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|Report: ?Nothing serious? between the Falcons, Richard Seymour|
We reported a few days ago that the Falcons and free agent Richard Seymour are engaged in contract talks. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, there?s ?nothing serious? going on between the Falcons and Seymour. #Falcons have expressed interest in Richard Seymour in the past. That?s the closest team to where he lives But there is nothing serious now ? Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 24, 2013 Need NFL Tickets? The post Report: ?Nothing serious? between the Falcons, Richard Seymour appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
Former New York Giants says he prefers Joe Flacco over Eli Manning
Today Chris Canty the Former New York Giant was asked to choose which quarterback he prefers and he quickly chose his new quarterback Joe Flacco over his former two-time Super Bowl-winning teammate.?Joe Flacco,? Canty said when asked Flacco or Manning on NBC Sports? Pro Football Talk. ?Because he won a Super Bowl and he?s one of the best deep-ball throwers in the National Football League. Absolutely. Take a look at the tape.?Of course, Canty predictably picked his new quarterback in this case. He signed with the Ravens in the offseason after being a cap casualty cut by the Giants.?He throws a beautiful deep ball,? Canty said. ?He puts it only where the receivers can get their hands on it when you talk about the vertical passing game. And they?ve got some vertical pass threats. They got Torrey Smith. They?ve got [Dennis] Pitta. They?ve got [Ed] Dickson. They?ve got some good weapons for him to use down the field.?Canty did praise Manning for proving time and time again that h
Amazing Tribute Video of Charles Woodson returning home as an Oakland Raider
Charles Woodson signed a one-year deal with the Raiders last Tuesday. (Getty Images)Amazing Tribute Video of Charles Woodson returning home as an Oakland Raider Charles Woodson began his career with the Oakland Raiders, and now that he is signed again with them, he could very well end his career with the Raiders. While the new generation might know Charles as a Green Bay Packer, our partners GuruNation wanted to bring you some of the best clips of Charles in a Raiders Uni. It is very difficult to find film of Charles in a Raider Uniform, but we have managed to find some film and put it all together for you the fans. We hope you enjoy this Tribute Video.http://youtu.be/UiuWZojB14c#RaiderNation #StandUpThis video was brought to you by our writers Justin Lum and Derek Hawkridge of Gurunation. You can follow them on Youtube as well on twitter @JustinLumLive and @DHawk_19.We hope the Raiders fans like this Tribute, help make it a Youtube sensation.
Brandon Carr says the Cowboys are buying into new defense
credit: brandon carrThe Dallas Cowboys are making a change on defense. Monte Kiffin has been installed as the Cowboys defensive coordinator and the team is transitioning to a 4-3 defense.While talking to Ben & Skin on 105.3 Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr said that his teammates are responding well the to change.?Guys are definitely buying. We?re just trying to create a different mentality around there. It?s all about just everybody hustling and being committed, all 11 out there on the field meeting at one time. If we?re forcing the issue, we?re talking about turnovers. That was a major problem for us last year. But this year, I feel we?ve got the guys that kind of believe and now that we see it, the proof is in the pudding with this defense that we can go out there and make the same plays.?Carr was supportive of Kiffin?s defense a weeks ago saying it allowed him to be the corner he wanted to be. He did not back down from those comments on the radio show.?I think it?s going...
My Two Cents: Oakland Raiders 2013 Draft So Far Part 2
What up RaiderNation? Welcome to this week?s edition of My Two Cents, with your favorite ancient Raider fan, Old Timer. My apologies to all of our readers for my recent absence from posting. I was back in the hospital again. I had gotten blood clots in my legs from the initial hospital stay, and they broke loose and traveled to [...]
Jim Harbaugh: A young WR will emerge in Crabtree?s place
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is out with an Achilles injury. Head coach Jim Harbaugh believes one of his young receivers will emerge as a definite starter opposite Anquan Boldin. Simply, because one of them has to. Harbaugh sees
Three Giants vying for one starting job
The New York Giants starting middle linebacker position looks to be up for grabs this offseason, with head coach Tom Coughlin calling it a "wide open competition." When OTAs began on Wednesday, Mark Herzlich started at the position over former Cowboy Dan Connor, and reclamation project Aaron Curry. ?It?s a big opportunity for me to step up, to play like I know I can play, and really lead the defense,? Herzlich said, via The New York Post. ?I knew my opportunity would come at some point and hopefully this year?s that time.? Herzlich and Connor, as it turns out, were high school rivals back in Pennsylvania, who played for schools only about 15 minutes apart. Herzlich claims that Connor introduced him to varsity football by running him over. ?I went to make a tackle and he put me right on my back,? he joked. The odd man out at the position may be Aaron Curry, the former Seattle Seahawks draft bust who's looking to reclaim a career filled with disappointment sicne be...
All hope is on Steelers\' new blocking scheme to revive running game
The Pittsburgh Steelers might be doing away with some of their old blocking scheme, and from what center Maurkice Pouncey sees so far makes him a believer that it would be best for the team. In the first few weeks of OTAs, offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. has been using an zone, one-cut blocking style, similar ot the Denver Broncos used under Alex Gibss 20 years ago, and the same scheme that was used to make Arian Foster a household name. ?I don't know if Maurkice was joking or not when he said that,? guard Ramon Foster said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. ?I think he was, but, still, that's how much we are liking this. It's a great new dynamic for us.? Their old scheme won't go away, but the new one will supplement the running game to accommodate their all-of-a-sudden big, nimble and young offensive line, writes Mark Kaboly: ' Jonathan Dwyer led the Steelers last year with 623 yards, the lowest total for their leading rusher since Merrill Hoge ...
Wes Welker fitting right in with Broncos
Peyton Manning is getting what he wanted in Denver all along, a faster offense. Now with even more tools to work with, the future Hall of Fame quarterback went without huddles in seven on seven drills including free agent addition Wes Welker. Welker, should have no problem picking up the offense after coming from New England and the pass happy Patriots. Going from Tom Brady to Peyton Manning is like going from John Elway to Joe Montana, one can?t really go wrong... Read more
Packers may have some doubts that Nick Perry can fit in their system
Former USC outside linebacker Nick Perry might just be too big too play OLB in the NFL, but last year, the Green Bay Packers felt he was athletic enough to play the position in their 3-4. He missed a good deal time due to injuries in his rookie season, and the Packers at this time, can't really say whether he's made the transition to be effective in the pro level, reports Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. Perry, still projected to play opposite Clay Matthews in a starting role has instructions to lose weight this offseason to better fit the hybrid outside pass rush and coverage skills the Packers look for in outside linebackers, writes Dougherty. ?I?m an outside linebacker,? Perry said this week after an OTA practice. ?I?m playing the position I was made to play.? Per the Gazette: 'Though Perry was a good pass rusher in college at USC (21½ sacks in three seasons), he also was big for an outside linebacker. At the NFL scouting combine he weighed 271 pounds, whi...
Report: Clark wants extension
A few weeks ago, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark served as an intern at ESPN, as he wants to pursue work in the media when his playing days over. Being as 2013 is the final year of Clark's current contract, it's easy to speculate that those days could be coming soon, but the veteran suggested otherwise in a Friday report by Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider. Wexell reports that while bantering with Clark about his potential upcoming media career during the third and final practice of the Steelers first OTA session of the 2013 season on Thursday, that Clark told him he still loves the game Read more [...]
Report: Titus Young ignores judge
If Titus Young is truly on the road to recovery, he's got an interesting way of showing it. The troubled free agent receiver, who's been arrested four times this month, appeared in a California court Friday and learned he'd be facing a total of 11 criminal charges, including attempted burglary. His reaction? Stoicism. According to USA Today, Young, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and appearing inside a protective cage, completely ignored Judge Andre Manssourian during proceedings. "Good morning, sir." No reply. "Can you hear me?" No reply. "Are you Titus Demetrius Young?" No reply. Young's attorney, Altus W. Hudson II, maintains that his client was simply exercising his right to remain silent. Young's father, Richard, called out to his son, who he claims is suffering from a brain disorder. But he, too, received no reply. His family members refused to comment after the hearing. The silence apparently did little to ...
Pittsburgh Steelers scouts killed the NFL Draft this year
Justin K. AllerPittsburgh Steelers scouts killed the NFL Draft this yearThis year the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted best player available through the entire draft, and from the first to the last pick they hit the hammer on the nail. I am a huge fan of this draft. The Steelers did a great job in the 2013 Draft, find out why I believe they had the best draft in 2013.With their first pick in round one, the Steelers selected Jarvis Jones, who I had as the number one rated outside linebacker in the draft. At pick 17 the Steelers had to make this selection, because Jarvis tore up the SEC. This is the pick that the Dolphins should have made and instead they drafted an unproven athletic player, who in my opinion will never get the game.In the second round with the 48th pick the Steelers drafted Le?Veon Bell who fills the need of a power back. While the Steelers have Jonathan Dwyer they did lose Rashard Mendenhall. I can see Bell get a ton of carries for the Steelers and taking over t...
Oakland Raiders helmet, uniform, logo concept design
A number of designers have taken their shot at redesigning the Oakland Raiders helmets and uniforms to their liking. Could you imagine Matt Flynn, Josh Cribbs, or Darren McFadden wearing something like this? Featured are a number of Oakland Raiders? helmets, uniforms, and logo designs. Some are interesting options that fans may like and others may strike a nerve with some fans. Images are by multiple authors including, Charles Sollers, a photographer from Missouri for Rivals.com. By now you have probably seen some of Sollers work as he also has provided numerous images of college helmets and uniforms... Read more
|Everett Golson No Longer Enrolled At Notre Dame|
The Notre Dame quarterback position took another hit on Saturday as it was learned that last year's signal caller Everett Golson was no longer enrolled at the institution. What started out as rumors on Twitter on Saturday afternoon was confirmed by Notre Dame on Saturday evening to WNDU-TV. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown, citing federal privacy laws and school policy, would offer no further explanation for Golson's departure. Golson, who beat out Tommy Rees for the job in fall camp last year, completed 187 of 318 pass attempts for 2,405 yards. He threw 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions. Golson also accounted for 298 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. With the departure of highly touted recruit Gunner Kiel to Cincinnati, it leaves senior Tommy Rees and junior Andrew Hendrix as the main competitors for the starting quarterback job. Rees has more experience, since he served as the starting quarterback for 12 games in the 2011 season and has sta...
Report: Everett Golson has left Notre Dame
Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at the University of Notre Dame. The university confirmed to WNDU-TV that the Fighting Irish quarterback from last years BCS appearance is no longer at the school.Rumors began appearing on Twitter Saturday afternoon that the 20-year-old was no longer at Notre Dame.In a phone interview, university spokesman Dennis Brown told NewsCenter 16, ?Federal and school privacy laws preclude us from issuing any further comment at this time.?Golson served as the starting quarterback for Notre Dame?s undefeated regular season in 2012. His departure leaves Notre Dame with three quarterbacks on the roster?Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire.Gunner Kiel left the school and is headed to Cincinnati.
Golson no longer enrolled at ND
In a shocking development, starting Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, obviously clouding his future as a football player.
Report: Everett Golson No Longer Enrolled At Notre Dame
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at the university, WNDU?s Angelo Di Carlo is reporting tonight. BREAKING: Notre Dame confirms to WNDU that quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at ND. They can?t say why due to privacy laws.? Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlowndu) May 26, 2013There had been rumors all day on Twitter and Notre Dame message boards that Golson may have been in some sort of academic trouble. As Di Carlo states, the school won?t release any reason due to privacy laws.Golson was the starter for this past year?s squad, which reached the BCS National Championship Game and finished with a 12-1 record. He finished the season with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Report: NCAA will talk to Dye again
NCAA investigators are planning to interview Miami football player Dyron Dye next week to see if there are discrepancies between what he told them previously and what he wrote in an affidavit in support of a former Hurricanes assistant coach, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The development comes less than three weeks before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, a group that is separate from the association's investigators, is scheduled to begin hearing the case against the Hurricanes, most of which revolves around ties that players, coaches, recruits and administrators had with former booster Nevin Shapiro.Dye has already met with Miami officials and has retained an attorney, according to the person who spoke with AP on condition of anonymity because none of the information was to be released publicly.It's unclear what sanctions, if any, Dye may be facing. If the NCAA can prove that he misled them in his two previous interviews with investigators, he could b
Michigan Football: 5 key players as we head into summer
On August 31st, Michigan Football will begin year three of the Brady Hoke era. Thus far, Hoke has steered the Wolverines to a 19-7 record, a 12-4 conference mark and he became the first Michigan coach since Fielding H. Yost, to go undefeated at home in his first two seasons. The blemish on Hoke?s first two seasons is a 4-5 road record.So what should we expect in year three? Hoke has systematically re-calibrated the culture of the Michigan program back to the future. He is a direct descendant of the Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr coaching tree and he drawn extensively on that lineage as he returns Michigan to all it?s glory. He has placed a major recruiting emphasis on beefing up the lines and dominating in-state recruiting.So as Team 134 heads into the summer months, here are five key players that could help the Wolverines claim a record 43rd Big Ten Championship.Devin Gardner1. Devin Gardner: That elbow injury that forced Denard Robinson out of the Nebraska game and deflated th...
Winston Displays Cannon Arm in Baseball
The Florida State football debut of highly-touted redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston already...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
ND paid Weis more than Kelly in 2011
(Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports) Looking for a definition of #ThatAwkwardMoment on this Friday morning heading into a holiday weekend? We may have found it at that bastion of football- and moral- excellence known as the University of Notre Dame. That?s because while Brian Kelly was leading the Irish to an 8-5 record during the 2011 season (one which would ultimately be a pre-cursor to Notre Dame?s 2012 BCS title game run), the school itself was busy paying Kelly?s predecessor Charlie Weis more than they paid him. Yup, much like in an awkward dating situation, apparently the shadow of the ?last guy? loomed over Kelly two seasons ago while with the Irish. And unfortunately, it?s looking like that shadow will continue to loom straight through the 2015 season. According to the Chicago Tribune, tax returns indicate that for the fiscal year beginning in July 2011 and ending in 2012, Weis made a staggering $2,054,744 you know, to not coach Notre Dame, while Kelly was ?only? co...
Meyer praises LB recruit\'s butt
The recruiting prowess that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has demonstrated throughout his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Urban Meyer looks to lead the Buckeyes to the BCS
Since the inception of the BCS in 1998, it has been no secret that the SEC has ruled the roost. They boast the most championships with 9 as well as the most wins with 17. It seems that, even to the casual fan, that conference stalwarts Alabama and Florida seem to be at least in the mix every single year. However, even with this dominance, the Ohio State University is tied for the most BCS wins and the most appearances. Somehow, despite playing in a weaker conference, they have kept pace with the big boys down south. And with the addition of coach Urban Meyer, look for the Bucks to keep this up.Unfortunately for the scarlet and grey, the team was on probation last year for the lovingly named Tattoo Gate Scandal that forced Terrell Pryor out of school early and a sub par season out of interim head coach and Adam Sandler look alike Luke Fickell in 2011. The situation in Columbus was such that it coaxed former Florida Gators box out of the broadcast booth and onto the sidelines, d...
Notre Dame Tight End Jake Golic Transferring To Cincinnati
und.comNotre Dame tight end Jake Golic, son of ESPN?s Mike Golic, will be transferring to the University of Cincinnati for his final year of eligibility. Golic graduated from ND this past year, and therefore will be able to play for the Bearcats immediately. His father announced his son?s decision on his radio show, ?MIke & Mike in the morning?. Jake himself then tweeted out the news:Can?t thank the ND family enough for all the love and support over the last 4 years at ND. You have made it a pleasure to be Irish!? Jake Golic (@JGolic88) May 21, 2013With that being said, I am incredibly excited about the opportunity of attending the University of Cincinnati and being a #bearcat!? Jake Golic (@JGolic88) May 21, 2013Golic played sparingly in his time with the Irish, making appearances in just four games in his four seasons. He?ll surely be looking to make a bigger impact at Cincinnati this upcoming season.
Even blindfolded, Manziel is still awesome
While Texas A&M star QB reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel trained with him in San... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Michigan footballs have interesting inscription
Plenty of college football rivalries can make a claim for being the fiercest. In our expert... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
College football\'s 50 best WRs of the BCS era
Greatness is defined in so many different ways. Statistical production, individual awards, team success, longevity, supporting cast, level of...
Gundy causes stir with transfer blocks
Photo: USA Today Sports Oklahoma State has blocked any transfer for quarterback Wes Lunt to anywhere in the Big 12. And the SEC. And the Pac 12, according to CBS Sports. And Southern Mississippi. And... Central Michigan? For those keeping score at home, Oklahoma State has blocked Lunt from transferring to a total of 38 schools. Something about this just does not seem right. Does it? Sure, there is something to be said about commitment, but when a college student feels he needs a new home it continues to baffle minds as to how a school can have so much power and influence about where that player ends up going. Or rather where they are not going. If Oklahoma State had prevented Lunt from transferring to another Big 12 school it probably would not have raised an eye brow. Keeping Lunt from transferring to any SEC or Pac 12 school is rather extreme. Preventing a transfer to Southern Mississippi is petty. Preventing a transfer to Central Michigan is just flat out insane (Okl...
|Beckham career draws to close|
David Beckham's illustrious playing career will officially finish at the Stade du Moustoir on Sunday when his Paris St Germain side visit Lorient.Beckham tearfully walked off the Parc des Princes pitch to a tremendous reception from both his team-mates and the crowd after being substituted in the 3-1 win over Brest last week, when the Parisians celebrated their Ligue 1 title triumph.The manner of the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder's exit coupled with the artificial surface the Brittany club uses has given rise to rumours that Beckham has already played his final match.Team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who needs one more goal to take his league tally for the season to 30, was just one of a host of PSG players to pay tribute to Beckham."I think his retirement is a huge loss for football, but I also understand his decision. He's a really nice guy," the Swede, who won the Ligue 1 player of the year last Sunday, told PSG's official website."I didn
Mourinho return excites players
Demba Ba has revealed that Chelsea's players are excited about the possibility of Jose Mourinho rejoining the club.Ba was speaking after Chelsea's post-season friendly defeat to Manchester City in St Louis, in which Chelsea squandered a three-goal lead to lose 4-3.The striker admitted that the fact that Mourinho had already spent time at the club could well give Chelsea an advantage next season."You see what he has won, what he has brought to his teams and to his players individually, and of course he is one of the best," Ba told Sky Sports News."He knows everything about Chelsea having already managed the team for three or four years. He knows everybody here and he knows the club."Everybody is thinking about it and everybody is happy. They know that he is a person that wants to win."Mourinho, whose departure from Real Madrid was confirmed earlier this week, has been widely tipped to succeed interim manager Rafa Benitez at Stamford Bridge.
Messi named in Argentina squad
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has named Lionel Messi in his squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers despite the Barcelona forward's hamstring injury.Messi has not played since aggravating the muscle against Atletico Madrid earlier this month but has been named in a 23-man list by Sabella alongside fellow forwards Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.Aguero's Manchester City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta is also in the squad, as is Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini.Roma and Anderlecht midfielders Erik Lamela and Lucas Biglia have also named in a squad made up entirely of overseas-based players, with a handful those playing in Argentina expected to be added on Monday.Argentina will play Colombia on June 7 and Ecuador four days later, before visiting Guatemala for a friendly international on June 14.Full Argentina squad: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania); Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Federico Fernande
Man City hopes to keep Aguero
Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Christian Benteke put a host of big names on alert last night when he warned Aston Villa: You can't make me stay.Tottenham lead the chase, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal also interested.Dennis Wise wants to make a sensational return as Millwall manager.Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic is set to follow Tony Pulis out of the club - and sign for Liverpool.Bournemouth have issued a hands-off warning over manager Eddie Howe. He has been linked with Everton.Cardiff are set to launch a shock £3.5million move for former Swansea striker Danny Graham.Harry Redknapp wants Richard Dunne to lead QPR back to the Premier League.David Moyes completed his first bit of business as Manchester United boss last night - as he rubber-stamped Rio Ferdinand's new deal at Old Trafford.Paolo Di Canio has launched his Sunderland c
David Beckham bids au revoir to soccer
David Beckham might bid adieu to soccer Sunday from the bench.The 38-year-old Beckham, who said last week he will retire from the sport after the season, will be with French champion Paris Saint-Germain when the team travels to Lorient for the season finale. But PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said it is unlikely Beckham will play, although it has not been officially decided yet.''It's been a very special place for me,'' Beckham said of being on the field. ''After 22 years of playing football I'm going to take a few months to enjoy time with my family.''When PSG clinched the league title May 12, Beckham became the first English player to win the championship in four countries after success with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He also played on loan with AC Milan and made 115 appearances for his country, a record in England for someone other than a goalkeeper.''I just feel that it's the right time. I feel that I've achieved ev
Rio Ferdinand signs new 1-year deal with MU
Rio Ferdinand has signed a new one-year contract with Manchester United that will take him into a 12th season at Old Trafford.The 34-year-old defender retired from international football last week to concentrate on his club career.Ferdinand has made 432 appearances for United since his debut in 2002, winning a sixth Premier League title this season.He says ''who wouldn't want to play in this fantastic team in front of 76,000 fans each week? It has been an incredible journey and I am glad it will continue.''New United manager David Moyes says ''it is clear for everyone to see that Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club and I think even from the outside you can see what a big character Rio is around the dressing room.''
David Beckham bids au revoir to football
David Beckham will give the world one last chance to see him on a football field on Sunday.The 38-year-old Beckham, who said last week he will retire from the sport after the season, will be with French champion Paris Saint-Germain when the team travels to Lorient for the final round.''It's been a very special place for me,'' Beckham said. ''After 22 years of playing football I'm going to take a few months to enjoy time with my family.''Although PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said it is unlikely Beckham will play, it has not been officially decided yet.When PSG clinched the league title on May 12, Beckham became the first English player to win the championship in four countries after success with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He also played on loan with AC Milan and made 115 appearances for his country, a record in England for someone other than a goalkeeper.''I just feel that it's the right time. I feel that I've achiev
Japan\'s Honda, Kagawa picked for WCup qualifier
Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa were picked Thursday in Japan's 26-man squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Australia next month.Japan has 13 points in Group B of Asian qualifying and can clinch its fifth straight World Cup appearance with a draw against Australia on June 4 at Saitama Stadium. Australia is third with six points and needs to do well in its remaining three matches to secure a top-two placing to guarantee qualification for the tournament in Brazil.Honda has been struggling with injuries and wasn't in the lineup when Japan lost 2-1 at Jordan on March 26 for its first qualifying defeat. Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo has also been dealing with injuries but was included in the squad.Honda and Stuttgart players Shinji Okazaki and Gotoku Sakai will join the squad the day before the Australia game. Honda is set to play in the Russian Cup final, while Okazaki and Sakai will compete in the German Cup final.''I am not exactly sure what kind of shape they'll be in
Soccer player knocked over, kicked by three opponents (Video)
We don't have background information on this video, but it's obvious that a player in a green uniform takes a beating in this sequence. After he gets taken down by a player in red and falls on top of the ball, the player in red gets back up and starts kicking him, then two of his teammates join in. Finally the referee blows the whistle and takes the player in green out of his misery, but no word if any of the players in red were penalized. DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this behavior. H/T Dirty Tackle. Visit us at holdoutsports.com and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.
An attempt to build Fan base globally: Manchester City Launched new Nike kit.
Originally posted on Top-soccer.comLike every top teams in Europe big leagues, most or if not all of them either have Nike or Adidas as their kit sponsor except for Manchester City who was one of the few that weren?t sponsored by neither the American or German well-known brand.Now that City has realized to compete on the same font as their city neighbor Manchester United or even Chelsea on a global scale, they need to reach a broader fan base.With the announcement of their new kit deal with Nike yesterday in New York City they certainly can level that playing field and have their brand reach beyond the shores of Europe and into different markets through Nike enormous market distribution. image sourceLet us know what you think about the new kit in the comments section below.The post An attempt to build Fan base globally: Manchester City Launched new Nike kit. appeared first on Top-soccer.
Thai Premeire League soccer player sent off for celebrating with shorts on his head (Video)
A Thai Premiere League soccer player may need to tone down his goal celebrations after going way over the top during a game last week. After Muangthong United midfielder Mario Gjurovski scored the team's second goal against TOT Sport Club, he stripped off his shorts and put them on his head, then turned his hands into guns and pretended to shoot at the crowd. Gjurovski received a yellow card for the excessive display, which was his second yellow card of the game, so he was sent off. Gjurovski put his shorts back on, but only pulled them up to his knees as he walked off the pitch. It would seem that Gjurovski had plenty of time to think about it, as if he knew that what he was about to do was a bit excessive and might be a bad idea, but he went through with it anyway. Maybe next time he'll act like he's scored a goal before. DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone excessive celebration. H/T WhoAteAllThePies. Visit us at holdoutsports.com and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSp
Chelsea goalie\'s son scores adorable goal
Despite a long season there have been some great memories for the Chelsea soccer club, including their Europa League triumph. But perhaps the most adorable moment came after Sunday's 2-1 home victory over Everton, when Ross Turnbull's son, Josh, scored on a breakaway in front of the crowd. Paulo Ferreira, leaving the club after nine years, was busy giving his farewell speech in the center circle while players and their children stood on the pitch to watch. All except one. Without a coach in sight, little Josh dribbled the ball from the middle of the pitch towards the goal, with anticipation building among supporters. He stopped near the penalty spot and committed a handball - seemingly unnoticed by officials - and eventually managed to find the net. At first he was taken aback by the roar of the crowd, pausing to take the moment in. Then he raised his hands up in deserved celebration. As the little tyke stood in triumph, Chelsea fans chanted, "Sign him up, sign him up, sign him up
Looking back at Sir Alex Ferguson\'s incredible career
One of world soccer?s most legendary managerial careers came to a close Sunday when Sir Alex Ferguson toed the touch line for the final time as Manchester United closed its 2012-13 season. Ferguson?s final match was an away draw with West Bromwich Albion 5-5. It came on a Survival Sunday where nearly everything has been decided, including the Red Devils clinching yet another Premiership title weeks ago. With 13 league championships, five FA Cup titles, four League Cup wins, and two Champions League crowns, how does Sir Alex?s career compare to American coaching icons such as Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, John Wooden, Pat Summitt, or Bob Knight? For one, staying 26 years with one club speaks volumes. Yes, managing a team with one of the world?s largest war chests probably made things easier. But having a talented squad on paper comes with enormous expectations. Chelsea is one of Man U?s fellow heavyweights in the English Premier League, they are currently looking for their ninth manag...
Tragic end to soccer fan\'s World Cup trek
A man who was planning to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup died on Tuesday after being hit by a car just 14 days into his trip. 42-year-old Richard Swanson was walking down highway 101 in south Lincoln City, Ore., when he was hit by a car from behind around 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to The News Guard. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. A father of two sons, Swanson, a Seattle native, lost his job as a graphic designer last year and had trouble finding another job. In a video posted on the site where he was chronicling his trip, Swanson explained that he was bummed out and thinking about what he wanted out of life. He said one thing he wanted to do was see a World Cup. So without having too many responsibilities like a job and kids to raise, he decided to sell his house and make the trip. ?Screw what happens, I don?t even care,? Swanson said of the plan, via Dirty Tackle. ?As crazy as the idea sounds, that...
|Nationwide Series:Charlotte starting line, green flag and streaming info for History 300|
Austin Dillon will start the NASCAR Nationwide Series? History 300 on the pole. He will lead a field of 40 cars to the green flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the tenth race of the NNS schedule.Michael Annett will make his return to the series, he had been out since Daytona with a cracked sternum. In qualifying a series of cars spun and hit the wall. Travis Pastrana will be one of the cars forced to the back of the field due to a spin.The race will consist of 200 laps around the 1.5 mile dog legged track for a total of 300 miles. Last years winner of this race was Brad Keselowski while Joey Logano won the fall race at the track.Race coverage will start on ABC at 2:30 pm ET. The green flag for this race will drop at 2:57 pm ET. Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will serve as announcers for the race while Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake will call the race from the pits.Cars failed to qualify for the race include Robert Richardson Jr., Steven Wallace, Matt ...
CUP: Keselowski Still Confident Despite Slump
Brad Keselowski is seventh in points heading into the Coca-Cola 600?
Paul Menard re-signs with RCR
credit: getty imagesPaul Menard?s future was never in real doubt. On Friday official word came that the 32-year-old and Richard Childress Racing had reached a deal which will keep the driver in the No. 27 Chevrolet.Keeping Menard at RCR was important to the organization as Menard brings sponsorship from his family?s home improvement store. The re-signing of Menard keeps the driver with the team and will provide RCR with sponsorship for one of its cars going forward.?He has shown his ability to be consistent, competitive and win on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level,? team owner Richard Childress said. ?He did that in the Brickyard 400 with us at Indy. Having (crew chief) Slugger Labbe and the entire crew coming back gives us something to build on to win more races, make the Chase and contend for a championship.?Menard surprised many when he won the 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Thus far this year Menard is 10th in the driver standings with four finishes insi...
Coca-Cola 600 From Charlotte Starting Lineup
Denny Hamlin won the pole for Sunday?s Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte with a time of 27.604 seconds. Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five starting positions. The only driver who did not make the event was Mike Bliss. The event will be live on FOX at 6 PM EST. Pos#DriverTeamTime111Denny HamlinFedEx Office Toyota27.604278Kurt BuschFurniture Row Racing / Sealy Chevrolet27.661320Matt KensethHome Depot / Husky Toyota27.679455Mark MartinAaron?s Dream Machine Toyota27.750515Clint Bowyer5-hour Energy Toyota27.76365Kasey KahneTime Warner Cable Chevrolet27.785716Greg BiffleFastenal Ford27.801818Kyle BuschM&M?sRed-White-BlueM-ProveAmer. Toyota27.84291Jamie McMurrayBad Boy Buggies Chevrolet27.8791039Ryan NewmanQuicken Loans Chevrolet27.8871188Dale Earnhardt Jr.National Guard Chevrolet27.9151248Jimmie JohnsonLowe?s Patriotic Chevrolet27.9371399Carl Ed...
Hamlin wins pole for Coca-Cola 600
Denny Hamlin broke the track record Thursday with a lap of 195.624 mph to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Hamlin, who has never won a Sprint Cup race at CMS, was one of eight drivers to top the previous record of 193.708 set last October by Greg Biffle.It is Hamlin's 14th career pole.Four Toyotas will start in the top five. Hamlin will start alongside Kurt Busch on the front row, followed by Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer.Kasey Kahne will start sixth, Biffle seventh, Kyle Busch eighth, Jamie McMurray ninth and Ryan Newman rounds out the top 10.Sprint All-Star race champion Jimmie Johnson starts 12th.Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 11th and Danica Patrick starts 24th.
Denny Hamlin wins pole for Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hamlin set a new track record at 195.6 mph, seven other drivers also topped the previous track record. He will lead a field of 43 cars to the green flag in the twelfth race of the Sprint Cup season.Kasey Kahne won last years race, he will start sixth in Sunday?s race.Only one car failed to qualify for the race,the No. 19 of Mike Bliss who lost out due to provisionals.Starting Lineup for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor SpeedwayDenny HamlinKurt BuschMatt KensethMark MartinClint BowyerKasey KahneGreg BiffleKyle BuschJamie McMurrayRyan NewmanDale Earnhardt Jr.Jimmie JohnsonCarl EdwardsJeff GordonKevin HarvickJuan Pablo MontoyaMartin Truex Jr.Aric AlmirolaMarcos AmbroseBrad KeselowskiCasey MearsPaul MenardJ.J. YeleyDanica PatrickTony StewartDavid GillilandJeff BurtonTravis KvapilTrevor BayneRicky Stenhouse Jr.Joey LoganoMichael McDowellDave BlaneyBobby LabonteDavid Rag...
Kenseth looks to continue winning ways
Matt Kenseth is ready to get back to work.Kenseth and his first-year team at Joe Gibbs Racing have had plenty to celebrate this season with a Sprint Cup-best three victories and seven top-10 finishes in 11 events. But Kenseth wasn't a factor in last week's all-star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and knows he's got some challenges to overcome before getting back to his winning ways at the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night.Judging from Kenseth's past performances here, he might only need a couple of fast laps to turn things around. The 2003 champion won the circuit's longest race in 2000, then finished among the top 10 in eight of the next 12.Kenseth says the all-star format is unique and generally doesn't yield much data for the 600.
CUP: Patrick Refuses To Be Danica Downer
Danica Patrick has finished 25th or worse in nine of 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season?
Charmin had the best ad at the NASCAR All-Star Race
Charmin put together one of the best billboard ads we have seen. The toilet paper company decided to get in on some advertising action with NASCAR and placed this giant billboard outside of the Charlotte Motor Speedway for Saturday?s Sprint All-Star Race. Does it get better than that? According to Auto Week, this billboard is about 30 by 40 feet and faces Highway 29, which is the main highway facing the speedway. Charmin was also planning to hand out samples of its ultra strong product. In addition to advertising at the All-Star Race, Charmin has a two-race deal with NASCAR and will also have ads up at the Coca-Cola 600. Their deal includes the billboards and signs on pit road, like this one: Charmin ad campaign along pit wall. #nascar twitter.com/bobpockrass/st? ? Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 18, 2013 Very well done, Charmin, very well done. Photo: Twitter/Tripp Mickle H/T Darren Rovell
NASCAR driver Dick Trickle dies of self-inflicted gun wound
Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of a self-inflicted gun shot. Trickle, 71, competed in 303 Sprint Cup races over a 24-year career. While Trick never won a race he managed 36 finishes inside the top ten.Trickle gained a lot of fans and notoriety racing dirt tracks around the country earning cult-like status. Trickle was also known for smoking while driving, taking a puff when the racing allowed.The last time Trickle competed in NASCAR was 2002 when he competed in three events.As Yahoo Sports notes, Around noon on Thursday, the Lincoln County Communications Center received a call indicating that there would be a dead body at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, and that it would be the speaker?s. Return calls to the number went unanswered. When crews arriving at the scene they found Trickle?s body lying near his pickup truck.Needless to say the death of Trickle has shocked the NASCAR community.Nationwide Series driver Brian Scott tweeted the following ?RIP Dick Tri...
Jimmie Johnson running Patriotic scheme for All-Star race and Coca-Cola 600
credit: Team Lowe?s RacingJimmie Johnson will celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day holiday with a red, white and blue race car. Johnson was the winner of the 2012 All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and will attempt to repeat his feat on Saturday night.The car is similar to the white and blue Lowe?s Chevrolet that Johnson has driven at night races this season but this time features red trim. A mockup of the car was first posted on Team Lowe?s Racing?s Facebook page.Excluding the All-Star race, Johnson has made 23 career starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway and has found victory lane six times. The last points win at Charlotte for Johnson came in the fall of 2009. Johnson swept both races at Charlotte in 2004 and 2005 and from 2002 until the fall race in 2007 posted an impressive 11 consecutive finishes of tenth or better.
NASCAR?s Mike Harmon takes to twitter to deny stealing Jennifer Jo Cobb?s transporter. This one is gonna get messy.
With women in NASCAR, it seems there is always going to be a drama taking place. When Jennifer Jo Cobb, pointed her finger in the direction of Mike Harmon, over her missing transported, she had no idea what kind of mess she was making. Or did she? Harmon took to twitter to defend himself against the charges Cobb had filed against him. He tweeted this; I want it known that I have never stolen so much as a piece of bubble gum in my life. I did not take JJC hauler, there is no video of me any Harmon wasn?t done tweeting yet, he also had this tweet to send out; where near her shop. Today she was the windshield & I was the bug, but when we get in FEDERAL court in a couple wks there?s a boulder coming Cobb said; ?It is my sole concern to get the transporter back so that we can make Friday night?s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.? If that is the case she should have solicited the help of guys like Harmon to look for the transporter. Pointing the finge...
Why is NASCAR Kissing Danica?s butt? Why the rule change to favor her?
For decades NASCAR drivers let their driving gain their popularity. That isn?t the case for Danica Patrick. NASCAR is changing a rule to favor Patrick in the All-Star Race. Patrick should show she can drive with the best of NASCAR drivers to get her a spot in the All-Star race. NASCAR shouldn?t change rules to make things easier for her. After all, would she want to be remembered as the woman driver who had to have rules changed to make things easier for her? The All-Satr race always had to have its contestants finishing the race on the lead lap to gain entry into the bigger race. That is not the case this year. The lead lap language has been removed. This had to be done to enure Patrick a spot. There is a good chance she won?t finish the race to qualify on the lead lap. NASCAR knows she is a fan favorite and now they are changing the rules to make things easier for her. When did they ever do that for other drivers? You get rewarded on the NASCAR circuit by your driving not the way ...
Body of Nick Bower, missing NASCAR fan found not far from The Talladega Super Speedway.
Officials have recovered the body of 28-year-old NASCAR fan Nick Bower on Tuesday afternoon, in a creek not far from the Talladega Speedway. Bower had been missing for 10 days. The Body was discovered in a creek about a mile and a half from the raceway. His Girlfriend who reported him missing had last seen him when they were going to sleep in his truck the eve before the race. At this time no foul play is suspected. The remains were turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy. The Anniston Star reported that Talladega County deputy coroner Larry Seals, said Bower?s body was spotted at 11:49 a.m. CT by an Etowah County Sheriff?s Office helicopter in the Choccolocco Creek. This is the second death of a NASCAR fan this season. The first came earlier in the year when a fan shot himself in the head. Bower had gone to Talladega with his girlfriend, to watch the race and because they didn?t get their tent set up before the rains came they were going to sleep ...
Ryan Newman rips NASCAR after going airborne again
Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman is pissed off and he wants NASCAR to know it. For the third time since 2009, his car went airborne, and he wants NASCAR to do something about it. It?s not safe out there, he says.?I?d have to say, if they had a driver who was an engineer that understood the race cars more than anybody else, or more than the average [driver], you?d think they would consider my opinion and my education,? Newman said, via ESPN. ?But I haven?t seen that yet.??I am doing this interview to let everybody know I?m all right,? Newman told reporters after being released at the infield medical center. ?They can build safer race cars, they can build safer walls. But they can?t get their heads out of their a?- far enough to keep them on the race track, and that?s pretty disappointing.?I wanted to make sure I get that point across. Y?all can figure out who ?they? is. That?s no way to end a race. Our car was much better than that. That?s just poor judgmen
|Video: Nadal, Federer, Williams, and Sharapova Play in the Dark|
Now get your minds out of the gutter!!! Actually, I WISH that it was something raunchy as good as these 4 look....but this video from Nike titled, "Kings of the Lights in Paris" will do in a pinch. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova played a little tennis under a black light in Paris. Pretty cool idea. I wonder if Serena was able to get a Rafa but squeeze in when the lights went out! LOL. Enjoy!
2013 French Open preview and TV information
Summer is nearly upon us, which means it?s time to turn our attention to the red clay of Paris and the second major of the 2013 tennis season. The 2013 French Open begins on Sunday, and Rafael Nadal will be there to defend his title. A knee injury kept Nadal out of the last two majors and the Olympics. But since sitting out this year?s Australian Open, Nadal has made a full recovery and is playing as well as ever. He?ll try to hold off rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to win his eighth French Open title.Meanwhile, 31-year-old Serena Williams is taking a 24-match win streak to Paris and will look to win her 16th career major.Here?s a preview of this year?s action at Roland Garros, along with a television schedule.Men?s SinglesRafa has seven of these and is playing well enough to win an eighth. (Photo by Matthew Stockman / Getty Images)Rafa is back, but not all is right in the men?s singles draw. Andy Murray, who finally managed to crash the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic triumve...
Latest NIKE Tennis Commercial: ?Kings of the Lights in Paris?
Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal all star in the latest Nike tennis commercial and not surprisingly it is fantastic. Check out the four Tennis pro?s play some doubles under a blacklight. Great concept and solid execution.[Kurt Stadleman]Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Federer to skip Davis Cup playoff
Roger Federer says he won't play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup playoffs against Ecuador in September.Federer says ''it's better'' he announce now that he'll miss the Sept. 13-15 series at home after the U.S. Open.The 31-year-old Federer previously said he would schedule more breaks for family and recovery time this year. But he was criticized at home for being unclear about his Davis Cup plans before skipping a first-round loss against the Czech Republic in February.Federer says he spoke with Swiss federation president Rene Stammbach at the Madrid Masters this month and again by telephone before making his decision.Switzerland will host Ecuador on indoor hard courts in Neuchatel. The winner stays in the 16-nation world group in 2014.
Federer, Nadal, Sharapova and Williams Play Nike Exhibition in Paris
(May 23, 2013) With a combined 47 singles Slam titles among them, Nike athletes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova took part in a tennis exhibition at the Espace Clacquesin in Paris prior to the start of Roland Garros.(Click to enlarge)The quartet played tennis on a court lit with black lights for the ?Kings of the Lights? Nike promo event, but also enjoyed each other?s company on court in white lights. Young fans also took part in the exhibition, taking court themselves under the black lights.(Click to enlarge)(Click to enlarge)(Click to enlarge)(Click to enlarge)(Click to enlarge)Afterward, the stars posed with fans and answered journalists? questions.
Roger Federer shows off punny bone after it hails at Roland Garros (pic)
Roger Federer never has struck me as a fellow with a well-honed sense of punnery (made-up word), although that does not mean that it isn?t possible for him to crack a well-timed pun if it is set up on a tee for him. Or fired out of a tennis ball cannon machine thingamajobber might be [...]The post Roger Federer shows off punny bone after it hails at Roland Garros (pic) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.
The Fab Five (WTA): Previewing the Roland Garros Women?s Contenders
Sharapova hopes to reignite a love affair from last summer. This look ahead at the Roland Garros women?s field mirrors the format used for the men?s companion article yesterday. The smart money: 1) Serena Williams: Looking back at last year?s preview of WTA Roland Garros contenders, Serena held exactly this position at the head of the list. Virginie Razzano saw things differently, of course, scoring a shocking first-round upset that extended Serena?s drought without a final here to ten straight years after winning the 2002 title. So you might ask why many of us did not learn our lesson in again choosing her as the consensus favorite. One reason is that Razzanos, like Soderlings, are rare events that do not happen in consecutive years. Another is that Serena?s clay titles last season, as impressive as they were, came on green and blue clay, whereas she completed the Madrid-Rome double this year on the red dirt featured at Roland Garros. She also moved as crisply on clay as she ...
Catfight! Vandeweghe Calls Out Putintseva
Source: Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe They may only be ranked 99 and 105 in the world, but Coco Vandeweghe and Yulina Putintseva made headlines after their three set match in Brussels Open qualifying. Putintseva c'moned and fist pumped her way to a win over Vandeweghe, but she was not satisfied with letting her racket do the talking. Vandeweghe claimed on Twitter that her 18 year old opponent insulted her after the match.
Viktor Troicki has a meltdown for the ages
Somewhere John McEnroe has to be smiling. Tennis player Viktor Troicki went on a 4 minute rant after the chair umpire at that Italian Open in Rome overruled the base line judge and called Troicki?s backhand out. Chair umpire Cedric Mourier left his position to examine the ball mark on the clay court and confirmed his call which sent Viktor on a rant for the ages. Troicki yells over and over again, ?you know you?re wrong.? He even dragged the camera man over to the ball mark to prove his case. It is hard to tell who is correct, because the clay court has ball marks everywhere. We have featured Troicki on our site before during Wimbledon, when he offered up his racquet to a fan that was giving him advice during his serve. The post Viktor Troicki Has Epic Meltdown In Rome appeared first on Ride The Pine.
Roger Federer cut his long hair
There was some interesting tennis played last night, but the news that Ana Ivanovic and Aga Radwanska lost didn't shock near as much as Roger Federer's new haircut. The man known for his curly, perfect locks has gone and chopped them all off. This is the result.
Maria Sharapova confirms Grigor Dimitrov is her boyfriend in great way
Maria Sharapova was rumored to be dating fellow tennis player Grigor Dimitrov for months, but they never confirmed the relationship. It wasn?t until the two were photographed by the paparazzi after Dimitrov?s upset win over Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open that she finally confirmed they were dating. And she did so in a great way. After beating Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 at the Madrid Open, Sharapova went to sign a television camera as is customary for the winner. Instead of signing her name, Sharapova wrote a funny message intended for the paparazzi: ?How did you catch us???? At least there?s no hiding it anymore, and Maria is a good sport about things. Sharapova was previously engaged to basketball player Sasha Vujacic, but the two broke up last year. Dimitrov, a 21-year-old Bulgarian player currently ranked No. 28 in the world, was rumored to have gone out with Serena Williams in the past. Racket clap to Beyond the Baseline Image via Broken at Love
Serena Williams responds: I?m a Sloane Stephens fan
Serena Williams responded to the criticism she faced from Sloane Stephens by saying she is a big fan of the up-and-coming player. In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Stephens said her mentor-protege relationship with Williams had been overblown by the media, and that Williams essentially dropped her as a friend after losing to her at the Australian Open in January. Following her second-round match at the Madrid Open on Tuesday, Williams was asked about Stephens? criticism. ?I?m a big Sloane Stephens fan and always have been,? Williams said at a press conference after beating Lourdes Dominguez 6-2, 7-5, per the AFP. ?I?ve always said that I think she can be the best in the world. I?ll always continue to think that and always be rooting for her. ?I really just always wish her and anyone, really, especially from America the best. We don?t have that many American players, so it?s always exciting to see so many young players doing so well.? Williams certainly was playing nice with ...
Sloane Stephens rips Serena
Sloane Stephens absolutely obliterated Serena Williams in an interview with ESPN The Magazine, saying the two do not enjoy a close relationship and that she has been shunned by Williams ever since beating the veteran at the Australian Open. In the interview, Stephens says her relationship with Williams has completely deteriorated since she defeated the decorated 31-year-old in the quarterfinals at the Aussie Open in January. She also says that Williams was not her favorite player growing up and nothing like a mentor to her, contrary to how the story has been told by the media. The interview appears in the May 13 issue of the magazine. The excerpts below come from Beyond the Baseline. ?She?s not said one word to me, not spoken to me, not said hi, not looked my way, not been in the same room with me since I played her in Australia,? Stephens says. ?And that should tell everyone something, how she went from saying all these nice things about me to unfollowing me on Twitter.? Stephens? ...
Connors implies he got Evert pregnant
Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert were one of the most popular couples in sports in the 1970s. The two tennis stars were at the top of the food chain in their sport, which in many ways made them the ideal power couple. Connors and Evert were engaged to be married in 1974, but they split just weeks before their scheduled wedding date. The reason why may surprise you. In his new memoir, ?The Outsider,? Connors implied that he and Evert called off their wedding because of a complication that arose in their relationship when Evert became pregnant. ?An issue had arisen as a result of youthful passion, and a decision had to be made as a couple,? Connors wrote in the book, via the NY Post. ?Chrissie called to say she was coming out to LA to take care of the ?issue.? I was perfectly happy to let nature take its course and accept responsibility for what was to come.? Connors was 22 at the time and Evert was 19. Having come from a strict Catholic home, Evert reportedly felt that the timing of the...
|Golson no longer enrolled at ND|
Reports say Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, though no reason has been given for the change in his status.
Bears: Ditka\'s number will be last to be retired
The Chicago Bears have plans to retire the jersey number of former coach and player Mike Ditka, but they say that's the last one.
SF State player arrested for murder
A former San Francisco State basketball player was arrested for a murder involving a rapper and Russian mobsters. Read about the story.
Report: Clark wants extension
Ryan Clark is getting up there in age and his contract is expiring, but he reportedly would like to get an extension from the Steelers.
Parker shut out at Memphis restaurant
Tony Parker recently tried to get a table at an exclusive restaurant in Memphis only to be turned away at the door, but not because he plays for the rival Spurs.
Mets phenom is dating supermodel
It's official. Mets starter Matt Harvey is having the best year ever, both off the field and on.
Holyfield may lose driver\'s license
The former boxing champ owes over $300,000 in child support payments, so the judge in the case may take away Holyfield's license until he starts to pay up.
Anibal Sanchez just misses no-hitter
Anibal Sanchez got close to throwing the second no-hitter of his career. See what broke it up and how the game finished.
Kelly engaged to Cowher\'s daughter
Former Duke basketball player Ryan Kelly got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, who also happens to be Bill Cowher's daughter.
Report: Titus Young ignores judge
Titus Young appeared in court for his many offenses and reportedly ignored a judge. Read more about his court appearance.
Tony Allen fined for ridiculous flop
Tony Allen was fined $5,000 by the NBA for his flop in Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs. Take a look at the play that cost him.
Granderson suffers broken hand
Curtis Granderson is likely headed to the disabled list for the second time this season. See what happened to him this time.
ND paid Weis more than Kelly in 2011
In 2011, while Brian Kelly was leading the Irish to a 8-5 record, Charlie Weis was nowhere near South Bend, but he was still making more than the team's current coach.
Bears to retire Mike Ditka\'s number
Mike Ditka may be the most beloved person in the history of the Chicago Bears franchise, and next season, the team will retire #89 in his honor.
Tim Duncan and wife Amy divorcing
After more than a decade together, the Spurs center and his wife have announced that they are getting a divorce.
|John Tortorella, Henrik Lundqvist Rave About Bruins After B?s Send Rangers Packing in Five Games|
BOSTON ? The Rangers? season began on Jan. 19 at TD Garden in Boston. On Saturday, in Game 5 of their second-round series with the Bruins, New York?s season came to an end.At times, the Rangers showed a little bit of spark here and there, but by and large, the Bruins were far and away the better team on their way to winning the series 4-1. Following Boston?s 3-1 win in the deciding game (the same score as the game between the two teams on opening night), the Rangers admitted as much.?They deserved to win,? Rangers head coach John Tortorella said. ?They were the better team. They deserved to win.?Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who pointed to ?lucky bounces? as the reason for the Bruins? success in the series? early games, also gave the B?s their respect. The goalie, who sat for about 10 minutes with his head in his hands in his dressing room stall after the game, eventually stood in front of the media and praised Boston for its play.?After their power-play goal, they just took
Torey Krug?s Unlikely Emergence as Playoff Hero Pushing Rangers to Brink of Elimination (Video)
The Bruins have 20 minutes of hockey standing between them and a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the next round of the playoffs. Who would have thought that Torey Krug would be the one leading them there?The rookie defenseman has dazzled again in Game 5, pushing the Rangers to the brink in a must-win game for New York. NESN Nation?s Dan Duquette is hoping the Bruins can finish this one in style. See more in the above video.Join NESN Nation: In-game home page | Twitter | Facebook
James Neal?s filthy toe drag goal for the hattrick
The Pittsburgh Penguins had no trouble with the Ottawa Senators in game four and that momentum carried over to game five. Penguins forward James Neal was red hot in game five and ended up scoring a hattrick, with this beauty being the final one. He pulled an awesome toe drag off on last year?s Norris Trophy Winner, Erik Karlsson, and then buried the puck high glove.Karlsson really got caught fishing on this one, that?s why you can?t get caught puck watching.[YouTube] [Reddit]
AP Sources: Coyotes sale approved, hurdle remains
Two people familiar with the situation say the NHL has approved the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to a group of Canadian-led investors, but the deal is contingent on reaching a lease agreement with the city of Glendale.The NHL agreed to sell the team to Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, a group headed by George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because there had been no official announcement.They said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and the prospective buyers will meet with Glendale officials on Tuesday for talks on a lease.The NHL bought the Coyotes out of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 2009 and has tried without success to find a buyer who would keep the team in Glendale.
Cracknell re-signs with Blues
ST. LOUIS Adam Cracknell will have a fourth season with the Blues.The team announced Friday evening that Cracknell has signed a one-year deal with the Blues. The 27-year-old forward, who has been in St. Louis since 2010-11, would have become a free agent in late June.Cracknell had two goals and six points for St. Louis last season. His one-year contract, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is worth 600,000.
Marian Hossa is the answer to 3rd grade math problem (Photo)
A third grade student in the Chicago suburbs used Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa's name as the answer to a math problem on one of her tests. Maggie Ciara, a student at Columbus Manor Elementary School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, wrote down "Hossa" as the answer to "9 x 9" on her math test. Her teacher initially returned the paper with a red circle around Hossa's name asking "What is this?" However, she was clearly satisfied with Maggie's explanation, as she gave her a perfect score on her math test. The precedent has now been set, boys and girls. Marian Hossa is now an acceptable answer for "9 times 9". Remember that for the next quiz. H/T Puck Daddy. Visit us at holdoutsports.com and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.
Anchor makes mistake on Kings highlight
Liz Habib and Fox 11 in Los Angeles are back providing playoff highlights for Los Angeles Kings fans, and once again they are back doing a terrible job. According to Habib, Willie Mitchell scored with 10 minutes left in the third period of game four against the San Jose Sharks. Unfortunately for Habib, it was actually Mike Richards that scored. Mitchell hasn?t played in a game since game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals and because his knee is so messed up, he might miss the start of the 2013-2014 season too. If you remember the name Liz Habib, it?s because she was the one behind the ?Anze Kopidor? and ?Brad Doty? highlight segment, that even consisted of the old NHL logo from before the lockout. Yeah, Fox 11 news is really brutal when it comes to hockey. [Puck Daddy Blog]
Third grader says \'9 x 9 = Hossa\'
Maggie Ciara, a third-grader at Columbus Manor Elementary School, would seem to be one of the biggest Blackhawks fans around. Maggie took a multiplication test recently during school and when the teacher received her answers questions were asked. Maggie answered the question of ?9 X 9 = Hossa? and it baffled the teacher. Maggie was paying homage to her favorite Blackhawks player who wears the #81 jersey. According to DNA Info things worked out just fine for Maggie in terms of grades: Her teacher, Christine Mech, circled the answer and wrote ?What is this?? in red pen. When Maggie explained her response, Mech gave her credit, and she received an A+. ?Maggie is a very clever little girl,? said Mech, who?s a Hawks fan and knew what Maggie was up to. ?I love the way Maggie has a sense of humor. She did get her 100 percent on the quiz, and we had a little bit of a laugh afterward.? Clever, cute and just wonderful. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Sovetsky Sport reports that Pavel Datsyuk?s made up his mind regarding future with Red Wings
Ugh. Not what I wanted to wake up to: @dchesnokov @georgemalik WTF? sovsport.ru/news/text-item? ? Miklos Palvolgyi dr. (@palvolgyi) May 24, 2013 Sovetsky Sport's Artury Enikeew suggested that Pavel Datsyuk has signed a tentative agreement to play for Ak Bars Kazan for 3 seasons beginning in 2014, and that the contract will be announced after the NHL season ends... But Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov reports that that's inaccurate: Continue reading "Sovetsky Sport reports that Pavel Datsyuk?s made up his mind regarding future with Red Wings"
Has the new Dallas Stars logo been leaked?
As had long been rumored, the Dallas Stars confirmed on May 21 that they would indeed be unveiling a new logo and jersey for the 2013-14 season, promising a reveal on June 4. But of course, in the age of the internet, nothing is safe. Images of the new logo were leaked through various sources, and confirmed by SportsLogos.net. Check them out for yourselves: New Stars logos leaked. Image via SportsLogos.net The new logo, and yet-to-be revealed jerseys that go along with them, are part of a rebranding effort under new Stars owner Tom Gaglardi, who has already made his mark on the team since buying them back in November 2011. He has fired the coach and general manager he inherited from the previous regime (Glen Gulutzan and Joe Nieuwendyk), and is now changing the literal appearance of the franchise. Give Gaglardi credit for trying to change the culture around a team that hasn?t made the playoffs in five years, and is desperate for a spark.
Videos:Chris Kreider scores in OT, Nathan Horton power play
When the Boston Bruins Nathan Horton rifled his power play goal past the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist, it was over, Chris Kreider saw to that. The Bruins were on their way to a sweep in their NHL Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers after taking what appeared to be a protectable 2-0 lead. Then came the third period and the Rangers found their heart. Video: Nathan Horton?s Game 4 power play Video: Chris Krieder scores in OT for the Rangers The post Videos:Chris Kreider scores in OT, Nathan Horton power play appeared first on Players View.
Linesman drops f-bomb on Rangers? John Tortorella
TV microphones picked up a heated little convo between a linesman and New York Rangers coach John Tortorella while broadcasters were talking during game 4 of their playoff series with the Bruins. ?That?s enough? F?k You!? you had your say?? can be heard, among other things.Announcer Dave Strader quickly apologized to viewers for the language almost immediately.
Torts fires back at media over Richards
John Tortorella has a way with words but it's too bad most of them can't be posted on family media sites. The New York Rangers head coach once again needed his potty-mouth washed out with soap during Thursday night's postgame presser after the New York Rangers staved off elimination against the Boston Bruins with a 4-3 overtime win. Tortorella made expensive forward Brad Richards a healthy scratch in an eventual Game 4 win, but ? in his own profane way ? Torts insisted that he and Richards are still close and if you don't believe him well ... ?I love that guy,? Tortorella said. ?I?ve grown up with that guy. Kiss my [expletive deleted] if you?ve written anything differently.? It?s not the first time the Blueshirts' blue-mouthed coach's comments have needed a five-second delay and, with the second-round series extended for at least one more game, it might not be the last. Tortorella didn?t elaborate on the chances that Richards would be back for
Zetterberg getting best of Toews
DETROIT -- He's won a Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP and even an Olympic Gold medal.But Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has just one assist in four games of the Western Conference semifinals. And after Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 4 , his team is one game away from elimination and his frustration is boiling over.That's because Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg -- who's also won a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe and an Olympic gold medal -- has taken residence in Toews' head.Zetterberg is preventing Toews from doing all of the things he's accustomed to doing on the ice."Hes really good at that," Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said of Zetterberg. "We saw that early and in previous years, too, when he played against (Pittsburgh captain Sidney) Crosby. "So we know that hes a pain in the ass for the other team and thats the way we like him."Ah, yes, Crosby, who had 15 goals and 31 assists in the
Chara?s slapshot breaks Lundqvist?s mask
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is known for having the hardest slapshot in the entire NHL, but that didn?t stop New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist from stopping the shot with his head. Lundqvist knows the Rangers are in a must-win game four and has shown that he is willing to do whatever it takes, even if it means finishing the game with a different mask than the one he started with. Lundqvist took the shot right in the middle of his face and one of the two bars in the middle of his mask came loose. Rangers fans should be happy that he doesn?t duck like Ilya Bryzgalov. [YouTube]
|John Gast pulled after facing 6 hitters with shoulder injury (and other bad news). Is it Michael Wacha time now?|
When it rains, it pours.According to Jennifer Langosch, the Cardinals pitching staff took another hit tonight when John Gast had to leave the game, after facing just 6 hitters, due to shoulder tightness.As if that wasn't enough, Jennifer Langosch also reported that Jake Westbrook will likely get a second opinion on his ailing shoulder next week, most likely with Dr. James Andrews. That's never a good sign.Finally, to top it off, Jennifer reported that the Cardinals are "backing off" Chris Carpenter's throwing program as he didn't feel as good after his last bullpen session. With Gast likely heading to the DL, Westbrook likely needing longer to rehab his elbow and Carpenter likely needing more time for his comeback, it appears that the Cardinals may have no other choice than to turn to Michael Wacha. If Gast's injury is short term in nature, the Cards may be able to make due with someone like Joe Kelly or Seth Maness filling in for a start or ...
Pagan hits walkoff inside the park home run
On Saturday, Angel Pagan of the Giants hit perhaps the greatest walkoff of the season. With San Francisco trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the tenth following a Troy Tulowitzki homer in the top of the inning, Brandon Crawford led off with a walk against Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt. Quillermo Quiroz bunted Crawford over to second to bring up Pagan, who hit a deep fly ball off the base of the wall in right center field. The ball bounced over the head of Colorado right fielder Michael Cuddyer, and Pagan just kept on running. Dexter Fowler fielded the ball and threw home, but Pagan slid in safely just underneath the tag of Wilin Rosario, giving the Giants a 6-5 win in the most exciting of ways. You can't get your heart racing any faster than this watching the end of a ballgame, that's for sure. [follow]
Jake Westbrook will seek second opinion on elbow
credit: getty imagesThe St. Louis Cardinals had hoped that Jake Westbrook would only need a stay on the 15-day disabled list but trouble with the right handers elbow has his return in doubt.Westbrook played catch on Friday and said he felt fine but Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he will get a second opinion on his elbow, likely from Dr. James Andrews.On the season Westbrook had made six starts and compiled a 1.62 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.Things are not working out well for Chris Carpenter either. Carpenter had been pushing to get back into the Cardinals rotation but he will take a break after he did not feel good following a bullpen session. He will continue to throw in the meantime.
John Clayton trains for, throws out first pitch
John Clayton is as popular as ever. The ESPN NFL analyst, commonly known as the ?the Professor,? threw out the first pitch last night at the Safeco Field prior to the start of the Seattle Mariners game. Clayton even had himself a training regimen leading up to the game. Gotta hand it to Clayton, as the guy isn?t afraid make fun of himself, as we saw last year in the greatest ?This is SportsCenter? commercial since Charley Steiner led us to freedom. And here is that first pitch which also disproves the ponytail theory. Just little short and to the right, but the guy is 59 and isn?t exactly the most athletic. Not much worse than our President who fashions himself as one. H/T SportsGrid
Matt Harvey dating Swimsuit model Anne V
It has been quite a rookie season for New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey. Harvey has been stellar on the mound posting a 5-0 record with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. The 24-year-old right hander has also been active off the diamond hooking up with Swimsuit Model Anne V.Harvey and Anne Vyalitsyna met at a Rangers hockey game according to US Weekly and the two exchanged phone numbers. Since then they have been seen together and photographed together at the Rangers game on May 23.A @nyrangers win! Riding the elevator out of the garden with the beautiful @annev. And now bedtime, to get ready for @mets baseball? Matt Harvey (@MattHarvey33) May 7, 2013 Vyalitsyna previously dated Adam Levine, and has been linked to True Blood?s Alexander Skarsgard and DJ/producer Calvin Harris as well.[Gallery not found]
Umpire Angel Hernandez blows another call, Hawk Harrelson rightfully goes nuts (Video)
Another day, another blown call by MLB umpire Angel Hernandez at a critical juncture in a game. Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the Chicago White Sox were tied 3-3 with the visiting Miami Marlins and had loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning. White Sox batter Alex Rios hit a ground ball to shortstop and the Marlins turned the 6-4-3 double play. Unfortunately, it was obvious to everyone watching, especially White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson, that Rios beat the throw to first base. Not only should Rios should have been called safe, but the White Sox would have won the game with the runner from third coming home on the play. Harrelson, who is known for being a bit of a White Sox homer with his announcing style, was justifiably outraged after the blown call from Hernandez, who cost the Athletics a game earlier this month after blowing a home run call. Fortunately, however, the White Sox were able to overcome the bad call and win the game in the bottom of the 11th inning,
MLB Umpires Blow Double Play Call in Rangers-Mariners Game As Pitcher Bizarrely Intercepts First Baseman (Video)
At this point it may be more surprising when a week goes by without a terrible call by an MLB umpire.The latest gaffe might be the worst of all. The Rangers were attempting to pull off a 3-6-3 double play in the second inning when pitcher Justin Grimm stepped in front of first baseman Mitch Moreland to bizarrely intercept the ball. First base umpire Jeff Nelson thought Moreland caught the ball and ruled batter Jesus Sucre out.Seattle manager Eric Wedge immediately came out to argue the ruling, but even he didn?t know what had happened on the field. Wedge told MLB.com after the game that he was arguing that Moreland pulled his foot off the bag.?Everybody?s just focused on the bag,? Wedge said. ?I thought he came off the bag. That?s what I was out there arguing. And then I come to find out later, with the replay, that he didn?t even catch the ball. ? It would have been a much bigger argument if I had known that at the time, no doubt about it.?No one comes out of this situation loo...
Terry Francona playfully attacks Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo (Video)
Cleveland Indians manager (and former Boston Red Sox manager) Terry Francona playfully attacked NESN play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo before Friday night's game at Fenway Park. Francona first chased Orsillo out of the Indians dugout. Then, as Orsillo came back, Francona grabbed his tie and got him in a headlock. Fortunately for us, Orsillo's NESN colleague Jenny Dell captured it all on video. When it was all over, Orsillo finally left the dugout to fix his tie, which was a complete mess, while Francona shouted "Come back here, you big baby." Looks like if this Indians gig doesn't work out, Francona might have a future in the WWE. Video via @JennyDellNESN. H/T BLS. Visit us at holdoutsports.com and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.
Umpire badly blows double play call
First base umpire Jeff Nelson blew a call in unbelievable fashion on Friday night in Seattle. In the bottom of the second inning, Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre hit a grounder to first baseman Mitch Moreland. Moreland threw to Elvis Andrus at second for one, and Andrus fumbled with the ball before throwing it back to first for the apparent double play. Only that's not what really happened at all. Moreland's foot wasn't on the bag when he supposedly caught the ball from Andrus, so Sucre should have been safe to begin with. Also, there's the tiny little detail of Moreland not even actually catching the ball! That's right, pitcher Justin Grimm actually ended up making the catch on Andrus' throw, and he was nowhere near the bag. That didn't stop Nelson from calling Sucre out on what went down in the scorebooks as a 3-6-1 double play. The worst part for the Mariners is that Brendan Ryan followed Sucre's at bat wtih an RBI double, which could have been a ...
Ok, Ike will (likely) be gone. So, what?s next?
It was a demoralizing scene if I ever saw one.In the bottom of the 8th inning in Friday night?s game vs. the Braves, Ike Davis struck out for the fourth time in the game while looking hopeless at the plate. Once again, Davis earned the dreaded ?golden sombrero.? This was the third time this year Davis has earned that distinction. Last year, Davis accomplished that feat only once.As he was heading back to the dugout, Davis looked like a love-crossed mope in a romance drama while staggering back to the bench in the cold as the heavy rain fell on his head. It truly painted a picture of a man so down on his luck.With Davis now one for his last 40, the Mets only recourse these days is to finally demote him to Las Vegas. Unless Davis can, say, go 8-8 in his next two games, there is just no possible way Davis can stay up any longer and save face. The Mets, though, will likely wait until the end of the weekend before they finally pull the plug on Davis.Once they do, hopefully Davis ca...
Mets phenom is dating supermodel
There has been one stud athlete in New York City for the past 17 years, but Matt Harvey of the New York Mets is doing his best early on in his first full season to take that injured shorstop?s place. The 24-year-old pitcher for the Mets is 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA, an oustanding 0.829 WHIP and SO/BB rate of 4.35. While he is quickly becoming a fan favorite, like that other guy, he is already doing well for himself with the ladies. Harvey is dating suerpmodel Anne V. While US Weekly is reporting that the two are an item, it was quite obvious when they were spotted at the Rangers/Bruins game together looking awfully comfortable with one another. It was actually an earlier game where the two met. Harvey tweeted out back on May 6 that he shared an elevator with her following the team?s victory over the Caps. Well, Harvey struck while the iron was hot and asked her out. Last season, the Amercian League?s Justin Verlander grabbed attention by dominating opposing batter?s while dating Kate Upto...
Phil Hughes mocks Derek Jeter by ordering Starbucks as ?Sanderson? (Picture)
Derek Jeter set the internet on fire earlier this week when photos of him holding a Starbucks coffee with the name ?Philip? written across the side surfaced. Going incognito may have worked for Jeter while he ordered his coffee, but it didn?t stop the paparazzi from blowing up his spot. On Friday, one of his teammates ? who happens to actually be named Philip ? returned the favor. Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes decided to hit up Starbucks himself on Friday and have some fun with Jeter. As you may know, Jeter?s middle name is Sanderson. Check out the name Hughes used when ordering his beverage: Payback! sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-? twitter.com/PhilHughes65/s? ? Phil Hughes (@PhilHughes65) May 24, 2013 Bravo. Hopefully Hughes actually ordered the coffee using the name Sanderson and didn?t simply write it on the cup himself. Does anyone else see the next social media trend unfolding before our eyes? The art of ordering a coffee under a false name should be hencefo...
Detroit Tigers: resizing the AL Central
45 games into the season the Detroit Tigers are in the middle of a tighter than expected AL Central race. Detroit enters play on Friday trailing the upstart Cleveland Indians by a half game. Kansas City is five games behind the Tribe with the White Sox only a ½ game behind them. The Minnesota Twins, as expected, are bringing up the rear at 18-26 and eight games back.If only Justin Masterson could pitch every daySo is this 2011 all over again? Will Cleveland?s hot start sputter and stall once more as the Tigers overwhelm the rest of the pack with their superior roster and lofty payroll?Let?s go team-by-team to see how this thing is going to shake down come late September. We?ll do this in alphabetical order:Chicago White SoxThey seem to be missing just enough in every key area to not be a true contender this year. Their offense lacks excitement and elite firepower. Paul Konerko can only do so much. He will need big time seasons from all four of Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, Adam Du...
Matt Kemp rocks umpire Wally Bell?s face mask with a foul
It may have been an accident, but Matt Kemp didn't do a whole lot to endear himself to home plate umpire Wally Bell on May 21. Video: Matt Kemp rocks home plate umpire Wally Bell?s face mask The post Matt Kemp rocks umpire Wally Bell?s face mask with a foul appeared first on Players View.
Royals fan runs onto field, brilliantly avoids cop while stealing rosin bag (Video)
A Kansas City Royals fan ran onto the field at Kauffman Stadium during Thursday night's game and made a brilliant move to avoid a cop while stealing the rosin bag at the pitcher's mound before finally being tackled and handcuffed. It happened in the bottom of the eighth inning as Angels pitcher Michael Kohn was preparing to deliver an 0-2 pitch to Royals batter Alcides Escobar. The fan ran out towards the pitcher's mound and was chased by a lone cop. To avoid the cop, the fan made a sudden change in direction by sliding on the grass around the edge of the mound. The cop ran across the mound and when he tried to adjust his direction, he tripped and did a near faceplant on the mound. The fan then picked up the rosin bag and ran away, but eventually more security guards were able to catch up to him. Royals fans loved it, and Kohn especially got a good chuckle out of it. DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone running out onto the field at pro sports events. H/T LBS. Visit us at h
|Tim Duncan\'s Divorce Possibly Involves Sordid Affair|
The news of San Antonio Spurs superstar Tim Duncan's divorce surprised many when it broke recently. As a few details start to emerge there are bound to be even more surprises--like the fact that Tim Duncan felt the need to hire a private investigator! According to a report in the San Antonio Express Tim has had doubts for some time. About a year ago he hired a private investigator to tail her and see what she was up to. Typically its the other way around with wives hiring PI's to tail there professional athlete husbands who can't do without a little love and affection on the road! Tim Duncan is known for being a pretty stand up guy so it would have been pretty shocking had it been him that was fooling around. Perhaps the most shocking thing about the whole mess is that she moved out of the family home weeks ago. And this is the first we're hearing about this? Come on tabloids! Where are you guys at? Yeah, Tim Duncan may not be as flashy as LeBron James or garner the attention
Report: Tim Duncan Delaying Divorce Proceedings Due to NBA Playoff Run With Spurs
It?s never a great time to get divorced, but there probably isn?t a worse time for an NBA player than in the middle of a playoff run.That?s why Tim Duncan is trying to delay his divorce proceedings while he attempts to capture his fifth ring with the San Antonio Spurs, according to TMZ. Duncan?s wife filed for divorce back in March.The way that excuse is worded in Bexar County, Texas legal documents is that Duncan?s employment ?is currently making extraordinary demands on him and hopefully will continue to make those demands for the next 30 or so days.? Surprisingly, it doesn?t say ?Go Spurs? at the end of that sentence.Duncan and his wife signed a prenuptial agreement before they got married in 2001. Legal documents state that Duncan wants that prenup enforced.The Spurs are currently two games up on the Memphis Grizzlies in the conference finals. The Spurs and Grizzlies will face off in Game 3 on Saturday night.
Jared Sullinger continues to prove why he belongs with the Boston Celtics
In my opinion, Jared Sullinger was one of the few bright spots to what was an up and down season for the Boston Celtics. As the season entered the mid-winter months, and the trade deadline approached, block buster trades were ablaze and Boston was not excluded. Rumors that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the LA Clippers, Rajon Rondo was being shipped all around the league in potential trades. This is the NBA, especially at trade deadline time. Jared Sullinger's name was rarely mentioned. As the Celtics Post Game Show blazed along, Sullinger was a name I mentioned as an absolute must-stay with the C's. In Sully's contributions, prior to his season-ending back surgery, I saw a young man with a great desire to learn from the recourses surrounding him in the Celtics locker room. I was totally impressed by the under-sized power forward's uncanny ability for positioning around the glass. Sullinger has great hands and feet to compensate for his not-so-great jumping a...
Paul George: Heat have Big Three, we have Big Five
The Indiana Pacers evened their Eastern Conference finals series with the Miami Heat Friday night with a 97-93 victory in Game 2. Pacers forward/guard Paul George, who scored 22 points and had six assists, credits playing as a team and not relying on one guy for the win. ?Take nothing away from their
Parker shut out at Memphis restaurant
The San Antonio Spurs are in Memphis with a 2-0 series lead and all the momentum in their series with the Memphis Grizzlies. Spurs star point guard Tony Parker wanted a bite to eat, and headed to the Restaurant Iris,which is run by acclaimed chef Kelly English. Parker is an all NBA point, a food connoisseur and now he can relate to the many people who haven?t been able to get into a restaurant after being turned away from Iris according to the Big Lead. Head chef Kelly English then tried to justify why Parker was turned away from a restaurant in the rival city, and then tried to explain to the world that it wasn?t done on purpose. Iris coincidently doesn?t have any tables available for Parker until after the series returns back to San Antonio. The restaurant seeing that a storm was brewing, released a statement on the treatment given to Parker. At Restaurant Iris we pride ourselves on the service we provide to our guests. From the moment you make a reservation, to when you walk out of our d
Dwyane Wade delivers flying elbow to Lance Stephenson\'s head (Video)
Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade delivered flying elbow to the head of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, and was not called for a foul, during the fourth quarter of Friday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Was it an accident, or was it a cheap shot? You be the judge: TNT announcers Marv Albert and Reggie Miller didn't think it was intentional, but we would have to disagree. It looked like there was plenty of room for Wade to maneuver around Stephenson without jumping up and throwing an elbow to Stephenson's head as he ran by. Plus, Wade has been known for throwing around some cheap shots before. We'll see what the NBA thinks. H/T NIS. Related posts: Dwyane Wade kicks Ramon Sessions in the ding-ding (Video) Visit us at holdoutsports.com and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.
Video: LeBron James and Paul George show Game 2
LeBron James and Paul George are engaged in a epic battle in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The series which is heading to Indiana for Game 3, is tied after the Pacers snuffed out the Heat 97-93 after James made a pair of crucial turnovers late in the fourth period. James who had an otherwise stellar game with 36 points, keep the competition fierce while still engaging in sportsmanship with George after he dunked all over Chris ? The Birdman? Andersen. Video: Lebron James and Paul George show respect Video: Paul George dunks on The Birdman The post Video: LeBron James and Paul George show Game 2 appeared first on Players View.
Dwyane Wade Drops A Rather Unnecessary Elbow On Lance Stephenson
One of these years, Dwyane Wade will make it through a playoff series against the Indiana Pacers without delivering a cheap shot. At least he displayed a little more tact this time around, delivering the transition ?bow to Lance Stephenson?s dome while nobody was looking. Well, without the refs looking, that is. As for the cameras? Someone should remind Dwyane that they capture everything.[YouTube]Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Paul George dunked on Birdman, put him on a poster (Video)
Paul George absolutely annihilated Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen with a dunk late in the third quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Indiana Pacers forward was being guarded by LeBron James with about 10 seconds left in the quarter. He went left, blew by James, and then took off and dunked over Birdman with a spectacular throwdown.Here?s your posterized picture:Image via @WorldofIsaac; video via @CJZero
Tony Allen fined for ridiculous flop
Tony Allen?s ridiculous flop from the Game 2 of the NBA?s Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs almost caused a riot on Twitter. Well, now the 31-year-old Memphis Grizzlies guard has been fined $5,000 under the NBA?s new anti-flopping rules. The 31-year-old Memphis Grizzlies guard rolled around on the floor like he?d been shot in the head after Spurs guard Manu Ginobili fouled him hard with 26.1 seconds remaining in regulation on Tuesday night. The problem was that replays showed Allen?s head never actually hit the floor. In fact, it didn?t hit anything. In a postseason that has been marred by a ton of flopping allegations, Allen?s performance was easily the most egregious. Officials called a flagrant foul on Ginobili for grabbing Allen?s arm as he drove to the basket, and that was the correct call. But Allen definitely oversold the contact. When Allen hit the floor he writhed around like he was on fire and covered his head as if it had been badly injured. Allen t...
Tim Duncan appears headed towards a divorce from wife Amy
credit: getty imagesTim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are up 2-0 in the NBA Western Conference Finals and the 37-year-old was recently named to his 10th All-NBA team. Still it appears not all is well for Duncan.According to the San Antonio Express-News, Duncan and his wife Amy may have recently filed for divorce. A divorce case was filed in a San Antonio court two months ago that includes only the initials A.S.D and T.T.D. Duncan?s middle name is Theodore.It could be anyone but it is doubtful after a request was reportedly filed last week asking that a legal discovery be postponed until after the Spurs last playoff game.Duncan is averaging 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds in 12 playoff games against the Lakers, Warriors and Grizzlies.The Express-News also pointed out that the paperwork says the couple married around July 21, 2001, which was when Tim and Amy?s wedding took place. It also says they have two children together, whose birthdays coincide with the dates listed on the ...
Tim Duncan and wife Amy divorcing
Maintaining a last relationship with a pro athlete isn?t easy. Even for the players that live life on the more reserved side. Looks as if another sports marriage is on the rocks. Spurs star Tim Duncan and his wife Amy appear to be divorcing. The couple is attempting to keep things under wraps but in our current media climate, that?s almost as hard as winning Powerball. Details provided by the San Antonio Express-News: The style of the case is A.S.D. vs. T.T.D. Tim Duncan?s middle name is Theodore. The petition says the couple married on or about July 21, 2001, which coincides with the date of the Duncans? nuptials. Two children were born to the parties in the petition: A daughter with the initials S.I.D., born June 27, 2005, and a son, W.D.D., born Aug. 3, 2007. The Duncans have a daughter, Sydney, who reportedly was born on that date. Their son, Draven, is believed to have been born in 2007, though an exact birth date couldn?t be determined. These two were college sweethearts at W...
Report: Spurs\' Tim Duncan has filed for divorce
Tim Duncan has been dominant in the 2013 postseason thus far and is one of the main reasons the San Antonio Spurs are poised to challenge for another NBA championship. He is averaging 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds in 12 playoff games against the Lakers, Warriors and Grizzlies. And it appears this may all be happening while dealing with some off-court distractions. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Duncan and his wife Amy may have recently filed for divorce. A divorce case was filed in a San Antonio court two months ago that includes only the initials A.S.D and T.T.D. Duncan?s middle name is Theodore. To make matters even more curious, a request was reportedly filed last week asking that a legal discovery be postponed until after the Spurs last playoff game. Either the nation?s biggest Spurs fans have filed for divorce, or Duncan and his wife are splitting. The Express-News also pointed out that the paperwork says the couple married around July 21, 2001, which was when Tim an...
Is there a \'typo\' in Kevin Durant\'s new tattoo?
Kevin Durant tweeted on Tuesday that he was finishing his massive back tattoo, which you can see the ?before? picture of here. As the new photo above shows, it appears the artwork is finished. That may be a problem. The latest addition to Durant?s masterpiece includes a bible verse, which Ball Don?t Lie identified as James 1:2-4: ?Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides,? the passage reads. ?You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don?t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.? Perhaps we are misreading the fancy font, but it certainly looks like the word ?mature? is spelled ?mautre? in the last line the photo Durant posted shows. Durant seems to take his tattoos quite seriously, so he can?t be happy if that is indeed a spelling error. We have seen tattoo type-O?s in the past, but they are
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|Stacking the Odds: Week 9 Two-Start Pitchers|
With all but three teams playing seven games this week. The schedule is packed with 2-start pitchers. In previous weeks, the two-start streaming strategy was meant to give your team a competitive edge over your competition. This week, with many studs having two-start weeks, it is absolutely necessary to even have a chance to keep up. As always I will only suggest players who are widely available in most formats.American LeagueJose Quintana (CWS) vs. CHC, @OAK ? You may remember Quintana from when he took a no-no into the 7th against the Red Sox on Tuesday. In doing so, he has solidified himself in the White Sox rotation. He?s currently sporting a very solid 3.48 ERA to go along with a 1.18 WHIP. He tends to be get into trouble as he gets deeper into the game though. He has a 10.12 ERA in the 5th inning and a 7.20 in the 6th. This makes some sense because he is one of many pitchers in recent years to be transitioned from a relief role to be a starter. I would imagine that as he makes...
Stars on the Shelf: TheFantasyFix.com?s Week 8 DL Report
Here is TheFantasyFix.com?s week eight update on notable injured players. Here you will find an update on a player?s progress as well as my spin on their expected return dates and fantasy impact upon return. The players are listed by expected return date.The big additions here are a pair of star second basemen, Chase Utley and Ian Kinsler. While Kinsler should be back after the stint is up, Utley could be a month or more.NEW ON THE SHELF: Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Ryan Vogelsong, Jaime Garcia, Alexi Ogando, Andy PettitteBACK IN ACTION: Jason Heyward, Andrew Bailey, Matt Garza, Michael Cuddyer, AJ Pierzynski, John DanksPLAYEREXPECTED RETURN DATELATEST UPDATEJosh Reddick5/27/2013As of now surgery is not needed for Reddick, and as long as he feels good taking hacks could be back in less than a week. Stay tuned though. Wrist injuries are tough.Jered Weaver5/28/2013The Angels? wildman is ready to rejoin his team after a 75 pitch rehab game Wednesday. He will likely eit...
Daily FanDuel Picks: May 25, 2013
Happy Memorial Day weekend! Yesterday snapped my two-game winning streak as I opted for the wrong high-priced starting pitcher ? Anibal Sanchez?s 25 points crushed Jordan Zimmermann?s 10 despite Zimmermann picking up his eighth win of the year. Today will be a semi-condensed version of my daily picks due to some time constraints, but I did want to get them out regardless.Instead of explaining my picks today, I wanted to talk a little about daily game strategy. The way I see it there are about five basic approaches to selecting your daily lineup. I don?t use the same one every day, and generally it?s the pitching options that dictate which route I go, and I?m curious as to what you guys think of the various strategies.The five that I?ve identified are enumerated below. Let me know if you follow any of these more than the others, and if you think I left one out please let me know. For the most part, I adhere to option three.Spend big on pitching, grab an elite bat or two, fill the hol...
2013 Fantasy Baseball: The Week 9 Closer Report
Before we get to the closer report, I want to throw a little plug in for the my FantasyFix podcast debut. You can catch me and Brett Talley talking baseball here. Enough shameless self-promotion. Did you pick up a save in the Marlins bullpen this week? It sounds like just about anyone who can throw a ball from a mound has a shot there. And just as I thought I was going to write 1000 words on the Marlins bullpen, Friday night implosions and injuries saved me (and you).And I?m a sucker for plaintains so you get week of Rodney and his plantain.Miami Marlins?We?re going to use everybody.? ? Mike Redmond when asked who his closer is. Everybody? Me? You? Everybody? The Marlins don?t get a ton of save chances and likely won?t for the remainder of the season. However, a closer is a closer is a closer. When you are chasing saves (as I am in a couple of my leagues) any little indication of a new closer option gets your antennae up. The saves leader coming into this week was Steve Cishek, b...
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler Eyes Early Comeback From ACL Injury
Buffalo Bills starting tight end Scott Chandler had his 2012 season cut short by an ACL tear.Despite his early jokes about returning better than Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Chandler has a chance to return to the field faster than expected, and has performed at a higher than expected level as well.Chandler, who had his surgery a mere four and a half months ago, has been running and cutting on his surgically repaired knee, eyeing a return to the playing field in time for the regular season.?The knee feels really good,? Chandler said. ?I feel great. Running routes you could probably tell it?s not 100 percent, but it?s better than most so I feel good.?Chandler?s knee was repaired by Dr. Leslie Bisson and Chandler was working with trainers in Iowa, where he resides during the offseason. So far, Chandler has been running routes for roughly three weeks and will continue to work on his knee until he?s 100 percent.?It feels normal,? said Chandler. ?I can?t say enough a
New York Giants? Terrell Thomas Taking A Cautious Approach to His Comeback
When the New York Giants took the field for their first series of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), cornerback Terrell Thomas was noticeably absent. But it wasn?t because he?s had a set-back or is behind schedule ? it?s because after two consecutive ACL tears, he and the team physicians are taking a cautious approach to his return.?There?s no hurry. There?s no rush,? said Thomas. ?There wasn?t one last year. I was just ahead of schedule last year. This year, we?re kind of just taking it a little bit slower as far as rehab, building the foundation. I?m doing everything already. It?s just doing it a little bit more slower and not in a rush to get out there for OTAs or mini-camp.?Thomas also recently addressed the idea of moving to safety, saying he?d do whatever the team asked. And although it doesn?t look like that switch is in the team?s immediate plans, the idea was floated by General Manager Jerry Reese earlier in the offseason.?I just want to be on the field again, ma
Kansas City Chiefs Select RB Knile Davis In The 2013 NFL Draft
3.34 Kansas City Chiefs Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas (5-11, 227)With the 34th pick in the third round of the NFL Draft, the Chiefs selected RB Knile Davis from Arkansas. There is no denying the skill set that Knile Davis has. He?s got arguably some of the best athleticism of anyone in the draft but there is a reason he slid to the end of the third round. For one, his durability is a concern. He had many injuries in his college career and scouts say he didn?t quite have the same lateral quickness after an ankle injury during the 2011 season. He also had a tough time holding onto the ball last season putting it on the floor 8 times in only 120 touches. The fumbleitis can be fixed by coaching but the injuries are hopefully something he can get past.Still, the kid runs a 4.37 forty and would be an excellent compliment behind starter Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs still have Shaun Draughn for depth but that?s it. If Davis can show well during pass-blocking drills and in the preseason, there i...
Foul Paul! Time For Some Reader Questions
@DSveum asks: Hey Paul, big fan. Name a pitcher who could be valuable for the rest of the season who wasn?t drafted in many leagues.Excellent question. Matt Garza is fresh off the DL and is a top 40 pitcher when he is healthy. He could gain even more value if (when) he is traded to a contender. Believe it or not, for his career Matt Garza has NEVER had an ERA above 3.95 in a full season. He?ll keep his ratios in check and can still strike out 8 batters per 9. Not to mention he?s pitching for a contract this year, Garza looks like a sneaky pickup. Also, keep an eye on Michael Pineda. If his velocity is back and he laid off the Cheetos during his rehab, he could be useful in the second half.@KateUpton asks: ?Paul, you aren?t returning any of my calls! I?ve been begging you for months, please go out with me.?I?ll let you know Kate. Please stop calling.@Adityasharkbyte asks: Who?s the better player, Harper, Trout or Machado?This is a tricky one. There is only one real way to truly find ...
Dumpster Diving: Go Get Anthony Rendon
Welcome to Dumpster Diving, where we search for deep league pick-ups among the picked over. In this space we?ll highlight some of the good and bad lurking on the waiver wire in those deep mixed leagues (14+ teams) and NL/AL-only leagues. Today, let?s take it around the horn for some recommended additions across the diamond.Note: Ownership percentages are Yahoo, ESPNCatcherRussell Martin, PIT ? (40%, 24%)After a two-year stint with the Yankees, the 30-year-old backstop is back in the NL and thriving again. His numbers aren?t outstanding, but he has 6 HR and a .262 BA, which is good enough to make him a legitimate starter in all deep leagues. He?s currently on pace for his second straight 20-HR season and his .255 BABIP should be rising.Corner InfieldBrandon Belt, SF ? (38%, 23.9%)Belt started the season colder than a San Francisco summer, but lately has reminded us why he was a Baseball America Top 25 prospect in 2011. After finishing April with 2 HR and a .235 BA, Belt has hit 4 HR ...
Seattle Mariners Option Catcher Jesus Montero To Tacoma
The Seattle Mariners have optioned catcher Jesus Montero to their Triple-A Tacoma minor league affiliate. Montero, who was expected to play a solid role with the club this season, has struggled to a .208 batting average over 29 games.What is even worse, the Mariners look to have soured on his defense as they are reporting that he will be playing first base in the minors, which isn?t a good sign for a weak hitting catcher. Taking his spot on the active roster at the moment is Jesus Sucre. The post Seattle Mariners Option Catcher Jesus Montero To Tacoma appeared first on FFLockerRoom | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports News | Sports Talk |.
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley Hits Disabled List, Other Notes
The Philadelphia Phillies have had to place second baseman Chase Utley once again on the 15-day disabled list, this time for a strained right oblique which is retroactive to May 21st. Luckily for him and the team the strain is considered pretty mild and shouldn?t take too long to heal. Of course with the wear and tear on his body after several seasons in the major leagues, nothing should be taken for granted with his healing progress.Taking Utley?s spot on the active roster is utility man Michael Martinez who was recalled from their Triple-A Lehigh Valley minor league affiliate. He has struggled all season in the minors and will provide the parent club some depth and not much more in Utley?s absence.In another move, the Phillies have also recalled right-handed reliever Michael Stutes from Lehigh Valley. Tossing a respectable 3.33 earned run average along with a solid 1.19 WHIP, he comes equipped with a better than 2:1 strike outs per walk ratio. Expect him to toss middle-relief ou...
Minnesota Twins Recall P.J. Walters From Rochester
The Minnesota Twins have recalled right-handed starter P.J. Walters from their Triple-A Rochester minor league affiliate. Walters has performed well in the minors this season and hopes to bring the success with him to the majors. Expect the kid to join the starting rotation at some point this weekend. The post Minnesota Twins Recall P.J. Walters From Rochester appeared first on FFLockerRoom | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports News | Sports Talk |.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
3.11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Glennon QB, NC StateWith the 11th pick of the third round the Buccaneers took Mike Glennon, quarterback out of NC State. Glennon is a strong armed QB whose strength will be getting the ball down field. This pick created buzz as soon as it was announced and has only gained steam with Bucs second year coach Greg Schiano stating that Glennon will get the most reps throughout preseason and he?s not against starting him over Josh Freeman. I personally see Glennon sitting and learning the offense this year and if he shows promise things could get interesting when Freeman becomes a free agent next offseason. The post Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Mike Glennon, QB, NC State appeared first on FFLockerRoom | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports News | Sports Talk |.
Philadelphia Eagles Select Bennie Logan, DL, LSU
3.05 Philadelphia Eagles Bennie Logan, DL, LSUWith the 5th pick of the 3rd round the Eagles took Bennie Logan, defensive lineman out of LSU. Standing at 6-2 and weighing in at 302lbs Logan gives the Eagles a versatile defensive lineman who will be able to line up in multiple alignments in their new 3 man front. I don?t think he starts in year one but he will provide the Eagles with depth and be a nice rotational player. The post Philadelphia Eagles Select Bennie Logan, DL, LSU appeared first on FFLockerRoom | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports News | Sports Talk |.
Oakland Raiders? Fans Had Role in Landing Charles Woodson
No matter where the team is in the standings or going in the future, Raidernation stands up. The Oakland Raiders are coming off a tough 4-12 year and a significant playoff drought since 2002. However, that has not deterred the silver and black fans from coming out to show Charles Woodson how much they would love to have him back in Oakland.?I?ll tell you man, it was overwhelming,? Woodson said in a conference call with the media. ?I think that if at any time I?d ever forgotten what the love was like in Oakland, I was definitely reminded yesterday.?Upwards of 100 Raider faithful met Woodson when he landed to meet with the team. He was drafted by the Raiders in the 1998 NFL Draft and played his first eight NFL season in Oakland. He made four Pro Bowls as well as being a key cog in three straight playoff appearances from 2000-2002, which included a Super Bowl trip. With that kind of success, Woodson is a fan favorite and that support helped him choose the Raiders.I think it played a...
Ramses Barden Reluctantly Re-Signs With The Giants
The New York Giants have re-signed wide receiver Ramses Barden. Barden attempted to hit it big in free agency but he doesn?t really have the track record to command big-time interest. He has raised his major statistics in each of the last four seasons, all with the G-Men, but that isn?t saying much. He finished 2012 with 14 receptions for 220 yards and one quality game in which he crossed the century mark. But he still doesn?t have an NFL touchdown and still hasn?t played a full season without missing games. His best bet was to comeback to a team and quarterback that know him and try to make 2013 a standout year.What Barden does have is great size at 6-6, 224 lbs. If he can put it together this season and play with some consistency, there is a chance he can be a regular contributor for the Giants and actually strike it rich next offseason. But don?t look for him to be a sleeper in fantasy drafts. He?ll be parked behind Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle. The post Ramse...
Saints Waive 2011 Seventh Round Pick DE Greg Romeus
The New Orleans Saints have waived 2011 7th round draft pick DE Greg Romeus. Romeus tore his right ACL during his final year at Pittsburgh and then tore his left ACL/MCL during 2012 OTA?s. He?s never made it to an NFL game but could mount a comeback if he has it in him. It?s not easy to bounce back from these types of injuries in back-to-back years but not impossible.The Saints were also not willing to wait on Romeus to recover because he doesn?t fit well with their new 3-4 scheme. If he makes it back next season, it?s likely to be with a team employing a 4-3. The post Saints Waive 2011 Seventh Round Pick DE Greg Romeus appeared first on FFLockerRoom | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports News | Sports Talk |.
Cincinnati Reds Sign RHP Trevor Bell To Minor League Deal
Free agent right-handed pitcher Trevor Bell and the Cincinnati Reds have come to terms on a minor league contract that will see him pitch for their Triple-A Louisville farm club. He was roughed up brutally in 2012 so there is no guarantee of anything other than providing organizational depth at the minor league level with this signing. The post Cincinnati Reds Sign RHP Trevor Bell To Minor League Deal appeared first on FFLockerRoom | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports News | Sports Talk |.
Blake Gideon Of The Denver Broncos Retires, Mario Fannin Waived
The Denver Broncos have gotten word that safety Blake Gideon is retiring from the National Football League. Gideon, who was an undrafted free agent just a year ago has given up on the thought of making it as a player in the game and will now focus on the next part of his life. FFLockerRoom wishes Gideon well in any venture that he takes on.In another move, Denver has also waived running back Mario Fannin who has been injured the past two years, having torn both, his ACL and Achilles. The post Blake Gideon Of The Denver Broncos Retires, Mario Fannin Waived appeared first on FFLockerRoom | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports News | Sports Talk |.
Green Bay Packers Trying Mike Neal at Outside Linebacker
If there is one thing Mike Neal has proven he can do for the Green Bay Packers defense, it?s rush the passer. Now, the Packers may be trying to maximize that ability because on the first day of organized team activities, the fourth-year defender from Purdue was moved from his customary defensive end position to outside linebacker.Remembering that it is only OTA?s ? the move may not mean a whole lot. It could just be the coaching staff doing their due diligence and getting a player some practice reps at a position where he may to have play in a tight spot. Yet, if there ever was a time to experiment with position moves, it?s right now.Neal came to the Packers with high expectations after he was selected by the team in the second round of the 2010 Draft ? but injuries sidetracked the first two years of his career, then a four-game suspension to start last season set him back even further.Just when things started looking bleak, Neal took advantage of the opportunity given to him by ...