FanNation | The Republic of Sport: It was bound to happen. A fully-featured social networking site for Sport Fans, includes, ability to track community events on a regional basis, hot topic tracking, blogging capability, player tracking, and ability to gather articles and stories from favorite news sources. Overall, a nice set of functionality, even if at launch, it is only focused on US Sports. Our beloved SpoFi probably doesn't have much to worry about until this site builds a following, but it does seem to have something new to offer sports fanatics. [also posted to MeFi]
Kalifornia Klinsy to manage US Soccer Team: And thus a new era begins.
Lance Armstrong runs NYC Marathon in less than three hours: Impressive, considering. Says Armstrong, ""For the level of condition that I have now, that was without a doubt the hardest physical thing I have ever done, I never felt a point where I hit the wall, it was really a gradual progression of fatigue and soreness."
Marat Safin to retire: ... in four years. Aiming, apparently, to become the Yogi Berra of his sport, Safin added, "The season has been very tough. If I had won half the games I should have, I would have a different ranking."
Nice tribute to Arsene Wenger: by Lee Dixon, of Arsenal's (Dixon, Winterburn, Adams, Keown) "Famous Back Four". Almost more than anything else, Wenger introduced the concept to the Premiership that not going out the pub every night and going on the piss wasn't cheating.
Jason Giambi: I'm sorry... for that thing... that happpened: [NY Times link] "I feel I let down the fans, I feel I let down the media, I feel I let down the Yankees, and not only the Yankees, but my teammates," Giambi said, and he turned to look into the eyes of Manager Joe Torre, who was sitting on a folding chair next to him.
Giambi could have been a child finally summoning the courage to tell the truth to his father. But he kept his composure, and continued. "I accept full responsibility for that, and I'm sorry," he said.
What he did not fully say, however, was what he was sorry for.
Sportswriter Fired for Plagiarism: The Worcester Telegram & Gazette fired sportswriter Ken Powers late yesterday for plagiarizing elements of an online Sports Illustrated story in his column published last Sunday. Boston Herald: Powers copied substantial portions of Peter King's column almost verbatim. Boston Sports Media Watch: King intervened on Powers' behalf. NYT: "At least half a dozen" other instances of plagiarism found in Powers' past work. Boston Globe: "Terrible injustice," claims Powers
Drugs Ruled as Cause of Death for Caminiti: A drug overdose killed former NL MVP Ken Caminiti, who admitted using steroids during his playing days and tested positive for cocaine in the days before he died. Coronary artery disease and an enlarged heart were listed as contributing factors in the death of Caminiti, Grace Brugess, spokeswoman for the New York City Medical Examiner, said Monday. She said the death had been ruled an accident.
Agassi pulls out of Wimbledon. : Andre Agassi pulled out of Wimbledon on Tuesday with a hip injury, leaving the tournament without one of the world's most popular players.