Jay Hart

  • No more perfect NCAA tournament brackets left

    Jay Hart at The Dagger 11 days ago

    Millions of brackets filled out, and not a single one in Yahoo Sports' Tourney Pick'em game made it out of the first round unscathed.

    Of those millions, CharlieM's Choice Bracket and My Impressive Bracket were the last two standing. Until Iowa – Game 27 of the tournament – took them out by beating Davidson 83-52.

    Last year, one bracket made it through Round 1 (yeah, we're calling it Round 1) perfect. In fact, Brad Binder went 36-for-36 before getting tripped up.

    The biggest bracket buster this year – UAB, the 14-seed in the South Region, which knocked off Iowa State early Thursday. A full 96 percent of Yahoo users picked Iowa St. to advance.

    Even after two more upsets, including another victory by a 14-seed (Georgia St.), a little over 2,600 perfect brackets remained. But by the end of Day 1 (and after another semi-upset, No. 10 Ohio St. over No. 7 VCU), the number of perfect brackets was down to 65.

  • NCAA tournament: Millions of brackets busted in less than five hours

    Jay Hart at The Dagger 11 days ago

    The 2015 NCAA tournament kicked off at 12:15 p.m. ET, with millions of perfect brackets. By 5:20, just 2,643 remained in Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'em game.

    It all started with UAB, the 14 seed in the South Region, stunning No. 3 seeded Iowa St. That wiped out 96 percent of Yahoo Sports brackets, 16 percent of which had ISU going all the way to the Final Four.

    About an hour later, 14th-seeded Georgia St. and their jumping-bean coach sent third-seeded Baylor packing with a 3-pointer R.J. Hunter will never forget. Ninety-three percent of Yahoo users had Baylor advancing to the second round, and with that just 10,637 perfect brackets remained.

    And by Friday afternoon, the number was down to just 2 (though one of those is incomplete).

     

  • Bad 24 hours for Aaron Hernandez as prosecution narrows in on missing murder weapon

    Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    Where there had been a gun before, there was no longer a gun.

    Video footage showing Shayanna Jenkins leaving her and Aaron Hernandez's home clutching a black plastic bag.

    Paying housekeepers with a check, not cash.

    For most of the nearly four weeks of the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, prosecutor William McCauley has presented the jury with a litany of seemingly inconsequential testimony. Jurors have learned that Attleboro is south of North Attleboro, that Comfort Suites is a hotel, that video showing a police officer ringing a door bell was, in fact, a police officer ringing a door bell.

    However, the last 24 hours have been damning for the defense of the former New England Patriots star, as McCauley has used testimony of three housekeepers to strengthen his contention that on June 18, 2013, the day after Odin Lloyd was found dead, Shayanna Jenkins removed from their basement the weapon her fiancé used to murder Lloyd.

    Monday, two housekeepers testified that on multiple occasions they'd discovered a gun hidden under a guest bedroom mattress in Hernandez's basement. Marilia Prinholato described the gun as about 30 to 40 centimeters long.

  • Newlywed Joey Logano inserts foot in mouth at Daytona 500 champion's press conference

    Jay Hart at From The Marbles 1 mth ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chalk this one up to a guy who's been married for about two months.

    Joey Logano, about an hour removed from winning the Daytona 500, is sitting on the dais inside the media center at Daytona International Speedway.

    Standing some 20 feet to his left is his wife Brittany, whom he married back in December.

    On his left hand, his wedding band. On his right, a giant ring he'd just received for winning the Great American Race.

    Now let's go to the Q&A:

    Question: Given your track record with rings, what are you going to do with that one (the Daytona ring)?

    (Logano lost his wedding ring on his honeymoon when he flipped his kayak in Costa Rica.)

    Still, a veteran in the marriage world would have swatted this softball over the fence.

    I'll keep it somewhere safe …

    I'll wear it tonight, but really, I already have the most important ring right here …

    It's special, but it's not as special as this one …

    Here's how Logano handled it:

    "This one is harder to replace, I think."

    (Audience groans)

    "Well, I take that back. I screwed up, didn't I?"

    Yep.

    "Insert foot here," crew chief Todd Gordon said.

    Just a symbol! Just a symbol!

  • How Jeff Gordon became the face of NASCAR

    Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A year after Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400, NASCAR's first foray at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Sr. was making the talk show rounds celebrating his own victory there in 1995.

    Sitting on Jay Leno's couch, Earnhardt, as only he could, explained that while "Wonder Boy" won it first, he was the first "man" to win the Brickyard.

    And so it was for Gordon who'd infiltrated a world that, to that point, hadn't really had to deal with anyone like him. Which is to say, a kid from California who dared to not only to show up, but win too.

    Earnhardt didn't mind tweaking him, while fans loved to boo him – a lot.

    It's a starting point that makes the ending such a remarkable story.

    Twenty years later, as Gordon preps for the final Daytona 500 (where he'll start on the pole) in the final season of a brilliant career, he is unquestionably the face of the sport. Those boos, mostly gone, have been replaced by respect.

    Jeff Gordon leaves having won them over.

    _______________________

    "Jeff picked up almost 3-tenths of a second," Bickford says, "and won the race."

     

  • Aaron Hernandez Trial Day 3: Stirring testimony pits sister against sister

    Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    As Shaneah Jenkins sat in Aaron Hernandez's living room, just hours after learning her boyfriend Odin Lloyd had been found murdered, her sister Shayanna, Hernandez's fiancée, was acting "secretive" and "not normal."

    Shayanna was fielding phone calls and responding with one-word answers, Shaneah Jenkins testified Tuesday in the trial against Hernandez who is charged with Lloyd's murder. At one point, Shaneah testified, Shayanna slipped down to the basement with a black plastic bag in her hand.

    Moments later, Shaneah looked out a window and saw her sister in the backyard walking toward the house. Shortly thereafter, Shayanna came up the stairs, returned to the living room and asked to borrow Shaneah's car, something she'd never done before, because she needed to go to the bank.

    Thirty minutes later, Shayanna returned.

    The state presented video footage of Hernandez holding a gun inside his home minutes after Lloyd was murdered, but when police inspected the home a day later no gun was found.

    What the prosecution does have, though, is a mountain of circumstantial evidence:

    • Video places Hernandez in a car with Lloyd on the night he was killed.

  • Police: Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars, fled, then girlfriend took the blame

    Jay Hart at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    Lance Armstrong has found trouble again, this time for allegedly hitting two parked cars, then leaving the scene of the accident only to have his girlfriend initially take the blame, according to a police report.

    The accident allegedly occurred on Dec. 28 as Armstrong drove home from an art museum party in the tony ski town of Aspen, Colo. According to an Aspen Police report, Anna Hansen, Armstrong's girlfriend, claimed she was driving because "Lance had a little bit to drink."

    Via the Aspen Daily News:

    The detective in the case, Rick Magnuson, wasn't fully buying the story and went to check it out. A valet at the museum said he recognized Armstrong and said that he, not Hansen, got in the driver's seat to drive home.

    Hansen claimed in a second interview with Magnuson that they had made a stop on the way home at which point she got into the driver's seat. Two days later, Magnuson interviewed Hansen again, this time acknowledging that Armstrong had, in fact, been driving.

    Via the police report:

    Hansen has not been charged for filing a false report.

  • Aaron Hernandez Trial Day 2: If goal is to bore jury, prosecution is succeeding

    Jay Hart at Shutdown Corner 2 mths ago

    Now we know why the trial of Aaron Hernandez is expected to take up to two months: prosecutor William McCauley is doing the questioning.

    In Day 2 of the murder trial against the former New England Patriots star we learned that Comfort Suites is a hotel, that after getting pregnant a baby is born and how a 911 call is routed.

    There were a few relevant points made during the four hours of testimony on Friday, namely the prosecution's attempt to put Hernandez's footprint at the scene of the crime, where Odin Lloyd's dead body was found, but mostly what the jury of 18 got was more useless facts that the defense promised in its opening statement would be forthcoming from the prosecution.

    McCauley may be trying to lay an exceedingly firm foundation, but so far he's mostly just installed a bunch of windows looking out onto nothing.

    The kicker came when Charles Sutherland, director of communications for the Massachusetts State Police, took the stand to explain the ins and outs of a 911 call. This took 17 minutes, after which there was no cross examination.

    And why would there be?

     

  • Lance Armstrong: I would dope again

    Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 2 mths ago

    Lance Armstrong would dope again, which might be the most honest thing he's said since, well, ever.

    "If I was racing in 2015, no I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to do it again," he said in an interview with BBC. "If you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive, I would probably do it again. People don’t like to hear that."

    People won't like to hear him say that, and the quote will provide more fodder for those who now see Armstrong as the biggest fraud sports (any sport) has ever known. But here's the thing: he's just providing an honest assessment of his sport circa 1995 and beyond.

    Hamilton wrote:

    Stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from competition, Armstrong said in the BBC interview that his life has been "brutal" since he told Oprah Winfrey that he cheated.

    "The fallout has been heavy, maybe heavier than I thought. It was, you know, pretty brutal afterwards. It's been tough."

    For that he only has himself to blame.

  • Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin mock NFL in news conference

    Jay Hart at Shutdown Corner 4 mths ago

    Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin just flipped the script on the NFL, and it's brilliant.

    Not wanting to suffer the same fate as their teammate Marshawn Lynch, who was fined $100,000 last week for not talking to the media, Sherman and Baldwin took to the podium Tuesday to fulfill their media obligation and … none of what they had to say was very flattering … to the NFL.

    It's a must watch here. Give it the full two minutes:

    Two games in five days? Yeah, that's a hard one to defend.

    There's not much you can really argue with here, even if you're one of those who normally thinks Sherman's mouth needs a muzzle.

    The question now is, just days after fining a player for not talking, will the NFL fine Sherman and Baldwin for talking?

    The ball is now uncomfortably in Roger Goodell's court.