Gilbert Arenas & Javaris Crittenton Suspended For Remainder Of Season

Posted on January 28, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , |

Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton have each been suspended for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, the NBA announced in a press release:

National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement today:

“The NBA has conducted a thorough investigation of events relating to this matter.

“It is not disputed that, following an argument on the team’s flight home from a game in Phoenix, both Mr. Arenas and Mr. Crittenton brought guns to the Verizon Center locker room and — with other players and team personnel present or nearby — displayed them to one another in a continuation of their dispute. The players engaged in this conduct despite a specific rule set forth in the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the Players Association prohibiting players from possessing a weapon at an NBA facility, and reminders of this prohibition given annually by the NBA to players both in writing and in person.

“The issue here is not about the legal ownership and possession of guns, either in one’s home or elsewhere. It is about possession of guns in the NBA workplace, which will not be tolerated.

“I have met separately with Mr. Arenas and with Mr. Crittenton. Both have expressed remorse for their actions and an understanding of the seriousness of their transgressions. Both have volunteered to engage in community service in order to turn the lessons they have learned into an educational message for others. I accept fully the sincerity of their expressions of regret and intent to create something positive from this incident.

“Nevertheless, there is no justification for their conduct. Accordingly, I am today converting Mr. Arenas’ indefinite suspension without pay to a suspension without pay for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, and am also suspending Mr. Crittenton without pay, effective immediately, for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.”

The Washington Wizards also released an official statement:

“The NBA announced today that they have suspended Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the remainder of the season. We understand and fully support their decision. “Both players violated D.C. laws and NBA rules by bringing guns into the locker room. Their poor judgment has also violated the trust of our fans and stands in contrast to everything Abe Pollin stood for throughout his life. It is widely known that Mr. Pollin took the extraordinary step of changing the team name from “Bullets” to “Wizards” in 1997 precisely to express his abhorrence of gun violence in our community. We hope that this negative situation can produce something positive by serving as a reminder that gun violence is a serious issue. “We look forward to putting this unfortunate incident behind us and once again focusing our full attention on playing exciting basketball in front of our great fans at Verizon Center.”

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Video: Blindfolded Basketball Coach’s Amazing Shot

Posted on January 27, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , |

A Kansas high school girls basketball coach, Joel Branstrom sinks a half-court shot as part of a team bet. He was blindfolded and spun around several times and sinks this unbelievable shot from center court:

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Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness slams FIFA over World Cup decision

Posted on January 27, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , |

Uli HoeneßGerman newspaper “Bild” is today reporting that Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness has criticised FIFA’s decision to award the hosting of the World Cup to South Africa and that he said he will not be going because of safety fears.

The FIFA World Cup will be held in the Republic, and on African soil, for the first time from June 11.

But Bayern president Hoeness told the newspaper: “I will not travel to South Africa.

“I was never a fan of the World Cup being held in South Africa, or anywhere on the African continent, as long as safety aspects are not clarified 100 per cent.”

Hoeness did not say which “safety aspects” he was concerned about, but firmly blamed FIFA: “Sepp Blatter had to have it his way, but I have always thought it was wrong.

“Now it makes no sense to moan about it anymore, we simply have to try and make the best of it.”

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Video: Obama supporting the Saints for Superbowl XLIV

Posted on January 26, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , |

In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, President Barack Obama says he’s rooting “a little bit” for the New Orleans Saints in this year’s Super Bowl.

“Partly just because, you know, when I think what’s happened in New Orleans over the last several years … I’m pretty sympathetic,” Obama said.

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Video: Referee gives an unbelievable goal, one of the worst decisions ever

Posted on January 24, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , |

We have seen a lot of questionable decisions in all sorts of sports over the years – it’s something that comes with the job if you work for a bookmaker. Hardly, however, have we seen such an unbelievably bad decision by a referee as in the German Bundesliga game between Duisburg and Frankfurt. See for yourself – and if you can tell us how on earth anyone can possibly think that he scored, could you please let us know? We’re speechless:

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Videos: NY Jets Pep Rally in Times Square

Posted on January 24, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , |

Thousands of Jets fans turned Times Square into a sea of green and white Thursday with a pep rally to put their heroes in a fightin’ mood for their championship game with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg even unofficially renamed Manhattan Island “Revis Island” (after the Jets star CB Darrelle Revis), while Gang Green’s gang chanted “J-E-T-S” and waved team-colored towels. Let’s hope the team is as fired up as the fans – being the 8 point underdog for tonight, the Jets’ journey to Superbowl XLIV won’t be an easy ride….

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Video: LeBron’s Leap Over Fans in Loose Ball Chase

Posted on January 23, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , |

During the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-87 victory over the LA Lakers Thursday night, LeBron James couldn’t stand to see the ball get away (after he stole it) and did a Lambeau-ish leap into the courtside seats, bringing a few fans closer to the action than normal:

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Boston Celtics’ Rasheed Wallace fined $35K for criticising referees

Posted on January 21, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , |

NEW YORK, January 20, 2010:  Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace has been fined $35.000 (£ 21.500) for publicly criticising game officials following the 99-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on monday, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

“[The officials] don’t like tough defense on [Dirk Nowitzki], so, of course, I get a whole lot of [expletive] calls,” Wallace said after Monday’s game in which foul trouble limited his minutes. “That’s how the story goes, I’m not worried about it. We’ll see them again.”

The Mavericks made a late third-quarter run with Wallace sidelined with four fouls. Asked if he thought that was the difference in the game, Wallace said, “Actually, I honestly can’t remember which one the fourth foul was, there was so many bogus [calls], but I’m not worried about it.”

Speaking your mind too freely continues to be an expensive affair in the NBA…

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Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards – Olympic Legend

Posted on January 21, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , |

With Vancouver 2010 just around the corner, we thought it would be nice to have a look back at a true Olympic legend, a unique athlete and British hero: Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie “The Eagle”.

Edwards was born in Cheltenham, England, and was working as a plasterer when he qualified, as the sole British applicant, for the 1988 Winter Olympics ski-jumping competition. He had previously represented Great Britain at the 1987 World Championships, and was ranked 55th in the world.

Although his athletic performance wasn’t exactly going to challenge the top people in his sport (he finished last in both the 70m and 90m events), his personality and attitude, as well as his often hair-raising jumps quickly made him a favourite with the crowd. Even 20 years on, he is still known the world over:

Here he is in action at Calgary 1988

One of the Finnish songs he recorded (despite not speaking Finnish), entitled “Mun nimeni on Eetu” (“My name is Eetu”)

In response to the Edwards phenomenon, in 1990, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) instituted what became known as the “Eddie the Eagle Rule”, which requires Olympic hopefuls to compete in international events and place in the top 30 percent or the top 50 competitors, whichever is the lesser. As a result of this, Eddie failed to qualify for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. His ski jumping career was over, but the legend lives on!

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UEFA ‘Team of the Year’ unveiled

Posted on January 21, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , |

The users’ Team of the Year 2009 has been announced, with players from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid dominating the selection.

More than 4 million votes were cast by 320,000 users and the resulting dream-team is:

Casillas (Real Madrid); Alves (Barcelona), Terry (Chelsea), Puyol (Barcelona), Evra (Man Utd) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Xavi (Barcelona), Kaka (Real Madrid), Iniesta (Barcelona); Messi (Barcelona), Ibrahimovic (Barcelona).

Coach: Guardiola (Barcelona).

UEFA will present a cheque for €100,000 to one member of the team, to be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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