Video: Giancarlo Stanton launches longest home run of year

June 5, 2015 – 10:40 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Giancarlo Stanton

You would expect Giancarlo Stanton playing at Coors Field would be must-watch television. On Friday night the Miami Marlins slugger proved that to be true, as he launched an enormous home run that instantly became the longest ball hit in the major leagues this year.

The 484-foot blast to dead center off of Eddie Butler was his 18th round-tripper of the season and gave the Marlins a 3-0 lead.

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North Carolina charged with five Level I violations by NCAA

June 5, 2015 – 2:39 am by Ryan Phillips
    North Carolina

The seemingly endless saga of North Carolina’s academic fraud scandal continued on Thursday, as the school finally released a 59-page notice of allegations from the NCAA. The document levied five serious charges against the school, including a lack of institutional control for a lack of oversight of an academic department regularly used by athletes.

The charges are broad and don’t necessarily focus on individual sports, but the document goes hard after the formerly-named African and Afro-American Studies department (AFAM). The NCAA regards the now well-known academic issues in the AFAM department as potential improper benefits. Athletes were reportedly allowed access to so-called “paper classes” and given other help non-athletes were not.

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Lauren Hill should be Arthur Ashe Award winner

June 3, 2015 – 1:51 am by Hickey

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I open this post under the assumption we are still capable of intelligent discourse in this country. Which means I have probably already gone too far. But I’ll still continue.

First: I have no issue with Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlyn Jenner. Do I understand it? No. It’s not a process which my brain can wrap itself around. Differences in human sexuality are something I can comprehend on a biological and genetic level. Confusion with gender identity I do not. (Hey, Caitlyn is being honest, so I’m being honest too.) And that’s probably why it’s important for someone as prominent as Jenner to do what, well, she’s doing. It will give me and everyone else in the dark some sort of flashlight to better understand the whole concept. And those who dwell in caves will still dwell in their caves.

That said, I do have an issue with Jenner being named as ESPN’s 2015 Arthur Ashe Award winner almost immediately after being reintroduced to the world as Caitlyn. Not because of some belief that a transgender woman isn’t deserving of such an honor, but because ESPN is passing up a far more worthy recipient in recently deceased women’s college basketball player Lauren Hill.

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Chicago Bulls agree to deal with Fred Hoiberg

June 1, 2015 – 10:11 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Fred Hoiberg

On Tuesday the Chicago Bulls will officially announce that they have hired Fred Hoiberg to be their new head coach. The 42-year-old Iowa State coach has agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal to return to Chicago, where he spent four years as a player during his NBA career.

Hoiberg has been rumored as the eventual coach of the Bulls for a few years now. Chicago general manager Gar Forman has been enamored with Hoiberg for a while, so this move isn’t surprising at all. Hoiberg has been the head coach at Iowa State since 2010 and boasts a record of 115-56.

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Sam Bradford not close to full health?

May 29, 2015 – 12:34 am by Ryan Phillips
    Sam Bradford

When Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Sam Bradford they were almost certainly expecting him to be healthy for the entire 2015 season. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Bradford is even close to that point.

According to numerous reports from the first day of OTAs for the Eagles, Bradford was seen walking with a noticeable limp. He is in the process of recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, the second time he has had to have that ACL repaired. He hurt the knee in August of last year, which means Bradford should be well on the road to recovery by now. He clearly isn’t as far along as he should be.

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Klay Thompson suffers concussion-like symptoms ‘after’ win

May 28, 2015 – 2:07 am by Hickey

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To be filed under “How Convenient:”

With nine minutes left in Golden State’s series-clinching win over Houston, guard Klay Thompson took a knee to the head after pump-faking Trevor Ariza out of his jockstrap. It was quite a blow, as Thompson started bleeding from the ear like Ricardo Montalban had put one of those Star Trek II leeches inside of it.

After visiting the locker room for a couple minutes, Thompson was cleared by the team’s crack medical staff to return, though with the game in hand he never actually had to be put back on the floor. Turns out that was a good thing.

Once the game was over and all the celebration was out of the way, Thompson began developing concussion-like symptoms. (You don’t say?)

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FIFA officials arrested en masse in Switzerland

May 27, 2015 – 12:53 am by Hickey

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It looks like one of the world’s most notoriously corrupt organizations, FIFA, experienced its “Apalachin” moment in Switzerland on Wednesday morning.

For those of who you might have families or hobbies, Apalachin is the 1957 raid in which some 60 mob bosses were arrested at or around the Apalachin, New York home of gangster Joseph Barbara. It was a seminal moment in the fight against organized crime because it forced FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to take off his negligee acknowledge that organized crime wasn’t a figment of the media’s imagination.

After Wednesday, we may see acknowledgment that bribery being the reason for Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid is also not a figment of the media’s imagination. Multiple FIFA officials were arrested at the Swiss resort where the organization was holding its annual meeting, and face extradition to the U.S. under federal charges of wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

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Video: Kris Bryant launches huge home run

May 26, 2015 – 9:14 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Kris Bryant

I think it’s fair to say that Chicago Cubs rookie phenom Kris Bryant has lived up to expectations. The 23-year-old third baseman was at it again Tuesday night as he launched a mammoth home run off of Wrigley Field’s new video board beyond the left-center field bleachers. The solo shot was also clutch, as it tied the game against the Washington Nationals 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning.
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