For a four car team that features a three time Sprint Cup series champion and the reigning Cup Champion the Stewart Haas Racing team begins the 2015 will an amazing amount of uncertainty. Chief among those concerns center around the legal trouble of Kurt Busch. Going through a Domestic Violence trial to an incident last fall Kurt could be suspended at some point by NASCAR in the wake of the NFL bungling of the Ray Rice situation.
On top of that, Tony Stewart is back at the track after the tragedy he suffered though last fall coming off his worst season since coming to NASCAR. Some are wondering how Smoke will bounce back. The fourth car is that of the always inconsistent Danica Patrick now beginning her third full season in the Sprint Cup Garage. How these issues play out will go a long way in determining if one of the Stewart-Haas cars can win their second championship in a row.
#4 Kevin Harvick- Harvick is the reining Sprint Cup Champion and Rodney Childers is back leading the #4 team. They look to put in another solid performance and contend for the title once more. more >>
Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Chito Salud issued a stern warning to the present and the future imports never to disrespect the league's referees and players even if they are not as capable as they think.
On Friday, the PBA Commissioner slapped Purefoods Star Hotshots reinforcement and former NBA player Daniel Orton a humongous PHP250 thousand (about $5,600) fine for his post-game statements after their shocking loss to Manny Pacquiao and the Kia Carnival Wednesday night.
"For issuing comments that are disparaging, disrespectful of and offensive to his host league, the game officials and a fellow player and head coach of a member-team, a penalty of 250,000 pesos is hereby imposed on Mr. Orton," Salud said in a statement posted to the league's official Twitter account. more >>
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony will have a season-ending left knee surgery which, as announced by team president Phil Jackson, could miss him about "four to six months" from the league.
A report from ESPN.com stated that Anthony's procedure, which will be performed by team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen, "includes a left knee patella tendon debridement and repair."
USA Today provided a thorough detail of the surgery: more >>
The NFL wants to expand its playoff tournament much in the way MLB did a few years ago, but it is a move that may not be very popular with its fans.
Currently 12 of the 32 NFL teams make the playoffs each season. Even with one of the lowest percentages of franchise making the post-season a team with a even or losing record seems to make the NFL playoffs each year. For this past NFL season the 7-8-1 Carolina Panthers won their division and hosted a NFL playoff game while the 11-5 Detroit Lions had to go on the road in the first round of the playoffs.
The NFL wanted to expand the playoffs last season but put off that vote for a year. Now it looks like the league wants to wait one more year and tie the expanded playoffs to its Thursday Night TV package either to negotiate both things in the same year or possible link the expanded playoffs to Thursday night or just to get more profit out of one of its TV partners. more >>
The Arizona Diamondbacks are set to sign a new local TV deal with Fox Sports Arizona. That in of itself is not huge news. The length of the deal isn't really huge news either as we have seen many other teams lock up local TV deals for 10 or 15 or 20 years. The deal could reportedly be worth $1 billion.
"The Diamondbacks became the latest team to cash in on baseball's exploding local television market, agreeing to remain with Fox Sports Arizona under a contract that's believed to be worth in excess of $1 billion," NBC's Hardball Talk reported.
It is not very surprising that Fox Sports is very willing to dole out big cash for the TV rights of Major League team in their home TV markets. Consistently for many team and TV markets these games do very well in the ratings. more >>
Preston North End goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann claimed that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney apologized to him for what appeared to be a dive late in their FA Cup match on Monday night.
Rooney found himself on a one-on-one with Stuckmann inside the box for a chance to seal United's win over Preston at the latter's home turf in Deepdale. Stuckmann tried to sweep the ball from Rooney, but the latter fell down, leading to a foul by Stuckmann.
Replays showed, however, that Stuckmann did not commit the foul. The referee stood by his call, and Rooney struck the penalty that formalized United's 3-1 victory. more >>