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The Early Lead: May, 2011

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 05/27/2011

Tiki Barber creates a stir with Anne Frank comparison

Former running back calls hiding from the media “a reverse Anne Frank thing.”

By Cindy Boren  |  04:39 PM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 05/27/2011

London Fletcher: Players ‘absolutely’ prepared to miss the season

Redskins linebacker says more than just the plight of present-day players is at stake.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:26 PM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 05/27/2011

Scottie Pippen: LeBron James greater than Michael Jordan?

MJ’s former teammate dares ask the question, later steps back from the brink.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:38 PM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/27/2011

NBA Finals schedule 2011: Miami Heat face Dallas Mavericks

These teams met in Finals five years ago, with Miami winning 4 games to 2.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 05/27/2011

Caroline Wozniacki upset by Daniela Hantuchova in French Open

Danish player, top-seeded in Paris and ranked No. 1 in the world, has yet to win a Grand Slam.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:33 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 05/27/2011

LeBron James puts on a new act as Miami Heat win

Turns out he was only pretending he’d been smacked. What an actor.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:46 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 05/26/2011

San Francisco Giants lose Buster Posey to broken leg

Agent calls for change in rules after catcher is injured on play at the plate.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 05/26/2011

French Open 2011: Kim Clijsters upset by Arantxa Rus

Unforced errors — 65 of them — just killed the U.S. and Australian Open champion.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:24 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/26/2011

Ex-player Ray Small says of Ohio State violations: “Everybody was doing it’

Former wide receiver discloses car deal, memorabilia sales.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Mike Brown agrees in principle to become Los Angeles Lakers coach, replacing Phil Jackson

Mike Brown, former coach of the Cavaliers, reaches agreement on a deal; Lakers say they hope to sign him “within next few days.”

By Cindy Boren  |  05:07 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Barry Bonds volunteers to pay college bills for children of beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow

Slugger makes offer for education o finjured man’s grade-school-aged children.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:30 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Lockout won’t keep Cowboys owner Jerry Jones from Tony Romo’s wedding

What kind of gift does one give to a player he’s locked out?

By Cindy Boren  |  01:52 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Report: LA Lakers offer coaching job to Mike Brown

Team is waiting to for an answer from the former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:20 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Video: Chris Cooley and Fred Davis wrestle

The one who wins is the one who was a pretty fair wrestler in high school.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:22 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Ryan Kerrigan talks of hearing loss in left ear

Redskins’ first-round draft pick says it’s only a problem when people are on his left side.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:29 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward wins ‘Dancing with the Stars’

It’s a nice trophy for a Super Bowl MVP. And now the NFL lockout must end.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:16 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 05/24/2011

French Open 2011: Rafael Nadal beats John Isner in five-set match

American best known for marathon Wimbledon match pushes Spaniard in first round.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:49 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 05/24/2011

Tiger Woods says he’s still planning to play U.S. Open

Woods tweets a $1 million offer to his charity not to have to answer the question. (And gives the money anyway.)

By Cindy Boren  |  12:04 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 05/24/2011

George W. Bush is no Tiffany Goodwin at catching a foul ball

But then the Richmond Flying Squirrels aren’t the Texas Rangers and Tiffany Goowin was never a governor or a president.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:33 AM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 05/24/2011

Kevin Durant’s loss is Dirk Nowitzki’s gain in Thunder-Mavericks series

Dallas is on the brink of sending Durant and his backpack off into the sunset.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:51 AM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/24/2011

NFL cancels annual rookie symposium

Lockout is the reason for first cancellation of event on league calendar.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Bulls’ Joakim Noah fined $50,000 for antigay insult

Center says he’ll ‘deal with the consequences,’ doesn’t ‘want to be a distraction’ and

By Cindy Boren  |  08:06 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 05/23/2011

International Cycling Union denies coverup of Lance Armstrong drug test

Organization says Tyler Hamilton’s “60 Minutes” allegations are ‘completely unfounded.’

By Cindy Boren  |  01:34 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Joakim Noah and the homophobic slur during Bulls-Heat game

Noah loses temper, figures to lose some cash as well as Chicago trails 2-1 in series.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:46 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 05/20/2011

‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage dies after car accident

Former pro wrestler, 58, reportedly may have suffered a heart attack.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:45 PM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 05/20/2011

Tyler Hamilton surrenders Olympic gold medal

Cyclist sends medal to USADA after admitting to doping and accusing Lance Armstrong.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:28 PM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 05/20/2011

Preakness 2011: Will Animal Kingdom win again?

Most experts say the Kentucky Derby winner will win. (Unless the world ends.)

By Cindy Boren  |  12:41 PM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 05/20/2011

Jayson Werth looks safe; Nats’ GM draws baseball’s attention

GM’s cellphone may ring after umpires give full report to Major League Baseball

By Cindy Boren  |  10:51 AM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 05/20/2011

Lance Armstrong fires back at accusation of doping by ex-teammate

Cyclist responds with tweet: ‘...500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case.’

By Cindy Boren  |  07:47 AM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 05/19/2011

DeMaurice Smith tells Maryland grads ‘I want football, too’

He also has a bit of advice that involves “Rock and Roll Part 2” and a certain chant.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:10 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 05/19/2011

NBA playoffs: Udonis Haslem delivers the Heat

Yes, Udonis Haslem. Two dunks are key as Miami evens playoff series with Chicago.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:19 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Dick Ebersol is leaving NBC Sports

Ebersol, had led NBC Sports since 1989, could not reach agreement on a new contract.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:27 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 05/19/2011

Carlos Rogers says he and DeAngelo Hall have ‘a great relationship’

Rogers also discusses his inability to hold onto interceptions and his future with the Redskins. This lockout must end.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:22 AM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 05/18/2011

Ryan Kerrigan gets a hole-in-one

Redskins’ top draft pick continues to roll...and this lockout is just killing us all.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:44 PM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 05/18/2011

Rex Grossman weighs in on Quarterback Controversy Lite

Grossman talks about McNabb, Wristbandgate, John Beck’s presumed status.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:57 PM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 05/18/2011

Kevin-Prince Boateng breaks out Michael Jackson moves

This puts the Ickey Shuffle to shame.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:12 AM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 05/18/2011

NBA draft lottery: Nick Gilbert steals Kyrie Irving’s show

The son of Cavs owner brings home the top pick, which presumably will be Duke’s star.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:45 AM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 05/17/2011

ESPN’s John Skipper says ‘we do not have a frat-boy culture’

Oh, sure, ‘we have a lot of employees and a few of them, every now and then, do something stupid.’

By Cindy Boren  |  01:28 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Harmon Killebrew dies at 74

Hall of Famer, a former Washington Senator, had announced he was entering hospice last week.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:48 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Rick Welts’s admission isn’t earth-shaking — and that’s good

Steve Nash says, ‘Anyone who’s not ready for this needs to catch up.’

By Cindy Boren  |  10:46 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 05/16/2011

Carlos Santana uses Phillies-Braves ceremony to criticize immigration law

Singer says Georgia’s tough new law is ‘a cruel law’ and ‘you should be ashamed.’

By Cindy Boren  |  02:42 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 05/16/2011

NBA playoffs: Taj Gibson isn’t only one dunking on Dwyane Wade

Heat forward’s 9-year-old son dunks on him and yells, “Gibson.”

By Cindy Boren  |  01:46 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 05/16/2011

Olympic gold medalist Sammy Wanjiru’s death stuns running community

Kenyan marathoner, 24, had “special gift of the champion.”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:26 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 05/16/2011

NBA playoffs: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook geek chic winners

But how far will the Thunder get against the Dallas Mavericks?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:05 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Nationals, Twins pay tribute to Harmon Killebrew

Jersey of Hall of Fame slugger who has cancer hangs in their dugouts.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:38 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Watch: Maryland men’s lacrosse and the ol’ hidden ball trick

Sixty percent of the time it works every time. Just ask North Carolina.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:37 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 05/13/2011

Harmon Killebrew ends cancer treatment, enters hospice

Hall of Famer says in statement, ‘My continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end.’

By Cindy Boren  |  12:09 PM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 05/13/2011

Everson Walls reflects on death of Ron Springs

Former player had donated a kidney to his ex-teammate, who died Thursday at 54.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:35 AM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 05/13/2011

Report: NHL Winter Classic will feature Rangers, Flyers

The game, though, would be moved to Jan. 2 to get out of the way of the NFL.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:59 AM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Donovan McNabb’s agent responds to Bernard Hopkins’ comments

Fletcher N. Smith III calls statements about QB’s toughness ‘dangerous,’ ‘irresponsible.’

By Cindy Boren  |  08:53 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Another first for Bryce Harper: a grand slam

Nats’ phenom is seeing the ball really well. He’s seeing it fly out of the ballpark.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:12 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Serena Williams withdraws from French Open

Williams continues to recover from blood clots; Venus Williams’ status remains unclear.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:38 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Tiger Woods withdraws from the Players Championship

‘I’m having a hard time walking,’ Woods says after shooting a 42 on first nine holes.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:46 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 05/12/2011

NBA playoffs: LeBron James apologizes for ‘The Decision’

After Miami Heat vanquish Boston Celtics, James is in a contrite frame of mind.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:21 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 05/12/2011

JaVale McGee gets a Guinness world record

Okay, so he didn’t win the NBA slam-dunk contest. But the Guinness people came through, which is nice.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:30 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Bernard Hopkins questions Donovan McNabb’s toughness, upbringing

Fighter says Redskins’ quarterback is no Michael Vick or Terrell Owens when it comes to guts.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:49 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Reports: Robert ‘Tractor’ Traylor found dead

Former Michigan player, NBA journeyman found dead at his home in Puerto Rico.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:12 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Live blog: Mark Turgeon introduced as Maryland men’s basketball coach

Capping what he called a “crazy 48 hours,” Mark Turgeon takes the reins of the Terrapins’ men’s basketball program.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 05/11/2011

No longer a player, Brett Favre turns to Cam Newton, storm victims

Agent for former quarterback says he’s willing to help the No. 1 draft pick transition to the NFL game.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:18 AM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Mark Rypien’s daughter to quarterback a Lingerie league team

Angela Rypien reportedly will play for the LFL this fall. It’s a seven-on-seven league of scantily clad women. That is all.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:32 AM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 05/10/2011

NBA playoffs: Lakers’ Bynum apologizes for flagrant foul

Center says he’s ‘just glad [J.J. Barea] wasn't seriously injured’ in ugly incident.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:27 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/10/2011

NBA playoffs: Thunder, Grizzlies star in marathon

A triple OT win by Oklahoma City ties series, prompts the question: “Heat-Celtics who?”

By Cindy Boren  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 05/09/2011

Rangers’ Sean Avery joins campaign for gay rights

‘I’m Sean Avery, and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality,’ he says in a new video.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:09 PM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 05/09/2011

Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt killed in Giro d’Italia crash

Belgian’s death is first in major race in the sport in 16 years.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:45 PM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 05/09/2011

NFL Lockout: League considers turning to WADA

Agency would oversee testing of players for use of performance-enhancing drugs. Can an HGH blood test be far behind?

By Cindy Boren  |  01:06 PM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 05/09/2011

Vince Young and Redskins mentioned in same sentence

Report out of Florida links the two parties, which brings up the question: Would this be a good idea?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:28 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/09/2011

Lakers' Andrew Bynum ejected for flagrant foul on Mavericks guard Barea (VIDEO)

What should be his punishment for applying an elbow to J.J. Barea in Game 4?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:43 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 05/09/2011

NBA Playoffs: Celtics’ Rajon Rondo expected give Game 4 a go

Boston’s point guard played after dislocating his elbow in Game 3, so why wouldn’t he try to play tonight against the Miami Heat?

By Cindy Boren  |  09:01 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:27 AM ET, 05/09/2011

NBA Playoffs: Phil Jackson exits the stage

NBA’s winningest coach says, ‘All my hopes and aspirations are that this is the final game that I’ll coach.’

By Cindy Boren  |  06:27 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 05/08/2011

Shaka Smart has March, not Maryland, on his mind

Coach who did, after all, just get a new deal from VCU, talks only of his players and the Final Four in Wrigley Field appearance.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:59 PM ET, 05/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Pac-10 signs huge TV deal with ESPN, Fox

As part of the nearly $3 billion contract, the conference will start its own television network.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:34 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 05/03/2011

Kentucky Derby 2011: Toby’s Corner is out

Trainer Graham Motion won’t race the Wood Memorial winner because of leg issue; Derby Kitten is likely in.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:28 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 05/03/2011

Rashard Mendenhall on bin Laden’s death: Who celebrates?

Pittsburgh Steelers running back’s controversial tweets draw attention of team’s owner.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:40 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Soccer vs. American football: Rex Ryan’s take

It’s no surprise which one the New York Jets coach calls the beautiful game.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:09 AM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Tom Coughlin, Curt Schilling on bin Laden’s death

One speaks of goosebumps, the other admits he’s angry.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:18 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Athletes’ reaction to bin Laden’s death

Jimmie Johnson and Freddy Adu awoke to the news; Chris Douglas-Roberts was trapped in 140-character hell.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:22 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Nationals have Military Appreciation Night; what other teams do after bin Laden’s death?

The Nationals will have previously scheduled Military Appreciation Night; Four Tops will sing national anthem in Detroit.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:35 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Bin Laden death prompts “U-S-A” chant at Mets-Phillies game, WWE event

Response as word of bin Laden’s death spread was spontaneous, spirited--and spread quickly.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:45 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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