Ray Rice Suspended for 2 Games: the Baltimore Ravens running back will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season under the NFL's personal conduct policy and fined a third game check. The ban comes in response to Rice allegedly striking his then-fiancée and now wife, Janay, unconscious in February in Atlantic City. Rice was able to avoid prosecution after being accepted into a pre-trial intervention program.
NHL Re-Alignment:: The NHL announced the new alignment today, with two conferences of two divisions each. The Detroit Red Wings will now play in the Eastern Conference in the Atlantic Division, and the Winnipeg Jets will be in the Western Conference in the Central Division. Let the natural rivalries (Tampa-Toronto?) begin to take shape!
Is there a racially motivated quarterback controversy brewing in Washington?: Skip Bayless thinks so. Bayless claims that it is human nature for white fans to cheer for white athletes; therefore, fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will be the fans' choice over #2 overall pick Robert Griffin for the starting job.
Sports Artist Leroy Neiman Dies: Legendary sports artist Leroy Neiman died Wednesday at 91. "I've zeroed in on what you would call action and excellence. ... Everybody who does anything to try to succeed has to give the best of themselves," Neiman said in a 2008 interview.
Should athletic scholarships come with a 4-year guarantee?: If you buy that star athletes are compensated with a valuable education, consider this complicating fact: An athletic scholarship is not a four-year educational guarantee. What few college sports fans—and not enough college recruits—realize is that a university can yank that scholarship after one, two, or three years without cause. Coach doesn’t like you? He’s free to cut you loose. Sitting the bench? You could lose your free ride to a new recruit. From Slate.com
If they really want to be competitive, the Oakland A's should move to New York: At least that's what Slate's Neil deMause says. Should Billy and the boys pack up and head east?
Braun Wins Suspension Appeal: For the first time, a Major League Baseball player has won an appeal of a drug suspension. National League MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has overturned a 50-day suspension for failing a drug test. "It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation," Braun said. "I have been an open book, willing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this investigation, because I have nothing to hide."
Randy Moss announces his retirement: The mercurial receiver announces that, despite interest throughout the league, he's calling it quits. Let the Hall of Fame discussion begin!
T.O to become a Bengal: And it seems that nobody is more excited about it than Ochocinco. He signed a one year deal worth $2 M guaranteed money and $2 M in possible incentives.
Devils add Kovalchuk: New Jersey added a little bit of firepower for the playoffs, adding the NHL's leading goal scorer over the last 9 years.
Team USA 2010: The youth movement is on! Can this untested group compete with international heavyweights like Canada and Sweden?
Does the BCS violate antitrust laws?: Utah's AG is investigating the possibility of a suit against the BCS
Forsberg returns to Avs: Peter the Great to help Avs in playoff push.