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The Latest Results

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Ok, 24 hour sports, fans, let’s check those latest results.  As of last night’s latest sports results the NBA finals got one game closer to that final moment of victory.  The Thunder beat the Mavericks, breaking their seven game winning streak and bringing the teams 1-1.  The next game will be played on Wednesday March 25th at Dallas.
In NFL news, while the players and owners are still going around and around in their court game, a new voice has been heard:  that of the fans.  The Sports Fans Coalition filed a brief in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the general tune of support of the players, citing the billions of dollars spent by fans each year on seeing their teams perform.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency has claimed another medal, this time Tyler Hamilton’s gold in cycling from 2004.  Hamilton handed over the medal after admitting to a jury and appearing on television show “60 Minutes” to discuss his use of performance enhancing drugs.   He also pointed a finger at Lance Armstrong, indicated that he too had been involved in doping during his career.  Armstrong responded via Twitter, saying “20+ year career. 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case.”  Being as how Armstrong is retired, he seems a bit of a pointless target for finger pointing.

RIP Harmon Killebrew

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

24 hour sports fans already know that Minnesota Twins Slugger Harmon Killebrew passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 74.  He had been battling esophageal cancer, which last week he announced was incurable. The hard-hitting slugger named Killer was, despite the moniker, one of the kindest and friendliest men that the sport has known.  Dave St Peter, the Twins president as said that Killebrew’s legacy “will be the class, dignity and humility he demonstrated each and every day as a Hall of Fame-quality husband, father, friend, teammate and man. The Twins extend heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the Killebrew family at this difficult time.”   Killebrew’s legacy will also live on through the Major League Baseball imagery as it was his silhouette that inspired the logo.
During his 22-year career, Killebrew hit 573 home runs, ranking him 11th in major league history.  With eight season hitting over 40, he remained to this day tied with Babe Ruth for second in the history of the league.  Certainly this was a name you were seeing a great deal of in the latest sports headlines of his day. His number 3 jersey was retired in 1975 and he was elected to the hall of fame in 1984.  Of his talent for hitting home runs, Killebrew said, “I found out early in life that I could hit a baseball farther than most players and that’s what I tried to do.”

Things That Didn’t Come As A Surprise

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Sometimes the latest sports results contain surprises- upsets that nobody saw coming, feats of human skill that are unparalleled and inspiring.  Of course, sometimes, the latest sports headlines don’t contain a single surprise.  For example, is anyone really surprised that the Celtics are done for and heading home having lost against the Heat?  No, of course not.  Were sports 24 7 fans shocked to learn that Tiger Woods, recovering from multiple injuries played a 42 on the opening nine holes at the Players Championship and then withdrew from the competition.  Again, no dropped jaws.

 

However, in a day with no upsets, it can also be nice to hear some good news.  Johnathon Taylor, the University of Georgia outfielder who broke his neck in an in-game collision during a game against the Seminoles is now breathing on his own and has regained partial use of his hands.  Taylor’s continued improvement is a good sign for the player who says that he will one day walk again.  While most people with this type of injury to the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae do not regain use of their legs, Taylor is optimistic.  He hopes to return to class this fall.

24 Hour Sports: Recent Wins

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Thunders Vs Grizzlies: Thunder 133, Grizzlies 123.  Not just overtime, or even double overtime, but triple overtime – only the fourth time in the past twenty years that a playoff game as gone into triple overtime.

Stanley Cup:  The Vancouver Canucks won 2-1 against the Nasheville Predators in game six and will now head to the Western Conference Finals.

Heat vs Celtics:  The Miami Heat won 98-90 and lead the eastern conference 3-1.  Sports 24-7 fans can look to see how they do Wednesday night as play their home court.  In order to have a shot the Celtics would have to win all three of their next games. Chances are good they are done for this year.

Sports 247 Quick Bites

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Among the latest sports headlines….

Uncle Mo was pulled from the lineup less than an hour before the Derby wagering opened.  The Kentucky Derby, many feel, is wide open this year with Dialed In now looking to be an early favorite.

Both the Lakers and the Celtics are down 0-2, and while 247 sports fans know that they weren’t the leaders in the league this, they are the most experienced with arguably some of the best players in the league.  The odds are against either team winning, but stranger things have happened.  It has been 34 years since the Lakers were beat on their home court in the first two playoff series games- it happened in 1977 against Portland, and now in 2011 against the Mavericks.

Rashard Mendenhall of the Steelers hasn’t had the best week since he tweeted personal opinions about the death of Osama bin Laden.  The Steelers have covered with a statement of their own and Champion has dropped Mendenhall, but what next?  Some pundits are bandying about the idea that social media should be banned, or at least screened, for players.  Given the amount of drama that has been caused by athletes using social media tools so far, it’s an interesting and highly debatable idea.

NFL 2011 League Good News

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Sports 247 fans are ready for good news from the NFL league. All involved, from owners to players to fans agree that the 2011 season should proceed- it’s just the how that is presenting so much trouble. Although the league is already searching out a new and friendly court venue, this morning, Friday, saw players returning to training facilities. For the first time in far too long coaches and players have been allowed to work together, and playbooks have been passed out. Some dozen Carolina Panthers players were seen entering the stadium this morning to meet with new coach Ron Rivera. Included in the dozen were Jimmy Clausen, quarterback, who is surely interested in learning what will become of his job now that the Panthers have drafted Cam Newton of Auborn with the number one overall pick on Thursday night.

 

Jake Scott, the team player’s representative for the Tennessee Titans has been met the past few days by armed guards, but met with an unlocked gate Friday for the first time. Now that the case is heading to the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals in St Louis, we’re all back to checking the latest sports headlines for updates. Until then, however, it’s back to the field. The longer the lockout is lifted, the better this season will be for rookies and new drafts who have entered the league in a time of unprecedented uncertainty.

Loopholes in Title IX being Exploited

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

As expected by those keeping up with the latest sports results, the judge ruled and the NFL immediately appealed, seeking a stay.  So, things are still weird in NFL-land, 247 sports fans, and will probably stay that way for a while.  So, moving on….

Derrick Rose might be slowed down a bit by his twisted ankle, but chances are his real challenge will come down to changing direction quickly and having enough power in his moves.  He will be taking the court for game five and chances are with youth and adrenaline on his side he will continue to lead the Bulls forward.  Some analysts say that fans can look to Luol Deng, who played big in game one to really step up and pick up some of the slack.

In other 24 hour sports news, a recent New York Times article showed how loopholes are allowing many schools to skirt the regulations stipulated by Title IX to create ample sports opportunities for women at the collegiate level.  Even high ranking schools like Texas A&M and Duke have been shown to list male practice players as female players.  Hopefully, this will spark some conversation and debate as to how to actually move away from roster management and actually affect change in these programs if and as needed.

Quick change in 24 hour sports

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Sometimes, a lot can chance in 24 hour sports news.  A team can unexpectedly pull ahead or fall behind.  That hasn’t been the case in the Eastern Conference Championship, however.  The Bulls moved from 2-0 to 3-0 and while the Pacers gave Derrik Rose a run for his money, in the end he scored well and the Bulls carry on as the clear leaders.  Rose admitted that the game was pretty rough, but at the end of the day, the Bulls are clearly still winning thanks in no small part to Rose.

Now that the wait is over, sports 247 fans have a little something to look forward to in the NFL world:  the draft.  The 2011 draft will kick off next Thursday night, continuing through Saturday.   This year the Carolina Panthers will have the first pick of the first round and the Green Bay Packers will have the last of round one.  Regardless of any season uncertainty, next week will be an exciting and interesting time as we see how the teams will fill out for the upcoming season.

NFL releasing the 2011 schedule

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

As of 7pm today, Tuesday April 19th, the NFL will be releasing the 2011 schedule.  Does this mean that sports 24 7 fans can rejoice in the news that they can count on football scores in the latest sports results this fall?  Sadly, no.  Still deep in mediation, neither side has come to any compromise that is workable, and it is expected that the judge’s ruling will be immediately appealed by the loser, thus locking negotiations into the court for at least another month.  This hangs over everything, the draft included, but it is necessary to plan for the season so that should it occur, everything is in place.

In the name of making plans as if the season will commence, the NFL will continue to build their fanbase in the UK.  On October 23rd the Chicago Bears will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium in London.  Well, as long as the labor disputes have been resolved by August 1st, that is.  This will (hopefully) be the fifth year in which an NFL regular-season game is played in London in an effort to connect with fans and build enthusiasm for American football.

Quick Picks from the Latest Sports Headlines

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

247 sports fans have been awaiting a jury decision on the Barry Bonds trail, but after three days of deliberation, the wait will continue.  There is no word on how long the deliberation will take.

24 hour sports coverage sometimes comes in the form of self-coverage these days.  Serena Williams, on her first day back on the court after recovering from a blood clot in her lung and a hemotoma on her stomach – and this after stepping on glass led to two foot surgeries – tweeted about her first day back on the court, complete with pictures.  Despite her absence from the court during that time, she remains ranked #1 in Women’s Tennis.

Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker has decided to stay at Harvard after meeting with University of Miami officials earlier this week.  Previously an assistant coach at Duke, Amaker helped the Crimson to it’s first Ivy League title this past season and has big goals for the future.  Harvard’s main competition (Princeton) is currently in the market for a new coach.

Speaking of coaches, the Dallas Stars have fired Coach Marc Crawford after team failed once more to make the NHL playoffs.  The Stars did have the most points of any non-playoff team this year, but that’s hardly any consolation.