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2011 NFL Injuries

Friday, September 30th, 2011

As Sports 24 7 fans already know there have been numerous injuries this year that have left teams feeling a little more challenged than they were hoping to be at this point in the season. The Chiefs, for example, are down Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry and Jaamal Charles for the rest of the year.

Earlier this year that were concerns that there would be more season-ending injuries this year as a result of the lack of training camp workouts. Less training seemed dangerous to some, but it would seem that this wasn’t really the case. It may even be that veterans are staying healthier than usual because they had more of a break before heading into the season.

As with most things that have to do with the latest sports results, there is one surefire way to be sure and that is to check the stats. At this time last year there were 142 players on IR (injured reserve) and this year there are only 130. It’s not drastic, but it’s certainly a big enough difference to take note of. What will be interesting to compare will be how players perform – are they up to their usual standards without the pre-season training or will see see an accross-the board drop in performance as well. Certainly it will be an interesting thing to follow up on.

Keeping Up With the News

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Keeping up with the latest sports headlines means swallowing the bitter pill that the NBA season is now going to be affected by the lockout. Training camps have been canceled and the first week of pre-season games have been as well. In order to avoid canceling season games the two sides need to have reached an agreement within the next 2 1/2 weeks or so. Some have speculated that owners would be willing to lose some of the early season games as attendance tends to be low at the beginning of the season, while others argue that since game tickets will be refunded plus 1% interest for any game cancelled that the owners have plenty of reasons to come to the table in good faith of reaching an agreement sooner rather than later.

Of course, a lack of playing time hasn’t stopped players from getting into trouble. Marcus Camby was arrested on a marijuana charge (yes, again), Tate George is being charged with an Ponzi scheme and Kobe Bryant’s assault allegations are being renewed (at a church? Come on, now!). We really do need some actual 247 sports news about the NBA, you know, the kind with stats!

NBA News

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Kobe Bryant is still considering an overseas season while Dirk Nowitzki has decided to take a break after his time at the European Championships. Nowitzki has stated that the NBA lockout would have to carry over into November before he would start looking elsewhere for the coming season. In fact, Nowitzki is taken more than just a few months off. In past 24 hour sports news we learned that Germany failed to qualify for the Olympics and for those who were watching it didn’t look like Nowitzki was really at his best. Now Dirk says that while he isn’t leaving his national team for good that he will be taking two years off at the very least. Should Germany try again in 2015 for the Olympics it is likely that Dirk, at age 37, will be giving it one last go.

Meanwhile, after a meeting last week owners and players are looking to meet again this week. Last week’s meeting ended with some pessimism on both sides about their ability to reach an agreement, but in fact there were also reported successes in the negotiation. The economic end of the deal as recently presented by the players was acceptable to the owners, so at least there is that! They are still working on the system as well as a salary cap. It seems the players want a soft cap while the owners would prefer a hard cap. We can only hope that this week’s meetings will bring the two sides closer to an agreement.

Who Earns the Most?

Friday, September 16th, 2011

The focus on finances in the latest sports results pages has been obvious to even the most forgetful of sports 247 readers. In no small part this is because of the mass negotiations happening in Major League sports and in part because money has always been a big part of the game. When the Dodgers couldn’t make payroll and MLB stepped in, everybody noticed. When players’ incomes became a point of debate between players and owners, everyone noticed. Over the past decade there hasn’t been much of an increase for most sports leagues in terms of fans but while some teams are gathering more fans, plenty are losing fans in a bit way. If you look internationally you’ll see that soccer seems to be on top of the list of teams who are making it big quickly followed by US sports. Following are the top five highest earning teams of 2011….

1. Real Madrid: $592,000,000
2. FC Barcelona: $537,000,000
3. Manchester United: $432,000,000
4. New York Yankees: $441,000,000
5. Dallas Cowboys: $420,000,000

Amazing Play of the Week

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

One of the great things about sports is how often you get to watch somebody do something truly impressive. Whether you tune into 247 sports and read every last detail or only skim the highlights, chances are you’ve read a stat and thought “no way he did that!” or wondered how on earth the human body came to be capable of same great feat. Sometimes, however, a good play is just that – a good play – and if it so happens to set a record in the process, so be it.

Many watching the game or checking the latest sports results for the Arizona Cardinals vs the Carolina Panthers game were expecting to see a lot of press about Cam Newton. Newton played well, to be sure, but it was rookie Patrick Peterson who got most of the attention for the day. Peterson brought it home for a Cardinals win with a 89-yard record-breaking play. Part of what make this punt-turned-touchdown so entertaining to watch was the finish. Nearing the finish line Peterson obviously thought that he was in the clear and his stride turned into a little bit of a strut. All showboating was abruptly called off, however, when he realized that he was about to be taken out by Panther Mike Goodson. Peterson threw himself headfirst over the line for his touchdown in a dramatic moment, thus earning himself and the Cardinals a great victory.

Maybe Schools Will Shuffle…and Maybe Not

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

While it seemed that there was a lot of talk in the latest sports headlines about possible changes coming up, like Texas A&M’s hopeful move to the SEC, it looks a bit dicey as to whether or not those changes are as forthcoming as was thought. Texas A&M’s move may be blocked by a potential lawsuit by Baylor. You may recall back when Miami and Boston College were sued back in 2003 as they tried to move to the ACC – and that lawsuit failed. That doesn’t mean that precedent is set, however, and this could go either way.

Meanwhile the PAC-10 has announced that actually, it’s just fine at 12, thank you very much. If you’ve been paying attention to 24 hour sports news for a few years then you know that the Pac-12 was recently the Pac-10 and seemingly in a big hurry to expand. They took in Colorado from the Big 12 and Utah from the Mountain West last year, and those weren’t the only teams they were after. Now that they are the Pac-12, however, it seems that they will be sitting tight and watching what happens with the Big 12 and the SEC before they decide whether or not to expand their own numbers once more.

Rain Washes Out Sports

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The latest tropical storm to make landfall has certainly caused its share of flooding and destruction, and it also brought the world of sports to a halt. The slow moving front is headed northward, so expect to see some delays as it continues to bring its rainy grey skies and wind on up the country.

All of the Tuesday matches at the French Open were canceled due to the weather, including matches between Donald Young and Andy Murray and John Isner and Gilles Simon.

Rain soaked Atlanta, which actually suffered from tornado damage as well, is seeing numerous weather-related cautions slow things down at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Of course, the rain didn’t wash everyone. The Maryland – Miami game went on as scheduled and the Terrapins won the day 32-24. It was coach Randy Edsall’s first win as Maryland’s head coach. While Edsall took none of the credit for the victory, he certainly deserves some of it, as his team-effort approach has clearly paid off for the team. His players shone, especially Danny O’Brien, Cameron Chism and Nick Ferrara.

NBA Owners and Players to Be Talking More

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

You don’t have to keep up with sports 24 7 to know that a full NBA season in 2011-2010 is only possible if the two sides come together on an agreement sometime soon. Both the players and the owners are acutely aware of this fact, and they are also aware that the effect will be further reaching than just owners and players, but the entire communities in which the teams operate. After a six hour meeting for only the second time since the lockout began on July 1, both sides seem to be presenting a united front to the outside world despite their differences. It would seem that the value of keeping the talks at the table has been recognized. Neither side cares to comment on their position, the opposing position, or how far they are from reaching an agreement. Considering that training camp would normally start on October 1st, that means a month remains for owners and players to find a peaceful accord or begin sacrificing some of the season. Their silence outside the negotiating room is likely a good sign for progress within the room, so stay tuned to the latest sports headlines for any further announcements.