June 24, 2015 |
All of Pete Rose's impressive entries in baseball's record books - the National League hits mark he set as a Phillie, the major-league standard that came during his second stint with the Reds - may ultimately mean nothing now that the contents of another record book have been made public. ESPN's Outside the Lines reported Monday that a ledger confiscated in 1989 during the raid on a Rose associate's Ohio home confirmed that baseball's all-time hits leader had done what he had long denied - bet on Cincinnati Reds games while he was still playing for them.
June 5, 2015 |
Anger over Caitlyn's ESPY The newly minted Caitlyn Jenner , who won Olympic gold in her previous life as Bruce Jenner , is ecstatic ESPN has chosen to award her its annual Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at next months' ESPY awards. "What the [heck] am I going to wear," she tweets. Not everyone is over the moon. Social media was afire Wednesday with complaints from sports fans who insist the award rightfully belongs to Mount St. Joseph University basketball player Lauren Hill , who continued playing while battling brain cancer.
May 27, 2015 |
IT WILL BE duly noted for historical purposes that "ESPN Friday Night Fights" ended its 17-year run on May 22 with a telecast from Corona, Calif., the co-featured bouts won by heavyweight Andrey Fedosov and junior middleweight John Thompson IV in the finals of the Boxcino tournament. But, from a purely emotional standpoint, the farewell show should have been on May 8 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, with 42-year-old Amir Mansour scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Joey Dawejko, 18 years his junior, for the vacant Pennsylvania heavyweight championship.
April 22, 2015 |
THE PHOTO hit Twitter yesterday at 4:02 p.m. An Eagles helmet positioned on a desk in front of him, clutching a pen in the left hand that last threw an NFL pass during the 2013 preseason, Tim Tebow was smiling behind a stylish stubble, wearing a midnight green sweatshirt with the team logo on the breast. Tebow's signing of a 1-year contract finally became official, about 21 hours after Fox's Jay Glazer broke the initial report. By the time it was announced, the quarterback's arrival had been celebrated, denounced, scrutinized and dissected by every media outlet this side of People magazine.
March 13, 2015 |
RORY KARPF didn't have any trouble coming up with the title for the ESPN "30 for 30" documentary he directed that airs on Selection Sunday at 9 p.m. "I Hate Christian Laettner" is the title of a film about the former Duke player who despite hitting "the shot" went on to become villified by people he never met. "They wanted to do this one on Christian," said Karpf, who has also done the "Book of Manning" and "Snoop & Son, A Dad's Dream" for...
February 12, 2015 |
Little League International officials met Tuesday to discuss a recent investigation into Chicago's national championship team amid accusations of ineligible players. Jackie Robinson West, which eliminated Philadelphia's Taney Dragons last summer, may have added top players from neighboring suburban leagues, according to an ESPN report. Little League International's inquiry started late last year. It is unclear whether the Chicago team could be stripped of its title. The Tuesday meeting took place several weeks after the organization announced it had found no violations of residency rules but would reopen its investigation if new evidence was presented.
December 15, 2014
What: Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal When: Saturday at 1 p.m. Where: Villanova Stadium. Records: Sam Houston State, 10-4; Villanova, 11-2. TV/Radio: ESPN 3/610 AM. How they got here: Sam Houston State beat visiting Southeastern Louisiana, 21-17, and defeated host Jacksonville State, 37-26. After a first-round bye, Villanova beat visiting Liberty, 29-22. Coaches: Sam Houston State, K.C. Keeler (1st season, 10-4; 184-77-1 overall); Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 215-127-1; 243-145-2 overall)
November 6, 2014 |
It is better than the boondoggle that was the Bowl Championship Series method for deciding a national college football champion. Let's give the College Football Playoff system that much and nothing more. It's kind of like saying it was better when baseball finally decided to use replay for disputed home run calls even as it allowed a perfect game to be wiped out by a botched ruling at first base. Nearly six years passed before baseball finally made things right by instituting an extensive replay system in 2014.
October 22, 2014 |
CONSIDERING THAT the Sixers are almost universally pegged as being the NBA's worst team for this season, it should come as little surprise that they do not have an impressive showing in the ESPN.com and TrueHoop Network ranking of all 500 NBA players. For the second straight year, only one Sixer is in the top 100. According to the ESPN Forecast Panel, which is composed of more than 210 NBA contributors, reigning rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams is the highest-ranked Sixer, at No. 79. The Milwaukee Bucks, with wing Giannis Antetokounmpo at No. 88, and the Orlando Magic, with swingman Victor Oladipo at 81, are the only teams with no second-year players rated better than Carter-Williams, but, unlike the Sixers, both have at least two players ranked in the top 100. Redshirt rookie power forward Nerlens Noel, who missed the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from a knee injury, checks in at 102. The depth of non-quality players makes the Sixers stand out. While the New York Knicks (Carmelo Anthony)
September 16, 2014 |
ESPN ANALYST Cris Carter had a lot to say yesterday, and none of it had to do with NFL games. He spoke emotionally about abuse, a word that has surfaced many times over the past few weeks. Running back Ray Rice was cut by the Ravens and banned by the NFL because of a video showing him knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. The Vikings deactivated running back Adrian Peterson for yesterday's game against the Patriots for allegedly hitting his child with a wooden switch.