First it was Spain, then Italy, now Germany are out of Euro 2004!: Germany lost to the Czech Republic 2-1 today while The Netherlands won in a rout to advance to the Euro 2004 quarterfinals. A huge fall from grace for the 2002 World Cup runners up.
Zidane breaks the hearts of English fans with two goals in injury time: Beckham's missed penalty comes back to haunt England as Zidane saves France's defense of their 2000 title with a goal and a penalty in second half injury time.
New England outlasts Carolina to claim second Super Bowl title.: As if it were a replay of two years ago, Adam Vinitieri kicks a field goal with seconds left to lift the Pats to the NFL championship over the upstart Carolina Panthers. All of the Carolinas are blue tonight.
Carolina Panthers are going to the Super Bowl!: Who'd have thought it two years ago, after the Cats were 1-15? Well, it happened as Carolina sent the Philadelphia Eagles to their third consecutive NFC Championship game loss, by the score of 14 to 3. Up next, the New England Patriots, who knocked off the Indianapolis Colts at Foxboro today by the score of 24 to 14.
Sosa, Clemens, and Martinez snubbed for baseball all-star game.: Hideki Matsui, Carlos Delgado, and Albert Pojols make their debuts in Major League Baseball's midsummer classic. 29 of the 63 selections are rookies to the All Star Game, to be played July 15 at US Cellular Field (formerly new Comiskey Park) in Chicago.
Tampa Bay wins another pro football championship!: Like their NFL bretheren, the Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Storm are champions of the Arena Football League, having dispatched the Arizona Rattlers in today's ArenaBowl XVI. The 43-29 victory by the Storm gives them their fifth AFL title, the most of any team in the league. Head Coach Tim Marcum hoisted his seventh, his third in Tampa to go along with two each in Denver and Detroit.
Arena League coach killed in car crash: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Arena Football League coach Fran Papasedero was killed in a crash after losing control of the car he was driving. The 34-year-old coach of the Orlando Predators was driving alone on a city street Thursday night when the car overturned several times, police said Friday. It was not immediately known if speeding, alcohol or drugs were involved, Lt. Charles Robinson said. He did not know if Papasedero was wearing a seat belt. Papasedero replaced Jay Gruden, the brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, as coach in 2001 when Gruden returned to play quarterback for the Predators. Papasedero was an assistant with Orlando for four seasons. ``I already miss him so much,'' Gruden said. ``He was a breath of fresh air whenever he walked into a room. He was the life of the party, always going to put a smile on everybody's face. That's going to be irreplaceable.''
Two stalwarts of the indoor football wars will meet in ArenaBowl XVII: Arizona upset San Jose today in a typical high-scoring game, while Tampa Bay knocked off archrival Orlando in the Sunshine state showdown. While the caliber of play isn't quite up to snuff with the NFL, you must admit you rarely see a boring arena football game.
Is there anything better than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals?: Well, come Monday, we'll have Game 7 between the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and the New Jersey Devils. Anaheim beat the Devils 5-2 in Game 6 to force a decisive game in New Jersey.
Big East schools sue to prevent Miami and BC from jumping ship to ACC shores.: If you can't beat then, sue them! It's no surprise that its come to this, and the only people that will benefit will be the lawyers trying the case.
Politicians get into ACC/Big East conflict: and it should surprise no one. Senators from several states with Big East member colleges are asking Syracuse, Boston College, and Miami not to leave because, they believe, it would devastate college athletics. Don't these scumbags have better things to do?
This just in: U.S. to host Women's World Cup: In a decision that came as a surprise to no one, FIFA has decided to award the 2003 Women's World Cup to the United States after relieving China of its hosting duties due to the SARS virus. Gee, I wonder what the odds will be against anybody other than the Americans winning the World Cup?
That Disney championship magic is back!: Last fall, the Anaheim Angels, then owned by Disney, won an improbable World Series in baseball. Now, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are in the Stanley Cup Finals. They beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 to sweep the Western Conference Finals, and will play the winner from the East, either the New Jersey Devils or the Ottawa Senators.
London joins the hunt for the 2012 Summer Olympics.: Along with New York and Madrid, London seeks to the thirtieth Olympiad. Toronto and several others are probable bidders as well. With the mood of the IOC right now, London may be the only candidate from an English-speaking nation that has a legitimate chance to win.
Smawley's innovation changed game: According to my local paper, the Forest City Daily Courier, Belus Van Smawley from the nearby community of Ellenboro, is one of eight men credited with inventing the jump shot. He died last Thursday, which went by unnoticed by yours truly.
Hell freezes over!: Tampa Bay punked out Oakland today in Super Bowl XXXVII. Brad Johnson played a solid game, and Michael Pittman shined at running back as well. Meanwhile, Derrick Brooks and company ripped the vaunted Raiders offence apart. Who knows: one day the Bengals might actually win the Super Bowl themselves!
The NFL playoff matchups are set.: So who will be fighting it out in San Diego for the Super Bowl title? I think that the Titans will stun the Raiders in the AFC championship game and meet the Eagles in the Big Game. My prediction for the Super Bowl: Eagles 31, Titans 24.
Guess who's back! Back again!: North Carolina beat Stanford for the Owens Corning Preseason NIT title last night in New York, and are now 5-0 on the season, three wins away from matching their win total from last season. Things don't get easier as they play Illinois and Kentucky next week, but Tar Heel confidence is high right about now, especially after knocking off Kansas.
New York is US candidate for 2012 Olympic bid: The Big Apple beat out San Francisco for the right to bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Can New York overcome an IOC still upset with their treatment by Congress over the Salt Lake City bidding scandal and beat out such cities as Paris, Moscow, and London?
Emmitt Smith sweetest accomplishment: breaking Payton's rushing record: Walter Payton's rushing record has fallen in the thrid quarter of Dallas' game against Seattle. The question now is how much longer will Emmitt play in the Cowboys' backfield?
Memories on Melody Lane: An ode to the sports played in my backyard in my youth
Angels reach the promised land! Make World Series for first time in 42 years!: Who would have thought at the beginning of this season that Anaheim would be in the Fall Classic? Not me, that's for sure!
Twins win! Twins win!: Bud Selig must be having ulcers right about now. The Twins hold off a rally by the Oakland A's in the ninth to advance to the ALCS.
Tennessee outlasts Arkansas in six overtimes: This is why the NCAA tie-breaking system is so good. A great game made even better by an exciting overtime. If the NFL doesn't adapt this system, then they are idiots.