Saturday, August 19, 2006

His draft stock just skyrocketed

New Zealand PG Dickel suspended 3 games for doping



HIROSHIMA, Japan (ESPN) -- New Zealand point guard Mark Dickel will miss the first three games of the world championships as part of a 10-day suspension from FIBA for failing a drug test last month.

Dickel was suspended by his national federation for two games after failing a drug test taken in July, and was included on the team's roster for the world championships on Saturday. But FIBA met Friday night and determined New Zealand's punishment wasn't enough and imposed a 10-day suspension that means he will miss New Zealand's first three games, starting with Saturday night's meeting with Spain.

The 6-foot-2 Dickel, a member of the national team since the 2000 Olympics, was suspended by Basketball New Zealand last week after testing positive for cannabis in results returned Aug. 11. Dickel, who played at UNLV from 1996-2000, missed two exhibition games against Qatar. more

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Mrs. Bart Connor!!
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Asafa Powell equals 100-meter world record (ESPN)
FIFA probes fans who made human swastika (SI)
Scuffling, shuffling on last day of Broncos' camp (SI)
L.I. teen posed as journalist to get into stadium (AP)
New London coach resigns in wake of arrest (Danbury News Times)
Corsicana WR won't be allowed to play (Dallas Morning News)
Holyfield, 43, gets TKO in comeback (SD Union Tribune)
Marion Jones failed drug test (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Judge's ruling divides 'big football town' (CNN)

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Silly Rabbit, Links Are For Kids

"My hero," says Seau.



Today's "top" story . . .

Just retired linebacker Junior Seau signs with Pats
(Boston Globe) -- Linebacker Junior Seau just held a conference call with the New England media. He opened by saying he was jet-lagged from his cross country flight Thursday night, and confirmed that the contract he signed with the Patriots is a one-year deal. He said he'll play at some point in the preseason and “when a championship team calls, you definitely have to answer the call.”

Some of the Q&A:

Talk about what’s happened to you today…
“I caught a flight from San Diego to New England, and I’m just throwing my nose right into the playbook.”

Does any of the playbook look familiar?
“There is some terminology that is familiar to me. I’m just trying to get it all down and obviously get out there on the field and hear the communication during the plays. That will be a big difference.”

You were retiring a week ago and now you’re here. Why, and how much football do you think you have left in you?
“Why? I received a call from the New England Patriots. I felt that there was a great interest for them to even respect me enough to [make] the call. There is a great fit here. I believe they have great plans here. There is a chance to win something big here and we’re going to go for it.” more


The rest of the stories . . .
Backup quarterback is leaving Cornhuskers (SI)
Evgeni Malkin turns up in LA, skates with NHLers (SLAM!)
Juventus' relegation appeal denied (TSN)
Vikings Robinson also got traffic ticket last week (ESPN)
Suspended former Ohio St. starter transfers (SI)
Umpire Layne injured when hit in head by broken bat (AP)

Friday, August 18, 2006

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The Future(?) Mrs. Sean Avery!!

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Doherty in big trouble, charged with possession (Auburn Citizen)
Ex-Bull Baxter held on gun count (Chicago Tribune)
Ballplayer, 8, is a hit (Miami Herald)
Foul ball (Port Huron Times Herald)
Counselor acquitted of 2 of 3 charges (Akron Beacon Journal)
Showalter, Scioscia, six others suspended (CBS)
Judge refuses to dismiss suit against Angels (AP)

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The fight we've all been ... nevermind

Holyfield begins another comeback Friday



DALLAS (Ticker) -- Evander Holyfield was last seen by the American public "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC. The 43-year-old is ready to once again dance in the boxing ring.

Believing he can make a difference in a heavyweight division muddled in disarray, Holyfield returns to the squared circle Friday, when he takes on Jeremy Bates in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds at the American Airlines Center.

A record four-time heavyweight champion, Holyfield (38-8-2, 25 KOs) - who participated in the first season of ABC's reality dance show in 2005 - is beginning his quest for an unprecedented fifth title. The 1984 Olympic bronze medalist in the light heavyweight division, he apparently sees a weight class currently ruled by fighters from the former Soviet Union as his chance to once again reign supreme. more

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The Surreal Life with Mo

Lawyer: Clarett has ties to alleged Israeli mobster



(ESPN) -- Maurice Clarett was bankrolled by an alleged member of an Israeli crime organization after leaving Ohio State, ESPN has learned, and Clarett's attorney said Thursday that his client may have been in possession of firearms last week to protect himself against mob activity.

Clarett's attorney, Nick Mango, said Thursday that Clarett has repeatedly received death threats over the past year but that a cryptic postcard sent from Los Angeles last week has him wondering about Clarett's ties to an alleged mob enforcer.

In the late summer of 2004, ESPN has learned, Clarett traveled to Los Angeles and was introduced by a rapper friend to Hai Waknine, 35, a convicted felon who prosecutors believe is a member of an Israeli crime organization called The Jerusalem Group. Waknine, who at the time was being indicted on extortion and money-laundering charges, became Clarett's sponsor and adviser, along with Waknine's attorney, David Kenner. Waknine provided Clarett with cash, a BMW, bodyguards, drivers and beachfront lodging in Malibu, with the understanding that he would be reimbursed and receive 60 percent of Clarett's rookie contract. more


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"I beat up a wall once, so look out!"



Today's "top" story . . .

Retired Pitcher Brown In Turf Battle
MACON, Ga. (Macon Telegraph) -- The grass apparently is not greener on the other side of the fence for retired Major League Baseball pitcher Kevin Brown, who reportedly pulled out a pistol in a dispute with a neighbor over yard debris.

Bibb County sheriff's deputies were called to settle a tussle about tossed turf Monday between Brown and Michael Haws.

"It was kind of an awkward evening," Haws told The Telegraph on the phone Wednesday night. "Luckily nobody got arrested and nobody got shot."

Haws said he called the sheriff's office after a loud argument that began when he found Brown throwing grass clippings over the fence into Haws' yard on Breighton Court, which backs up to Brown's multimillion-dollar estate on Brown's Ridge.

When Haws confronted Brown, the two men argued and Brown pulled out a gun and told Haws he'd better not come onto Brown's property, the report stated.

Brown, baseball's first $100 million man, told deputies that he carries a gun while strolling through the woods because he often sees snakes. more


The rest of the stories . . .
Anderson contacted Brady about workout (FOX Sports)
Judge gives Bonds' trainer option: Testify or go to jail (AP)
Plaxico sacks Coughlin's style (Newsday)
NFL says Titans, mascot will not be punished (SI)
Short retirement: Seau to reportedly sign with Patriots (Seattle PI)
Ticket touts targeted (Monsters and Critics)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

BREAKING NEWS ALERTS!!!



1) Alfonso Soriano has been placed on waivers! Which means...uh...well...he has been placed on waivers.

2) Bonds BALCO trainer dropped Tom Brady's name to prosecutors! Which means...uh...ummmm...nothing.

Carry on.

Just another day in "The Life"

Authorities seek arrest of ex-NBA star



MARIN, Calif. (Marin Independent) -- A Marin judge issued two arrest warrants for former NBA star Isaiah "J.R." Rider after he failed to show up for sentencing Wednesday.

Marin Superior Court Judge Verna Adams waited until after 10 a.m. to call the case, which was scheduled at 9:06 a.m.

Bail was set at $10,000 for each of the warrants in two separate misdemeanor cases against the basketball player, who retired in 2002.

Rider pleaded guilty to six misdemeanors and three infractions in the two cases in Marin. One involves false imprisonment and battery and the second is for driving with a suspended license and related charges. more

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Coach resigns after arrest on felony sex charges (KARE)
Scare for Irish manager Staunton (Soccerway)
Sun Devils dismiss Krueger from basketball team (KOLD)
Domestic Violence in the NFL (SportsFan)
Visalian gets five years for porn (Fresno Bee)
Former Slam Dunk leader Bobby Jacobs (Cape Gazette)
Dancer trumps jock and stripper (Joliet Herald News)
Boy hit by line drive faces long recovery (Asbury Park Press)

Is there a lesson to be learned here?

Landis' Father-in-Law Commits Suicide


SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Embattled Tour de France champion Floyd Landis's father-in-law David Witt has been found dead in San Diego, California, after committing suicide in his car.

David Witt's body was discovered at a parking garage Tuesday afternoon according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office. He had a gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a suicide. more

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A Link's As Good As A Hit

"Yeah, sure, it's a real baseball league."



Today's "top" story . . .

Canseco walks five, hits four for Armada

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Jose Canseco's knuckleball was uncontrollable -- and it made his debut as a starting pitcher pretty ugly.

The former American League MVP hit four batters and walked five others in 4 1-3 innings for the Long Beach Armada on Wednesday night. He also gave up a home run on a "flat knuckleball" and recorded his first career strikeout during an 8-2 loss to the Reno Silver Fox.

"Overall, it felt pretty good," said Canseco, who joined the independent Golden Baseball League earlier this year. "It took me a little while to get a rhythm out there, and I walked too many guys. It should get better." more

The rest of the stories . . .
Theismann calls Williams 'disgrace to game' (ESPN)
Terrell Owens finally back on the field (SI)
Bush Gets A Taste of Shoe Business (LA Times)
Proteas 'sissies' to pull out of tri-series (Hindu)
Ugly fracas mars Texas' win over Halos (MLB.com)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Bueller?...Bueller?...Bueller?...

Anyone actually reading this blog? Drop us a comment or somethin'.

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Mrs. Wayne Gretzky!!

Tellin' It Like It Is

No one knows a football team like the hometown fan does. Not the talking heads on FOX, not the Boo-yeah's on ESPN, no one. So since the NFL season is almost upon us, we thought it would be a good idea to let YOU THE FAN do the talking and give us your insights on YOUR TEAM for the upcoming season.



Will your team be any good or is this another "rebuilding" year? Is there something that you heard on the local radio or TV station that the rest of us may not have heard? Let us know. Will an unknown rookie be a player to watch for your squad this year? Tell us now.

Hopefully, if enough people respond we will have more good info on the upcoming season than you can find anywhere else.

Let 'er rip in the comments section. GO, GO, GO!!

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"At least it wasn't a Bengal."



WR jailed for suspected drunk driving (FOX Sports)
NBA's Baxter arrested for shots near White House (Reuters)
Hitmen Tryouts (WKBN)
Suggs deal off (Sportinglife)
Ephriam reportedly facing suspension (Akron Beacon Journal)
Reporters Must Testify Over Bonds Leak (Forbes)
Yankees to break ground on stadium (MLB.com)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Hot Sports Wife/Ex/Girlfriend of the Day

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Mrs. Tiger Woods!!

Link Like A Rock Star

"Moss demonstrates his attitude about team play."



Moss throws tantrum, rips Vikings (MSNBC)
Leinart in for Cardinals; Seau calls it quits (Sporting News)
K-State Suspends Hoops Center Hughes (KC Star)
Bomb blast sparks early return for touring side (The Age)
Shunned by sponsors, Landis's team dies (IHT)
King James carries US in blowout (Toronto Star)
Jets acquire running back Suggs from Browns (SJ Mercury News)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Hot Sports Wife/Ex/Girlfriend of the Day

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Mrs. Dario Franchitti!!

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"It wasn't me."



Titans mascot nails Saints QB with golf cart (SI)
Portis is out for 'a while' (Washington Times)
Starks charged with domestic assault (Tennessean)
Vick has regrets, but he's learning (Palm Beach Post)
Image-shattering pictures of UNM athletes (Alb. Tribune)
Bourdais: PT just crashed us (crash.net)
ChiSox nipping at Tigers’ heels (Boston Herald)