Jay Busbee

  • Compton 'Country Club': The birthplace of Serena Williams' rise to stardom

    Jay Busbee at Yahoo Sports 2 hrs ago

    The majesty of Roland Garros. The manicured lawns of Wimbledon. The bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Williams sisters have owned these courts and so many more. But all their many travels trace back to one court – one cracked, black-topped, wire-netted court at the corner of Compton Boulevard and Lime Avenue in Compton, Calif.

    It's been a quarter-century since Richard Williams brought his two young daughters to this court. Back then, needles littered the ground and gangbangers lurked along the baselines. Now, with Serena, having won her opening-round match on Monday in the U.S. Open, on the cusp of becoming just the fourth woman ever to complete the Grand Slam, it's worth considering what she left behind, and what stays with her to this day.


    During these days, James Pyles taught math at Morningside High School in nearby Inglewood. He also coached tennis on the side, and under his tutelage Morningside, one of the few minority tennis teams in the area, hung with established powers from the tony areas of Beverly Hills, Palos Verdes and Santa Monica.


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  • Why is Major League Baseball waiting to address fan safety?

    Jay Busbee at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    You see the signs: BE ALERT, FOUL BALLS AND BATS ENTER THE STANDS AT HIGH SPEED. They're printed all over ballparks, even the back of your tickets. And yet injuries are unavoidable ... right? Is there a way we could make ballparks safer to avoid a catastrophic accident? Absolutely, say Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee. Watch the video above for more detail, and decide where you fall on the safety scale. Heads up.

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  • Should colleges fine players? (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 3 days ago

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    It's Friday, and that means it's time for us here at Grandstand to turn on the mikes and let brilliance, or whatever passes for it, spill forth. Five questions, five sets of answers of varying degrees of clarity. Today, we cover:

    • Should college players be fined for missing class, having a dirty locker, et cetera? And if such fines were in place when we were in school, how many thousands would we be in debt?

    • In light of the coach who got himself tased for motivation, what's the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen a coach do to fire up a team?

    • What's the best cut of steak?

  • Can Ohio State repeat as national champions? (video)

    Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    The Ohio State University comes into 2015 on a wave of hype like no other team ever, but will it last? Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee discuss the Buckeyes' chances for a repeat, plus a quick look at who the four college football playoff teams will be. Enjoy, and have your say in the comments below.

    This debate is part of Yahoo Sports' new ongoing Grandstanding series, in which Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk kick around every topic in sports. Check outthe Grandstanding podcast, where we dive deeper into the day's big stories, and find us on Twitter (@kevinkaduk and@jaybusbee) Facebook (Kaduk here, Busbee here) or 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.

  • Joey Harrington on why college athletes shouldn't be paid (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

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  • Matt Leinart on Steve Sarkisian: 'Inappropriate and unacceptable' (podcast)

    Jay Busbee at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

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    Quarterbacking USC is a job, like being President of the United States or lead singer of Van Halen, that not a lot of people have held, and even fewer have done well. Matt Leinart served at USC with distinction, winning both a national championship and a Heisman Trophy, and he joins us today on Yahoo Sports' Grandstanding podcast to talk college football.

    We begin with the story of USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, who made some unfortunate comments on Saturday night while under the influence of what he says was a combination of alcohol and medication. Leinart, who worked with Sark while at USC, nonetheless didn't hold back:

    From there, we speak of more on-the-field college football matters:

    • Is USC's Cody Kessler a legit Heisman candidate? What's it like coming into a season so highly heralded?

    • Can anybody beat Ohio State?

  • Mercedes-Benz will sponsor Falcons' new stadium for 27 years

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    The Atlanta Falcons announced on Monday that Mercedes-Benz will hold the naming rights to the team's new stadium, scheduled to open in the 2017 season.

    The luxury automaker has moved its headquarters from New Jersey to suburban Atlanta. Coincidentally, the company also holds the naming rights to the dome of the Falcons' NFC South rivals, the New Orleans Saints.

    Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the deal will last for 27 years.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that the largest stadium naming deals in the NFL, the Jets'/Giants' arrangement with Metlife and the Cowboys' deal with AT&T, approach the $20 million per year range.

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    The $1.4 billion stadium will also host a new soccer team, Atlanta United FC, and boasts an innovative iris design to allow for the opening of the dome on fair-weather days.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul jokes that he made a typo because of his missing finger

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 8 days ago

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    Jason Pierre-Paul infamously blew off one of his fingers during a Fourth of July accident. But at least he hasn't blown off his sense of humor, right, folks?

    To wit: Pierre-Paul, who is rehabbing in advance of rejoining the Giants, offered up an inspirational message on Twitter on Sunday:

    What happened to me was not a set back. God has greater plans for me. No man can judge me accepted God himself.

    First mistake: trying to be inspirational on Twitter, which is a cesspool of venom and pettiness that we still love nonetheless. Second mistake: using "accepted" instead of "except." It's an easy enough mistake, particularly if Pierre-Paul was using Siri. But after the usual mindless criticism from readers, Pierre-Paul offered up a reasonable excuse:

    My bad except lost a finger LOL.

    What, you're going to call him out on that?

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  • Usain Bolt defeats Justin Gatlin by one-hundredth of a second

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 8 days ago

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    There's no event in sports that carries a speed-to-drama ratio quite like the 100-meter dash. Years of hopes, dreams, ambitions validated or dashed in less time than it's taken you to read this paragraph.

    On Sunday at the world championships in Beijing, the United States' Justin Gatlin and Jamaica's Usain Bolt faced off for the first time since 2013. Gatlin, heavily favored, was riding a streak of 28 straight unbeaten 100m races, but lost to Bolt by one-one hundredth of a second.

    Gatlin had come into the race the favorite, carrying a season best of 9.74 seconds. Bolt's time of 9.79 seconds would not have beaten Gatlin's earlier semifinal time of 9.77 seconds. Gatlin appeared to have control of the race early, starting even with Bolt and gaining an edge on the Jamaican. But Gatlin seemed to start his lean an instant too early, and Bolt was able to power across the finish line in an edge too narrow for the naked eye.

  • Bears legend Jim McMahon calls Bill Belichick 'a liar'

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 10 days ago

    With the eyes of the known world on the Patriots and Bill Belichick, there are opinions aplenty. So it's always valuable to get the point of view from people who have actually dealt with the people in question. That number includes the legendary Punky QB, Jim McMahon. Once a thorn in the NFL's side for his outspoken ways as a member of the Chicago Bears, McMahon still doesn't bother holding back. And he's got a personal grudge against Belichick.

    "Anything that has to do with Bill Belichick, I can care less," McMahon told Dan Patrick. "I was with Bill in Cleveland in 1995. He lied to my face."

    Per McMahon, Belichick told him during the 1995 preseason that he would be waived and picked up shortly afterward, and would be paid for the time he wasn't with the team. McMahon agreed, but then wasn't paid. He eventually signed with Green Bay, playing a single game in 1995. 

    "I wouldn't have moved to Cleveland just to move to Cleveland," he said. "I just don't trust any of those guys."

    Patrick then asked McMahon point-blank if he thought Belichick was a cheater.