Psychic Octopus predicts England loss to Germany: "Paul has correctly predicted all the German wins and defeats in this World Cup competition so far from his tank in the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany."
There were five players chosen ahead of Derek Jeter in the '92 MLB draft. What are they doing today?:
“The only thing I regret is not taking steroids, as bad as it sounds,” [Mottola] said. “I’m not mad at them. I’m more mad at the system that allowed it to happen. Maybe if I had done it, I’d be living the way they’re living. But I know the way I played, and I’m not bitter at all.”
Galarraga robbed of perfect game by blown call on last out.: Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers misses the 21st perfect game in Major League history by one out, as the first base umpire blows the call.
The understated elegance of the Yankees' Rivera.: “For what he does, he’s maybe the most dominant athlete other than Bill Russell that I know,” [Reggie] Jackson said. “But it’s also in the way he does it. Quiet. Humble. Mariano is regal, baseball royalty.”
Rock Jocks: 20 People Who Made the Cut in Both Music and Sports: "Joe Frazier could pack a punch as a boxer, but he was hitless as a singer. Deion Sanders was great at baseball and football, but he dropped the ball as a hip-hop act -- and let's never speak of the rapping of basketball's Shaquille O'Neal and soccer's Andy Cole. In contrast, these 20 people have had notable forays in music and athletics, proving that as hard as it is to make it in one, it's even harder to succeed in both."
Don't blame the Zamboni for the Vancouver ice woes: The ice resurfacing machines at the games aren't Zambonis, they're Olympias.
The Big Unit is retiring.: With a 303-166 record, 4,785 strikeouts, and five Cy Young Awards he should be a first-ballot HOF lock.
Stan Van Gundy has a request for the NBA.: No more Christmas games. "I actually feel sorry for people who have nothing to do on Christmas Day other than watch an NBA game," the Orlando Magic coach said.
Eli for MVP? It's not as crazy as it sounds.: Mike Celizic makes his case for Eli Manning being the NFL's Most Valuable Player of 2009.
Player hits for "home run cycle": Four home runs - a solo shot, a two-run, a three-run, and a grand slam. Not only that, but he hit them in order.
Quite possibly the world's toughest golf hole: "The hole itself plays as a par 3, albeit the longest par 3 in the world at 587 m."
Shaquille O'Neal's 5,000 misses.: An analysis of the greatest free-throw bricklayer of all time.
"Now that you, the American taxpayer, more or less own insurance giant AIG, : it turns out that you, the American taxpayer, are also the principal sponsor of Manchester United, thanks to a four-year, $100 million sponsorship deal signed in 2006. So this got me curious: how is our soccer football team doing?"
"Paul Newman says goodbye to his GT1 Corvette: - Legendary petrolhead Paul Newman took his GT1 Corvette out for a few laps earlier this month as he said goodbye to one of his greatest loves. The actor and former driver is terminally ill with lung cancer and is believed to have just weeks to live."
Scott Kalitta killed in crash at Englishtown.: The NHRA said the 46-year-old Kalitta — the 1994 and 1995 Top Fuel season champion who had 18 career victories, 17 in Top Fuel and one in Funny Car — was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, where he died a short time later. (Video)
"Bull Durham": is 20 years old, a fact that should make people of a certain age check for the sudden onset of liver spots. To celebrate, a "Collector's Edition" DVD goes on sale Tuesday, the third release of the film on disc. It contains the usual commentaries and extras, but unfortunately, doesn't address how anachronistic the movie has become in the ensuing two decades. Here then, a plot for a new, more realistic "Bull Durham: 21st Century Edition."
You can take the dog out of the track: but you can't take the track out of the dog.
"The chief executive officer of Tribune Company says he won't hesitate to sell the naming rights to Wrigley Field: -- even if baseball purists don't like the idea. Zell has a suggestion for the makers of DoubleMint and Juicy Fruit.
'Perhaps the Wrigley Company will decide after getting it for free for so long that's time to pay for it,' he said."
Sampras defeats Federer in straight sets.: "Sampras never faced a break point and converted one of two against his opponent as he handed Federer a 7-6 (8), 6-4 defeat at the Venetian Macao arena, wrapping up a three-match Asian exhibition series between the two tennis greats."
Rob Stone versus 1 million Scoville units:: "It was like somebody tasered my mouth."
56*?: Does Joe DiMaggio's streak deserve an asterisk?
"While the race car can reach top speeds of 160 mph, had a 22-race career and is one of only two street legal Nextel Cup cars, : Barry said he always observes speed limits when off-track. Still, he said, he’s been stopped 'quite a few times' while promoting NASCAR, whiskey and 'responsible drinking.' When he does, he said, he takes the opportunity to educate police officers about the legalities of the high-powered ride."