Rex Ryan believes he’ll win Super Bowl ‘one day’

December 23, 2014 – 5:55 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Rex Ryan probably won’t be coaching the New York Jets much longer, but he’s never been shy about predicting his future. On Tuesday, Ryan claimed that he will “definitely” win the Super Bowl as a head coach “one day.” While that’s a far cry from guaranteeing his Jets team would win a Super Bowl as he’s done in the past, Ryan clearly hasn’t been humbled by his experience in New York.

The Jets will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season after reaching the AFC Championship Game in Ryan’s first two seasons in charge. While owner Woody Johnson hasn’t made his intentions public, there is a really good chance Ryan and general manager John Idzik will be fired after New York’s season finale against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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Report: David Shaw to stay at Stanford

December 22, 2014 – 3:01 pm by Hickey

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The hottest new trend in Pac-12 coaching? Letting everyone know that you are staying at your current job rather than leaving for a better one even if it is unclear anybody was actually going to offer you a better job.

Jim Mora Jr. was the pioneer in this movement when he let it be known that he was staying at UCLA rather than going to Texas — even as sources in Austin later let it be known that he was a mere backup option if they didn’t get the top choices on their list.

Stanford’s David Shaw is the newest to join the “I’m not going there” club even though it is unclear he was receiving an invitation. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that any NFL team hoping to hire Shaw this year should expect to be rebuffed because he “loves working with student-athletes.”

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A.J. Preller has completely remade the Padres in two weeks

December 19, 2014 – 6:08 pm by Ryan Phillips
    A.J. Preller

Wow. That was a crazy last two days. The San Diego Padres have gone from offensively-challenged perennial doormat to what looks like a dark horse World Series contender. And it’s all thanks to the tireless effort and dogged determination of new general manager A.J. Preller.

Preller took over the team in August and bided his time getting to know the organization inside and out. He retained key members of the coaching and scouting staff, then he hit the ground running this offseason. First he made hard runs at Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval. He missed on both of those guys but immediately shifted his attention to the trade market.

Preller swung a deal for an All-Star outfielder in Matt Kemp, prying him away from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers without giving up a top prospect and also got the boys in blue to chip in with $32 million to help pay Kemp’s salary. Then in a massive 11-player swap, Preller got former wunder-prospect Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays, again without surrendering one of his top four prospects. Those two moves already made it a successful offseason, but Preller wasn’t even close to done.

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Wil Myers: Padres, Rays, Nationals agree on blockbuster trade

December 17, 2014 – 6:20 pm by Ryan Phillips
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For a little more than 24 hours we had been hearing that a trade that would send outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays to the San Diego Padres was “close,” now we have been told the deal has been consummated (ESPN’s Jim Bowden confirms). The deal also involves the Washington Nationals and includes a whopping 11 players. The trade is contingent on everyone passing their physicals.

The main piece of the deal is Myers heading to San Diego. The Padres have been in a years-long search for offense at the corner outfield spots, and within a few weeks have Matt Kemp and Myers to fill that gap. The Padres will also receive 18-year-old lefty Jose Castillo, catcher Ryan Hanigan and 21-year-old righty Gerardo Reyes.

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USOC Will Bid for 2024 Summer Olympics

December 17, 2014 – 2:56 am by Ryan Phillips
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The United States Olympic Committee is set to make a serious bid for the 2024 Olympics, in an attempt to end a 28-year drought without the Summer games on American soil. A host city has not been selected yet, but four different options are being considered.

After hearing from the four candidates on Tuesday, the USOC board members voted to join the race. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. are all in the running. A decision on which city to back will likely be made after the holidays.

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Three fighters file antitrust lawsuit against UFC

December 16, 2014 – 7:20 pm by Ryan Phillips
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On Tuesday, Cung Le, Nate Quarry and Jon Fitch filed a lawsuit in San Jose, California against Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The suit alleges that the promotion holds a monopoly on the mixed martial arts market. Fitch and Quarry are retired former UFC fighters, while Le is still under contract with the company but says he has no intention of fighting for it again.

The basis for the antitrust suit surrounds allegations that UFC has illegally set up a system that has eliminated its competition by taking over or taking out other viable MMA companies. As a result, UFC now has a monopoly and can control salaries and compensation for fighters.

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Milwaukee Brewers to open ‘Selig Experience’ museum

December 16, 2014 – 1:44 am by Hickey

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Seattle proudly boasts the Experience Music Project, a museum inspired by native son Jimi Hendrix. Starting next year, Milwaukee will proudly (?) boast (?) the Selig Experience, a museum inspired by native son Bud Selig.

You think we’re kidding. But we’re not.

The Selig Experience will be a 1,400-square foot exhibit will be open year round at Miller Park, because if there’s one thing that will attract people to Miller Park in December, it’s a Bud Selig museum.

Also, if there’s one thing people want to see in a Bud Selig museum, it’s Bud Selig in 3-D. The Selig Experience will have this need covered, according to Brewers COO Rich Schlesinger. He got the idea — again, we’re not kidding — during a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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Greg Gabriel wouldn’t draft Jameis Winston in any round

December 12, 2014 – 10:36 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Former NFL executive Greg Gabriel issued his evaluation of Florida State redshirt sophomore Jameis Winston on Friday and while it was full of praise for the 20-year-old’s on-field abilities, the final ruling was a bombshell. Gabriel claimed he wouldn’t draft Winston in any round.

Gabriel lauds Winston’s overall strength and athleticism and projects him to run in the 4.6 range in his 40-yard dash. The former director of college scouting for the Chicago Bears also says that the 6-4, 230-pound signal-caller seems to be a strong leader on the field. Basically, Gabriel likes what Winston can do between the lines on a football field.

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