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  • Video of flagrant foul no-calls at basketball game goes viral

    01/06/2012 5:51:36 AM PST · by rawhide · 47 replies
    Yahoo.com Sports ^ | 1-5-11 | By Jonathan Wall
    Connell (Wash.) High's Cole Vanderbilt was a relative unknown in the basketball world, but all that changed two days ago, when a viral YouTube video turned him into one of the most hated players in Washington. As the Tri-City Herald reported, Vanderbilt turned into public enemy number one when Michael Christenson decided to film a game between Connell and Highland (Wash.) High to prove to parents at Highland that the basketball league needed better officials. As it turns out, the clip did more than just spotlight an officiating problem; it also made seniors Cole Vanderbilt and teammate Kennan VanHollebeke look...
  • Video of flagrant foul no-calls at basketball game goes viral

    01/05/2012 3:17:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/5/12 | Jonathan Wall
    Connell (Wash.) High's Cole Vanderbilt was a relative unknown in the basketball world, but all that changed two days ago, when a viral YouTube video turned him into one of the most hated players in Washington. As the Tri-City Herald reported, Vanderbilt turned into public enemy number one when Michael Christenson decided to film a game between Connell and Highland (Wash.) High to prove to parents at Highland that the basketball league needed better officials. As it turns out, the clip did more than just spotlight an officiating problem; it also made seniors Cole Vanderbilt and teammate Kennan VanHollebeke look...
  • Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

    12/27/2011 2:50:33 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | December 27, 2011 | Ben Golliver
    Philadelphia 76ers reserve guard Lou Williams has crafted a reputation for himself as a gunslinger. On Monday night, for example, Williams hit for 25 points, including three impressive 3-pointers, while taking 17 shots and dishing two assists in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. This week, though, Williams found himself on the other end of a real barrel.
  • 'Body Man' Reggie Love to Obama's Rescue

    12/21/2011 1:39:57 PM PST · by Fred · 20 replies
    USNews ^ | 122111 | xxx
    President Obama's former shadow, so-called body man Reggie Love, now has a new job in the spotlight: promoting his former boss's re-election campaign. What's more, he's telling secrets. As in urging supporters to hurry up and enter the $3 raffle for a campaign dinner with Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. He calls the event a rare and special moment that any presidential fan should jump at a chance at. [Read: Lunch With Rummy $9,995 More Than Obama] "You should know this practically never happens," he writes in a campaign E-mail we just received. "While Barack wants to do these...
  • Cincy, Xavier disgrace their sport and their schools

    12/12/2011 11:23:40 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 28 replies
    rivals.com ^ | 12/11/11 | Pat Forde
    On the day after their basketball teams lost all self-control and sullied the reputations of their universities in the annual “Crosstown Shootout” game, the schools came back 24 hours later with punishments that further diminished the two. They took one of the worst on-court episodes in recent history and basically brushed it off with soft suspensions and hollow words. Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates dropped an unsuspecting Kenny Frease with a sucker punch to the face, then punched another player, then tried like heck to go after several more but was restrained. He got only six games. If I were a Cincinnati...
  • Brawl mars Xavier's win over rival Cincinnati

    12/10/2011 3:32:42 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    Tribune News Services ^ | December 10, 2011
    CINCINNATI — Eighth-ranked Xavier beat crosstown rival Cincinnati 76-53 Saturday in a game that featured a steady stream of trash talking and was called with 9.4 seconds left when the teams got into a brawl on court. Words escalated into shoving and swings as the final seconds ticked down. Both benches cleared and coaches pulled their players away. The referees called it.
  • Obama campaign postpones basketball fundraiser (NBA season lockout forced rescheduling)

    12/01/2011 7:06:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/1/11 | AP
    President Barack Obama, who is a fervent basketball fan, will get his NBA fix next month but his campaign will have to postpone the Obama Classic fundraiser that was to feature more than two dozen professional basketball stars. The campaign on Thursday notified ticket holders the Dec. 12 event would now be held in the summer.
  • NBA Players Who Thought It'd Be A Great Idea To Play In China During Lockout, Now Stuck There

    11/28/2011 8:59:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/2011 | Tony Manfred
    NBA players like Kenyon Martin and JR Smith will have to finish out the contracts they signed with their Chinese teams this summer, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports. These players would have been sitting pretty if the NBA cancelled the entire season. But that didn't happen. And now they're stuck in China while everyone else gets to play NBA hoops. Here's what a source told Yahoo!: "They can play, get paid (in China), and return to NBA in March. Or they can not get paid, and return to NBA in March." Ouch. It looks like the Nuggets — who will...
  • BREAKING: NBA Players and Owners Reach A Tentative Agreement To End The Lockout

    11/26/2011 1:33:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/26/2011 | Ariel Sandler
    Sometimes, dreams really do come true. The NBA and its players have reached a tentative agreement to end the five-month-long lockout and begin play on Christmas Day, as first reported by Ken Berger. Both players and owners must agree to a final vote of approval, but that is merely a formality at this point. After 16 hours of discussions Friday (and into Saturday morning), David Stern and Billy Hunter held a joint press conference just before 4 a.m. announcing the long-awaited handshake deal. “We’ve reached a tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals…but we’re optimistic that it...
  • UCLA player, coach Walt Hazzard dies

    11/18/2011 9:35:59 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 6 replies
    ESPN Website ^ | November 18, 2011 | AP
    Walt Hazzard, the former UCLA and NBA star who played on the Bruins' first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964 and later coached the team for four seasons in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 69. Hazzard's family said he had been recuperating for a long time from complications following heart surgery. The school said Hazzard died at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
  • Plane crash that killed OSU coach Budke was in rugged Ark. mountains

    11/18/2011 8:38:47 AM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 23 replies
    Stillwater NewsPress ^ | November 18, 2011 | AP
    STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed when the single-engine plane they were riding in during a recruiting trip crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas. The university said the pair died in the crash Thursday night near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock. The Winona Wildlife Management Area is in steep terrain in the eastern Ouachita Mountains. A cause of the crash was not announced. In January 2001, 10 men affiliated with the university's men's basketball team died in a Colorado plane crash. OSU...
  • Now That We Have Your Attention, Mr. President…

    My long-time friend Giuliana called me from San Diego on Sunday. She mentioned that a friend of her Navy SEAL husband stationed at Coronado Island had tickets to a very special NCAA basketball game that was played on the Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson out in San Diego on Veterans’ Day. You may recall that it was the USS Carl Vinson that handled the disposal at sea of Osama Bin-Laden’s body recently. She was told that because the tickets were for “special VIP” seats, she would be subjected to an intensive background check. Why a background check for an NCAA...
  • NBA lockout adds to lingering "itch" of loss for Wade (The 1% is suffering!)

    11/11/2011 8:46:42 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 5 replies · 1+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | 11/10/11 | S Evans
    The Miami Heat's seven-times All Star Dwyane Wade has travelled the world during the NBA lockout but says he cannot wait to return to the court and get the lingering 'itch' of his team's defeat in last season's finals out of his system.
  • 'Easy Ed' Macauley dead at 83

    11/09/2011 9:52:00 AM PST · by massmike · 2 replies
    http://espn.go.com ^ | 11/09/2011 | n/a
    Ed Macauley, one of the NBA's first big stars who won a championship with the St. Louis Hawks and was traded by the Boston Celtics for Bill Russell, has died. He was 83. Macauley played for the Celtics from the 1950-51 season until 1955-56. He and the draft rights to future Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan were traded by Boston to the St. Louis Hawks on April 29, 1956, for the rights to Russell, a move that changed the power structure of the NBA. The Celtics went on to win 11 titles with Russell dominating in the paint. After the...
  • Fresno Pacific Athlete is Held in Naked Rampage

    11/09/2011 9:06:22 AM PST · by Tigerized · 16 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 11/08/2011 | Marc Benjamin
    <p>A Fresno Pacific University basketball player went on a naked rampage Monday night near campus after being told that he had been kicked off the team, Fresno police said Tuesday.</p> <p>Leonard Tyrell Young, 21, ran naked through a convenience store parking lot, tried to steal a police car, beat a police officer and police dog and withstood three Taser strikes before finally being subdued, police said.</p>
  • MJ sells out players with hard-line stance

    11/06/2011 6:52:06 AM PST · by Immerito · 23 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | November 5, 2011 | Jason Whitlock
    There’s no reason for Jordan to be drunk on haterade. These kids deserve the money, even if some of them blow a percentage of it making it rain at strip clubs. I’m not defending their financial irresponsibility, but we do need a little context. When we tell the stories about the athletes who are broke three or four years after retirement, we often leave out the details about the countless friends and family members the athletes helped while blowing their money. They “blow” money on school clothes, private schools, medical bills and college tuitions, too. I fully comprehend the shortcomings...
  • Pan American Basketball Team starting its challenge (We haven't won since 1983)

    10/26/2011 8:55:13 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 8 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.usabasketball.com ^ | 10/26/2011 | Craig Miller
    The Pan American Games men’s basketball competition gets underway Wednesday, exactly 13 days after the USA Basketball men’s group assembled in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The U.S. squad is comprised for the first time in Pan American Games history by professional players who are under contract to play in the NBA Development League in 2011-12. Serving as the USA Pan American Games head coach is Tulsa 66ers mentor Nate Tibbetts. The 2011 USA Pan American Games Team consists of Blake Ahearn (Erie BayHawks/Missouri State ‘07); Brian Butch (Injured for 2010-11 season/Wisconsin ‘08); Justin Dentmon (Texas Legends/Washington ‘09); Jerome Dyson (Tulsa 66ers/Connecticut ‘10);...
  • Minnesota Lynx Win WNBA Championship

    10/07/2011 8:16:28 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 22 replies
    KSTP-TV (ABC Affiliate in Minneapolis/St Paul) ^ | 10/07/11 | Lauren Radomaski - Staff Reporter
    Seimone Augustus and the Minnesota Lynx completed a near-perfect postseason by beating the Atlanta Dream 73-67 on Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA championship series. Augustus had 16 points and Maya Moore, returning to her Atlanta home, had 15 to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Lynx won their first WNBA title. Minnesota closed the postseason with six straight wins, including sweeps of Phoenix in the Western Conference finals and Atlanta in the championship series. Most Minnesota players celebrated in a pile of hugs on the court. Taj McWilliams-Franklin, the 41-year-old starting center, headed to...
  • Alcatraz and the notorious prison's sports history

    09/29/2011 10:22:55 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/24/11 | Baxter Holmes
    As I wrote in Saturday's editions of The Times, there will be a one-on-one basketball tournament on Alcatraz Island Saturday night, featuring 64 players from the U.S. and abroad playing for $10,000....Early prison code banned inmates from interacting with the outside world, but once a year, they played the World Series over the loudspeakers in the yard. “That was the only time I was there when they were allowed to listen to any kind of radio program,” Heaney said Then in the 1950s a radio system was installed for inmates to listen on headsets in their cells. That coincided with...
  • Official: Potential UT move to Pac-12 ‘heating up’

    09/18/2011 3:13:59 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 43 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 9.18.11 | Alan Trubow
    The Pac-12 appears to be working out the final details of a deal that would bring Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to the conference, sources close to the situation told Hookem.com and the American-Statesman on Sunday morning.
  • Man Is Arrested in Harlem Murder

    09/13/2011 9:13:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 14, 2011 | SEAN GARDINER
    Police arrested one man and were searching for two others Tuesday in connection with the murder of Manhattan high school basketball standout Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy.
  • Florida A&M's Shannon Washington dies

    09/04/2011 4:13:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies
    ESPN.com news services ^ | September 4, 2011
    Florida A&M basketball player Shannon Washington died early Sunday morning after suffering a knife wound to her neck, the school announced. Tallahassee Police responded to a report of a stabbing and found Washington in an apartment. She was treated at the scene by police and EMS and later died at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, police said. Starquineshia Palmer, 20, who was visiting Washington for the weekend, was detained and charged with first-degree murder, police reported.
  • Javaris Crittenton charged with murder

    08/26/2011 6:20:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    AP ^ | August 26, 2011
    ATLANTA -- Police say former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been charged with murder after a woman was shot on an Atlanta street. Police spokesman Carlos Campos says police have secured a murder warrant for the arrest of Crittenton, who played at Georgia Tech, in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Jullian Jones on Aug. 19. Campos said Crittenton is not in custody and is wanted. Police said Jones was walking with a group of people on the city's southwest side when she was shot.
  • Pat Summitt diagnosed with early onset dementia (University of Tennessee women's basketball coach)

    08/23/2011 1:56:31 PM PDT · by libstripper · 34 replies
    Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel ^ | August 23, 2011 | Dan Fleser
    For such a strong figure, Pat Summitt was feeling almost helpless. Months of erratic behavior had left the Tennessee women’s basketball coach bewildered, scared and asking herself “What’s wrong with me?” Summitt went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in May. She underwent a series of tests and received a stunning answer. The diagnosis was early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
  • Shaq: President Obama To Blame For Rajon Rondo’s Late Season Struggles

    08/21/2011 8:29:56 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 21 replies
    Slam Online ^ | august 17 2011 | tsvi Twersky
    Over the course of a 19-year NBA career, Shaquille O’Neal dominated the ball—and headlines. A little more than two months into retirement, Turner Sports’ newest hire is still dominating headlines. The latest news comes courtesy of his upcoming memoir with Jackie MacMullan, Shaq Uncut. Broken down chronologically, Shaq Uncut, published by the Hachette Book Group, is packed with O’Neal’s insight and anecdotes from his playing career. None of it is currently as relevant as Shaq’s take on what caused Rajon Rondo’s post-Perkins trade slump. From the book: In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts...
  • Georgetown Basketball Brawl Breaks Out During Vice President Joe Biden’s China Visit

    08/18/2011 7:26:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Online News ^ | 08/18/11 | Jeff Francis
    August 18, 2011 | Writer Jeff Francis Georgetown Basketball Brawl Breaks Out During Vice President Joe Biden’s China Visit A bench-clearing brawl broke out at a goodwill basketball game in China between visiting U.S. team Georgetown and Chinese Bayi Rockets. Although he was not in attendance during this particular game, the brawl coincided with Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the country. According to the Washington Post and the Associated Press, the brawl erupted near the end of the tense game, then tied at 64. Tackles were made, punches were thrown and chairs and water bottles were sent aloft during...
  • Georgetown Basketball Team Brawls In China

    08/18/2011 5:18:31 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | 18 Aug 2011 | Unknown
    Video - Georgetown Basketball Team Brawls In China http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ClAM3zXx-I
  • Photos of Georgetown brawl in China (Holder's ambassadors)

    08/18/2011 9:44:14 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 90 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 08-18-2011 | Dan Steinberg
    UPDATE: Here is Gene Wang’s story from on the ground in China. One excerpt: What began as a goodwill trip to China for the Georgetown men’s basketball team turned violent Thursday night, when its exhibition game against the Bayi Rockets deteriorated into a melee during which players exchanged blows, chairs were thrown and spectators tossed full water bottles as Hoyas players and coaches headed to the locker room at Olympic Sports Center Stadium.
  • First lady, daughter pay Oregon visit (Skipping out on Ramadan dinner?)

    08/09/2011 3:34:34 PM PDT · by yoe · 24 replies
    The Register Guard ^ | August 9, 2011 | Jack Moran
    While local authorities kept mum, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama confirmed Monday that the first lady is in the Willamette Valley this week to visit her brother, Oregon State University basketball coach Craig Robinson. An airplane carrying Michelle Obama — who is Robinson’s younger sister — touched down Monday morning at the Eugene Airport. Semonti Stephens, the first lady’s deputy communications director, said Obama is being accompanied on the trip by one of her two daughters. Stephens said she could not say which of the girls came to Oregon with her mother, or disclose the length of their planned stay....
  • Boy, 13, gunned down playing basketball: 'He died doing what he loved to do'

    08/04/2011 7:05:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 4, 2011 | Carlos Sadovi and William Lee
    Basketball was a way of life for Darius Brown, 13 and determined that one day he would play in the pros. "He watched it, he played it. All day," said his mother, Stephanie Brown. Darius was playing at Metcalfe Park in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when a shot from a passing car hit him in the neck. He died hours later as family, friends and coaches held a vigil at Comer Children's Hospital.
  • Alonzo Mourning Accused of Hit-and-Run Car Crash While Driving Porsche (Hussein Supporter)

    07/21/2011 11:34:56 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Miami New Times ^ | July 20 2011 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    A Miami art school student is set to file a lawsuit against Alonzo Mourning claiming that the former Heat star crashed his Porsche into the student's car on the Julia Tuttle Causeway early Sunday morning before fleeing. Mourning did return to the scene, however, nearly an hour later in a separate car driven by his wife Tracy. William Candelario, 21, a student at Miami International University of Art and Design, claims he was driving back from Miami Beach on the Julia Tuttle in his 2010 Audi when he got into an accident with another car, and came to stop near...
  • Lawsuit filed over Duke season tickets

    07/15/2011 1:48:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 15, 2011
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- A family squabble over season tickets to Duke men's basketball games has resulted in a legal fight. A woman filed a lawsuit Friday against her sister, her sister's husband and Duke University regarding the transfer of two tickets that once belonged to her father for games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Katina Dorton is seeking unspecified damages and asking the court to invalidate the "fraudulent transfer" to Gordon and Sophia Caudle that occurred without the knowledge or consent of her father or other family members, according to the complaint.
  • N.B.A. Lays Off 11 Percent of Staff

    07/14/2011 4:01:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 14, 2011 | HOWARD BECK
    More than 100 N.B.A. employees were laid off this week, underlining the league’s sense of economic distress as the owners and players haggle over a new labor agreement. All told, 114 positions — 11 percent of the league’s work force — were eliminated, primarily in New York and New Jersey, from nearly every division, including marketing, community relations, player programs, broadcasting and information technology. Most employees received the news Wednesday and Thursday. The layoffs came exactly two weeks after the N.B.A. locked out its players and froze operations. League officials said the two events were unrelated, although they are clearly...
  • NBA lockout puts 2011-12 season in jeopardy

    07/01/2011 6:28:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The NBA's thrilling season came with a high price tag. LeBron James' move to Miami and Dirk Nowitzki's title in Dallas couldn't hide a simple fact: Owners insisted they were losing money, perhaps $300 million this season, and they weren't interested in subsidizing a system they felt guaranteed they would keep losing more. So the NBA locked out its players Thursday night, a long-expected move that puts the 2011-12 season in jeopardy and comes as the NFL is trying to end its own work stoppage. The NBA lockout began at 9:01 p.m. PDT. It will last until players and owners...
  • ESPN special featuring Joe Paterno, Mike Krzyzewski airs tonight (8PM)

    06/30/2011 4:08:56 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Pennliv.com ^ | 6-30-11 | Dustin Hockensmith
    The ESPN special filmed on Penn State's University Park campus earlier this month is set to air at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN, followed by a 9 p.m. showing on ESPNU. The special features Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and is titled "Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno and Krzyzewski". State football coach Joe Paterno, left, and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski meet at Penn State in State College, Pa., for the taping of an ESPN show "Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno and Krzyzewski." The show was filmed in front of a...
  • Former N.C. State star Charles dies in bus crash

    06/27/2011 6:08:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | June 27, 2011 | Matt Norlander
    He was why "they won it! ... On the dunk!" Former North Carolina State star Lorenzo Charles was on the receiving end of Dereck Whittenburg's desperation heave at the end of the 1983 national title game. His deft dunk put the Wolfpack over the top of favored Houston, giving Jim Valvano and N.C. State the unexpected national championship. Monday afternoon, Charles, 47, was killed in a bus accident in Raleigh, N.C. Charles was the driver of the bus, according to the Associated Press. There were no other injuries, as it was a one-vehicle accident.
  • Ind. basketball standout survives 2nd plane crash

    06/25/2011 6:13:03 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, June 25, 2011 | JEFF KAROUB
    DETROIT (AP) — A standout Indiana high school basketball player with the promise of playing at the University of Michigan is fighting for his life after surviving the second plane crash of his young life. Austin Hatch, 16, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was in critical condition Saturday in a northern Michigan hospital after the Friday evening crash that killed his father, Dr. Stephen Hatch, and his stepmother, Kim. Austin and his pilot father had survived a 2003 crash that killed Austin's mother and two siblings. *** Austin, a junior at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind., committed earlier this month...
  • Plane Crash Kills Dr. Stephen Hatch and His Wife; Son Austin Critical (2nd crash for son Austin)

    06/25/2011 3:32:19 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 30 replies · 3+ views
    Indiana's News Center ^ | June 25, 2011 | Nicole Hahn
    Charlevoix, Michigan (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Officials with the FAA have confirmed that a single-engine plane that took off from Smith Field Airport in Fort Wayne crashed into a residential garage in Charlevoix, Michigan at about 7:30pm Friday Night. They say two people on board were killed and another person was critically injured. Sources close to the family tell us that Dr. Stephen Hatch and his wife Kim were the people killed in the crash. They tell us that Hatch’s son, Austin, was also in the aircraft and is in critical condition.
  • Basketball on aircraft carrier offers different kind of flight

    06/25/2011 11:42:38 AM PDT · by Gumlegs · 14 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | June 20, 2011 | Nick Canepa
    Whalen escorted his group and three local media members to the Carl Vinson for their first operational and planning session on the flight deck, where the game is scheduled to be played shortly after 4 p.m. It could go off without a glitch. “For us, it’s fairly easy,” ESPN coordinating producer Dave Miller was saying. It is not a logistic nightmare, and those involved have complete cooperation from the Navy. A temporary stadium seating 7,000 (my understanding is the crowd will be invitation-only) will be constructed around the basketball floor put down on the flight deck. Plenty of room.
  • Ron Artest: Call me Metta World Peace

    06/23/2011 6:28:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    ESPNLosAngeles.com ^ | June 23, 2011
    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest wants to change his name to Metta World Peace. Artest's attorney filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday seeking the change. The 31-year-old NBA star was born Ronald William Artest Jr. In the court documents, Artest cites personal reasons for wanting to make the change. An Aug. 26 court date was set to consider the petition. The petition filing was first reported by celebrity website TMZ. Artest's career has been filled with ups and downs. He helped the Lakers win the NBA championship a year ago and in...
  • Open Thread: New Video Asks Students to Apply Affirmative Action to Basketball Team

    06/15/2011 6:13:02 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | June 15th | NB Staff
    The three college students behind Exposing Leftists, who have previously garnered attention for their GPA redistribution campaign, have released another video asking students to sign a petition to support affirmative action in athletics. Check out their video after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments. As the video's description explains: Many students support affirmative action, in an effort to promote diversity. They argue that race-based preferences "level the playing field" for disadvantaged minorities. However, these same students refused to sign our petition to apply such policies to the basketball team. At UC Riverside -- where...
  • On Hating LeBron (King James is many things, but a loser isn’t one of them)

    06/14/2011 5:19:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/14/2011 | Daniel Foster
    I was a freshman in college and a group of us were having some off-topic conversation at the end of an American studies class on science fiction as cultural history (which, I know, I know, sounds like an eminently useless American studies class, but which was nevertheless fascinating and awesome), and the subject of Anna Kournikova came up. I think we were talking about athletes as celebrities. In any event, my 18-year-old self pffft-ed at the mention of her name and said something like “yeah, she sucks!” This was me, I guess, expressing my distaste at style overtaking substance; her...
  • Why MVP Dirk Nowitzki Won't Be Cashing In On His NBA Finals Success

    06/13/2011 7:19:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/13/2011 | Dashiel Bennett
    When it comes to endorsement deals, winning the MVP of the NBA Finals is the perfect time to strike while the iron is hot. That's not going to happen for Dirk Nowitzki though. Why? He doesn't do endorsement deals. In fact, he's never even had an agent or business manager. Bloomberg's Michele Steele had a nice report on Nowitzki this weekend, taking a look at how 7-footer has eschewed ad dollars and side deals throughout his career. He's negotiated all his contracts with Dallas himself and doesn't have any endorsement deals outside of one shoe contract with Nike. Granted, even...
  • Amazing (and True) Friday Fish Story...

    06/10/2011 4:14:20 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 9, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    The story goes that out on Lake Conroe (50 miles north of Houston ) a local man recently saw a ball bouncing around the surface in a very odd manner- so he went out to investigate. Turns out it's a big ole flathead catfish that had apparently tried to swallow an entire basketball- which became stuck in its mouth, poor thing! The fish was totally exhausted from repeatedly attempting to dive, but only managing to bob up and down due to the air of the ball buoying him to the surface whenever he tried.  The guy tried numerous times to get...
  • Shaquille O'Neal tweets that he's retiring

    06/01/2011 2:33:56 PM PDT · by Justaham · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-1-11
    NBA star Shaquille O'Neal appears ready to hang up his size 23 basketball shoes after one of the most dominant careers at his position in league history. "I'm retiring" and "Shaq ooout" was posted Wednesday to his Twitter account, which also links to a video in which he talked of his intentions. “We did it. Nineteen years, baby. (I) want to thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first, I’m about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon,” Shaq said in the video on Tout.com, linked from his Twitter account. In a different Tout.com clip, O'Neal said,...
  • Kye Allums no longer playing for GW

    05/18/2011 3:36:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON -- The openly transgender member of the George Washington women's basketball team, whose groundbreaking season was cut short by a pair of concussions, says he won't play in his senior year. The school announced that Kye Allums "has decided that it is in his best interest to no longer participate in intercollegiate athletics."
  • Former Nova player announces he's gay

    We're getting closer to the point where athletes at every level will have no issue with the public knowing they're homosexual. As of now, we've yet to have an active American athlete in team sports come out of the closet, but stories like the one Dana O'Neil so fantastically crafted and presented will help us get to that point. Villanova's Will nSherida is the focal point of the story and the latest inspiration to in-the-closet athletes everywhere. Sheridan playedn at the university until 2007. In that time, his teammates knew he was gay. That's kind of the point: they knew,...
  • This day in sports history: 1980 (video - Magic Johnson at center in the NBA championship)

    05/16/2011 7:23:05 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    espn ^ | 5-2011
    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6554037&categoryid=2378529 It was an amazing performance by Magic Johnson, playing center for the injured Jabbar.
  • Valerie Jarrett to Trump: You Can Forget About the Obama's School Records

    04/28/2011 12:11:56 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 131 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | April 28, 2011
    White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said President Obama will not release his academic records, commenting a day after Obama put out his “long form” birth certificate and Donald Trump decided to press his luck by demanding Obama’s college transcripts. “We know this is nonsense,” Jarrett said in an interview on The Joe Madison Show on SiriusXM on Thursday morning.”He is almost 50 years old. And he is president of the United States and I don’t think anybody will debate his intelligence and so now we do need to get serious…let’s just get serious…get back to focusing on what’s important.
  • Dollar Loses More Ground [Don't look now, but.....Dollar Death Accelerating]

    04/28/2011 8:03:50 AM PDT · by Rich21IE · 82 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/28/2011 | STEPHEN L. BERNARD
    Dollar Loses More Ground. NEW YORK—The dollar dropped after economic indicators pointed to a dismal employment picture and slowing economic growth. The dollar has been hammered recently, losing out on interest-rate differentials and regularly hitting multiyear lows against other major currencies. Losses were especially bad Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the central bank is far from tightening monetary policy as economic growth remains slow and unemployment remains high.