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Hines Ward Wins Dancing With The Stars Crown

25 May


It’s become a proud athletic tradition: Winning “Dancing With the Stars.”

When Hines Ward took home the mirrorball trophy on the hit show Tuesday, he joined its winningest group of alumni: Athletes. Professional athletes have taken the “Dancing” title six times in the past 12 seasons.
Since the show premiered stateside in 2005, three Olympians, two football stars and one race-car driver have been named “Dancing” champs. Three other NFL stars and an Olympic skater finished the popular show in second place.

Ward, a Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and former Super Bowl most valuable player, credits his professional dance partner, Kym Johnson, with their dance victory. He plans to keep his new mirrorball right next to his Super Bowl trophy.

“It’s special,” the 35-year-old said, glittery trophy in hand. “With football, it takes all 53 guys. With this mirrorball, it was just Kym and I together in the studio putting in the hours. I’m just glad I didn’t let her down.”
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Who Could Coach the Lakers?

25 May

By Darius Barnes

The Los Angeles Lakers were one, if not the front runner to win the NBA Finals this year, but their dreams and fans dreams were cut short with a sweep in the second round by the hot shooting of the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers were just too slow and out of sync after struggling with the New Orleans Hornets in the first round.

We all knew coming into this year that it was possibly Phil Jackson’s last year. He has won and set numerous records and goes out as arguably the best coach in the history of the NBA, if not in all sports. The question we have been pondering since the Lakers departure from the playoffs is if Phil really retires, who will replace him? There have been a few names floating around on who would be a possible fit but no one really knows. One thing we can probably be sure of is Kobe Bryant will have a say in who will lead him after all it is Kobe’s team right?

We’ll take a look at some possible candidates on who would be a great fit and names that have been mentioned to take over the head coaching job for the Los Angeles Lakers.

If you haven’t heard, multiple sources are reporting that the Lakers are reaching out to Mike Brown former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach. Brown had a nice resume with the Cavaliers spending five years with the LeBron James-led Cavaliers and guided the club to a record of 272-138 with playoff appearances each year. The Cavs reached the NBA Finals in 2007 and were swept by San Antonio. After a 66-16 record in 2008-09, Brown was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year, but the Cavaliers bowed out in the Eastern Conference finals that spring to Orlando. He was fired following the 2009-10 campaign that included a mark of 61-21 in the regular season, but a second-round playoff exit to Boston. This shouldn’t have warranted him being fired but some speculate Brown and LeBron didn’t see eye to eye. So with free agency for LeBron looming, Brown was ousted.
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Jay-Z Wins Sports Emmy

4 May


Hov has another accomplishment to add to his resume. Yesterday, he won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics for his performance of his 2009 single “Run This Town,” which aired as the opener to last years Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints.

In the clip Jigga collaborates with ES Posthumus for a mash-up of Jay’s Rihanna-assisted hit mixed with a beefed up rendition of CBS’ NFL theme song. Hov plays maestro, as he’s backed by an orchestra with football highlights flashing on the big screen behind him.

Here’s the video in case you missed it.

Superman Makes History

18 Apr

by Chris McCoy

Today Dwight Howard became the NBA’s first player to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award in three consecutive seasons. If you wanna keep it all the way real, LeBron should have taken home one of those, but hey, you can’t deny his defensive prowess on the court.

This season he was second in the league in defensive rebounds per game, his 10.1 was just 0.6 behind defensive rebounding leader Kevin Love, and first in total defensive rebounds with 789. He was third in total blocks (186) and 4th in average at 2.38 per contest. At 1.37 steals per game he was the leading stick up kid at his position, and 19th in the NBA. Yet to best tie all of these stats together look at the fact that he led his team to the third best defense in the NBA (holding opponents to 43.6% shooting and 93.7 ppg), and led the NBA in Defensive Wins Shares (Calculating DWS), or how many wins one personally contributes to their team’s win column through their defense at 7.7 – a category he’s led the last four seasons.

We all know Derrick Rose is winning the MVP this year, but props to Superman for making NBA history – He’s just solidified himself as an all-time defensive great.

RJP GAME OF THE WEEK: CELTICS AT HEAT

10 Apr

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By Chris McCoy

Its time for Miami to finally show and prove. The Heat are winless against the Celtics this year (0-3), and with only three games remaining in the season, this time around it’s essentially for the second seed. With Miami only 1-2 vs. New York (0-1 post ‘Melo), but 3-0 vs. Philly, it’s in their best interest to secure this win today.

Haslem’s not coming back anytime soon, so if this if this Miami team is going to make a deep run this is the roster and rotation they need to handle business – something they haven’t been sucessful with this season against the Eastern Conference’s elite (2-8 versus Chicago, Boston and Orlando).

Boston’s only 3-4 against Eastern Conference playoff teams themselves since March 1st. It should be interesting to see who handles business. Who do you think will win? Join our Facebook discussion and drop your two cents. It begins at 3:30 Eastern and will run throughout the entire game.

Getting to know the 2011 Final Four teams

30 Mar

If you’re a novice college basketball fan, you’ve probably heard of powerhouses like UConn and Kentucky, but may have never heard of VCU or Butler until recently, so lets take a closer look at all four schools.

Butler Guard Shelvin Mack

Butler

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Enrollment: 3,897

Team Mascot: Bulldogs

How they got to Houston: d. Old Dominion (60-58), d. Pittsburgh (61-60), d. Wisconsin (61-54), d. Florida (74-71)

Greatest basketball moment: Coming within centimeters of winning the 2010 national championship.

Why is the school called Butler? The university is named Ovid Butler, an abolitionist newspaper editor who died in 1881.

Take a look at Butler→

VCU Guard Joey Rodriguez

Virginia Commonwealth

Location: Richmond, VA

Enrollment: 21,835 (56.4 percent female)

Team Mascot: Rams

How they got to Houston: d. USC (59-46), d. Georgetown (74-56), d. Purdue (94-76), d. Florida State (72-71), d. Kansas (71-61)

Greatest basketball moment: This. While making the Final Four is the unquestionable highlight of VCU’s history, the school isn’t without its NCAA tournament memories. In 1985, the first year of the 64-team field, the Rams entered March as a No. 2 seed. They didn’t make it out of the first weekend though thanks to an upset loss at the hands of Alabama. The first-round win would be VCU’s last until Eric Maynor hit a 15-footer to upset Duke in 2007.

Reason to root for them: This sign was hung during a rally sending the team off to San Antonio for the southwest regional. It refers to Dick Vitale’s badmouthing of VCU’s at-large bid.

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Updated MVP Race

19 Mar

By Ken Berger of CBSSports.com

MVP Watch: Here’s an updated look at my top five in the MVP race.

1. Derrick Rose, Bulls: As explained here, Rose has ascended to the top of my MVP list, and the Bulls’ 11-2 record since the All-Star break — including two impressive wins over Miami — has done nothing to knock him out of the top spot.

2. Kobe Bryant, Lakers: The champs seem to have righted themselves, going 10-1 since the break and beating every playoff team they’ve faced except Miami. Despite injury, Bryant has been the driving force during this stretch — and I’m not even counting his well-publicized shooting exhibition on the American Airlines Arena court after the loss to the Heat.

3. Kevin Durant, Thunder: Durant keeps downplaying his own and the Thunder’s success, but the arrival of a legit center in Kendrick Perkins means Oklahoma City is ready to compete with the heavy hitters. If Durant didn’t think he was MVP material before, he will be now if the Thunder finish as strong as I think they will.

4. Dwight Howard, Magic: Orlando is only7-5 since the break and continues to be a suspect defensive team after the trades with Washington and Phoenix. But it’s not Howard’s fault. He’s posted a double-double in every game he’s played since Jan. 21 — including seven 30-point games and two 40-point games. I don’t buy this notion that Howard should be excused from MVP consideration because of games lost due to technical foul-induced suspensions.

5. LeBron James, Heat: LBJ was my MVP for most of the season, but the Heat falling into yet another funk a week ago only underscored why he and Dwyane Wade have fallen off my radar.