August 25, 2009 |
Are you ready for some football? Not as ready as Roger Goodell is, trust me. You might tire of all the non-football NFL news of the last several weeks, but at least you're not living it. The commissioner must long for the days when "Cable fight" meant trying to get the NFL Network in more households, not trying to pry apart Oakland Raiders coaches. Goodell is fond of saying the NFL is the "ultimate reality show," and who can argue? Not with every other story having to do with Michael Vick coming back, Plaxico Burress going away and Brett Favre doing a little of both.
February 5, 2009 |
Even in a sports world with statistics spilling out of its hat like Larry Fitzgerald's hair, it's been quite the week for numbers. Football is celebrating six, the record number of Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl championships. Basketball is celebrating 61, the record number of points Kobe Bryant scored at Madison Square Garden. Baseball is, well, baseball, which means it's not celebrating numbers, but mourning them. They are 18.35 million and five.
September 17, 2008 |
When allegations surfaced this year that USC basketball star O.J. Mayo had received improper benefits from a sports agency funneled through close advisors, the university pointed to its own scrutiny of Mayo and said an NCAA "investigation" had deemed him eligible.
July 25, 2008 |
Laboratory documents revealed that swimmer Jessica Hardy's level of the banned substance clenbuterol was, in fact, a "low positive," her lawyer said Thursday. Howard Jacobs, in a telephone interview with The Times, said he received the documentation Wednesday but declined to provide test specifics beyond the low positive and how it might have resulted for the 21-year-old Long Beach swimmer, who qualified for the Olympics in multiple events. After the A and B samples -- taken at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha this month -- came back positive, Hardy left the team's training camp at Stanford University and could face a ban of two years.
July 17, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Convicted steroid dealer Kirk Radomski looked under his television last weekend and found overnight mail slips from packages he claims were used to send human growth hormone to Roger Clemens' house, according to the lawyer for Brian McNamee. Clemens sued McNamee, his former trainer, for defamation this year after McNamee claimed the seven-time Cy Young Award winner used steroids and human growth hormone. "Radomski sent a package to Clemens.
June 12, 2008 |
Where insanity happens. Trying to judge the impact of last summer's Tim Donaghy scandal, I recently called around to assess the reaction of the congenitally suspicious core audience . . . the gamblers. It turned out there was no impact. The Donaghy blockbuster, the latest story that seemed to presage The Death of the NBA, quickly faded away in what turned out to be a great season for the league.