Report: Percy Harvin Fought Teammates, Checked Out Early Vs. Cowboys

As usual in the NFL, sources are pushing out Percy Harvin's past misdeeds to explain the Seahawks' unexpected decision to trade the receiver to the Jets. The Seattle Times picked up a few instances, including a couple of fights with teammates—like the time he reportedly gave Golden Tate a black eye before the Super… » 10/18/14 1:27pm Saturday 1:27pm

Russian Tennis Prez Fined For Calling Venus & Serena "Williams Brothers"

Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, has been fined and suspended for some offensive comments he made about the Williams sisters on Russian late-night TV. Specifically, he referred to the players as the "Williams brothers" and called their looks "frightening." » 10/18/14 10:56am Saturday 10:56am

David Moyes, On What We All Saw Coming: "I Really Didn't See It Coming"

Former Manchester United manager, laughingstock, and amateur golfer David Moyes has stayed pretty quiet since getting canned before last season's end. (Publically, at least. Don't come at him sideways at a wine bar.) Today, he spoke to the Guardian, expressing a frankly unbelievable level of naiveté about his sacking. » 10/17/14 3:40pm Friday 3:40pm

Cruyff's Turn: How Barcelona's Greatest Icon Created Its Greatest Player

As you've probably heard by now, this week marks the 10-year anniversary of Lionel Messi's first official appearance with the Barcelona first team. The soccer world has come together to celebrate this feat, remarkable for all the obvious reasons—the goals, the passes, the dribbles, the trophies—and for the more… » 10/17/14 12:54pm Friday 12:54pm

The Jets Invented A Whole New Way To Lose Last Night

One of the new jack football axioms is that you run when you win, not win when you run. It's insulation against the backwards idea that successful offenses are built around a dominant running game, and more of a guideline than a hard truth. Leave it to the Jets to stretch even benign football wisdom to its breaking… » 10/17/14 9:13am Friday 9:13am

The NFL Coaches And Quarterbacks Who Get The Most TV Screentime

Here's a simple question: In between the very little football played in an NFL game, who gets shown on TV the most? Usually, it's the coach and quarterback—but the Wall Street Journal went through two games for every team this year and ticked off which coaches and quarterbacks get the most screentime. » 10/16/14 12:21pm Thursday 12:21pm

The Lakers Will Play Terrible Basketball, On Purpose

Byron Scott gave an interview last week following the Lakers' first preseason game; it went largely ignored, because preseason is stupid and no one cares. But with the Lakers looking like one of the more conspicuous disasters going so far—without any plans of tanking, bear in mind—let's take a quick look at just how… » 10/15/14 10:58am Wednesday 10:58am

Boxer Emanuel Augustus On Life Support After Being Shot

Journeyman boxer Emanuel Augustus was shot on the street in Baton Rouge Monday night, according to The Advocate, about a mile from a gym where he regularly sparred. The Baton Rouge police released very few details of the shooting—not even confirming that Augustus was the one shot—but did say they have no suspects or… » 10/14/14 9:45pm Tuesday 9:45pm

Giants Ride Their First Big Inning of the NLCS To Extra-Innings Win

The Giants offense has struggled lately. In winning Game 1 of the NLCS, they scored three runs on a single, error, and sacrifice fly. In losing Game 2, they scored four runs on a ground out, single, single, and walk. Across the two games they left 19 men on base to the Cardinals 11, unable to turn a steady trickle of… » 10/14/14 9:11pm Tuesday 9:11pm

Alabama Tight End Busted With A Quarter Pound Of Weed In His Dorm Room

Police seized 112 grams of weed and $4,661 in cash from University of Alabama tight end Kurt Freitag's dorm room, according to a complaint filed Monday. Last Tuesday, agents from the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force observed Freitag making a "drug transaction" outside of his dorm. They followed him back to his room… » 10/13/14 8:26pm 10/13/14 8:26pm

Terrance Williams's Catch Was Great, But Tony Romo's Throw Was Better

The best and most important play on Sunday was Tony Romo's hookup with Terrance Williams on a third-and-20, keeping alive a fourth-quarter drive that would end in the Cowboys' go-ahead touchdown against the Seahawks. There had been 55 third-and-at-least-20s to that point in the season, according to ESPN Stats & Info,… » 10/13/14 1:51pm 10/13/14 1:51pm

Jürgen Klinsmann Wishes America Would Adopt Promotion And Relegation

It's another international fixture break, which means it's another opportunity for Jürgen Klinsmann to get his message out to the media, which means it's yet another chance for him to criticise America's domestic leagues. This time, his beef is with the lack of promotion and relegation. » 10/10/14 2:49pm 10/10/14 2:49pm