October 15, 2013 |
The NHL levied a heavy penalty on Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, hitting the repeat offender with a 10-game suspension for his illegal check to the head of Columbia Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. He had an in-person hearing with the league Tuesday afternoon and has already served two games of the suspension. Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's chief disciplinarian, said in his video explanation that there would have been supplemental discipline assessed "no matter who delivered this hit. " But weighing heavily into the long suspension is the fact that Kaleta has been fined three times and suspended three other times in his career.
October 14, 2013 |
People who follow the endless saga of doping in sports know there's one hard-and-fast rule: Any time a big name gets whacked, the quality of public debate on the issue plummets. That's certainly true of the case of Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez, one of the highest-profile pro athletes ever accused of doping. Given that the playoffs between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers feature two players tainted by scandal--Sunday's hero David Ortiz of the Red Sox, who copped in 2009 to testing positive for steroid use years earlier, and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who returned to the lineup in September after a 50-game suspension--it's timely to look again at doping in baseball, and what the league, the fans, and sportswriters get wrong about it. The A-Rod case puts it all in perspective.
September 27, 2013 |
The wait - and weight - is over for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In September 2012, Chavez lost a one-sided but dramatic fight to Argentina's Sergio Martinez, after which he was suspended for marijuana use. Saturday night, he climbs back into the ring after a year's absence to fight Brian Vera at StubHub Center in Carson. The non-title bout was originally contracted to be a super-middleweight fight with a weight limit of 168 pounds. But Chavez (46-1-1, 32 knockouts) reported this week that he was at 173, and the fight's promoters renegotiated for the new limit of 173 Friday after Chavez had said, "This is not a championship fight.
September 11, 2013 |
Denver Broncos star Von Miller can't seem to stay out of trouble. The Pro Bowl linebacker, serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, was stopped by law enforcement last week and cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license, according to a report by CBS4 in Denver. Miller, who set a franchise record with 18 1/2 sacks last season, reportedly was stopped near his home in Arapahoe County. He had been arrested in August after failing to appear in court on misdemeanor traffic violations.
September 5, 2013 |
Anxious fans of the soap opera "One Life to Live" are wondering how many more lives their beloved daytime drama might have. Prospect Park -- the entertainment company behind the revival of "One Life to Live" and another canceled ABC soap, "All My Children" -- has suspended production of the 44-year-old soap. The Los Angeles Times first reported this week that "One Life to Live" had been placed on hiatus while Prospect Park pursues a lawsuit against Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network.
September 1, 2013 |
Something a little unusual happened at Florida A&M University's football game against Mississippi Valley State on Sunday: The marching band showed up. In almost any other college football game, bands would be a normal feature of the game-day experience. But this wasn't just any game, because Florida A&M University's band is no longer just any band. The so-called Marching 100, on a nationally televised ESPN broadcast, made its first return from a suspension laid down two years ago after a drum major's hazing death at the hands of fellow band members.
August 30, 2013 |
The names are bigger, the flow is smoother, but the voyeuristic aimlessness still prevails in indie stalwart Joe Swanberg's latest film, the breezily charming "Drinking Buddies. " The action - a term used loosely with regards to Swanberg ("Hannah Takes the Stairs," "LOL") - swirls around craft brewery coworkers Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson), cozy chums whose jokey, caring, pint-hoisting closeness has everything a relationship seemingly needs except deal-clinching carnality.
August 29, 2013 |
Johnny Football's season will start a little late. Quarterback Johnny Manziel was suspended for the first half of Texas A&M's opening game against Rice on Saturday for what the school called an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs. The penalty appears to have brought a quick end to an investigation that could have ruined the seventh-ranked Aggies' upcoming season. The school issued a statement Wednesday saying that it declared the Heisman Trophy winner ineligible and that the NCAA agreed to reinstate Manziel after he sits out the first half against the underdog Owls.
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August 29, 2013 |
School officials have completed their investigation into an incident last week in Hawaii involving members of the Westlake High School football team that resulted in a student's arrest on suspicion of sexual assault. The report will be forwarded to the Thousand Oaks Police Department for review, Supt. Jeff Baarstad said Thursday. Honolulu police arrested a 17-year-old Westlake football player on suspicion of sexual assault of a 15-year-old player, but prosecutors declined to file charges.
August 22, 2013 |
Prominent commentators, including Leslie Gelb, John Bolton and Bret Stephens, are counseling the Obama administration to swallow its qualms about the military coup in Cairo and embrace the generals as the best alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is what might be called the "son of a bitch" theory of international relations, after the apocryphal comment supposedly made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt about Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza: "He may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.