Detroit Lions Owner William Clay Ford Dies: William Clay Ford, who once steered a car from his grandfather Henry Ford's lap but never got the chance to run the family business, died on Sunday at his home in Grosse Pointe, Mich., of pneumonia. He was 88. Ford, who also was the longtime owner of the Detroit Lions football team, represented the automaker's last direct link to the days when the company belonged entirely to the Ford family. Ford bought control of the Lions in 1964 for $6 million, the largest cash price then paid for a sports team. The team has never gone to a Super Bowl.
Rashard Mendenhall Retiring from NFL: Rashard Mendenhall, a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals who is a free agent, has announced his retirement from the NFL at age 26. A column Mendenhall wrote for Huffington Post two weeks ago might have been a clue he was done: "[T]oday is the day that the journey is over and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead."
UCSB Fan Runs Onto Court, Yells at Coach: A fan wearing a "UCSB Class of 2014" T-shirt ran onto the court and screamed at Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during a stoppage in play at Thursday night's game against UC-Santa Barbara. "I'm so embarrassed by that kid," UCSB coach Bob Williams said. "This kid had no right to be on the floor. He was an idiot." The fan was arrested by campus police.
Alan Pardew Head Butts Hull City Player: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew head butted Hull City's David Meyler after being pushed aside when Meyler retrieved the ball for a throw-in. Pardew, objecting to that contact, put his head into the opposing player and was sent off the touchline. "I think I'm going to sit now," Pardew said afterwards.
Outlook Poor for Comatose Schumacher: Today's New York Times has bad news about F1 legend Michael Schumacher, who has been in a medically induced coma since being hurt two months ago in a skiing accident: "The outlook for Schumacher, 45, has been obscured by the decision of his doctors and his family not to give regular updates on his progress. But what is known seems increasingly dispiriting, at least for his prospects of achieving a complete mental and physical recovery, or even of escaping long-term impairment."
How Cities Fared After the Olympics Left Town: CBS News returns to the Olympic Games venues of the past three decades to see how many of the facilities constructed for the event are still around benefiting their communities. The gold medal of sadness goes to 1984 host Sarajevo: "The bobsleigh and luge track on Mount Trbevic was turned into an artillery position from which Bosnian Serbs pounded the city for almost four years."
Dutch Speedskating Coach No Fan of American Football: Dutch speedskating coach Jillert Anema, fresh off his country winning 21 of its 22 medals in that sport at the Sochi Games, has a unique theory for why the U.S. wasn't as successful in that competition: "You have a lot of attention for foolish sport, like American football. You waste a lot of talent, athletic talent, in a sport where it's meant to kill each other, to injure each other. … And when you compete once every four years, with talent, with a few lone wolves, who are skating, you can't beat the world, it's no way. [The US.]. is so narrow-minded, and you waste a lot of good talent in a sport that sucks."
76ers Sign Teen with Down Syndrome: The Philadelphia 76ers have given a two-day contract to an 18-year-old high school student with Down syndrome after his on-court exploits in a game went viral. Senior Kevin Grow, the longtime manager of his Bensalem High School basketball team in Pennsylvania, got to suit up and play the final two minutes of his final two games. He scored 14 points in the finale, burying four three-pointers including a buzzer beater. Grow shared a meal with the 76ers, took part in shooting drills and got his own locker and No. 33 jersey.
Giants Fan Bryan Stow's Attackers Sentenced: Two California men were sentenced to prison Thursday for the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan after a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. Marvin Norwood, 33, and Louie Sanchez, 31, were sentenced to four years and eight years, respectively. The men were harshly criticized by Judge George Lomeli. Sanchez smirked during the judge's admonishment. "You show no remorse whatsoever," Lomeli said. Stow is disabled and unable to care for himself, said his father, David. Caregivers and family members shower, dress and feed Stow, who takes 13 medications a day, said his sister Bonnie Stow.
Olympian Took Name of German Underwear Company: One of the men's luge competitors, Bruno Banani of Tonga, renamed himself after a Germany underwear company of the same name. There are Olympic rules about marketing athletes, but none that prohibited Fuahea Semi from taking the name as part of an effort in Tonga to get an Olympian to compete. He failed to qualify in Vancouver four years ago, crashing and waking up in the hospital, but made it to Sochi. "This is the name that made history for me," he said. "And I will stay with it. The name will always be there. Whatever people want to call me, it just doesn't matter."
Manziel Would Draft Himself at No. 1: The Houston Texans not taking Heisman-winning Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft would be "the worst decision they've ever made," said Heisman-winning Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. "I'd be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito."
1,000 Texts Between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito: The Big Lead has an enormous collection of texts between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. A highlight: "U good dude?" Incognito asks last March. "Did u get some chick pregnant? I'll help you off her if that's the case." Martin replies, "Lol yeah I'm good man. Ima hold you to that if I ever knock up a chick at tootsies."
St. Louis Rams Owner Buys Land in Los Angeles: St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased 60 acres of parking lot in Los Angeles between the Hollywood Park Racetrack and the Forum, reviving chatter about the NFL returning to town. Hey, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, isn't he just doing this to extort more money from the taxpayers of St. Louis? "Yes, he wants the city and state to make a more competitive offer to keep the Rams. The sides are now $600 million apart on their bid and ask. But Kroenke isn't bluffing, either. He loves LA, and a stadium in that area was already approved for Davis before he moved the Raiders in 1994. This is no joke."
Sacre Bleu! Los Angeles Lakers Run Out of Players: In last night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers ran out of players. Robert Sacre fouled out with 3:31 left in the game, leaving only four players on the team capable of taking the floor -- they had fielded eight, two were injured and another fouled out). Shahan Ahmed of the Los Angeles Times explains what happened next: "Under rules seemingly no one had heard before, the Lakers were allowed to keep Sacre in the game after the Cavs shot a technical free throw. From that point forward, any foul Sacre committed would count as a personal foul and a technical foul. Luckily, that never happened." ProBasketballTalk has more on the excellent weirdness.
How to Watch the Olympics: The Winter Olympics begins today in Sochi, Russia, with events broadcast on several NBC TV networks. Also, every event will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.Com, as long as you have a cable or satellite TV subscription.
CBS to Air 8 NFL Games on Thursday Night: CBS has reached a deal with the NFL to air eight games on Thursday night in the first half of the season and two late-season Saturday night games. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the games. CBS, which broadcast its first NFL game in 1956, had the rights to air NFC games from 1970 to 1993 and has owned the AFC rights since 1998.
Tracy McGrady Takes the Mound: Former NBA scoring champ Tracy McGrady is hoping to make the roster of the Sugar Land Skeeters, a minor league baseball team in Texas, as a pitcher. He has hit 90 mph on the radar, according to Roger Clemens, who is mentoring him. McGrady retired from the NBA last August after 15 seasons, seven as an All-Star in Orlando and Houston. He last played baseball as a junior at Auburndale High School in Florida. "I've thought about this since high school," McGrady told ESPN. "For 16 years, I've told people I'm a baseball player and how much I love baseball. We have an independent league team right here in my backyard. I'm five minutes away from the stadium. So I had to give it a shot."
Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30: The Seattle Seahawks annihilated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl 0x30, the biggest rout in the NFL's championship game in 21 years. How dominating was the Seattle defense? They scored a safety 12 seconds into the game and that lead held up until the final play of the third quarter. A linebacker, Malcolm Smith, was chosen the game's MVP. He returned an interception of a Peyton Manning pass 69 yards for a touchdown shortly before halftime.
Lawyer Reveals Martin's Texts to Incognito: The lawyer for Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito has released texts from teammate Jonathan Martin that are as rough as anything Incognito reportedly said to him. The texts show the players swapping insults and threats in what appears to be a joking manner, given that they exchange normal texts afterwards as if nothing had happened. One time Martin responds to Incognito's "f--- you!" by sending a photo that reads, "I will murder your whole f------ family."
NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition: Pick the winners of the game and several other categories in the deciding round. The contest winner wins a Chimay Ale gift set (if over 21) or a $30 Amazon gift card (if under).
Why Aren't More Americans Playing in Europe?: Though it seemed for a few years that the best American players would crash the top levels of soccer in Europe, these days the biggest signings are when they come home to the MLS, writes Roger Bennett of ESPNFC. The appeal of playing in Europe is dimming, said Herculez Gomez. "There are other places that are more lucrative from a financial perspective. As they say about the Premier League, it is glitz, glamour and 50 percent tax."
Pete Carroll: NFL Should Consider Medical Marijuana: Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that the NFL should consider allowing players to be treated with medical marijuana. "I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible," Carroll said at a Super Bowl news conference Monday. "Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this."
Richard Sherman, the Man Behind the Mouth: The New York Times profiles Richard Sherman, describing his rise from being a mouthy kid at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., to a mouthy scholarship athlete at Stanford to a mouthy NFL player with 20 interceptions since 2011, the most in the league. A story from his days at Dominguez: "At practice, he would aggravate less ambitious teammates by telling them, 'I'm going to love coming back to watch you play at Compton College.' Within days they would be knocking on [Coach] Donerson's door, asking him for academic help. 'All so they could shut Richard's mouth,' Donerson said."
Ex-Agent: Ryan Leaf Blew Chance to Go No. 1: Ryan Leaf intentionally skipped a meeting with Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora so he wouldn't be drafted by the team as the No. 1 overall selection in 1998, his former agent Leigh Steinberg claims in a new book. Steinberg didn't think Colts owner Jim Irsay would be dissuaded by the snub, so he gave this advice to his client: "''If you go to the combine,' I told Ryan, 'but fail to show up for a meeting with Mora, that should do it. Jim is a real prideful person who has a tendency to explode. I am not recommending you do this, but if you are desperate to go to San Diego, this is the way.'" The Colts picked Peyton Manning.
Seahawks Edge Niners: Seattle forced three fourth-quarter turnovers and Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down for the winning points in a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, sending the Seahawks into Super Bowl 0x30 against the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks are an early one-point favorite.