Monday, December 31, 2012

Maurice Clarett allegedly beaten up by girlfriend, girlfriend wanted by police

The hits keep coming for ex-Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, quite literally, although he isn't being accused of any wrongdoing this time. That's because his girlfriend is wanted by police for allegedly beating up the former Buckeye.

More from the Columbus Dispatch:

Police responded to a domestic-violence call at 12:17 p.m. on Saturday at 6866 Willow Bloom Dr.

Clarett, 29, told police that Ashley Evans bit him on the wrist and chest and punched him in the face with a closed fist.

According to birth records, the couple have a 6-year-old daughter.

Evans, 30, is charged with domestic violence and assault, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records.

Evans is still at large.

Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko are officially engaged

Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko are engaged

Sad news for single ladies residing in the D.C. area: Hockey's most eligible bachelor is now off the market.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin announced via Twitter that he and tennis star girlfriend Maria Kirilenko are officially engaged. The two have reportedly been dating for a little over a year. Their courtship became publicly known on Nov. 30, 2011 when Ovechkin tweeted a photo of them together and calling Kirilenko "my queen".

Perhaps we should have seen this one coming, though. The 27-year old seemed oddly upbeat after his Russian team's (Dynamo Moscow) 4-2 defeat on Sunday.

Photo: AHL squad to don tuxedo-themed jerseys for New Year's Eve game

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Get a load of what the Adirondack Phantoms will be wearing during their New Year's Eve clash against the Brideport Sound Tigers. No, your eyes do not deceive you. They will be donning tuxedo-themed jerseys indeed. Classy.

I hope you are taking notes, NHL. The AHL is gunning for your fans.

Via Twitter.

Video: Novak Djokovic suffers freak accident at Hopman Cup

The world's No. 1 ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic experienced a freak injury scare at the Hopman Cup when a courtside railing collapsed on the star while signing autographs.

Djokovic was interacting with fans when the barrier fell down. It hit the Serbain native in the legs and several fans went tumbling to the ground along with it.

"It was a bit of a shock and I'm glad that the children involved are OK. I am fine," said Djokovic.

Despite his comment proclaiming he was 'fine', the 25-year old was clearly in pain and headed straight for the locker room immediately following the incident. He was already dealing with a bout of jetlag leading up to the day.

Djokovic arrived in Perth less than 24 hours before his scheduled match against Andreas Seppi on Monday. However, he did manage to dispatch Seppi in straight sets before attempting to sign autographs afterward.

Video: Monkey rides a dog at during halftime of Colts game

Sunday was quite a day at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It marked the return of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano back to the sideline, a 28-16 victory over AFC South rival Houston, and a halftime show featuring a monkey wearing an Andrew Luck jersey while riding a dog.

Yeah, add this one to the "things you don't see everyday" category. It definitely deserves such a tag.

Indy is slated to open postseason play in Baltimore next weekend.

Video: Redskins fan tackles Christmas tree in joy

The Washington Redskins wrapped up their first NFC East title since 1999 with a 28-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. They will be heading to the playoffs for the first time in five years.

So, how does a diehard Redskins fan celebrate this momentous occasion? By running full speed with a No. 44 John Riggins jersey and tackling a fully decorated Christmas tree, of course.

Do you think 'Skins fans are excited about being in the postseason?

Video: Leighton Baines receives gash on back after getting spiked

Everton's 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday was painful in more ways than one for Leighton Baines.

The 28-year old received a nasty gash down his back after he and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill accidentally clashed during the second half. The incident occurred when Cahill's spikes shredded through Baines' jersey and skin, which left him with a pretty sizable wound.

But after some brief medical attention, and a change of tops, Baines fought through the pain and finished out the match strong.

Cahill was hit with a yellow card for his actions.

Via Metro.

Video: Chris Paul lobs to DeAndre Jordan for monster dunk

The Los Angeles Clippers are flying high right now, quite literally.

The Clippers just wrapped up an undefeated month (16-0) and their 17th straight victory after racing past the visiting Utah Jazz, 107-96, on Sunday night.

Chris Paul dished out a team-high nine assists for the home team, including one right here to teammate DeAndre Jordan.

The duo hooked up for a monster alley oop during the first quarter of the affair, much to the delight of the Staples Center crowd.

Jordan finished the game with 14 points and the title of having the best dunk of the evening in the NBA.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Former MMA fighter tackles potential vodka thief

If you are going to steal liquor from the store, you might want to make sure there aren't any professional mixed martial arts fighters hanging around. One Missouri shoplifter recently found that out the hard way after his attempt at swiping booze was derailed by former MMA fighter Jesse Finney.

Finney, who runs a pair of training sites in the area, was making his second trip to the store in a matter of hours. He had already gone once to get some flowers for an ailing friend in the hospital, and then went the second time to get some chocolates for his pregnant wife. He showed up just time in time to save the day.

From FOX 2 Now:

Finney saw the male suspect tussle with a female employee inside the Crestwood Schnucks. That got his attention. As the suspect tried to run out the entrance, Finney pinned the suspect to the ground until Crestwood police arrived.

Video: Chris Johnson's awkward touchdown celebration

On Sunday, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson put his team on the board early on with a 2-yard touchdown scamper against visiting Jacksonville. What he did immediately following that is still left up to interpretation.

The Titans would eventually roll over the hapless Jaguars 38-20 despite getting outgained 375 to 221 in total yards.

Via Bleacher Report.

Video: Vincent Jackson gets blown up

Tampa Bay Buccanneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was on the receiving end of a crushing blow by two Atlanta Falcons defenders on Sunday. Though Jackson absorbed the brutal hit, it was the Bucs who delivered the knockout punch to the playoff-bound Falcons by upsetting Atlanta 22-17 at the Georgia Dome.
Jackson finished the contest with 3 catches and 50 yards.

Via Bleacher Report.

Video: Kentucky slyly switches free throw shooters, referees fail to notice

Kentucky head coach John Calipari pulled off a doozie of a substitution at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday. However, this one wasn't of the legal variety.

Russ Smith of Louisville fouled Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel in the lane late in the first half Saturday. The ref points at Smith, and the box score has a foul charged to Smith. Noel, a 52-percent foul shooter, steps to the line. Then, at the 0:23 mark, you see Noel look to the bench, and No. 22 on Kentucky, Alex Poythress, does the same. Then, Noel heads to the Kentucky bench to get a word with Calipari.

That's when Poythress, only a 64-percent free throw shooter himself, takes advantage and sneaks in to replace him at the charity stripe. Sneaky.

Not only does everyone on Louisville not catch it, but neither does any of the referees! Poythress would go on to sink one of the two free throws. By the law of averages, that is about what one could have expected out of Noel.

Video: Clothed streaker at Alamo Bowl strikes Heisman pose, almost escapes

A clothed streaker made his way onto the field during Saturday's Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

The video begins when the man is already around midfield and then continues to capture the fella as he runs all the way to the other end and through an opposite exit, and then presumably to freedom. The only time he stops his momentum is when he strikes a quick Heisman pose in the endzone.

As it turns out, the fan was eventually hunted down and ejected despite a lack of security presence during the actual crime itself. One security member who probably wasn't in on the capture was the one shown near the end of the video clip who seems to walk away from the perpetrator when he approaches her vicinity.

Nonetheless, it was a great run for this unidentified individual. And he managed to do it all in the comfort of his clothes.

Via Deadspin.

Photo: John McCain poses with Mr. Oreo during bowl game

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Arizona State obliterated Navy, 62-28, in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Saturday. One fan who was in attendance to witness it all was Arizona senator John McCain.

Seen here is the former presidential candidate posing with Mr. Oreo and looking pretty darn happy in the process.

The life of a politician now looks to extend well beyond simply shaking hands with people, but locking palms with delicious Nabisco snacks as well.

Hey, isn't there some sort of "fiscal cliff" issue you and your colleagues should be working on?

Via Twitter (@SenJohnMcCain).

Photo: Cleveland Browns quarterback woes illustrated by jersey

The Cleveland Browns have been the epitome of futility since re-entering the league in 1999.

Perhaps one reason to blame is because the team has been unable to find a reliable signal caller. The franchise has gone through starting quarterbacks like a pair of cheap socks recently.

And now one image has managed to summarize the long list of quarterbacks who have tried and failed at turning the Browns around. As you can see, it all started when the team drafted Tim Couch No. 1 overall out of the University of Kentucky in '99.

Via SportsGrid.

Video: Ben Gordon and Hakim Warrick connect for sweet alley oop

Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon and forward Hakim Warrick connected for a beautiful no-look, alley oop slam on Saturday night. The play occurred during the second quarter of their bout against the visiting New Orleans Hornets.

Gordon displayed amazing awareness, court vision, and touch on the play, which resulted in 2 of Warrick's 12 points on the evening.

Charlotte's commentators immediately dubbed Gordon's dime as the "assist of the year."

Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the Bobcats would go on to lose by a score of 98-95.

Charlotte has now lost 18 games in a row dating back to Nov. 24.

South Florida's Anthony Collins carried off on stretcher after collapsing

A scary scene unfolded at the Sun Dome on Saturday as South Florida guard Anthony Collins had to be lifted off the floor via stretcher after collapsing midway through the second half. The game was delayed for several minutes before EMTs eventually removed Collins from the court of play.

Collins went down after receiving a knee to the side of his head by a George Mason defender while the two engaged in a mad scramble for the ball. USF beat writer Greg Auman later tweeted that the point guard had movement in his arms and legs as he was carried off.

Deadspin has exclusive video of the play.

The sophomore point guard was taken to a local hospital for further examination.

The Bulls went on to secure the victory, 61-57, over the visiting Patriots.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Photo: LSU strength coach posts brutal message about his players

LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt has a message for any NFL scouts who may inquire about the character of some of his players:

Attention NFL Scouts: The following athletes miss workouts and always have an excuse. These men lack the self discipline and motivation to take care of their responsibilities. I will not answer questions regarding their performance numbers or character as they care only about themselves.

At first glance, this probably seems like a pretty brutal and humiliating attempt at disparaging his players. But dig a little deeper and it appears as though the sign was a questionable attempt at motivating his players instead.

Although the sign began surfacing on the internet Friday night, Moffitt claims that the message is "old news" and that it stems from the players missing a class.

Alabama judge grants request for delaying trial so lawyer can go to title game

College football in the south is a way of life for folks. It often takes precedent over family gatherings, church, and now apparently the court system.

The Birmingham News reports that a civic court trial slated for Jan. 7 is being pushed back so that lawyer Marcus Jones III can attend the BCS National Championship Game featuring Notre Dame and his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide.
A judge had denied his first attempt earlier this month to have the trial delayed.

Jones has been a self-described "fanatic" of University of Alabama football since his father took him to football games in the early 1960s as a young boy. He said he still has a beer can Joe Namath drank from at a bar the night it was announced the star Alabama quarterback would be joining the Jets.

"We're just die hard Alabama fans," he said of his family.

So when he was finally assured that his University of Alabama football team would be going to the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 7, he bought tickets and had one major obstacle to overcome. He needed to get a civil court trial rescheduled that was set to begin the day of the game.

Wisconsin football team devours 619 pounds of prime rib

The state of Wisconsin knows a thing or two about beef and cheese. It cranks out a large supply of both on an annual basis. And it appears as though the Wisconsin football team knows just what to do with it.

On Friday, the Badgers partook in the Lawry's Beef Bowl, which is an annual feast between the two teams competing in the Rose Bowl. Once again, the Badgers devoured their competition by throwing down 619 pounds of prime rib to eclipse Stanford's tally of 602 pounds.

The Badgers are coming off a feasting victory last year when they smashed Oregon by eating 723 pounds of meat compared to just 612 by the Ducks. However, their success at the dinner table didn't translate to the field as they suffered a 45-38 defeat to the hands of Oregon.

As Jesse Temple of FOX Sports Wisconsin points out, the winner of the dubious Beef Bowl has gone on to win the Rose Bowl 39 times in the past 56 years.

Brazil's Ronaldinho agrees to star in animated film against aliens

Ronaldinho (in glasses) arrived to an amazing reception in India (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Former World Player of the Year footballer Ronaldinho has agreed to star in a new animated film, which will pit the soccer star against aliens. Naturally, the flick is titled "Ronaldinho versus Aliens".

Some journalists and film buffs are already anticipating the film to be similar to Space Jam -- the 1996 comedy featuring NBA legend Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes. To that I say blaspemy! Nothing can rival the greatness of Space Jam.

The 32-year old Ronaldinho currently plays for Aletico Mineiro in his native country of Brazil.

Via Metro.

Report: NHL gives players new proposal, two sides set to meet this weekend?

According to reports, the NHL and the players' association are set to meet this weekend to continue talks in ending the lockout. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that the league presented its new offer to the players' association on Thursday. If accepted, a deal could be in place by Jan. 11 and the regular season could start by Jan. 19.

The two sides are slated to discuss the matter via conference call on Saturday, and are said to have tentative plans to meet in New York on Sunday.

''We delivered to the union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA,'' Daly said in a statement Friday. ''We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time. We are hopeful that once the union's staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.''

Photo: Arizona State unveils jerseys for bowl game

Arizona State traditionally dons maroon-colored threads on gamedays, but the Sun Devils won't be wearing much maroon at all when they take the field against Navy on Saturday for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
ASU has opted to scrap their old look and sport black jerseys and white helmets instead for this game. The helmets feature a slightly-altered version of the trident carried by "Sparky", the Sun Devils' mascot.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Dana White fears more drug testing would lead to 400 fighters testing positive for pot

Count Dana White as one of those in favor of not administering random drug testing. The UFC president made that crystal clear on Thursday when he addressed the topic directly. And the reasoning he offers may or may not be what you had in mind.

“Forget about PEDs,” White said. “If we get into this system that we’re talking about where we would randomly test these guys, do you know how many guys would probably test positive for marijuana? It would be probably off the charts.

“If you randomly test them and then [the results] came out, you’d get the exact same suspension [for using marijuana] as you do for using PEDs.

“Everybody thinks that if you did this random testing you’d catch so many guys on PEDs,” White said. “No. You’d catch more of the guys on marijuana. That’s where you’d really bust a lot of guys."

Video: Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant returns kickoff 99 yards for score

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Texas Tech Red Raiders are currently engaged in a battle for the rights to win the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Red Raiders got on the board midway through the first quarter thanks to this 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown by speedster Jakeem Grant. The play stood in spite of the yellow laundry on the field.

The 5-foot-6 freshman also took a kick 97 yards to the house in a game earlier this season.

Former Louisville football player suing school, Charlie Strong

A former Louisville Cardinals football player is suing the university and current head football coach Charlie Strong for an incident stemming from October 2010.

The player, Patrick Grant, is claiming that he was asked to cover up an attack on him by two of his teammates in the Louisville football complex. Grant is also suing the school on the grounds that they rescinded his scholarship after Strong promised he would retain it to allow Grant to finish his degree.

Grant's attackers, teammates Jacob and Isaac Geffrad, allegedly beat Grant so bad that he required immediate medical attention and "nearly lost his left eye." Grant eventually was forced to give up football after suffering vision problems because of the attack.

And as if the alleged beating wasn't bad enough, Grant is also claiming in the lawsuit that he was asked to lie about what transpired.

Gorgui Dieng's parents will get to see him play for first time thanks to generous act

On Saturday, Louisville junior center Gorgui Dieng is set to make his triumphant return to the Cardinals lineup against arch-rival Kentucky. Dieng has been sidelined since Nov. 23 with a fractured left wrist that he sustained during a game against Missouri. Not only will he be able to partake in one of college basketball's greatest rivalry games, but his parents will be on hand to see him play for the first time in his collegiate career, as well. Dieng has Lesley Thomas to thank for that.

From The Dagger:

Thomas and her husband Scott, Dieng's host family while he played high school ball at Huntington Prep, spent the past five months working on the logistics of getting Momar Dieng and Seynabou Diagne to Louisville in time to spend Christmas with their son and attend Saturday's game against rival Kentucky.

Video: Duke punter boots 79-yard beauty

Duke's Will Monday booted one of the most beautiful punts you are ever likely to see during the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati on Thursday night.

With the Blue Devils pinned at their own 19-yard line, the freshman punter proceeded to uncork a booming 79-yard kick, which defied logic by straddling the right sideline before finally coming to a halt at Cincy's 2-yard line. Amazing.

Unfortunately, Monday's miraculous punt wasn't enough to propel Duke to victory. Cincinnati took the game, 48-34.

Teenage girl not shaving legs until NHL lockout has ended

The NHL lockout has become a hairy situation in more ways than one. The league is losing money hand-over-fist while players are having to make due without receiving their salaries, as well.

However, the ones suffering the most from all of this has to be the fans. One female fan in particular has even reverted to not shaving her legs in an act of protest until the situation is resolved. Her name is Maggie Wagner.

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Wagner, 17, is a Pittsburgh Penguins fan from Xenia, Ohio. When the lockout seemed inevitable back in September, she started to wonder what small personal protest she could offer against the NHL shutting its doors. So on 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15, Wagner vowed not to shave her legs until the players and owners cut a deal.

Premier League referee drawing ire of fans over pregame photo

Silly: Chris Foy (centre) sticks his tongue out before kick-off (Picture: BPI)

Queens Park fans were not amused by the actions of Premier League referee Chris Foy on Wednesday.

Not only did Foy allow West Brom's winning goal to stand in a 2-1 defeat, Foy also pretty much photobombed this picture prior to the pivotal match. As you may imagine, this has many QPR fans questioning whether or not Foy took the game seriously.

"Another ref wanting to be centre of attention," wrote one fan on a message board.

"That proves it. The referee for this particular match was a muppet," wrote another.

Foy has been officiating in the league since 2001.

Via Metro.

Los Angeles-area prep baseball team under investigation for toilet papering houses


A Los Angeles-area high school is dealing with a toilet paper controversy involving its baseball team.

Granada Hills Charter High School, one of the top baseball programs in the district and alma mater of John Elway and Ryan Braun, is at their wits end over alleged incidents of residential toilet papering. An LAPD detective was even assigned to the case and recently held a meeting with parents, players and coaches to discuss the issue.

One parent resorted to using a paintball gun against the suspects after receiving a warning that their house may fall victim to the barrage of TP.

"We're trying to stop it," Webb said.

Head coach Steve Thompson claims that he "was not aware of what's happening."

Perhaps his players are just keeping their throwing arms in shape in preparation for the spring? Or perhaps they are all just destined to be interior exterior designers one day?

Via Off the Bench.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Video: Darren Collison nails off-balance, buzzer-beating shot to send game into OT

On Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks almost literally snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Down by three points with just 2.2 seconds to go, Dallas needed this miraculous shot by Darren Collison just to force overtime. Collison somehow managed to sink the prayer despite the Mavs completely botching the inbound pass. It is a mystery how he was able to stay behind the arc while launching the off-balance shot.

As fate would have it though, the host Thunder went on to deliver a heart-crushing defeat in overtime, 111-105.

Collison paced the Mavs with a team-high 32 points in the losing effort.

Kevin Durant poured in a game-high as OKC improved to 22-6 on the year.

Mario Williams donates truck to military family in need

NFL Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams has given plenty of pain to quarterbacks over his pro career (63.5 lifetime sacks), but now the 27-year old is giving back to the state which he grew up in. That is because Williams has decided to donate a vehicle to a North Carolina family in need.

From The Daily News:

Sgt. Justin Hunter and his wife Staff Sgt Cherie Hunter, both Marine veterans, will celebrate a random act of kindness today when they travel to Garner to pick up the title and keys a 2009 Ford F-250 pick-up.

The Hunters have never met Williams but said they will benefit greatly from his generosity.

Their current vehicle, a 1999 Sonoma, recently left Cherie stranded at a rest stop along a highway while she was en route to culinary classes. Cherie is enrolled at the Culinary Art Institute program in Durham.

Video: Wiener dog race kicks off Holiday Bowl festivities

How does one kick off an event as great as a game named the "Holiday Bowl"? By having a race featuring wiener dogs, of course.

Pre-game festivities for the Holiday Bowl began with the 2012 Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals, which pitted nine of the fastest dachshunds against each other. It goes without saying, but the race had everyone on the edge of their proverbial seat.

However, the main attraction is set to take place Thursday night at Qualcomm Stadium between UCLA and Baylor. This race will be a tough act to follow.

Via NBC San Diego.

Video: Northern Illinois unveils new uniforms for Orange Bowl

Northern Illinois will become the first team from the Mid American Conference to play in a Bowl Championship Series game when they collide with Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1. And they will be doing so with a brand new look.

As you can see, the players are absolutely pumped about the new threads.

Via Football Scoop.

Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott is one of the most prolific water users in Texas

Water in the state of Texas is about as precious as space is to the city of New York. The citizens are often advised to ration water resources to help prevent any shortages from occurring. So, as you can imagine the locals take their H2O consumption pretty seriously.

Hence the justification for the city of San Antonio publishing a list of the top 100 residential water users. Think of it as a way to public ally humiliate those who can't seem to remember to shut their faucets off. Well, wouldn't you know it that one of the city's biggest sports figures came in ranked second on the dubious list.

He is none other than former Spurs player and current Spurs commentator Sean Elliott.

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Video: Dwight Howard ejected after hard foul

Dwight Howard isn't particularly known for being a dirty player, but he definitely committed a dirty play last night against Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried.

The Los Angeles Lakers center received a flagrant foul and an ejection after giving Faried a hard shove as Faried was driving toward the basket. The officials gathered and watched the replay before deciding to toss Howard out of the contest. And rightfully so.

Denver went on to win, 126-114, as Howard finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Photo: Braves set to wear atrocious batting practice hats next year

Each of Major League Baseball's 30 teams are set to unveil new batting practice caps for 2013. Most of the lids will feature new designs, while others will stick to more traditional looks. The Atlanta Braves are one of those teams who will be scrapping tradition in favor of a mascot-inspired logo. Their new design features a screaming Indian instead of the cursive "A" logo. And it is by all means hideous.
Paul Lukas of Uni Watch, a site dedicated to athletic aesthetics, was so disgusted with the appropriation of Native American imagery used here that he recently gave the hat an "F" when grading out the caps for all 30 teams. No other club received a failing grade from Lukas.

Aside from the fact that the hat design is atrocious, some may even find it offensive. Lukas is among a growing consensus who believes Native American imagery in sports should be done away with altogether. This cap certainly won't help that cause.

Video: Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas drills 45 of 50 three-pointers in backyard

Nik Stauskas is a sharpshooting freshman on the Michigan Wolverines basketball team. On Christmas Eve, the Canadian native spent time working on his shot in the backyard by attempting to nail 45 out of 50 3-point shot attempts. Amazingly, he succeeded. If you don't believe me than watch the video for yourself.

The 6-foot-6 guard is averaging 13.4 PPG and is shooting a whopping 55.7% (34-61) from beyond the arc this season for the undefeated Wolverines (12-0). He looks destined to become a household name around the country March rolls around.

Video: Western Kentucky interim coach delivers epic pregame speech

On Wednesday, Western Kentucky interim football coach Lance Guidry delivered quite a pep talk prior to his team's game versus Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl. Guidry referenced the fact that the Hilltoppers were denied a bowl game in 2011 despite winning seven out of their last eight games and finishing the season 7-5. They also finished the 2012 regular season with a 7-5 mark, but this time they couldn't be denied their first trip to a bowl game since becoming a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Guidry is filling in after former head coach Willie Taggart bolted to take the same position at South Florida. Former Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino has already been named the program's permanent replacement, however, did not coach the bowl game.
Guidry's rousing rant was great, but it wasn't enough to help the 'Tops overcome the Chippewas as they fell 24-21.

Apparently, Guidry has a knack for these sort of things as evidenced by his pregame speech at Miami (Oh) before the Bowl in 2011.

Video: Knicks win on amazing buzzer beater by J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith nailed an insane, buzzer-beating, off-balance shot to lift the New York Knicks past the Phoenix Suns, 99-97, on Wednesday night. Check it out for yourself.

Smith took the inbound pass and then proceeded to chuck up what appeared to be a prayer initially, but the ball ended up tickling the nylon. It's definitely a video clip worth watching multiple times.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Video: Mo Harkless throws down tomahawk jam against Hornets

The New Orleans Hornets won the proverbial bout with the Orlando Magic by a tally of 97-94 on Wednesday night. However, that isn't to say that the Magic didn't get any good punches in.

Seen here is Orlando guard Mo Harkless ripping past Hornets rookie Anthony Davis on a fast break and then proceeding to throw down a powerful one-handed dunk on Robin Lopez.

This is a play destined for SportsCenter.

Via Bleacher Report.

Retired NHLers arrested after attack in fast food drive-thru lane

Hockey has somehow managed to stay in the headlines this winter despite being engaged in a lockout. But those headlines have mostly been negative. Well, unfortunately so is this one.

A pair of retired NHL players were reportedly arrested last Friday after they allegedly attacked a man, who was upset at them for cutting in front of his vehicle while waiting in a fast-food drive-through lane.

More from Laguna Beach Independent:

Jean Francois Jomphe, 39, of Aliso Viejo, a former Anaheim Ducks player, was arrested for misdemeanor battery and vandalism, while Richard Anthony Costello, 49, of Dana Point, a member of the ’84 U.S. Olympic team who later played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, was arrested for suspicion of assault, said Capt. Jason Kravetz, adding that details of the confrontation are unclear as the report is incomplete.

Photo: Young girl sends get well card to Arian Foster

An adorable little girl named Macie sent Houston Texans running back Arian Foster a get well card after Foster left Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with an irregular heart beat. Aside from being thoughtful and caring, Macie apparently has magical healing powers.

According to the Houston Chronicle, a cardiologist has ruled Foster well enough to play this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Foster tweeted a word of thanks to Macie on Twitter.

Via SportsGrid.

Photo: Lane Kiffin wears giant sombrero

Lane Kiffin Wearing A Sombrero? Lane Kiffin Wearing A Sombrero.

USC head coach Lane Kiffin appears to be getting in the mood for the Sun Bowl. On Wednesday, his Trojans arrived in El Paso, Tex. for their game against Georgia Tech on New Year's Eve, and take a look at what the colorful coach was wearing.
Very festive.
Via Deadspin.

Video: Finland hockey player suffers ugly ankle injury

Watch at your own risk, folks.

Finland's Miro Aaltonen suffered a gut-wrenching injury during the first day of the world junior championship on Wednesday. His unfortunate injury came during the third period when he gets tangled up with Latvia's Pauls Zvirbulis. The end result is a broken ankle accompanied with what one can only assume as major pain.

The only silver lining for Finland is that they went on to win the game, 5-1. However, they will have to continue on in the tournament without Aaltonen, who managed to score a pair of goals in this contest before succumbing to injury.

Via Buzzing the Net.

Photo: Rory Mcllroy and Caroline Wozniacki wear 'Geek' and 'Nerd' shirts

Rory Mcllory and Caroline Wozniacki may be the most athletic couple in all of the universe. Mcllory is the No. 1 golfer in the world and Wozniacki is not too far removed from being the world's top-ranked tennis player herself. So, in an effort to bring down their perception of athletic prowess they donned shirts reading "GEEK" and "NERD" for Christmas.

I don't think they are fooling anyone with these self-proclaimed tops, but it is cool to see the star athletes having some fun with their celebrity status.

The sporting duo have been reportedly dating since the summer of 2011.

Via @carowozniacki.

Report: Chad Johnson has contacted FBI in regards to sex tape leak

Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson continues to find himself in headlines for all of the wrong reasons.

First, the 34-year old botched his marriage to Evelyn Lozada after being arrested and charged with domestic assault back in August. That spat was sparked over suspicions of infidelity and ultimately led to him being cut by the Miami Dolphins. Johnson's latest issue involves a leaked sex tape and now he appears to be scrambling to save face.

From Sports Illustrated:

Chad Johnson has contacted the FBI regarding a leaked sex tape that features the former NFL wide receiver, reports Johnson has reportedly asked the FBI to hunt down the person that leaked the video, and asked his lawyer to put together a cease-and-desist letter to remove the footage from the internet.

Former NBAer Kenyon Martin selling home for $5 million

It appears as though former NBA forward Kenyon Martin is in need of some cash. This is an assumption based on the fact that the 34-year old is currently employed and he is attempting to sell his Texas mansion for $5 million.

The 15,000-square foot home resides on 8.4 acres in a Dalworthington suburban neighborhood. It comes with seven bathrooms, six fireplaces, a nine-car garage, and five bedrooms. You read that right, folks. Martin's pad boasts more fireplaces than it does rooms to sleep in.

Despite the lack of places to lay one's head, the home also includes a massive in-ground swimming pool bordered by dolphin fountains, a pair of water slides, a four-lane bowling alley, and a pecan orchard. Yes, a pecan orchard. Who knows to what extent that is?

Martin, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2000 out of Cincinnati, most recently played in the league as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2011-12 campaign. He appeared in 42 games and averaged 5.2 PPG and 4.3 RPG. He has yet to latch onto an NBA roster this season, though.

Martin is set to turn 35 on Dec. 30.

Via USA Today.

Video: Kevin Durant stars in new Sprint commercial

Sprint has enlisted the help of NBA superstar Kevin Durant to send a simple message about its unlimited data plan: Watch NBA basketball all night long on your phone and you will magically turn into one of the NBA's elite players by morning.

In this commercial, Durant poses as a suburban dad who wakes up to find his pajamas fitting a little too snug, and then strolls into the kitchen to his surprised son and wife. That's when Sprint throws in a little sexual innuendo to spice up viewer interest. Then all the sudden the father's new found height (Durant) is put to use by way of cleaning gutters.

Is everything clear? Yeah, about as clear as mud.

Bottom line: Get Sprint's unlimited plan so that you can become like Kevin Durant.

Photo: R.A. Dickey receives Star Wars onesie for Christmas

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Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey is now a proud owner of a new Star Wars onesie. The recently traded knuckleballer tweeted out this picture on Christmas with the accompanying caption: "Maybe my favorite gift all year. Thank you Lucas Film."

Chalk up another troop for the good side, folks. The Blue Jays appear to be landing a winner.

Via Twitter.

Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov reveals t-shirt message after scoring a goal

"Keep calm and pass me the ball."

This is precisely what the undershirt of Dimitar Berbatov said after the Fulham star connected on an early goal against Soutampton. Berbatov received a yellow card for his shenanigan.

However, his goal proved to be the game-winner as Fulham blanked Southampton 1-0.

Did his written words warrant a card, in your opinion?

Via Big Lead.

Spanish futbol team to use names of fans on shirt intead of sponsor

Real Sociedad of the La Liga has been having difficulty luring in sponsors these days. So, to help overcome such an obstacle they have decided to get a little creative instead.

The club is planning to conduct a random lottery with which they will choose 22 lucky fans out of their 25,000 member pool. Those 22 fans will then each get their respective name on the front of a player's jersey. Pretty interesting, eh?

Real Sociedad won't gain any revenue from the move, but they are hoping to build some good equity with their fan base. They are also hoping that the gesture will drive more locals to sign up as members in an effort to gain fame.

Via Off the Post.

Video: Dirk Nowitzki plays one-on-one with young boy at hospital

Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki recently played one-one-one against a young boy at a Dallas-area hospital. Here is a video clip from that aforementioned occurrence to serve as proof.

Seen here is the 7-foot superstar and Will Kolassa engaging in a little impromptu basketball affair on a miniature goal. As you can see, Will nails the first bucket he attempts. It isn't everyday a kid can say he scored on a future NBA Hall of Famer. But this sharpshooting boy can.

Via SportsGrid.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Video: NBA stars sing 'Jingle Bells'

Here's a video of NBA stars James Harden, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin singing a riveting rendition of "Jingle Bells". I'm sure each of them are super excited to be working, err playing, on Christmas. If not, the NBA did their did best in trying to convince us that they are.

Photo: Johnny Manziel plays golf with The Jonas Brothers

Texas A&M signal caller Johnny Manziel has been in the headlines a lot lately, but it hasn't been because of football. No, the latest update on the Aggies quarterback is that he apparently played a round of golf with The Jonas Brothers on Christmas Eve. He even tweeted out this photo to serve as proof.

Manziel became the first freshman in college football history to win the Heisman Award earlier this month.

His No. 9 Texas A&M (10-2) squad is slated to clash with No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2) in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.

Via SportsGrid.

Virginia Tech defensive back takes kids on Best Buy shopping spree

Virginia Tech Cornerback Antone Exum Took Some Random Kids At Best Buy On A $470 Shopping Spree

Virginia Tech junior cornerback Antone Exum played the role of Santa Claus on Monday.

Exum's Hokies are all set to compete in Friday's Russell Athletic Bowl against Rutgers and part of the player experience includes receiving a Best Buy gift card. The NCAA allows bowl participants to accept gifts up to $550 in value, and Exum chose to generously spend the $470 given to him on three kids instead.

Exum posted the above photo along with the following tweet on Twitter with which further details the act of kindness:

Monday, December 24, 2012

Video: Brazilian teenager shreds waves despite being blind

Here is an inspiring video clip of 19-year old Derek Rabelo. Derek was blinded by glaucoma when he was only one-year old, but he hasn't let his disability limit him.

Watch the Brazilian's incredible story as he makes a trip to Hawaii to surf some of the most vicious waves in the world. Impossible is nothing.

Video: Andrew McCutchen does Tom Cruise impressions

Many are aware of the fact that "Jack Reacher" starring Tom Cruise opened up at movie theaters all across the nation this week. But what some may not know is the flick was shot entirely on location in Pittsburgh.

So to help celebrate, Major League Baseball asked Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutchen to do some Tom Cruise impressions. McCutchen not only agreed to do it, but he went all out impersonating Cruise's roles in movies such as "Jerry Maguire", "Top Gun", and Cocktail".

Marvelous, simply marvelous.

Via CBS Sports.

Ray Allen is renting a Miami beachfront home for $50,000 a month

Take a gander at some photos of Ray Allen's new beachfront pad. The Miami Heat guard has opted to rent the private home for a tidy $50,000 a month instead of paying the asking price of $13.9 million.

The former Celtics guard currently has his house in Massachusetts up for sale for $5.2 million. Needless to say, his Coral Gables residence offers far less need for outerwear and far less need for a snow shovel.

His 11,533-square foot mansion comes fully equipped with 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a 4-car garage, an in-ground pool, and a Whirlpool spa, among other bells and whistles. Oh, and the 2-story home also boasts an elevator.

Yeah, I would say this is a pretty roomy crib for the 10-time All-Star.

More photos after the page break....

Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez sends stern message to departing coaches

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez had a clear message for outgoing football assistants on Saturday: Stay away from current recruits who are committed to the Badgers.

Most of the coaching staff will be following former Badgers head coach Bret Bielema, who take the same position with Arkansas, once Wisconsin concludes their Rose Bowl game against Stanford on Jan. 1. Only two of Bielema's assistants are being retained by newly hired head coach Gary Anderson.

Alvarez issued a stern warning to those coaches preparing to jump ship after the bowl game:

“I just told the coaches (Saturday), I wished them all well. I told them I appreciated all of the efforts they’ve given us,” Alvarez said. “I think they’ve been very professional.

“When it’s time to practice and meet for the Rose Bowl, I expect — and they’ve given us — their full attention. They’ve been good with the kids. On your free time, if you want to work with the other school you’re going to, that’s fine. I just asked them, ‘Don’t recruit the guys who are committed.’ ”

Photo: A Chiefs fan wants team to clean house

At 2-13, the Kansas City Chiefs are tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst mark of futility in the NFL. As you might imagine, that leaves fans with a long list of Christmas wishes. Here is one fan's list in particular which basically calls for the team to completely wipe the organization clean like an Etch A Sketch.
Duly noted.
Via Bleacher Report.

*It looks as though the team's poor play has even rubbed off on its fans. Notice any spelling errors in this picture?*

Video: Pete Carroll struts his stuff as Seahawks continue to surge

The Seattle Seahawks (10-5) are rolling right now and head coach Pete Carroll knows it.

His team wrapped up a playoff spot by crushing NFC West rival San Francisco, 42-13, on Sunday. That makes six victories in the past seven games for Seattle, who is averaging a whopping 50.0 points over its past three contests.

This is the strut of a coach that is feeling good about the way things are going. Walk it out, Pete.

Via SportsGrid.

Video: Santa-clad competitor splits trousers during Southampton relay race

Santa Claus made an early appearance during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Sunderland over the weekend. Unfortunately, the jolly fellow also split his pants.

Southampton hosts a relay race during halftime of every game and this game was no different.

The race began by a young boy tripping himself up in the first leg. Moments later, a Santa-clad competitor blew his chance at victory by missing a wide open goal at point-blank range. His opponent, also decked out in Santa gear, drilled home his first shot attempt and the rest as they say is history. Well, except for the part where the second Santa rips the backside of his pants in the process of netting the race-clinching goal.

A crowd of 31,000 was on hand to witness the spectacle.

Via Metro.

Hulk Hogan set to open new restaurant on New Year's Eve

Former wrestling star Hulk Hogan is trading in the ring for tables, silverware, and chairs.

According to Tampa Bay Online, Hogan is planning to open an indoor-waterfront restaurant and bar called "Hogan's Beach" at a Tampa-area hotel. The grand opening is slated for New Year's Eve.

The 20,000-square-foot eatery will feature outdoor entertainment, a mechanical shark ride, tiki bars, a giant video screen on the beach, a sushi bar, water sport rentals, and indoor and beachfront dance floors. Sounds like a party, right?

The menu is expected to include fresh seafood, beef, and poultry. I assume plenty of alcohol will be served as well.

The 59-year old opened another business venture, "Hogan's Beach Shop", on Clearwater Beach back in October.

Via TBO.

Photo: Green Bay Packers tight ends wear large pajamas

 Packers tight ends Christmas

The tight ends for the Green Bay Packers appear to be in the holiday spirit.

Seen here is Jermichael Finley, Tom Crabtree, Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams, Ryan Taylor and Brandon Bostick. Bostick was the one who shared the photo via Twitter.

The guys did a similar thing last year when they tweeted out a Christmas photo with all of them dressed in ugly sweaters. This year's photo is a tad bit cozier.


Tommy Kelly admits Raiders were looking to knock Cam Newton out of the game

Carolina upended Oakland on Sunday, 17-6, in what turned out to be a hard-fought contest. The Raiders offense sputtered because starting quarterback Carson Palmer was knocked out of the game in the first quarter following a crushing hit from behind by Panthers linebacker Greg Hardy. Hardy was flagged for leading with his helmet.

During a post-game interview, Raiders defensive lineman Tommy Kelly admitted that his team was trying to knock Carolina quarterback Cam Newton out of the game because of the incident in revenge.

"You take our guy out, we're going to go and try to take your guy out," Kelly said. "We're not out to hurt someone, but when that happens ..."

Coach Dennis Allen said Palmer was taken to the hospital after the game, but X-rays on his ribs were negative.

Earlier in the game, Newton appeared to kick Kelly as he got up from being sacked. Kelly was penalized for unnecessary roughness when he pushed back after the play.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Photo: Tony Siragusa sports ugly Christmas sweater

Current FOX Sports broadcaster and former NFL offensive lineman Tony Siragusa probably takes the cake for the ugliest Christmas sweater of the year award. If not, he is certainly among the leading candidates.

Seen here is Siragusa sporting an unsightly top during Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys. Ouch, my eyes.

Via The Big Lead.

Video: NFL free agent Spice Adams stars in hilarious Christmas-themed pitch

One can only imagine how stir crazy an NFL free agent can get while being unemployed.

Take 32-year old Anthony "Spice" Adams for example. The former Chicago Bear (2007-11) and San Francisco 49er (2003-06) has been out of work all season in 2012. And as you can see in the hilarious video above, Adams is clearly ready to get back to work.

This is by far the greatest, and most creative, sales pitch by a free agent I have ever seen. I really hope some team signs this guy. If not, I'm eagerly anticipating what kind of video Spice churns out for New Year's.

Via SportsGrid.

Video: Vikings star Jared Allen prepares for the end of the world

Well, it turns out the Mayans were wrong. The end of the world as we know it didn't occur on Dec. 21, 2012 like they thought. However, some folks prepared for doomsday just in case. One of those folks was Minnesota Vikings star Jared Allen.

Watch as Allen teams up with ESPN's Kenny Maybe to bring us a behind-the-scenes look at what Allen did to get ready. The Pro Bowler built himself a makeshift communication device, made sure he was stocked full of necessary food items, and even volunteered for a photo shoot to help create a 2013 calendar since the Mayans were too lazy to make one.

Fortunately, the whole ordeal turned out to be a huge myth. And now America can continue to watch the NFL on Sundays. Hallelujah.

Video: Manchester United player takes booted ball to the head from defender

We may have found our bush league play of the week and it comes from the world of futbol.
During a recent match between Manchester United and Swansea City, Swansea defender Ashley Williams drilled the ball directly into the back of Robin van Persie's dome after the United striker was fouled and hit the deck just outside of the box. Needless to say, van Persie didn't appreciate the blow to the head very much and proceeded to jump to his feet in outrage.
United boss Alex Ferguson had this to say after the game:
He could have been killed. I think the FA has got to look into it—irrespective of him getting a yellow card, he should be banned for a long time, because that was one of the most dangerous things I have seen on a football pitch in a long time. Absolutely deliberate.
The whistle had gone, the game stopped and he has done that right in front of the referee. He could really have killed the lad.

Video: Oklahoma State's Markel Brown converts 360 alley oop dunk

A regular alley oop is hard enough to execute. It requires impeccable timing, coordination, and of course the ability to sky above the rim. What Oklahoma State's Markel Brown did on Saturday certainly exceeded those expectations.

Seen here is Brown converting an alley oops while contorting his body 360 degrees in the process. Very nice indeed.

The Cowboys obliterated visiting Tennessee Tech, 78-42, to improve to 10-1 on the campaign.

Via Big Lead Sports.

South Dakota State pulls off upset after epic 1,200-mile road trip

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits upset the previously undefeated New Mexico Lobos for a huge victory in Albuquerque on Saturday, 70-65. But this wasn't just any normal road trip for South Dakota State. No, this one involved a lot of road. According to The Dagger, the Jackrabbits had one heck of a time simpy getting to the arena.

The morning after Wednesday night's discouraging 76-49 loss at Belmont, South Dakota State players awoke in their Nashville hotel at 4:30 a.m. and boarded a bus to the airport in hopes of boarding a flight to Albuquerque with a layover in Chicago. Snow and wind in Chicago cancelled that flight and the Jackrabbits could not find another one with sufficient seats for their entire party, so they chartered a bus and began a 1,200-mile drive to Albuquerque instead.

South Dakota State left Nashville at 2 p.m. EST, spent Thursday night at a hotel in Shawnee, Okla., and arrived Friday evening in Albuquerque in time to get through a quick hour-long practice. It was a 27-hour journey, yet it was clearly the Jackrabbits who appeared to have the fresher legs and greater will to win Saturday afternoon.

Video: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hammers down tomahawk jam

Denver Nuggets big man Kosta Koufos was posterized by Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Saturday.

Watch as Kidd-Gilchrist drives the lane and hammers down a one-handed dunk with authority at the expense of Koufos' pride.

Koufos would redeem himself, however, as the Nuggets went on to roll 110-88 thanks in large part to a season-high 16 points from the 23-year old.

LeBron James says he won't ever compete in slam dunk contest

LeBron James - New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

NBA fans have been clamoring for Miami Heat superstar LeBron James to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest for years now. Unfortunately, the reigning MVP ended any hopes of that on Saturday when asked during a post-game interview if he would ever consider competing.

“No," said James to Fox Sports Florida. “It’s over with. I’m getting too old. It’s a taxing season. A lot of stars play a lot of the bulk of the minutes. So they got to protect their body and understand that they got to do what’s best for them. There were times when I wanted to do it. But I came into All-Star Weekend a few times banged up and I didn’t want to risk further injury.”

His comments, which came immediately following the Heat's 105-89 victory over the visiting Utah Jazz, will undoubtedly be a buzz kill to many basketball enthusiasts who once hoped to see him compete in the annual dunkfest. The 27-year old is widely considered one of the premier dunkers in the modern era.

For the record, the Slam Dunk Contest is slated to take place during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston on Feb. 16. Last year's crown went to Jazz forward Jeremy Evans.

Via Sports Illustrated.

ESPN announcer makes questionable remark regarding Kansas State player's ethnicity

ESPN announcer Mitch Holthus made some questionable remarks toward Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez on Saturday. The comments came midway through the second half of Kansas State's 67-61 upset victory over No. 8 Florida.

Upon Rodriguez picking up his third foul, Holthus made a comment regarding Rodriguez's "Puerto Rican temper", which has many folks crying foul that it was meant to be an ethnic slur. Fellow broadcaster Fran Franschilla remained quiet in response to Holthus' remark. That was probably a good decision on Franschilla's part.

The ethnic reference in question comes near the end of the video clip. See for yourself and determine whether or not you believe Holthus meant any ill will by it.
This is isn't the first time that Rodriguez has had to deal with insensitive remarks. He was the subject of "where is your green card" chants from the Southern Miss band last season.

Via Deadspin.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Thieves steal thousands of dollars worth of coins from home of Hall of Fame catcher

The home of retired MLB catcher Carlton Fisk was reportedly burglarized on Friday. As you may imagine, his humble abode boasts many valuable and coveted items including memorabilia, electronics, jewelry, and whatever else a professional athlete keeps in his home. However, despite all of those tempting items to steal, the burglars only opted to swipe one thing in particular.

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

The Manatee County home of Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton "Pudge" Fisk was burglarized and thousands of dollars in collectible coins stolen, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

A pest control service notified deputies Thursday that the unoccupied house on 63rd Avenue East, a secluded area east of Bradenton surrounded by trees, had been broken into.

"All they took was the coins, there were other things that they didn't take that were of value," said sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow. The silver coins were worth thousands of dollars; no baseball memorabilia or other valuable items in the home were taken.

Since no other items were stolen, the Sheriff's Office is considering that the house was not a "random" target, but the burglar knew the coins were there.

Terrell Owens sells Georgia home for way less than he asked for

Terrell Owens continues to liquidate the remaining assets he has after selling his home in Georgia.

According to TMZ, Owens parted ways with his crib for well under the asking price. The unemployed NFL receiver originally listed the house for $1.5 million two years ago, but settled for just $694,000. Owens has owned the home since 2000.

The 7,694-square-foot-pad includes six bedrooms, eight baths, home theater, basketball court, gym, recreational rooms, and a giant swimming pool, among other amenities.

The 39-year old has previously already sold off condos in Dallas, Miami, and Georgia, as well.

A 6-time Pro Bowler and owner of 1,078 career grabs and 15,934 receiving yards, Owens has been out of a job since the Seattle Seahawks released him in August.

Via TMZ.

Photo: Xavier pays tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School

The Xavier men's basketball team is auctioning off their jerseys worn during the Mustketeers' bout against Wofford on Saturday. The uniforms, which pay tribute to Newtown, Conn. and Sandy Hook Elementary School, will be available to online bidders with all proceeds going to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

The classy gesture follows in the footsteps of the Providence men's basketball team, who also paid tribute to the Connecticut community during their game earlier this week.

Via CBS Sports.