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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