Monday, July 31, 2006
Mets Make Moves at Deadline [J. Mark English]
Nick Saban: Too Busy for President [J. Mark English]
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - When the White House called with an invitation to dine with President Bush, Dan Marino took it. But the coach of his former team said no.
Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban said Monday that his obligations at training camp took priority over a chance to meet the president.
"It was really a tough decision," Saban said. "I feel like my first responsibility is our team. That in no way disrespects the importance of the opportunity I would have loved to have had to spend dinner with the President."
The invitation was for dinner with Bush on Sunday night at Joe's Stone Crabs, a landmark Miami Beach restaurant. Marino, a former Dolphins quarterback and an NFL Hall of Famer, did attend, Bush said in a speech Monday.
Several Dolphins players said they weren't surprised that Saban put his team ahead of the president.
"We all know Nick is serious about what we're doing here and is committed to it," defensive end Jason Taylor said.
MLB Trade Dead Line Fix [J. Mark English]
- Cardinals acquire Ronnie Belliard from the Indians in exchange for Hector Luna.
- Cincinnati Reds get Rheal Cormier from the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Yankees get away with high way robbery by stealing Abreu and Lidle from the Phillies for practically nothing.
- Jon Heyman: Mets may trade Milledge for Roy Oswalt or Jason Schmidt.
- Jon Heyman: Alfonso Soriano - It appears more likely he'll go to the Angels than the Tigers, Twins, Astros, Mariners, A's, Dodgers or Cardinals.
- Scott Miller: A's making a push for Soriano.
- Tigers have a new first baseman in Sean Casey from the Pirates. Chris Shelton demoted.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Conspicuously Absent [J. Mark English]
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Are You Ready For Some Football? [J. Mark English]
Michael Eisen - New York Giants. Randy Lange - New York Jets. Chris Brown - Buffalo Bill. Andy Cohen - Miami Dolphins. Elizabeth Propper - New England Patriots. Mike Duffy - Baltimore Ravens. Geoff Hobson - Cincinnati Bengals. Zac Jackson - Cleveland Browns. Bob Labriola - Pittsburgh Steelers. Nick Schenck - Houston Texans. John Oehser - Indianapolis Colts. Vic Ketchman - Jacksonville Jaguars. Teresa M. Walker - Tennessee Titans. Andrew Mason - Denver Broncos. Bob Gretz - Kansas City Chiefs. Tony Gonzalez - Oakland Raiders. Casey Pearce - San Diego Chargers. Nick Eatman - Dallas Cowboys. Chris McPherson - Philadelphia Eagles. Gary Fitzgerald - Washington Redskins. Larry Mayer - Chicago Bears. Nick Caminata - Detroit Lions. Mike Spofford - Green Bay Packers. Ben Stoterau - Minnesota Vikings. Michael Oldham - Atlanta Falcons. Pat Yasinskas - Carolina Panthers. Chris Pika - New Orleans Saints. Coach Jon Gruden - Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Paul Calvisi - Arizona Cardinals. Nick Wagoner - St. Louis Rams. Chrissy Mauck - San Francisco Forty Niners. Tommy Hicks - Seattle Seahawks.
New York Giants: Sign Kiwanuka [J. Mark English]
From the Sport Arena to the Political Arena [J. Mark English]
Barkley for Governor? [EdMcGon]
Re: Landis Testing Positive... [J. Mark English]
NFL Rumors: Jerry Porter [EdMcGon]
I want to thank Mark for allowing me to blog here.
In the NFL rumor mill yesterday, Profootballtalk.com reported rumors that the Raiders were "shopping Jerry Porter".
Also yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Porter had requested a trade.
But today, the story has shifted dramatically. According to a new San Francisco Chronicle article, Art Shell had the following to say about a Porter trade:
"That's a non-issue, as far as I'm concerned. There's guys every year that might not want to be on a team but, hey, part of this business is you play with who you've got. If we have somebody on this team that ... said he wants to be here or not, if he's doing what he's supposed to do, then we'll go to work."
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Shell does not have many options here unless Al Davis manages to pull off a trade. Porter is quoted in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle as saying the Raiders are requesting two first round picks. Even Porter thought that price was absurd.
The Raiders are stuck with Porter, and Porter is stuck with the Raiders.
FLOYD LANDIS SUSPENDED: Tested Postitive for Doping [J. Mark English]
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Re: Boxer Keeps Watch... [J. Mark English]
How drunk must Andrey Foreman be by now?
Boxer Keeps Watch on a Fight for Life [New York Times]
His father told him the army did not need a boxer to lead the charge.
Why the Mets Will Miss the D-Train [J. Mark English]
Your Daily Fix 7.26.06 [J. Mark English]
- Bartolo Colon leaves early due to elboy irritation.
- Former NASCAR champion, Benny Parsons, has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
- An unidentified cyclist was tested positive for doping during the Tour de France.
- The NFL suspends Odell Thurman four games for violating its substance-abuse policies.
- USOC: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago remain in the running for the 2016 Olympic games.
- Brian McBride retires from the U.S. National Soccer team.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Yahoo Sports: NFL's Burning Questions [J. Mark English]
Your Evening Fix 7.25.06 [J. Mark English]
- Harold Reynolds has been fired by ESPN. ESPN has responded with a resounding "no comment".
- Paul Tagliabue pleased with the Superdome's progress.
- Adam Morrison, Luke Ridnour, and Shawn Marion all fail to make Team USA.
- Danica Patrick decides to stick it out with IRL; says no to NASCAR.
- Ben Howland, sought after hoops prospect, will attend UCLA.
- Detroit Tigers become the first team in 115 years to score at least five runs in the first inning of three straight games.
- Cory McCartney gets us ready from some college football.
- Eric Moneypenny with the top ten quarterback positions in college ball.
- Eric Mack says that A-Rod effects his weekly power rankings.
- Ed Belfour joins the Florida Panthers.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Beltran: 80 RBI's [J. Mark English]
Deadly Lightning Kills Kids Playing Soccer [J. Mark English]
Your Daily Fix 7.24.06 [J. Mark English]
- Keith Law on the success of Joe Mauer.
- No horse play here...jockey probed for head-butting.
- Bob Harig breaks down Tigers smashing victory at the British Open.
- Toronto Raptors sign Spanish Cup Finals MVP, Jorge Garbajosa.
- Barry Bonds' attorney wants the Fed to investigate a leak in the case.
- Pacers and Mavericks swap guards.
- Chicago White Sox snare closer Mike MacDougal from the Royals.
- Randy Lerner, owner of the Cleveland Browns, may try to purchase the English soccer club Aston Villa.
- Peter King says that fans of 32 NFL teams have reasons to hope.
- CNNSI keeps up with the trade rumors in the MLB.
- Ricky Williams undergoes surgery.
- Buck Showalter, manager of the Rangers, released from hospital.
Tiger Woods Wins; Father Smiling From Above [J. Mark English]
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Your Evening Fix 7.22.06 [J. Mark English]
- Pittsburgh Penguins supposedly reject Cuban-Marino group's bid.
- New York Mets X-Man leads them to a rain soaked win over the Astros.
- Oakland A's rally from five run defecit to beat the Tigers.
- Cowboys lock up tight end Witten to a six year deal.
- Roddick and Blake to face off in the RCA Championship final.
- S.F. Giants acquire Shea Hillenbrand in a three player trade.
- Floyd Landis could be closing in on victory, but Austin Murphy says its not over yet.
- Feds had access to Barry Bonds medical records.
- Browns sign rookie Kamerion Wimbley to a six year deal.
- Police detonate a suspicious package sent to golfer Byron Nelson.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Your Evening Fix 7.21.06 [J. Mark English]
- Barry Bonds relieved not to be indicted.
- Hal Bock on Omar Minaya working the phones as the trade deadline nears.
- Jon Heyman on who's in and who's out in regards to trading.
- John Danowski named Duke lax coach...his son will play for him.
- Former NBA All Star, Shawn Kemp, charged with drug possession.
- Titans RB Chris Brown wants out.
- Miami Hurricanes Willie Cooper shot in the rear end outside his home.
Way to Be Landis [J. Mark English]
Insult of the Day: Donovan McNabb [J. Mark English]
New York Fans v Media Agenda [YANKEEMAMA]
Tiger Wood: He's Baaaack! [J. Mark English]
"6 Hours 40 Minutes: Cyclones Fall to Oneonta in 26 Innings" [New York Times]
By the time he walked off the mound at game’s end, almost 200 fans were still in the seats.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Your Daily Fix 7.20.06 [J. Mark English]
- Tribe trade closer Wickman to the Braves.
- Tiger Woods is battling errand shots to contend at Open.
- Tim Rosaforte has more on the British Open.
- Barbaro's Doctor: "We're in a Marathon".
- Barry Bonds trainor to be released from jail.
- Twins are riding a seven game winning streak. They have on 19 of their last 24 games.
- Deliberations underway for Midshipman Lamar Owens, former quarterback of Navy. If found guilty of rape, could face life in prison.
- Floyd Landis bounces back at the Tour.
Shea Hillenbrand Cut [J. Mark English]
Barry Bonds: Tick Tock Tick Tock [J. Mark English]
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Your Daily Fix 7.19.06 [J. Mark English]
New York Mets: Faith Healer Crusade Ad Pulled [J. Mark English]
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
New York Islanders: Chinese Firedrill [J. Mark English]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Neil Smith was fired after less than a month as general manager of the New York Islanders and replaced Tuesday by goalie Garth Snow, who retired from the club to take over the position.
John "Buck" O'Neil Will Be an All-Star [J. Mark English]
Except maybe O'Neil.
Nobody disputes that O'Neil's involvement in the game borders on a gimmick. But his supporters hope it also provides a boost in their quest to get him into Cooperstown.
General Manager Rick Montean said the club has been passing petitions through the stands at all home games, asking commissioner Bud Selig or former commissioner Fay Vincent to intervene.
Your Daily Fix 7.18.06 [J. Mark English]
- Tom Verducci with MLB's second half burning questions.
- Taxes, not steroids, may be Barry Bonds downfall.
- Vince Young will be signed by camp...so says agent.
- Floyd Landis regains the lead in the Tour de France.
- Mark Soltau says that Tiger Woods may forgo driver at Hoylake.
- Iraqi avoids Olympic kidnapping with casual dress.
- Mike Kahn with the Sonics future in Seattle...
- New York Red Bulls hire Bruce Arena as head coach.
- T.O. says the media made him a villian. Clark Judge strikes back.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Your Daily Fix 7.17.06 [J. Mark English]
- Nick Faldo & Tiger Woods are paired for the first two rounds of the British Open.
- Sean McAdam warns the AL: Beware of the NL Pitchers.
- Barbaro condition is stable, but situation still remains serious.
- Peter Gammons move to rehab center as he continues to recover.
- Dr. James Shortt sentenced to one year in jail in steroid case.
- Dallas Stars sign Eric Lindros to one year deal.
- Finally, President Bush uses colorful language to sum up the Middle-East crisis.
Heyman: Giambi Speaks About Testimoney [J. Mark English]
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Joe Benigno on NBC 4 [J. Mark English]
Your Evening Fix 7.16.06 [J. Mark English]
- Dallas Cowboy saftey Keith Davis recovering from gunshot wound.
- Barry Bonds' lawyer refutes pending indictment.
- Well, of all people, Brett Myers gives up homer number 721 to Barry Bonds.
- Twins' Torii Hunter on the DL.
- Kim Clijsters leads Belgium to win over USA in the Fed Cup.
- Kyle Busch gets his first NASCAR win this season.
- Brendan Shanahan seems to be fitting in quite nicely with New York.
Mets 6th: 11 Runs, 17 AB's, 2 Grand Slams [J. Mark English]
Chris Woodward flies out to center fielder Juan Pierre.
Top 6TH B:1 S:2 O:1
Carlos Beltran reaches on fielding error by second baseman Todd Walker.
Top 6TH B:0 S:1 O:1
Carlos Delgado singles on a fly ball to center fielder Juan Pierre. Carlos Beltran to 2nd.
Top 6TH B:0 S:0 O:1
David Wright singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Jacque Jones. Carlos Beltran to 3rd. Carlos Delgado to 2nd.
Top 6TH B:1 S:2 O:1
Cliff Floyd hits a grand slam (9) to left field. Carlos Beltran scores. Carlos Delgado scores. David Wright scores.
Top 6TH B:4 S:1 O:1
Xavier Nady walks.
Top 6TH B:0 S:0 O:1
Pitcher Change: Roberto Novoa replaces Sean Marshall, batting 9th.
Top 6TH B:0 S:0 O:1
Ramon Castro reaches on force attempt, missed catch error by second baseman Todd Walker, assist to third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Xavier Nady to 2nd.
Top 6TH B:0 S:0 O:1
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Endy Chavez replaces Pedro Feliciano.
Top 6TH B:1 S:2 O:1
Endy Chavez singles on a line drive to right fielder Jacque Jones. Xavier Nady scores. Ramon Castro to 3rd.
Top 6TH B:0 S:1 O:1
With Jose Valentin batting, Endy Chavez steals (7) 2nd base.
Top 6TH B:2 S:2 O:1
Jose Valentin singles on a ground ball to shortstop Ronny Cedeno.
Top 6TH B:1 S:0 O:2
Chris Woodward grounds into a force out, third baseman Aramis Ramirez to catcher Michael Barrett. Ramon Castro out at home. Endy Chavez to 3rd. Jose Valentin to 2nd. Chris Woodward to 1st.
Top 6TH B:3 S:2 O:2
Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam (26) to left center field. Endy Chavez scores. Jose Valentin scores. Chris Woodward scores.
Top 6TH B:2 S:2 O:2
Carlos Delgado doubles (15) on a ground ball to left fielder Matt Murton.
Top 6TH B:2 S:0 O:2
David Wright homers (21) on a fly ball to right field. Carlos Delgado scores.
Top 6TH B:0 S:0 O:2
Pitcher Change: Will Ohman replaces Roberto Novoa, batting 9th.
Top 6TH B:4 S:2 O:2
Cliff Floyd walks.
Top 6TH B:4 S:0 O:2
Xavier Nady walks. Cliff Floyd to 2nd.
Top 6TH B:1 S:1 O:3
Ramon Castro flies out to center fielder Juan Pierre.
Wojciechowski: Irish Eyes Can Smile Again [J. Mark English]
Now for the Sept. 9 home opener against Penn State the Marriott is requiring a three-night minimum for -- are you sitting down? -- $649 (plus tax) per night. By the way, the 298-room hotel is sold out. The Marriott loves Weis.
MLB: Saveless [J. Mark English]
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Kobe A No Go for USA [J. Mark English]
New York Mets: Guess Who's Back? [J. Mark English]
Mets Bullpen: Superb [J. Mark English]
Head of Iraqi Olympic Committee Kidnapped [J. Mark English]
Your Daily Fix 7.15.06 [J. Mark English]
- Barry Bonds' legal team prepares for looming federal indictment.
- Have mercy! The Detroit Tigers are the best team in all the land.
- Braves win in a battle of "field goals" against the Padres...Don't look now but the Braves are tied for second place, and have seven out of ten.
- Spain's Oscar Pereiro takes the yellow jersey from the American Floyd Landis at the Tour de France.
- Mary Burns proclaims that Brandon Roy & Randy Foye have been among the most impressive rookies so far in Las Vegas.
- The heat has gotten to Michelle Wie. Literally.
- Barbaro had another good night. Condition is now stable.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Your Daily Fix 7.14.06 [J. Mark English]
- Barbaro is feeling much better after a good nights rest.
- Terrell Owens claims he's misquoted in his AUTObiography.
- Coach Arena has had enough, and will not return as USA soccer coach.
- Brett Myers is set to return to the Phils in San Fran.
- Chris Bosh inks a three year deal with the Raptors.
- Discover team member Yaroslav Popovych win the stage at the Tour de France, while American Floyd Landis continues to wear the yellow shirt.
- Surprise, surprise: Mark Prior is on the disabled list. Could Kerry Wood be far behind?
- Don Banks has some big questions in regards to the AFC-North.
- Three Italian soccer teams punished for role in scandal.
- Jon Heyman keeps up with the Phillies upcoming fire sale, as the White Sox heat up the pitching market.
- Despite near death experience, Ben Roethlisberger will not do safety helmet ads.
- The Baltimore Orioles have to fix their bobblehead mishap.
- Finally, please pay attention to what is occurring in the Middle East, as it directly affects America. We should always stand with the forces that combat terrorism, and pray for the terrorist eventual extermination from this planet.
Coaches Torturing Gymnists? [J. Mark English]
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Phil Rogers: Forecast for 30 MLB Teams [J. Mark English]
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Zinedine Zidane Speaks [J. Mark English]
83 Year Old Man Plays Ball [J. Mark English]
The infielders moved up on the grass, giggling, and pitcher looked as uncomfortable as anyone else would have felt.
Your Daily Fix 7.12.06 [J. Mark English]
- Eric Mack and his power rankings has the Mets, Yankees in positions 4, 5.
- Italian soccer coach Marcello Lippi resigns: "At the end of an extraordinary professional and human experience, experienced as the head of an exceptional group of players ... I believe my role is over as the guide of the Italian national team."
- E.J. Hradek breaks down the NHL schedule that has just been released.
- Darryl Sutter resigns as the Calgary Flames coach. He'll remain as GM.
- Cyril Dessel takes the lead in the Tour de France, as American Floyd Landis drops to fifth.
- Friend of Barry Bonds is a key witness as his indictment looms.
MLB Trade: Huff to Houston [J. Mark English]
Quote of the Day [J. Mark English]
LeBron James Staying Put [J. Mark English]
Barbaro Condition Worsens [J. Mark English]
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. -- Barbaro's condition turned "potentially serious" again Wednesday, a day after the Kentucky Derby winner's veterinarian gave a more upbeat report, saying the colt was stable and resting comfortably.
Dean Richardson, the chief surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, also said the colt faced "tough odds" and that doctors were looking at all possible treatments to keep the 3-year-old comfortable.
Nothing Doing Day [J.Mark English]
Story Behind "Big Lo" [J. Mark English]
As it turns out not only is "Big Lo" an action figure but he is a real person. Lorin Sandretzky is a resident of Seattle, and is big time sports fan.