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


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.


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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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
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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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