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Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 10/31/2014

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura got over his World Series loss by playing softball with some local kids

Not long ago, a woman spent an entire week in a KFC drowning her sorrows in fried chicken parts after a silly boy broke up with her. With that in mind, one might expect the Kansas City Royals to have moved into a Ben & Jerry’s facility. It’s a fact (maybe): Ice cream soothes a sad soul.

Well, not Yordano Ventura’s. The starting pitcher didn’t turn to comfort food to bounce back after his team fell to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday in Game 7 of the World Series. He surprised a bunch of kids at a softball field in Tiffany Fields, Mo., instead.

He really does look happy. Maybe he’s still reeling from his fantastic Tuesday night when he pitched seven scoreless innings in Game 6? Or perhaps he just genuinely enjoys meeting his fans.

According to MLB.com, Ventura traded in his usual position on the mound for a place in the outfield, which fans didn’t seem to mind, especially these little adorable ones.

(H/t: Deadspin)

By Marissa Payne  |  02:57 PM ET, 10/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 10/31/2014

Cowboys’ Jason Witten gives verbal wedgie to underwear shoplifter Joseph Randle

Things got a little chippy at the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility Friday morning when tight end Jason Witten barked an expletive or two at underwear shoplifter/running back Joseph Randle.

“All right, don’t say another (expletive) word!” Witten yelled at Randle at the opening of the workout (via Dallas’s local CBS affiliate). “All right? Don’t say nothin’ from here on out. Don’t talk about it.”

The cause of the verbal wedgie is not totally known, but reporter Mike Fisher has an idea. He said, via CBS:

Witten’s ire isn’t the result of [Randle's shoplifting] arrest, which the club dealt with in the wake of the two-week-old incident, but rather Frisco Jail video that shows Randle trying to downplay his crime by comparing it to teammates’ troubles.

Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill confirmed the tiff was about the jailhouse videos.

Besides having a swell time cracking jokes while in police custody, Randle also ragged on some of his teammates to authorities, as shown in video clips that were made public earlier this week on Dallas’s CBS station.

Fisher reviews Randle’s statements:

“Said Randle to officers about teammate Josh Brent, involved in the 2012 vehicular homicide tragedy that killed Jerry Brown: ‘Josh Brent, he’s still up in the locker room. He was driving drunk. That’s stupid.’

Randle is just lucky Witten’s verbal wedgie Friday morning didn’t go atomic.

By Marissa Payne  |  02:16 PM ET, 10/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 10/31/2014

Bowling seeks to become an Olympic sport by doing away with current ‘boring’ scoring method

If curling can be an Olympic sport, why can’t bowling? After all, they both have a lot in common. Besides having a similar aim of slinging an object down a slippery surface, they can also both be played while drinking copious amounts of beer. Unfortunately for World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger, though, that’s precisely part of the problem.

“We have had an image problem,” Dornberger, the head of the sport’s governing body, tells USA Today. “People still see it as a recreation where you have a few beers and it is a wonderful social experience. But there’s also an elite competitive side and being in the Olympics would open up incredible opportunities in terms of visibility and appeal.”

One way World Bowling is hoping to change the way people and, specifically, those people who serve on the International Olympic Committee view the sport is to revamp the scoring system, which Dornberger says is so confusing that it “can make it boring … to watch.” And so, USA Today reports, World Bowling is going to experiment with a different scoring system during the Tour finals at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The details of the scoring makeover were revealed last week. Along with bidding adieu to the perfect 300, the new game involves 12 frames, plus (per the Professional Bowlers Association):

  • In each frame, each player will throw one shot.
  • If Player A gets a higher pin count than Player B, he/she will win the frame.
  • If both players strike, the frame will be tied.
  • If neither player strikes, but each has the same pin count, each player will try to convert the spare. If both successfully convert their spares, the frame will be a tie. If one player has a higher pin count than the other after two shots, that player will win the frame.
  • Scoring for the match will reflect who has won the most frames (example, 1 up, 2 up, etc. All-square means the match is tied).
  • At the point one player has won more frames than frames remain (example: 3 up after 10 frames), he/she will be declared the winner.
  • If a match is “all-square” after 12 frames, the tie will be broken using the single-frame format described above until the tie is broken.

“The new system emphasizes winning the frame, much like golf’s Ryder Cup places emphasis on winning a hole,” the PBA explains. “This new system is expected to dramatically reduce the length of time and complexity of scoring required to complete a two-player match.”

“I’m open to anything because I love our sport,” Dornberger told the Associated Press last month when World Bowling was kicking around new scoring options. “I love tradition, but it’s vital that we become an Olympic sport. If we have to be dragged into the 21st century to do that, I’m OK with that.”

Thankfully, the 21st century still has beer.

By Marissa Payne  |  01:45 PM ET, 10/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 10/31/2014

FIFA apologizes for including Crimea as part of Russia in World Cup promotional video


The official logo for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is presented on the facade of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on Wednesday. (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

FIFA had to decide whether to offend the Western world or Russian President Vladimir Putin — the world’s governing soccer body chose a little bit of both. After including the disputed area of Crimea in a map of Russia during a World Cup 2018 promotional video earlier this week, FIFA has cut the clip and apologized. The organization has blamed the gaffe on a local video production agency, but admits it was FIFA’s error for not noticing it.

“Unfortunately the map of Russia selected and used during the projection by the local service provider escaped our attention and the short sequence in question has been removed,” a FIFA spokesman told AFP (via Business Insider). Here’s the controversial clip, which shows Crimea hanging off the southern section of Russia.

The two-second clip has caused an uproar in Ukraine.

“I publicly appeal to the Football Federation of Ukraine and Ukraine’s Ministry of Youth and Sports to immediately file a protest and a lawsuit,” Ukrainian Euro 2012 organizer Markiyan Lubkivskiy said in local Ukrainian media (via the Moscow Times).

The FFU’s comments, meanwhile, have been more cautious.

“We saw the video,” FFU spokesperson Pavel Ternovoy said (via MK.ru). “It confused us and we are very surprised.”

Crimea was annexed in March by Russia, which caused additional uproar when it also incorporated three of the region’s professional soccer teams into its third-division ranks. Ukraine has accused Russia of “kidnapping” the clubs, but Russia has classified them as new clubs that have nothing to do with their Ukrainian predecessors, InsideWorldFootball.com reports.

By Marissa Payne  |  12:58 PM ET, 10/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 10/31/2014

Michigan AD Dave Brandon has resigned

UPDATE 1:37 P.M.: Michigan President Mark Schlissel confirmed Athletic Director Dave Brandon’s resignation at a news conference on Friday. “I agree with this decision,” he said, per reports.

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After a tumultuous four-year stint heading up University of Michigan’s athletic department, Athletic Director Dave Brandon is expected to step down on Friday afternoon. Per the Detroit News:

The announcement will be made at 1:30 p.m. [EDT] Friday during an on-campus news conference with Michigan president Mark Schlissel, a source confirmed to The Detroit News.

The news does not come as a surprise to those who have been following Michigan’s disastrous football season, which led to  widespread dissatisfaction among the university students and officials. Students expressed their outrage over what they saw as Brandon’s “corporatization” of the football program at the expense of the longstanding value of tradition. The vibe, combined with a hike in student ticket prices, spurred students to start a petition last month calling for Brandon’s resignation.

The students also joined university officials in their concern over how the athletic department handled quarterback Shane Morris’s head injury. After suffering the concussion in a game last month, he continued to play — a move Coach Brady Hoke even defended.

The concerns came to a head during an Oct. 16 Board of Regents meeting on the Flint campus, during which even Schlissel noted his disappointment in the department and in Brandon.

It is unclear how Brandon’s reported resignation will affect the future of football coach Brady Hoke, but many have also called for his resignation, as well.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

By Marissa Payne  |  12:08 PM ET, 10/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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