Speed Read: Steelers Salvage Opening Night Win

If anyone wanted to know the difference between college football and the NFL, you just needed to watch the two games last night. (At least the two that anyone cared about - sorry, Florda A&M at Winston-Salem State on ESPNU.) If you like offense, crazy plays and wild comebacks, then the Clemson at Georgia Tech […]

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Speed Read: Oregon, Boise Trade Musical Barbs

For a lot of us, tonight is like Christmas, your birthday and finding your Dad’s stash of Swank Magazines when you were 12 all rolled into one: college football starts tonight. And unlike most opening week mismatches, tonight’s marquee match-up should be a doozy, with Pac-10 dark horse Oregon braving possible blindness from the Smurf […]

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Speed Read: Another Ivanovic Bust At U.S. Open

Back in January 2008, the Australian Open finals featured Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova in one of the most eagerly-anticipated women’s tennis matches ever. Sharapova won the match, but it seemed like the sport was set for one of the hottest - in every sense of the world - rivalries in recent memories.

Now flash forward […]

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Speed Read: Hero Vandy Coach Turns Down Raise

It’s hard to get too misty-eyed about the integrity of college sports when coaches are dealing with sex scandals, players are getting arrested on a daily basis and Yahoo! Sports is ready to let loose with the blockbuster news that a USC football player might have received an extra large slice of apple pie at […]

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Marist Wins Suit Filed By Ex-Suicidal Hoops Player

What’s the best way to deal with a college athlete who is feeling depressed and suicidal? I’m guessing it’s not what Marist College apparently did to women’s basketball Katheryn Lyons after they learned she was going through some serious psychological issues: they suspended her for two semesters and pulled her scholarship. Because that will make […]

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Punter Plunks Kick Off Cowboys Stadium Screen

Let’s add punting to the list of things that Jerry Jones knows less about than he thinks he does. And the placement of HD Jumbotrons in his new stadium. And…well, I’ll just stop there, because we could go on all day like this with issues that aren’t really relevant to the story at hand: while […]

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Thomas Jones Can’t Get Enough “Golden Girls”

Pro athletes have some unusual habits - and sometimes they don’t even involve drugs or hookers. Take New York Jets RB Thomas Jones, for example. Lost in all the hubbub about Brett Favre was the fact that Jones had a breakthrough season for the Jets, leading the AFC with 1,312 yards rushing. So what’s his […]

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Speed Read: Cable Doesn’t KO Punch-Up Rumors

The Oakland Raiders: they put the “Holy crap, Coach just slugged an assistant!” in “dysfunction.” At least, we’ll have to assume that’s what happened, as Raiders head coach Tom Cable (who is not, by the way, in way over his head) didn’t do much to clarify reports that he broke the jaw of defensive assistant […]

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Nicholls State Trades Mascot Racism For Fascism?

In 2004, Nicholls State University retired its old “Colonel Tillou” mascot after complaints that the bearded Southern soldier - modeled after the school’s founder, former Louisiana governor and Confederate officer Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls - was an ugly reminder of slavery and racism.

(Offensive Nicholls State Mascots now and then)
So after five years of research, […]

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Tigers Legend Harwell Spends Week In Hospital

Earlier this year, baseball lost a broadcasting icon as Harry Kalas died of a heart attack suffered as he prepared for a broadcast of a Phillies game. Unfortunately, it appears as though another legendary announcer is struggling with health troubles, as the DETROIT FREE-PRESS reports that Hall of Fame Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell is resting […]

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