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.
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.
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.
Govt. shutdown halts sports at military academies: The Department of Defense has suspended athletic events at the military academies due to the government shutdown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Court vacates Saints' suspensions: A federal court Friday vacated the suspensions of four New Orleans Saints players; the NFL reinstated them several minutes later.
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.
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.
Yankee PA announcer dies: The longtime public address announcer of the New York Yankees, Bob Sheppard, dies at age 99.
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.
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.
Ernie Harwell dies: Longtime Detroit Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at age 92 after battling cancer.
Jets-Pats tape lawsuit: Two attorneys who are suing the New England Patriots from when they taped New York Jet coaches' signals.
Five from Kentucky declare for NBA draft: Four freshmen and one junior express their interest in entering the NBA draft.
Butler heads to Final Four: Another reason to love the NCAA basketball tournaments.
Admissions exemptions benefit athletes: We've always thought this, but AP reports an NCAA study shows most schools give some additional weight to athletes who may not meet a school's academic standards for admission.
Iverson to retire: ESPN reports Allen Iverson will retire from the NBA.
Mangini wonders if Lions faked injuries: Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini questioned if the Detroit Lions faked injuries in an effort to slow down the Browns' no-huddle offense.
Acta joins Indians: If anyone has Cleveland to win the AL Central next season, you may want to look again.
Jays' pitcher makes "brain freeze" error: Jays' pitcher Cecil tosses a loose ball into dugout without asking an umpire for time. There is video; let me know if it doesn't come up.
Bolt Wins 200 in World Record Time: Usain Bolt ran 19.19 to win the 200 meters at the IAAF Championships. Holy speedster, Batman!