NFL upholds Josh Gordon's suspension
Josh Gordon's appeal of his one-year suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy has been denied, meaning the Cleveland Browns will be without the Pro Bowl wide receiver for all of 2014. The decision comes at a time when the NFL's disciplinary philosophy is under scrutiny, especially in light of Ray Rice's two-game suspension after an offseason arrest for domestic violence. The move also comes on the same day an NFL Nation survey showed players agree with Barack Obama's stance on marijuana.
The Yankees are on a winning streak, and their secret weapon is a reliever in a creepy horse head maskAugust 26, 2014Aug26
The horse head mask has been weirding out the Internet for over a decade, but its dark powers have not yet been harnessed in the realm of sports -- at least, not until now:AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
That's Yankees pitcher Shawn Kelley during warm-ups on Saturday, wearing the horse head mask in an attempt to inspire his team. It's even worked, sort of. The Yankees are 5-0 since Kelley started wearing the mask, and though we recognize the volatility of small sample sizes, we really don't want to anger the horse.
"You can't help but laugh at a guy in a horse head," Yankees catcher Brian McCann told Yahoo! Sports, but we beg to differ. You can look at a guy in a horse head and cry. You can look at a guy in a horse head and shudder. You can look at a guy in a horse head and feel terror.August 26, 2014Aug26
This is probably a familiar sight to Oklahoma City Thunder fans, but here's Serge Ibaka absolutely taking over the game during a friendly between Spain and Argentina on Monday:
Plays like that -- and the chemistry among Ibaka, Ricky Rubio and Marc Gasol -- are a pretty big reason why Team USA can't sleep on Spain when the FIBA World Cup tips off Saturday.August 25, 2014Aug25
Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent don't like each other very much for reasons that would take a whole article to recap. Suffice it to say that 50 had no compunctions about hitting Floyd with a low blow, challenging him to read a single page from a "Harry Potter" book without stopping. He later revised it to simply "The Cat in the Hat":
No response from Mayweather -- until this past weekend, when he unleashed his greatest weapon: money.
Read this $72,276,000.00. God bless. pic.twitter.com/dpwE3X7eLR— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 23, 2014
The funniest part of this is that evidently it's totally cool to write checks of 40 million dollars in pen. In fact, the Nevada Athletic Commission requires promoters to show they are paying the fighters with a physical check. Better not make a typo or transpose a decimal point -- that might lead to some awkward questions from accountants.
A Twitter user promised free drinks for all if Michael Sam sacked Johnny Manziel and did 'money' sign. Sam responded.August 24, 2014Aug24
Before Saturday's St. Louis Rams-Cleveland Browns game, Twitter user @SquareKnight made the type of playful, hyperbolic statement that Twitter lives and breathes on:
Rams vs Browns tonight. If Michael Sam sacks Johnny Football & gives the money sign, drinks are on me. For everyone in the world. Forever.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 23, 2014
You know what happened: In the fourth quarter of the Rams' 33-14 win, Sam followed @SquareKnight's tweet to a T.
OMG! So glorious that Sam did it! Take that Johnny Football. You go, Mike!— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
But then there was that thing about the promise of drinks ...
Declaring bankruptcy in 3..2..1...— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
Today I messed up by promising mankind free booze for all eternity.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
Internet trolls, as they do, also had their say, prompting a clarification:
I wasn't betting against Michael Sam. I was wishing he'd do it. Joking about celebratory drinks for mankind; that was the sentiment.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
Still, despite negativity from frustrated fellow Twitter users who wanted a free beer, this story has a pretty happy ending:
Anyone know Sam's fave charity? So pumped he sacked JFF. If I can't perpetually intoxicate society, I can contribute to its betterment.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
.@MichaelSamNFL: Consider it done. Great play, btw. Give 'em all Hell in the NFL! You're a class act. God bless, brother.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
The man, who did not want to be named, said he is donating $500.
Information from Darren Rovell was used in this report.