March 2009 Archives
Police in Newark, 30 miles east of Columbus, say when they responded to a report of a crash with injuries on March 4, they found a man who had wrecked a bar stool powered by a deconstructed lawn mower.
Twenty-eight-year Kile Wygle was hospitalized for minor injuries. Police say he was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he told an officer at the hospital that he had consumed 15 beers. Wygle told police his motorized bar stool can go up to 38 mph.
Now, I've done some questionable things under the influence of one too many drinks in the past, but have been lucky enough not to become an internet celebrity for any of these antics. But then again, I could never construct anything like this in a million years.
I'm just not that mechanically inclined.
As the Lakers were in Atlanta Saturday night, Bynum was where most men asipre to be -- partying at the Playboy Mansion. And judging by the preceeding photo, his knee is strong enough to allow him to carry around playmates on his shoulders.
SI's Arash Markazi reports on Bynum's status.
"Wearing a green smoking jacket and slippers, Bynum, whose injury status is generating daily headlines in Los Angeles, partied like a rock star near the infamous grotto.
He picked up Playmate Nicole Narain and placed her on his shoulders and got somebody to take a picture with his digital camera.
Upper-body strength, check.
He hopped over a velvet rope near the DJ booth so he could take a picture with Narain and other Playmates who ended up sitting on his lap.
Jumping ability, check.
He sidestepped a few of the roaming cameras and got down with some Playmates on the checkered dance floor set up in the backyard.
Lateral movement, check.
The two men, Sekou Sakor and Ansu Keit, were African immigrants and were each shot in the head.
Vilma was not at the scene or believed to be involved, according to authorities.
Investigators think the slayings may be related to a web scheme involving counterfeit money.
2 slain at NY apartment of NFL player (AP)
The revitalization of the University of Missouri basketball program can be attributed to the efrorts of one man -- coach Mike Anderson. In 2006 he took a scandal-ridden program that was the object of widespread ridicule and brought the team a few made three-pointers away from its first Final Four appearance.
As the country's NCAA coaching consciousness is focused on John Calipari's possible move to Kentucky, chatter surrounding Anderson's future is also quietly heating up.
The Detroit Free Press reports it's the second-highest amount owed to a released player in the club's history -- behind the club's $14.3 million hit it took in 2003 with Damion Easley.
The move is even more perplexing considering his next home run will be the 500th of Sheffield's career.
Sheffield hit .178 (8-for-45) during spring training.
Celtics star forward Paul Pierce recently "tweeted" out a free ticket offer to fans, and actually showed up and came through.
How would I describe what transpired between the Blackhawks and Canucks Sunday night?
Well, that old saying, "I went to a boxing match and a hockey game broke out," was the first thing that came to mind.
The topic, of course, was Michigan State basketball. The Spartans had a date with the Kansas Jayhawks later in the night and the guy wanted to get my thoughts on the game. I was perfectly honest. After telling him that big Cole Aldrich scared me and I was afraid of Sherron Collins slicing through the lane like hot knife through butter, I ended with this: "But, if history has taught me anything, it's not to doubt Tom Izzo.
The steady hand that guides the blue-collar program has made a habit of cutting down nets, making Final Fours and proving all of his critics wrong.
And, darn it if he didn't do it again.
French pole vaulting champion Romain Mesnil recently ran nude through the streets of Paris -- all while holding his pole. Mesnil hopes the stunt drums up a new sponsorship deal.
He's posted the footage on his personal Web site for those of you who really want to see it.
It's bad enough when one freak injury happens during the course of a sporting event, but the crowd in attendance at this particular game were treated to the sight of two horrific injuries in a single outing.
First, referee Chris Cozzan had his neck accidentally slashed by the skate of Norfolk forward Radek Smolenak in the first period. Then during the second period Grand Rapids winger Ryan Oulahen got his skate stuck in the boards and snapped his femur, resulting in a compound fracture.
I think not.
Spartan big man Idong Ibok was evidently really excited to be part of such a big game -- so much so that he momentarily forgot the rules of basketball. After three-point specialist Chris Allen connected on a free throw, Ibok rushed to the baseline to inbound the ball -- presumably for the Jayhawks.
Awkward video after the jump.
His son Jerry Rice Jr. will hope to enjoy the same meteoric rise when he walks on to Rick Neuheisel's UCLA squad in the fall. The five-foot-ten, 180-pound wideout has decided to join the Bruins squad after only Air Force offered him a scholarship.
Avery's now infamous "sloppy seconds" earned him a six-game suspension, but as a New York Times piece points out today, the hard-nosed left winger is anything but sloppy when it comes to fashion.
Kentucky is expected to announce the firing of coach Billy Gillispie at 4:30 p.m. (EST) press conference.
Source: Donovan to leave UF (My FOX 35)
One major problem is that the face of the Fish, Hanley Ramirez, is fond of both these things. The National League's best shortstop threw a fit after cutting his cornrows, cutting loose with some Magic Marker-fueled cuss words.
McEnroe is one of 26 victims of a scam allegedly perpetrated by art dealer Lawrence Salander, who targeted investment firms, art owners and collectors. The scheme is said to have involved a total of $88 million and McEnroe lost $2 million.
Yeah, he's good.
Meet Pat Venditte, who is simultaneously one of the Yankees' top left- and right-handed pitching prospects.
If Venditte, who will start this season with Calss-A Charleston, makes the Yankees, he'll double the number of ambidexterous pitchers throughout Major League history. The only other pitcher to throw with both arms in a game was Greg Harris, who did it while playing for the Expos in one 1995 game. It was a stunt -- and a pretty lame one at that.
But by all indications, Venditte is for real -- and could pose an interesting threat to MLB batters if he can boost his right-handed fastball from average to above average.
Venditte has been getting national attention for quite a while. As a junior on the Creighton University baseball team, he was profiled by the New York Times.
So, it's a shame to see some controversy surrounding one the holiest days to those who worship at the altar of baseball.
A recent press release from the team reads:
"You can probably deduce that All-You-Can-Eat ballpark food might lead to substantial gas, which is where corporate sponsor, Subtle Butt, enters the picture. Made of activated carbon fabric, each disposable 3.25" square shield is held onto the inside of the underwear with two self-adhesive strips. Subtle Butt effectively filters flatulence, absorbing and neutralizing its odor."
I especially enjoy the "shoulda put a ring on it' part of the song where Howard points to the wrong ring finger, realizes his error, and promptly switches hands. Well done, Dwight Howard. Well done.
McAfee, an NFL prospect, took on the masked, bloodied War Pig in a semi-professional Wrestling match at the South Charleston Community Center.
This is the type of story that every sports writer hopes to someday cover, but rarely have the chance. Indeed, writing for a small-market newspaper has its perks. For instance, you have the ability to dedicate 1,300 words to a wrestling match at a community center.
Ashley B. Craig's article in the Charleston Daily Mail offers this blow-by blow recounting of the match:
Today, 22 students from St. Mary's College in California got cozy a glass box in an homage to the famous 1959 Life Magazine photograph that showcased co-eds booth-stuffing.
America's favorite gymnast-turned-dancer, Shawn Johnson, has obtained a restraining order against a man who was arrested Tuesday for jumping a fence at the lot where "Dancing With the Stars" is filmed.
"Per court documents filed by Johnson's parents, Los Angeles police found a "a loaded .45 handgun, a loaded shotgun, and materials classically used for kidnapping including duct tape, zip ties [and] a map to the victim" in 34-year-old Robert O'Ryan's car.
"Also found were love letters, clippings and other information on the victim [Johnson]," the petition continued.
The fan's delusions include what he construes as a meaningful, two-way relationship with Johnson.
BY MARK BIEGANSKI
The last time the newest mistress of pop music performed in Chicago, she was almost arrested for prancing around town in hot pants.
But during Tuesday night's sold-out double performance at the House of Blues, Lady Gaga had no qualms about going sans pants -- a signature staple that's followed her from the interview circuit to the dance stage.
New York Giant and former Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burris faces mandatory minimum of 3 1/2 years in prison in connection with the incident.
But we'll know Tuesday how seriously the state of New York views the word 'mandatory' when Burris appears in court to enter a plea.
His friends/teammates were optimistic that there would be some leeway in the term mandatory. Both Brandon Jacobs and Osi Umenyiora talked to the New York Daily News about the Burris situation.
The West Michigan Whitecaps have fired the latest beefy salvo in what seems to now be an annual battle among minor league baseball teams to kill off their fans.
The Detroit Tiger's Single-A affiliate is hawking a $20 cholesterol bonanza, dubbed the 5/3 pounder, for the Fifth Third Bank sponsorship of their ballpark, that features:
5 beef patties
5 slices of cheese
Nearly a cup of chili
"Liberal" doses of salsa and corn chips
All smashed between two 8-inch sesame-seed buns.
The Bulls join eight other teams -- the Lakers, Heat, Suns, Spurs, Mavericks, Rockets and Knicks -- in holding such an event.
The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post reported today that the Miami-Dade commissioners approved the stadium with a 9-4 vote yesterday.
After the jump, you'll see some renderings of the Marlins' sexy new home, which they hope to occupy starting in 2012:
To the long list of words that some may use to describe the former Falcons quarterback, it seems possible that 'author' may be added. The last two sentences of an article about the return of attorney Daniel Meachum to Vick's legal team in today's AJC read:
We all think our bracket is the best. That it will be the bracket that will transcend all previous brackets and set the bar for all future brackets.
Recently, Kevin and I sat down for a highly informed discussion about this phenomenon -- and were lucky enough to capture the footage.
If the Internet is the best thing to happen to work - ever - then the NCAA Tournament streaming live - every glorious, nail-biting, upset-making moment of it - is the gold that fills your cubicle-trapped soul with light and happiness.
And yes, I know you've been watching at work. According to numbers reported by Paidcontent.org, there were 4.8 MILLION unique visits to cbssports.com through Saturday alone. That's just the first three days of the tourney - and up 65 percent over the same numbers in 2008.
Not stopping there, he added this:
""If [Memphis] played in the ACC Conference, they'd have a losing record in the league," Vasquez said. "They'd probably win all of their games outside the league and have a losing record in the league. The ACC is too tough."
Things, however, did not go as Vasquez planned.Memphis "needs some competition," Vasquez said. "It's going to be a fight. I don't care who guards me. I'm going to go at him and at the whole team. I'm such a competitor. I don't care who's in front of me. I'm going to compete.
An injury to expensive new toy is not exactly what they need.
But, luckily for them, Burnett was protected by a higher power.
That's right. We're talking about Bruce Lee.
No Lion will wear Smith's jersey number (93) in 2009, Lions player development director Galen Duncan said Saturday.
Michael Jordan called Sarasota his spring training home when he tried out for the White Sox. (Sun-Times photo)
It was revealed this past week that the Cubs are exploring alternatives to their current Spring Training home in Mesa, Ariz.
The Cubs have until February of next year to opt out of their agreement with Mesa. If they do opt out, the team can move as early as 2012.
Cubs chairman Crane Kenny considers the team "the most desirable free agent in the market."
Naturally, speculation has begun as to where the Cubs could possibly wind up if they decide not to stay in Arizona.
"Coach K, I think, is a great coach. And you know, Reggie Love, my assistant, played for Coach K. And so it's not surprising. I didn't pick him to go to the finals. Look he's a competitive guy, I just don't think they've got the inside game to go all the way. But I look forward to him proving me wrong," the president said.
Last night, we watched American University flirt with a monumental upset against Villanova. As luck would have it, political activist and friend of the blog Alex Barriger (an American alum) had nothing better to do than record his thoughts.
When not reading articles on Slate or preparing hearty Greek salads, Barriger can be found at 311 concerts and whimsically recalling his high-school lacrosse glory days.
BY ALEX BARRIGER
Villanova 5, American 0
Hmm. Only 47 seconds in. It's
going to be one of those games. Oh well, at least we made it this year.
Let's try not to be embarrassed.
Villanova 17, American 16
Wow, only down by 1. OK, maybe
this will be interesting, but Villanova will surely pull away with ample
time left, thus sparing my heart the pain of almost upsetting a 3 seed.
American 27, Villanova 24
Midway through the first half
- and we're winning. Garrison Carr just hit another 3, his third
in three minutes.
American 41, Villanova 31Joy. Elation. Disbelief. Its halftime and we're actually winning - by 10. This could happen. We could beat Villanova. We could be this year's Cinderella. I make a mental note to check flights to Detroit for the Final Four, not worrying about Duke, Pitt or any of the other obstacles we'll face if we win.
Enter Morgan State's Ameer Ali.
Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring record this afternoon in the Tar Heels' dismantling of Radford. As the crowd gave him a standing ovation, the senior opted not to acknowledge the crowd, choosing instead to focus on the game he was playing in -- and to respect his opponent.
BY MIKE CLARK
We don't know about you, but here at Sports Pros(e), there's nothing we love more than a good fight.
Take two guys with chips on their shoulders and tattoos on their biceps, throw them in a chicken-wire cage and it's enough to make us forget how mad we are at those AIG traders who don't want to give back their bonuses.
It's no wonder mixed martial arts is one of the few American industries not lining up for a government bailout (though maybe Elite XC should have tried that before it tapped out for the last time last fall).
Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh and North Carolina were the most popular picks to reach the Final Four in Detroit.
"Police have not revealed how high Stallworth's blood alcohol level was at the time of the collision, but in Florida, Stallworth had to be at least .09 or higher for police to consider him too drunk to drive.
The golfing enthusiast announced today on her blog that she and husband Mike McGee are expecting their first child this fall.
The school's Web site says assistant coach George Blaney will coach in Calhoun's absence.
What's that, you say? The games have yet to be played?
Let me make a few things clear about my brackets.
1. My brackets are the rubric by which invading aliens will one day surmise everything they need to know about the human race.
2. My Sweet 16 picks alone have the power to solve the Illinois budget crisis.
3. My brackets are 47 percent more accurate than whatever will actually happen in the NCAA tournament.
4. When I completed my bracket predictions on Yahoo! it broke the Internet for a solid four minutes.
5. My brackets have won the 2009 and 2010 Pulitzer prizes for excellence in literature and accurate future predicting.
So question me if you will, dear reader. But know this: To question my brackets is to question the very existence of absolute truth. And without absolute truth, could we have ever really existed in the first place?
As you might expect, some intrepid journalist ran with this fun little piece and asked Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski what he thought of Obama saying their most bitter rival would take home the title.
Coach K echoed the sentiments of a lot of Joe Six-Packs out there, saying the president has bigger fish to fry.
Every year, there's myriad stories about how March Madness zaps workplace productivity and costs businesses billions of dollars.
This year's figure is somewhere in the $4 billion range.
It just so happens that we share a passion for Jumbotron antics, which is why we were very excited by the appearance of Daylon Trotman on "Ellen" today. The 7-year-old Celtics fan has become somewhat of an overnight celebrity in Boston thanks to his dance routine that was caught on the Jumbotron at the Garden recently.
Here's (soon-to-be-removed-from-YouTube) video of the Celtics fan-turned-viral-video enthusiast on "Ellen" today:
Bush and Kardashian also talk about their relationship in a behind-the-scenes interview. Some of the highlights:
- Kim: Oh, my God, Reggie is the slowest person anyone will ever encounter. I don't understand how he's so fast on the field. He's like a slug!
I have to say that as a Cubs fan, I would hate to see this happen.
But as a White Sox fan, I would happily welcome him to the South Side.
Many "true" Chicago sports fans have stopped reading at this point.
That's because in order to be a true Chicago sports fan, you must at some point make the Sophie's choice of this city's sports world; the question that almost always comes up when you're out of town and someone finds out you're from here -- Cubs or Sox?
To many, my answer -- "both" -- is utterly unacceptable.
[Via Awful Announcing]
By all accounts, Landry's wound is relatively minor and he's expected to be back on the court in a matter of weeks.
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at a 2005 Cubs game. (John Kim/Sun-Times)
In a NASCAR teleconference today in advance of this weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch said he's "feeling better" about the Cubs chances this year.
The confessed Cub fan and driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge had this to say about the North Siders' chances this season:
"I'm definitely feeling better about years past, knowing last year we all were so let down. I almost felt suicidal with the way the season ended.
"So now I'm looking forward maybe to winning a playoff series, whether it's NLCS, NLDS to get to the World Series. I think we now can relax a little bit knowing they're doing the proper things to making themselves more of a challenger up there, especially in the NL Central, how many good teams there are."
Below is the full transcript from Busch's interview:
But outside of the ring, face tattoo enthusiast Mike Tyson is steadily making his way back into the collective consciousness. A documentary film and an appearance on the cover of a new EA Sports video game are creating some buzz around Tyson, who retired from boxing in 2005 after a bizarre career that included three-year prison-induced hiatus and a much-ballyhooed ear-biting incident in 1996.
Ever wonder how a virtual version of Muhammad Ali at his prime would fare against a virtual version of Mike Tyson in his prime? That answer can finally be found in "Fight Night Round 4" on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
The Boston Herald reports:
Police say Stallworth has not been charged and a police source says the player was driving a black Bentley at the time of the incident. A Bentley with heavy front-end damage was towed into a police parking lot early Saturday afternoon.
Fatal wreck involving NFL player snarls traffic to the beach (Miami Herald)
Former WWE wrestler Andrew "Test" Martin was found dead in his Tampa apartment Friday night, according to Tampa TV station WTSP. He was 33.
In an exclusive e-mail obtained by the Sports Pros(e) staff, coach Jon Redmond writes:
The Playstation 3 2009 NHL season came to an end last night with a thrilling 4 - 3 OT win in a Game 7 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
I just got off the phone with Mayor Daley who is thrilled to have a championship return to Chicago.
I'd like to thank my two roommates, Eric and Chris for their dedication towards winning this championship. In addition, I'd like to give a shout out to Zach for purchasing the game as my Christmas gift. Andy, Dustin, Brad and Russ for their stellar play throughout the season.
It was a long and treacherous road. Entering the playoffs as a 6th seed (45 regular season wins). We were pushed to the brink of elimination in round 1 of the Western Conference Playoffs versus the Colorado Avalanche before we took down the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks to win the Cambell Bowl.
Defenseman Duncan Keith won the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the regular season and even more impressively, Keith won the Conn Smyth Trophy.
Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for his great play between the pipes.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get ready for my celebratory lunch with Ms. Carol Moseley Braun!!!
I know as journalists we're supposed to stay impartial when it comes to these matters, but I have to say I was pulling for Redmond all season long. I coached my club against his a few times in online gameplay, so I've witnessed, via the power of the Interweb, Jon's on-ice tenacity and devotion to the game of fake hockey.Coach Redmond
He's a competitor through and through. He gives 110 percent every time his club suits up. And when he checks you against the boards, you'd better believe your DuoShock controller is going to rumble more vociferously than, say, when I face user name caps_fan_311.
So let us be the first to congratulate coach Redmond and his team. And we leave you with the following photographic evidence of this momentous occasion:
Leslie visited the White House a while back and recounts her meeting with President Obama and first lady Michelle.
Here's how she describes the scene as Obama entered:
"And there he was... OMG, I'm going to faint... He is really tall, handsome and cool; just like he looks on TV. And a little pigeon toed I might add. As he made his way to the podium, he looked at me and WAVED!!! (ok, well he couldn't miss me standing 6'5 plus heels... Don't hate, he waved at ME!)"
But it was Leslie's next sentence (and accompanying emoticon) that immediately jumped out at us:
No word on whether Jesus juice was served at the event.
With the baseball season rapidly approaching, we're destined to hear more and more each day about the 101-year drought since the Cubs' last World Series victory and the curse that supposedly surrounds the team.
But the Cubs certainly aren't the only squad believed to be under some magical spell preventing them from reaching the promised land. And, when you compare their mystical plight to that of Japan's Hanshin Tigers, it almost seems boring.
After all, the Cubs' problems have nothing to do with
Colonel Sanders or Kentucky Fried Chicken.
A statue of the bearded fast food magnate was tossed into an Osaka river by overzealous
fans after a particularly rousing 1985 victory. The rabid crowd had lifted the
likeness from its base because it bore a resemblance to Tigers slugger Randy
Bass. For 24 years, efforts to find the monument at the bottom of the body of
water had been fruitless.
In this case, however, I am going to side with the anti-flopping camp.
Brazilian midfielder Sergio Escudero shows us just how painful the linesman's nylon flag can be -- if you use your imagination.
First, he skipped an early NFL Draft combine after showing up out of shape -- a decision he now says he regrets.
Then, the plan was to wow the scouts yesterday at his Pro Day. There's video of his workout from NFL.com, but by some accounts, Smith didn't help himself.
We were wrong.
Levi Johnston, who this blog once identified as one of the most famous high school hockey players in the sport's history, has split with fiance Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Admittedly, the media is coming to this story pretty late in the game.
MSNBC reports (via people.com) that Bristol and Levi broke up a few weeks ago, quoting an anonymous source as saying it was mutual.
The couple has a two-month-old son together named Tripp. Johnston's father recently told People magazine that Levi is a proud father who still sees his son.
Earlier this year, Johnston quit his job in the oil fields, prompting Kyle to label him a roustabout. There's no word on what he's up to these days, or whether Johnston -- who once famously declared on his MySpace page "I live to play hockey" -- has any plans or aspirations to return to the ice.
But the situation certainly begs the question, in a world where the Bristols and Levis of the world can't stay together, is there any hope for the rest of us?
At first, I found it odd that the Daily would choose new Cub Aaron Heilman as the subject of such a profile -- he seems relatively harmless.
Not so much.
It appears Heilman, much like the polarizing ex-Bears QB Rex Grossman, was frequently the object of boo-birds' lack of affection at Shea Stadium.
Heilman is currently busy in Arizona making his case to be the Cubs' fifth starter. He's got plenty of competition between Sean Marshall and Jeff Samardzija
The answer to that question begins with a series of mildly complicated algorithms. It ends with Price joining the Rays sometime later in the season to help in the stretch and, ahem, their return to the playoffs.
For you Chicago fans who may be a bit perplexed at the moment, this is the anti-Cubs-in-the-early-2000s approach to bringing up young pitchers.
John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times reports:
At least that's what the people at NBC seemed to think. Video of the post-meeting meltdown and a Paula Faris cameo after the jump.
But the Cubs certainly aren't the only squad believed to be under some magical spell preventing them from reaching the promised land. And, when you compare their mystical plight to that of the Hanshin Tigers, it almost seems boring
After all, the Cubs' problems have nothing to do with Colonel Sanders.
This includes the television ratings numbers that quantify how much more popular the Cubs are than the White Sox in this market:
Someone in Florida deserves a hearty thanks because they've released a part two of Randy Moller's Greatest Hits Mix Tape on YouTube for our listening pleasure:
My name is Mike Hall and I'm here to recruit you. Drink a glass of my sports milk, if you would... and tell me where I'm crazy. With less than a week until Selection Sunday I'd like to compare the NCAA Tournament to the BCS... in hopes of proving that the BCS really isn't Satan's greatest success afterall.
I happen to be one of the rare sports fans who actually loves the BCS. You never hear our side of the story because people never seem to have those of us in the sports media who enjoy the BCS (my BTN partner Dave Revsine, Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein, ESPN's John Saunders, CBS' Dennis Dodd, etc) involved in forums to discuss the topic.
Now there are a bevy of reasons I have as to why the BCS is fine, if not very good. But instead of taking up space by going into detail on things like the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it TV ratings and attendance figures, the amazing intensity and importance of the regular season, the stupidity of comparing it to Division II football's playoff, the stupidity of comparing it to the NFL's playoff, and more ... I'll instead throw out there 3 points:
All four of Chicago's franchises are in the top half of the rankings, the Cubs topping the quartet at No. 8.
- Cubs are No. 8
- Blackhawks are No. 23
- White Sox are No. 43
- Bulls are No. 45
Celtics rank as best in pro sports, Lions come in last (Bizjournals)
The 27-year-old fullback got the news on the way to his rehearsal dinner Thursday night. And judging from this quote, it doesn't seem like he's going to let it affect his special day:
(Image from Yahoo Sports)
You've probably come across that certain doomed couple who, for myriad reasons, just really shouldn't be together. And yet, they insist. Well, apparently a version of that couple manifested in the pairing of San Diego Padres right fielder Brian Giles and ex-girlfriend Cheri Olvera.
Giles underwent anger management treatment last year so a judge would dismiss a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from a 2006 incident in which Giles punched Olvera on the back of the neck and side of her face.
But that's only where the drama begins.
Harding, as if there's any way you could forget, was the figure skater who conspired to attack Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 Winter Olympics. Since then, her life has turned into something perfectly suited for a VH1 reality show -- replete with a sex tape and appearance on Fox's "Celebrity Boxing" against Paula Jones.
"Thursday, Mayor Mark Funkhouser put forward his plan, which includes eliminating nearly $2 million the city gives each year to the Truman Sports Complex.Neither the Royals or Chiefs had any comment.
"This came with no notice to us. We were unaware that this was even going to be an issue," Sanders said in a KMBZ radio interview. "The money would be the violation. But the fact that we would have violated a substantive provision would mean those leases are now gone ... We would be on a tightrope or a high wire with no safety net."
Sanders said if the city pulls its $2 million annual contribution, it would break the lease and leave the city with no written guarantee keeping the Royals and Chiefs in Kansas City for the long term.
Sanders Worried About Losing Chiefs, Royals (KMBC)
The Associated Press, not usually known for its flair for the dramatic, went with this lede on its story about the pending auction of Michael Vick's Duluth, Ga. home: "For sale: the remains of an American success story gone horribly wrong."
Well, that's one way to put it.
Vick was supposed to serve part of his remaining sentence in a halfway house, but due to lack of space will be allowed to return to his home in Hampton, Va. as early as May 21.
Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brew Crew is planning to open a concession stand in Miller Park specifically for those fans who enjoy the tradition of consuming food at baseball games, but dislike paying $5 for encased meat in these tough economic times.
From Walker's aptly named Brewers Blog:
Such a surgery would cause the Yankees slugger to miss around four months, so for the moment, he's hoping a steady diet of rest and treatment help him avoid needing such a procedure.
And, despite knowing the firestorm of backlash and criticism this is sure to invite, I hope Rodriguez is able to get back on the field as quickly as possible. Why? Because I am fed up with people rooting for athletes to fail and cheering injuries.
Well, the producers of Entourage are going to address your needs by allowing the newly married quarterback to star in an episode of the show next season.
And the game manager admitted that the economic recession has touched even the highest strata of society: NFL quarterbacks.
You can already rule out the Jets and Redskins though:
The Jets don't want him: T.O. to the Jets? NO
The Redskins aren't interested: Skins say no to T.O. speculation
So, who does want him? Here's some more chatter from around the league:
The trend is catching on, and spreading back to the college ranks.
University of Michigan will take on Michigan State Dec. 11, 2010 at Michigan "The Big House" Stadium.
The Wolverines will also play outdoors against Wisconsin Feb. 6, 2010.
University officials are hoping the game can break some attendance records.
From the Detroit Free Press:
He did, however, offer this ambiguous statement:
"Why would i say anything negative about anybody? I like everybody."
He also urges his viewers several times to remember to set their clocks forward next week for Daylight Savings Time, and cryptically mentions that March is a big month for him, "for its own reasons."
So, here you go. Social media at its finest:
The wildly talented and always controversial wide receiver was released by the Cowboys, according to several media outlets.
Owens' long history of drama obviously has a lot to do with the move -- one that leaves the 35-year-old pass catcher searching for a new team.
"People are like, 'I'd kill myself' and stuff," Odom said at the time, seemingly brushing off the unorthodox trade.
But three weeks after the trade, the pitcher left his team. And, six months later, he was dead.
The Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars are among the teams that have laid off staff members. Even the NFL itself has announced staff reductions, and commissioner Roger Goodell has taken a pay cut.
The Washington Redskins, who laid off 20 of its rank-and-file employees earlier this year, have come under fire from Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins. She weighs in today about the Redskins' signing of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth last week to the tune of $100 million over seven years as others in the organization have lost their jobs:
(Image from Boston.com)
Die-hard Bears fans will recall a day when the team's cheerleaders -- the Honey Bears -- roamed the sidelines at Soldier Field.
It was just before Super Bowl XX that the decision was handed down that after 10 illustrious years that the Honey Bears would be no more.
Sure, we still have the Luvabulls, the scantily clad gals who shovel errant ice chips at Blackhawks games and the Hot Rox Dancers -- who have actually outlasted the Chicago Shamrox, for whom they previously cheered.
But there's something about football cheerleaders that just makes sense -- and the lackthereof in Chicago that doesn't.
For proof of this, we take you to Boston, where tryouts were recently held to become Patriots cheerleaders.
As you can see from the following video, this was a detailed attack by organized militants."The attackers ambushed a bus carrying the cricket team, using assault rifles, grenades and anti-tank missiles. Some Pakistani officials likened the audacity of the assault to the attacks in Mumbai, India, in November.
First, he dealt with the media firestorm surrounding his positive test for performance-enhancing substances. Then, he let the cousin who allegedly injected him with said substances pick him and Nick Swisher up from a spring training game.
But, perhaps most strange his who he turned to for career advice: Katie Couric.
So here's a unbelievably brilliant goal by Palermo's Giuseppe "Beppe" Mascara
Ahhh, the beautiful game.
If nothing else, Sun-Times editor Paul Saltzman will enjoy this.
In responding to comments that Shaq had benefited from the officials not calling three seconds on him, O'Neal had this to say:
"I heard what Chris Bosh said, and that's strong words coming from the RuPaul of big men," O'Neal said. "I'm going to do the same thing (in their next meeting) I did before - make him quit. Make 'em quit and complain. It's what I do."
This video -- taken before Saturday's UCLA-Cal game -- illustrates that Jamie Moyer's father-in-law definitely has some unique moves.
It was March 2, 2004 and the alongside the rest of my Michigan State brethren, I was in the sixth row behind the north goal of the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Mich. Our beloved Spartans were hosting Devin Harris, Bo Ryan and the hated Wisconsin Badgers. A win would clinch a regular-season Big Ten title for the Spartans.
We were excited. We were going to rush the floor after the game and celebrate as an unified student body. How sweet it would be to clinch against the team we disliked the most at the time.
My best friend Noel spotted it first. There, high above our heads in the rafters was a rolled up banner. It was alongside national championship banners and the numbers of Magic Johnson and Scott Skiles.
And it was the worst thing we'd ever seen.
Michigan endured a 3-9 season in 2008 while Mallett sat out, waiting his chance to pilot the Razorbacks. But, now Mallett has some trouble of his own to bounce back from after being arrested for public intoxication outside of a nightspot near campus.
Schilling, who missed the 2008 season with a shoulder injury, indicated he wants to go to a contender.