Grambling Attorney Wants Some Joe Paterno Wins Vacated

Eddie Robinson would not be happy about this. In fact, he’d be embarrassed. An attorney in Grambling, Louisiana, where Robinson coached at Grambling University for 57 years, has asked the NCAA infractions committee to vacate some of the late Joe Paterno’s wins at Penn State in light of evidence indicating he might have participated in a cover up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse drama.Her goal: To move Robinson back to the top position in all-time NCAA Division I victories. What a cheap approach.Paterno has 409 career wins. Robinson has 408, getting passed by Paterno less that two weeks before the Sandusky case broke.City attorney Pamela Breedlove said she filed the request with the approval of Mayor Edward Jones because the university is such a valued and important part of the city, according to the Shreveport (La.) Times.Breedlove said she did not have an opinion about how many victories should be vacated, which speaks to how outrageous this request.The three-page letter she sent to the NCAA details the city’s position, which says that the Freeh Report’s conclusions are enough evidence to give the record back to Robinson.”We just believe that you would want to associate the record with someone who had the character of coach (Eddie) Robinson,” Breedlove said. ”Especially now that we’ve come to realize how bad things really were (at Penn State).”Robinson, who was a man of immense character and pride, would be irate over such silliness. He would never want to achieve the record by retroactively taking away Paterno victories. In fact, it is a ludicrous notion for the NCAA to consider and an even worse idea to believe Robinson would be in agreement of such a tactic.NCAA spokesman Amy Kudwa Dunham confirmed that the letter had been received, but added that the ”issue is not before the infractions committee at this time.” She declined additional comment.The school president at Grambling neither endorsed nor dismissed the idea.”Grambling State University is a proud institutional member of the city of Grambling, Louisiana and a proud member of the NCAA,” Frank G. Pogue said in a statement. ”We are as passionate about Coach Eddie legacy as anyone. This is an NCAA matter.”Robinson, who died in 2007, had 45 winning seasons during his career that spanned more than half a century.Grambling plays in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA), a step below the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A), which is where Penn State competes. read more

Tiger Woods Becomes First PGA Tour Golfer To Top

Tiger Woods didn’t win the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday but still managed to make history. Woods’ third-place finish earned him $544,000, enough cash to make Woods the first golfer in PGA tour history to make $100 million in purse money.Woods has earned $100,350,700 in prize money since he burst onto the scene in 1996, and according to his lifetime earnings are estimated at $1.15 billion.“I won fewer tournaments than Sam Snead has, but obviously he was in a different era,” said Woods. “It’s just that we happened to time it up right and happened to play well when the purses really had a nice spike up.”Despite winning a PGA Tour record 82 tournaments during his career Snead earned just $620,000 over the course of his career. His largest prize was $28,000 for finishing second in 1968, while on average Woods has taken home $362,000 for each of his 74 victories.The $100 million earned by Woods is a testament to his impact on the game of golf from both a social and economic standpoint. Woods becoming the first African-American to win majors on the PGA Tour opened up the sport to an entirely new demographic. As a result, revenue soared.“It was nice to have a nice start to my career, and I won some majors early,” said Woods. “I think we got some interest in the game of golf. A lot more youth, that’s for sure.”While Woods’ hesitancy to fully acknowledge his African-American heritage may bother some, it has never affected the support Woods has received from the black community. Even after a sex scandal that ruined his family and dented his once ironclad reputation, the majority of the black community has stood firm in their support of Woods simply because of what he represents.When he stepped away from golf, ratings and equipment sales plummeted as a result of what CBS’s Jim Edwards referred to as ‘The Woods’ Effect.”“The entire category of golf ball brands lost $10.2 million in revenue during Woods’ absence,” he said. “That’s how powerful the Woods’s effect is—his mere presence or absence makes or costs the golf industry tens of millions of dollars, whether he wins or not.” read more

Russell Westbrook Returns With 21 Points to Beat Phoenix

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook returned from a six-month layoff and scored 21 points in a 103-96 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.Westbrook wasted no time getting back to his shooting form with 5 of 16 from the field, 2 of 18 from beyond the arch and 11 of 14 from the foul line.  The all-star point guard has been out for tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of last year’s NBA playoffs.Though he shot poorly at the 3-point range, Westbrook was pretty satisfied with his performance.“I just missed some easy ones but that will come,” Westbrook said. “I’m able to do what I want. I could be better but that’s all right. That’s expected. I’m not expected to come back and be bionic man. I’m just going to work my way through it.”Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook returned weeks ahead of schedule and scored 21 points in OKC’s home opener.Kevin Durant collected 33 points and 10 rebounds with 10 of 19 shooting and 11 of 13 from the foul line. The Thunder won their fifth straight home opener and defeated Phoenix for the 11th straight time.Suns’ Eric Bledsoe played 40 minutes and went for 26 points and a career-high 14 assists. Point guard Goran Dragic left the game with a sprained ankle early in the third–he never returned. Gerald Green and Channing Frye netted 21 and 19 points, respectively,Phoenix led 79-73 after a 3-pointer by Bledsoe with 7:46 left, but the Thunder scored next eight points, including layups by Westbrook and Reggie Jackson that put them ahead 81-79 with 6:11 left in the game. After that, Pheonix was unable to recover and got their first loss of the season.“Our guys fought hard and that’s a good team and we had a chance to win on their court, so I’m pretty happy with the effort,” Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said.The most impressive player on the court was clearly Westbrook, who left his coach inspired by his efforts.“There are two things that (Westbrook) does at a high level,” Brooks said. “He wins. He’s a winner. The guy plays the game like it’s supposed to be played. It’s not always going to be perfect, but he plays with everything he has every single night. To me that’s inspiring. The second thing is leadership. It’s taken him some time to get that. Now he is our leader.”Game Notes:Ibaka had 10 rebounds; Dragic had 10 points before exiting. Green shot 5-of-10 from the 3-point range. The Suns visit New Orleans on Tuesday looking to stay above .500 while Oklahoma City hosts Dallas on Wednesday. read more

LeBron James Apologizes to Wife Savannah for Putting His

LeBron James and his wife, Savannah Brinson, are the parents of two boys, who have inherited their dad’s athleticism, and a baby girl. (@mrs_savannahrj/Instagram).Three-time NBA champion LeBron James gave a rare glimpse into his personal life when he said he’s apologized to his wife for sacrificing his family to achieve career success.The Cleveland Cavaliers guard told teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye about his drive to become the greatest in the league, saying he’s “addicted to the process” of getting to the top. He realized he placed his high school sweetheart, Savannah Brinson, whom he wed in 2013, and their three children on the back burner.“I just told my wife the other day, I apologized to her.” James said on the Monday, March 6, episode of “Road Trippin’ with RJ & Channing, hosted by Cavs sideline reporter Allie Clifton. “She was like, ‘What are you apologizing for?’ I said, ‘Because the journey that I’m on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game or to the point where no one ever forgets what I accomplished, I’ve at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing. … I want you to understand that along this journey while I’m playing this game, there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are — my babies are.’ ”James also discussed his forays into the entertainment industry, including his multimedia athletics platform, Uninterrupted, which “The Road Trippin’” is now a part of.“To be able to actually produce shows and produce movies and write scripts and things of that nature, to see them come to fruition and see them on TV … that’s great,” he said, noting season two of NBC game show “The Wall” will have 10 more episodes than the first, and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse” is returning for a fourth season.“It’s things that I thought of when I was a kid watching ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ watching ‘The Cosby Show,’” he said. “To see things coming together is pretty cool.”The four-time MVP also said he looks at his businesses with the same mindset as he does while he’s on the court by focusing on knowledge.“I just think about everything,” James said. “I gotta be very candid and educated about it before I actually execute [a business plan]. And I’m the same way with basketball. I think about the game so much and ways we can be better, ways I can help the team to put us in the best possible position to be successful on the floor to win a ballgame.“So it’s not just me going on plan and it’s the same thing with me as a businessman, too.” read more

Tennis Star Sloane Stephens Is Winning Praise Ahead of

Sloane Stephens’ 4 top 15 wins this month are more than she has ever recorded in any other full season. Surreal return to form.— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) August 31, 2017 If Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens end up playing in the finals I might gotta take my Black ass to NYC to witness history— yung koala (@kriskoalaa) September 7, 2017 Congrats to @SloaneStephens as she heads into the QFs! 👏 #USOpen @MBUSA— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 3, 2017The world of tennis has a new darling and Twitter users can’t get enough!Sloane Stephens, who teamed with Venus Williams and Madison Keys to become the first trio of Black women to make it to the semifinals in U.S. Open history, has taken social media by storm.And she’s poised to make an even bigger impact Thursday night, Sept. 7, when she takes on two-time U.S. Open champion Venus on the big stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Should she pull off the upset, Stephens will secure a spot in her first Grand Slam final.If she wins, it will be the second time Stephens has beaten a Williams sister. The 24-year-old knocked off Serena 3-6 7-5 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2013.A win over Venus also would cap a remarkable comeback from a serious foot injury that kept Stephens out of action for 11 months and caused her ranking to drop to No. 957 in the world. It was a long, grueling recovery, but after a slow start to the hardcourt season, Stephens went on a tear. She reached the semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati prior to arriving at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and has won 13 of her past 15 matches against top-50 opponents.Related: The Williams’ Sisters’ WinsVenus Williams Gains 9th Wimbledon Final, Awaits MuguruzaVenus Williams Looking for 1st French Open Title In 20th AppearanceSerena Expecting First Baby This Fall; Fans Quickly Realize She Was Pregnant During Historic Australian Open Win“Now, having some good results, it’s only as stressful as it needs to be,” Stephens, currently ranked No. 83, told The New York Times.Stephens’ run, coupled with all the #BlackGirlMagic history-making, has Twitter positively giddy.Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys.Three black women in the semifinals for the first time in #USOpen history #BlackGirlMagic— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) September 7, 2017 Sloane Stephens was ranked #957 last month. With her first US Open semi-final, she will be at least #34. 923 spots in one month. Insanity.— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) September 5, 2017 Hard work pays off!!! Beautiful smile!!!! Well ✅— Deborah Lao (@Daffodils45) September 5, 2017 read more

See How Our Pitcher Ratings Have Changed Since Opening Day

2Chris SaleBOS63.4Jacob deGromNYM61.81▼ 17Noah SyndergaardNYM56.6Carlos CarrascoCLE56.98▼ PreseasonCurrent 9Carlos CarrascoCLE58.9Gerrit ColeHOU57.91▲ As always, these ratings update after every game to help you stay on top of the latest predictions and World Series odds.Check out our latest MLB predictions. One of the cool features in our MLB predictions model at FiveThirtyEight is its ability to adjust a team’s odds of winning any given game based on the strength of its starting pitcher. We do this by maintaining a constantly updating rating of every starter in baseball, which refreshes after every start based on our version of game score — a metric that grades pitching performances using stats such as strikeouts, walks, home runs and so forth.1For our complete game score formula, please check out our MLB Elo explainer.And who do our ratings say are the best starters in baseball? Here’s how the Top 20 looked on opening day and how it’s changed since: 1Jacob deGromNYM65.1Justin VerlanderHOU62.54▲ 13Corey KluberCLE58.0Kyle FreelandCOL57.12▼ 5Justin VerlanderHOU61.0Max ScherzerWAS61.02▼ 6Aaron NolaPHI60.6German MarquezCOL59.96▲ 19Zack GreinkeARI56.2Clayton KershawLAD56.47▲ 16S. StrasburgWAS56.7S. StrasburgWAS56.9— 14Mike ClevingerCLE57.6Walker BuehlerLAD57.16▼ 10Gerrit ColeHOU58.8Luis CastilloCIN57.422▲ 4Blake SnellTB61.7Blake SnellTB61.2— 12German MarquezCOL58.6Patrick CorbinWAS57.23▲ 15Patrick CorbinWAS57.2Mike MinorTEX57.020▲ PitcherTeamRatingPitcherTeamRatingrk Chg A number of the top aces at the beginning of the season have started the season on the wrong foot. The New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Boston’s Chris Sale, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola have all seen the biggest drop-offs from the original Top 20. Because the ratings roll over from last season, that group hasn’t dropped too far, but they have lost some of their status since the season began. But a handful of others have either pitched their way up the list with good starts (Justin Verlander, Trevor Bauer, German Marquez, Mike Clevinger) or onto it from the outside since the beginning of the year (Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Texas’s Mike Minor).These changes matter for our overall season predictions. Game score ratings aren’t just fun — they can have quite an effect on a team’s chance of winning: The Tampa Bay Rays’ chance of beating an average team (on a neutral field) with ace Blake Snell, for instance, is 61 percent; with a league-average starter, that number drops to 53 percent. To help you follow the state of each rotation, we recently added a new feature to our predictions interactive tracking these ratings for every team’s pitching staff (sorted by division). Now we can visualize just how much better Verlander and his fellow Astros are than the rest of the AL West… You can also see how a rotation’s starters stack up against its division foes on our team pages. Here, for example, are the Cleveland Indians, who might have the best rotation in baseball right now: 7Trevor BauerCLE59.9Mike ClevingerCLE59.67▲ 8Walker BuehlerLAD59.0Chris SaleBOS59.16▼ 18David PriceBOS56.4Aaron NolaPHI56.812▼ 20Kyle HendricksCHC56.0James PaxtonNYY56.37▲ … as well as the sad state of the Orioles’ rotation (whose only above-average starter is journeyman Nate Karns): 11Kyle FreelandCOL58.7David PriceBOS57.37▲ Which pitchers have risen and fallen since opening day?Top 20 MLB starting pitchers in 2019, before the season and as of April 30, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Elo pitcher ratings 3Max ScherzerWAS62.7Trevor BauerCLE61.34▲ read more

Cavaliers Celtics kick off NBA regular season filled with lingering questions

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics meet again tonight, and this time, it counts.Six days after the Celtics beat the Cavs at the Schottenstein Center in the final preseason game, the teams kick off the NBA regular season at Quicken Loans Arena.The Cavs enter the ’09-’10 campaign trying to maintain focus on the court, despite several mounting issues off of it.New sheriff in townThe Cavs finished last season with the league’s best regular season record, at 66-16. Focus and determination paced the team through the schedule without many distractions or letdowns.With its vast array of team handshakes and pre-game routines, Cleveland demonstrated a close bond that top-tier teams strive for.After sweeping through the first two postseason series unscathed, Cleveland couldn’t contend with Orlando’s hot outside shooting as the Magic dispensed of the Cavs in six games.Orlando exposed weaknesses on the Cavs’ interior, as center Dwight Howard averaged 25.8 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, including 40 points and 14 boards in the series-clinching, game six victory.To counter Orlando’s post supremacy, the Cavs dealt for 15-time All-Star center Shaquille O’Neal. To defy criticism that he had little fuel left in his tank, O’Neal averaged 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds last season with Phoenix.The King’s cloudy futureThe media have beaten to death the uncertainty regarding league MVP LeBron James’ future in Cleveland.James is scheduled to become a free agent once his contract ends after this season, and he has maintained a firm stance on not exploring his options until the season ends.The bright lights and infinite endorsement opportunities of the Big Apple could entice him to sign with the New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets.But the easiest solution to the dilemma could occur if the Cavs can win a championship.James has reiterated his aim to follow in the footsteps of Hall of Fame inductee Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles.His talent level in New York or New Jersey wouldn’t immediately match the championship-caliber squad he currently leads in Cleveland.Regardless, James’ refusal to commit one way or the other keeps the issue relevant, potentially causing a distraction as the Cavs target a trip to the NBA Finals.Chemistry 101For the Cavs to replicate the camaraderie they displayed on the court last season, they must quickly surmount several obstacles.Delonte West, who started at shooting guard and played more minutes than any other Cavalier during the postseason, didn’t record any playing time during the preseason.West was arrested in September after being pulled over for speeding while carrying a pair of loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun in Maryland. The sixth-year guard has battled depression, and the team remains unsure of when he might return.Veteran Anthony Parker has assumed West’s starting spot.With two new starters, it could take time to reacquire the chemistry the team fed off of last season.Tuesday’s season opener against the championship contending Celtics could prove to be a measuring stick gauging how close the Cavs are to matching or exceeding last season’s success.After a 4-4 mark in the preseason, James contended that the Cavs will amp up their play up now that the wins and losses hold meaning.“The preseason is so long and dreadful,” James said. “I’m just ready to get the season started now.”As the Celtics and Cavaliers prepare to initiate a new season of basketball, O’Neal expressed his excitement as the two Eastern Conference titans clash.“I’ve been here 17 years and I’ve been in a lot of rivalries and will continue to be in rivalries and it only makes for good basketball,” he said. “[It’s] going to be a hell of a game.” read more

2010 Football preview Six players who could surprise

Duron CarterIt appears as if Carter has replaced the departed Ray Small in Tressel’s doghouse. His first strike was being academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl. Strike two was again grade-related, as Carter sat out all of spring practice with academic issues. Tressel said that even if Carter comes back, senior Taurian Washington will be the team’s No. 3 receiver.However, Carter was solid in his first season. Although he only recorded 13 catches for 176 yards and one touchdown, Carter displayed great hands and played over more experienced players. But until he gets his head on straight in the classroom, he won’t see the field in the fall.Jake StoneburnerStoneburner is the trendy pick for breakout offensive player in the fall, and for good reason. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end should give OSU something it hasn’t had in years: a legitimate pass-catching threat at the tight end position. Throughout spring practice, Stoneburner wreaked havoc in the secondary, as his combination of size and speed make him difficult to cover. An improved offensive line should allow for Stoneburner to put his talent to use.Mike AdamsThe 6-foot-8, 300-pound highly recruited left tackle out of Dublin Coffman has had a rocky start to his career. His freshman campaign was spoiled by a shoulder injury. Later, in 2009, he was suspended for the first two games of last season for violating team rules.In addition to off-the-field issues, Adams’ performance on the gridiron was rocky at best. However, as the offensive line formed into a cohesive unit toward the end of last season, Adams’ play improved and he is the front-runner to start at left tackle in the fall. He was in great shape in the spring and if he can become a rock protecting Terrelle Pryor’s blind side, the OSU offensive line becomes that much better.John SimonOf anyone on this list, Simon appears to be a sure bet to become a star. He gained significant playing time last season as a true freshman, was the star of the April jersey scrimmage and will be a starter at defensive tackle next year. Although he might not appear overly imposing at 6-foot-2-inches, 270-pounds, Simon is nothing short of the Tasmanian Devil when it comes to penetrating the line of scrimmage.Etienne SabinoAfter spending most of his first two seasons on special teams, the athletically gifted Sabino should get his chance to start at strong-side linebacker next year. He’s also reportedly become much more focused in practice and game preparation. If he matches his work ethic with the physical gifts associated with his 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound frame, the Miami native could be the Silver Bullets’ next star.Orhian JohnsonRecruited out of St. Petersburg, Fla., as an all-around athlete, Johnson has worked his way up the depth chart and looks to be the favorite to replace Kurt Coleman at free safety. Johnson’s combination of size, coverage skills and run defense aptitude has made him the front-runner in a talented safety field. read more

Long jumper Michael Hartfield earns Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year

Ohio State All-American long jumper Michael Hartfield was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Athlete of the Outdoor Championships on Wednesday. Hartfield, a junior, won the Big Ten Championship in the long jump Saturday, making him both the indoor and outdoor champion. “Definitely at a loss for words,” Hartfield said. “It’s a great accomplishment and I know I wouldn’t have gotten to this point without my family, friends and coaching staff. I’m definitely feeling more appreciative than anything else right now. This is crazy to me.” Hartfield also participates in the triple jump, and took second place in the Big Ten at the indoor and outdoor championships. Fellow junior long jumper Steve MacDonald was happy for his teammate. “I’m just really proud of Mike,” said MacDonald, who was named a second-team All-Big Ten performer on Wednesday. “His hard work has really paid off and he has become a leader on our team in one year. We are looking forward to finishing this year strong by meeting goals we set and then working hard over the summer going into next year, where we plan to continue improving.” Hartfield, who set a personal record with a jump of 7.95 meters, next will compete at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Bloomington, Ind., from May 26 through May 28. read more