Jay Busbee

  • Jimmy Feigen, last of four Lochte 'robbery' swimmers, releases statement

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

    Our long national Rio robbery nightmare is almost over. Jimmy Feigen, the fourth of four swimmers involved in the Ryan Lochte robbery-that-wasn’t-really-a-robbery-but-still-was-a-Brazilian-shakedown that overshadowed the entire second week of the Olympics, has released his own statement on the night in question.

    Feigen’s account of the evening is generally the same as those presented by fellow swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz.  “We pulled over to a gas station to use the bathroom but the door was locked,” Feigen said in the statement. “We did not force entry into the bathroom, nor did we ever enter the bathroom. We did, however, make the regrettable decision to urinate in the grass behind the building.”

  • Get the story on Aly Raisman's mystery NFL date

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

    When you’re a world-famous gold medal-winning gymnast, dating’s a bit tough. Who’s interested in you, and who’s interested in the medal? Raisman has a very specific set of criteria for a date that could hang with her, and Yahoo Sports’ gymnastics analyst Shawn Johnson set Raisman up with someone who might just fit the bill: the Oakland Raiders’ Colton Underwood.

    The world is apparently quite interested in Aly’s romantic life; the Yahoo Sports video on her preferences in a date has been viewed over two million times, and has been picked up by ESPN, Entertainment Weekly, People, US Weekly, and many more outlets.

    So will Aly’s date with a Raider happen? The two connected publicly on Twitter:

    @Colt3FIVE thanks for the sweet video…. looking forward to meeting you

    — Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) August 21, 2016

    Anytime! Looking forward to meeting you too. Safe travels back, see you soon! https://t.co/vWRhhqR5up

    — Colton Underwood (@Colt3FIVE) August 21, 2016

  • Closing Ceremony ratings off 45 percent from London

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

    The Rio Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies were a conscious downgrade from the epic spectacle of ceremonies past, and on Sunday night, the Olympics closed not with a bang, but a ratings whimper.

    Nielsen overnight ratings indicate that the Closing Ceremony averaged an 11.7 rating during the period between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, down 31 percent from the same event in London. Nielsen’s FastAffiliate metric indicated that 16.9 million viewers watched the Closing Ceremony, a 45 percent drop from London.

    NBC announced that its Olympics averaged 27.5 million viewers through its Total Audience Delivery statistic, which accounts for both television and streaming numbers. The London Olympics, by contrast, averaged 31.1 million viewers for both competition and Opening and Closing ceremonies combined.

    Live from Rio: Ryan Lochte, international fugitive; the strange side of the Games:

  • The 10 strangest stories of the Rio Olympics

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 6 days ago

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    When we think back on these Rio Olympic Games, we’ll remember the blinding speed of Usain Bolt, the domination of Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky, the ageless brilliance of Michael Phelps, the peculiar storytelling of Ryan Lochte. (For more on the top stories of the Olympics, click here.) That’s as it should be; these are our greatest athletes, and we should recall them for their greatest achievements. (Well, not Lochte’s storytelling.)

    But it’s not all anthems and glory at the Olympics. We’ll also remember the strange moments, the misfires and misplays, the faces and flops. Let’s run them down, shall we?

    10. Dancing horses: In the actual Olympics, horses danced to Vanilla Iceand Santana. We don’t have anything more to add than this.

  • 24 hours at Bristol end with a Kevin Harvick victory

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 6 days ago

    We won’t say that weather owned the weekend at Bristol, we’ll just put it this way: after rain delays of nearly 24 full hours, Kevin Harvick won the race, but Mother Nature has claimed a berth in the Chase.

    The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol started 50 minutes late on Saturday night, and completed only 48 laps through two rain delays before being pushed to Sunday afternoon. Rain delayed the restart of the rain-delayed race, and with 67 laps left … you guessed it, more rain.

    The result was a race that felt disjointed, lacking both consistency and momentum. And when the most dominant car in the race gave up the ghost two-thirds in, that only added to the chaos. On lap 359, some as-yet-unidentified part broke beneath Kyle Busch’s car, sending him spinning up the track. All would have been well had Justin Allgaier not piled straight into Busch, ending Kyle’s day at 256 laps led.

    “The person that’s the biggest moron on the track is the spotter of the 46 and the driver of the 46,” Busch said, referencing Allgaier. “I’m wrecked half a lap and they still hit me.”

    The series now heads to Michigan, with only three races left before the Chase.

  • Polish discus thrower will auction off his silver medal to help child

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 6 days ago

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    Piotr Malachowski of Poland won a silver medal in the discus throw last week, and has announced on his Facebook page that he’ll be auctioning off the medal to help pay for treatment for an ill young boy.

    Three-year-old Olek Szymanski suffers from retinoblastoma. Malachowski hopes that he’ll be able to raise enough money to save the boy’s eyes, a treatment that is not available in Poland.

    “In Rio I fought for gold,” Malachowski said on his Facebook profile. “Today I call on all people – let us fight together for something that is even more valuable. For the health of this fantastic boy.”

    “I invite everybody to join the bidding,” Malachowski said. “If you help me, my silver medal may be more valuable for Olek than gold.”

  • USA men's basketball claims gold with dominating win over Serbia

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 6 days ago

    Lucky stars of Rio: Biles gets thanks from 6-year-old | Bolt does it again in 200 | Finding a blessing in a last-place finish

    The men’s basketball gold medal game closed out the Rio Olympic Games with all the star power of an Avengers movie … and all the drama of the Avengers hanging out in a food court.

    The United States dominated Serbia from every conceivable angle, winning 96-66 with a shutdown-defense, waterfall-offense performance that hearkened all the way back to the 1992 Dream Team. All the ragged play, all the narrow victories, all the not-yet-flirting-with-disaster-but-close games over the course of the Olympics that had led up to this moment: all forgotten in a flurry of breakaways, dunks, and Kevin Durant brilliance.

    Live from Rio: Ryan Lochte, international fugitive; the strange side of the Games:

  • Rain forces delay of Bristol night race to Sunday

    Jay Busbee at From The Marbles 7 days ago

    Well, they tried. NASCAR took a good run at running its famous Bristol night race, but apparently Mother Nature preferred to watch the Olympics or something, because cars clocked barely 10 percent of the regulation 500 laps on the board before rains washed out the evening.

    The race will now continue starting at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. The race will air on CNBC.

    Rains delayed the start of the race by 50 minutes. Rains called a 90-minute halt to the racing just 39 laps in. And rains pelted the track moments before a 10-lap caution run was about to go green. With the final rain delay slated to last well into the small hours of the morning, plus track drying time, officials pulled the plug on the night’s racing shortly before 11:30 p.m. Eastern.

    Kyle Busch was leading the race at the time of the rain delay, followed by Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 5.

  • U.S. men lose appeal of 4x100 disqualification, bronze medal

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 7 days ago

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    The woes continue for Team USA’s 4×100 men’s relay team. An appeal of their disqualification in Friday night’s relay has been denied, according to the IAAF.

    The men’s team had finished third, behind Usain Bolt-led Jamaica and Japan, but was disqualified because judges ruled Mike Rodgers, Team USA’s first runner, handed off the baton to Justin Gatlin outside of a designated 20-meter exchange zone. The Americans learned of the disqualification while they were still celebrating on the track; Canada, which finished fourth, thus received the bronze.

    [Related: U.S. women’s 4×100 relay team sprints past Jamaica to capture Olympic gold]

    Live from Rio: Ryan Lochte, international fugitive; the strange side of the Games:

     

  • Greased-up Tonga flagbearer finally competes in Olympics

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 8 days ago

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    You remember the greased-up Tongan, don’t you? It seems like forever ago that Tonga’s flag bearer strode straight from the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics straight into the hearts of millions of viewers.

    His name is Pita Taufatofua, friends, and he’s a Taekwondo specialist competing in the 80kg division. And finally, after two weeks on the sidelines and some stunning worldwide attention, Taufatofua got his chance in the Olympics. It didn’t last long, but that wasn’t really ever the point.

    [Featured: How Tongan Olympic heartthrob’s life has changed since the Ceremony]