Saturday, May 29, 2010

WEEKEND NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LAX

MEN’S SEMIFINALS - Saturday, May 29, 2010

Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Cornell, 4 p.m.

Records: Fighting Irish 9-6, Big Red 12-5.

No. 5 DUKE vs. No. 1 VIRGINIA, 6:30 p.m.

Records: Blue Devils 14-4, Cavaliers 16-1.

Virginia ended an eight-game, six-year losing streak to Duke with a 16-12 victory in the ACC tournament.

WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS - Friday, May 28

MARYLAND 14, Syracuse 5

Northwestern 15, NORTH CAROLINA 10

FINAL - Sunday, May 30

Northwestern @ MARYLAND

To read more about the semifinal games, click here.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

TERPS ADVANCE. Members of the Maryland women's lacrosse team celebrate at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium as the top-seeded Terps beat Syracuse, 14-5, to advance to the NCAA Division I tournament championship game.


Here, Maryland's Karri Ellen Johnson (18) rushes to celebrate with Kristy Black (8), who scored on Syracuse goalie Liz Hogan in the second half.

(Baltimore Sun photos by Karl Merton Ferron / May 28, 2010)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

EYES ON THE BALL. Australia's Jarmila Groth returns the ball to Australia's Anastasia Rodionova during their women's third round match in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium, on May 29, 2010, in Paris.

Groth won 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.




(Photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

PREPARING…for her debut in the Tour De France (L'excursion Des Tricheurs), Serena Williams gets some "juice" from a "doctor" during her women's third round match against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenko in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium, on May 29, 2010, in Paris. Williams won 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.

Just kidding.

Check out the crazy, dangling diamond earings...

(Photo by Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

KNOX TRANSFERS TO UNC

Justin Knox is no dummy.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward plans to graduate from Alabama this summer and enroll at North Carolina as a graduate student.

Then he plans to play hoops for the Tar Heels.

Knox, who has played three seasons for the Crimson Tide is eligible for the NCAA's graduate student waiver program (whatever that is – but we think it’s the same program that let Duke grad Greg Paulus play football for one year at Syracuse), and he should be eligible to play for the Tar Heels immediately if he chooses a degree program that Alabama does not offer.


Knox averaged 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 19.8 minutes a game last season for Alabama but decided to transfer in part because he didn't feel like he was fitting into the system after coach Anthony Grant's first season.

In addition to providing a big, physical presence, Knox has a chance to be an asset to the program in the classroom. He was chosen the Southeastern Conference men's basketball scholar-athlete of the year as a sophomore.

FIRST COACH K JUCO TRANSFER LOOKING TO JUMP SHIP

Carrick Felix, who was scheduled to become the first junior-college basketball transfer to play for Duke during coach Mike Kʂɨˈʐɛf5ski's tenure, has asked to be released from his national letter of intent.

Sources say Duke plans to grant the request but hasn't made a formal announcement because the paperwork isn't completed yet. Felix averaged 14.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season for the College of Southern Idaho.

A 6-foot-6 small forward from Phoenix, his potential role for 2010-11 decreased when Kyle Singler, the 2010 Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, decided he will return to school for his senior year.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm…

…or is it ACCCKKKKKK!!!!

We won’t waste cyber ink on the Salahis. Our celebrity crazed country is going to make these two famous whether all the high-powered execs at T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC like it or not.

First the Today Show, then Letterman and now our friend and top notch journalist Carol Ross Joynt is going to interview then at the Q&a Café.


Color us disappointed.

That said, we did see this item, and if it does’t prove that these fame seekers are a bit delusional nothing does.

In an item last week from RadarOnLine.com said: “The couple also plans to write a 500-page book about their experience and release a Salahi action figure and costumes in time for Halloween.”

Costumes we get (sort of and in a stupid way), but an action figure?

Action figure?

Really?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's probable he consumed too much alcohol. It's not a justification for his behavior, just an explanation."

– Public defender Richard Hark about twenty-one-year old Matthew Clemmens who was convicted of assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after intentionally vomiting on a fan (an off-duty police officer) and his eleven-year-old daughter at a Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals game in Philadelphia.

Apparently Hark and his buddy took exception to Michael Vangelo and his daughters (we presume for rooting for our then lowly Nats) at a game last September. The two, bombarded the Vangelo family with profanity, spit and beer. After ignoring requests to stop, Hark’s buddy was removed from the stadium.
Evidently…Hark didn’t approve and decided to demonstrate that by hurling on the Vangelo family.

Nice, stupid, drunk, pukking guy, NICE!
To read the entire story, which is, in fact, sort of amazing in several ways, click here.

NEW MASCOT FOR ACC?

According to the new cyber guru of sports and entertainment, Worldwide Wes, the ACC has reached out to T.A.H. via “back channels” (whatever they are) to attempt to confirm the rumors that the league will be adopting a new mascot in 2011. Knowing, how we love mascots, it seems a logical move.

(Have you seen those new olympic mascots? They're awesome, dude!)

According to the “back channel” sources, the ACC is considering making an obscure reptile – the Fircifeer Lateralis – the official league mascot. The lizard is going extinct in many areas due to rising temperatures (see NFL OWNERS CONFIRM GLOBAL WARMING below), but the ACC supposedly chose this particular lizard since its skin includes the colors of every ACC team.

N.C. State and Maryland have already sent letters of protest to the league headquarters noting that the quickly disappearing lizard "lacks sufficient red."


(Photo by Ignacio de la Riva – Science/AP)

NFL OWNERS CONFIRM GLOBAL WARMING

Based on logic that escapes us, the NFL owners (whose brain trust's track record is pretty damn good) have decided that the The New Meadowlands Stadium, as seen here on May 25, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is the best place to hold the 2014 Super Bowl.

Had the 2010 Super Bowl been played in East Rutherford on the first Sunday in February, the game would have looked like this.

What fun.

Evidenlty, they have studied the always reliable "1,445 day" forecast and things are looking good for Super Sunday 2014.

Nice, NFL owners, NICE!

(Stadium photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

LAURA SHEARS (WHOEVER SHE IS) IS A BAD ASS. Laura Shears takes a huge fall at the 25th jump as horse Wulston Rock On! lands on top of her during cross country on day three of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford, United Kingdom.

Both horse and rider walked away, but we wager Ms. Shears didn’t feel all that great the next day.
(Photos by Warren Little/Getty Images Europe)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

A PRETTY GOOD SIGN THAT THE APOCALYPSE CONTINUES TO LINGER ABOUT. (L-R) Leron Gubler, CEO, President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, sports anchor Chris Berman, councilman Tom Labarge, executive producer of content, ESPN John Skipper, and anchor Tom Jackson speak during installation ceremony honoring Berman with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 24, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

DUDE NEEDS A BIGGER BIKE. Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland and riding for Saxo Bank rides to 16th place in the individual time trial during Stage Seven of the 2010 L'excursion des Tricheurs en Californie (Tour de Cheaters in California) on May 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)

Monday, May 24, 2010

WEEKEND LAX RESULTS

MEN:
Notre Dame 7, MARYLAND 5

DUKE 17, NORTH CAROLINA 9

VIRGINIA 10, Stonybrook 9

To read more, click here.

WOMEN:
MARYLAND 15, Penn 10

NORTH CAROLINA 17, VIRGINIA 10

Northwestern 18, DUKE 8

To read more, click here.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron / May 22, 2010)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

FRENCH FASHION? It would appear that Venus Williams was running late and was forced to wear lingerie for her first round match at the French Open. Hope she doesn’t try this at Wimbeldon.

Here, Williams plays a forehand during the women's singles first round against Patty Schnyder of Switzerland on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2010 in Paris, France.

(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images and AP Photos)

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