Good news, Smoke fans! Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend, and is even eligible for NASCAR’s playoff-style championship, the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bad news, everyone: he was also just fined $35,000 for calling out NASCAR on something he should be able to voice concerns on: safety.
The U.S. is currently taking on Canada at the IIHF world juniors in Finland, and the Yanks will have to play the final two periods without potential NHL first-rounder Alex DeBrincat after the Michigan native delivered his stick blade straight into Flyers prospect Travis Konecny’s gut. Go USA!
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout let loose this vicious series of cross-checks late in the third period of a 5-2 loss to the Penguins. This is no inadvertent penalty or being a bit overzealous; it’s straight-up assault on Sergei Plotnikov.
It’s a bit of a shame that a fun, close game between two of the league’s best teams came down to a crucial and obscure penalty, but there’s nothing to be done: it was almost certainly the correct call, and despite the Bengals’ protestations that it was “ridiculous,” they got caught.
Portland Timbers are moving on in the MLS playoffs after defeating Sporting Kansas City in a wild match that required eleven rounds of penalties—with the winner being scored by, and then saved by, Timbers keeper Adam Kwarasey.
After Buffalo’s Week 2 loss to the Patriots, a game in which the Bills were called for 18 penalties (with 14 accepted for 140 yards), Rex Ryan spoke about the team’s need to get more disciplined. “We want to be the least penalized team in the league,” Ryan said. “That’s kind of a goal we’re shooting for moving…
Today’s Gold Cup quarterfinal between Trinidad and Tobago and Panama came down to penalties. That’s never a good thing, and both teams decided to prove a point, apparently.
The NBA announced today that it fined Matt Barnes $50,000 for “directing inappropriate language at a fan.” The fan was James Harden’s mother, and the inappropriate language was reportedly “suck my dick, bitch.”
The NFL will be trying a new tactic to force Marshawn Lynch into line, according to a report from ProFootballTalk. Lynch was fined $20,000 for the above crotch grab in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, and fined $11,500 earlier this season for doing the same. Since fines apparently do not deter behavior the league would…
Kirk Goldsberry has a modest proposal for the NFL: two different-colored penalty flags, to immediately signal whether a call is on the offense or the defense.
Well, here's a first. In the fourth quarter of tonight's already bonkers GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Arkansas State's Xavier Woodson got ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. Specifically, Woodson was accused of "threatening an official."
The NFL has admitted it blew a call that felt pretty crucial at the time, a questionable roughing the passer penalty in yesterday's 17-7 Seahawks win that eliminated the 49ers from the playoffs.
Never shame a man who tries his hardest, as the Rams' Daren Bates did today in attempting to block a 49ers field goal—and pulled the trigger just a bit too early.
Yeah, that's probably pass interference.
The NFL's battle against words continues. Buccaneers receiver Louis Murphy was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after a Tampa Bay touchdown. Here's the on-field audio. Can you figure out when Murphy uses inappropriate language? We don't hear it.
Costa Rica-Greece was a case against endless extra time. If they had kept playing, no one would have fucking scored.
Quartz has crunched the numbers on World Cup penalties, counting all the yellow and red cards for every squad back to 1970. Slovenia comes in number one, racking up 20 cards in their six World Cup games (3.33 per game). Peru was the least penalized, with nine cards in 13 games (0.69 per game).
While watching some insanely frigid football last weekend, one Deadspinner wondered if there were fewer flags in cold NFL games, the result of referees deciding, consciously or not, to speed games up and get the hell off the field. Without scrutinizing hundreds of hours of game tape we can't really tell if the refs or…