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Being Jerry Jones

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While Doug Mataconis will love this interview, James Joyner and I need a stiff drink or two after reading (however, I cannot afford the Johnny Walker Blue):  Jerry Football The facts: Since the start of the 1997 season, the Cowboys have established themselves as the NFL’s masters of mediocrity, with a record of 136-136 and […]

Washington Post Won’t Use ‘Redskins’ in Editorials–But Will on Sports Pages

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The capital’s paper has issued a partial ban on the controversial nickname of the local NFL franchise.

L.A. Clippers Officially Sold To Steve Ballmer

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The N.B.A. has announced that the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been completed: It’s official. Donald Sterling no longer owns the Los Angeles Clippers. The NBA sent out a news release this afternoon confirming the sale of the team to ex-Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. It reads: […]

NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Hits And Kills Driver In Apparent Accident

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Last night during a race in upstate New York, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver in an incident that seems bizarre from beginning to end: CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to […]

San Antonio Spurs Hire NBA’s First Full-Time Female Assistant Coach

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Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs became the first NBA team to hire a woman as a full-time assistant coach: On Tuesday, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hire of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the NBA’s first full-time female coach. The 37-year-old will become the second woman to serve on the league’s coaching […]

Morgan Freeman Reads LeBron James’ ‘Coming Home’ Letter

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I heard this on the way in to work this morning: Frank Caliendo reads LeBron James’ “letter” explaining why he chose to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the voice of Morgan Freeman’s “Shawshank Redemption” character. My familiarity with Caliendo was from the often lame bits he did on the Fox NFL pregame show […]

New College Football Championship Trophy Unveiled

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With the BCS officially dead as the means of determining the national College Football Champion, and a new playoff system set to debut with the season that starts later this year, it’s time for a new trophy: IRVING, Texas — College football now has a new championship trophy as it embarks on the start of […]

Yes, Americans Care About Soccer Now

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My latest for The Hill, “America Comes to Soccer,” has posted.

LeBron James Is Returning To Cleveland

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‘The Decision’ is undecided.

World Cup Fever: Vatican Edition

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With Germany and Argentina headed to the the World Cup Final on Sunday, things might be a little tense around Vatican City for the next several days: There’s been some suggestion that neither Francis nor Benedict will be watching the game since it starts around 10pm Rome time on Sunday. Perhaps, but when one of […]

Brazil’s Coach Shows How to Lose

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Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari took responsibility for the 7-1 loss to Germany.

LeBron James’ Game (Theory)

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Does the NBA’s best player have first mover advantage? Or should he take his time?

Sleeping Yankees ‘Fan’ Files Frivolous Lawsuit

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A Yankee fan who was caught on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball sleeping in the middle of a Yankees-Red Sox game is suing ESPN, Major League Baseball, and the New York Yankees: A fan caught on camera sleeping during a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game in April has filed a defamation lawsuit against Major League […]

75 Years Ago, Lou Gehrig Gave His Farewell Address

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Seventy five years ago today, the career of one of the best known sports figures of his time was brought to an abrupt end thanks to a disease that now bears his name: The distinctive sentence structure and New England accent stay with us 54 years after JFK delivered, “Ask not what your country can […]

Has Soccer Finally Captured American Hearts?

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Only two 2013 college football games attracted more viewers that Tuesday’s World Cup match vs. Belgium.

Isaiah Austin Picked 15-1/2th in NBA Draft

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In a classy move, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Isaiah Austin in the middle of the first round of the 2014 draft. AP/ESPN (“NBA selects Isaiah Austin in draft“): Between the 15th and 16th picks in Thursday night’s draft came a very special selection by the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver announced at that point that the NBA […]

U.S. And Germany Play Soccer! In Space!

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One day before the U.S. and Germany meet in the World Cup, American and German astronauts got in a little game of their own: To help celebrate the upcoming match, NASA  released a video of the three astronauts showing off their soccer skills in zero gravity. The video features some upside down kicks, a header, and […]

Get Ready For Another Three Months Of LeBron James Hype

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There had been some speculation during the NBA finals that LeBron James, who has led the Miami Heat to the NBA finals four times and won twice and been the leagues most valuable player three times, would apply for free agency after the season ended, and that’s exactly what he’s done: Carmelo Anthony enjoyed the […]

“Redskin” as Slang and Slur

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An interesting read via The Atlantic:    When Slang Becomes a Slur. UPDATE (James Joyner): An excerpt: Whatever the connotations of “redskin” now, the question facing the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board was whether it was disparaging when the team first registered it as a trademark in 1967. [...] That may not have been so terribly […]

The Redskins Trademark Decision Is Legally Dubious, And Troubling

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However you feel about the Redskins name, the decision to retroactively repeal their trademarks is troubling on many levels.

Washington Redskins Trademark Canceled

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The US Government has deemed the nickname of the capital’s NFL club racially offensive.

Who Owns a Tattoo?

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Those who tattoo celebrities want to be be paid when their tattoos appear in the media.

Baseball Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead At 54

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Tony Gwynn, who spent his entire 20 year career with the San Diego Padres and had the highest batting average in the National League eight different seasons, has died at 54 after a long battle with cancer: Tony Gwynn, who won a record eight National League batting championships, amassed 3,141 hits and gained acclaim as […]

Donald Sterling Wants To Air The NBA’s Dirty Laundry

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There’s really no better word for it than blackmail.

Legendary Steelers Coach Chuck Noll Dies At 82

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Chuck Noll, who coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1991 and led the team to four Super Bowl Championships, has died at the age of 82: Chuck Noll, who built the “Steel Curtain”Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s into one of the most dominant teams in pro football history, becoming the only N.F.L. coach to win […]

#StopDadPants

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Sarah Harbaugh with an important public service announcement: The Score: Back in January, Sarah Harbaugh, the wife of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, spoke out about her husband’s love of pleated khaki pants. Now, she’s teaming up with Dockers to put an end to an epidemic affecting countless men around the world: Dad […]

Donald Sterling Back To Suing The NBA

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Over the space of a week, Donald Sterling announced that he was suing the NBA, then apparently decided to drop that suit and consent to the sale of the L.A. Clippers to Steve Ballmer. Now, it looks like he’s back to suing the NBA and trying to block the sale again: In a reversal, Los Angeles […]

Steve Coburn is (Mostly) Right

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Leaving aside his emotionalism and frustration, his core argument has merit.

NFL Announces It Will Be Super Bowl 50, Not Super Bowl L

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When the NFC and AFC Champions meet in the not-yet-completed Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 7, 2016, they won’t be playing in Super Bowl L,they’ll be playing in Super Bowl 50, but this change in the use of Arabic instead of Roman numerals for the first time since 1971 will only last one year: […]

Donald Sterling Gives Up

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Late yesterday, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling agreed to drop the lawsuit he had filed against the NBA just last week and consent to the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer: Donald Sterling has agreed to go along with the $2-billion sale of the Clippers negotiated by his wife, Shelly, in an agreement that will […]

Don Zimmer, Baseball Player, Manager, and Coach For Six Decades, Dies At 83

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Don Zimmer, who spent nearly his entire adult life in Major League Baseball as a player, coach and manager for at least thirteen separate teams at various points in his career, died in Florida yesterday at the age of 83: Don Zimmer, the stubby, Popeye-muscled baseball lifer with the unforgettable jowls whose passion for the […]

Dan Marino Withdraws From NFL Concussion Lawsuit

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Earlier today, I noted that former Dolphins Quarterback Dan Marino had joined a lawsuit against the NFL related to its treatment of concussion injuries. This afternoon, Marino announced that he was withdrawing from the suit: The football world was stunned Monday when a concussion lawsuit with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino as star plaintiff was […]

Dan Marino Sues NFL Over Concussions

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NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino is the latest former NFL player to sue the league over what many retired players are contending has been the leagues cavailier attitude toward concussions and their long term impact: Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame member and former Miami Dolphins quarterback, last week sued the NFL over concussions, according […]

2022 FIFA World Cup Hit With Bribery Allegations

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More problems for the planned 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Donald Sterling Sues NBA For $1,000,000,000

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Bring in the lawyers!

The Real Origin of the ‘Washington Redskins’ Nickname

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A debunking of the origin story actually aids the case that the motivation was not racist. It doesn’t matter.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer To Buy Clippers For $2 Billion

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Steve Ballmer, who took over as CEO of Microsoft after Bill Gates ended day-to-day involvement with the company, has apparently agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, possibly averting a move next week by the NBA to strip the franchise from Donald Sterling and his family: The former Microsoft chief executive Steve […]

Seahawks Sign Draft Pick With Heart Condition Knowing They’d Immediately Cut Him

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The Seattle Seahawks signed a draft choice knowing he would never play a down of football for them, costing them more than half a million dollars.

Donald Sterling Appears To Be Giving Up Rather Than Fighting The NBA

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Reports this afternoon indicate that Donald Sterling has made a move that seems clearly designed to lead to the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers: Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has agreed to allow his wife, Shelly, to negotiate a forced sale of the team, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. Shelly Sterling […]

Fifty Senators Call On N.F.L. To Change Redskins Name

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Once again, Washington politicians are pontificating about the Washington Redskins.

Aaron Hernandez Indicted For Two More Murders

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Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez, who is already facing charges of murder in the death of his friend Odin Lloyd, has been charged in two non-related murders that occurred two years earlier: BOSTON — The former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was in custody on one murder charge, has […]

Michael Sam Rookie Jersey Outselling Everyone’s Except Johnny Manziel’s

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Michael Sam may have gone lower in the NFL draft than he expected or hoped, but his rookie jersey is near the top of the heap: NEW YORK (AP) — The 249th pick in the NFL draft has the second most popular jersey of all the players selected last weekend. Michael Sam’s Rams jersey was […]

Donald Sterling really doesn’t get it, does he?

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Last night, Donald Sterling kicked off his apology tour with an interview on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, during which he said that he was “asking for forgiveness.” However, when the topic got to Magic Johnson, Sterling’s contrition seemed to disappear: “Well, what kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches […]

NBA Wants to Ban Shelly Sterling, Too

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The NBA wants to get rid of Donald Sterling’s estranged wife, too.

The NBA, the NFL, Sterling, and the Redskins

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Today, NPR Commentator Frank Deford, also a Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated, made the following observation about longer reaching implications of the Donald Sterling affair: On thing I think may have a carry over factor here, is that it puts more pressure on another commissioner, Roger Goodell of the NFL, to try and force Daniel […]

Donald Sterling: Sympathy for a Devil

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I’m uneasy about a world in which a private conversation, illegally recorded, can be used in this fashion.

L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Banned For Life From NBA

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Adam Sliver, who has only been Commissioner of the National Basketball Association for about three months, has imposed the heaviest sanction available against L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the wake of the release of tapes containing racist rants from the owner: Donald Sterling, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was barred for life […]

NAACP Withdraws Lifetime Acheivement Award For Clippers Owner

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After the revelations about his racist rant became public, the NAACP decided to withdraw the Lifetime Achievement Award it was going to give to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Starling: NAACP Interim President Lorraine Miller said Sunday the NAACP will not go forward with plans to give a lifetime achievement award to Los Angeles Clippers owner […]

So, The Owner Of The L.A. Clippers Is A Racist

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The National Basketball Association is dealing with a bit of an embarrassment thanks to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers: An audio recording purportedly of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is sending shockwaves around the sports world. On the tape, Sterling tells his girlfriend V. Stiviano (who is half-black and half-Mexican) not to bring black people to […]

Baseball Fandom Mapped

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You  The guys at the new New York Times blog Upworthy have done some data crunching and generated a bunch of maps showing which Major League Baseball teams are most popular throughout the country: Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line. Mr. […]

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