run-option quarterback Kevin Ellison made three passing attempts, none completed. But his team amassed 429 yards rushing on 54 attempts, with nine players toting the rock. The 28-point underdog Eagles were paid $550,000 by the Gators to come to Gainesville and beat them. Florida falls to 4-7 and will miss a bowl for the first time since 1990 and has lost to an FCS school for the first time in ever. "Nobody needs to point a finger right now," said Florida coach Will Muschamp, who got a "1000 percent" vote of confidence to return next season from athletic director Jeremy Foley.
New England Overcomes 24-Point Deficit to Beat Denver: After staking the Denver Broncos to a 24-point halftime lead, the New England Patriots scored 31 points to take the lead, gave it up in the waning minutes of the game and then won late in overtime 34-31 on a cold, windy Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. The game-winning field goal came after New England kicked a punt that touched a Broncos defender because he wasn't warned to get away from the ball soon enough by former Patriots wideout Wes Welker, who was on punt return duty. Knowshon Moreno ran for 224 yards in a losing effort.
Bulls Lose Derrick Rose to Another Knee Injury: Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose suffered a torn medial meniscus in his right knee that will require surgery, the team announced Saturday. Rose, the 2010-11 NBA MBP, missed the last season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his other knee. He's out indefinitely.