Saint Will and the Man Who Shot Him: This spring, a former Saint and Super Bowl champion, Will Smith, was shot and killed by another player, named Cardell Hayes. Their fatal collision highlights the fine line between triumph and tragedy in football and life in the Crescent City.
NBA Players Assocation votes unanimously to fund health insurance for retired players: The plan involves a tiered coverage program for players with varying years of experience, including coverage for the spouses of those with 10 years or more of service. The biggest beneficiaries, however, will likely be the retired players with between three and six years of experience who are not eligible for Medicare.
The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC: Official statement: "Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community -- current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.
Swedish professional skiier Matilda Rapaport passes away after being caught in an avalanche: Rapaport was in Chile shooting promotional video for the soon-to-be-released Ubisoft video game "Steep" when she was caught in an avalanche. She was rescued from the avalanche and airlifted to a hospital in Santiago, but passed away days later from complications with a coma.
Kevin Durant signs with Golden State: Durant: "It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career."
Legendary University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summitt passes away at age 64.: In August of 2011, Coach Summitt announced publicly that she had early-onset Alzheimers. She coached the Lady Vols from 1974-2012 and led them to 8 national championships.
Meet The Kid Who Snuck His Way Into Game 7 With A Fake Press Pass: “I’m pretty good with Photoshop, so Friday night I went ahead and bought a plane ticket with the idea that I’d go to this game and make a press pass and see if it would work,” Poag said.
SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results: holden maintains his lead through the Finals to take home first, followed by rcade, and GoYouColts. Congrats on winning the NHL Pick 'Em, NoMich, but you got the Costanza here. Final standings inside or click the link to go to the Google Sheet.
SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Finals Edition: holden holds on to the lead going into the fourth and final round, but plenty of folks are still in striking distance. Standings and rules for the Finals inside.
NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals: The Raptors will take on the so far unbeaten Cavaliers and the (surprise!) Thunder face off against the Warriors. Standings and picks for the conference finals inside.
Rockies SS Jose Reyes receives 52-game suspension for domestic violence incident: Reyes was arrested in Maui, Hawaii for an incident that occurred in October of last year. His wife told police that he pulled her off of a hotel bed, grabbed her by the throat, and slammed her into a sliding glass door, after which she was treated at a local hospital. However, criminal charges were dropped after she refused to testify against him.
SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.: Although two first round series in the East are still up for grabs, OKC and San Antonio start their second round match up tonight at 8:30 Eastern Time. Go ahead and make your pick for at least that series here.
SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!: Step right up and get your first round prognostications in. First game tips off at 12:30 PM (Eastern) on Saturday.
Ranking all 30 NBA court designs: Art and sports meet on the playing surfaces of the NBA, where court design has evolved considerably over the past few decades. We asked four experts -- RedEye designer Sara Amato, Chicago Tribune data visualization editor Jonathon Berlin, Gameplan Creative chief creative officer Tom O'Grady and art critic Lori Waxman -- to rank the design of all 30 NBA courts. As you might expect, they don't always agree, but here are their reviews, ranked by aggregate points from worst to first.
Texas Rangers take game one 5-3 against the Toronto Blue Jays: in a game that sees Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Adrian Beltre leave with injuries. David Price has lost six straight post-season starts (four of those losses coming against Texas) and Rangers 2B Rougned Odor became the 2nd youngest player* to score three runs in a playoff game, twice after being hit by Price and once via a solo home run in the top of the 7th inning. Game two features a pitching match-up of trade deadline acquired Cole Hamels against late-season-emerging-after-tearing-an-ACL Marcus Stroman.
James Blake reportedly thrown to the ground, cuffed and detained by several NYPD officers.: Blake, retired for the past two years, is in NYC to appear at US Open related events. NYPD officers say they mistook him for a suspect in a fraudulent credit card operation. James, who has cuts and bruises as a result of the event stated "To me it’s as simple as unnecessary police force, no matter what my race is. In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what, there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody. I was just standing there. I wasn’t running. It’s blatantly unnecessary. You would think at some point they would get the memo that this isn’t O.K., but it seems that there’s no stopping it.”
The End of the Hoop Dream: A Journey to the Extreme Fringe of International Basketball. Fueled by desperation and long-shot hopes, a twentysomething huckster agent leads 10 end-of-the-line players on a European exposure tour. It could be their final chance at basketball glory, but will anyone buy what he’s selling?
The IOC announces Beijing as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics.: Beijing, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, barely squeaked out a 44-40 win over its only competitor, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Pointing at the fact that a Beijing hosted Olympics would require relying on artificial snow, Almaty's campaign slogan was "Keeping It Real".
Miracle on ice goalie Jim Craig auctioning off his memorabilia: Seeking to secure his family's financial future, Craig is seeking $5.7 million for 19 items, including his gold medal, jerseys worn during the semi-final and gold medal games, and the flag that was draped over him after the US defeated Finland.
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.
Zach Lowe's NBA Free-Agency Winners and Losers: Now that Marc Gasol and Robert Pera have come down from their tapas-and-wine bender across Barcelona, the last big-name free agent outside the LeBron Show is off the board. The first free-agency period of the NBA’s new money era mostly unfolded over a whirlwind 90 hours, starting with Al-Farouq Aminu’s move to Portland and ending when LaMarcus Aldridge broke away and headed to San Antonio. Even when most players re-sign with their old teams, free agency jolts the league’s balance of power and explodes new trends in the player-sharing economy.
SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em final results: congratulations to grum@work and ic23b who tied for first place. (more inside)
WTF MLB? Baseball Strikes Out With Its Streaming Policies.: Iowa is supposed to be heaven for baseball fans – 'Field of Dreams' and all that. But if you want to stream MLB games, it's a virtual hell.
SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Finals Edition. Picks must be in before game one starts at 9 PM Eastern on Thursday night.