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NASCAR: Tony Stewart's Facebook Page Erupts With Charges of "Murderer" After Fatal Accident

Aug 10, 2014 10:25 AM PT

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart "will not compete in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday after being involved in an incident that claimed the life of a driver during a race in New York on Saturday night".

Stewart is said to be "cooperating fully" with an ongoing investigation into the fatal accident. Meanwhile, Stewart's Facebook page erupted in emotional reactions, both in support of and against the prominent NASCAR driver.

Vincenzo Zito MURDERER 5 mins · 

Vincenzo Zito SHOULD GET LIFE

Matt Matthys Anyone that is NOT a Tony Stewart fan that thinks this is not murder? Of course if you're a fan you are going to think it's an accident. No way could your beloved redneck hero be a murderer. That guy should have stayed in his car, but when you are ...

Leslie Blackburn Keating How very sad for you Greg Shumate...obviously you know nothing about Tony Stewart. It was a beyond horrible accident. My heart aches for the young man and his family as well as Tony Stewart.

Mike Krott 'Tony definitely hit the kid on purpose. The POS should be charged with murder.'
This guy who posted this, and the others like him are mouth breathing idiots. Period.

Beth Aldridge Whitworth You know what, if for one second anyone thinks Smoke did this on purpose you need some help! Did Smoke hit the kid?? Yes, he did and no one (including Tony) is saying other wise. I'm so sorry this young man lost his life. Was is avoidable??? Yes.......

Dan Aiuto Tyler, Your a moron! get a clue loser!

How Long Until Tim Howard Gets Tim Tebow'd?

Jul 2, 2014 5:41 PM PT

I'm not a soccer fan and didn't pretend to be these last few weeks.  I am a fan of America though, so I rooted for our team and its break-out star, Tim Howard.  He's been making the media rounds, but an article in Huffington Post showcased a side that no other media outlet has.  Tim Howard is a committed Christian.

In an article for Athletes in Action, the goalie describes being diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome at the age of 11 and turning to his grandmother to find strength. She, in turn, derived strength from her Christian faith, and the effects trickled down to the young Howard.

Through her, God revealed His love for me as well. It wasn't long before I was following in her footsteps. I wanted the same kind of faith and peace she had, and that is exactly what God gave me.

The challenge of living with a neurological disorder was counterbalanced, Howard says, with his natural skill at soccer.

Living with Tourette's is not easy. But God has blessed me with the gift of athleticism as well. He has done some powerful things in my life through the combination of these 2 gifts. He also has shown me ways to use my position as a professional athlete to encourage others with Tourette's syndrome.

When he isn't playing for Team USA, Howard is the goalkeeper for the English club Everton. Off the field, Howard has been involved with team Bible studies and regularly volunteers with Christian organizations like the L8r Club, a youth group at Bramhall Baptist Church in the United Kingdom. On Tuesdays he plays soccer with the children before and after Bible lessons, offering his talents in a whole new venue.

"The best time for me," Howard said, "is when I see a breakthrough in [the youth.] To see them get a grasp of what God and Christ really mean."

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Triple Crown Whiner 'Ashamed' of Tantrum over Belmont Loss

Jun 9, 2014 6:18 AM PT

This morning on ABC News , Steve Coburn apologized for his sore loser remarks following the loss of California Chrome at the Belmont Stakes.

Coburn, appearing with his wife Carolyn said he was "ashamed" of his remarks and congratulated the winner Tonalist. He said "I needed to do this because I was wrong." He also said he wanted Chrome to win "for America."

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Sour Grapes at the Triple Crown

Jun 8, 2014 6:14 AM PT

(In this Aug. 31, 1955, file photo, owner William Woodward Jr. congratulates Nashua and jockey Eddie Arcaro in the winner's circle after Nashua won the Great Match Race against Swaps at Washington Park in Homewood, Ill. Though Nashua didn't win the Kentucky Derby in 1955, he did go on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes races that year.)

California Chrome's co-owner Steve Coburn has used his opportunity at the soap box to complain that the Triple Crown is "unfair" because horses can enter individual races that comprise the contest without entering all of them. Coburn claims that CA Chrome was disadvantaged because Tonalist (who had four starts before the Belmont) had not run in the Derby or the Preakness. 

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Michael Sam: The NFL's 'Get A Room' Moment

May 13, 2014 2:50 PM PT

When did the NFL  an organization successful because of overgrown albeit very talented testosterone filled boys / men become such a weenie organization? 

Answer: When political correctness becomes the norm. Let me get this straight if nobody supposed to care whether a man kisses a man or man kisses a woman then why the reaction when a player tweets what they feel about it. Michael Sam and his partner played to the cameras for approximately 5 minutes. Hey America, there have been gay NFL players since the NFL's been around. It's the biggest no one gives a damn ... not so secret issue. 

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The Brainy Bracket: Fun While It Lasted

Mar 23, 2014 11:49 AM PT

In March Madness, you live and die by the upsets. And that's what happened to the "brainy bracket," my attempt to pick the winners based on their academic ranking in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. I picked Stanford to upset Kansas, and of course Harvard to win in the early rounds. But Duke and Villanova--my eventual winner--crashed out in upsets of their own, sending my bracket from the top to the bottom of the heap.

What does it prove? Absolutely nothing, except that there is enough parity in the tournament to keep things very interesting. In a league where an academic titan like Duke can compete for the title every year (well, almost), that says a great deal about the enduring ideal of the scholar-athlete, for all its imperfections. And who knows--maybe Stanford and Wisconsin will make the Final Four after all. Better half-right than nothing!

'Brainy Bracket' Still Intact--Mostly

Mar 20, 2014 10:16 PM PT

As the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament continues, the "brainy bracket"--in which I chose winners based on their academic rankings by U.S. News & World Report--remains largely intact. Harvard's upset win over Cincinnati preserved their Elite Eight hopes. However, Oklahoma (#101 in U.S. News's rankings of national universities) fell to North Dakota State (#190), while Ohio State (#52) fell to Dayton (#112).

So the South and the West regions are a bit of a mess, though the East and the Midwest are fully intact, putting the "brainy bracket" in the 89.9th percentile of all brackets on ESPN.com. The real test comes Friday, when Cal Poly (seeded #16) plays Wichita State (seeded #1). No #16 seed has ever beaten a #1 seed. Yet on the U.S. News list, Cal Poly is the #9 regional university in the west, while Wichita State is completely unranked.

Bode Miller Defends NBC Reporter Who Made Him Cry

Feb 17, 2014 10:54 AM PT

A minor media firestorm erupted yesterday after an NBC Olympic Alpine Skiing reporter interviewed American skier Bode Miller just after he won a bronze medal in the men’s super-G ski race.

Interviewer Christin Cooper pressed Miller multiple times with variations of questions about the passing of his younger brother and what it meant to him in the competition.

Miller starting tearing and eventually broke down physically and emotionally.
Chelone Miller, a snowboarder, died within the past year.
The interview, which aired on tape delay, was bashed by people inside and outside of the television business.

Richard Sandomir of The New York Times called it “overkill,” Kami Mattioli of the Sporting News said Cooper “repeatedly badgered” Miller and the AP’s David Bauder called it “a shameful spectacle.”

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