A Kansas high school basketball coach who ruined his punk students' prank by nailing a blindfolded half-court shot will be going to the Final Four anyway.
Joel Branstrom was pulled on to the court by students at Olathe Northwest High School and told he'd win tickets to the Final Four in Indianapolis if he made the miraculous heave. Branstrom knew it was a lie, but still went along with it. The crowd, which planned on erupting when he missed it, erupted anyway when he made it.
As a consolation prize, Branstrom was rewarded with a $10 Chipotle gift card. The footage became an Internet sensation, leading to someone providing him tickets to Indianapolis.
Branstrom wouldn't talk about where they came from.
Judging by this interview, the former Kansas walk-on seems like a pretty cool guy. It's obvious why he was the funniest teacher to prank.
Nice to see him get what he earned, and the way the Jayhawks are playing this year, it could be a very memorable experience for the alum.
Hate the hype machine that's anointed him as the second coming. Hate
the around-the-clock coverage of his every move. Hate the fact that his
shirtless picture rocketed to the top of Google Trends.
Go ahead, hate what he stands for.
Hate the overt Christianity. Hate any holier-than-thou perception he
gives you. Hate the fact that he talks about things you don't want to
hear football players talk about.
But don't spend a second of your time wringing your hands,
hating the fact that he'll appear for thirty seconds during the
oh-so-sacred Super Bowl.
Because when the former Florida Gators quarterback and aspiring
NFL prospect appears during a commercial break of Super Bowl XLIV, it's
only the next logical step in a progression that's been
slower-developing than his throwing release.
We're lucky enough to have a dispatch from Andy Aupperlee, a Seattle-based photographer and friend of the blog, on the greatest of all American sports: beer pong.
He did the same thing for us last year. I openly wept with joy when he offered to do it again.
A veritable feast of pictures are after the jump.
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In what is starting to become a New Year's tradition, I traveled to Las Vegas on January 2nd to shoot the World Series of Beer Pong V. It being my second year on the job, I sort of knew what to expect, but I would have never guessed that Smashing Time would repeat as champions.
Ron and Pop defended their crown, giving official notice to the beer pong community that they are THE team to beat. While watching Smashing Time decimate the competition was enthralling, I also enjoyed getting to meet the 800+ other participants.
"The Jay Leno Show" sent a team and international representatives from Canada, Japan and Ireland were among the contenders. The event truly is a cross-section of life: DJs, frat boys, husbands and wives, teachers and even strippers make the trek to battle the world's best players. With the tournament in its fifth year, it is obvious that competitive beer pong is just starting to hit its stride.
Greg Oden, the hard-luck center of the Portland Trail Blazers apologized this evening for nude photographs that lit up the Internet earlier today.
Oden said the pictures were taken about 1 1/2 years ago with his cell phone and sent to a former girlfriend. A friend alerted the 21-year-old former No. 1 pick that they were being passed around the Web, prompting the admission.
"I would like to apologize to everybody: Portland, the fans, the
organization," Oden told reporters at the Blazers practice facility.
"It was very embarrassing."
The New Orleans Saints appear to have a very powerful ally in their corner as they prepare for their Super Bowl match-up with the Indianapolis Colts.
President Barack Obama tipped his rooting hand yesterday in an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer.
"You know, I think both teams are terrific," he said. "I guess I am rooting a little bit for the Saints as the underdog, partly just because when I think about what's happened in New Orleans over the last several years and how much that team means to them. You know, I'm pretty sympathetic."
Not sure if this endorsement is good or bad for the Saints, but with two weeks of time to kill before the big game, we'll take any story line we can get here in Medialand.
President Obama poses Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher at the White House.
The First Hoops Fan was thrilled to invite the Los Angeles Lakers to the White House on Monday, even if he had to throw some Bulls props in the mix.
Obama said he was especially excited to meet Lakers' coach Phil Jackson, who has won 10 championships, though he didn't hesitate to point out that six of those victories were with Obama's hometown Bulls.
"You remember that," Obama joked with former Lakers all-star Magic Johnson, who was on the losing end of the Bulls 1991 victory.
The President also commended the Lakers players not only for their athletic achievements, but also their work off the court. The players held a fitness clinic for Washington-area school children Monday, and several players are donating money to relief efforts in Haiti.
The Lakers won their 15th title last season agains the Orlando Magic.
"Of all the days, this would be the dumbest time to talk about it,
except I'm so disappointed with our group of alums that are complaining
about it that it's a great time to talk about it for two minutes," Izzo
said when asked for his thoughts on the change. "It's a lot bigger than
the team; it's a lot bigger than the program. It's about our athletic
department and our university, which is way bigger than one game or one
"I have been mystified out of my mind over it. Not to make it bigger than it is, but to me, it's a small deal."
This seemingly puts Izzo in the very small minority who are OK with the much-less-intricate design.
"I would say just what Mark McGwire did," Banks said. "Come clean with it. Explain it to them. ... Just say: 'This is what happened.' It is hard to do, to admit this. Just admit it and live with it and understand it. I am sure a lot of people will forgive him."
Sammy has always denied using anything heavier than Flintstones vitamins, but with the Cardinals' slugging first baseman admitting to juicing during the two stars' historic homer battle in 1998, the pressure continues to mount on Sosa to say he cheated, too.
But when you have Banks on your back, it takes the movement to a whole new level. The Hall-of-Famer is easily one of the iconic faces of the organization. If Sammy has something to tell the world, having Banks in his corner to help him through the media maelstrom is about as good a guardian angel as you can get.
"I will just explain it to him and how the people are," Banks said. "I don't think he really understood that. People are for you; they want to see you do well. They are forgiving people. We haven't won in over 100 years, so this audience here is pretty special."
There's an episode of "How I Met Your Mother" -- which is not the worst half-hour sitcom out there -- where one of the characters (Marshall, a native of Minnesota) frequents a Vikings bar in New York City.
One of the gags is that every time someone brings up the 1999 NFC Championship game, the entire place yells "damn" and downs their beers to cope.
That was, of course, when Gary Anderson blew a game-winning field goal and the 15-1 Vikes lost to Atlanta in overtime.
With that in mind, one wonders what the patrons of that particular fictional bar will do when someone brings up the 2010 NFC Championship game -- assuming the place didn't get burned down following Brett Favre's silly interception at the end of regulation.
The Watch is officially on. Brett Favre is doing his now annual retirement song and dance.
Favre, who spent the NFC Championship game getting pounded into the turf courtesy of the Super Bowl-bound New Orleans Saints, tells ESPN's Ed Werder he's leaning toward ending his career. Again. For now.
In fact, the 40-year-old, who said after his valiant, but losing effort in the Louisiana Superdome Sunday night that he felt more like 49, said he's "highly unlikely" to come back. If true - and until the middle of training camp, nothing is certain - Favre will end a brilliant career on an interception at the end of regulation.
Of course, the man's probably too beat up to get into his Wranglers by himself, so this declaration may end up meaning very little, as Favre retirement announcements often do. So Vikings owner Zygi Wilf would be well-advised to keep the corporate jet available and coach Brad Childress should have his Escalade gassed up for the trip to the airport.
The Dallas Morning News reports today that steroids trafficker David Jacobs told the paper he supplied Michael Vick with performance-enhancing drugs when Vick was a member of the Atlanta Falcons.
Jacobs, who committed suicide in 2008, was sharing information with the NFL about steroids users until his death.
The News did not release this information because authorities wouldn't confirm that Vick was part of their investigation. Recently, word broke that the feds had quizzed Vick on the matter, thus giving the paper cause to run the story.
The Cubs right-hander is then joined by Guillen and fellow countryman Bobby Abreu of the Los Angeles Angels, who all enjoy a laugh.
Considering the off-season weight loss Zambrano debuted at the Cubs Convention, he's opting for the diet soda.
While Zambrano's acting chops probably won't win him any awards, his performance on the mound has drawn Guillen's admiration.
"Zambrano, to me, is one of the best pitchers in the game," Guillen said before his White Sox faced his co-star in a game last season. "And I love, love the way he handles himself on the field. Many people say he's crazy, he's out of his mind. I love that, I like
that attitude. Baseball needs people like that."
The 46-year-old was suspended by the network after the 2006 incident for then-undisclosed reasons. His admission comes after long-running speculation in the blogoshpere about his conduct, which spiraled into a contentious back-and-forth with Deadspin.
"I was ashamed, and I didn't want to say anything," says Salisbury, who was an NFL quarterback for eight years and an NFL analyst for 12. "I thought it would go away and let my ego get in
the way. Since then, I've beat myself up about it more than 10 baseball
bats could. A stupid mistake can cost you, and this has really cost me. I should have been having this conversation a long time ago."
Salisbury said that the cellphone incident wasn't specifically cited when his contract wasn't renewed by the worldwide leader in 2008.
The classic Spartans gladiator helmet will get a makeover this spring,
according to Heather Swain, Assistant Vice President for University
Relations, and the school will make an official announcement in April.
Grossman purchased the two-bedroom unit in September 2008 for $2.681 million. The current Houston Texan backup QB has reduced the price of the 3,437-square-foot condo a couple of times, but finally had to settle for the bargain-basement price of $2 million.
The unit includes two bedrooms, four bathrooms, a den and a 17-by-12-foot "Media Room" -- a perfect spot for reviewing game film, according to Chicago Real Estate Daily, reporting on the deal when Grossman closed.
Bears running back Matt Forte had post-season arthroscopic surgery on his left knee within the last couple of weeks, reports the Chicago Tribune. Forte, who struggled for yards in the lost '09 campaign, had an MRI at season's end on the same knee.
Forte has been been battling a hamstring issue since last summer - including an MRI after s sprain in Week 3 after spraining the hamstring in the Bears 25-19 win in Seattle against the Seahawks.
The Forte situation piles on top of the already injury-plagued Bears running back corps. Northern Illinois product Garrett Wolfe had shoulder surgery two weeks and and Kevin Jones continues to rehab torn ligaments in his left ankle. Adrian Peterson missed several weeks mid-season. Without a high-up draft spot going into 2010, it's beginning to look troublesome on offense for the Bears and the 2009 season isn't even done yet.
An Italian television station has apologized for an ill-conceived prank in which a female presenter made it her business to grab David Beckham's business.
Elena Di Cicocci, who is the host of "Le Iene" on Italia Uno, went in for the kill while the soccer enthusiast was answering questions from a throng of reporters. She did all this while wearing yellow gloves, as if she was unclogging a sink or something.
"Le Iene" translates to "The Hyenas," so I'm guessing there's a good amount of hijinx set afoot with each episode.
As you might imagine, Becks wasn't too thrilled with the stunt and was whisked away by security into a nearby hotel.
It's just so perfectly low-brow. So perfectly plucked from an episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos." And pretty darn funny.
Just before shoving off, Cooke is vigorously thrusting back and forth when her skin-tight suit erupts open right down the middle of her backside. She doesn't seem to notice, and she takes off with teammate Nicola Minichiello.
The duo was able to pilot their sleigh to a seventh-place finish and are expected at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next month.
Apparently not the All-American Basketball League, which announced in a news release that it hopes to kick off it's inaugural season this summer in the Southeast.
"Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league," it read in part.
Don "Moose" Lewis, the league's commissioner, says that the reason for the exclusion isn't racially motivated.
"There's nothing hatred about what we're doing," he said. "I don't hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here's a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like."
Lewis said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball instead of "street-ball" played by "people of color." He pointed out recent incidents in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas' indefinite suspension after bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, as examples of fans' dissatisfaction with the way current professional sports are run.
"Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?" he said. "That's the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction."
A bizarre moment in the Purdue-Illinois game last night reminded us all of the importance of double-checking stuff, crossing T's and dotting I's.
It seems whomever on the Boilermakers' staff charged with writing John Hart's name in the official scoresheet dropped the ball.
So, when Hart made his first bucket of the game, Purdue was slapped with a technical foul, much to the dismay of a flummoxed Matt Painter.
Hart and Purdue would get the last laugh, however, in the form of an 84-78 victory. The redshirt freshman erupted for 14 points in 18 minutes after coming in averaging a shade over a point a game. That's the kind of production that not even the scorekeeper remembers.
"We mock or it we say it's not a real addiction," said the journalist and regular New York Times Magazine contributor. "But it's very much the real deal."
The rumors about Woods seeking treatment have been percolating for several weeks as the maelstrom of Woodsgate quieted down just a bit. This is sure to spin the frenzy machine back into full gear - in addition to the Daily News, ESPN already started picking up on the story Tuesday afternoon.
Denizet-Lewis, who also contributes to the sports blog Deadspin, says that rehab for sex addiction is no different that any other addiction treatment course. He says Woods will have to sign a celibacy agreement - no masturbation, even - and will be enrolled in 12-step programs, art therapy and a most-likely cringe-inducing bought of raw truth.
"He'll do like everyone else - get up early, eat the same food and go through the same emotions. ... It's a really intense experience," Denizet-Lewis tells the Daily News.
Now, surely everyone is just gonna lay back and let the man recover in peace, right?
San Diego Police Department spokesman Gary Hassen confirmed the officer pulled over Jackson's vehicle as he was heading to the team's Murphy Canyon-area facility early Sunday morning because he was playing loud music. The officer reported Jackson's vehicle tags were expired and learned Jackson was driving on a suspended license, which is a misdemeanor.
According to Hassen, Jackson was taken out of his vehicle and handcuffed for a short period of time. With the choice to take Jackson to jail or cite him, the officer cited the wide receiver and impounded his vehicle, Hassen said.
Jackson has been convicted once and charged a second time with driving under the influence.
In news that should surprise no one, former major-leaguer Jose Offerman has been banned for life from the Dominican Winter Baseball League after attempting to punch an umpire.
Offerman, the interim manager of the Licey Tigers, threw a nasty right hook to American umpire Daniel Reyburn's face Saturday after coming out to argue an ejection. Reyburn hit the deck and Offerman was escorted away.
The umpiring crew has subsequently resigned and left the country.
Sadly, Offerman has been at the center of an on-field violence scandal before. In 2007, he hit a minor-league catcher in the head with a bat during a game.
President Obama shakes hands with Dikembe Mutombo at the 'Let Freedom Ring' concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Monday. (AP Photo)
It's always nice when you can point to a "pro athlete does good" story. And when the President of the United States helps to honor your humanitarian achievements, you've clearly done plenty of good.
The good guy athlete in this case is former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, who starred in the pivot for several teams in 18 seasons on the court, but clearly knew how to use his success for the best. Mutombo was honored Monday night for the work done through the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve health, literacy and lives in his native Congo.
"You never know what direction your life will take you or ... what road you will travel, but your chances of success are certainly greater with an education than without one," Mutombo said as he accepted the Coach John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award during an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Mutombo said he sold fruit and vegetables for about $1 a day in order to pay his school fee in Congo before coming to Georgetown university, where he briefly studied medicine before coach Thompson persuaded him to hit the hardwood. He still ended up with dual degrees in linguistics and diplomacy.
Mutombo's namesake foundation works combat childhood diseases in Congo. It also opened a hospital in Kinshasa, which has served more than 25,000 patients.
President Barack Obama praised Mutombo (real name Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo) for giving back to his nation's people and honoring King's legacy of service. Obama said the 18-year NBA veteran was attacking problems in Africa in "with the same ferocity with which he used to block shots in the NBA."
It's not the first time a president has honored the renowned shot blocker. President George W. Bush singled him out during the 2007 State of the Union address for his accomplishments and recent U.S. citizenship:
Mutombo played for six NBA teams, was the league's top defensive player four times and was selected for eight All-Star games during his career.
The blast chamber of the Internet is buzzing over a barely perceptible slip of the tongue that Mike & Mike in the Morning co-host Mike Greenberg made Monday morning.
The popular ESPN sports talk show with Mike Golic kicked off with an uncomfortable mistake coming out of a commercial break. Greenberg seems to say "Martin Luther Coon, Jr." before quickly correcting to "King, Jr." The reaction has been everything from "racist!" to "tongue-tied." And there seems to be a rising call for Greenberg to address the slip.
Is this poorly timed much ado about nothing? Does Greenberg owe an explanation, or apology even? Or do you think it was an intentional racial jibe?
I just came home from the Knicks game and found out about the mess that was created by my garbling a sentence on our show this morning; I apologize for not addressing it sooner.
And I'm sorry that my talking too fast - and slurring my words - might have given people who don't know our show the wrong impression about us, and about me.
I feel horrible about that, because nothing could be further away from who I am and what our show is about.
I would never say anything like that, not in public, or in private, or in the silence of my own mind, and neither would anyone associated with our show, and I'm very sorry that my stumble this morning gave so many people the opposite impression.
Action in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is, no doubt, usually highly competitive and hard-hitting, being deep in the heart of hockey-mad Canada. Hockey itself is a tough sport with lots of speed and lots of contact. But this is something else.
In this video Quebec Remparts defenceman Mikael Tam is hit in the head with an elbow by Team Canada's world junior captain Patrice Cormier and immediately hits the ice in convulsions. Cormier was ejected, but Tam suffered a broken jaw, brain damaged and continues to convulse as he's wheeled off the ice to the hospital. The 18-year-old also lost "many" teeth, according to Canadian press reports, which also say Tam remains in the hospital with brain trauma, but could be released as soon as Tuesday.
Remparts coach Patrick Roy filed a complaint with the Quebec Provincial Police, who are now investigating the incident and collecting testimony.
The league has yet to rule on a punishment for what was clearly a late hit and cheap shot. Cormier, a forward for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who had only been with the team for three games following a trade, has not been heard from publicly.
"I've been called a lot of things", he pens.
"But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of
calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn't know what the
hell is going on in your own state, maybe you could."
American soccer was dealt a blow yesterday when Clint Dempsey left an English Premier League game with a serious knee injury.
The forward, who plays for Fulham, is expected to miss an extended period of time.
"Clint will be scanned tomorrow, but we feel it might be a posterior
cruciate knee ligament, which would be very bad for us and he would be
out for a while," Fulham manager Roy Hodgson said. "It's a concern up
front because Clint Dempsey is very useful for us."
U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman said the U.S. Soccer
Federation training staff had been in contact with Dempsey, and the
severity of the injury will not been known until after an MRI exam
determines the exact ligament hurt and whether there is other damage.
The U.S.' World Cup opener is June 12 against England. They are already expected to be without Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu won't return until the spring.
Comfortably leading 27-3 with less than two minutes to play, the Minnesota Vikings opted to go for it on fourth down from the Cowboys' 11-yard line.
They could have kicked the field goal.
The game was effectively over.
By keeping their offensive unit on the field, it seemed to imply they were content to run the ball, either to pick up the game's final first down or turn the ball over to Dallas in poor field position.
Instead, Brett Favre executed a play-action pass to perfection, hooking up with a diving Visanthe Shiancoe in the end zone to extend the lead to 30 points.
A jubilant Favre jumped for joy and the Minnesota faithful went crazy.
But Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking took umbrage, racing over to Favre and the Vikings sideline to share his opinion of what he thought of his perceived lack of sportsmanship.
"I thought it was totally classless and disrespectful," Brooking said.
"This is the NFL, that's not what this is about. I don't think there's
a place for that ... I was looking for [Vikings coach Brad] Childress. I didn't think it was
right, but they've got to see us next year. They've got to see us. You
better believe I'll have that one circled on the calendar, but I say
that, we get paid to stop them. I don't care what's called, but
sometimes I don't think there was much class in that decision to do
what he did."
Does Brooking have a point here? Should Minnesota kept it on the ground or does he need to be mad at his own unit for not making the play?
Everyone is up in arms about former major-league infielder Jose Offerman hauling off and throwing a punch at an umpire during a Dominican winter league game Saturday night.
Consider me unimpressed.
I mean, this is the guy who charged the mound during a 2007 minor-league game and hit the pitcher with his bat.
Offerman, who manages the Licey Tigers, appeared to strike first base umpire Daniel Rayburn in the face or neck after a heated nose-to-nose discussion. Rayburn took a fall to the ground and Offerman was detained by stadium security.
The former All-Star came out on the field after the home plate umpire had ejected Ronny Paulino for arguing balls and strikes, but ended up getting into it with Rayburn.
Now, I've looked at this video several times, and it really doesn't look like Offerman makes contact with Rayburn. I can't imagine why he would take a flop like that that, but the fact remains, you can't be throwing haymakers at umpires.
Gaines Adams, the defensive end the Bears acquired for a second-round draft pick from Tampa Bay this season, died this morning at 26.
Adams, according to reports in The Greenville News, was pronounced dead at the emergency room of Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood, S.C. according to County Coroner James T. Coursey.
Adams, 26, was a standout player at Clemson at defensive end, and was the fourth player chosen in the 2007 National Football League draft by the Buccaneers. He was traded from Tampa Bay to the Chicago Bears in October, though didn't find much playing time with the struggling defensive unit.
OKBlitz is reporting that former Oklahoma Sooner and oft-injured Bears defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek was arrested following some sort of bar-fueled dust-up in Norman, Okla.
Dvoracek was charged with public intoxication, assault and battery and interfering with an official process, according to the report, at Seven47.
Dvoracek played 13 games in four years for the Bears after being the definition of an injury-prone player. He missed all of the 2009 campaign after tearing his ACL during the preseason, and has ended each year of his NFL career on injured reserve.
If the charges are true, this is the most hitting he's done in a while.
Weekends in the fall and winter mean one thing - football. NFL football.
By season's end, we're blessed with up to four days a week of hard-core football action, served up in three-hour bursts of smashmouth glory.
Or, at least it's three hours at a clip for the armchair quarterbacks. But according to the Wall Street Journal, your average NFL game doesn't even offer up a quarter hour of actual action - only 11 minutes of game play when all is said and done.
According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes.
In other words, if you tally up everything that happens between the time the ball is snapped and the play is whistled dead by the officials, there's barely enough time to prepare a hard-boiled egg. In fact, the average telecast devotes 56% more time to showing replays.
So what do the networks do with the other 174 minutes in a typical broadcast? Not surprisingly, commercials take up about an hour. As many as 75 minutes, or about 60% of the total air time, excluding commercials, is spent on shots of players huddling, standing at the line of scrimmage or just generally milling about between snaps. In the four broadcasts The Journal studied, injured players got six more seconds of camera time than celebrating players. While the network announcers showed up on screen for just 30 seconds, shots of the head coaches and referees took up about 7% of the average show.
So while you're gorging on NFL playoffs - and lots of heart-healthy snacks, of course - keep in mind that you really do have to hurry through your bathroom breaks so you don't miss a moment of action. There are so few moments to miss, it turns out.
On the same day Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was in a courtroom pleading guilty on felony gun charges, athletic-wear enthusiasts Adidas announced it was ending its relationship with him.
"In response to Gilbert Arenas' guilty plea to felony charges, Adidas has terminated its agreement with the athlete effective immediately," spokeswoman Stephanie Von Allmen said in a statement Friday. "Beyond this statement we have no further comment at this time.
Arenas, who has been suspended indefinitely without pay by NBA Commissioner David Stern, had been with the company since 2003. Adidas, which also endorses Tracy McGrady and Dwight Howard, had previously said it was "evaluating" its relationship with Arenas.
Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas got up close and personal with TNT's broadcast team of Doug Collins and Kevin Harlan last night when he dove into press row chasing a loose ball.
Thomas scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds in 17 minutes of action, but it was his sacrifice of the body that was the unquestioned highlight of his night.
Big road win for the Bulls and a big week for TNT's Kevin Harlan. He was portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" in a sketch with Charles Barkley and now he's been caught on camera scurrying away from a large, careening man.
In an interview with Fanhouse, John Lucas says, "They trade all our guys away and we go real young, and the goal was to
get LeBron and also to sell the team,'' Lucas said in an interview with
FanHouse. "I didn't have a chance. ... You can't fault the Cavaliers for wanting to get LeBron. It was hard to get free agents to come there.''
Lucas' Cavs finished the 2002-2003 season with a record of 17-65, bad enough to snag the first overall pick in the draft, where they selected James.
It's a claim then-principal owner Gordon Gund strongly disputes.
Gund strongly denied in an interview with FanHouse the Cavaliers had a strategy to get James by losing games in 2002-03.
"You don't try to get the No. 1 pick,'' Gund said. "That's why the
lottery was designed. To not allow that. We had a young team that we
were developing. ... We did not tank the season. ... To lose to get
LeBron James, we would never do that. I wouldn't do that. I couldn't do
As Tennessee scrambles to fill the coaching vacancy created when Lane Kiffin bolted for the USC job, several members of the school's board of trustees have contacted former Volunteers coach Phillip Fulmer about returning to Knoxville.
The board is trying to bring Fulmer back as athletic director, or even as head football coach, according to a report from ESPN.
Fulmer was fired in 2008 after 17 years with the school that saw him go 152-52 and win a national championship.
Lane Kiffin's last press conference before leaving Tennessee was exactly like his tenure there.
Brief and mediocre.
Kiffin repeatedly made mention of the length of time he'd been in Knoxville -- 14 months -- in a hastily thrown together good-bye to the orange-and-white faithful.
He took no questions from press before disappearing out the door and on to his new coaching digs at Southern California.
But, I won't question his class.
Because you can't google anything today without accidentally finding someone who will.
Still, if this is your final statement to a fan base you promised the world to, you have to know it's going to be heavily scrutinized. Why not then talk about how you're going to take your dream job and you're sorry for hanging the Volunteers out to dry? Seems like if you're not going to say anything of value, you shouldn't say anything at all.
He's eating only one meal a day, as usual -- no red meat, as usual -- and
getting through on "three or four hours" of sleep, as usual. His
once-famous workout routine consisting of what he said was once 5,000
push ups and 5,000 sit-ups per day is all the way down to 1,500
push-ups and 2,500 sit-ups on heaviest daily duty.
You sold on the running back succeeding or is it going to get ugly for him?
Caster Semenya's coach says the 800-meter world champion is free to
compete internationally despite an ongoing gender investigation .
Michael Seme says he does not have details but learned from
Semenya's lawyers that she can compete. Her lawyer, Greg Nott, was not
immediately available to comment.
IAAF spokesman Nick Davies says "we are still in the same position as
before - no official IAAF comment until we have finished the inquiry."
Davies said he couldn't say how long the inquiry will take.
Hours before the 800 final, the IAAF said it had ordered gender
tests to be conducted because of Semenya's muscular build and rapid
improvement in times. Her future as a runner has been in doubt since.
In a surprise move, USC has agreed to bring in Tennessee's Lane Kiffin in as its new football coach.
Kiffin returns to Southern California after one year in Knoxville. He worked under the departed Pete Carroll for six seasons on the offensive side of the football.
We are really excited to welcome Lane Kiffin back to USC," Trojans
athletic director Mike Garrett said. "I was able to watch him closely
when he was an assistant with us, and what I saw was a bright, creative
young coach who I thought would make an excellent head coach here if
the opportunity ever arose. I'm confident he and his staff will keep
USC football performing at the high level that we expect."
It took all of one day for the Trojans to fill the vacancy. There was some talk of Kiffin being the guy who would be taking the reins, but many believed that he wouldn't be willing to leave Tennessee this soon.
In all, the 34-year-old Kiffin spent nine years on the Trojans' staff.
I'd imagine the Tennessee message boards are going to be experiencing some server problems this evening.
Colt McCoy is making an honest woman out of Rachel Glandorf, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The Texas Longhorns quarterback proposed to his girlfriend Monday night in true romantic fashion.
He brought her to Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and flashed "Will You Marry Me" on the giant scoreboard.
This just bleeds America.
Glandorf, who you may recognize from some previous posts with little-to-no news value, is a bit of a kindred spirit of ours. In addition to her love of McCoy, she seems to have a love of journalism, as evidenced by the following work.
Brittny Gastineau has reached another life milestone. Reality show star. Model. Reconciled half-sister.
The abandoned daughter of former New York Sack Exchange standout Mark Gastineau finally got to meet Killian Marcus Gastineau, the until-now secret son her dad fathered when he ran off with Brigitte Nielsen in the 1980s - before she took up with Flavor Flav, of course.
People.com has a bunch of detail on the heartwarming meeting that clearly has really impacted Brittny's life for good:
"It was very weird and surreal," says Brittny, who hasn't been in touch with her father for several years. "I didn't cry. I'm too tough to cry. But we hugged, we talked about old stories. He said he watched Gastineau Girls in Italy, so he knew what I looked like.
I asked him a million questions, but he doesn't speak English. He's really cute. He's like 6',5", blonde. He looks exactly like Brigitte."
Another precious moment born of reality TV - and a philandering sports star. Sigh.
Not even a man who once reportedly lifted 475 pounds with his teeth.
Joe Rollino, who amazed the world with his remarkable feats of strength, died Monday after being struck by a minivan in his Brooklyn neighborhood.
He was 104. And still going strong.
The sinewy Rollino, who at the peak of his career stood 5-foot-5 and weighed between 125 and 150 pounds, once raised 635 pounds with one finger, moved 3,200 with his back and bit down on quarters to bend them with his thumb, according to the New York Times.
Known as "Kid Dundee" in his boxing days, Rollino was a lifelong vegetarian who ate oatmeal every morning and would swim in the ocean year-round.
For some reason, ESPN has been trotting legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight out to provide analysis on baseball in recent days.
Knight is a close personal friend of St. Louis Cardinals coach Tony La Russa and a somewhat entertaining human being, but other than that, I can't imagine why he's being given a mouthpiece to discuss baseball.
Yesterday, the "Baseball Tonight" gang had Knight on to talk about Mark McGwire's steroid confession.
As you might expect from a close friend of Tony La Russa, ol' Bob wasn't too quick to impugn the slugger.
"I have a different approach to performance-enhancing drugs than a lot of people do," Knight said. "My question is: Who decides what can be used and what can't be used?"
Fair enough question, but then Knight really lost it.
"Gatorade is a performance-enhancing substance. It replaces electrolytes in the human body that are used up during extreme exercise, so I've always had a real skeptical approach to all of this performance-enhancing stuff."
There's absolutely no way that Knight can't see a difference between Gatorade and steroids, is there? He's just playing the role of cranky contrarian, right? Please tell me that's all this is.
Knight went on to say that McGwire should have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer and that he got bad advice before his infamous Capitol Hill appearance.
Anyone out there care to defend Knight or ESPN's decision to have him on a baseball-related show please step forward.
The three most important words today in Southern California are Jack Del Rio.
The Jacksonville Jaguars coach and former USC star has been sent a contact offer to become the school's lead man, replacing the departed Pete Carroll.
Del Rio is still under contract with the Jaguars and if he is fired the team will have to buy out the rest of his contract, which is estimated at more than $15 million. If he resigns, he gets zip.
In seven seasons in Jacksonville, Del Rio is 58-57 and has reached the postseason twice. He has no collegiate coaching experience, but was the MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl while with the Trojans. Perhaps most importantly, he fits the bill of a defensive specialist, something the school has made it known would be important in its search.
Left to right: John McDonough, Stan Bowman, Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Rocky Wirtz at an event at United Center to announce new players, Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky. (Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times)
Yes, the Blackhawks are in the midst of a short cold patch, but they're still the hottest team in town. And President John McDonough is seeing the benefits of success.
McDonough, in the third year of a five-year contract got an extension Monday through 2016. The man who helped bring the Blackhawks back to TV - and who helped make the Cubs a household brand name - will continue to improve momentum for the once moribund Original Six team.
"(McDonough's) commitment, insight and guidance have led the organization to record attendance, unprecedented season ticket sales, new sponsorships and partnerships with WGN Radio and WGN-TV," team owner Rocky Wirtz said in a memo Monday to executives of Wirtz Corp., which owns the Blackhawks and other businesses.
"Recently we sent a message that we were serious about the future and about winning the Stanley Cup by signing a key group of players to long-term contracts," Mr. Wirtz wrote in the memo. "Having a front office second to none will be critical to that success."
Meant to get to this earlier, but late is better than never.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb couldn't have been too pleased with his teams abysmal performance in Saturday's playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but he sure had some fun before the game.
Here he is rocking and aggressive air guitar and getting all up in a Cowboys fans face.
In all honesty, it's probably the right choice, but it wouldn't be a subjective award without a little bit of online controversy. And the fact that Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson received zero first-place votes is providing it.
The second-year stud rushed for 2,006 yards and scored 16 total touchdowns for his team, in one of the more impressive years for a running back in recent memory.
It brings up that old question of what "most valuable" really means. Is it the best player on the best team? The most outstanding player on a "good" team? The player most valuable to his specific team.
While Johnson has none of these answers for us, he did provide some levity with a tweet this morning that read, "Do any body got payton address I got to go get my award."
Clearly Manning can't be the MVP if the league's premier players don't even know how to spell to his first name.
Do you think Johnson should have gotten some love from the voters or did the Titans' lackluster season eliminate him from consideration?
Former NFL quarterback and card-carrying member of the "U" Bernie Kosar's stuff will be soon be available for the taking.
A U.S. Bankruptcy judge Wednesday ordered that Kosar's bankruptcy case be turned into a liquidation.
That means that his assets will be sold by a court-appointed trustee and the proceeds distributed to his creditors. The 46-year-old listed $9.2 million in assets and $18.9 million is debt in court documents filed in September and he filed for bankruptcy protection in June.
The following is an actual story that just moved across the wire. It's pretty far-fetched, but given some of the recent events in the sporting world, I'll believe anything about now.
Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly has been accused of stealing $20 from a police officer's wife.
The incident allegedly happened at a TGI Friday's on Dec. 7 when Lynch approached two women and another member of the Buffalo Bills and snatched a $20 bill out of the married woman's hand before refusing to give it back.
That is not the type of behavior exhibited by the fun-loving patrons on the TGI Friday's commercials at all.
Lynch then allegedly threatened the women with the old "Do you know who I am? There's going to be consequences" routine.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Scottie Pippen, a seven-time NBA All-Star and a member of six NBA title teams, today issued the following statement regarding his role in the movie "Midgets vs. Mascots":
"Given the recent controversy surrounding Gary Coleman, the fact that I've been repeatedly asked questions about my small part in the movie 'Midgets vs. Mascots,' and a related video posted online which shows me being assaulted by a group of Little People, I want to clear up any misunderstandings.
"In 2008, I agreed to play a cameo role in a movie titled 'A Tribute to Big Red' (now titled 'Midgets vs. Mascots'). My role was scripted, and the first two scenes went off without any problems. During the third scene, I was told that four Little People, along with actor Gary Coleman, were going to become angry with something I said and storm off as the scene ends. Instead, they basically attacked me, with Gary Coleman apparently climbing on a chair behind me to hit me over the head with a phone (twice).
"A short fight ensued before I heard the film's director yell 'cut.' As I recall, some of the Little People were laughing as the director explained that the scene was 'sort of like an episode of the TV show Punk'd.' At that point, I left quickly without a clear understanding of what was going on.
"As for the Little Person who claims he was injured in the attack, I really don't think I caused the injury or can be held to blame. To the best of my knowledge, there is no action being taken against me, nor am I pursuing any action. For the record, I have never seen the movie and, in hindsight, wish I'd not been involved with it. I simply wanted to make clear my role and position as I understand the movie is coming out soon. I will not be answering any further questions regarding the film."
Leavitt, the only coach the Bulls have had in the 13-year history of the program, was accused of grabbing sophomore walk-on Joel Miller by the throat during halftime of a Nov. 21 game against Lousiville. Leavitt also allegedly struck Miller in the face twice in that incident.
If this is indeed the reason for the termination, it would be the third college coach to lose his spot for abuse-related matters in the past month (Kansas' Mark Mangino and Texas Tech's Mike Leach).
Not all Bulls players are for this move, it would appear.
"I speak for most of the team (except) a couple of bitter players: We want Coach Leavitt and that's what we're sticking by," safety Jerrell Young told the St. Petersburg Times. "I dont think he did anything to cost him his job."
Because no championship would be complete without some unpredictability, a streaker interrupted play during the BCS championship game -- giving the Rose Bowl crowd a laugh and us a chance to judge his ridiculous outfit.
Early in the third quarter, a man in a skin-tight yellow top and black underwear raced onto the field. Viewers at home had to settle for Brent Musburger calling him an idiot, but those lucky enough to be at the game were privy to an advertisement for a porn Web site on his back and a Howard Stern logo on his backside.
He also evidently tried a cartwheel at some point, but this would suggest it wasn't so graceful.
Alabama won its first national title since 1992 by holding off a late Texas rally in a 37-21 victory that was a little closer than the final score might suggest in the BCS title game.
Running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson each rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns apiece, but it was a play by defensive tackle just before halftime that was the ultimate game-winner.
Trailing 17-6 and with quarterback Colt McCoy in the locker room with an injury, Longhorns coach Mack Brown called a controversial timeout to set up what turned out to be a disastrous shovel pass.
Reserve quarterback Garrett Gilbert's flip was deflected and corralled by the beefy Marcell Dareus, who rumbled, bumbled and stumbled into the end zone to give the Tide a three-possession lead.
OK, maybe it was a little more athletic than that.
Dareus was also responsible for knocking McCoy out of the game when he brought him down on an option keeper early in the first quarter.
You'll recall that Arenas maintained a very jocular demeanor on his page as the investigation into his Dec. 24 confrontation with Javaris Crittenton played out. Many think his somewhat glib nature contributed to NBA commissioner David Stern's decision to send him away from the game.
If we are to believe the Scene in the Tropics blog over at the Miami Herald (and what kind of world would it be if we can't), then Alex Rodriguez has rebounded from his split with actress Kate Hudson quite nicely.
The sleuths down there -- probably because they aren't so busy trudging through snow and mush -- say the New York Yankees slugger has been spotted with 25-year-old Elaine Spottswood on his arm.
Spottswood is apparently a member of a prominent Key West family that has dealings in real estate, timesharing, marinas, hospitality, broadcasting and banking.
Los Angeles Clippers announcer Michael Smith is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges stemming from an alleged theft of $735,000 from a development deal gone bad.
According to prosecutors, Smith persuaded his friend, a retired school teacher with an inoperable brain tumor, to put up his paid-off Dana Point home in January 2008 as collateral for a $735,000 loan, so Smith and business partner Bruce Furst could develop land in Dana Point. Prosecutors said the pair lied and said the loan was safe and would be 100 percent guaranteed.
In November, Smith and fellow Fox Sports Prime Ticket broadcaster Ralph Lawler were suspended one game for making off-color comments about Iranian-born Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi.
Mere hours after NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas indefinitely without pay, the Washington Post reports this alarming new detail about the altercation between the star and Javaris Crittenton.
According to two first-hand accounts of the confrontation, Crittenton
responded to Arenas's action -- which included laying the four unloaded
weapons in Crittenton's cubicle with a note that read, "Pick One" -- by
brandishing his own firearm, loading a clip of ammunition into the gun
and cocking the weapon.
Two of the five people in the room that morning, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said Arenas had originally not disclosed
Crittenton's action to protect the little-used guard from prosecution
and had told Crittenton he would assume full responsibility for the
actions of both players that day.
The Post reports that Crittenton denied these accounts via text message and his agent declined to comment.
If this is indeed the correct chain of events, shouldn't Crittenton be subjected to any even more severe punishment than Arenas?
His source says an announcement will come within the next 24 to 48 hours.
This would mean a reunion between Weis and Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, who spent time together as assistants for the New York Jets.
"Charlie's a guy I have a great amount of respect for as a coach," Haley said Wednesday at his final news conference of the season. "He's a coach that system-wise, I would say we're as close as you can be. Charlie's a guy I consider a friend and I've talked to throughout the year, no different from some of the other guys I lean on for things and advice."
The rumor mill had Weis interested in filling the same position with the Bears, but it looks like that's not going to happen now.
Two-time Bill Parcells punching dummy Terry Glenn has added to his arrest record after a Tuesday night auto theft bust in Dallas.
Dallas-Ft.. Worth Airport Police report say Glenn rented a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban from National Rent A Car in November and had yet to return the truck. He was booked and released Tuesday night.
In all, the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver has been arrested four times. The first was in 2001, after accusations of assaulting the mother of his then 5-year-old son. The second came in 2005, again for public intoxication. The third time was January of 2009 when Glenn was busted after reports he had been seen wandering naked through the halls of an Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel outside Dallas.
Glenn faced a number of charges for that incident, including public intoxication and possession of marijuana, reports CBSNews.
Glenn was a Cowboys wide receiver from 2003 to 2007 and led the team in 2005 with 132 catches, almost 2,200 yards and 13 touchdowns. Glenn also played for the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers before playing for the Cowboys in his 12-year career.
The Cowbell Girl from Monday night's Fiesta Bowl is, in fact, visually impaired, according to a statement from Boise State's Blue Thunder Marching Band.
A ten-second clip of the unnamed student playing the cowbell spread like internet wildfire, with many poking fun of her.
Although I didn't originally say anything mean-spirited, it was brought to my attention that she was visually impaired, something we now know is a fact.
Again, I'm only posting this because she's become such an internet celebrity -- something she clearly didn't ask for.
So, here's the statement, and let's put all the joking to rest for good.
The Blue Thunder Marching Band is very proud of all of our students.
unfortunate that the image of one of our musicians has been unfavorable
treated by popular media and many internet sources.
This is particularly
distasteful considering that the young lady in question is also highly
visually impaired, and it this impairment that seems to be the source for her
We greatly appreciate the many supporters and
upstanding media outlets who have helped disseminate accurate information in
this sensitive matter in the past 48 hours. We understand that the privilege
of appearing on national television includes the potential for criticism
along with praise, but this is not what this student signed-up for when
joining the band.
Please accept that she has asked that her name not
be disclosed, and as of now she is not planning on making any statement on
the matter. Thank you.
Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has been suspended indefinitely and without pay, effective immediately, as the NBA looks into the incident involving guns in the team locker room.
NBA commissioner David Stern deemed Arenas "unfit" to take the court for the organization.
On Monday, Arenas admitted to bringing guns to the Verizon Center and bringing them out in a "misguided effort to play a joke."
According to reports, the star and teammate Javaris Crittenton draw weapons on each other on Christmas Eve in an argument that stemmed from a card game.
Although admitting his mistake, Arenas has been extremely active and provocative on his Twitter. We will see if that continues.
Below is Stern's statement:
"The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a
matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to
refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a
criminal investigation involving the office of the United States
Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police
Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury
sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed
the Wizards to refrain from taking any action.
Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement
authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury
and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would
expect for such a serious incident.
"Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will
ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his
ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to
take the court in an NBA game. Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas
indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion
of the investigation by the NBA."
Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers was arrested again Tuesday after passing out a Mexican restaurant from drinking too much, police confirmed.
Employees at the On the Border restaurant in Novi (it's lovely) were unable to rouse Rogers awake after he fell asleep in his seat at 3:15 p.m. He was rushed to the hospital as employees were concerned he may have suffered a heart attack.
Rogers was arrested on suspicion of failing to fulfill his probation in a Sobriety Court program.
The onetime Michigan State standout has had a litany of legal issues since 2003, when he was drafted with the second overall pick.
Milwaukee Bucks rookie sensation Brandon Jennings debuted his new high-top fade during a 96-78 thrashing of the New Jersey Nets last night, effortlessly blending the past and future of the NBA together.
The brand new 'do is attracting a lot of attention and Kid N' Play googling, but it's nothing Jennings hasn't done before. Back when he was a wide-eyed high schooler who figured out he could make more money in Europe than in college, he had the same thing going on.
Jennings is averaging 19 points and 5.9 assists per contest this year, if you care about silly on-the-court things like that.
Former Blackhawks star Chris Chelios was hit with a DUI charge following a late December traffic stop in west suburban Westmont, police said Tuesday.
Christos K. Chelios, 47, of Bloomfield, Mich., was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol after a Dec. 28 traffic stop, according to Westmont police. He was also ticketed for speeding and improper lane usage.
Police stopped a pickup driven by Chelios at 4:12 a.m. as he was traveling east on Ogden Avenue near Blackhawk Drive, police said.
The pickup was towed from the scene and Chelios was taken to the Westmont Police Dept., where he posted $300 -- 10 percent of a $3,000 bond -- and was released, police said.
A blood alcohol level was not available, police said Tuesday, due to his pending court appearance. Chelios will appear at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton on Feb. 1 on the charge.
Chelios racked up 185 goals, 763 assists and 2,891 penalty minutes as a defenseman with the Montreal Canadiens (1983-90), Blackhawks (1990-99) and Detroit Red Wings (1999-09). He currently plays with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
For many of us, life peaked around the time we were regularly playing NBA Jam multiple hours a day.
There was nothing like the combination of high-flying dunks, catchphrases, push-down steals and Chris Mullins' haircut. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a dirty liar.
The arcade-ish two-on-two basketball title enjoyed it's peak popularity in the 16-bit era, when Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis were the windows to the world. It was a simpler time, one where my father told my brother and I if he heard "THE STEAL, THE STEAL" again, he'd make sure we'd never be able to play with an unlocked Bill Clinton again.
It wasn't as dramatic as the Statue of Liberty play from 2007's OT Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma State, but this latest bit of trickery in the No. 6 Broncos' bag was no less amazing.
Boise State's fourth quarter fake punt on fourth-and-nine picked up 29 yards and led to the game-winning drive in their 17-10 Fiesta Bowl win over No. 4 TCU to preserve a perfect 14-0 season.
Punter Kyle Brotzman hit Kyle Efaw for 20 yards with a defender in his face to carry the day. Brotzman also had a perfect punt to the TCU one-yard line to help seal the game with less than 2 minutes left.
Currently, there are 13 minutes left in the Fiesta Bowl and it is tied 10-10. Surely, something exciting will happen and a hero will emerge.
But no player will be able to hold a candle to the undisputed star of this battle of unbeatens.
That's right, we're talking about Cowbell Girl.
We may never know her name, but for approximately 10 seconds of on-air time, this Boise State band member reignited America's love of the cowbell.
Stand aside, Christopher Walken, there's a new sheriff in town.
Initially, I remarked on her apparent lack of enthusiasm for the cameras, but it's been brought to my attention by some jubilant -- and angry at the same time -- Boise backers that she's visually impaired. So, it looks like I'll be going directly to hell.
If that's the case, it's an even better, even more enduring image.
An openly gay socialite, Johnson had a knack for attracting paparazzi -
and trouble. A nasty fight with ex-girlfriend Courtenay Semel, daughter
of former Yahoo chief Terry Semel, reportedly resulted in Johnson's
hair catching on fire last October. Then in November, she was arrested
for allegedly breaking into another former girlfriend's house.
In December, Tequila announced the pair were engaged.
"Tonight, my beautiful girlfriend has just asked me to marry her and
check out this rock," the lingerie-wearing Tequila said in an Internet
video. "Bam! That is a 17-carat diamond ring from my baby."
A Los Angeles police sergeant confirmed the death to the aforementioned magazine.
"Tiger is an intensely competitive athlete--and quite serious about his
sport," Leibovitz says of the candid photos. "I wanted to reveal that in these photos. And to show his
incredible focus and dedication."
Fewell, however, is expected to interview for the permanent head coaching position today.
The rumor mill has the team interested in bringing in former Steelers legend Bill Cowher, although ESPN football guru Adam Schefter indicated he doesn't believe the strong-jawed one will coach in 2010 on "SportsCenter" this morning.
Fox News' Brit Hume has obviously spent some time worrying about the ultimate fate of Tiger Woods' soul.
He apparently felt compelled to share his concerns with a national audience Sunday.
"The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith,"
Hume said. "He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith
offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the
Christian faith. So, my message to Tiger is, 'Tiger, turn to the
Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great
example to the world."
Remember, that's a newsman offering advice to the beleaguered golfer, not a religious pundit. Hume is a senior political analyst, so why is he doing his Bible-thumping on one of the station's news programs?
"It was one of those shots where there was nothing
diagrammed, there was no play," Donovan said. "It was just a guy who
took the ball, and you talk about strange things happening. If the ball
bounced anywhere except where it bounced, maybe a different guy shoots
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane was named to the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team today, the only member of the team to receive the honor.
Kane has tallied 17 goals and 28 assists this season.
Dustin Byfuglien, another hopeful, was not one of the 23 players chosen to represent the U.S. in Vancouver next month. He was among 34 players invited to a summer orientation camp for prospective players.
Tennessee basketball players Tyler Smith, Cameron Tatum, Brian Williams and Melvin Goins were arrested Friday after a traffic stop and now face drugs and weapons charges, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Smith is a senior and the starting power forward for the 14th-ranked Volunteers and Tatum has started this season as well.
"We take these matters very seriously," UT coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement released by UT. "We are still gathering information. Once the appropriate authorities have provided us with all of the facts, we will act accordingly."
Tennessee is coming off a Thursday night win over rival Memphis.
In what is easily the most awkward moment of the decade thus far -- no matter what you did late last night -- we present for your consideration ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso attempting to shake a blind youngster's hand.
Oh yeah, he's also wearing an oversized Oregon Duck head.
The Denver Post reports that Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be benched for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Josh McDaniels said Marshall doesn't want to play because of a slight hamstring pull.
The loss of the pass-catching enthusiast will be huge for a Broncos team feverishly fighting for a playoff spot.
Marhsall's season began under a cloud of controversy with McDaniels, but he's rebounded to haul in 101 passes and 10 touchdowns on the year. He also set an NFL record with 21 receptions in a Week 14 loss to Indianapolis.
Detroit Tigers fans who found themselves losing patience with catcher Gerald Laird as he slugged his way through a .225 2009 campaign will be interested to know that the 30-year-old backstop was arrested following a brawl at the Phoenix Suns-Boston Celtics game Wednesday.
Laird and his 22-year-old brother Brandon -- an infield prospect with the New York Yankees -- were allegedly involved in a rhubarb in the lounge area of U.S. Airways Center in which the brothers Laird apparently assaulted the security guards.
Can't we just have an NBA game without incident, people?
An anonymous source says Crittenton became angry at Arenas for refusing to make good on a debt. Naturally, this caused Arenas to draw his weapon on Crittenton, who also reached for a gun.
Arenas denied ever pulling a gun, but the team announced on Dec. 24 that the star guard had stored unloaded firearms in his locker room.
Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld declined to comment. "It's in the hands of [Washington] authorities," said Grunfeld, a former star Knicks player and president. "We're going to get to the bottom of this, if there is a bottom to this."
You'll remember that the Washington franchise changed its name from the Bullets in 1997.