Jay Busbee

  • Boston out of running for 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 10 hrs ago

    The city of Boston is no longer a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

    Boston had been the United States' selection in the ongoing bidding process for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but on Monday, Boston's mayor threw the brakes on the city's bid plans. Soon afterward, the United States Olympic Committee announced it is ending its bid to bring the Games to the city.

    Boston mayor Marty Walsh had said he cannot automatically commit to signing the host city bid should Boston win the right to host the Games. Walsh expressed concern about a provision which requires the host city to cover any cost overruns, a requirement which could prove financially burdensome to Boston.

    "I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk," Walsh said in a Monday morning press conference. While Boston's Olympic organizing group had pledged an insurance policy would cover cost overruns, Walsh said his office has been unable to conclude whether such a policy would be feasible and would sufficiently protect the city.

  • Joe Namath offers $100,000 in search for two lost Florida teens

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    Joe Namath has joined in the search for two missing Florida boys, offering $100,000 for information that aids in their rescue.

    Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos of Tequesta, Fla., both 14 years old, were last seen on Friday afternoon buying fuel for their 19-foot boat. The boys did not return as scheduled on Friday.

    Namath, a neighbor of one of the boys, participated in a Sunday news conference. He noted that both boys were experienced boaters.

    "Just keep on praying, man," he said. "It's hard, it's so hard. We've got to believe in their wherewithal, and we have some confidence in that area, no doubt. The good Lord's got to help us out."

    The boys' boat was found late Sunday, capsized 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet. Neither boy was with the boat. Coast Guard crews have searched more than 14,000 square miles of the Florida coastline.

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

  • The NFL needs a kill-the-man-with-the-ball competition (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 3 days ago

    Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes & Leave A Review

    Welcome to the latest episode of Grandstanding! After a brief siesta while we covered the British Open and baseball's All-Star Game, we're back, baby, and here to take you through the dog days of summer with more witty banter and incisive commentary. Or something like that. Anyway, it's another Friday Five, where we hit each other with questions across a range of subjects. Today's topics: • Is there another skills competition like the Home Run Derby that you'd really love to see? • Speaking of home runs, has the home run lost its prominence in American sports? • What's the most racist line you can recall someone uttering on a sports broadcast? • Which sport gets you fired up the most as it approaches on the schedule? • What are your top three Marvel movies? That ought to hold you for the weekend. Enjoy!

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  • WWE terminates contract with Hulk Hogan

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 3 days ago

    World Wrestling Entertainment has terminated its contract with legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan. The organization released a statement on Friday morning: "WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide."

    Late Thursday night, WWE removed virtually all references to Hogan from its website. The WWE has not yet given an official reason for the removal, although widespread speculation has centered on comments that Hogan may have made.

    Hogan has been one of professional wrestling's marquee attractions since the 1980s, and recently reunited with the WWE following a six-year absence. Until the removal, his landing page (www.wwe.com/superstars/hulkhogan) looked like this:

    Hogan himself offered up a cryptic tweet as the news was breaking across Twitter:

    In the storm I release control,God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be,one love. HH

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  • Charles Haley told 49ers rookies to 'act like the white guys'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Say this for Charles Haley: the man doesn't hold back in conversation any more than he did on the football field.

    The five-time Super Bowl winner and impending Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee recently spoke to the rookies at 49ers training camp, and delivered some blunt advice. "I know they probably got mad," he said, according to the San Jose Mercury-News, "but I said, ‘Why don’t you all act like the white guys? You never see them in the paper getting high or hitting people. Why don’t you act like that?’ They all looked at me crazy.”

    Haley acknowledged that he made the statement "for the shock value," regardless of whether it was actually rooted in truth. (As the Mercury-News noted, fullback Bruce Miller, who is white, had just been charged with misdemeanor vandalism in connection with an argument with his then-fiancee. Miller later pleaded no contest.)

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  • How to play the Old Course at St. Andrews yourself

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 7 days ago

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - So you've just watched Zach Johnson win the British Open at the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, and you're thinking, "hey, I'd love to play that course!" Honestly, if you're a golf fan, you think this after every major, but St. Andrews is one of the few such courses where you might actually be able to take a few swings. (Don't even think about playing Augusta. Seriously. Don't.)

    Now, it's easy to picture yourself walking across the Swilcan Bridge, and it's not all that difficult to actually do ... as long as you're willing to either pay up or be flexible. The deal is this: the St. Andrews Links Trust runs the course, and the Trust knows that you and everyone you have ever or will ever meet in your life wants to play this course. So here are the most common ways:

    Book in advance: Visit this page to make your plans well in advance for a visit to St. Andrews. They're full through Halloween of this year, and starting in August they'll begin taking reservations for next year.

  • In an Open of endings, Jordan Spieth provides the brightest of beginnings

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 7 days ago

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — There was a moment when it all came together, when Jordan Spieth’s insanely long putt on the 16 th hole of the final round of the British Open rolled true, when you thought , it can’t be this easy .

    It wasn’t. The Spieth Slam came to a sudden stop only moments later, when Spieth bogeyed the next hole and couldn’t birdie his way into a playoff on the 18th. So, no British Open, no Grand Slam, no run for the ages. But man, it was a hell of a ride.

    This was a British Open of endings. Tom Watson took his (second) final walk across the Swilcan Bridge, and it’s likely Sir Nick Faldo won’t be back to St. Andrews as a player ever again. Famed announcer Ivor Robson has chirped his last tee time. Tiger Woods stumbled through two rounds on the course, the large TIGER WOODS CHAMPION 2000/2005 billboards a painful and ironic backdrop.

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

  • Zach Johnson wins British Open in a playoff

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 7 days ago

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — About 90 minutes before he would win the British Open in a playoff, Zach Johnson stood with Marc Leishman on the putting green in front of the R&A clubhouse. They worked on their strokes and worked off nerves as the day's final pairings marched up the 18th fairway. Johnson had finished with a 6-under 66 to post a clubhouse mark of 15-under for the tournament, and Leishman had matched it. Now, all that remained was to see who, if anyone, would join them.

    Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, in the penultimate pairing, each had a shot to birdie the 18th and get into a playoff, but both fell just short. Then came Louis Oosthuizen, and he did what the two before him (Jordan Spieth and Jason Day) couldn't: birdie the 18th and force his way into the playoff.

    Over at the putting green, Leishman had remained focused on his individual strokes. Johnson had watched each player finish out, and when Oosthuizen joined the playoff, Johnson nodded as if to say, "All right, then. This is how it's going to be."

    No one was in control, everyone hanging on. Eventually the course whittled the contenders down to three.

  • Shot onto hotel balcony dooms Phil Mickelson's miracle Open attempt

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 7 days ago

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — And it was all going so swimmingly.

    Phil Mickelson was swinging through the British Open, doing what Phil Mickelson does, which is to say putting together an astonishing last-ditch run at a major. He'd worked his way down to 10-under, 6-under for his round, just two strokes behind the leaders. Sure, he needed to go birdie-birdie on the final two holes to have a chance, but hey, he had a chance. He stepped onto the tee at the 17th, looked out at the sign that reads OLD COURSE HOTEL, drew back, and ...

    Yeah. That shot went way, way, WAY right. So far right that it ended up on someone's balcony:

    That brought any last hope Mickelson might have had of notching his first win since 2013's British Open to a crashing halt. (It may have scared the hell out of someone in that room, too.) Mickelson ended up triple-bogeying the hole and finished out the 2015 British Open at 7-under. Not terrible in the absolute sense, but when you consider that Mickelson had been on a six-birdie, no-bogey round before approaching the Road Hole 17th, well, it started to look a little more tarnished.

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  • Another major Sunday, another disappointment for Dustin Johnson

    Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf 8 days ago

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — It was all right there for the taking. The course was playing easy, the field was arrayed behind him, every stick in the bag was working the way it should have. Still, Dustin Johnson couldn't get it done. Once again, a major Sunday has arrived with Dustin Johnson in control, and once again, the sun has set with Johnson spiraling down the leaderboard.

    Granted, this major Sunday wasn't like most: thanks to wind delays, this was only the third round of the British Open, not the fourth. But still, the pattern holds: Johnson simply cannot stand prosperity. Consider the list: the 2010 U.S. Open, where he had a three-shot lead heading into the final day; the 2010 PGA Championship, where he stood on the 18th tee with a one-stroke lead; the 2011 British Open, where he played in the final pairing alongside Darren Clarke; and the 2015 U.S. Open, where he had a 12-foot putt to win or force a playoff, and three-putted. Chances to win, chances to fight for a playoff, fumbled away, time after time.