Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 1 day ago
Aron Johannsson, one of the top forwards of the United States men's national team, is interested in exploring options within Major League Soccer, Yahoo Sports has learned.
According to a league source, Johannsson would be open to a switch from the Eredivisie in the Netherlands to MLS. The AZ Alkmaar striker has been offered to several MLS clubs and is "eager to come to the league," the source said.
Last month, Johannsson told "ESPN Soccer Today" that he wants to join MLS "at the peak of my career," but that could mean sooner rather than later. The 24-year-old is looking for a salary between $2 million to $2.5 million per year, according to the source.
Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago
It's a small world, after all. And apparently all of them are fans of the Washington Redskins. All 7.8 billion of them.
The Redskins put out a report this week, analyzing their reach and the impact of their training camp coverage from 2014. In the report, the Redskins claim a media reach last year of “7,845,460,401 unique visitors of print/online coverage of the 2014 Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp from July 24-Aug. 12.” That comes via the D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post.
For those not good with math or an understanding of the Internet, that means that over 7.8 billion people, each one of them unique, followed Redskins training camp in some capacity . Again, the report is claiming 7.8 billion people, each one of them different, in some way, shape or form, followed the team last summer.
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Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 6 days ago
Four years ago this week, Jurgen Klinsmann took over as United States men's national team head coach after the Americans lost to Mexico in the Gold Cup final. Bob Bradley was let go in large part because that defeat to Mexico meant the U.S. wouldn't be heading to the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Now, with the national team needing to win a one-game playoff in October to ensure qualification for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, Klinsmann surely must be on the hot seat and held to the same standard as Bradley. Lose and Klinsmann's tenure with the USMNT should be over. Kaput.
Except that it won't play out that way. After Saturday's penalty-shootout defeat to Panama in the Gold Cup third-place game, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Klinsmann won't lose his job, even if the team doesn't qualify for the Confederations Cup.
Meanwhile, Bradley is working miracles in Norway with provincial club Stabaek.
Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 11 days ago
National television. Packed stadiums. A week worth of hype. Simply put, it doesn't get much bigger than the NFL playoffs.
Unless it's Comic-Con.
Ahman Green, the all-time leading rusher in Green Bay Packers history, has played in some pretty big games during his NFL career. For four straight seasons with Green Bay from 2001-04, Green's Packers teams made the playoffs each year and hosted their share of games at legendary Lambeau Field. But for a self-proclaimed comic book geek, going to a convention center with wall-to-wall super heroes beats out playoff football.
Yup, a 12-year NFL veteran says that his love for comic books - “I'm a big-time obsessive Batman fan” - trumps the goosebumps of the playoffs. Damon Amendolara of CBS Sports Radio asked Green whether the playoffs or Comic-Con in San Diego was more exciting.
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Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 17 days ago
Cha'iel Johnson has some pretty good athletic bloodlines.
Johnson, the daughter former NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson, recently won a gold medal as a 10-year old at the AAU National Championships. Cha'iel finished with a time of 2:30.02 in the 800 meters, a blistering pace. At the finish line, the runner in second place wasn't in view; she won the race by more than six seconds.
Cha'iel's star has been rising quickly on the junior track scene. Take a look at Cha'iel Johnson from this race in 2014 running away from the field (h/t to TMZ Sports):
That's domination. It also leads to the question of if Chad, a six-time Pro Bowl selection who routinely blew by opponents on the football field, is the fastest Johnson in his own family? Maybe yes, maybe no.
Chad was clocked running a 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds but it would be fascinating to see him go against his daughter at a similar distance. Can his sprinting style be adaptable for distance?
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Kristian Dyer at FC Yahoo 1 mth ago
Major League Soccer's creation of a "Core Player" is really just a new mechanism to implement allocation money from its new collective bargaining agreement and free up a Designated Player spot, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
ESPN's Taylor Twellman revealed during Sunday's New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC broadcast that MLS was attempting to sign Giovani dos Santos and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, both European-based members of the Mexican men's national team. Twellman said the league would use a new mechanism for this, as the Los Angeles Galaxy had targeted dos Santos but already had three Designated Players.
But the new mechanism isn't a fourth Designated Player slot as some had speculated. Rather, it's a new player designation called "Core Player," which sounds like a new concept but is really a new way to implement allocation money.
Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago
Steve Weatherford is used to the bright lights and the cheering crowds as the New York Giant has forged a reputation as one of the best punters in the league. But in the early morning hours of June 1, away from the fans and the adulation, Weatherford put forth another clutch performance, this time saving a man who was involved in a horrific car accident just moments after skirting death on his own right.
The wheels for the whole ordeal were set in place two days earlier when Weatherford was in San Diego for the birth of his fourth child, a daughter. The next day, Weatherford and his whole family went to the hospital to visit the newest member of their family. From the hospital, he took an Uber to the airport for a flight that was supposed to get him back to New Jersey around 8:30 P.M. but about 90 minutes from arrival, the pilot announced that there were delays and they might not be able to land.
The plans further changed when the plane ran low on fuel and was forced to land in Washington D.C. He needed to be at the Giants facility in a few hours for offseason workouts and things just weren't going right.
“I touch all my arms, my chest, my head – I'm alive.”
Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago
It doesn't appear that Kellen Winslow will be invited to the home of New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie anytime soon.
Winslow, a former NFL tight end perhaps best known for his off-field issues, inexplicably took to Twitter on Wednesday to tell former teammate Antonio Cromartie to stop his burgeoning feud with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Worry about yourself cro. Stop talkin. Your not even close to the best. You got bad feet and are scared to jam. #NFL
Winslow's tweet didn't include Cromartie's Twitter handle, yet the Jet took time out to respond to Winslow, who he played with in New York during the 2013 season. What happened was a low-blow that underscores how stupid this whole thing really is.
Yikes. Keeping it classy.
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Kristian Dyer at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago
American Pharoah won't retire until next year, but when he does, his stud fee will be north of $175,000 and could go as high as $200,000, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Fresh off a win at Saturday's Belmont Stakes that made American Pharoah the first Triple Crown winnerin 37 years, the horse is expected to continue to racethroughout this year with a source saying that the current plan appears to be for him to run in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga and then in the Breeder's Cup in October. This is, of course, provided that the horse emerges healthy from Saturday's race.
Last year, California Chrome came into Belmont like American Pharoah with wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. But his fourth-place finish saw his stud fees drop to an estimated $20,000, quite a drop-off from the echelon where American Pharoah projects to reside.
So the $200,000 fee – which would rank second behind Tapit – could rise … or fall, depending on how the little American Pharoahs fare.
Kristian Dyer at The Turnstile 1 mth ago
American Pharoah's final payout from the Belmont Stakes may not have been on Saturday afternoon for venerable Belmont Park and the New York Racing Association (NYRA). There's still one final cash cow left for the racetrack from the sport's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
There were 94,128 minimum $2 bets made on American Pharoah to win on Saturday afternoon and a racetrack official tells Yahoo! Sports that 90,237 wagers remain in a category considered "live" or uncashed.
With each ticket yielding $3.50, that's $315,829.50 of unclaimed tickets.
Bettors have until March 31, 2016, to claim their winnings, which would be minimal given the odds (3:5 at time of the call to the post). But it is a near lock that most who placed the bet did so to have a piece of history with which to remember the sport's first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
All of which means that the racetrack will get one, final payday from Saturday's historic day as the money from those $2 unclaimed tickets will go back the state of New York. It is unlikely that fans will want to cash-in those wagers given the perceived souvenir value of the moment.