The home run that launched the myth of Mickey Mantle: Sixty years ago in an exhibition game against USC, a young Mickey Mantle hit a home run that became baseball legend and spawned a mystery: Just how far did it go?
High School Wrestler Refuses to Face Female: A high school wrestler in Iowa forfeited a state tournament match Thursday because he refuses to compete against a female opponent. Joel Northrup would not wrestle Cassy Herkelman and released a statement: "As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner," he said in a written statement.
UConn Women own the longest streak: With a 93-62 defeat of Florida State at sold-out XL Center, UConn won its 89th consecutive game, a Division I record surpassing the 88 won by the U.C.L.A. men, coached by John Wooden, from 1971 to 1974.
A Gift From the Game: Part of the beauty of sport is that it can be transformative on any scale, large or small. It can draw a nation of millions closer together—how many of us high-fived a stranger after the U.S. World Cup win over Algeria last week?—and it can change one boy's life in a small Canadian town.
Kobe leads the Lakers to the Finals: With L.A. nursing a five-point lead with 35 seconds left Bryant, wearing Grant Hill as a sweater, canned a 23-foot turnaround from almost the same spot. As Alvin Gentry stepped onto the floor to call a timeout, he patted Hill on the back and told his frustrated star good defense. Bryant stopped and fired back at Gentry, "Not quite good enough." Now it's Lakers v. Celtics in the 12th edition of one of the great rivalries in sports.
Athletics' Dallas Braden throws perfect game against Tampa Bay Rays: Perhaps Dallas Braden is the type of guy who just needs to rile himself up in order to succeed.
Red Sox Nation Grumbles Like an Entitled Empire: Has "creeping Yankeeosis has spread to Red Sox Nation?"
The Hangover: Roethlisberger: AN NFL SUPERSTAR'S REPULSIVE BEHAVIOR, THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF ATHLETIC ENTITLEMENT RUN AMOK, HAS FORCED EVEN THE MOST DIEHARD FANS TO QUESTION THEIR TEAM AND THEIR FOOTBALL FAITH—AND MADE A SMALL TOWN IN GEORGIA WISH HE'D NEVER PAID A VISIT
Figure Skater Joannie Rochette places third in the short program: Two days after the sudden death of her mom. NBC video here. Excerpt of NBC Video on Mediaite here.
The virtues of big-time college sports:: According to columnist David Brooks at the New York Times.
Mark Cuban says he'd be interested in buying the Dodgers.: So say the L.A. Times and NBC Los Angeles. But the Dallas Morning News doesn't think so. No word from Blog Maverick
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie, the team's chief executive, have separated: raising questions about the potential effect of their rift on the ownership of the franchise as the Dodgers prepare to start the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies today at Dodger Stadium.
Babe Ruth the way you've never seen him before: MLB productions releases film of Babe Ruth never publicly seen.
$50 grand buys a playoff win: According to Mark Kiszla and an unidentified member of the Denver Nuggets.
Garnett expected to miss entire playoffs: If the Celtics are to fulfill their quest for a second consecutive NBA championship, it appears they will have to go the distance without star forward and emotional leader Kevin Garnett.
With Nine Mouths to Feed, Travis Henry Says He’s Broke: Travis Henry was rattling off his children’s ages, which range from 3 to 11. He paused and took a breath before finishing.This was no simple task. Henry, 30, a former N.F.L. running back who played for three teams from 2001 to 2007, has nine children — each by a different mother, some born as closely as a few months apart.
Joe Torre's final days with the Yankees: Ex Yankee Manager Joe Torre gives a revealing account of his last days with the Yankees in his new book. The Daily News, the New York Post and the New York Times weigh in as well. Co-Author Tom Verducci responds to criticism of Torre.
The Yankees ban sunblock at the stadium.....to fight terrorism: From the article: Yankee fans are seeing - and turning - red over a ban on sunscreen, which Stadium security guards say was widely expanded in the last few weeks. (via Boing Boing)
The Day Cool Died: Phil Taylor's essay on the demise of Cool in sports.
The NY Times real time blog of the Clemens hearings.: The NY times blogs today's hearings. A follow up story from the Times is here.
Redskins and Gregg Williams part ways: Gregg Williams goes from Head Coaching candidate to unemployed. And in Oakland, Al Davis is trying to force Lane Kiffin to resign.
The Business of Football: Not the easiest site to navigate (and beware the two ads you need to click through) but some interesting stats. Has Baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and tennis as well. Salon's King Kaufman also discusses the article here.