Joey Barton in trouble - again: In the past it's often been related to violent conduct (on and off the pitch) or verbal abuse of some kind. This time it's gambling.
ESPN laying off 100, including on-air peronslities: Citing a major loss in subscriber base and advertising revenue, ESPN spent Wednesday laying off approximately 100 people, about one-half of them having had an on-air presence.
MLB *Play of the Year* is pretty much locked up by Chris Coghlan after this bit of insanity.:
Seriously. Watch the play.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round: The second round of the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Rumple is in the lead with 10 points. Pick the four teams that will advance out of the round and the number of games each series will require: Nashville vs. St. Louis, Edmonton vs. Anaheim, New York Rangers vs. Ottawa and Pittsburgh vs. Washington. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking the top points scorer in each series. The winner receives a one-year subscription to Hockey News.
Former Bull Craig Hodges on Jordan, Kaepernick, and dissent:: "Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say". He was one of the NBA's finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight.
Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided: Five days after being acquitted of two additional murders, Aaron Hernandez was found dead by hanging in his prison cell. After the acquittal, Hernandez was returned to prison to continue serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. According to Massachusetts law, Hernandez will be considered as having died an innocent man; under a legal principle, as he had not exhausted legal appeals, the conviction will be voided.
Brighton and Hove Albion promote to EPL: Brighton and Hove Albion will become the 48th club to play in the Premier League after it clinched promotion Monday with a 2-1 win over Wigan. It will be the first time in 34 years that BHA will play in England's top flight.
NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Today: The NBA playoffs begin today at 3 p.m. Eastern. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require: Indiana vs. Cleveland, Milwaukee vs. Toronto, Memphis vs. San Antonio, Utah vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta vs Washington, Portland vs. Golden State, Chicago vs Boston and Oklahoma City vs. Houston. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking the top scorer in each series (total points scored). The winner receives NBA 2K17.
Aaron Hernandez found Not Guilty of double murder: Hernandez will continue to serve a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight: The NHL playoffs begin tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require: Boston vs. Ottawa, Columbus vs. Pittsburgh, San Jose vs. Edmonton, New York Rangers vs. Montreal, St. Louis vs. Minnesota, Toronto vs. Washington, Calgary vs. Anaheim and Nashville vs. Chicago. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking one of the three top goal scorers in this playoff round. The winner receives a one-year subscription to Hockey News.
What if Barry Bonds had played without a bat?:
A fantastic video narrated by Jon Bois (creator of "Chart Party", "Pretty Good", and "Breaking Madden") about what would happen if Barry Bonds went to the plate every time in 2004 and never had a bat (or, realistically, never swung it).
NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition: This season's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em on SportsFilter concludes with a short four-game week. With a 52-point week, Goyoucolts has a 32-point lead at 772. Barring an Altlanta Falcons flop, this one's all over but the crying. There is an unexpected race for the Costanza, thanks to my -24 and Bender's 68 combining for a 92-point shift. Make your picks.
Team USA wins gold over Canada in the IIHF Women's World Championship: Hilary Knight scored at 10:17 of overtime to give the Americans a 3-2 win against Canada in the championship game in front of a sold-out crowd at USA Hockey Arena. "Wait, what?! I thought they were going to go on strike?" An agreement was struck just a day before the tournament started. "But how did the deal get done?" Good question, and here's your answer.
EFL Requires Clubs to Put Home-Grown Player on Squad: The England Football League has passed a rule that requires clubs to put one "club-developed player" on their matchday squad. The player must have spent at least 12 months with the club before the end of their under-19 season. Clubs that don't will be allowed six substitutes instead of seven.
NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition: In SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em there are nine nationally televised NBA games to pick this week, beginning with Cleveland going to Boston tonight on ESPN. Goyoucolts continues to hold on to first place at 720, followed by Howard_T at 711 and Ufez Jones at 710. I won the week with 56 despite two blown locks. Make your selections.
National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns: In the conservative National Review, Jonathan Tobin tackles NFL relocation scams: "[W]hile any sports fan understands the sadness felt in Oakland and the happiness in Las Vegas, the reaction from taxpayers in the two places should be quite different. Those of Oakland should be cheering their government's refusal to be shaken down by the NFL, while the people of Nevada ought to be up in arms about the way they are about to be fleeced by billionaires."