July 3, 2007 |
The California Supreme Court on Monday ended the Oakland Raiders' long-standing lawsuit that claimed the NFL sabotaged the team's effort to build a stadium at Hollywood Park. The case dates back more than 20 years, when Raiders managing partner Al Davis accused the league of purposely not doing enough to help the team move from the antiquated Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to a new stadium complete with luxury suites.
July 1, 2007 |
This might be hard for non-wrestling fans to understand, but to those who loved Chris Benoit's work, the killings at his home and his suicide were as shocking as if Peyton Manning or Tim Duncan or Derek Jeter committed the same acts. He was that good at what he did and that respected by fans and peers for doing everything the right way. As such, the story of how he strangled his wife, smothered his child and hanged himself is as disturbing as any I've encountered.
June 26, 2007 |
WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, and 7-year-old son were found dead in his Atlanta-area home and police said they were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide. Benoit, 40, was a former world heavyweight and intercontinental champion. The WWE canceled its live "Monday Night RAW" card and USA Network aired a three-hour tribute to Benoit in place of the scheduled wrestling telecast.
December 30, 2007
Some notable sports deaths in 2007: AUTO RACING Bill France Jr., 74; Bobby Hamilton, 49; Benny Parsons, 65. BASEBALL Steve Barber, 67; Hank Bauer, 84; Rod Beck, 38; Clete Boyer, 70; Lew Burdette, 80; Mike Coolbaugh, 35; Shag Crawford, 90; Bing Devine, 90; Art Fowler, 84; Josh Hancock, 29; Joe Kennedy, 28; Bowie Kuhn, 80; Clem Labine, 80; Joe Nuxhall, 79; Phil Rizzuto, 89; Bill Robinson, 64; Vern Ruhle, 55; John Vukovich, 59.
February 13, 2008 |
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) are to meet today to discuss the Spygate case involving the New England Patriots. The NFL said Tuesday the afternoon meeting will take place in Specter's office in Washington. Specter has asked Goodell to explain his decision to destroy the tapes and notes from the case, which date to 2002. Patriots Coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team was fined $250,000. The Patriots also forfeited a first-round draft pick.
February 1, 2008 |
Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Brock Lesnar is taking his act to another pay-per-view organization Saturday, and his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut has attracted plenty of credibility questions. Is this a novelty? Can a first-time fighter beat former UFC champion Frank Mir? If Lesnar wins, what does that say about the level of UFC competition?