Friday, June 30, 2006
Tour de France: Doping Scandal [J. Mark English]
World Cup Updates [J. Mark English]
Former Players Sue NFL [J. Mark English]
Randy Walker Dead at 52 [J. Mark English]
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern coach Randy Walker's sudden death left the school stunned Friday, with players praising him as an inspirational leader.
"I'll never forget coach Walker," kicker Joel Howells said, his voice cracking during a somber news conference on campus. "He's had a huge impact on my life the last four or five years. If you really knew him, I don't know how you wouldn't remember him.
"A lot of guys are still kind of in shock."
Walker, 52, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack, after feeling chest pains around 10 p.m. at his suburban Chicago home, said Mike Wolf, the school's assistant athletic director for media services."Everything he taught us could be applied to life," linebacker Nick Roach said. "You can't really measure something like that."
Two months ago, Northwestern gave Walker a four-year extension through the 2011 season. He joined the school in 1999 after nine years at Miami of Ohio.
"He was a tough, demanding coach," athletic director Mark Murphy said.
In October 2004, Walker checked himself into a hospital after experiencing chest pains. He was diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle; the condition is not a common ailment, and is usually caused by a virus.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
As for the Rest of the NBA Draft [J. Mark English]
Knicks Draft: You Can't Make this Up [J.Mark English]
And It Didn't Get Any Better... [J. Mark English]
Boston's former ace signed autographs when he arrived at Fenway Park and heard an adoring crowd chant "Pedro! Pedro!" as he warmed up before the bottom of the first.
Then he gave up four runs in that inning, four more in the third and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines as baseball's hottest team went on to a 10-2 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
But after his worst performance in two seasons with the Mets, the right-hander who won two Cy Young Awards with the Red Sox and the hearts of their fans still flashed the charming smile they had seen so often during his seven seasons in Boston.
"It's not disappointing at all," Martinez said. "The reception I got, I will always remember that as one of the best moments of my life."
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Boston Martinez Massacre? [J.Mark English]
Patrick Roy & Herb Brooks: Hall of Fame Bound [J. Mark English]
Peter Gammons... [J. Mark English]
Rangers vs. Islanders Face Off in 'House That Ruth Built' [ J. Mark English]
2006 NBA Draft Prep [J. Mark English]
- Ian Thomsen thinks Andrea Bargnani will the first pick.
- Chad Ford offers up a mock draft of his own.
- Jeff Goodman on why the Raptors hold all the cards.
As you are you doing your prep work, let it be known that rookies as well as the vets will get to play with a new game ball next year. It is the NBA's first adjustment to the game ball in 35 years. It will no longer have leather, but instead will be a composite of non-animal materials.
Jogger of the Year: U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christian Bagge [J. Mark English]
Peter Gammons: Surgery for Brain Aneurysm [J. Mark English]
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
James Dolan's Ultimatum [J. Mark English]
Oregon State College World Series Champs! [J. Mark English]
Monday, June 26, 2006
Boston Be Ready: Here Come the Mets [J. Mark English]
Hey Yankee Fans, Where Did Y'all Go? [J. Mark English]
World Cup Scuffle: 500 Arrested [J. Mark English]
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- British and German police were helped by heavy rain that had most fans running for someplace dry after a weekend that saw hundreds of arrests.
Fears that the fan violence that gripped Stuttgart the previous day would be repeated on Sunday were erased by England's 1-0 win against Ecuador and the driving rain.
Police spokesman Olaf Petersen said nine fans were arrested for minor offenses on Sunday. That paled compared with Saturday when police arrested 400 English, as well as 14 Germans, following a clash between fans from the two countries.
All but three were released Sunday morning, in part because of a lack of detention space, police spokesman Stephan Keilbach said.
The fans were banned from the downtown area until Monday morning, though Keilbach said police would only know of violations if the fans caused more problems. All those arrested and released had been photographed, but Keilbach said it was impractical to hand out so many pictures to all the officers on patrol.
The arrests followed a clash with police earlier Saturday during which 122 English were arrested. Of those, 117 were being kept in custody until Monday.
In the free open-air viewing area Sunday, middle-aged couples and families with children -- some carrying the German flag -- mingled with fans clad in flags or walking around shirtless to bare patriotic tattoos.
"It's a party. We're here to have fun," whooped Kevin Penfold as he swapped his red England shirt for an Ecuadorean one worn by Ana Cecilia Pinos Flores, who struggled to put on her sweat-soaked acquisition.
Nearby, an English fan with his chest hairs dyed ginger and shaved in the shape of a cross grinned benignly in an alcoholic daze as his friends covered him in a flag. Others bellowed songs about downing German bombers in World War II.
Nearly 2,000 police officers patrolled this normally pristine southern city, a force boosted by hooligan experts from England. It was a model of cooperation that so far this World Cup has helped prevent widespread trouble.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Red Hot Reyes [J. Mark English]
The streaking Reyes went 4-for-5 for the second consecutive game and the third time in five days. He extended his hitting streak to 13 games and is on a 32-for-57 (.561) tear that's raised his batting average from .246 to .302.
"Unbelievable. That guy has been hot this last week. Four hits today, four yesterday," Beltran said. "I wish I could have two days like that."
It was Reyes' fifth game this season with at least four hits, tying Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki for tops in the major leagues. Reyes also got his big league-leading 34th stolen base and scored twice.
"I always say to him, 'You have the potential to be one of the best players in the game,'" Beltran said. "He's got the potential to be the best shortstop in the game."
Reyes said he's just trying to put the ball in play.
"I feel real good right now," he said. "I made a little change in my swing. A lot of pitchers were throwing me off-speed pitches outside. I tried to pull the ball before. Now I'm staying with it."
World Cup Update: Portugal & England Advance [J. Mark English]
Four men were sent off - two for both sides - and eight others were booked as tempers boiled over in Nuremburg.
A 23rd-minute goal from Maniche was enough to put Portugal into the last eight and a clash with England, a repeat of their quarter- final match at the 2004 European Championships, which Portugal won on penalties.
Spanish Cyclist Halts Race Over Doping Report [J. Mark English]
NHL Draft 2006 Results...[J. Mark English]
NCAA: March 'Madness' Could be 'Lunacy' [J. Mark English]
Injuries around the MLB [Jay Moussab]
Saturday, June 24, 2006
President Bush and Tee-Ball [J. Mark English]
Germany's Home Field Advantage [J. Mark English]
Nesha Starcevic, Breitbart.com -
Grant Wahl: More World Cup Predictions [J. Mark English]
Well, maybe I'm not the worst prognosticator after all.
At the conclusion of the first round I was sitting at the top of the SI.com heap, tied with Gregory Sica and the Limey Boys in predicting 14 of the 16 teams that made it to the knockout stage.
While Sica was the only one of SI's 10 "experts" to tab Ghana in Group E, I felt pretty good about nailing Ecuador, Australia, Sweden and Switzerland. (The only teams I'd missed were Ghana and -- gulp -- Argentina.)
(In case you're wondering, SI's NFL editor Mark Mravic, blinded by his U.S. homerism, was in last place with 10 of the Sweet 16.)
So ... here are my picks for the rest of the tournament:
Germany over SwedenArgentina over MexicoAustralia over ItalySwitzerland over UkraineEngland over EcuadorNetherlands over PortugalBrazil over GhanaFrance over Spain
Argentina over GermanySwitzerland over AustraliaEngland over NetherlandsBrazil over France
Argentina over SwitzerlandBrazil over England
Brazil over Argentina
2006 NHL Draft [J. Mark English]
The National Hockey League will hold its annual Entry Draft Saturday evening at GM Place, with the St. Louis Blues receiving first dibs on this year's talent pool.
The Blues, who saw their 25-season playoff streak come to an end in 2005-06, hold the first-overall selection after winning the draft drawing back in April. St. Louis, which has unloaded high-priced stars Chris Pronger and Doug Weight in the past year, finished the regular season last in the NHL's overall standings with 57 points.
The top-rated prospect in the 2006 draft field is defenseman Erik Johnson, who has spent the last two seasons playing in USA Hockey's developmental program.
Andre Agassi to Say Goodbye [J. Mark English]
Christopher Clarey, New York Times -
Friday, June 23, 2006
2006 NHL Awards [J. Mark English]
CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
HART MEMORIAL TROPHY: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks.
FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY: Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina Hurricanes
JACK ADAMS AWARD : Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres
JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD: Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers
VEZINA TROPHY: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
ART ROSS TROPHY: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
WILLIAM M. JENNINGS TROPHY: Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks
KING CLANCY MEMORIAL TROPHY: Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals
MAURICE RICHARD TROPHY: Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose Sharks
Sensitivity Training for Ozzie Guillen [J. Mark English]
Quote of the Day: Willie Randolph on the Mets [J. Mark English]
Rocket Goes Five in Debut [J. Mark English]
World Cup: U.S.A. Sent Packing [J. Mark English]
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Isiah Thomas: Move Over Larry, I'm in Charge [J. Mark English]
Ozzie Guillen Apologizes for Homosexual Slur [J. Mark English]
NHL: Sell, Sell, Sell [J. Mark English]
Lee Jenkins: Mix Martial Arts [J. Mark English]
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
NBA Finals: Ring of Fire [J. Mark English]
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Lord Stanley: Carolina State of Mind [J. Mark English]
Of course, they couldn't have done it without the kid.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Lord Stanley's Cup: Who Wants It? [J. Mark English]
- Andrew Shain has seven reasons to watch tonights game.
- Marc Ciampa with game seven facts and figures.
- Bud L. Ellis on why there is nothing quite like a game seven.
- Matthew Fisher explains the Stanley Cup envy that grips Kandahar.
- Jack Daly on Brind'Amour bold statement of "as he goes, so goes the team".
- Carolina Hurricanes are poised for the biggest game in franchise history.(this includes Hartford)
- Paul Newberry ponders how the Oilers got this far.
Wade the Wonder Boy [J. Mark English]
Your Daily Fix 6.19.06 [J. Mark English]
- Swiss eliminate Togo from the World Cup.
- Police to cite Big Ben for driving with out license.
- Carolina Hurricanes looking to avoid a total meltdown.
- Chicago Cubs come to agreement with Irish wide reciever Jeff Samardzija.
- Oakland A's win tenth straight last night against the Dodgers.
- Detroit hits eight home runs in Mark Prior's debut.
- Steelers rookie, Santonio Holmes, arrested again for domestic violence.
- Danilo Pinnock commits to NBA draft, Carl Elliott to return to GW.
- Peter King and 2001 draft evaluation five years later.
- Lance Armstrong seeks action the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency Dick Pound.
- Amy Shipley on last nights 'thrilla' in Miami.
- And finally, al-Qaida claims to have kidnapped American soldiers.
Miami Wins; Heads to Dallas Up 3-2 [J. Mark English]
And now, he returns to the same state, with the same oppurtunity with a much improved team, the Miami Heat.
Dwyane Wade has turned into an NBA mega star before our eyes as he spearheaded the Heat to a 101-100 win in a game five thriller.
...Just some side notes...Mike Breen, formerly of WFAN, and the play by play man for the Knicks, did a fantastic job for ABC, as did commentator and former Knick coach Hubie Brown.
Your After Hours Fix 6.19.06 [J. Mark English]
- Be sure you are watching Game Five of the NBA Finals...
- John Kreiser goes inside the numbers of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
- Break up the Florida Marlins!
- Red and yellow cards have been warranted so says FIFA.
- Once again, please be sure you are watching Game Five of the NBA Finals.
- Fullerton eliminates Georgia Tech from the CWS.
- Kenny Rogers gets himself win number 200. Say what?
- Aaron Gray will skip the NBA draft and return to Pitt. Pay attention Isiah Thomas.
- France draws even with South Korea in the World Cup.
- Brazil tops the Aussies in the World Cup.
- Gene Wojciechowski on the failure of Phil Mickelson.
- And finally, North Korea is set to test a long-range missile that could reach the USA.