17 Apr 2014 03:40:31 -0400
Brittney Griner rips Baylor's anti-gay stance in new book
Brittney Griner's career as a Baylor Bear will go down as one of the greatest in the history of college sports. She dominated women's college basketball in a way that was previously unseen.Now, Griner has moved on to the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury, but she hasn't forgotten about her time in college. In her new memoir entitled In My Skin, Griner reveals how she didn't feel like she could be herself at Baylor due to the school's policies against homosexuality. In short, Griner believes the university benefited from her greatly without letting her be who she actually was.The more I think about it, the more I feel like the people who run the school want it both ways: they want to keep the policy, so they can keep selling themselves as a Christian university, but they are more than happy to benefit from the success of their gay athletes. That is, as long as those gay athletes don’t talk about being gay.The 23-year-old also wrote how she would like to be an ambassador for the university. Ho
17 Apr 2014 03:05:29 -0400
Kobe ditches final Lakers' game for trip to France
If the Los Angeles Lakers’s team photo wasn’t enough to convince you of Kobe Bryant’s feelings towards the 2013-14 NBA season, news of his early vacation surely will. The Lakers tip off against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night for the final game of the regular season, the outcome of which is inconsequential, as their final record will officially become the worst record in franchise history. However, Kobe won’t be there to witness history, as he’s currently on his way to France — placing him as far away as possible from the **** Show at Staples. Of course, going to France means Kobe is now only a hop, skip and a jump away from Germany, where he can pop in for some more crazy European voodoo potions for his knees, along with anything else that might be ailing him. [LATimes] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
17 Apr 2014 01:42:02 -0400
Report: Florida State, police hardly did a Winston probe
The New York Times published an article on Wednesday that blasts the lack of any real investigation done by Florida State and the Tallahassee Police Department into the rape allegations leveled at Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston. The article states that “there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university.” State Attorney Willie Meggs is quoted as saying that the police, “just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do.” Meggs was also upset by the fact that the police waited two weeks to finally contact Winston after the accuser identified him as her attacker, and only did so by phone, not with a formal, in-person interview. Also, police failed to follow up with possible witnesses, one of whom apparently videotaped part of the encounter. On top of that, they never obtained his DNA and the detective handling the case waited two months to write his first report, then prematurely suspended his inquiry without informing the ...
17 Apr 2014 01:21:02 -0400
Popovich extra brief in postgame press conference
Over the years, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been equally as known for his in-game and post-game demeanor as his is for his coaching prowess. Craig Sager can attest. On Wednesday night, the Spurs hosted the Lakers in a meaningless […]
17 Apr 2014 00:13:14 -0400
DeSean Jackson has to pay ex agent $516k in unpaid loans
DeSean Jackson is a rich man after getting $16 million guaranteed from the Redskins, so I’m sure he’ll take the sting of an arbitrators ruling in stride. Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports is reporting that an NFLPA arbitrator ruled in favor of Jackson’s former agent, Drew Rosenhaus, in a lawsuit brought against the wide receiver. Rosenhaus filed a grievance against the Jaccpot records CEO in June of 2013 after Jackson failed to pay back a $400K loan. The arbitrator rule in favor of the former agent and now Jackson will have to cough up $516,415. Breaking: NFLPA decides #Redskins WR DeSean Jackson owes Drew Rosenhaus $516,415 in unpaid loans and agent fees. Story coming. — Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) April 16, 2014 An NFLPA arbitrator found that Rosenhaus giving Jackson $50,000 cash, and a $90,000 check at the time of his signing was not an inducement. — Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) April 16, 2014 Rosenhaus had been seeking $777,793 for loans, interest, credit card charges and insurance p...
17 Apr 2014 00:03:10 -0400
Tracy McGrady makes pro pitching debut for Skeeters
So Tracy McGrady’s baseball career is still a thing, as the former NBA All-Star pitched one inning in his debut with the Sugar Land Skeeters in an exhibition game Wednesday against Alvin Community College. In T-Mac’s lone inning of work he threw 15 pitches (9 strikes, 6 balls), giving up one run on three hits. @blksportsonline Tmac got his first start tonight. Gave up 1 run on 3h vs local JUCO in 1IP-22 pitches. Team won 10-1 pic.twitter.com/tlRLS7kYiR — HeyRadioGuy.. (@theGOAPT) April 17, 2014 Not great, but not bad for a guy who hasn’t played competitive baseball since his senior year of high school. We’ll find out if Sugar Land’s invite to McGrady was a legitimate shot at a roster sport or just a publicity stunt, as the Skeeters need to pare down the roster to 27 by next Thursday’s season opener.
16 Apr 2014 22:29:24 -0400
CEO bids nearly $12k to coach Arkansas State spring game
Nick Bhardwaj, the CEO and co-founder of Beyond Games, a gaming studio in California, won a creative fundraiser by Arkansas State University to be the team’s head coach for their Spring Game. Bhardwaj, who has no affiliation to ASU, won the Red Wolves’ eBay auctioned “Head Coach Experience” over 15 other potential coaches with a bid of $11,700. The auction, which was proposed by Arkansas State’s new coach, Blake Anderson, will benefit the Red Wolves Foundation. The game will be played this Friday at 7 p.m. How much could a program like Ohio State pull in if they offered up Urban Meyer’s position for a day? [ArkansasOnline] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
16 Apr 2014 22:07:35 -0400
Chad Johnson impressed during CFL mini-camp
Granted it’s only two days in, but former NFL receiver Chad Johnson has been impressing the Montreal Alouettes during the team’s mini-camp in Vero Beach, Florida. Montreal (CFL) brass has been quite impressed with @ochocinco in the first 2 days of their minicamp. He's back on the field w/them Thur… — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 17, 2014 "He seems really excited to be back on the football field," one source said of @ochocinco. His tryout continues in Florida tomorrow — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 17, 2014 Judging by this Instagram video, it looks like the 36-year-old Johnson still has some decent moves.
16 Apr 2014 18:15:37 -0400
Five breakout candidates for the NHL playoffs
The NHL playoffs can bring players that are on the fringe of stardom right to center stage. Here are some names to watch up for as the league prepares to drop the puck on its season season. Ryan Johansen, Columbus The leading scorer for the Blue Jackets has had a breakout season and he could really make a name for himself in the playoffs. Going up against the Penguins won’t be an easy task for Johansen and the Blue Jackets, especially without Nathan Horton. The good thing for them is that the pressure is all on Pittsburgh. Johansen is riding a six-game point streak (3G, 5A, 8P) going into the playoffs. He finished the season with 33 goals and 30 assists. The Blue Jackets are a team on the rise right now and so is Johansen. Jamie Benn, Dallas Benn has established himself in the regular season but this is his first postseason in the NHL. He is coming off an impressive Olympics where he scored the game winning goal against Team USA in the semi-finals. His playoff track record e...
16 Apr 2014 17:48:51 -0400
Grant Hill is a candidate for the Pistons GM job
A few days ago, the Pistons announced that Joe Dumars would no longer be general manager of the team. Even though he was the architect behind the 2004 championship team, this is a “what have you done for me lately?” […]
16 Apr 2014 17:07:13 -0400
Joe Rogan: Ronda Rousey could beat Floyd Mayweather
There are things some people say that just make me question their intelligence. UFC’s Joe Rogan just became one of them after insisting UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey could beat boxer Floyd Mayweather in a UFC-style bout. While Rogan makes the point that Mayweather isn’t suited for Rousey’s ground game in the octagon, he completely ignores several factors. The first being men are much stronger naturally than women. I highly doubt that Rousey could keep Mayweather down for long, even with her high level of skill. Rousey is 9-0 in a marginally competitive women’s division. I would have to say her competition thus far is just a little less than that of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer. Secondly, UFC gloves are much smaller than boxing. If Rousey did not succeed in clinching Mayweather, it would take one punch for him to KO her. There’s a reason men fight men, and women fight women. Rousey’s skill is undeniable, she dominates her division. I have the utmost respect for her. But Rogan ha
16 Apr 2014 15:53:18 -0400
Chris Johnson, Jets agree on two-year deal
The biggest name left on the NFL free agent market is now a member of the New York Jets. Former Titans RB Chris Johnson reached agreement with Jets on a two-year deal, per league sources. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2014 Johnson has hit the 1,000-yard marker in each season of his six-year career, rushing for 1,077 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. The once 2,000-yard back has definitely dropped in production over the past few seasons. After averaging 1,533 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons, Johnson has posted averages of just 1,122 yards and five touchdowns in the three years since. He’s still productive, but it’s pretty clear he’s not the back he was his first few years in the league. Johnson, though, would provide help for the Jets, who need a speed back coming out of the backfield. Chris Ivory had a solid season in 2013. So did Bilal Powell. But neither of those guys is a breakaway thread. Neither is going to outrun safeties. Johnson, though, can still do tha
16 Apr 2014 15:05:29 -0400
Report: Pats among six teams showing interest in Michael Sam
The Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets are showing the most interest in Missouri edge rusher Michael Sam, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. The projected third-day prospect put up stellar production in his senior season, racking up 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss and was also named a first-team All-American and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Via @MikeSamFootball Sam is expected to become the first openly gay man to play in the NFL this fall and he has plenty of potential at the next level, but he could also face a difficult transition as a so-called “tweener” — a 4-3 DE in college who lacks the size to remain at defensive end and lacks the experience to play as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He also struggled during outside linebacker drills at the Senior Bowl as he attempts to transition to a new position. Some also consider Sam a one-trick pony that utilizes an edge rip move to beat hea...
16 Apr 2014 14:30:00 -0400
Study: Average men's college basketball player worth $375K
Drexel University and the National Collegiate Players Association recently conducted a survey to determine how much a collegiate player would be worth in an open market. The survey was conducted as part of a larger question of if/when college players would be paid for their services. The results revealed that men’s college basketball players could be worth approximately $375,000. The average college football player would be worth $178,000, per NBC News (via Nick Bromberg of Yahoo! Sports). Coveted players like Andrew Wiggins of the Kansas Jayhawks and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would value at $1.6 million and $547,000, respectively. The NBC News report highlighted what salaried pay could mean for the college game: “The bidding war for athletes would likely be in the millions,” said Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sports management at Drexel University and co-author of the report. “However, I think it all depends on whether or not a players’ association ends up repres...