Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 15 hrs ago
The relationship between professional players and the Olympics is a fragile, dicey one. Where “amateur” athletes see the Olympics as a pinnacle, pros often see the Olympics as another stop on the schedule at best, an unwanted obligation at worst. LeBron James, Steph Curry, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day are some of the notable pros who have decided against participating in the Rio Olympic Games, for reasons ranging from exhaustion to Zika virus fears.
Not among their number: Serena Williams, the defending Olympic singles and doubles gold medalist, and a fairly decent player in her non-Olympic life as well. Speaking at Wimbledon on Tuesday, Williams hadnothing but praise for the Olympics. “My experience has been really amazing at the Olympics. I really loved going out there and competing…standing out there and being an Olympic athlete,” Williams said. “It is really one of the best experiences that I’ve had.”
Jay Busbee at The Dagger 23 hrs ago
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Pat Summitt, legendary former basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, died Tuesday morning of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA Division I basketball history, was 64.
Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type in 2011, and stepped down from her role as head coach at the University of Tennessee a year later. From 1974 to 2012, Summitt led the Lady Vols to a 1,098-208 record with eight national titles.
Her remarkable career began when she took the head coaching reins at Tennessee at just 22 years old. Two years later, as a player she was named an assistant captain for the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team, and in 1984 took over head coaching duties. Under her guidance, the American women went undefeated and won their first-ever gold medal.
In recent days, Summitt's health had taken a sharp turn for the worse. News that her family had gathered by her side brought an outpouring of sympathy from former players, rival coaches, and notable figures across the sports landscape.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
An associate of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Carlos Ortiz had been facing a charge of first-degree murder. He entered his guilty plea to the accessory charge in Bristol (Mass.) Superior Court, and now faces 4 1/2 to seven years in prison.
Hernandez was convicted in 2015 of the murder of Lloyd, who was shot to death in a North Attleborough, Mass. industrial park. Ortiz and Ernest Wallace had accompanied Hernandez and Lloyd to the park.
"When we got to the spot, the only two people that got out of the car was Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd," Ortiz told Superior Court Judge Susan Marsh on Monday. He then said he heard a gunshot, and added, "The only one person that came in was Aaron Hernandez."
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago
Hello. In lieu of grim worldwide economic and political news, here's video of a guy getting hit by footballs:
Yes, that's everybody's favorite beer commercial in a man suit, Rob Gronkowski, slinging footballs at "The Late Late Show" host James Corden. Gronk matched up against Liev Schreiber (best known to NFL fans as the voice of HBO's "Hard Knocks") and Luke Wilson (best known to NFL fans as ... I dunno, the guy who gets his arm chopped off in "Anchorman").
So who "won" the game? Well, Gronk notched a 10-point strike early on, but Schreiber appeared to fire a ball through the 20-point hole with time expiring. No word on whether anyone tested the balls' air pressure.
Elsewhere in the show, Gronk held forth on the rules of his family ("No hitting in the face, no hitting in the gonads") and set up a possible cage match with the Wilson brothers:
Preseason begins soon, friends. Hang in there.
Jay Busbee at FC Yahoo 5 days ago
Soccer talk! With the Copa America and Euro 2016 well underway, we bring in Yahoo Sports' Henry Bushnell to talk all things soccer, including: • What's next for the United States' men's team after a 4-0 loss to Argentina? • Is Jurgen Klinsmann the right manager for the American team? • What could the U.S. do on a youth level to get us more competitive on a world stage? • Why does everyone hate Cristiano Ronaldo? • Who's got the edge in Euro 2016? All this and more, as we give Henry grief for being so young and ask him to defend Philadelphia sports. Enjoy!
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago
"Any Given Wednesday," Bill Simmons' new HBO show, debuted on Wednesday night with searing hot fire courtesy of Simmons' fellow Bostonian Ben Affleck. The grizzled Batman unleashed a deflate-gate rant for the ages, scorching the NFL, Roger Goodell, and pretty much anyone outside of a two-mile bubble around Gillette Stadium.
Here, check it out, but put on your headphones if you're at work, because the curse words start right up:
Yeah, that's an opinion, all right.
Affleck's not wrong here as deflate-gate was and is a farce, an absurd overreaction to an event that may or may not have happened. (We don't need to rehash deflate-gate here for you, do we?) But, as always, it's wrapped in that characteristic Boston brew of arrogance and victimhood, the they-hate-us-cause-they-ain't-us mindset that makes everyone else in the country thrilled that all this madness is happening to the poor, downtrodden, four-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago
Being an NFL owner is like playing in a 32-hand poker game. You can kick back and enjoy the camaraderie, but every so often, you're going to have to ante up big. The ante? A sweet new stadium, of course.
With new stadiums built or in development in Minnesota, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, the Buffalo Bills now find themselves square in the sights of the NFL's ruling elite. At the spring meetings, the Bills learned that commissioner Roger Goodell and the other 31 ownersbelieved it was "imperative" for Buffalo to get a new stadium. More recently, Goodell dropped a not-particularly-subtle hint that it was time for the Bills to locate their wallet ... or someone else might locate theirs.
Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 7 days ago
As omens go, this isn't a great one:an Amazon jaguar was shot dead shortly after its participation in a torch lighting ceremony honoring the Rio Olympics.
Juma the jaguar had participated in the ceremony in the city of Manaus, where it had been chained up as local notables held the Olympic torch. After the ceremony, the jaguar, which was tranquilized, apparently began approaching a soldier, who fired and killed the jaguar with a single shot.
Jaguars are a nearly threatened species, and have been eradicated in several central American nations. The local environmental authority indicated that the ceremony's organizers had not sought permission to use the jaguar. " No request was made to authorize the participation of the jaguar "Juma" in the event of the Olympic torch," the authority said in a statement, according to Reuters. Local and international animal rights activists have already protested the move.
Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 7 days ago
Athletes from Russia and Kenya who wish to compete in the Olympics are going to have to outrun their nations' reputations for doping. The International Olympic Committee has announced that any athlete from those two countries competing in the Rio Games must be individually evaluated for dopingby international federations and certified by their home country's sports federation.
The move comes in the wake of a landmark International Association of Athletics Foundations ban that blocks Russia's track and field athletes from competing in this year's Olympics, the result of what the IAAF terms years of widespread covert doping techniques. Earlier this year, the New York Times detailed the ways in which Russia's state-sponsored athletic association allegedly helped athletes elude doping rules at the Sochi Games in 2014.
Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 9 days ago
The birdie puns took flight (see?) on Sunday afternoon at Oakmont.
Sergio Garcia, four strokes behind leader Shane Lowry, holed out from a greenside bunker at the 8th to notch an impressive 2 at the tricky par-3. And then, somewhere between the green and the walkway over the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Garcia found himself a little friend:
Sergio Garcia holes out from the bunker for birdie, picks up another birdie from the rough pic.twitter.com/T2DykZ4JDR
Yes, Garcia managed to save two birdies on one hole.
Yahoo Sports spoke to the woman in pink, who informed us that the bird was taken to the trees and released. We'll have to wait for Garcia's side of the story until he finishes his round. The bird was unavailable for comment.