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Danica Patrick grabs Daytona 500 pole
Post Date: 2013-02-17 20:45:37 by A K A Stone
A year after making her Sprint Cup Series debut in the same race, Danica Patrick will lead the field to the green flag for the Daytona 500 after qualifying on the pole during Sunday's front row qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway. It wasn't necessarily a surprise. Patrick posted the fastest speed of Saturday's two qualifying practices and ran slightly faster during her second qualifying lap on Sunday, knocking owner and teammate Tony Stewart from the provisional pole. She's the first woman to win a pole position in Sprint Cup Series history. Patrick, who went out 8th of 45 drivers, had to withstand challenges from her other teammate, Ryan Newman, and ...
Pete Rose erased from baseball cards - Has Topps gone too far?
Post Date: 2013-02-13 21:44:29 by A K A Stone
Baseball card collectors and fans of the game are left scratching their heads after Topps made the decision to scrub mentions of Pete Rose and his Major League Baseball records from their products.
It seems Topps quietly made the move sometime in the past few years, but the pot was stirred when sports blogger Rob Harris reported the 2013 card packs happily mentioned Barry Bonds' records while leaving Rose to stand as an anonymous record holder.
You see, on the back of each player's card are "Career Chase" stats that indicate who holds the MLB record for each stat that player is chasing. Chicagoside explains it this way:
"For Paul Konerko, the Career Chase line indicates that his ...
Ravens football player Brendon Ayanbadejo to use Super Bowl to talk about gay marriage
Post Date: 2013-01-28 22:15:14 by meguro
Im a Baltimore native, but still never warmed up to the Ravens because of Art Model. When I went to school in Ohio, I used to drive up to Cleveland to see the Browns in the old stadium along the lake. What Model did to Cleveland was despicable, so I never cared about how much his teams in Baltimore won. That said, how do you not like Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo? In a macho sport where somehow there are no gay football players (what are the odds?), Ayanbadejo is one of the few voices of reason. He plans to use the media attention during the buildup to the Super Bowl to talk about gay marriage across the US. This reminds me of the story John posted a few months ago about ...
NFL conference championships: How to pick a horse in this race
Post Date: 2013-01-15 11:54:11 by Mudboy Slim
Can you just watch, or do you have to root? That is the question: whether tis nobler to pick a team to cheer for during the NFL playoffs, watch as an impartial observer, or brace yourself do something other than watch pro football this weekend. For those of you who became faint at reading that last sentence, put your head between your knees until it passes. I dont want to be responsible for any swoon-related injuries. (If you already fainted, get up and keep reading; Mike Shanahan says youre fine!) Washington Redskins fans have had a lot of Januarys in which to perfect the craft of dealing with a Redskins-less playoffs. For those new fans who came aboard ...
Anybody need a placekicker??
Post Date: 2012-12-27 20:39:46 by CZ82
Cowboys' Brent Arrested For Drunk Driving, Crash Kills Teammate
Post Date: 2012-12-08 19:01:50 by Brian S
(Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested for drunk driving and charged with manslaughter on Saturday after a car he was driving crashed and killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr, in the second tragedy involving NFL players in a week. Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving said that Brent, 24, was driving at high speed on a state highway at 2:21 a.m. when the car slammed into an "outside curb, causing the vehicle to flip at least one time before coming to rest in the middle of the service road." Brown, who had been in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later. Brent suffered "minor scrapes" and was booked into the ...
Tigers Trounce Yankees, Handing Them First Postseason Sweep Since 1976
Post Date: 2012-10-18 20:05:25 by Brian S
DETROIT -- Ninety-five wins, an AL East title and an ALDS victory never looked this empty. Not when all of that is followed by getting swept by the Tigers in four games of the ALCS. Despite talk of how they would bravely fight their way out of a very deep ditch Thursday, the Yankees went quietly into the off-season with an 8-1 beating that was witnessed by a sold-out Comerica Park crowd of 42,477. The Tigers will face the winner of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants. The last time the Yankees were swept in a four-game series was by the Reds in the 1976 World Series. CC Sabathia's slow walk from the mound to dugout were the Yankees' first steps into a winter that will be ...
Verlander Delivers; Detroit Tigers One Win From World Series
Post Date: 2012-10-17 00:00:33 by Brian S
DETROIT -- Pit a nearly untouchable pitching staff against a slumbering offense and it is a recipe for a sweep. The pitching-rich Tigers are on the verge of sweeping the struggling New York Yankees right out of the postseason after Justin Verlander allowed just one run on three hits over 8 1/3 innings to lead Detroit to a 2-1 victory Tuesday night in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park. BOX SCORE: Tigers 2, Yankees 1 The Tigers could finish the best-of-seven series Wednesday and win their first AL pennant since 2006 when Max Scherzer faces Yankees ace CC Sabathia in Game 4 at 8:07 p.m. ET. Tigers starting pitchers combined to pitch 21 1/3 shutout innings ...
National Writer: 'Yankees Earn Every Last Boo'
Post Date: 2012-10-15 16:12:01 by Brian S
Heres what media members are saying about the New York Yankees after the Detroit Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports: New Yorkers understand a fraud when they see it. They pay for expensive seats, drink overpriced beers, buy exorbitant merchandise and fund a $200 million joke, a team that for the second straight game couldn't score a measly run off the Detroit Tigers' Nos. 3 and 4 starting pitchers. These Yankees earned every last boo. Mike Greenberg, ESPNs Mike and Mike in the Morning: The Yankees have hitters who are striking out more than 50% of the time they come to the plate. Alex ...
Michigan Deer Deaths From Viral Disease Top 4,200; Hunting Seasons To Continue As Planned In State
Post Date: 2012-09-27 18:15:15 by Brian S
LANSING, MI - A disease blamed for killing more than 4,000 deer in Michigan is not going to stop hunting seasons this year, the states Department of Natural Resources reiterated Monday. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease has been confirmed in 24 Michigan counties since this summer. The viral disease causes extensive internal bleeding and is transmitted by a type of biting fly called a midge. The counties where deaths have been reported are generally in the southern half of Michigans Lower Peninsula. The DNR expects more dead deer will be found as farmers harvest their crops and hunters take to the field this year. But the first hard frost should kill the flies that have transmitted ...
Romney tries a retool with NASCAR race fans (runs hot dog cart)
Post Date: 2012-09-08 21:41:06 by Hondo68
* 'NASCAR fans are everywhere' * Virginia starts early voting on Sept. 21 RICHMOND, Va., Sept 8 (Reuters) - Mitt Romney tried another lap around the track on Saturday to win over NASCAR stock-car racing fans, but rain put the brakes on his plan.The Republican presidential candidate visited a NASCAR race on Saturday night in Virginia, targeting white male voters in a swing state where early voting begins in two weeks.Romney joined Republican Virginia Senate candidate George Allen in serving hotdogs to fans under a tent at the Richmond International Raceway, and hundreds passed through asking for autographs and offering Romney words of support.Romney struggled to connect with ...
NFL To Use Replacement Officials For Week 1
Post Date: 2012-08-29 19:34:34 by Brian S
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL will open the regular season next week with replacement officials and said it was prepared to use them "as much ... as necessary" afterward. Replacements will be on the field beginning Wednesday night when the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants in the season opener, league executive Ray Anderson told the 32 teams in a memo. Negotiations are at a standstill between the NFL and the officials' union. The NFL Referees Association was locked out in early June and talks on a new collective bargaining agreement have gone nowhere. Replacements have been used throughout the preseason, with mixed results. In 2001, the NFL used replacements for the first ...
NCAA Hands Out Severe Punishment For Penn State
Post Date: 2012-07-23 11:45:26 by Brian S
Chastising Penn State's athletic culture, NCAA President Mark Emmert issued a landmark ruling this morning, crippling Penn State's ability to compete on the field for years to come by banning the football team from a postseason bowl for four years, eliminating a total of 40 scholarships over four years and fining the school $60 million. Emmert also stripped Penn State of its wins between 1998 and 2011, meaning that former coach Joe Paterno is no longer major college football's all-time winningest coach. A total of 111 have been erased from Paterno's previous win total of 409. "This is an unprecedented, painful chapter in the history of intercollegiate athletics," ...
Penn State May Face Harshest Penalty: NCAA
Post Date: 2012-07-17 12:37:46 by Brian S
Severe penalties may be leveled against Penn State Universitys athletic program after a report showed school officials covered up a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant football coach, the president of college sports governing body said. Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, said in an interview with the Public Broadcasting Service yesterday that he is awaiting Penn States response to the investigation conducted by former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh. The report released last week said the schools top executives, including former university President Graham Spanier and football coach Joe ...
Woman watched NASCAR with deceased man for over a year
Post Date: 2012-07-12 13:34:20 by Fred Mertz
Many of us like watching races in the company of other NASCAR fans, but Linda Chase of Jackson, Mich., might have taken that just a bit too far. For the past 10 years, she lived together with Charles Zigler. And when Zigler passed away, they continued to live and watch NASCAR together for approximately 18 months until authorities found Zigler's body on Friday. Zigler, known as Charlie, died naturally, Linda Chase said. "He just fell asleep." She kept him in his chair after he died, keeping him dressed and cleaned. His body did not stink, she said. She would talk to him and watch NASCAR races on television with him. Jackson officials believe that Zigler, who would have been ...
'How would a Jewish person feel if you put a swastika on a shoe?'
Post Date: 2012-06-18 18:34:43 by whyofcourse
'How would a Jewish person feel if you put a swastika on a shoe?' Adidas under fire for unveiling new trainer with orange 'shackles' like those worn by black slavesJS Roundhouse Mids have bright 'shackles' that fit around wearer's anklesMany have compared devices to those worn by black slaves in America2,000 label design 'offensive, ignorant' and say Adidas 'sunk to new lows' By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 04:58 EST, 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 07:31 EST, 18 June 2012 Adidas has sparked outrage and been accused of 'promoting slavery' by creating a new pair of trainers which have bright orange 'shackles' that fit around the ...
Roger Clemens Acquitted On All Charges
Post Date: 2012-06-18 17:20:06 by Brian S
Roger Clemens has been acquitted on all charges by a jury that decided he didn't lie to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Jurors returned their verdict Monday after close to 10 hours of deliberation. The outcome brings an end to a 10-week trial that capped an expensive, five-year investigation into one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball. The 49-year-old Clemens was accused of perjury, making false statements and obstructing Congress when he testified at a deposition and at a nationally-televised hearing in February 2008. The charges centered on his repeated denials that he used steroids and human growth hormone during his 24-year career. The ...
Lance Armstrong Charges: Why New Doping Allegations From USADA Are Different
Post Date: 2012-06-14 13:09:40 by Brian S
Charges of doping have long followed seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Now the cyclist is facing those charges again, this time from a quasi-governmental agency, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and there are a number of reasons why the new claims are different than the others Armstrong has faced over the last decade. For one, Armstrong, who has focused on triathlon competitions since his retirement from cycling, cannot compete in Ironman France, a triathlon set to start later this month, because of the allegations. The claims haven't even been proven, yet the 40-year-old Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times and is a cancer survivor, won't be able ...
Triple Crown-hopeful 'I'll Have Another' Scratched From Belmont...
Post Date: 2012-06-08 12:00:11 by Brian S
Horse racing was dealt a devastating blow on Friday morning. Trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed that his horse, I'll Have Another, won't run in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon. O'Neill confirmed that news on The Dan Patrick Show. O'Neill cited injury as the reason the horse won't run in the race. "It's his left front leg," O'Neill told the show. "This morning, he looked perfect. I took him and did a little something with him and after training, the swelling came back." O'Neill also said that the horse looked like it was suffering from tendinitis. I'll Have Another was looking to win the first Triple Crown since Affirmed took ...
At Preakness, No One Knows How Horses Will Rebound
Post Date: 2012-05-19 11:15:30 by Fred Mertz
Judging by his appetite and appearance, Bodemeister has rebounded nicely from his vigorous trip in the Kentucky Derby and is ready to shine at the Preakness. Bodemeister finished second in the Derby and has been installed the favorite in Saturday's second jewel of the Triple Crown. "I've had some horses, they run (and then) they don't eat for a few days and they sulk in the stall or whatever," Bodemeister trainer Bob Baffert said. "But he's a pretty tough horse. He just bounced out of it really well. If you watch their weight over their rumps, that's where they usually lose it if they can't handle what you're giving them. He filled out nice and ...
NFL Bans 4 Players Over Bounties; Saints LB Vilma Suspended For Season
Post Date: 2012-05-02 12:42:27 by Brian S
(CBS/AP) New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL, one of four players punished for participating in a pay-for-pain bounty system. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, is suspended for eight games this season; Saints defensive end Will Smith is barred for four games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, will miss three games. All of the suspensions are without pay. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's ruling was announced Wednesday. Vilma was said to have offered $10,000 to knock out Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC championship game. Goodell upholds penalties in ...
Baseball Star Delmon Young Charged with Hate Crime After Midtown Fight
Post Date: 2012-04-28 19:08:04 by Brian S
MIDTOWN Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young was charged with a hate crime Friday after he attacked a man and spewed anti-Semitic slurs during a drunken tirade outside a hotel, police and prosecutors said.Young, 26, was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and was released on $5,000 bail Friday evening after allegedly tackling a 32-year-old man who confronted him over the slurs about 2:30 a.m. Friday outside the Hilton Hotel on Sixth Avenue at West 54th Street, police and prosecutors said.Prior to the fight, a "heavily intoxicated" Young had been standing outside the hotel when a panhandler wearing a yarmulke approached a group of Chicago tourists asking for ...
Marlins Ban Guillen for Five Games for Pro-Castro Comments
Post Date: 2012-04-10 11:54:49 by Brian S
Manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended by the Miami Marlins for five games after making comments in support of former Cuban President Fidel Castro. Guillen, a Venezuelan who has lived in Miami for a decade, apologized at a news conference in the Marlins stadium this morning. Today will be the last time that this person talks about politics, Guillen said near the end of the 49-minute televised session. This was a very bad moment. I learned a lot. Guillen told Time magazine for an article was released on April 5 that I love Fidel Castro, before clarifying his comments, according to the magazine. The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the ...
Kentucky Fans Riot: Wildcats Fans Flip Cars, Burn Couches After Final Four Win Over Louisville
Post Date: 2012-04-01 18:43:15 by Brian S
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Thousands of jubilant fans swarmed streets near the University of Kentucky campus Saturday night, setting couches ablaze and overturning cars after the Wildcats beat cross-state rival Louisville in a Final Four matchup that had riveted the state. The throngs of screaming, cheering fans took to the streets both on and off campus following the Wildcats' 69-61 win in New Orleans. Many streets had already been blocked off around Kentucky's Lexington campus to make way for the crowds, but sirens blared and police began shutting down more streets as the blazes broke out. Twitter feeds reported police in riot gear trying to disperse crowds that were overturning and ...
New Orleans Saints Coach Suspended For Season By NFL Because Of Bounty Program
Post Date: 2012-03-21 14:05:02 by Brian S
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday because of the team's bounty program that targeted opposing players. Handing down sweeping and serious punishment for a system that paid out thousands of dollars when hits knocked specific opponents out of games, Goodell also suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games next season, and assistant coach Joe Vitt for the first six games. In addition, Goodell fined the Saints $500,000 and took away their second-round draft picks this ...
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