Is the UFC Purposely Avoiding Potentially Bloody Fights on FOX?

Let's tell it like it is: the UFC is avoiding potentially bloody fights on FOX.

Sure, the UFC is the most popular brand of Mixed Martial Arts in the world, and they're the only MMA organization that has a major network deal as it stands right now, but they are avoiding fights that might be potentially bloody fights.

There's nothing really wrong with avoiding those types of fights, because a major MMA card always has the capability to be a success without a lot of bloodshed or a seriously grotesque injury.

Actually, it might be the blood and the injuries that could turn people away from the sport, but in an era where MMA is becomingly gradually accepted and embraced by many parts of the world, why would it be necessary to avoid those fights?

Is it the mere possibility of a brutal, bloody battle that incites the potential of FOX pulling the plug on the deal?

Sure, it's reasonable to put two big names on free TV, even if both are wrestlers or BJJ aces who may or may not deliver on an exciting fight. If you look at the UFC on FOX 2 card, there were quite a few wrestlers on that card, though the ones on the FUEL TV/Fox Deportes card arguably put on a show before the whole world got to see the action on FOX.

Still, FOX knew what they were getting when they signed their end of the deal with the UFC.

They should've known that the sport that the UFC promotes incorporates a number of different martial arts, and that sometimes the fights can be brutal at times for two or more of the fighters featured on a card.

That's just how MMA works. Sometimes the fights are slow enough to resemble collegiate wrestling matches, sometimes the fights are technical "chess match" caliber affairs, sometimes the fights are brawls and sometimes they are fast-paced bouts that see two fighters come out swinging and wind up going the distance while showcasing every aspect of the art of combat in the process.

If they bleed, they bleed, and while it may turn some people away, others might appreciate that "warrior's spirit" that expresses itself through the competitive drives and the art form of the in-cage action that the fans get to witness live.

Sure, maybe a fight card full of fights guaranteed to be like Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung I is probably the opposite of the way to go, but this is what FOX signed up for.

If they didn't want their viewers to see blood, violence and the living masterpiece of competition in the form of actively-regulated mixed martial arts competition, why would they allow the UFC on their network?

The UFC also knows that when they signed up to do seven years with their programming and free-TV event schedule on FOX and their family of television networks, they were not being asked to give the fans anything that they would not give the fans on a pay-per-view event, sans vulgarities.

The deal is still on and the UFC has not changed their product. The only changes to the product is that Jon Anik will generally handle the FX and FUEL TV cards, while there will be a panel of experts comprised of two fighters and Curt Menefee for FOX shows that lead us into the normal commentary with Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg.

Oh, and the robots are there too. I've always liked robots, but Real Steel makes those bots look surreal.

Anyways, the kid gloves were cool when the UFC first eased into this deal, but the most successful free nights of fights after UFC on FOX 1, as far as non-PPV-related events are concerned, were the UFC debuts on FX and FUEL TV/Fox Deportes.

Now that we're into this deal, it's time to take the kid gloves off and try to not be scared if a little bit of blood or if one swelling eye shows up on the screen with the whole world watching on FOX.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1078768-is-the-ufc-purposely-avoiding-potentially-bloody-fights-on-fox

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Colorado Avalanche Roster Updates

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No. 2 Bellarmine Downs No. 8 Northern Kentucky in Regular-Season D-II Finale

The No. 2 nationally ranked Division II Bellarmine University Knights traveled to the Bank of Kentucky Center and defeated the No. 8 Northern Kentucky University Norse on their home court, 86-75.

It was senior night for the Norse so guards Jon Van Hoose and Tony Rack, as well as center DeAndre Nealy and manager Danny Boehmker were honored in front of a crowd of 5,249.

"It's been a great four years and I just have to thank coach for the opportunity," Van Hoose said.

The Knights jumped out to a lead just 15 seconds into the game, with a good jumper from Keisten Jones. Jones ended the game with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists.

NKU answered with a dunk by DeAndre Nealy, tying up the game. Van Hoose gave NKU its only lead of the game, making one of two free throws.

Nealy and Van Hoose led the team in total points, each scoring 19. Van Hoose shot 15 of those from behind the arc.

Eshaunte "Bear" Jones wasn't far behind, with 18 total points. Jones also led the Norse in rebounds, with five. Jones started in place of an injured Rack.

Nealy was also successful defensively, getting three rebounds and one block. However, it wasn't enough to stop the consistent shooting from the Knights.

"We just weren't able to execute tonight, that's the bottom line," Van Hoose said.

The Norse couldn't find a solution to forward Luke Sprague.

Sprague led Bellarmine in total points, with 28. Sprague also notched four rebounds for the defending national champion Knights.

Guard Chris Dowe played a big part in shutting down the Norse, with seven blocks, six of which came defensively. 

"They played well, as a team," head coach Dave Bezold said.

Heading into next week's Scheels GLVC Men's Basketball Tournament, the Knights improved to 24-2 overall and 16-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Norse are now 21-5 overall and 13-5 in the GLVC. Despite the loss, NKU has high hopes for its chances next week.

"We have all of the pieces to beat them and win the conference," Van Hoose said.

"We'll have to play a little better and see if we can knock 'em off," Bezold said.

Monica Fritsch is a correspondent for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.

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Yorvit Torrealba OPS Over/Under Poll

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Daily Cupcakes- February 23rd, 2012

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Former Illini, NBA Draft bust Jereme Richmond finds “professional” team

The only McDonald’s All-American to be recruited by Bruce Weber, and the 2010 state of Illinois Mr. Basketball Jereme Richmond has finally found a place to play basketball again, in the Premier League. No, not that Premier League, the world’s finest soccer association in England. The ex-Illini forward will play for the Sauk Valley Predators [...]

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Ryan Braun Wins Appeal, Has Performance Enhancing Drug Suspension Overturned

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According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers had his 50-game suspension overturned by an arbitrator today. While this is a clear victory for Braun and the players' association, it appears that Braun's appeal was based on how the test was handled rather than the results.

Someone familiar with the decision said the appeal went Braun's way not so much on contesting the result of the test but the testing process itself. And it was arbitrator Shyam Das who decided to rule in favor on that technicality, making it a 2-1 decision by the three-man panel.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote (via Twitter) that he heard that Braun's defense was that the "sample wasn't shipped in timely fashion to lab."

Braun, the reigning National League MVP, had all along maintained his innocence, saying in December “I am completely innocent. This is B.S.” However, according to Haudricourt, Braun's test had a testosterone level that was "twice as high as any previously recorded."

While Braun won't miss any games, you can be sure this story is far from over. If anything, it is just getting warmed up.

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Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Ben Roethlisberger Restructures Contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers were projected to be around $30 million over the estimated $124 million 2012 salary cap just two weeks ago.

Now, with the successful restructuring of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's contract, the team has shaved down $29.37 million of that in just 14 days' time.

Roethlisberger's restructure has saved the team around $8 million, according to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The team has several options to get comfortably under the cap, including restructuring linebacker James Harrison's contract, or cutting guard Chris Kemoeatu, receiver Hines Ward or linebackers James Farrior and Larry Foote.

The Steelers might not have to cut any of these players to get under the cap, it's likely that one or more of them will become financial collateral damage while the team continues to pursue a new deal with wide receiver Mike Wallace, who becomes a restricted free agent in March.

To franchise Wallace would cost the Steelers over $9 million, and signing him to a long-term deal could cost the team significantly less in 2012, depending on how it is structured.

Right now, cap zero is the Steelers' most pressing financial situation, and they're extremely close to accomplishing it. Next is getting under the cap enough to pay their 2012 rookie class and then having enough money to make a worthwhile offer to Wallace.

It seemed nearly impossible two weeks ago for the Steelers to get under the cap. Now that they're nearly there, the rest of their offseason goals seem less out of reach.


Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1078184-pittsburgh-steelers-qb-ben-roethlisberger-restructures-contract

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Thursday Morning Fly By: Nothing Says 'Exciting Hockey' Like Games Vs. The Oilers

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Kings at Avalanche, Live Thread

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The 20 Players With The Biggest Chip On Their Shoulder Heading Into This MLB Season

red soxThis post originally appeared at Bleacher Report. 

Every year there are players who go into season-long slumps.

Nobody can explain why, especially the player. It, for some reason, just seems to happen.

Whether it's an injury that derailed an All-Star-type season, a new team where the player underperformed or a season when things went wrong from the first day, there are a lot of MLB players who have a chip on their shoulder entering the 2012 season.

Here's a look at the top-20 players who will be playing with a chip on their shoulder.

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NHL Trade Rumors: Washington Capitals Must Sell Assets

After humiliating back-to-back losses to the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators, it is time for the Capitals to accept the grim reality that they are simply not going to be in playoff contention this year.

The Capitals, who were preseason favorites to run away with the Southeast Division and challenge Boston for the Eastern Conference title, find themselves in unfamiliar territory, out of a playoff spot and sliding toward the bottom in February. 

As the trade deadline approaches, most figured the Caps to be buyers, adding a piece here or there that would put them over the top, or at least result in a decent playoff run, not ending in a 1st- or 2nd-round exit.

Instead, a sell-off of assets is just what the doctor ordered for this ailing and nearly dead team. This will not sit well with owner Ted Leonsis and will most likely end the dreadful reign of General Manager George McPhee. 

When McPhee took over in 1997, he caught lightning in a bottle, creating a Caps team that made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals before being swept by the Detroit Red Wings. Since then, McPhee has made some dreadful moves, including the Jaromir Jagr signing that led to a fire sale.

The rebuilding of the Caps began the Alex Ovechkin era but failed to produce a team that was capable of getting past the 2nd round of the playoffs. 


Then there was the damaging loss of star center Nicklas Backstrom, who suffered a vicious concussion at the hands of Rene Bourque. Risking further injury by playing Backstrom before he is 100-percent healed is foolhardy. Backstrom was the Caps' best player. The team just hasn't been the same without him.

In a past article I explored how many veterans could be available at the deadline should the Caps falter in the weeks before February 27. 

Notable unrestricted free agents who could bolt from DC in the summer are starting net-minder Tomas Vokoun, All-Star defenseman Dennis Wideman and former Caps' captain Jeff Halpern. 

In the best interest of the Capitals' near and immediate future, they must get a return on players they once thought to be missing pieces to a Stanley Cup winner and impending UFAs. 

Ultimately, the decision will rest with Leonsis, as a deadline sell-off by McPhee would be signing his own death warrant. The GM would openly be saying that he acquired the wrong players and that he has once again failed to build a team that can win it all. 

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1077056-caps-must-throw-in-the-towel-and-sell-off-assets-as-trade-deadline-approaches

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Hemsky Reportedly Wants A 4-5 Year Deal

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Tambellini has talked to Hemsky’s agent, Jiri Crha, and knows what it’ll cost to bring him back, but the 28-year-old Hemsky seems to want his next contract to be over four or five years —_something the Oilers aren’t willing to offer.

So it appears the oft-injured Hemsky will likely have a new address in the coming days….

At any rate, the Oilers would likely be willing to give Hemsky another two years at $5 million, but not the four or five years the winger desires.

“It’s important for everybody . . . it’s your life,” Hemsky said last week. “The security of a long-term deal, that’s the best option. I’ve been here for 10 years and have worked hard to become (an UFA).”

Should they go the trade route, the Oilers are likely expecting a first-rounder and a young defenceman. The problem is the going rate for a rental player based on the recent trades of Pavel Kubina, Nicklas Grossman and Dominic Moore is a second-round draft pick and a prospect or another pick.

Edmonton has received calls on Hemsky from the Los Angeles Kings and possibly the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins.


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Sophie Horn is the new Natalie Gulbis: Hottest Golfer Alive

As hot as Natalie Gulbis is, she’s got company. Here’s some photos of British babe Sophie Horn, who’s described on her Facebook page and Twitter account as: GOLFER – GQ Magazine Golf Columnist- MODEL – PRESENTER – PERSONAL TRAINER (Sophie Horn.com) Let’s look at more pics of this sexy Brit. And if you want to [...]

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Babcock’s rink/mall suggestion meets its first ‘no proposal has been made’

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock tends to know a thing or two about what he’s talking about, which is why the TV news and sports talk radio stations in Metro Detroit have been abuzz since Babcock told 97.1 the Ticket that the Red Wings could use a state-subsidized hand in building a new rink and “mall” somewhere downtown, but after a day full of, “No comments” due to confidentiality agreements, we’re getting our first, “That’s not accurate,” via the Free Press’s John Gallagher and Ilitch Holdings spokesperson Karen Cullen:

“Our organization has been on record as saying we’d like to have a new arena downtown,” she said.

A rumor that Bloomfield Hills-based mall developer The Taubman Co. might be involved was quickly shot down by Karen MacDonald, a spokeswoman for the company.

“There’s no proposal that’s been made to us or that we’re reviewing, nor do we anticipate one. So there’s no truth to this,” she said.

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Kings at Avalanche Preview: The Clock is Ticking

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New York Yankees: 5 Reasons Trading Jesus Montero Will Prove to Be a Mistake

When the New York Yankees traded top prospect Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for young hurler Michael Pineda and prospect Jose Campos, they took a huge risk.

Montero was the top prospect in the Yankees system for a few years, and on multiple occasions General Manager Brian Cashman stated that he would not trade Montero for anyone other than an elite pitcher along the lines of Felix Hernandez or Cliff Lee.

These are five reasons why trading Montero will prove to be a mistake.

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Notre Dame lands top 10 recruit; who flaked on his own press conference

I hate National Signing Day, and this year’s version is so lame that is even showed up to annoy me three weeks later. Here’s what went down Monday according to Lost Lettermen: The No. 8 recruit in the country according to ESPNU called a press conference at Kyrene de la Esperenza Elementary School (his old [...]

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MLB Spring Training 2012: New York Yankees' Michael Pineda Showing Progress

One of the early problems many people found with the New York Yankees trading for starting pitcher Michael Pineda was the fact that he only had two good pitches. But only after a short time in spring training 2012, Jon Harper of the New York Daily News is reporting Pineda is beginning to prove he has the potential to be a three-pitch pitcher.

Pineda's catcher, Russell Martin, was happy with what he saw from his newest teammate the first time Pineda threw to Martin this spring.

"Joe gave me a call this offseason and said, 'We've got to get this guy to work on his changeup,'" said Martin, "But obviously he has worked on it because I saw a good one."

Pineda already features a devastating fastball and slider in his repertoire. But as Joba Chamberlain proved in his short time as a part of the Yankees rotation, you can't find too much success having command of just two pitches.

A changeup keeps hitters off balance and guessing, as Pineda changes his approach in the middle of an at-bat. A steady dose of hard stuff can make any pitcher predictable after a few times through the batting order.

Even Pineda admitted he needs another option to throw.

"I’m working hard on my change-up," he said. "I know I’ve gotta command it. It’s my third pitch but I need it. It’s getting better."

Seeing how Pineda is improving his third pitch will help ease some of the possible concerns that were created when Pineda might have come to camp as much as 20 pounds overweight. It appears Pineda was working on something during the offseason.

In no way is Pineda guaranteed to have the No. 2 slot in the Bombers rotation.

Sure, expectations will be high, but New York has to remember that Ivan Nova did have a better 2011 season and has also had success in the playoffs. Hiroki Kuroda also has more experience than Pineda and Nova combined during his four-year career, and could win the spot in spring training.

Even GM Brian Cashman believes Pineda is not ready to be second-in-command.

"I made the trade because I’m dreaming on the guy," Cashman said. "But it’s going to take time."

Spring training has already begun and nothing in the rotation is guaranteed yet. But if he can continue to evolve into a three-pitch starter and improve his game, Pineda could have the stuff to be a candidate to back up CC Sabathia one day.

But that time probably won't be in 2012.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1076745-mlb-spring-training-2012-new-york-yankees-michael-pineda-showing-progress

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Manny Ramirez Is Taking A Huge Paycut In His Return To Baseball

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Manny Ramirez signed a one-year contract with the Oakland A's, officially taking him out of retirement. But what is amazing about the deal is just how little he is willing to play for in his 20th big league season.

The contract is for $500,000. But Manny must still serve 50 games of his 100-game suspension*. That means Manny will make less than $350,000 once his salary is prorated.

You know who will make more than that this year? Everybody! Major League Baseball's minimum salary under the new collective bargaining agreement is $480,000.

That's a pretty deep paycut for a 20-year veteran with Hall-of-Fame numbers. Just three years ago, Manny signed a 2-year, $45 million contract. And in his career, he has made over $200 million.

Then again, Manny is the same guy that once left $10,000 in his glovebox when he asked a clubhouse attendant to wash his car. So maybe money doesn't mean that much.

* for some odd reason, even though Manny chose retirement over suspension last year, he is getting credit for time-served

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All About A Fractured Adam’s Apple

from Jo Innes of the Score, Sharks’ defenseman Doug Murray added his name to my list of Guys Who Are Tougher Than You last week when a puck to the throat left him with a fractured Adam’s apple. Yes, that’s a real thing, and it can be really, really bad. It can also be no big deal*. Let’s learn about the Adam’s apple (what exactly is that thing?) and what happens when you break yours.


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Wednesday a.m. Rangers things

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NFL Draft 2012: Analyzing BCS Conference QBs Who'll Become Undrafted Free Agents

For as important as the quarterbacks are, and for as much exposure as a college player gets from competing in a BCS conference, becoming an undrafted free agent is still rather common.

Some may have the size, mobility, arm strength but it's clear that not all the tangibles are complete enough to be considered at potential draft pick.

That said, here's a look at some familiar BCS quarterbacks who are likely to become free agents this spring.

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Prospect Retrospective: Mike Cameron

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Oakland Raiders QB Jason Campbell Called Off His Wedding Just Hours Before The Ceremony This Weekend

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell was supposed to marry his girlfriend of almost seven years this weekend, but it never happened.

The rumor is, Campbell stood up his fiance, Jenny Montes, just hours before the ceremony was supposed to begin, according to VIBE Vixen.

Kate Longworth, a reporter for CSN, tweeted that she spoke with Campbell and he said it was a mutual decision to call off the wedding.

They may want to take this wedding website that now says they've been married for three days and is getting some interesting comments in the guestbook:

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Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria Is Dating Playboy Playmate Jaime Edmondson

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Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria had been rumored to be dating Playboy's Miss January 2010, Jaime Edmondson, for a while, but it's now official.

Here's what Longoria told reporters gathered at the Rays' spring training facility (via Larry Brown Sports):

"Yes, we are dating,'' Longoria said. "It's been a secret for long enough; it's not really been a secret, but nobody has asked about it. We are dating.''

Longoria says he's not caught up in all the hoopla over her career, though.

"I don't even think of her like that. She's actually more informed on sports. She did a fantasy football blog the whole year, and she does a show on Sirius satellite radio. So it's pretty cool to be able to talk to somebody on that level outside of the whole modeling thing.''

Edmondson has been a Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Playboy Playmate, and two-time contestant on "The Amazing Race."

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Chelsea vs. Napoli: 5 Positives We Learned About Andre Villas-Boas' Side

Chelsea fell to Napoli 3-1 on Tuesday, and we learned a lot about the English Blues.

Chelsea led 1-0, but they let Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani take over, which didn't turn out well.

The loss puts Chelsea in a tough situation heading into the second leg of the tie. Obviously, a 2-0 win would put Chelsea into the quarterfinals, but that's easier said than done.

Nevertheless, as with any match, we learned some good things about Chelsea. Here's my optimistic take on the defeat in Italy.

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Tim Tebow's Backup Says Tebow Got Lucky And Prayed For The Cameras

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Denver Broncos backup QB Brady Quinn doesn't buy the whole Tim Tebow thing.

Here are two telling Quinn quotes from Michael Silver's oral history of Tebowmania in GQ:

"We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply."


"If you look at it as a whole, there's a lot of things that just don't seem very humble to me. When I get that opportunity, I'll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?"

That might not be the strongest language, but the point is clear — Quinn found Tebow more self-serving than he let on, and he thought he got lucky.

This is basically the same argument against Tebow that most so-called "Tebow haters" make.

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5 Veterans the Green Bay Packers Should Move on from Sooner Rather Than Later

Despite possessing one of the league's youngest rosters, the Green Bay Packers are one of the best teams in the NFL.

They continually build and develop through the draft and as a result get younger. They miss on only a few players each year.

The youth movement will continue in Green Bay, as there are several veterans that the Packers don't have use for but who could find value elsewhere.

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Should The ESPN Writer Who Wrote A Racist Lin Headline Have Been Fired?

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At 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, hours after the New York Knicks' loss to the New Orleans Hornets broke a seven-game winning streak by the Knicks' new Asian-American superstar Jeremy Lin, ESPN editor Anthony Federico wrote a "racist," career-ending headline: "Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin's 9 turnovers cost Knicks..." The headline, which ran on the mobile version of ESPN's website, was yanked after 35 minutes, and ESPN quickly fired Federico. The sports news giant also doled out a 30-day suspension to anchor Max Bretos, who had used the same racially insensitive phrase on the air. Federico apologized for his "honest mistake," saying he wasn't trying to be "cute or punny," and had used the same phrase "at least 100 times" in headlines, and simply didn't notice that "chink" is a racial slur for Chinese people. Lin accepted the apology. Is this a case of "political correctness run amok," or did ESPN make the right call?

ESPN overreacted: I really doubt Bretos or Federico "meant to denigrate or degrade Lin in any way," says Palash R. Ghosh at International Business Times. They are guilty of carelessness, not "malicious racial hatred" of the sort aimed at black baseball stars Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron many decades ago. ESPN's crackdown "disguises and trivializes acts of real, authentic racism against Asian-Americans and others." If ESPN had simply apologized, "I think most everyone would be satisfied."
"Jeremy Lin's 'chink in the armor': Much ado about nothing"

Federico deserved to be fired: Of course, it's easier to see Federico simply making a late-night mistake than "carefully plotting out surefire career suicide" by trying to "slip a horribly offensive racial pun into a headline," says Joe Eskenazi at SF Weekly. But regardless, Federico still committed a firable offense for a professional editor. In that way, Federico's flame-out makes him similar to the athletes he wrote about: "Nobody is ever going to hear your name unless you screw something up."
"Jeremy Lin: 'Chink in the armor' Is today's 'niggardly'"

ESPN still needs to do more: The reprehensible "chink in the armor" headline was only "the most appalling mistake in a regrettable week" of Linsanity-themed racism, says Sean Jensen at the Chicago Sun-Times. But ESPN didn't just use that horrible phrase twice this week; it also used it in a headline during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After firing Federico, ESPN must once and for all "eradicate that phrase" from its sports coverage. Hopefully, the rest of the sports world will follow suit.
"Jeremy Lin gaffe shows that ESPN must stop slurring its words"

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First #HartnellDown, now #SuckItPhaneuf

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Flyers vs. Jets preview: Rookie-less defense gets a first look

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The only story with the Indianapolis Colts is Peyton Manning

Just so you know, the Colts have made a few major changes this offseason. Bill and Chris Polian are gone. In their place is new general manager Ryan Grigson, formerly a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office. Oh, and former coach Jim Caldwell also is out of town. The new guy? Chuck Pagano, who [...]

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Post Game interviews

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2012 NFL Mock Draft 2nd Round 2-21-12

Welcome to the second round. For the first round of this mock draft go here.    33. St. Louis Rams, Kendall Wright, WR/KR, Baylor Rams need another vertical weapon, RG3′s running mate who helped him get the Heisman is the most decorated WR in Baylor Bears history. 34. Indianapolis Colts, Lamar Miller, RB Miami The [...]

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Anderson averaged 21.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the Eagles' two games last week -- at...

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Boston College Baseball Starts Season 3-0, Wins Caravelle Resort Tournament

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Kings Remain Offensively Challenged

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, “The important thing is that we have this kid locked in for eight years. I just want to go win Cups.”

-Kings Governor Tim Leiweke, Sept. 29/11, the day Drew Doughty was signed

Los Angeles has until 2019 to grab those multiple championships under Doughty’s current contract (quote courtesy of “Kings Insider” reporter Rich Hammond), but success in Year I is definitely endangered. California’s seniormost NHL team wakes up Monday outside a playoff position, dropping out of the West’s Top Eight with a 1-0 loss to Calgary on Saturday.

The major problem? A flaccid offence—rock-bottom in the NHL with just 124 goals. This is not a good omen. The Kings are on pace for a total of 172 and the last club to reach the playoffs with a total that low no longer exists. The 1970 Oakland Seals (LA’s extinct expansion brother) made it with 169. (The 1995 lockout-shortened season is discounted.)

The last time a team with the fewest scores made the postseason was the 1989 Vancouver Canucks, although two recent teams were close. The 2010 Bruins were 29th and the 2008 Ducks 28th. But it’s generally not a recipe for success.
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Senators Don’t Plan On Any Big Moves At Trade Deadline

from James Gordon of Senators Extra at the Ottawa Citizen, Don’t expect Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to make any impulse buys when the NHL trade deadline rolls around next Monday.

Melynk phoned in to Toronto radio station The Fan 590 Monday morning and insisted he has learned his lesson when it comes to breaking the bank to win now.

That means rival general mangers trying to unload expensive veteran contracts this week should look elsewhere.

“What are you going to do?” Melnyk asked host Roger Lajoie. “You’re seventh (in the standings), you end up seventh. What happens if you go out and spend a boatload of money and come in ninth? Then everybody looks like an idiot!”

Melnyk said the Senators intend to stick to their plan, which revolves drafting well and building from within.


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The Prodigal Son Returns: Matt Duchene to play tomorrow night

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Josh Hamilton Already Drunk Before Meeting with Ian Kinsler on Night of Relapse

According to an interview on MLB.com via KHOU.com, Ian Kinsler is now talking about his role in the events the night Josh Hamilton was out drinking.

The two Rangers players were meeting up after Hamilton had been to a restaurant—or so Kinsler was lead to believe.

Hamilton had been drinking at the restaurant and planned on going to a local bar to drink more afterward.  When the two players met up, Hamilton tried to conceal the fact that he had been drinking from Kinsler.

"Josh is taking care of it," Kinsler said.  "He's doing what he's always done.  He's being open, up front and honest about it.  It's not my place to talk about it.  I know I was there for a certain part of the night."

Kinsler was also asked about how this affected their friendship personally.

"I've gotten over it," Kinsler said.  "I'm focused on this season and baseball.  I support Josh and will continue to support him.  All his teammates and coaches will be there for him.  Josh took care of it and said what he needed to say.  People can say what they want to say.  That's just outside influences driving something that's really not there."

The Rangers will be gearing up for spring training in Surprise, Ariz., beginning next week.

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Handicapping The Hockey East Regular Season Championship

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Sunday Night David Hulse Video

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5 MLB players most likely to bounce-back in 2012

Just about every player in Major League Baseball goes through a series of ups and downs during their career for a variety of reasons. For some, it’s a change of venue, for others it’s mechanical issues that go undetected. And for some, there appears to be no reason whatsoever. Several players experienced miserable seasons in [...]

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Game 58, Discussion Thread: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers

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Watch This Crazed Golf Fan Roll Down A Hill After Phil Mickelson Drains A 25-Foot Putt

Check out the pandemonium after Phil Mickelson drained a 25-footer on the 18th hole to force a playoff at the Northern Trust Open yesterday (via Dan McQuade):

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Here's a closer look. The guy in white loves him some golf:

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Phil eventually lost the playoff to Bill Haas.

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