COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Gary Blair and his Texas A&M Aggies are the
defending national champions, yet they aren’t even favored to win the Big 12
That’s fine with Blair and his overachieving Aggies. They weren’t expected
to win it all last season, but knocked offBaylor
to get to the Final Four
before beatingNotre Dame
for the title.
“We like staying under that radar,” Blair said.
Blair knows that his team will be a target this year because of what they
accomplished last season.
“If we lose a game this year, before they get to the dressing room, those
assistant coaches will be dialing their recruits (saying) we just knocked off
the national champion,” Blair said.
ST. LOUIS -- While the NBA struggles with negotiations during its lockout, signing
bonuses for amateur draft picks is the last major issue left in talks
for baseball's new labor contract.
Representatives for players and owners met Tuesday in New York,
people familiar with the session told The Associated Press, speaking on
condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized.
Commissioner Bud Selig wants a system of fixed signing bonuses that
tie the amount to when a prospect is drafted, known as slotting.
CHINA -- How is China, the world’s largest basketball-loving nation, taking to theNBA
’s ongoing labor strife and the increasinglylikely prospect
that the 2011–2012 season will be cancelled?
On Oct. 24, Guan Weijia, vice-director of the basketball department atTitan Sports
, China’s leading sports newspaper, wrote acolumn
about the player lockout in the Beijing News titled, “Everybody is a demon.”
In it, he said that NBA CommissionerDavid Stern
was “the demon of all demons and he is Satan who is the King of demons in this labor dispute.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Three Democratic congressmen are urging the House Energy
and Commerce Committee to hold hearings on the impasse between the NFL and
players union on testing for human growth hormone.
California Rep. Henry Waxman, the top Democrat on the committee, and two
others made the request in a letter Tuesday to chairman Fred Upton, a Michigan
The NFL and the players agreed to begin blood testing for HGH as part of
their new collective bargaining agreement reached in late July—but only if the
union agreed to the methods.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The
Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced it will honor Southern
University's and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's request to stagger
each of the school's football suspensions following a post-game altercation
between the Jaguars and Golden Lions game on October 17.
The league also
reinstated a Southern student-athlete, #58 Corry Roy. After further reviewing
the video footage of the incident, it was confirmed that Roy did not
participate in the altercation.
ATLANTA -- On Friday, October 21st, the Black College Football Hall of Fame announced the
Class of 2012.
The newest members were selected from a list of 35
finalists who had been determined earlier by the Black College Football
Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
The inductees will be honored February 18, 2012 at the Atlanta
Marriott Marquis during the Priority Payment Systems Third Annual
The Black College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012 includes:
- Willie Brown (DB, Grambling State University, 1959-1963)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Don Denkinger was watching at home, saw the blown
call at first base and winced.
As did baseball fans everywhere.
“That’s a nightmare for an umpire,” he said Sunday. “You hate to see that
happen to anyone.” He would know.
All these years later, he still gets an earful from St. Louis
fans angry about his miss at first base in the 1985 World Series.
Back then, the technology wasn’t too refined, there weren’t too many
remedies to correct mistakes. So how about now? What about more instant replay?
BRISTOL, Ct. -- Hank Williams Jr. and his iconic theme song will not return to ESPN's "Monday Night Football," the network announced Thursday.
In the wake of Williams using an analogy involving Adolf Hitler and President Barack Obama to make a political point on the Fox News Channel, Williams' "All My Rowdy Friends" will no longer be part of the MNF opening.
"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr," ESPN said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years.
ARIZONA -- The Sugar Bowl has accepted annual subsidies of at least $1 million from the state of Louisiana during much of the BCS era, while increasing its reserves to $34.2 million, records obtained byThe Arizona Republic
Two other Bowl Championship Series games - the Fiesta and Orange bowls - also amassed cash reserves while accepting public subsidies from governments, many of which have recently been forced to make other cuts to their budgets.
The non-profit organizations that operate the three bowls pay no
- The first Stanley Cup banner raising in Boston in 39 years, the first National Hockey League regular-season game in Winnipeg in 15 years and the first NHL regular-season game ever played in Germany will be among the highlights when the NHL launches its 2011-12 season with a four-day celebration beginning Thursday night.
The 1,230-game, 185-day regular season gets off to a rousing start with a coast-to-coast North American triple-header that includes theBoston Bruins
beginning their 2011 Stanley Cup championship defense against Philadelphia.
CANADA -- After another dominating defensive effort, this time over the Kentucky Wildcats, the LSU Tigers once again top the SONAHR College Football Power Rankings (Poll #4). With a big victory over Florida, Alabama leap frogs Oklahoma for second while Wisconsin's impressive victory over Nebraska has the Badgers moving ahead of Boise for fourth.
While the top seven teams remain stable with only minor movement, the bottom half of the poll continues to be shaken up. Clemson's victory over Virginia Tech moves the Tigers into the top ten at #8 while five new teams enter the rankings, four for the first time (Georgia Tech, Texas, Illinois, Kansas State).
NEW YORK -- Many of us read with interest theblow up between NBA superstar Dwyane Wade
and commissioner David Stern. In a heated discussion taking place
during the pending NBA lockout, Wade told Stern that he “isn’t his
child,” and then stormed out of the meeting. I read about the
interaction with curiosity, wondering whether or not I was witnessing
the kind of revolt that hasn’t been seen amongblack athletes
since the 1960s.
that is the case, then NBA team owners are rightfully nervous.