06.28.11

North Korea’s Kim Kwang Ming Raises The Bar For All Excusing-Making Coaches

Posted in Football, Natural Disasters at 3:34 pm by

The U.S. defeated North Korea, 2-0, earlier today in Dresden, vaulting the Americans to the top of Group C in the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Though the post game press conference by North Korea coach Kim Kwang Ming (above) wasn’t broadcast live by ESPN,  The Guardian’s John Ashdown was on hand to hear the former cite a number of uh, mitigating circumstances.

“On 8 June our players were hit by lightning. More than five were hospitalised.”

“‘The strength of our players not sufficient so our strategy could not be implemented’ bcos 4 (or maybe 5, 6 or 7) hit by lightning ”

“The goalkeeper and the four strikers were most affected and some midfielders as well”

“The doctors said players were not capable of participating in the tournament, but until the very last minute they gave their best.”

David Haye Promises To Execute Robot

Posted in Boxing at 2:43 pm by

IBF / WBO champion Wladimir Klitchsko defends his belts this Saturday in Hamburg against David Haye, and with all due respect to the following account of  yesterday’s press conference in The Daily Record, neither fighter is quite as skilled on the microphone as CM Punk.

At yesterday’s press conference ahead of their unification world heavyweight clash Haye said: “”This is going to be the most brutal execution of a boxer that you’ve seen for many, many years. I’m going to go out there and absolutely destroy him, really quickly.”

But Klitschko has vowed to teach Haye some respect. He said: “I’m a very lucky person in that I am healthy enough to perform. No matter what, it is disgraceful and disrespectful for a man to wish to damage your health.”

“This game, this sport, is very intense and unfortunately there have been a lot of cases where people have been handicapped and people have died during and after fights.

“I felt embarrassed at the way David Haye acted in the press conference. Because it also casts a shadow on the sport.

“I just feel an obligation to give him some rehabilitation on July 2 because it will make him a better person.”

Avery To Bettman : Where’s The NHL Support For Same Sex Marriage?

Posted in Hockey at 12:31 pm by

Having appeared in a high profile PSA supporting the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, New York Rangers agitator Sean Avery describes himself as “embedded in the issue” (“you don’t have to be gay to know when something is fundamentally not right”), and suggests to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks that perhaps it’s time for the entire National Hockey League to address the matter.



“I understand that the NHL represents 30 different owners who come from different backgrounds and hold different viewpoints, but I think it would be meaningful for Gary [commissioner Bettman] and the Board of Governors to open themselves up for conversation about this issue,” Avery told The Post yesterday.

“The support I received from the Garden, Mr. [James] Dolan, Glen [Rangers general manager Sather] and [president of MSG Sports] Scott O’Neil meant everything to me, but it was a little disappointing not to have heard from anyone connected with the league,” Avery said.

The NHL has never had an openly gay or bisexual player. This might be 2011, but Avery doesn’t believe the environment in the industry would tolerate it.

“There would be so much to overcome, I don’t think it’s practically possible,” Avery said. “If I was gay or bisexual, it would probably be easier for me to come out than anybody else, because how much more could there be on me than there is already?

“I’m sure there are a number of players around the league who think I am gay or bi, and maybe more now since I got involved in this, and even though I’m not, I have no problem with that at all.”

06.27.11

Lorenzo Charles, RIP

Posted in Basketball at 9:14 pm by

Brooklyn native Lorenzo Charles, whose conversion of Dereck Whittenburg’s would-be buzzer beater gave North Carolina State an improbable 54-52 win over heavily favored Houston in the 1983 NCAA Men’s final, was killed earlier today in a Raleigh, NC bus collision. Charles, who achieved all-ACC status in 1984 and ’85, had been driving a bus for NC-based Elite Tours, though his recent duties also included driving for Duke’s lacrosse squad.

Coming Soon To Knicks.com : Many Photos Of James Dolan Jamming With Joe Walsh

Posted in Basketball, The Internet at 5:42 pm by

(above : Cablevision CEO/genetic lottery winner James Dolan, who has never been seen in the same room as Joey Welz)

If there’s no resolution to the NBA labor dispute, league and individual team websites will undergo a radical transformation writes True Hoop’s Kevin Arnovitz.  Once “the clock strikes midnight on the current CBA, all those images and videos of NBA players have to disappear off NBA-owned digital properties,” writes Arnovitz, adding, “depending on how you interpret ‘fair use,’ the prohibition could include the mere mention of a player’s name on an NBA-owned site.”

Over the past few weeks, NBA website administrators and support staff have endured two-hour conference calls and countless planning sessions to figure out how to eliminate all these photos, highlights, articles and promotional features from the sites.

There are additional gray areas that are still up for discussion: What about a photo of a Lakers fan wearing a No. 24 Kobe Bryant jersey? What about a retrospective feature on the John Stockton-Karl Malone Jazz teams? Do tweets from the team’s official Twitter feed that mention a player and/or link to an image need to be deleted? How about Facebook posts?

Nobody seems to know for certain the definitive answers to these questions and the criteria seem to be arbitrary. According to more than one team website staffer, the cutoff for images of retired players right now stands at 1992-93 — Shaquille O’Neal’s first season in the league. And social media is an area they’re still grappling with as the deadline approaches.

Many People Would Like To See J.D. Drew….Dead (Except John Tomase)

Posted in Baseball at 4:34 pm by

With apologies to Armand Schaubroeck for the above headline, Red Sox RF J.D. Drew made an early exit during yesterday’s 4-2, series-salvaging win at Pittsburgh, after fouling a ball off his left eye during BP.  While it would be the height of exaggeration to say Drew never found a physical ailment that wouldn’t keep him out of a lineup, it is entirely accurate on the part of the Boston Herald’s John Tomase to claim many Red Sox fans have been “eager to crate him up aboard the first steamer to Siberia” since his arrival from Los Angeles in 2007. However, citing a number of hard-hit balls (many of ’em caught by outfielders) over the past few week, Tomase insists that Drew, “deserves one more chance”.

Drew describes most of his struggles this season as mental. He was swinging the bat well out of Fort Myers and as late as April 27 found himself hitting .285 with an .800 OPS.

Then Drew fell off a cliff. He hit just .179 over his next 26 games with production that barely showed up under a scanning electron microscope — two homers, two doubles, five RBI.

Drew is never going to be popular with Red Sox fans, who shriek like banshees at the mention of his name. They’ve believed him overpaid since the day he signed for five years and $70 million.

But for all the heat general manager Theo Epstein has rightfully taken over free agent signings like John Lackey, Matt Clement and Julio Lugo, Drew doesn’t belong in their class. He’s been a tough out, an exceptional right fielder and a clutch postseason performer. He’s no superstar, but he’s a valuable piece of a winning team.

He can still be that piece. Drew just needs a little more time. The Red Sox should give it to him.

For McCourt, Bankruptcy & Blaming Bud Go Hand In Hand

Posted in Baseball at 11:56 am by

(above : Frank McCourt, explaining to an impatient creditor that his money is in a shoebox located just beyond the right field wall at Chavez Ravine)

The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin reports the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this morning, with Frank McCourt continuing to insist his hand was forced by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig refusing to approve a pending TV deal with Fox.  Left unmention by McCourt in Shaikin’s coverage below, is that precious little of the Fox money was actually earmarked for maintaining the baseball club.

McCourt has obtained $150 million in interim financing, according to a statement issued on his behalf. If the bankruptcy court approves that financing on Tuesday, McCourt would meet Thursday’s payroll deadline and could remain in control of the club throughout the bankruptcy proceedings, with the intention of negotiating a television rights deal that would satisfy the court by paying off all creditors in full.

Under the Major League Baseball constitution, the act of filing for bankruptcy enables the commissioner to strip McCourt of ownership. However, bankruptcy court proceedings generally override MLB rules.

Manny Ramirez is the Dodgers’ largest creditor, according to the bankruptcy filing. The Dodgers owe Ramirez $21 million, followed by Andruw Jones ($11 million), Hiroki Kuroda ($4.5 million), Rafael Furcal ($3.7 million) and the Chicago White Sox ($3.5 million, for Juan Pierre).

The list of creditors includes much of the current Dodgers roster, Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully ($152,778), the city of Los Angeles ($240,563 in tax debt) and two players yet to play for the Dodgers (prospects Zach Lee at $3.4 million and Alexander Santana at $499,500).