Jay Busbee

  • NBA Draft preview: Sam Dekker, Isaiah Austin talk draft hopes and dreams (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

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    It's NBA Draft time, the finest pro sports draft of them all (sorry, NFL). It's a time for wheeling and dealing, a time when teams' hopes and futures can be secured or crumble based on one pick.

    This time around, we've got two NBA Draft-related guests for you. First up, from the University of Wisconsin, Sam Dekker! Fresh off his NCAA Championship play, Dekker declared for the draft and has been prepping with everyone up to and including LeBron James. What are Dekker's strengths and weaknesses? How does he see himself fitting in with an NBA team? What's he going to do in the green room? He gives us the answers right here.

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  • Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jr. both opposed Confederate flag

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 6 days ago

    Dale Earnhardt wasn't a defender of the Confederate flag, and neither is his son.

    For decades, the Confederate flag has flown above NASCAR infields, a symbol of the rebellious spirit of NASCAR's most ardent fan base. But the flag's racial overtones are impossible to ignore, leading to increasing calls for the removal of the flag from state flags and state grounds.

    It's a shift in the national mood that's even reached slow-to-change NASCAR. But the fans who fly the flag, wear it on their clothes, or sport it as a tattoo might be shocked to learn that two of the sport's biggest icons, Dale Earnhardt and Dale Jr., have taken issue with the flag in the past.

    Dale Earnhardt is the embodiment of the Southern ideal, a man who worked his way from a tiny garage in Kannapolis, N.C., to a nationwide empire through speed and force of will. “I always said he looked like the last Confederate soldier,” former Charlotte Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler once said. “He looked like one of those guys in the old silver photos from Gettysburg or Manassas.”

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  • Cam Newton visits families of Charleston victims; Panthers oppose Confederate flag

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    The Carolina Panthers have responded to last week's Charleston shooting with words, funds and now deeds.

    Cam Newton visited several families of victims on Monday, bringing a bit of much-needed cheer to their lives:

    .@CameronNewton was in Charleston today. with Felicia Sanders the mother of 26-year old Tywanza @deray @owillis pic.twitter.com/HdBkugIMDy

    Newton's appearance showed up on social media rather than official news channels. He visited the family of Tywanza Sanders, who died trying to protect his aunt, and the family of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, who also died in the attack.

    Panthers owner Jerry Richardson over the weekend donated $100,000 to the families of the victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting. The money was to be divided evenly among the nine victims' families, with the remainder going to a memorial fund for the church.

  • What were the worst NBA Draft picks of all time?

    Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    The NBA draft is approaching, and with it the opportunity for teams to make spectacularly bad decisions. A good draft pick can fortify a team for a decade; a bad one can land a team right back in the lottery next year. But the worst picks are the missed opportunities, the selections a team made when a much better option was right there for the taking.

    We all know about the Portland Trailblazers picking Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan. Let's look past that and consider some of the other, most ridiculous misfires of the NBA Draft. Pistons and Bucks fans, you might want to avert your eyes. Everybody else ... this could be you .

    This debate is part of Yahoo Sports' new ongoing Grandstanding series. Check outthe Grandstanding podcast, where we dive deeper into the day's big stories, and find us on Twitter via the hashtag #grandstanding. Thanks for checking it out!

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

  • Jordan Spieth wins U.S. Open as Dustin Johnson chokes on final green

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 7 days ago

    The Jordan Spieth train keeps a-rolling ... and this time, it ran over Dustin Johnson.

    The Masters champion wasn't quite as steady at Chambers Bay as he'd been at Augusta, but he was good enough to outlast the field and win the 2015 U.S. Open. Spieth, all of 21 years old, has now won two majors – the first two of 2015 – and has already cemented himself as one of his generation's finest golfers. And he did so in the most clutch fashion imaginable ... and for Dustin Johnson, the most heartbreaking.

    Johnson found himself on the 18th green with a putt to win the U.S. Open, two putts to tie and force a playoff. He ran the first putt long, and the three-foot comebacker slid just left:

    It was a painful end to one of the most fascinating three-hole finishes in recent major history.

    Spieth took an outright three-stroke lead with a birdie on 16, and the tournament looked to be over. But then he surrendered it just one hole later when his double-bogey ran hard into Louis Oosthuizen's birdie barrage.

    At that point, Spieth was tied with Oosthuizen, who shot 29 on the back nine, and just a stroke ahead of Johnson, who was lining up a short birdie putt on 17. He made it.

  • Billy Horschel performs 'these greens are terrible' interpretive dance

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 8 days ago

    Billy Horschel is not at all pleased with the greens at Chambers Bay. After missing some short putts on the final day of the U.S. Open, he decided to let the greens know how he felt:

    Then there was this little maneuver:

    Whatever, it's working. Horschel, +7 coming into Sunday, was -5 through 12.

    After the round, Horschel talked to Fox Sports' Holly Sonders, and didn't hold back: "These greens aren't very good," he said. "I'm not going to hold my tongue on this. It's very disappointing to hold a championship tournament on greens like this. We're not looking for perfection, but they're surely not very good ... It's the way it is. I lost a little respect for the USGA this week."

    Earlier, Horschel had taken to Twitter to vent his frustration:

    @elkpga... Worst rolling greens I've ever putted on. Nothing comes anything close to this week. My only complaint about the course

    @elkpga.... Umm wrong! If he was Pinocchio, his noes would be a mile long after some of the comments he's made this week. Haha

    Hey, who said golfers were boring?

  • Five things to watch on Sunday at the U.S. Open

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 8 days ago

    Three days down, one to go, and the U.S. Open is setting up well for a spectacular finish. Four players sit tied at 4-under, with four more three strokes back.

    1. Jason Day. If Day had just completed a round the day after collapsing from vertigo, that'd be impressive. If Day had just finished Saturday in a tie for the lead at the U.S. Open, that'd be impressive as well. But astonishingly, Day did both , somehow managing to remain upright while closing with three birdies on the final four holes. He snagged the clubhouse leadand ended the day in a tie with Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace. He could tap out without even taking a swing on Sunday and he'd still be one of the best stories of the weekend.

    It's going to be a fine U.S. Open Sunday. Get your food and drink of choice ready; you're not going to want to miss any of this.

  • Jason Day rebounds from vertigo, takes share of lead at U.S. Open

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 8 days ago

    On a course as ridiculous as Chambers Bay, apparently it helps to come in a little dizzy.

    This was Jason Day at the end of his round Friday at the U.S. Open:

    And this was Day at the end of his round on Saturday:

    That putt gave Day the lead at 4-under, putting him in position for a most improbable run at what would be his first major title and capping a sublime round that seemed unthinkable even a few hours before.

    On the ninth hole Friday (his 18th), Day collapsed. He's suffered with bouts of dizziness before, and this was no different. It was later determined he'd been diagnosed with Benign Positional Vertigo. Though he was just three strokes off the lead following Round 2, it wasn't certain that Day would continue in the tournament until Saturday morning, just hours before his tee time.

    He did, birdieing 17 and 18.

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  • Tom Brady donated hefty speaking fee to charity

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 9 days ago

    Remember the story from earlier this week about how Tom Bradygot $170,000 to speak for an hour after deflate-gate? Remember how obscene that sum seemed, how ridiculous that a university would pay so much money to a pro ballplayer?

    Yeah, well, we've all got to eat our words a bit, because according to the Boston Globe, Brady donated all that money to charity. Of the total, $50,000 went to "Best Buddies," which aids people with intellectual and developmental issues, and the remainder went to other charities. Not only that, Brady's event apparently turned a $40,000 profit for Salem State University, which hosted the event.

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

  • Panthers owner donates $100,000 to families of Charleston victims

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 9 days ago

    The Carolina Panthers play in Charlotte, but by their very name claim kinship with South Carolina. Accordingly, owner Jerry Richardson has made a quiet donation of $100,000 to the families of victims in this week's Charleston shooting, in which a gunman killed nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

    Panthers defensive tackle Colin Cole shared Richardson's letter on his Twitter account:

    #PrayersforCharleston - some things are just bigger than football...@Panthers - thank you Mr. Richardson.. pic.twitter.com/sHxZGYjH4R

    Richardson will be donating $10,000 to each of the families who lost loved ones in the shooting, plus another $10,000 to help fund a memorial at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

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