Flip Saunders Passes Away at 60: Cancer sucks.
College Player Scores 138 Points In A Game: Jack Taylor of Grinnell College (D-III) scored 138 points in a 179-104 win over Faith Baptist. He was 27-of-71 in three-pointers and 52-of-108 from the field overall, plus 7-for-10 on free throws.
Canadian Goalie Scores At U-17 World Cup: Canadian goalie Quillan Roberts scores in the 87th minute to give Canada a 2-2- tie with England, and its first ever point in the U-17 World Cup.
The Armless Archer: Matt Stutzman, who was born without arms, has qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in archery. Not the Paralympics; the actual Olympics.
NHL's Musical Chairs: If the Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg, this would necessitate a realignment. Do you do the most geographically logical switch? Do you give the longtime power Red Wings the move to the East that they want? Or do you try to help the struggling Columbus franchise by moving them to save travel costs?
NHL Player Derek Boogaard Found Dead: in his Minneapolis apartment Friday. He was 28.
NFLPA Wants Draftees To Boycott Draft: The (recently decertified, thus supposedly non-existent) NFLPA is telling potential draftees (who are not yet members) to boycott the NFL Draft.
Thomas Robinson's Tragic Month: In the last month, KU freshman basketball player Thomas Robinson has lost his grandfather, grandmother and now his 37-year-old mother, leaving him and his 9-year-old sister Jayla alone.
"Thomas is all she knows," said Kansas coach Bill Self -- and Robinson is currently enrolled in school 1,150 miles away.
Black, Gardenhire Win Manager of Year Awards: Black wins by one point over Dusty Baker, while Gardenhire finally gets his first award after being runner-up five times in the past eight years.
Kevin Love Posts NBA's First 30-30 Game Since 1982: in the Wolves' comeback win over the Knicks. Michael Beasley added 35 for the Wolves. Love's 30-30 was the first in the NBA since Moses Malone in 1982, and the first 30-rebound game in the NBA since Charles Barkley in 1996.
Tour De France Winner Tests Positive For Steroid: Alberto Contador joins the list of busted cheaters in cycling.
Federal Judge: Cheerleading Not A Sport: A federal judge rules that college cheerleading is too underdeveloped at this point to be considered a sport for Title IX purposes.
Big XII Remains Intact: Texas decides to stay, and others follow, leaving us with a 12-team Big 10, a 10-team Big 12 and an 11-team Pac 10. (And people wonder why our kids' math aptitude is declining.)
The Latest Controversial Ballpark Giveaway: ...the Ryan Howard Garden Gnome. Sure to scare off all varmints in your garden, as well as offend the politically correct.
Jose Lima Passes Away: apparently of a heart attack.
When Firing The Coach Isn't Enough: Apparently, in Turkish soccer you fire the stadium. As in set it on fire.
Also Official: Joe Mauer A Twin Through 2018: Whle Nathan is out for the year (see previous post), the Twins lock up catcher Joe Mauer with an 8-year, $184M ($23M per year) deal that will keep Mauer a Twin through 2018. His deal includes a full no-trade clause.
Joe Mauer Wins AL MVP: Mauer beat out Teixeira and Jeter getting all but one first-place vote.
Scioscia, Tracy Win Manager of the Year Awards: Scioscia wins the AL award after leading the Angels to the ALCS after the tragic death of Nick Adenhart. Jim Tracy wins the NL award after taking over the Rockies midseason and leading them to the playoffs.
Agassi Admits Crystal Meth Use in New Book: Andre Agassi admits in his upcoming autobiography to using crystal meth in 1997, which -- probably not coincidentally -- was the year he fell to 141st in the world rankings.
The Tormentor: Does every major sports city have another city that exists simply to torment them?
Williams Sisters Join Dolphins' Ownership: In an apparent attempt to have more owners than players, the Dolphins add two more owners, joining Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Buffett and Marc Anthony.
One Area Where Hockey Has It Right: The NBA Draft should take a page from the NHL, says New York Daily News writer Elliot Olshansky.