Arizona Diamondbacks fire general manager Kevin Towers

September 5, 2014 – 6:06 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Kevin Towers

His team’s awful play finally caught up with Kevin Towers, who was relieved of his job as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Tony La Russa, the franchise’s chief baseball officer, delivered the long-expected news in a statement Friday morning, as the D-backs currently boast a record of 59-81, the third-worst mark in baseball.

Towers led the Diamondbacks to an NL West title during his first full season in 2011, but things haven’t gotten better since then. Before this season, he was signed to a contract extension through 2015, but Arizona has tanked this year and his exit was telegraphed when the team hired La Russa to oversee baseball operations.

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Police show media video of Joe Mixon punching woman

September 4, 2014 – 11:46 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Joe Mixon

Until now Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon and his lawyer have claimed that when he assaulted a young woman outside a restaurant in July he was acting in self defense. On Thursday, police showed surveillance video of the incident to members of the media and it appeared to completely contradict that account.

The encounter between Mixon and Amelia Rae Molitor took place outside a restaurant on July 21 and according to the members of the website Sooner Scoop, Mixon seemed to be the aggressor in the video. The tape does not have audio, but the incident was allegedly started when Mixon used a homosexual slur to one of Molitor’s friends.

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Jim Kelly declared cancer-free

September 4, 2014 – 6:43 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jim Kelly

In what has to be one of the best sports stories in the past few years, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly was declared cancer-free on Thursday after follow-up biopsies this week came back negative.

On June 3, 2013, Kelly announced that he had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his upper jaw. He underwent surgery on June 7 and shortly after the surgery he announced he was cancer-free. But on March 14 of this year a follow-up test showed that his cancer had returned and he underwent radiation and chemotherapy as a result.

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War Machine pleads not guilty to attempted murder, could get life

September 3, 2014 – 8:47 pm by Ryan Phillips
    War Machine court

Former MMA fighter War Machine pleaded not guilty to 32 felony counts in a Las Vegas courtroom on Wednesday, including two counts of attempted murder. If convicted, he could face life in prison without the possibility for parole.

War Machine is accused of nearly beating his ex-girlfriend, adult film star Christy Mack, to death in her home on August 8. He was named as Jon Koppenhaver – his birth name – in court. The 32-year-old legally changed his name to War Machine in 2008.

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Derek Carr named Raiders sacrificial, er, starting QB

September 2, 2014 – 12:09 am by Hickey

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You know the old saying — if you have seven quarterbacks, you don’t have one quarterback. The Oakland Raiders are hoping rookie Derek Carr of Fresno State changes all of that, making him the first QB taken in his draft class to earn a starting gig after awarding him the job (if playing quarterback for the Raiders can accurately be described as an award) on Monday.

Certainly, Oakland is overdue to land on someone. In the last three drafts, the Raiders have shuffled eight picks to acquire seven different quarterbacks before landing on Carr.

Seriously.

Here’s your primer:

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Texas Tech signs Kliff Kingsbury to massive extension

August 29, 2014 – 6:36 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Kliff Kingsbury

Apparently they like Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech because the school is now paying him handsomely to stick around. The 35-year-old and his alma mater agreed to a contract extension on Friday that will keep him in Lubbock through 2020.

The guaranteed total base value of the contract is reportedly $24.2 million and including this season Texas Tech will pay Kingsbury an average of $3.5 million per season. He could earn as much as $1.5 million in bonuses each year, and the total max value of the contract is $34.7 million.

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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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