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September 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Make your picks for this week's games, which start tonight with Tampa Bay at Atlanta. Mattwalshvideo leads with 300 points after going 10-6 in week 2, putting him 50 points over the 1wurster in second. Here's how scoring works in the contest: 10 points for every winner you pick, plus a bonus of 10 if you get five right, 30 if you get 10 right and 50 if you get all 16 that week.

posted by rcade to football at 03:47 PM - 1 comment

September 15

Gus Johnson Booted as Fox Soccer Announcer: Gus Johnson has stepped down as Fox's No. 1 soccer broadcaster. When Fox Sports president Eric Shanks was asked whether Johnson being widely reviled calling the sport was a reason for the move, he said no but added, "I am not going to lie and say we were unaware of it."

posted by rcade to soccer at 12:04 PM - 3 comments

September 12

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on charges of child injury in Texas for "reckless or negligent injury to a child." The team is keeping him out of Sunday's game. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that Peterson has been cooperating with investigators. The charges involve Peterson using a switch to whip his four-year-old child as punishment and leaving lacerations and bruises on his thighs, lower back and buttocks. The sports blog Deadspin gathers press reports with more details, including a text message reportedly from Peterson to the child's mother in which he wrote, "Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don't play no games when it comes to acting right."

posted by rcade to football at 09:48 PM - 20 comments

NHL Bans the Spin-o-Rama Move from Shootouts: Among the rule changes the NHL has added for the coming season: A ban on the "spin-o-rama" move in NHL penalty shots and shootouts an increasing scale of fines for diving.

posted by rcade to hockey at 01:31 PM - 6 comments

Giancarlo Stanton Hit in Face with 88-Mph Pitch: Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton was struck in the face with an 88-mph pitch by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers Thursday night and suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damage. Stanton had to be carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke kept a visibly distraught Fiers in the game and he hit the batter who replaced Stanton with the next pitch.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:47 AM - 6 comments

September 11

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Make your picks for this week's NFL games, beginning with tonight's matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. Five players are tied for first after week 1 with 12-4 records: 1wurster, aeonmcallister, cixelsyd, mattwalshvideo and me. No one on NFL.Com went 16-0, but five players went 15-1. Four of them missed Buffalo over Chicago and one missed Miami over New England.

posted by rcade to football at 02:33 PM - 2 comments

September 10

FCC chairman: Sack the NFL's blackout rule: "With the first weekend of professional football in the books, two things should be abundantly clear: The NFL is king; and the Federal Communications Commission's sports blackout rules are obsolete and have to go. ... The bottom line is the NFL no longer needs the government's help to remain viable. And we at the FCC shouldn't be complicit in preventing sports fans from watching their favorite teams on TV. It's time to sack the sports blackout rules for good." -- Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

posted by rcade to football at 06:24 PM - 0 comments

September 09

Sea of 49ers Red at Cowboys Stadium: I listened to the Dallas/San Francisco game on the radio broadcast, and when Tony Romo threw one interception near the end zone the roar of the crowd made me check whether the game was really in Dallas. Photos show a massive sea of fans for the visiting 49ers, which local reporters estimated to be 40 to 50 percent of the entire crowd.

posted by rcade to football at 08:27 AM - 1 comment

September 08

Robert Mathis Tears Achilles in Workout, Out for Season: Indianapolis Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis, serving a four-game suspension for a PED violation, tore his Achilles tendon during a workout last week and will miss the entire season. Mathis was suspended for Clomid, a fertility drug that also can be used to mask PEDs. He had 19.5 sacks last season for the Colts, a franchise record. Mathis and his wife had twins in 2012 and are expecting another child this year.

posted by rcade to football at 08:19 PM - 1 comment

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released: Remember the theory that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's soft punishment of Ray Rice was justified by something he saw on the in-elevator video? Not so much. Video obtained by TMZ shows Rice hits Janay Palmer, she hits back, then he hits her again and knocks her out.

posted by rcade to football at 08:48 AM - 64 comments

September 05

Ron Washington Resigns as Texas Rangers Manager: "Ron Washington informed us today that he has chosen to resign as Rangers manager in order to turn his full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Out of respect for Ron's privacy, the Rangers will leave any comment on the details to him." Washington leaves after eight seasons as the skipper with the most wins in team history with a .521 winning percentage that trails only Billy Hunter. He twice led Rangers teams that won the American League, losing the World Series in 2010 and 2011. His expletive-laden, secretly leaked locker room speech before game 7 in the latter series has become a part of MLB lore.

posted by rcade to baseball at 04:13 PM - 3 comments

September 03

Colts Owner Irsay Suspended 6 Games for DUI: The NFL has suspended billionaire Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for six games and fined him $500,000 following his guilty plea in an Indiana court to operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Irsay admitted to having hydrocodone, oxycodone and alprazolam (Xanax) in his system March 16 when arrested in Carmel. He was originally facing four counts of felony possession of a controlled substance. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement that said owners, coaches and team executives "must be held to a higher standard than players."

posted by rcade to football at 06:29 PM - 7 comments

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition: I've set up an NFL Weekly Pick 'Em group for SportsFilter on NFL.Com for the season, which begins Thursday night with Green Bay at Seattle. It's a straight-up league with no point spreads. The password to join is kickoff. This will be the first contest in the SportsFilter Cup, a year-long competition to find the best fantasy sports player in this site.

posted by rcade to football at 01:08 PM - 18 comments

September 02

Dallas Cowboys to Sign Michael Sam After Physical: Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete to be drafted in the NFL, is flying to Dallas Tuesday night to take a physical for the Dallas Cowboys. If he passes, the team plans to sign him to its practice squad, ESPN reports. ESPN football writer Kevin Seifert wasn't surprised Sam didn't make an NFL roster but was surprised he didn't isn't already on a practice team. "He'll now get a second chance to impress another organization, albeit after a longer-than-usual wait and with a franchise whose owner craves attention like no other," Seifert writes.

posted by rcade to football at 06:08 PM - 4 comments

September 01

Phillies Toss Combined No-Hitter vs. Braves: Four pitchers for the Philadelphia Phillies combined to no-hit the Atlanta Braves on Labor Day. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels threw six innings and was relieved for one inning apiece by Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies won 7-0. Hamels had thrown 108 pitches and walked 5 when he was sent to the showers.

posted by rcade to baseball at 04:28 PM - 0 comments

University of Minnesota Not Thrilled to Host Slurskins: When Washington comes to play Minnesota at the University of Minnesota for an NFL game Nov. 2, the university has asked Washington to use throwback jerseys without the team name or logo, not have any team apparel or paraphernalia sold on the premises and for the team's name not to be used by the PA announcer or on the scoreboards. "The Vikings have a great working relationship with the tribal nations of Minnesota, and they're very understanding of how this team name and logo impacts our community," said Katrice Albert, the college's vice president in the office of equity and diversity.

posted by rcade to football at 02:38 PM - 2 comments

August 30

St. Louis Rams Release Michael Sam: The St. Louis Rams have released defensive end rookie Michael Sam, the seventh-round draft pick making a bid to become the first openly gay player on an NFL team. Sam, a seventh round draft pick, had a strong preseason with 11 tackles and three sacks. A team source told ESPN that if Sam clears waivers the team is hoping to sign him to the 10-man practice squad.

posted by rcade to football at 04:15 PM - 7 comments

August 29

New Yorker: The Twilight of Baseball: "If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?" Ben McGrath asks in The New Yorker. "When was the last time baseball's reigning king was a cultural nonentity, someone you canít even name-drop without a non-fan giving you a patronizing smile?"

posted by rcade to baseball at 06:07 PM - 15 comments

Weird Penalty Called on Vanderbilt Jersey: During last night's Vanderbilt-Temple game, a ref announced Vanderbilt was being penalized one timeout a quarter "because of ill-stated statements on the jersey." The team had put the words "Anchor Down" on the back, an apparent breach of NCAA rules. But in what has to be a first, Vanderbilt coaches produced an email printout during the game and the penalty was reversed.

posted by rcade to football at 09:50 AM - 2 comments

August 28

Roger Goodell Figures Out Domestic Violence is Bad: Under a new policy, NFL players face a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment for a second. The league was widely criticized for assessing only a two-week suspension to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after he struck his now-wife and dragged her unconscious out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator. "I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better," Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo outlining the new policy.

posted by rcade to football at 05:51 PM - 8 comments

August 24

Soccer Player Killed by Thrown Object from Stands: Albert Ebosse, a 24-year-old striker from Cameroon playing in the top-flight Algerian league for JS Kabylie, died after he was hit in the head by a thrown object from the stands at the end of a game Saturday. Ebosse scored the team's only goal in a 2-1 home loss to USM Alger.

posted by rcade to soccer at 11:11 AM - 0 comments

August 17

Men in Blazers Move to NBC Sports: Sunday's Premiership opener between Manchester City and Newcastle was followed on NBC Sports by the Men in Blazers, television producer Michael Davies and writer Roger Bennett, broadcasting from their new Panic Room. "Not since Lewis and Clark have two men been so excited to be here," Bennett told the Wall Street Journal. "We're incredibly surprised that they wanted us," Davies said.

posted by rcade to soccer at 02:01 PM - 1 comment

August 10

Tony Stewart Kills Driver in Dirt-Track Race: Nascar driver Tony Stewart struck and killed another racer who had exited his vehicle after a crash Saturday night during a dirt-track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Central Square, New York. Kevin Ward Jr. had gotten out of his car following a crash with Stewart and appeared to be yelling and pointing. A car swerved to miss him and Stewart's right rear tire struck Ward, who died en route to a hospital.

posted by rcade to auto racing at 09:39 AM - 22 comments

August 04

Giants' David Wilson Retires Over Neck Injury: The promising career of New York Giants running back David Wilson appears to be over before his third NFL season. The Giants announced Monday that two doctors have advised Wilson, 23, to stop playing football due to the condition of his neck and spine. "I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me or pity me," Wilson said via a team press release. "I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too." Wilson played 21 games for the Giants after being drafted in the first round, 32nd overall, in the 2012 NFL Draft. He had 504 yards rushing, 1,755 yards returning kicks and scored seven touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving and one returning a kick).

posted by rcade to football at 08:27 PM - 0 comments

July 31

NFL Players Will Have Tracking Chips in Shoulder Pads: NFL players this regular season will have RFID chips in their shoulder pads that enable their movements to be tracked in real time. Signal receivers at 17 NFL stadiums will collect and report the data in real time so it can be presented to broadcasters and fans. The 17 stadiums include all 15 that will host Thursday Night Football games. A not-yet-attained goal of the chips is to put them in footballs for first down and touchdown measurement.

posted by rcade to football at 05:52 PM - 9 comments