July 23, 2014

2014 NHL Draft: Capsules on the first-round NHL picks


  (PhatzRadio / USA Today)    —   Kyle Woodlief, the chief and publisher of Red Line Report, provides analysis of the 30 players taken in the first round on Friday in Philadelphia. 1. Florida Panthers – D Aaron Ekblad Big, strong defenseman who covers a lot of ice. Very complete package: high hockey IQ, great size/strength, [...]

Cycling: Lance Armstrong finally grilled under oath


    Story Highlights SCA Promotions paid Armstrong’s Tour de France bonuses from 2002 to 2004 and wants its money back The former cyclist lied about doping in a previous legal proceeding against the same company Armstrong’s attorneys had tried to avoid this day by making appeals to Texas courts but were rejected   (PhatzRadio [...]

NFL News and Notes: Wes Welker not returning $14,000 to Churchill Downs


    Story Highlights Churchill Downs spokesman says tote error caused overpayment Welker said he had a wad of winning tickets NFLer gave out $100 bills to strangers (PhatzRadio / USA Today)    —   The last we saw Wes Welker, the NFL receiver was walking out of Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day with stacks of [...]

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson has sixth Sprint Cup title in sight / Kevin Harvick wins at Phoenix as tenure at RCR wanes


Jimmie Johnson started from the pole Sunday and finished third at the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Johnson will take a 28-point lead over Matt Kenseth into next Sunday’s season finale Johnson has an average finish of 4.7 in the first nine of 10 Chase races this [...]

UFC / MMA: Why UFC history will be rewritten in Velasquez-JDS 3


Cain Velasquez (top) strikes Junior Dos Santos (bottom) last December during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.(Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports) (PhatzRadio / MMA) — It’s strange what combat sports can do to your memory. I don’t mean that in the repeated concussions sense, though getting hit in the head for [...]

MLB – ALDS: Ortiz hits 2 HRs, Red Sox lead Rays 2-0 in ALDS / Vogt’s single in 9th lifts A’s over Tigers 1-0


David Ortiz celebrates his first two-homer playoff game as the Red Sox take a 2-0 ALDS lead.(Photo: Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports) BOSTON (AP) — John Lackey has watched David Ortiz wreak destruction on playoff opponents before. He finally got a chance to see it from the same dugout. “I like it a lot better [...]

NHL Roundup: Power play leads Bruins past Red Wings


Boston Bruins left wing Jordan Caron (38) celebrates a goal on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the second period at TD Bankworth Garden. / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand scored the tiebreaking goal 36 seconds into the second period and Tuukka Rask made 25 saves, lifting the Boston [...]

NCAA College Football: Condoleezza Rice, Archie Manning on playoff committee


Former Ole Miss Rebels and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning is one of nine known members expected to be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee.(Photo: Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Ten members of the College Football Playoff committee appear to be set The group includes five athletics directors, Condoleeza [...]

NASCAR: History says Kansas can inject jolt to Chase


Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson (48), second in the 2013 Sprint Cup standings, battled Carl Edwards (99) during the 2008 race at Kansas Speedway.(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports) (PhatzRadio / USA Today) — If there ever were a Chase for the Sprint Cup begging for a magical visit to the Land of Oz, it’s [...]

Horse Rcaing Recap: Bradley hopes Groupie Doll goes to sale on win streak


Rajiv Maragh aboard Groupie Doll, left, wins the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint(Photo: Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Trainer Buff Bradley hopes his 5-year-old mare, Groupie Doll, is a repeat Breeders’ Cup winner Groupie Doll won last year’s Filly & Mare sprint at Santa Anita Saturday Groupie Doll defends her win [...]