Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade: With Chile's 4-2 victory over Argentina on penalty kicks after a 0-0 match, the SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em has been won by Rcade, followed by Billsaysthis in second and Tron7 in third. I congratulate you all, but mostly myself.
Johnny Manziel's Life Continues to Spiral: "He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie. I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn't [sought] it yet. Hopefully he doesn't die before he comes to his senses. That's about all you can say. I don't know what else to say." -- Johnny Manziel's father Paul in a phone interview Friday with ESPN
Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals: The Copa America Centenario finishes this weekend with a U.S./Colombia third-place game at 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday and an Argentina/Chile championship game on 8 p.m. Sunday. Billsaysthis leads our contest with Tron7 3 points behind. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game, one goal scorer per game and some additional props.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16: The Euro 2016 round of 16 begins Saturday at 9 a.m. EDT when Switzerland faces Poland. After the group stage, the top 3 are Yerfatma, Flannelenigma and Holden. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich: With the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup Final victory over the San Jose Sharks, SportsFilter's annual NHL playoff competition has been won by NoMich, who beat Grum@work by 5 points. The coveted Costanza was claimed by Rcade.
Dustin Johnson Won U.S. Open Without Knowing What His Score Would Be: The U.S. Open was finished Sunday without leader Dustin Johnson knowing if he'd be penalized a stroke. After his ball moved as he was preparing to putt on the fifth hole, a rules official told him on the 12th he might be penalized a stroke -- but a decision wouldn't be made until after the round. "Upon reflection, we regret the distraction caused by our decision to wait until the end of the round to decide on the ruling," the USGA said. "This created unnecessary ambiguity for Dustin and the other players, as well as spectators on site, and those watching and listening on television and digital channels." Jordan Speith called the situation a joke on Twitter.
Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals: The Copa America quarterfinals begin at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday night when the U.S. hosts Argentina. After the quarterfinals, Rcade leads our contest followed by Tron7 and Billsaysthis. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland: Becoming the first team to overcome a 3-1 series deficit in Finals history, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in game 7 for the NBA Championship. It was the first sports crown for the Forest City since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964. LeBron James was the unanimous MVP.
Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals: The Copa America quarterfinals begin at 9:30 p.m. EDT Thursday night when the U.S. hosts Ecuador. After the group stage, Tron7 leads our contest followed by Billsaysthis and Rcade. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal: Brazil was eliminated in the Copa America Centenario in the group stage Sunday night in a 1-0 defeat by Peru. The only goal was a blatant handball that somehow the refs missed, despite halting play for 3 minutes and 23 seconds while they talked to each other. Peru's victory is the first over Brazil in 31 years. Replay showed Raul Ruidiaz swung an arm to bat the ball into the goal. The result means the U.S. will play Ecuador in the quarterfinals.
Euro 2016 Begins with 3 Days of Violence in France: This is why we can't have nice sports. Violence between fans of England and fans of France and Russia has occurred for three days. Two English fans were seriously injured Saturday, including one kicked repeatedly in the head by a Russian fan. "We were in the old port town and the Russian ultras ganged up with the Marseilles ultras and attacked the English supporters that were sitting there drinking beers,"claimed Michael Tashall of London. The Guardian reports that after the riot police swept in, English fans threw bottles, chairs and tables at them.
Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie commented on the attractiveness of women tennis players during a four-hour-long appearance on sports talk radio on Thursday. "We need [Maria] Sharapova. ... You need [Caroline] Wozniacki. ... I liked Martina."
SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Euro 2016 begins at 3 p.m. EDT Friday when France plays Romania. SportsFilter is holding a pick 'em contest over the tournament. For the first round, pick the two teams that will advance out of each group and the winner of the group. For a bonus, pick one goal scorer per group and get a point per goal.
MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice Dies: Professional mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice died Monday at age 42. Slice had been hospitalized earlier Monday for undisclosed reasons near his home in South Florida, according to Coral Springs police. ""We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss," said Bellator MMA president Scott Coker. "Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man." Slice, birth name Kevin Ferguson, was a former backyard brawler and Internet sensation. A heavyweight at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, he had a 5-2 professional record with four TKOs.
Novak Djokovic Holds All 4 Grand Slam Trophies: In an achievement that isn't getting nearly enough press, Novak Djokovic won the French Open Sunday and became the first men's tennis player since Rod Laver in 1969 to be the champion of all four Grand Slam events at the same time. Djokovic, 29, was the crowd's favorite on Philippe Chatrier court Sunday, getting a lot of vocal support after dropping the first set to Andy Murray before winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic won the next three and followed past winner Gustavo Kuerten's tradition of drawing a heart on the clay. The slam achievement puts him in a three-member club with Laver and Don Budge.
SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em: The Copa America begins at 9:30 p.m. EDT Friday night when the U.S. hosts Colombia. SportsFilter is holding a pick 'em contest over the tournament. For the first round, pick the two teams that will advance out of each group and the winner of the group. For a bonus, pick one goal scorer per group and get a point per goal.
AFC Wimbledon Win Promotion to League One: Fourteen years ago, fans in Wimbledon lost their football club to Milton Keynes in a franchise relocation -- something that never happens in England. Fans held public tryouts and began a new club, AFC Wimbledon, which started at the ninth level of the English football pyramid, the Combined Counties Football League. Today, the AFC Wimbledon Dons won a playoff at Wembley to earn promotion to the third level, League One. They will share a division next season with MK Dons. AFC Wimbledon have plans underway to build a 20,000-seat stadium at the site of their old Plough Lane ground.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round: The Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins begin tonight at 8 p.m. EDT. Five players in our NHL Pick 'Em contest are within 5 points of the leader, NoMich.
Did the Starting Gate Injury Break Barbaro's Leg?: On Preakness weekend, Tom Scocca asks a question on Deadspin about a tragic moment in the race a decade ago. Kentucky Derby Barbaro broke a leg in 20 places during the race. The injury is treated like something that happened during the race, but Barbaro crashed through the gate and stumbled before the start. "The mystery, then and now, is how everyone was so sure that Barbaro didn’t get hurt on the false start," Scocca writes. "It wasn’t because he got a thorough checkup before reloading. Nor was it because it’s normal for a strong and healthy horse to spontaneously break down out of the gate."
British Open Drops Muirfield for Not Admitting Women: Muirfield has been dropped from the rotation of British Open courses after the club that owns it refused to end its ban on female members. A vote that could have allowed women to join the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote, so when Phil Mickelson lifted the Claret Jug three years ago at Muirfield, it could be the last. A group that defeated the vote said, "A traditional resistance to change is one of the foundations of our unique position in golf and our reputation." Only one of the other nine courses that gets the Open has a gender restriction. Royal Troon, this year's site, has separate men's and women's clubs.
Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare: The last weekend of the Premier League season is supposed to be played with 20 matches that all start at the same time, but there was no match at Old Trafford today between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth. An "incredibly lifelike explosive device" was found in the stands before kickoff. A delay for a security sweep turned into a cancellation and a "controlled explosion" was performed. Security concerns at soccer venues in Europe are high after the Stade de France was a target in the Paris attacks last November in which 130 were killed.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3: The third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight at 8 p.m. EDT when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East. The other series begins Saturday when the San Jose Sharks visit the St. Louis Blues. Our NHL Pick 'Em contestants should pick the winners of both series, the number of games and some bonus categories.
Texas City Will Build $62.8 Million High School Football Stadium: Voters in a school district in McKinney, Texas, north of Dallas have approved $62.8 million to build a new high school football stadium. The 12,000-seat facility will be the most expensive high school stadium in the country, according to Sports Illustrated.
Nyquist Favorite to Win Today's Kentucky Derby: The Kentucky Derby is being run today at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The race begins at 6:34 p.m. EDT after four hours of coverage on NBCSN from noon to 4 p.m. and NBC pre-race festivities from 4 p.m. The favorite after the first day of betting is No. 13 Nyquist at 2-1, who could become the first unbeaten juvenile champion since Seattle Slew in 1977. No. 11 Exaggerator was the 5-1 second choice, followed by #5 Gun Runner (9-1). USA Today has the odds for all 20 horses.
One Night in Leicester: ESPN sent Wright Thompson to Leicester on the day the Premier League title was clinched. He found a city among the most demographically mixed in England, with different groups who kept to themselves until an impossible run brought them together: "For some lifelong Leicester fans, this season is a kind of requiem, the glory reminding them of glories past, one more piece of their pre-World War II lives that never returned after the bombs stopped falling and the nation buried its dead. 'They're in their estates,' [local sociologist John] Williams said. 'They're in the Saffron Lane area and the Braunstone area. They're in the white housing projects on the edge of the city, and they used to be connected to the game and now they're disconnected. They can't afford to go, and other people have come in to take their places.'"