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  • Baseball rule question (please don't kill me!)

    04/05/2012 1:25:54 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 88 replies
    Self | 4/5/'12 | Zionist Conspirator
    I know the rules of baseball can be arcane and--dare I say it?--Talmudic. But I saw something in today's Braves/Mets opener that I simply don't understand. I've done a web search but come up blank. It's the bottom of the second. Ike Davis is at bat for the Mets; first base is open. He has two strikes on him. He swings and misses at the third strike, but it barely touches the ground before being caught. Now as I understand it, this entitled him to run for first base. But he didn't. Instead he informed the umpire that the ball...
  • Avezzano Passes

    04/05/2012 11:49:38 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 7 replies
    Dallas Cowboys ^ | April 5, 2012 | Staff
    Long-time former Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano has died at age 68, reportedly of a heart attack while in Italy.
  • Ryan Seacrest to join NBC's Olympics coverage

    04/05/2012 8:27:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 4, 2012 | Patrick Kevin Day
    Ryan Seacrest's much-hyped big NBC announcement finally arrived on Wednesday morning, but those expecting a major changing of the guard in morning TV were disappointed. Instead, Seacrest added yet another job to his stuffed resume, announcing that he's joining NBC's prime-time coverage of the Olympics in London this summer.
  • Fight on State...In wake of scandal, power struggle spread from Penn State campus to state capital

    04/04/2012 5:45:17 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 10 replies
    ESPN The Magazine ^ | 4-4-12 | Don Van Natta Jr.
    The untold story, though, is about bare-knuckle Pennsylvania politics, old grudges and perceived slights. It involves a stagnated child sexual abuse investigation that, to some, took a backseat to higher-profile cases and a gubernatorial campaign. It involves a head football coach who knew too little and, still, failed to do enough. It includes a passive school board of trustees that for months ignored a lurking controversy and then, under pressure to preserve Penn State's reputation, quickly fired its legendary coach without ever talking with him. Through it all, the central character was Corbett. "Something not very good happened," he told...
  • PETA Pulls A Fast One On The Miami Marlins

    04/04/2012 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 11 replies
    WIOD ^ | April 4, 2012 | staff reporter
    The PETA people throw the Marlins a sneaky change-up at the new Stadium. Turns out one of the personalized bricks they bought has an anti-Marlins fishing message. The brick says "Florida Is Still Hosting Incredible Night Games. Help Us Reach The Stars. Cheer Our Marlins!" If you take the initial letter of each word you end up selling out "" Peta says fish are intelligent and suffer pain and even released fish can die.
  • Dog eats man’s Masters tickets right before he leaves for Augusta

    04/04/2012 7:58:09 AM PDT · by rawhide · 56 replies
    devil ball golf ^ | 4-3-12 | By Jonathan Wall | Devil Ball Golf
    The photo you see to your right would be one of Russ Berkman's four tickets to Wednesday's Masters practice round. The Seattle resident hit the jackpot and was all set to enjoy some time golfing and hanging out with a couple of buddies before heading to Augusta to take in the course and the Par-3 Contest. It sounded like a perfect plan ... until Berkman came home to find his dog, Sierra, had eaten all four of his tickets. I guess his dog didn't appreciate being left out of the trip. As Berkman told sports radio station KJR in Seattle,...
  • Leipheimer: ‘I could be dead, for sure’ [Lousy healthcare in Spain]

    04/04/2012 4:51:37 AM PDT · by Third Person · 4 replies
    Velo News ^ | April 2nd, 2012 | Andrew Hood
    Levi Leipheimer is counting his blessings Monday after avoiding serious injury when a Spanish driver plowed into him during a Sunday-afternoon training ride in Spain’s Basque Country. The American star knows he’s lucky to be alive and to have otherwise avoided serious injuries in the high-speed accident. Leipheimer was on a two-hour training ride ahead of Monday’s start of the Vuelta al País Vasco when disaster struck: a car drove directly into him at full speed as he was riding on the right side of the shoulder on a Spanish road. Leipheimer recounted the accident to VeloNews in an exclusive...
  • Chief Jay Strongbow dies (professional wrestler)

    04/03/2012 6:43:03 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | April 3, 2012 | Greg Oliver
    Chief Jay Strongbow, the WWWF star who died today, was always a pretty matter of fact guy, someone who saw his role as a star wrestler as a job and never expressed a great love of the business.
  • Baylor poised to be first team to finish 40-0

    04/03/2012 12:09:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg
    In the midst of all the college hoops hysteria here in Kentucky there’s an interesting story brewing in Denver. It’s not getting a ton of attention around here because, first, it’s women’s basketball, and second, there are no local/state teams involved.
  • Michael Wilbon says the Colts are considering Robert Griffin III

    04/02/2012 6:16:30 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 2, 2012 | Dan Steinberg
    There were two distinct parts of the Redskins conversation during Michael Wilbon’s appearance on Tony Kornheiser’s ESPN 980 show Monday morning. 1) The part where Wilbon mercilessly ripped the Redskins and compared them to the Wizards. 2) The part where Wilbon said insiders have told him that the Colts are still seriously considering drafting Robert Griffin III with the top overall pick in April’s draft. I suppose I’ll do the second part first, since that’s actually surprising. “By the way, I will tell you this,” Wilbon said, mid-rant. “It’s not like I’m following this closely, but I had the occasion...
  • On TCM Wednesday: Ronald Reagan in "Storm Warning" and "The Winning Team"

    04/02/2012 4:43:51 PM PDT · by opineapple · 4 replies
    "Storm Warning" April 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm Starring Ronald Reagan, Ginger Rogers, and Doris Day Drama/1951 A county prosecutor saves a model who knows her sister's brother is a Ku Klux Klan killer. "The Winning Team" April 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm Starring Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, and Frank Lovejoy Biography/1952 Grover Cleveland Alexander becomes one of baseball's greatest pitchers, with his wife's support.
  • [Vanity] USEFUL opinions wanted: Bushmaster AR15 O.R.C. M4 (Optics Ready Carbine) 16"

    04/02/2012 1:27:58 PM PDT · by Blueflag · 44 replies
    Bass Pro Shop ^ | 4/2/2012 | blueflag
    Bass Pro Shop advertising a Bushmaster AR15 O.R.C. M4 (Optics Ready Carbine) 16", 30-rd, collapsible stock. Curious about any FReeper experience with this carbine. Priced at $979.99 Out of stock at most of the usual places online, so I thought it might be a popular firearm. What is the FReeper opinion of this? This is a .223/5.56 NATO rifle. Not gonna debate .223 v .308 on this thread. That is a different purchase. Please provide your USEFUL opinions.
  • Kansas, Kentucky to meet in power-program final

    04/02/2012 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    yahoo sports ^ | 4/2/12 | EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer
    NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Kentucky has the best players. Kansas has the most heart. From the first practice in October to the final cutting of the nets in April, that’s how the two teams remaining in the NCAA tournament have made a name for themselves. They meet Monday to decide the national championship—a game between the Wildcats and their cadre of NBA-caliber talent and the Jayhawks and their unending supply of high-wire comebacks. Kentucky (37-2), in search of its eighth national title but its first since 1998, has five, maybe six, players who will be playing in the NBA soon. Most are...
  • Giorgio Chinaglia dies at 65 [Former New York Cosmo]

    04/01/2012 2:34:21 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 15 replies
    Former New York Cosmos star Giorgio Chinaglia died of complications from a heart attack Sunday. The Italian soccer great was 65. Chinaglia died at his home in Naples, Fla., his son, Anthony, said through family friend Charlie Stillitano, who was Chinaglia's co-host on a Sirius XM radio show.
  • Google's April Fools Joke is "Google Antonymous Driving in NASCAR"?

    03/31/2012 11:26:53 PM PDT · by Drago · 6 replies
    Google ^ | 04-01-2012 | Google
    If you go to right now, you see a "Driving change: get up to speed on our winning new partnership" link under the Google search box...if you click it you go here: April Fools I would guess!!
  • Kansas 64 Ohio St. 62

    03/31/2012 8:43:17 PM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 24 replies
    NEW ORLEANS -- Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to rally the Jayhawks past Ohio State 64-62 in the Final Four.
  • Linsanity Is Officially Over As Jeremy Lin Will Have Season-Ending Knee Surgery

    03/31/2012 6:46:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/31/2012 | Cork Gaines
    Jeremy Lin's remarkable breakout season may now be over as he will have surgery that will in all likelihood sideline him for the remainder of the season. According to an Associated Press report (via, Lin will have knee surgery and will be out six weeks. There are only four weeks left in the regular season. So unless the Knicks, who are clinging to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, pull a huge upset in the first round of the playoffs, it is unlikely that Lin will see the court again before the 2012-13 season. Since his first big...
  • Pro Stock legend Bill 'Grumpy' Jenkins dies

    03/31/2012 4:52:47 PM PDT · by Doogle · 24 replies
    NHRA ^ | 03/29/12 | John Jodauga
    NHRA Pro Stock icon Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, a master of the internal combustion engine and a legend among the Chevrolet faithful, died March 29. He was 81. Jenkins, voted No. 8 among NHRA Drag Racing's greatest racers in a 2001 experts poll, scored just 13 NHRA national event wins but earned his well-deserved spot in drag racing's top 10 because no other individual has contributed more to the advancement of normally aspirated engines for drag racing competition than the legendary "Grump." “Everyone at NHRA is saddened by the passing of Bill ‘Grumpy’ Jenkins, not only a pioneer in the sport,...
  • Baffert Released From Dubai Hospital

    03/29/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT · by Holen1 · 7 replies
    Thebloodhorse ^ | March 29, 2012 5:55 PM | Blood-Horse Staff
    Trainer Bob Baffert was released from a Dubai Hospital March 29, three days after suffering a heart attack following his arrival in the United Arab Emirates to manage his horses for the World Cup. Baffert, 59, is expected to attend the races March 31 at Meydan Racecourse. He has two starters on the program, Game On Dude in the $10 million World Cup (UAE-I) and The Factor in the $2 million Golden Shaheen (UAE-I). At 1:39 p.m. in Dubai, Baffert put out a statement on Twitter: "Just released from hospital. Going to my hotel and relax with my family. Glad...
  • Twenty years later, Kentucky still feeling effects of loss to Duke

    03/28/2012 4:20:13 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    If you were to survey all the sporting events in which nobody died or was paralyzed, you'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better example of mass post-traumatic stress disorder than Big Blue Nation in the aftermath of Kentucky's 1992 NCAA East Regional final loss to Duke. Even today, 20 years after what's widely considered the greatest college game ever played, Kentucky loyalists regard the Blue Devils' 104-103 overtime victory, which ended with Christian Laettner's last-second fallaway, as having touched off a collective psychotic break.
  • Jeremy Lin has lunch with ESPN editor fired for “chink in the armor” headline

    03/28/2012 1:26:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2012 | AllahPundit
    Too early in the afternoon for a feelgood story of the day?You know I like to be ahead of the curve, so let me put this out there now: The only thing standing between a Tebow/Lin ticket is about 12 years and that pesky "natural born" clause. (TT was born in the Philippines.) Second look at not asking about birth certificates? A member of Lin's family reached out to Federico via e-mail more than a month ago, according to Federico. After several attempts to get Lin and Federico to meet were scuttled because of the Knicks point guard's very busy...
  • Women beach volleyball players don’t have to wear bikinis at Olympics (RoP Alert)

    03/27/2012 7:41:51 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Women beach volleyball players won't have to wear bikinis at the 2012 London Olympics. A new rule announced Tuesday says that participants in this summer's beach volleyball competition can wear shorts and sleeved tops. Athletes in the event have exclusively worn bikinis since the sport was introduced at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Competitors could also wear bodysuits in cold-weather events. "The change was made to reflect cultural conventions of various participating countries"
  • Sinise giving back to Virginia hero at M'ville

    03/27/2012 6:34:15 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 10 replies ^ | March 27, 2012 | Joe Menzer
    These smart homes that we're building are specifically designed to fit the needs of these wounded warriors. ... So we're going to build J.B. one of these homes, and obviously we have to have the money to do that. My part of the partnership here is raising awareness and funds, and I do that partially through a concert in the town or city that the wounded warrior is from and wants to live in. So we'll be coming to Martinsville the night before the race and doing a concert at the high school, which was one of the biggest places...
  • Tebow in the CFL one day is not a far stretch

    03/27/2012 6:03:18 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    TSN ^ | 3/27/2012 | DAVE NAYLOR
    He was the No. 1 headline grabber in North America's most popular league last season and his trade to New York just packed a practice facility for this week's introductory news conference with the Jets. He's been a cover boy for Sports Illustrated, his jersey flies off the shelves of stores and no NFL player - with the possible exception of Peyton Manning - will be as closely scrutinized this upcoming season. But don't be surprised if it's not too long before Tim Tebow is playing in the Canadian Football League. Sound like a stretch? Consider that as of right...
  • Larry King on Colin Cowherd

    03/27/2012 8:59:44 AM PDT · by VaRepublican · 9 replies
    Just heard Larry King on Colin Cowherd's radio show talking about Tim Tebow. In one of his comments I guess he had a freudian slip and referred to him as Tim Teabag,just thought it was funny and would let folks know. That is all.
  • Trainer Baffert Suffers Heart Attack

    03/26/2012 5:38:53 PM PDT · by Holen1 · 20 replies · 9+ views
    Thebloodhorse ^ | March 26, 2012 3:27
    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had a heart attack early March 26 while in Dubai, where he was preparing to run Game On Dude and The Factor in Dubai World Cup races March 31. Baffert’s assistant, Jim Barnes, said from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., that Baffert was “doing very good” after having three stents inserted in two arteries. Barnes said he had spoken to the trainer’s wife, Jill, who had accompanied her husband to the Middle East, along with their young son, Bode. Barnes said Jill Baffert told him the procedure went well, and “everything should be...
  • Bert Sugar dead at 74, long time journalist and boxing historian loses battle with lung cancer

    03/26/2012 10:50:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies · 11+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | March 25, 2012 | Tim Smith
    Boxing suffered a great loss Sunday when the sport’s legendary journalist and historian Bert Sugar died at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco of a heart attack following a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was 74.

    03/25/2012 6:01:19 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 51 replies · 1+ views
    I used to run a my younger years. In the mid 90s I was running 20-25 miles every sunday afternoon, and around 10 miles the other days of the week. It all ended in '96 when I developed knee problems and iliotibial band friction syndrome, snapping hip syndrome, and chronic tendonitis of the iliotibial band, and also serious problems with the muscle attached to the iliotibial band...and a few other things like ganglion cysts in my feet and meniscus issues with the knees, and some other stuff. I went to doctors. I took pills, took supplements, did strengthening excercizes,...
  • Tiger Woods Ends Victory Drought

    03/25/2012 5:17:44 PM PDT · by Doe Eyes · 38 replies · 4+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | Mar 25, 2012 | AP
    Tiger Woods finally brought the buzz back to the very thing that made him famous - winning. Two weeks after another injury scare, and two days before his former coach's book goes on sale, Woods looked dominant as ever in that red shirt on Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was his first PGA Tour victory since a sex scandal at the end of 2009 led to one of the greatest downfalls in sports. And with the Masters only two weeks away, Woods looks more capable of ever than resuming his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus in the majors.
  • MARCH MADNESS: Kansas 80, N. Carolina 67 (Obama choice loses)

    03/25/2012 4:13:58 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 47 replies
    espn ^ | 3-2012
    Here is the box score. Maybe Obama can now spend his time drilling for our own energy.
  • Hong Kong 10-year-old arrested after violent youth soccer foul

    03/24/2012 12:00:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/24/12 | Cameron Smith - Prep Rally
    Last week, Prep Rally covered the disturbing story of a Hong Kong youth soccer match which devolved into a series of nasty, mean-spirited fouls. Now the aftermath of that game has taken a stunning turn, with one 10-year-old from the game arrested for his kick to the head of a 12-year-old opponent. As reported by the London Telegraph, an unnamed youth soccer player for the English Schools Foundation squad has been arrested for a violent kick to the head of a 12-year-old member of the Kitchee Escola team. The violent kick was captured on video and posted on YouTube, quickly...
  • Texas Rangers Unveil Massive 'Champion Dog' (two footer,one pound frank including toppings $26)

    03/24/2012 11:06:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3/23/12 | The PostGame
    The Fenway Frank and Dodger Dog need to make some room because there is a new champion coming this season. The "Champion Dog" at Rangers Ballpark measures nearly two feet long and weighs a pound, before any toppings are added. The all-beef frank includes a mountain of shredded cheese, chili and sautéed onions. The meal comes with a pile of fries and is designed for four people. At $26, it has a price tag to match too. Shawn Mattox, Sportservice general manager, which handles concessions for the park, was looking for an item that had the "wow" factor. "We just...
  • Seattle Mariners, Oakland A’s arrive in Japan to open 2012 MLB season

    03/24/2012 8:23:29 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2012 | By Associated Press
    NARITA, Japan — The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics arrived in Japan on Friday, five days before opening Major League Baseball’s 2012 season at Tokyo Dome. About 300 fans greeted the teams after they landed at Tokyo’s Narita Airport, with Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki drawing most of the attention as the team made its way through the terminal.
  • ‘Borat’ national anthem accidentally played for Kazakh athlete (video....ooopsie).

    03/24/2012 6:55:05 AM PDT · by ak267 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-24-2012 | Chris Chase
    A gold-medal winning athlete from Kazakhstan was forced to stand through a national anthem that insulted other countries and boasted of her nation's "clean prostitutes" when organizers at a shooting competition accidentally played a fake anthem from the comedy film "Borat." Gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko never lets on that there's a problem and graciously poses for photos with the other medalists following the ceremony.
  • Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic Will Wed In Turkey, Despite Being ‘Saddened’ By All The Stray Dogs

    03/23/2012 2:20:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 1+ views
    NBCSports ^ | March 23, 2012 | ick Chandler
    Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic Will Wed In Turkey, Despite Being ‘Saddened’ By All The Stray Dogs Rick Chandler Mar 23, 2012 Scientists can confirm that we are now closer than ever to a Maria Sharapova-Sasha Vujacic Super Baby, after the couple on Thursday officially set a wedding date. Following a whirlwind 18-month engagement, the tennis diva and former NBA (and current Anadolu Efes Basketball Club) star have set Nov. 10 in Istanbul, Turkey, for the nuptials. That’s where Vujacic is currently employed. But I have a feeling that, given a choice, Sharapova would have picked a different wedding locale....
  • Sox pitcher Jenks arrested, charged with DUI

    03/23/2012 1:10:08 PM PDT · by massmike · 9 replies · 2+ views ^ | 03/23/2012 | Scott Lauber
    Bobby Jenks was arrested early this morning on five charges, including driving under the influence, according to a report filed by the Lee County Sheriff’s office. Jenks, the hard-throwing reliever and former closer who is recovering from dual back surgeries in December, posted $4,250 bond and was released at 8:45 a.m., five hours after being booked. Jenks was charged with one count of driving under the influence, three counts of driving under the influence and damage to property, and one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property. According to the arrest sheet filed with the...
  • March is missing some "Madness"...........

    03/22/2012 9:30:00 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | 3/22/12
    I miss Gus............The slipper still fits!!

    03/22/2012 5:37:24 PM PDT · by Chode · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Chode ^ | 3/22/2012 | Chode
    Venue: Sepang, Kuala Lumpur Date: Sunday 25 Mar 2012 Lap length: 3.444 miles Race laps: 56 First grand prix: 1999 Lap Record:1:34.223 - JP Montoya (2004) Fri Sunny 32c Sat Stormy 32c Sun Stormy 31c
  • Jets QB Drew Stanton wants out

    03/22/2012 2:06:43 PM PDT · by Black_Shark · 104 replies ^ | 3/22/2012 | Rich Cimini
    Tim Tebow's arrival in New York already has upset one New York Jets quarterback -- Drew Stanton. The veteran backup, who signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract last Friday to be the No. 2 quarterback, has asked to be traded or released, a league source confirmed to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter. The Jets are currently trying to trade Stanton, a source said. Stanton is said to be unhappy because he was promised the No. 2 job and turned down more lucrative opportunities with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs to play for the Jets. He received a $500,000...
  • NCAA Men's Basketball Regionals March 22nd - March 26th 2012

    03/22/2012 11:31:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies · 1+ views
    All Times Eastern Daylight Time EAST REGIONAL Regional semifinals Thursday At Boston Wisconsin vs. Syracuse, 7:15 p.m., CBS Ohio State vs. Cincinnati, 9:45 p.m., CBS WEST REGIONAL Regional semifinals Thursday At Phoenix Louisville vs. Michigan State, 7:47 p.m., TBS Florida vs. Marquette, 10:17 p.m., TBS SOUTH REGIONAL Regional semifinals Friday At Atlanta Baylor vs. Xavier, 7:15 p.m., CBS Indiana vs. Kentucky, 9:45 p.m., CBS MIDWEST REGIONAL Regional semifinals Friday At St. Louis Ohio vs. North Carolina, 7:47 p.m., TBS Kansas vs. N.C. State, 10:17 p.m., TBS
  • Hey, Tebow, Focus On Football And Not New York Nightlife, Warns Donald Trump

    03/22/2012 10:32:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Tim Tebow may know his way around the gridiron, but navigating life in the Big Apple is another matter. No one knows the city better than Donald Trump, which is why he is offering his advice to make New York City’s new resident feel welcome. “I want to make sure he can focus on football,” says Trump. As the unofficial head of Tebow’s New York Welcome Committee, here are Trump’s top tips:
  • Nine Ways the Jets Can Use Tebow (anti Christian bigotry)

    03/22/2012 8:16:13 AM PDT · by garjog · 42 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 2, 2012 | Kevin Clark, Scott Cacciola
    Some of the nine ways: "3. Team chaplain Tebow's role as the Jets' unofficial team chaplain would blend nicely with his duties as custodian of the locker-room Swear Jar. All proceeds would go to a year-end pizza party. 4. Team chaperone ... Based on our casual perusal of the sports pages, football players are no strangers to the social scene... 6. Make him the designated 'Hail Mary' guy.... 7. Convert him to tailback.
  • NFL hammers Saints for bounties

    03/21/2012 6:36:45 PM PDT · by BOBWADE · 16 replies news services ^ | March 21, 2012 | news services
    Meting out unprecedented punishment for a crush-for-cash bounty system that targeted key opposing players, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for next season and indefinitely banned the team's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. Payton is the first head coach suspended by the league for any reason, accused of trying to cover up a system of extra cash payouts that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday called "particularly unusual and egregious" and "totally unacceptable."
  • Mel Parnell, famous Boston Red Sox lefty, dies at 89

    03/21/2012 5:25:33 PM PDT · by massmike · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03/21/2012 | n/a
    Mel Parnell, 89, a left-handed pitcher who spent his entire 10-year career with the Boston Red Sox and was one of the best pitchers in franchise history, died March 20 at his home in his native New Orleans. He had cancer, said his son, Mel Parnell Jr. Mr. Parnell still holds the club record for left-handed pitchers in games started, innings and victories. His 123 victories rank fourth in team history, behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens, who each had 192 victories, and Tim Wakefield’s 188.
  • NFL considering rule changes

    03/21/2012 4:19:25 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 19 replies
    SPORTS NETWORK ^ | March 21, 2012
    NEW YORK, NY - Several important changes could be made to NFL rules next week, including moving the trade deadline, modifying the replay and overtime policies and changing the policy on players seriously injured during the season. The NFL's Competition Committee announced those proposals and more on a conference call this afternoon, according to League owners will debate the changes at meetings next week in Palm Beach, Florida. Most significant may be the proposed overtime policy change. If adopted, the rule used in last year's postseason -- giving the team that did not receive the overtime kickoff a possession...
  • Tim Tebow trade encounters snag

    03/21/2012 4:18:15 PM PDT · by rsparks293 · 57 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03/21/2012 | ESPN
    After word spread rapidly Wednesday that the New York Jets had acquired quarterback Tim Tebow from Denver for draft picks, the teams have encountered a hang-up in the language in Tebow's contract that could nullify the trade, a Broncos source tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Tebow has about $5 million worth of recapture language in his contract, meaning the Jets would have to pay back some money to Denver, and the Jets might be unwilling to do that. The trade, then, is not finalized.
  • Report: Tebow deal to Jets hits snag

    03/21/2012 3:46:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    The brother of Tim Tebow says he thinks the snag in the deal between the Denver Broncos and New York Jets has the talks ''almost back to square one.'' Robby Tebow, playing at a pro-am golf tournament at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., says Wednesday that he and the Broncos quarterback ''thought it was done, like he was signed, sealed and delivered. Apparently, they didn't read the fine print.''
  • Saints coach Payton banned one year for bounties‎

    03/21/2012 1:02:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    The NFL handed down sweeping and unprecedented punishment Wednesday for bounties paid out on big hits, suspending New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton without pay for next season and indefinitely banning the team's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, who now works for the St. Louis Rams
  • NFL suspends Saints coach Payton for one year without pay

    03/21/2012 10:24:44 AM PDT · by discostu · 30 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/21/12
    The NFL announced Wednesday that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will be suspended for one season without pay for his involvement in the team's bounty program. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended for eight games. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely. The team has also been fined $500,000 and will have to give up its second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 NFL Drafts. The league said in a news release that the involvement of individual players in the program is still being reviewed, and that any discipline will be announced at a future...
  • Jets acquire Tim Tebow for draft pick

    03/21/2012 10:12:21 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 87 replies · 2+ views
    ESPN ^ | March 21, 2012 | Rich Cimini
    Unusually quiet in recent weeks, the New York Jets shattered the calm Wednesday by completing a trade for polarizing quarterback Tim Tebow, the team confirmed. The Jets will send a fourth-round pick to the Denver Broncos, a source said. Tebow, a former first-round pick, went on the trading block Monday when the Broncos secured free agent Peyton Manning, who signed a five-year, $96 million contract. Several teams expressed interest, including Tebow's hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, but the Jets -- perceived as a sleeper at the outset -- pulled off the splashiest trade of the offseason.