Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 1 hr ago
Lolo Jones has scratched out of qualifying for the Rio Olympics, possibly bringing to a close one of the more fascinating and frustrating careers in recent Olympic history.
Jones will not compete in the 100 meter hurdles in the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., the only event in which she had sought to make the U.S. Olympic team. However, Jones had not competed since February.
The story of Jones, a three-time NCAA champion at LSU, is one of missed opportunities and unfortunate errors. In 2008, Jones was leading the 100 meter hurdles when she tripped on the final hurdle and finished seventh. Four years later in London, Jones finished fourth, one-tenth of a second off the medal podium. She will turn 34 this summer, and has almost surely missed out on her final opportunity to win a medal in the Summer Games.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago
(Warning. Do not watch the above video at work, in your place of worship, around children, in the presence of your parents, or anywhere else that you might get in trouble for people saying curse words and implying certain acts. You have been warned.)
Marshawn Lynch in retirement is going to be so much more fun than Marshawn Lynch on the field. (Unless you were a Seahawks fan, of course.) Lynch has already shown his ability to riff on video games with Conan O’Brien, and here, he reviews a few sweet rides with Digital Trends.
We foresee an entire cottage industry for Beast Mode. Reviewing wines. Reviewing movies. Reviewing presidential debates. Reviewing Tinder profiles. The door is wide [censored] open.
Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 1 day 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 1 day 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 2 days 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 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.