Friday, November 11, 2011

NBA talks end with no deal

By the Ap (via Fox Sports)

The NBA and its players are hitting pause in their negotiations as the union considers the league's latest revised offer.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NATIONALS' CATCHER, WILSON RAMOS KIDNAPPED IN VENEZUELA

By Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington:

Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home in Venezuela this evening, according to multiple reports out of the Nationals catcher's home country.

Clark hit with $40,000 fine

By Teresa Varley of Blog.Steelers.com

Safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 by the NFL for his hit on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson in Sunday night’s loss to Baltimore.

For Wizards' Young, it's not the shoes

By Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner:

This time a Washington Wizards player weighed in on the NBA lockout proceedings and didn't feel the need to back down.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Flacco-to-Smith TD lifts Ravens past Steelers

By Jon Saraceno of USA Today:

In an NFL season replete with scoring orgies, Sunday night's Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers divisional confrontation was a classic slugfest between two of the league's most vicious defenses, one filled with sledgehammer collisions, nasty shoves and verbal taunts.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Kyle Busch suspended for Cup race for actions in Truck race

From USA Today:

Kyle Busch did something in Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race that won't be soon forgotten.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Michael Jordan Assumes Disturbing Role on Owners Side

By Gabe Zaldivar of BleacherReport.com

My, my Michael Jordan sure has found an interesting way to sully his legacy. The greatest to ever wear sneakers is making a lot of people mad in his latest venture as an NBA owner crying poor.

What Colts QB Peyton Manning said today

For Colts fans, it's been a nightmare season. 0 - 8 and no word if future Hall of Fame Quarterback, Peyton Manning will return.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade; Ryne Sandberg won't be considered for job.

By the AP (via Sporting News)

Theo Epstein is looking for a new manager to lead the Chicago Cubs. He knows exactly the type of candidate he wants, too.

McCourt ends fight, agrees to sell Dodgers

Finally, Dodgers' fans will have a reason to cheer.  The battle between Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball about who and how to control the Dodgers will come to an end.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Eagles' McCoy being compared to Sanders

LeSean McCoy is starting to be compared to Barry Sanders.

Coyotes' Raffi Torres was Jay-Z for Halloween, dark skin included

At the Phoenix Coyotes Halloween party, you saw a few interesting costumes, such as Paul Bissonnette dressed of the legendary WWE wrestler, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. But Raffi Torres stole the show.

Monday, October 31, 2011

How "Tebowing" Fad Destroyed Tim Tebow's Legacy

It's not secret that Tim Tebow is very faithful to his religious beliefs. He has even dropped do his knee after to pray has becoming a craze called "Tebowing".

La Russa announces retirement from Cardinals

By the AP (via Tampa Bay Online)

Tony La Russa retired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, three days after winning a dramatic, seven-game World Series against the Texas Rangers.

Eagles Rout Cowboys 34-7 On Sunday Night Football

By JasonB of BleedingEagleGreen.com

The question as to whether the Eagles have "turned the corner" seems to have been answered. They were nearly flawless in a 34-7 rout of the hated Dallas Cowboys earning their second straight win and improving to 3-4 on the season. The Eagles followed up on their great defensive outing against the Redskins with an even more dominant performance against the Cowboys tonight. With two great showings against divisional opponents, it certainly seems as though the talent we all thought this defense had is starting to come together.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Predicting next 25 World Series champs

Now that baseball season is over, the race to resign players and sign free agents has begun. Teams have already made changes (like the Cubs and Red Sox getting new GM's). Others are figuring what needs to be done. Of course, with all the changes that could be made, let's have some fun.

Will Nelson Cruz be Bill Buckner?

After the Cardinals won, one question that started to linger "If Nelson Cruz was hurt, why is he out there?" or "Why didn't Cruz hustle to the ball?". Some went as far as even compared Cruz to Bill Bucker.

St. Louis Cardinals win World Series

Call them the comeback kids, call them the cardiac Cardinals if you like. But you have to call the St. Louis Cardinals the 2011 World Series champs.

Friday, October 28, 2011

NBA to cancel more games

By Brian Mahoney of the AP (via ESPN)

As NBA players and owners wait to see who will blink first, fans are stuck staring at a blank calendar.

Women's boxing split as governing body suggests skirts

By Jessica Creighton of the BBC

Women's boxing has always divided opinion but now there are splits within the sport over suggestions that competitors should wear skirts.

David Freese Rallies Cardinals past Rangers in11TH, Force Game 7

David Freese is living a dream that every child dreams about.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Is NHL Benefitting From NBA Lockout?

By Kyle Andrew Busch of TheCheckingLine.com

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is going through what the NHL went through in 2005. Their Collective Bargaining Agreement was up and the owners and players could not find any even ground to settle on a deal. Therefore, in 2005 the NHL canceled it's season completely.

Terrell Owens Practices In Los Angeles, Gets No Attention From NFL Teams

Terrell Owens had a workout and invited all 32 teams to watch. As we all know, he is hoping to get picked up by a contending NFL team.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Epstein: 'Feels great to be a Cub today'

It is offical. Theo Epstein is now in charge of the Cubs. It will be an interesting ride. The Cubs have some talented players, but they have issues that need to be addressed.

Mike Napoli Joins List of Unsung World Series Heroes

By Orly Rios Jr. of Bleacher Report:

In a span of just four days in January, Mike Napoli, a 17th-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels back in 2005, was traded from the Angels to the Blue Jays, then to the Texas Rangers.

Monday, October 24, 2011

NBA could cancel games 'indefinitely'?

By Ben Golliver of CBS Sports:

National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher said the NBA's owners were lying on Friday, and we spent all weekend waiting around anxiously for the other shoe to drop.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Broncos rally to beat Dolphins 18 - 15

By Steve Wine of the AP (via NBC Sports):

Fans chanted Tim Tebow's name in derision. They hooted as he missed open receivers, got buried under blitzes and kept falling short on third down.

Foster totals 234 yards as Texans rout Titans 41-7

Whoever had Arian Foster on their fantasy team must be a happy person. 234 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, and one TD reception.

Garcia breaks title drought with 11-shot win

3 years.

That was about how long since Sergio Garcia last won a tittle. And when Garcia won the Castello Masters, he won it in dominating fashion.

Pujols hits 3 HRs in blowout victory

The Cardinals took game 3 in a football like score of 16 - 7.

What made this game memorable (well for the Cardinals fans anyways) was that Albert Pujols hit not 1, not 2, but 3 home runs against the Rangers tonight.

Ben Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at Pujols' performance and how game 3 progressed Pujols hits 3 HRs in blowout victory

Here is an excerpt: "Albert Pujols simply let his bat make all the noise. And boy, it was pretty loud.

Pujols hit three impressive home runs to tie the World Series record, amassing five hits and six RBI Saturday night as the St. Louis Cardinals romped past the Texas Rangers, 16-7, for a 2-1 edge.

The outburst by the three-time NL MVP came a day after he was barbed by the media for not sticking around to talk about a Game 2 error and loss. This time, everyone was talking about him.
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Jason Campbell: Trade came amid haze

You have to feel sorry for Jason Campbell (well, somewhat feel sorry for him anyways.) When it looked like he found his stride with the Raiders (and considering all the changes he went through in Washington with the Redskins . . .), he goes down with a possible season ending injury. And to make it even worse, the Raiders make a trade for his replacement.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Big boppers for Cardinals, Rangers try to break loose at World Series

By Ben Walker of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Strolling behind the batting cage, Matt Holliday watched his St. Louis teammates hit away Friday and offered a simple tip.

2012 MLS SuperDraft set for Jan. 12 in Kansas City

A new-look MLS SuperDraft will have a new home for 2012, as the league announced on Friday that the annual event is scheduled to shift to Kansas City.

The 2012 SuperDraft is set for Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Kansas City Convention Center and will be held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention for the eighth straight year.

For the 2012 version, the SuperDraft will be reduced from three rounds to two, making for 38 overall selections. The first round will be broadcast live on ESPN2 starting at noon ET.

The new expansion team, Montreal Impact, will be selecting first overall. The following eight picks are currently held by clubs that did not qualify for the 2011 postseason, in reverse order of regular season finish. The remaining 10 picks will be determined by the order in which teams are eliminated in the playoffs combined with reverse order of regular-season finish.

A four-round Supplemental Draft will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Both events are set to follow the 2012 adidas MLS Player Combine, which will again be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Hypocrisy Police have a point on NFL fines

By Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com

By now you've probably heard that the NFL has fined Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk $10,000 for flashing his middle finger at the team's bench during last Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, a story first reported by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

NBA lockout: Players' union's anger may be justified

The lockout has been frustrating for NBA fans of all the teams. It seems like when there is news of progress, there is news of things falling apart. The owners and players are standing firm on what they want.

Mark Medina of the LA Times takes a look at how players anger might be justified.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

WBC awards light heavyweight belt back to Hopkins

The WBC has returned the light heavyweight championship to Bernard Hopkins after declaring his bout with Chad Dawson a technical draw.

You can read the AP story (via Yahoo News) here: Redskins Practice Roster is Set

NFL player's life might have been saved when tumor found

By the Sporting News

It turns out the trade of running backs that never was between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions was a blessing in disguise for one of the players involved.

Raiders' Palmer confident in arm, but knows he has to prove it

BY NFL.com

The last time Carson Palmer was on an NFL field he was finishing up one of the worst statistical seasons of his eight-year career for the Cincinnati Bengals. Even casual observers could see that Palmer struggled to get velocity on his throws, an issue that had persisted since he started having elbow problems in 2008.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NBA owners, players closer on revenue split

By Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The NBA and Players Association have made progress on the proposed revenue split between owners and players, an important element in settling a new collective bargaining agreement and ending the lockout, league sources involved in the ongoing labor negotiations told Yahoo! Sports.

Cardinals edge Rangers to take Series opener

By the AP (via TampaBayOnline.com)

Pinch-hitter Allen Craig singled in the go-ahead run off reliever Alexi Ogando in the sixth inning with a sinking line drive that dropped just in front of right fielder Nelson Cruz, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in a chilly World Series opener.

Do the Cardinals need to win World Series to keep Albert Pujols?

By Kevin Baxter of the L.A. Times

The short answer is yes, Albert Pujols is absolutely coming back to St. Louis.

Well, probably. Oh, just say maybe.

Truth is, even Pujols doesn't know what he's going to do. And he's refusing to talk about it now. "Let's talk about how I can help my team bring another World Series to the greatest fans in baseball," he said Tuesday.

Those "greatest fans" are likely to play heavily in Pujols' off-season thinking, as will his charity work and his business ties in St. Louis.

You can read the rest of the story here: Do the Cardinals need to win World Series to keep Albert Pujols?

HBO's Bryant Gumbel calls NBA's Stern ‘plantation overseer'

By Joel Provano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Bryant Gumbel invoked images of slavery in a scathing attack on NBA Commissioner David Stern, saying he is acting like a "modern-day plantation overseer" in his treatment of players during the league's lockout.

Gumbel, during a closing segment on HBO's Real Sports, said Stern is standing in the way of a solution to the league's labor dispute.

"If the NBA lockout is going to be resolved anytime soon," he said, "it seems likely to be done in spite of David Stern, not because of him."

You can read the rest of the story here: HBO's Bryant Gumbel calls NBA's Stern ‘plantation overseer'

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Bengals get value for Palmer in Trade with Raiders

From the Sports Xchange of CBS:

Back in March at the league meetings, Bengals president Mike Brown said he didn't see any opportunity to get what he considered to be value for disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer.

On Tuesday, the Bengals got not only value, but a potential steal.

In one of the biggest trade deadline-day deals in league history, Oakland sent a first-round pick in 2012 and a second-round pick in 2013 for Palmer, ending the quarterback's eight-year run in Cincinnati.

You can read the rest of the story here: Bengals get value for Palmer in Trade with Raiders

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

IndyCar driver Wheldon's death raises questions

From Jenna Fryer of the AP (via Mercury News)

Dan Wheldon, one of IndyCar's biggest and most popular stars, died in a spectacular 15-car accident that racing veterans likened to something out of a movie scene or a war zone.

Now everyone—even those who never paid any attention to any form of motorsports let alone IndyCar—is demanding answers, just as they did 10 years ago when Dale Earnhardt was killed on the last lap of the Daytona 500.

The death of the seven-time champion in NASCAR's biggest race led to intense scrutiny. Now, two days after two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Wheldon died in a spectacular 15-car accident, IndyCar is facing similar questions.

You can read the rest of the article here: IndyCar driver Wheldon's death raises questions

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Monday, October 17, 2011

NFL won't discipline Harbaugh, Schwartz for postgame tussle

It is official, Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz, Head Coaches of the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions respectively will not fined for their altercation after the game yesterday.

NFL.com has all the details of the altercation, comments from both coaches and video of the incident) here: NFL won't discipline Harbaugh, Schwartz for postgame tussle

Here is an Excerpt: "NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche cited a league official in reporting that Harbaugh and Schwartz received written warnings, which is considered a strike against them in case any other infractions arise in the future.

On Monday, neither coach offered an apology for his actions.

"Personally I can get better at the postgame handshake, and we'll attempt to do that," Harbaugh said. "I don't think that there's any reason for an apology. We spoke about it after the game, and at some point, we will talk in private. Apologies always seem to me like excuses."
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Cardinals headed to World Series

It is official now. It will be the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

It seemed like when the Cardinals pitching could not get the job done, their hitting bailed them out. It should be interesting to see the Cardinals and Rangers go at it in the Series.

You can read about how the Cardinals made it to the World Series here: Cardinals headed to World Series

Here is an excerpt: "An afterthought in early September, the St. Louis Cardinals are taking their wild ride all the way to the World Series.

David Freese hit a three-run homer in the first and manager Tony La Russa turned again to his brilliant bullpen for seven sturdy innings as St. Louis captured its 18th pennant with a 12-6 victory over the bumbling Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday night.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Indy 500 Winner Dan Wheldon dies in Massive Crash

Dan Wheldon, this year's winner of the Inday 500, has passed away from the result of a massive crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

John Marshall of NBC Sports gives details of the accident here: Indy 500 Winner Dan Wheldon dies in Massive Crash

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Texas Two-Step: Rangers right back to World Series with 2nd AL title, 15-5 win over Tigers

What can you say. A 9 run 3rd inning is hard to overcome.

And add in Nelson Cruz's home runs, it was one of the greatest performances in a CLS ever.

Stephen Hawkins of the Star Tribune takes a look Texas Two-Step: Rangers right back to World Series with 2nd AL title, 15-5 win over Tigers

Here is an excerpt: "Cruz was selected ALCS MVP after his postseason-record sixth home run of the series, and he also had a record 13 RBIs. Young hit a pair of two-run doubles in a nine-run third inning that sent the Rangers on their way to becoming the AL's first consecutive pennant winner since the New York Yankees won four in a row from 1998-01.

"We wanted to get to the World Series. But the bottom line is getting to the World Series and winning it. We feel pretty confident about ourselves," manager Ron Washington said. "More than anything else, the commitment they made in November after San Francisco sent us home, they held true to it."
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

NBPA disagrees with JaVale McGee suggesting union is divided

JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards made an interesting comment about the players union. He said that of the players were ready to "fold". Of course the players union says otherwise.

The L.A. Times takes a look at this here: NBPA disagrees with JaVale McGee suggesting union is divided

Here is an except: "Fisher acknowledged that some free agents, veterans and rookies alike could have those sentiments, before adding, "At the end of the day, it's our job to weigh statements made by guys who spend the least amount of time in the room versus guys' statements that spend the most time in the room. At the end of the day, we come out with a decision that's best for the majority of our guys."

And as far as the union is concerned, McGee's view hardly represents their majority viewpoint.
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Cardinals shut down Brewers to take 3-2 series lead

It was a great night to be a St. Louis Cardinals fan, but not so great to be a Milwaukee Brewers fan. 4 errors and it was all an uphill climb. But there is Game 6 in Milwaukee, and the Brewers have been unstoppable at home for the most part.

Dave van Dyck of the L.A. Times breaks down game 5 and what went right for the Cards and what went wrong for the Brew crew here: Cardinals shut down Brewers to take 3-2 series lead

Here is an excerpt: "But now it's the postseason, with Greinke failing Friday night in a 7-1 loss to the Cardinals and Marcum set to bring his postseason 12.46 earned-run average into Sunday's National League Championship Series do-or-die game for the Brewers.

If the Brewers have more than the usual hope, it's because of a potential two games at Miller Park, where two consecutive victories are almost a norm. In fact, they didn't lose two straight games at their retractable dome field until July 4-5.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE STORY ON ASHAM-BEAGLE ANYWAY?

Just about every hockey fan saw the Aaron Asham vs. Jay Beagle fight. And just about everyone saw the gestures that Asham made after he dropped Beagle.

Of course when you mix two rivals that just do not like each other or the other team's fan base, you know a few sparks will happen.

Bob McKenzie of TSN goes into detail here: WHAT EXACTLY IS THE STORY ON ASHAM-BEAGLE ANYWAY?

Here is an excerpt: "I was asked to talk about it last night, within minutes of it happening, on the NHL on TSN panel and that was fine too. Here's what we said about it.

But I knew damn well the shelf life on this story would easily carry over to today as it's what we like to refer to as the obvious "water-cooler talk." That and the fact the media loves to blow up stories like this. Oops, did I just say that out loud?

But here's the problem I always run into: What exactly is the story on Asham-Beagle anyway?


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NFL Could Begin Blood Testing Players for HGH in Days

The NFL wants to have HGH testing, but the players union has concerns about the testing.

While I think most of us agree that drug testing is needed, it is going to be interesting to see this process of debate about how to test.

John Parkinson of ABC Sports takes a look at the discussion here: NFL Could Begin Blood Testing Players for HGH in Days

Here is an excerpt: "Representatives from the NFL Players Association and Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, sat down with two top lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform committee today in order to reach an agreement to begin testing as soon as possible.

“We’re not guaranteeing any outcome except there was an agreement to begin testing immediately,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the committee. “The other aspects of what you do with the test will be resolved over the next many weeks and we’ve agreed on a bipartisan basis to have the committee play a role if necessary with getting parties together again.”


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tigers stay alive in ALCS, hold off Rangers 7-5

The Tigers hit for a natural cycle, Nelson Cruz hits his 5 home this series, and Verlander has good game. All that equals the Tigers forcing a game 6. This has been a wild series.

Noah Trister of the AP (via Yahoo) recaps the game here: Tigers stay alive in ALCS, hold off Rangers 7-5

Here is an excerpt: "Verlander helped save Detroit’s season with a gutsy effort and the Tigers hit for a sudden cycle to break away in a 7-5 victory Thursday that cut the Rangers’ lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.

Delmon Young hit two of Detroit’s four homers and Miguel Cabrera(notes) had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning—thanks to a bizarre bounce off third base.


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Sidney Crosby cleared for contact hockey

Sid the Kid is one step closer to making his return. It's been just over 11 months since he last played and he has just been cleared for contact in practice.

Kevin McGran of TheStar.com takes a look at his road to recovery here: Sidney Crosby cleared for contact hockey

Here is an excerpt: "And with that statement by Sidney Crosby, the hockey world was all a-twitter with the possible return of the game’s biggest name.

Crosby uttered those words to Sam Kasan, one of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ official website writers, who tweets as @PensInsideScoop.

“It’s a big step but we’ll see how things go,” said Crosby.

Crosby took to the ice in a black helmet — the same colour as his Penguins teammates — a clear indication that it was okay to hit him. However, no one did.
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Is Nelson Cruz the next Mr. October for the Texas Rangers?

Two home runs in extra innings. Oh, and they were in the playoffs too. Does that make Nelson Cruz this generations Mr. October?

Cindy Boren and Matt Brooks of the Washington Post take a look at Nelson Cruz's Is Nelson Cruz the next Mr. October for the Texas Rangers?

Here is an excerpt: "If Jose Valverde and the Detroit Tigers learned anything in Wednesday’s 7-3, 11-inning loss to the Texas Rangers it should be this: Do not pitch to Nelson Cruz in the 11th inning.

The also learned the guy has a cannon for an arm in the outfield.
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Man Throws Hot Dog at Tiger Woods, Blames Ryan Gosling

Yep, you read correctly. I can see the correlation as well. The movie Drive was such a flop, someone had to protest somehow. And what better way than throwing a hot dog at Tiger Woods.

US Weekly (via Yahoo) talks about what happened and why exactly the hot dog was thrown here: Man Throws Hot Dog at Tiger Woods, Blames Ryan Gosling

Here is an excerpt: "Tiger Woods can't catch a break lately.

The golfer -- whose once-supreme ranking in his sport has slipped following his epic divorce scandal -- got a hot dog thrown at him during a Tuesday golf match in San Martin, Calif. Local man Brandon Kelly was arrested for the offense -- and, oddly, credits Ryan Gosling's movie Drive for the bizarre act.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Epstein agrees to deal with Cubs

I looks like it will happen. The man who was the architect for the Red Sox two world series wins will now have the challenge of helping the Cubs win the big one themselves.

Jon Heyman of SI.com looks at the details of this transaction here: Epstein agrees to deal with Cubs

Here is an excerpt: "GM Theo Epstein has an agreement in place to become head the of Cubs baseball operations, SI.com has confirmed.

Sources indicate Epstein's move from the Red Sox should be completed within a couple of days. Sources say the two teams were still discussing Boston's compensation for allowing the move, but this is not expected to curtail a deal. It will either be cash or minor-league players going to Boston, but according to people familiar with the deal, the the Red Sox will be content with cash.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Early numbers show strong TV ratings for Lions, Tigers

I knew Detroit was a sports town, they just needed a reason to watch. Lions doing well, Tigers in the playoffs, Red Wings starting their season, sports fans are going to like what they see on tv?

Eric Lacy of the Detroit News takes a look at the ratings and how they have compared to the past here: Early numbers show strong TV ratings for Lions, Tigers

Here is an excerpt: "The country now knows what most sports fan here in Metro Detroit have known for years: we love our football.

Early TV ratings for the Lions' 24-13 win Monday over the Bears at Ford Field made ESPN's

"Monday Night Football" the second-best rated game of the year for the network , the Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday.

The Web site based its 10.7 Detroit-area household rating for ESPN viewers and 25.7 rating on ABC affiliate WXYZ (Channel 7) on what it called "very preliminary numbers.
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Arizona beats out Tampa, lands 2015 Super Bowl

It is offical, The Arizona Cardinals will be the host for the 2015 Super Bowl. It will be the third time the Phoenix area will host a Super Bowl

Barry Wilner of the AP takes a look at how the Phoenix area won the rights here: (via the GainsvilleTimes.com) Arizona beats out Tampa, lands 2015 Super Bowl

Here is an excerpt: ""Everyone pulled together throughout the Phoenix area to put together a terrific package we were able to present to the owners," Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said. "We are delighted."

The Super Bowl also was held at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008, when the Giants beat the Patriots 17-14. Tempe, Ariz., was the 1996 host, with Dallas defeating Pittsburgh 27-17. Tampa hosted the game in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009.
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NBA cancels season's first two weeks

I rather talk about what makes sports great but we all have to face the facts, the NBA has a labor issue that just seem to not be able to get settled.

First the preseason, now the first two weeks. Is there going to be a season at all? The NHL lost a season and it took them some time to recover.

Here is a break down of what happened and what is going on by the AP (via MSN and Fox Sports) NBA cancels season's first two weeks

Here is an excerpt: "Sticking to his deadline, NBA Commissioner David Stern erased the first two weeks of the season after negotiations failed to produce a new labor deal and warned that more games were in jeopardy of being cut.

''With every day that goes by, I think we need to look at further reductions in what's left of the season,'' Stern said.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Tim Tebow Led An Impressive Comeback Effort Sunday For The Broncos

Well, the fans of Denver finally got what they wanted. Tim Tebow came in after Kyle Orton had a rough time against the San Diego Chargers.

Ariel Sandler of BusinessInsider.com takes a look at his season debut here: Tim Tebow Led An Impressive Comeback Effort Sunday For The Broncos

Here is an excerpt: "But fans weren’t imploring coach John Fox to finally insert Denver’s new favorite son in the lineup – they were begging Fox to keep him there.

Down 16 at halftime, Tebow replaced Kyle Orton to start the second half – entering to a rousing ovation – and led an enthusiastic comeback.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Canadiens spoil Winnipeg’s NHL return

Winnipeg was celebrating their first NHL regular season game in years, but Carey Price, Michael Cammalleri, and the rest of the Montreal Canadiens showed the people of Winnipeg what the fans in Atlanta knew. The Thrashers Jets have work to do to make the playoffs (let alone keep up with the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning)

Here is a look at their first home game. This is written by the AP (Via the Boston Herald) Canadiens spoil Winnipeg’s NHL return

Here is an excerpt: "The NHL returned to Winnipeg with a cold reminder of the challenge that lies ahead.

Carey Price stopped 30 shots and the Montreal Canadiens put a damper on a massive civic celebration with a 5-1 victory over the Jets on Sunday.
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Green-Ellis runs for 2 TDs, Pats beat Jets 30-21

By Howard Ulman of the AP (via Providence Journal) takes a look at the New England Patriots win over the New York Jets here: Green-Ellis runs for 2 TDs, Pats beat Jets 30-21

NBA negotiators to meet Sunday night

Well, the first two weeks of the regular season are on the line, so both sides will meet tonight.

Brian Mahone of the AP (via the Miami Herald) takes a look at what is at stake and what both sides what here: NBA negotiators to meet Sunday night

Here is an excerpt: "A person with knowledge of the plans says top negotiators for the NBA and players' association will meet Sunday night, perhaps the last chance to avoid canceled regular-season games.
Commissioner David Stern has set Monday as the deadline for a new labor deal to be reached before the first two weeks of the season will be canceled. No meetings had been planned since he set the deadline Tuesday, before the sides agreed to talk Sunday.
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Raiders CEO: Davis family to keep control

With the passing of Al Davis, people are asking, who is going to take over control of the Raiders. According to the CEO, the family will still have control of the team.

You can read about it from UPI.com here: Raiders CEO: Davis family to keep control

Here is a excerpt: "Controlling interest of the Oakland Raiders will stay in the family following the death of longtime owner Al Davis, the team's chief executive says.

Amy Trask told the San Francisco Chronicle late Saturday that despite speculation Davis' wife Carol and son Mark would sell the team, that's not the case."

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Al Davis, Raiders owner and NFL innovator, dead at 82

From the AP (via Newsday)

Al Davis, the Hall of Fame owner of the Oakland Raiders known for his rebellious spirit, has died.

The team announced his death at age 82 on Saturday. It was not immediately clear when and where he died.

It was Davis' willingness to buck the establishment that helped turn the NFL into THE establishment in sports -- the most successful sports league in American history.

You can read the rest of the story here: Al Davis, Raiders owner and NFL innovator, dead at 82

Friday, October 7, 2011

National League Division Series down to the wire: A fan’s reaction

Tonight is going to be a big night in the National League. Two deciding game 5's.

Here is one fan's reaction to all of the exciting. From Yahoo, here is David Mehrwein's article:
National League Division Series down to the wire: A fan’s reaction

Here is an excerpt: "There is nothing more exciting in any major sport's playoffs than an elimination game. I don't care what anyone else has to say, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. So when the NLDS kicks off the final two games on October 7 between the Diamondbacks and Brewers and the Phillies and Cardinals, you can bet I will be glued to my television.

For the Diamondbacks and Brewers, the Diamondbacks will look to complete their comeback from the brink of elimination when they went down 0-2 to the Brewers in the first two games of the series. As a fan, I would love nothing more than to see the Diamondbacks complete the come back. I know the Diamondbacks knocked my Giants out of the playoffs when the Giants were having their season worst August slump, but I wouldn't want any other team but the Diamondbacks to advance.
"

Tigers beat Yankees 3-2, heads to ALCS vs Texas

Everyone loves it when a series goes the limit (well, ok, maybe not everyone)

Ronald Blum of the AP (via Yahoo Sports) takes a look at game 5 as well as game stats here: Tigers beat Yankees 3-2, heads to ALCS vs Texas

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jagr, Flyers spoil Bruins' Garden party

From The Morning Call (of Lehigh Valley)

The Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night returned to ear-splitting TD Garden, where their disappointing season ended last spring — and caused general manager Paul Holmgren to do a roster transplant.

Opening their season on a night when Boston lifted its Stanley Cup banner to the rafters, the Flyers ruined the Bruins' celebratory mood.

You can read the rest of the story from The Morning Call here: Jagr, Flyers spoil Bruins' Garden party

White Sox hire Robin Ventura as manager

The White Sox are staying with in the family for managers as they bring in Robin Ventura.

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune takes a look at the hiring of Ventura.

In a stunning move, the Chicago White Sox named Robin Ventura as their next manager, according to a news release.

“I wanted someone who met very specific criteria centered around his leadership abilities," general manager Robin Ventura said in a news release. "Robin Ventura was that man."

Ventura, 44, has never managed and only rejoined the Sox's front office last June as a special assistant to Buddy Bell, the team's director of player development.

You can read the rest of the article here: White Sox hire Robin Ventura as manager

ESPN, Hank Williams Jr. part ways

It is official. ESPN/ABC and Hank Williams Jr. will no longer be working together.

From ESPN.com: Hank Williams Jr. and his iconic theme song will not return to ESPN's "Monday Night Football," the network announced Thursday.

In the wake of Williams using an analogy involving Adolf Hitler and President Barack Obama to make a political point on the Fox News Channel, Williams' "All My Rowdy Friends" will no longer be part of the MNF opening.

You can read the rest of the story from ESPN.com here: ESPN, Hank Williams Jr. part ways

Twenty questions for the new NHL season

With the NHL season starting today, many questions are being asked. Can the Bruins repeat? Will Crosby make a return? Will be the surprise team of the year?

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal (via Yahoo Sports) asks 20 big questions here: Twenty questions for the new NHL season

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Red Sox mull over Cubs’ request to interview Theo Epstein

By Ian Casselberry of Big League Stew (of Yahoo Sports)

Soon after the Chicago Cubs announced the firing of GM Jim Hendry, rumblings began that owner Tom Ricketts would pursue Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein as a replacement.

That scuttlebutt was confirmed Tuesday, as the Boston Globe reported that the Cubs have requested permission to interview Epstein for their vacancy.

You can read the rest of the story here: Red Sox mull over Cubs’ request to interview Theo Epstein

Texans’ Receiver Andre Johnson Out Indefinitely After Hamstring Procedure

When you think of the Houston Texans, either either think of Andre Johnson or Arian Foster. And just when Foster comes back from injury, Johnson gets hurt. This will be a test for them.

You can read what Erik Matuszewski of Bloomberg.com says about the injury here: Texans’ Receiver Andre Johnson Out Indefinitely After Hamstring Procedure

Tiger lands high-profile new sponsor

CNN International: He may not have won a tournament in almost two years, but Tiger Woods can still be a major force in golf according to his new high-profile sponsor.

Woods lost some major backers in the wake of the scandal about his marital infidelities, including Tag Heuer. But another high-end watch-maker, Rolex, has taken on the fallen former world No. 1.

Read more of the CNN International article here: Tiger lands high-profile new sponsor

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NBA talks break down over money, games in jeopardy

Well, after the talks broke down, the NBA has canceled the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season could be as well.

This is what NBA.com had to say:

Commissioner David Stern floated it as an idea more than a firm proposal: a 50-50 revenue split.

Even so, the union's reply was unequivocal.

"They said, 'We can't do it."' according to Stern.

And with that, the remainder of the preseason was lost and the first two weeks of the regular season moved to the brink of cancellation.

The NBA shelved the rest of its exhibition schedule Tuesday and will wipe out the first two weeks of the regular season if there is no labor agreement by Monday.

You can read the rest of the article here: NBA talks break down over money, games in jeopardy

Rangers Defeat Rays 4-3 to Close Out ALDS Series

BY the AP (Via Fox Sports)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Texas Rangers are headed back to the AL championship series, thanks to a power surge by Adrian Beltre that few players in major league history have matched.

Beltre hit three straight home runs and the defending AL champions advanced again, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in Game 4 Tuesday to win their playoff matchup.

Read more of the AP story (via Fox Sports) here: Rangers Defeat Rays 4-3 to Close Out ALDS Series