Archive for May, 2016

Prosecutor: Eddy Merckx to be charged in corruption case

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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Five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx, considered by many the greatest cyclist of all time, will be charged Wednesday in a Belgian corruption case linked to irregular purchases of equipment by Brussels-area police and municipalities, a Brussels prosecutor said.

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco listed as day-to-day with adductor injury

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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Toronto FC star striker Sebastian Giovinco is listed as day-to-day with an adductor injury. An MRI showed a Grade 1 strain, which is the mildest on the injury scale. Toronto coach Greg Vanney says the Italian is progressing quickly.

Cowboys hope running back drills stay noisy (Shutdown Corner)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Dallas Cowboys practice, or at least parts of it, has gotten quite a bit louder. Annoyingly loud. And that's a good thing. The Cowboys have begun using the High and Tight football, a regulation-size and -weight ball that loudly beeps when running backs are carrying it properly, so offseason practices this year have been noisy . Created by Tom Creguer, the former head football coach at Northwood University, a Division II school in Michigan, the battery-operated ball forces players to hold it with the five proper pressure points: two fingers on the nose of the ball, one long panel firmly against their forearm, one long panel pressed against their chest, and the opposite tip in the crook of the arm at the elbow. Dallas is the fourth NFL team to use the ball in practice, joining the San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens. Cowboys' running backs committed four fumbles last season, and 12 total over the 2013-15 seasons (that's better than two of their three NFC East rivals; the Giants had just one running back fumble last season and nine over the past three years, the Eagles six and 13, and Washington six and 15). Dallas' first-round draft pick, back Ezekiel Elliott, is a fan of the ball, if only because it is a safer option than he's used to. "When you have the football in the perfect position with all the points covered and tight to your body, it sings to you,” Elliott told the team website. “When it stops singing you know you’re doing something wrong. So you want to make sure it’s singing the whole time. “Those balls just came out this year, so it’s a new ball that I’ve never work with. At Ohio State, they had bats instead. They used to hit us with bats, so I like this better.”

Walter Thurmond becomes the latest NFL player to retire early (Shutdown Corner)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Patrick Marleau won’t be disciplined for hit on Bryan Rust

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau will not face additional discipline for his hit on Pittsburgh's Bryan Rust in the opening game of the Stanley Cup final.

A tale of two cities: As Thunder thrive, Sonics fans remember

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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The Oklahoma City Thunder were just one win away from upsetting the 73-win Golden State Warriors and advancing to the NBA Finals. While Thunder fans cheered another deep playoff run, the former Seattle SuperSonics fan base remains bitter about how things ended.

One of pro football’s greatest games happened in the crazy USFL (Shutdown Corner)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

AP sources: NFL moving Pro Bowl to Orlando in 2017 (The Associated Press)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
The NFL is moving the Pro Bowl from Honolulu to Orlando this season, three people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The NFL and ESPN have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Disney complex, during which the league will announce the move, according to a person with knowledge of the move. Orlando beat out Honolulu, Houston and Sydney for the right to host the NFL's all-star game.

Former NHL stars MacLeish, Lysiak dead at 66, 63

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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The Philadelphia Flyers say Rick MacLeish of the 1970s Broad Street Bullies teams has died. He was 66. NHL all-star, Tom Lysiak, has also past away from leukemia . He was 63.

Buffalo Bills sign free agent linebacker Jamari Lattimore (The Associated Press)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills continue to increase their depth at linebacker by signing free agent Jamari Lattimore.