Chicago throws massive party for Jackie Robinson West Little League

August 28, 2014 – 1:15 am by Hickey

Jackie Robinson West parade

The main storyline going into the Little League World Series was about a girl who could pitch against the boys. But while she was the main attraction in Williamsport, Mo’Ne Davis ended up as the sidebar to a bigger story — though it was also one she was part of.

Davis’ Philadelphia team was eventually bested by Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West squad in the U.S. semifinal, meaning two inner-city teams reached the top three in the nation. It’s a huge boost for baseball, which has seen its pastoral pace and need for large, green space cut down on the sport’s popularity in that setting. So while Major League Baseball is arguably the most diverse North American sport in terms of international players — rosters are filled with players from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South American and Asia — the number of African-Americans playing has dwindled continuously since the early ’90s.

As Jackie Robinson West has proven, baseball is still cool. And Chicago certainly noticed.

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Josh Shaw admits to lying about rescue

August 25, 2014 – 6:05 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Josh Shaw

UPDATE: For two days now the world has been wondering just what happened on Saturday night when Josh Shaw claimed he rescued his nephew from drowning. We held off on writing anything about the incident until we had concrete answers because so many rumors were flying around. Now, it appears we have our answer.

Shaw has admitting to lying about saving his nephew and apparently he fell off of a balcony at his girlfriend’s apartment, which caused his injured ankles. Everyone close to the situation agrees that lying about this is completely out of character for Shaw and are just as puzzled as the rest of us. I guess Shaw didn’t want anyone to know he did something clumsy, so he lied about it.

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Report: Richie Incognito meeting with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

August 25, 2014 – 5:31 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Richie Incognito

The pariah of the NFL may actually find work this season. Yes, Meathead Hall of Fame member Richie Incognito is reportedly visiting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday and could wind up being offered a contract if he’s in shape.

This is the first time Incognito has been in an NFL facility since the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal that rocked the NFL last season. Despite Incognito’s lengthy past history of misbehavior, most believe he’ll eventually be offered an NFL job, and Tampa Bay could be the team to welcome him aboard if all goes well today.

The Buccaneers are in serious need of talent along the interior of their offensive line after Carl Nicks’ departure. Incognito has 102 NFL starts to his name, and Pro Football Focus has graded him favorably over the past six seasons. The 31-year-old was also a Pro Bowl pick in 2012.

Incognito would have to be reinstated by the NFL but that doesn’t seem like it would be much of a problem after he was suspended for the final eight games of the 2013 season and released by the Miami Dolphins.

Quarterback Josh McCown and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy have both spoken up and said there would be no problem if Incognito was added to the locker room.

McCoy had the following to say:

“I don’t care. As long as he can help us win, that’s all I’m concerned about. If there’s a problem, then we’ll deal with it accordingly. But as long as he’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing in the building, then I’m not concerned about anything else.”

McCown claimed that he trusted the judgement of general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith:

The 10 Worst Owners in Sports

August 22, 2014 – 3:26 am by Ryan Phillips
    Jerry Jones 1

Now that Donald Sterling has finally been removed as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, we can finally take him off all the lists of the worst owners in sports. In fact, over the past few years, many of the long-time top contenders have left.

Thanks to those departures, it’s time to re-rank the worst owners/ownership groups in all of sports. And with Sterling gone there is going to be a change at the top.

Sit back and enjoy our list of sports ownership futility.

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Colts general manager calls out Trent Richardson

August 21, 2014 – 1:08 am by Ryan Phillips
    Trent Richardson

To this point in his NFL career, it’s fair to say Trent Richardson has been a gigantic bust. On Wednesday Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson all but admitted as much, calling out his 23-year-old running back and demanding he be “accountable” and “answer the bell.” If he doesn’t, there’s a chance Richardson won’t see much playing time this season.

Last September, the Colts sent their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Richardson. The former Alabama star had a disastrous season upon arriving in Indianapolis. He rushed for just 458 yards on 157 carries (2.9 yards per carry) in 14 games with the Colts and looked terrible in doing so.

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J.J. Watt wants a new contract from Houston Texans

August 20, 2014 – 1:10 am by Ryan Phillips
    J.J. Watt

There is little doubt that J.J. Watt is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. After three seasons in the league, the Houston Texans defensive end feels he has proven himself and now wants a new contract that more accurately reflects his production.

On Tuesday several outlets reported that Watt believes he has outplayed his rookie contract and wants an extension. Watt was the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and has been a First-Team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons.

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Video: Dave Belisle gives amazing speech to Little League team

August 19, 2014 – 12:19 am by Ryan Phillips
    Dave Belisle

I don’t know about you, but I love the Little League World Series. Seeing those kids getting a chance to shine in the national spotlight is always really fun for me. Occasionally during the tournament we get a moment of beauty between the players and their adult coaches, and that happened Monday night.

New England’s representative in the 2014 LLWS was Cumberland American Little League from Cumberland, Rhode Island. On Monday night CLL was eliminated from the competition by an 8-7 loss to the Great Lakes representative out of Chicago, Illinois in a thrilling, back-and-forth contest. After the game Rhode Island’s coach, Dave Belisle sat his team down in the outfield and gave a speech that I won’t soon forget.

It is posted after the jump.

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Cleveland Browns to announce starting quarterback on Tuesday

August 15, 2014 – 5:05 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Brian Hoyer Johnny Manziel

In case you hadn’t had enough “Johnny Football” news, we’ve got some more for you. On Friday, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said that Tuesday is his target date to name his team’s starting quarterback for Week 1. Pettine says a group consisting of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and general manager Ray Farmer will have the final say in who wins the team’s starting job.

Johnny Manziel is battling incumbent starter Brian Hoyer for the job and most seem to feel that Hoyer will get the nod. Mike Florio believes owner Jimmy Haslam will also have a say in who starts Week 1, and Florio thinks that favors Manziel. Pettine downplayed the possible influence Haslam would have, but there is no way it won’t be in the back of his mind.

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