Recent Posts by jjzucal

August 31

Ticats prove they're not only bad, but clueless: The train wreck known as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats took their ineptitude to a higher level this week with the Monday hiring of controversial former Baylor head coach Art Briles to be an assistant coach, the reversing of Briles' signing by club officials on Tuesday, and the confirming of media reports that former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel received a tryout in Buffalo last week.

posted by jjzucal to football at 10:43 PM - 2 comments

August 11

Ezekiel Elliott suspended by NFL: Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games Friday by the National Football League. The league said the suspension followed a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations made by a former girlfriend.

posted by jjzucal to football at 08:03 PM - 9 comments

June 27

SCOTUS will hear New Jersey sports betting case: New Jersey has attempted, since 2011, to legalize sports betting in its state. This has included a voter-approved amendment to state constitution and legal action (all rejected) to overturn a 1992 federal law. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would hear arguments on this case during the 2017-18 session.

posted by jjzucal to other at 09:42 PM - 4 comments

April 26

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities: 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.

posted by jjzucal to other at 01:13 PM - 17 comments

April 19

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.

posted by jjzucal to football at 12:50 PM - 9 comments

April 17

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.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 11:26 PM - 5 comments

February 19

Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup: National League (fifth-tier) side Lincoln City's run to the FA Cup's quarterfinals is a sign the FA Cup is not dead, says its manager.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 12:37 PM - 4 comments

January 05

Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year': Cleveland Browns' owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam apologized in a letter sent to season ticket holders after the club's 1-15 season. The letter also was posted on the team's website.

posted by jjzucal to football at 07:20 PM - 7 comments

August 28

Hope Solo takes leave of absence: Hope Solo, who was suspended from the U.S. Women's National Team after the Olympics, has been granted a leave of absence from the NWSL's Seattle Reign.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 07:55 PM - 5 comments

December 29

Eagles fire Chip Kelly: Three days after the Philadelphia Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention, owner Jeffrey Lurie fired third-year head coach Chip Kelly.

posted by jjzucal to football at 09:12 PM - 12 comments

February 01

Strahan, Brooks lead NFL Hall of Fame class: Michael Strahan and Derrick Brooks led a group of seven players who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Marvin Harrison, however, was not elected. Brooks will enter as a first-ballot HOFer, and punt Ray Guy finally gets in through the veterans' committee.

posted by jjzucal to football at 07:55 PM - 2 comments

October 01

Govt. shutdown halts sports at military academies: The Department of Defense has suspended athletic events at the military academies due to the government shutdown.

posted by jjzucal to other at 07:08 PM - 0 comments

January 27

Lower-level clubs oust 5 EPL sides in FA Cup: With apologies for posting one of my articles, the Premier League took a bit of a hit, and almost near-annihilation, by lower-level clubs in the FA Cup's fourth round.

posted by jjzucal to soccer at 07:38 PM - 5 comments

December 31

Jets fire GM, but Ryan will return: Mike Tannenbaum was fired as the Jets' general manager after a 6-10 season, but the club announced head coach Rex Ryan will return next season.

posted by jjzucal to football at 10:11 PM - 7 comments

November 29

Josh Harding diagnosed with muscular dystrophy: Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding said he will continue to play as an inspiration to others with the disease.

posted by jjzucal to hockey at 06:08 PM - 5 comments

September 27

NFL, referees reach agreement: Staff referees will be on the field this weekend as negotiators for the NFL and referees' union have reached a tentative agreement on an eight-year contract.

posted by jjzucal to football at 12:55 AM - 9 comments

September 07

Court vacates Saints' suspensions: A federal court Friday vacated the suspensions of four New Orleans Saints players; the NFL reinstated them several minutes later.

posted by jjzucal to football at 04:49 PM - 3 comments

April 05

Mets offering freebies: How bad is life at Citi Field? The New York Mets are offering free tickets for this opening weekend's games against Atlanta.

posted by jjzucal to baseball at 01:43 PM - 1 comment

March 10

Saints' bounty system via Taiwanese animation: It's had cool productions about Tiger Woods' fight with his wife and the 2010 Tea Party candidates, but NMA of Taiwan has reached a high with this animation about the New Orleans Saints' bounty system and some hypocrisy within the NFL.

posted by jjzucal to football at 04:32 AM - 3 comments

July 11

Yankee PA announcer dies: The longtime public address announcer of the New York Yankees, Bob Sheppard, dies at age 99.

posted by jjzucal to baseball at 01:22 PM - 12 comments

May 21

Falcons want stadium: The president of the Atlanta Falcons said the franchise wants a new open-air stadium by the middle of the decade. Their current home, the Georgia Dome, opened in 1992.

posted by jjzucal to football at 09:20 PM - 5 comments

May 19

Jets-Pats tape lawsuit rejected: In a follow-up to an earlier post, a federal appeals court upholds the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking damages for claims the New England Patriots' secret taping of New York Jets' signals affected game outcomes.

posted by jjzucal to football at 02:21 PM - 0 comments

May 04

Ernie Harwell dies: Longtime Detroit Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at age 92 after battling cancer.

posted by jjzucal to baseball at 08:31 PM - 20 comments

April 23

Jets-Pats tape lawsuit: Two attorneys who are suing the New England Patriots from when they taped New York Jet coaches' signals.

posted by jjzucal to football at 01:32 PM - 4 comments

April 07

Five from Kentucky declare for NBA draft: Four freshmen and one junior express their interest in entering the NBA draft.

posted by jjzucal to basketball at 07:48 PM - 10 comments