Jay Hart at Shutdown Corner 2 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.
Jay Hart at Devil Ball Golf 4 mths ago
This is exactly where the United States didn't want to find itself. After rallying to within a point of the Europeans after a solid morning session in the 40th Ryder Cup, the Americans were nearly blanked in the afternoon session, earning a measly half point – and even that was disappointing.
The result: a 10-6 deficit heading into Sunday's singles matches.
Oh, it's guaranteed U.S. captain Tom Watson will remind his boys that the Europeans rallied from the same deficit to win at Medinah two years ago. But telling the story about an epic comeback is a whole lot easier than actually pulling one off, even if the Europeans aren't quite celebrating yet.
"We know it's possible," Rose said of a comeback. "The finish line is nowhere near yet. Still have 4 1/2 points to earn tomorrow. That's four or five guys that need to go out and play great golf, and that's nearly half the team. So the way I see it, we have some work to do."
So where did it go wrong for the Americans?
But the afternoon session was a total reversal. Four matches, three wins for Europe and a halve that probably shouldn't have been.
Jay Hart at Devil Ball Golf 4 mths ago
Martin Kaymer got the Europeans off to a fast start in the 40th Ryder Cup, nearly draining his approach on No. 1 at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Kaymer's ball did everything but go in the hole, actually wrapping around the cup.
No worries, the putt was conceded, the U.S. pairing of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler couldn't match the birdie and Kaymer and partner Thomas Bjorn were 1-up just like that.
Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 4 mths ago
Nastasya Tay, reporting from Courtroom GD in Pretoria, South Africa, contributed to this report.
Oscar Pistorius has been found not guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp.
The stunning development was revealed as Judge Thokozile Masipa read her summation of the evidence Thursday in front of a packed courthouse in Pretoria, South Africa, and a worldwide television audience.
Masipa has yet to hand down her final decision, which will come Friday. She did reveal in the waning moments of Thursday's summation that she determined Pistorious to have been "negligent," which means he could still be found guilty of culpable homicide, a conviction that comes with a maximum of 15 years in prison but carries no mandatory jail sentence.
"He acted too hastily and used excessive force," Masipa said.
Pistorius also faces gun charges that carry potential prison sentences.
But a murder charge is out, for the time being anyway. The prosecution can appeal the decision and, if they do, Pistorius could still be convicted of murder, according to legal experts contacted by Yahoo Sports.
Masipa ruled out any murder conviction based on several key factors:
Jay Hart at The Turnstile 6 mths ago
Oscar Pistorius broke a recent Twitter silence Sunday, tweeting for the first time since Feb. 14, 2014 – one year to the day after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Three tweets, arriving in succession …
And a passage from an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor:
The passage comes from Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning," written after his time served in Auschwitz, in which he lays out his concept known as Logotherapy. One of its basic principles is that "life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones."
After 39 days in court, separated by a 30-day psychiatric evaluation, the defense finally rested on July 8. Court will reconvene on Aug. 7, when it's expected both sides will make their closing arguments.
A verdict is expected shortly thereafter.
Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 7 mths ago
The longest wait in sports is not over.
California Chrome's bid to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978 fell short in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
After winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes by a length and a half, the mile-and-a-half Belmont proved to be too much for Chrome, who finished fourth to winner Tonalist.
And with that, the longest drought in Triple Crown history continues.
Since Affirmed's sweep 36 years ago, 13 horses now have gone to Belmont Park with the Derby and Preakness in hand only to falter somehow, some way. Real Quiet was nipped at the wire in 1998; War Emblem stumbled out of the gate in 2002; Smarty Jones faltered down the stretch in '04; and I'll Have Another was scratched with an injury the day before the race in '12.
Now add Chrome's fade down the stretch to the list.
The loss brought out a bitter reaction from Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn, who was upset by the fact that the winner of the Belmont once again did not race all three legs of the Triple Crown.
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Except that again they knew something everyone else didn't.
Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 7 mths ago
LOS ANGELES – The moment was there to crush the Chicago Blackhawks along with their quest to solidify themselves as hockey's newest dynasty.
Oh that word can be thrown around too often, but three Stanley Cups in five years would, at the very least, make for a compelling conversation. But to win the third they still have to get by the Los Angeles Kings, their equal in these playoffs, and Friday night the Kings had the defending champs on the ropes in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.
The scoreboard showed the Kings up 3-2 with under nine minutes to play, and really all the momentum was in their favor. They'd scored twice in the third to retake the lead, sending the sellout crowd into a tizzy and Dustin Brown on a mission to drill anyone in his way.
The Kings could taste the Stanley Cup Final, where the New York Rangers await, while the Blackhawks, well, time was simply running out on them.
Lose and it's the Kings moving on, to play for their second Cup in three years. The dynasty talk would be over, at least in Chicago.
And so yes, the weight of the moment was there to crush them, except that Patrick Kane wouldn't let it.
And there's still more to come.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – With the clock winding down on the Anaheim Ducks' season and, by extension, Teemu Selanne's career, Bruce Boudreau walked over to the future Hall of Famer and told him to hit the ice for the game's final shift.
With about a minute to go, No. 8 climbed over the boards and, as he did, the crowd came to its feet.
"Let's go Teemu!" they sang in unison. "Let's go Teemu!"
It was one of those goose-bump inducing moments, made even more so when scanning the crowd to see who was doing the singing: Ducks and Los Angeles Kings fans.
Oh, the outcome had long since been decided, the Kings putting it to the Ducks on Anaheim's home ice, blitzing them with a three-goal onslaught in the first period en route to a 6-2 victory. Still, visiting fans paying tribute to a hometown player during Game 7 of a playoff series is, well, reserved for someone special.
Having finally raised the Stanley Cup in 2007, he retired, only to come back and play six and a half more seasons. Prior to this season, he announced his intention to return for one more year in a most unique way: on YouTube.
With that, the great Finn was gone, in a flash.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Forty seconds into this decisive Game 7, the Los Angeles Kings had already peppered a pair of point-blank shots on Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson.
He saved both.
The same can't be said about three of the next 14 shots he faced in the first period, or the second one fired at him in the second. Those goals helped lead to a 6-2 rout that sent both teams packing – Anaheim for summer vacation, the Kings for a trip to Chicago where they'll face the Blackhawks in the Western Conference final.
This was an anticlimatic ending to what had been an excellent series. To this point, four of the six games were decided by a single goal, the others by two, and both teams were even on the scoreboard at 13 goals apiece.
Having staved off elimination in Game 6, the Kings ventured 30 miles south and made themselves right at home, scoring three times in the first 15 minutes. By the time Mike Richards knocked home a rebound with under five minutes to play in the opening period, the fired-up away crowd was chanting, "This is our house." And who could argue with them?
Sixteen to six, the shot total read at the end of one.
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles will forever be the Lakers' town, but that doesn't mean expectations for the Kings are any lower. Not anymore, anyway.
Things changed two years ago when Dustin Brown hoisted the Stanley Cup toward the Staples Center rafters, where 16 yellow-and-purple championship banners hung. Soon a black-and-silver one would join them, the long-suffering franchise's first.
And with that one came a new expectation: Stanley Cup or bust.
No longer was a berth in the playoffs a consolation, not with a core that includes one of the game's best centers (Anze Kopitar), best defensemen (Drew Doughty) and best goaltenders (Jonathan Quick).
That the Kings won it all in 2012 was surprising only in that they did it as an eighth seed. Their talent was better than that, and it finally showed. And when it did, well, it was clear: the team was built to win, and not just once.
So here they are again, on the cusp of moving on or going home – a lame consolation prize that will end up in the circular file or a shot to dethrone the defending champs.
The winner gets Chicago in the Western Conference final.
"We talk about it all the time," he said.