Archive for May, 2016

Art Briles

A Comprehensive Timeline of Scandal, Cover-Ups and Failure at Baylor

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By: | May 28, 2016 11:17 am

More than 10 years ago, Baylor — a small, private Baptist university in the middle of Texas — found itself at the epicenter of scandal when one basketball player murdered a teammate.

This involved guns, drugs, lies, a coach covering up details, and ultimately, the NCAA sanctioning the Bears with some of the harshest penalties of that time.

Fast-forward to this week when Baylor announced it would suspend with the intention of firing it’s $6 million, ultra-successful head football coach Art Briles in the wake of an investigation of countless sexual assaults involving players in his program.

For years, numerous players at Baylor have been accused of sexually assaulting women while their team was winning games and becoming not just a powerhouse in the Big 12, but a consistent contender for the College Football More >

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In Another Step Toward History, Steph Curry Savors the Moment

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J.A. Adande | ESPN Senior Writer | 3:13 AM CT

OAKLAND, Calif. — The fascinating thing about this NBA Finals rematch is that while this year’s is a healthier, stronger version of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s also a better Golden State Warriors team than we’ve ever seen before.

This team is better than the one that beat the Cavaliers for the championship last year, better than the one that won a record-setting 73rd game in April. The Warriors emerged more confident and resilient than ever after overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference finals against an Oklahoma City Thunderteam that seemed to be finally maximizing its potential.

Oh, these Warriors are smarter too.

Evidence of their increased savviness could be found cradled in the arms ofStephen Curry‘s brother, Seth, as he walked through the Oracle Arena hallways not long after the Warriors finished off the Thunder More >

Burke Waldron

A 92-year-old WWII vet threw our favorite Memorial Day first pitch

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Big League Stew

On Memorial Day, Major League Baseball shows its appreciation for the country and its veterans. This season, teams wore camouflage jerseys and caps, and a number of current and former military personnel threw out first pitches. 

While a number of our veterans acquitted themselves well when it comes to the national pastime, our favorite Memorial Day first pitch came courtesy of Burke Waldron. Waldron, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, threw out the first pitch prior to Sunday’s Seattle Mariners game.

As the Mariners announced just prior to Waldron taking the field, the 92-year-old navy veteran began his military service in 1943. He served at Pearl Harbor for some time, and retired from the military in 1946 as a petty officer, 2nd class.

Waldron is apparently 92 years old, but he could have More >

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Stephen Curry Becomes the NBA’s First Unanimous MVP Winner

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By  | May 10, 2016 | 1:28p

Stephen Curry has officially earned his second consecutive MVP award following a historic campaign that saw his Golden State Warriors win an NBA record 73 games. In addition, he became the first unanimous winner in the league’s 61-year history, earning all 131 first-place votes.

Kawhi Leonard edged LeBron James for second place on the list. Russell Westbrook finished fourth and Kevin Durant was fifth.

Usually, even the most obvious MVP winners don’t earn a unanimous honor because there are a few contrarians that vote for someone else. In 2013, a single writer picked Carmelo Anthony over LeBron James for the honor, robbing James of a unanimous victory.

That did not happen this year, though. Instead, six different players earned second-place votes.

Curry followed up his More >

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Rougned Odor Punches Jose Bautista in Face to Start Brawl

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ESPN.com news services | 5:08 AM ET

ARLINGTON, Texas — A feud simmering since Jose Bautista‘s bat flip in last year’s American League Division Series boiled over into a brawl in the final game of the season between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers.

Bautista and Texas second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fistfight behind the bag after a hard slide by the Toronto slugger at Odor’s legs in the midst of a double play in the top of the eighth inning. Players from both teams rushed the field, and Odor shoved Bautista then landed a punch to his face.

“I was pretty surprised,” Bautista said. “I mean, obviously, that’s the only reason that he got me, and he got me pretty good, so I have to give him that. It takes a little bit bigger man to knock me down.”

Bautista had More >

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