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The Big Twelve May Say Goodbye to Texas A&M

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Texas A&M has officially announced that they will be applying elsewhere and if accepted will leave the Big 12 as of July 2012. It has been known for some time to 247 sports fans that Texas A&M has been eying the SEC, so the news comes as no real surprise. Texas has been a part of the Big 12 since its founding back in 1996 and is seeking greater exposure for its athletes and more financial support for it’s program with the move. What happens next is still up in the air. On the one hand, the SEC has not confirmed receipt of an application and on the other hand both Nebraska and Colorado have recently left the Big 12. If Texas leaves that will drop the Big 12 down to nine teams; not exactly an even number and certainly smaller than desirable. The remaining Big 12 members will likely undertake a search for new members. As of yet the only school known to be interested is SMU, which has been making it’s way back up since a pay-to-play scandal in the 1980s. It is also possible the the SEC would seek out another team to even out their numbers if Texas A&M makes thirteen on their rooster. This would likely take place after the first year. Either way, it looks like there will be some restructuring in the future of college ball.

Three Grand Slams in One Game!

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Among the latest sports results buzzing around online today are the details of the Yankees 22-9 record breaking win. Teammates Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson each hit a grand slam, the first time that three grand slams have been hit in a single game. The nine inning game was certainly the longest of the season and was in fact only 14 minutes shorter then the longest game every played in MLB. A close look at many of the other game stats will reveal that many of the numbers haven’t been seen since the ’20s and ’30s! It was certainly not your average game.

The death of Mike Flanagan, who was honored with a moment of silence at the record-breaking Yankee-Athletics game, has officially been deemed a suicide. Flanagan, winner of the Cy Young award in 1973, helped the Orioles win the World Series in 1983 and who later became a coach and a commentator was a beloved player and figure in the world of Baltimore Baseball.

In other Yankee news, on the very day that the Yankees open a five-day series with the Orioles, A-Rod will be meeting with MLB representatives to discuss his involvement in a high-stakes poker game. 24 hour sports fans may remember the game which took place back in 2009, the illegality of which may be in question.

United States Will Not Bid on 2020 Olympics

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Chicago, Dallas, and New York were the cities who had expressed interest in bidding for the 2020 Olympics, but that isn’t going to happen, much to the disappointment of sports 24 7 fans in those cities.  The U.S. Olympic committee was apparently unable to work out a revenue-sharing deal in time for a bid to go in.  Thus far, there are four official bids:  Rome, Italy; Madrid, Spain; Tokoyo, Japan; and Istanbul, Turkey.  There are also numerous other potential bids from countries including Kenya, Morocco, India, Hungary, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Australia, and Qatar.

Africa has never hosted an Olympics before, which makes them an interesting prospect, especially considering comments from the IOC about an African bid being a strong contender.  Cairo, Egypt was expected to make a bid, but the fate of that bid remains unknown considering the political unrest following the past year’s revolution.

If the 2020 Summer Games went to…

  • Africa, it would be the first games held there.
  • North America, it would 24 years since the Atlanta games
  • Oceania, it would be 20 years since the Sydney games
  • Asia, it would be 12 years since the Beijing games
  • Europe, it would be 8 years since the London games
  • South America, it would be 4 years since the Rio de Janeiro games

Briefs From the NFL

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Quick notes from the latest sports headlines…

  • Ryan Kalil is slated to become the highest paid center in the NFL as of his his new contract with The Carolina Panthers.  Kalil’s six year contract is apparently worth $49 million.
  • The Chiefs may not have Jonathon Baldwin during the preseason due to a wrist injury sustained during a lock-room fight with well-liked veteran Chiefs player Thomas Jones.  No statement has been released detailing the reason for the fight.
  • The Giant’s Osi Umenyiora has decided to go ahead with arthroscopic surgery on his right knee now to in the hopes of avoiding trouble in the middle of the season.
  • Union representatives will be meeting with HGH testing experts next week to discuss the anti-doping drug tests next week in order to move forward with the proposed labor deal including such blood tests.

A Look at the Braves Tuesday Game

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The Braves’ recent win against the Giants has them one walk-off away from being tied with the Royals for the major league lead. As the latest sports results have shown, the Braves have done well. Currently at 72-51, they are second in the NL East. Highlights from this past game would certainly include starting pitcher Randall Delgado. Delgado, who will return to the minor leagues now that Jair Jurrjens is returning from being on disability leave, looked right at home on the field with the Braves and contributed greatly to their win, nearly pitching a no-hitter with no hits through the sixth inning.

If you’re tied in to the 247 sports feeds you may have already seen the footage of this play, but if not, check it out the double play in the forth. You’ll see Dan Uggla (second baseman) dropping to his knees to field a grounder, turning and throwing to second where Alex Gonzalez (shortstop) catches the ball and makes the relay through to first in midair. It isn’t just any midair leap though — Gonzalez did all this while leaping over the Giant’s Fontenot, who was the only player to make base, his via a walk, in the fourth.

NCAA Basketball Players, It’s Time to Study

Friday, August 12th, 2011

The game just got a little more challenging for NCAA basketball players. Instead of spending all their time on the court they are going to have to spend a lot more of it studying in the library if they want a chance to play in the tournament. The specifics of the upcoming change which has already been unanimously approved are as follows: Any team that does not have a 930 Academic Progress Rate (the rate being averaged over a period of four years) will be barred from all postseason competition. A quick look back at history shows us that quite a number of tournament winners would have in fact been barred from playing had this rule already been in effect.

One of the biggest challenges inherent in this change will be for small schools. Many larger schools have a support team in place to help their athletes perform scholastically. Without these resources, smaller schools will rely on the athletes themselves to put in time both on the court and in the classroom. This will also increase the pressure on high school students who are looking for scholarships to prove themselves academically in order to prove that they won’t threaten a team’s Academic Progress Rate. It will also be a matter of great importance for coaches to ensure that they don’t lose their chance at the tournament – student’s academic performances will reflect on them in a way that previously only their athletic performances did.

Some may feel that these higher standards will make it harder for teams to excel and will cause truly great players and teams to miss opportunities. The obvious response to that is this: we’re talking about college basketball. College is first and foremost a school wherein one learns, generally with the end goal of receiving a diploma. If that isn’t important to a player, then perhaps college is the wrong place for them.

NFL Announces New HGH Testing Protocols

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

With the technology now in place the NFL will likely begin testing players, year-round, for performance enhancing drugs. These tests will be done on game day in as noninvasive manner as possible and all players will be constantly eligible for testing. That is to say that during the pre-season, game season as well as during the off-season, random HGH tests (via a blood test) will be administered.

The testing will fit in with the current steroid policy. If all of the discussions go well and agreements are met the new policy will go into affect on September 8th. This policy is a part of the new collective bargaining agreement between players and owners and is designed to maintain the standards of competition in the sport and in the league.

The NBA Scoop

Friday, August 5th, 2011

One thing is for sure and that is this: 24 hour sports fans were dismayed by a recent statement made by Billy Hunter, the Players Association executive director. Hunter recently shared that he believed the entire 2011-12 NBA season is likely to be canceled altogether due to an inability to negotiate. How certain is Hunter? Well, he did say that he would bet on it at an American Bar Association conference, so chances are he isn’t joking around. Apparently the players and the owners are around $800 million per year apart and so far no bargaining point has been found that can bridge the gap.

As recent sports 24 7 headlines have made clear, with the season in jeopardy more and more players are looking to the overseas market in the hopes of playing a full season this coming year. So far the Nets Deron Williams who is signed to Turkey is the only superstar player to sign a deal, but there are increasingly large numbers of players who are making that move. Some players plan to spend their entire season abroad while others, like Jon Leuer who is heading to Germany and and E’Twaun Moore who is heading to Italy, have opt-out clauses in their contracts that allows them to return to the NBA in the event that the lockout ends. Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki who is currently gearing up to play for Lithuania in the EuroBasket has stated that while he will look to play abroad in the event of a lockout, he isn’t even going to think about it until after he’s finished with the EuroBasket.

NCAA Football News

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The latest sports headlines concerning NCAA Football include:

Georgia Tech has announced within their deadline that they plan to appeal the NCAA’s sanctions which include the vacation of their 2009 ACC football championship, four years probation, and a $100,000 fine for failure to cooperate in an investigation. The incidences in question were a student who had received advance information about an interview and a student who was allowed to play despite his known questionable eligibility.

247 sports fans know that UNC is now looking for both a new football coach as well as a new athletic director. Dick Baddour says that he is doing what is best by the school in stepping down from his position, stating that he will remain in the position until the school hires a new athletic direction so that the new AD will hire their own coach rather than inherit a newly-hired coach. Baddour, who is serving the last year of a three-year contract extension will then serve out the rest of his contract in a different position.

The Big 12′s athletic directors have agreed on a one-year moratorium on broadcasting any high school content and hope to make the conversation nationwide. Recruiting and publicity certainly make the issue a sticky one for the NCAA.