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Sports blotter: In the rough

Another day, another New York sports icon fends off a rape allegation.
Did Johan Santana go out of bounds? Plus, LT's self-abuse defense falls short.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 02, 2010
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Riot squads

On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 25, 2010
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Sports Blotter: Dead Duck

The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 25, 2010
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Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010

Tugboats and bugboats

As I write this, the Celtics are one win away from their 18th NBA title, but that is not our focus.
Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2010
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Cardinal sin

Here's one you don't hear every day. J.J. Hones, a point guard on the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team, has been dismissed from the squad for a DUI. No big deal, right? Happens all the time in college sports.
Drunken golf-cart fun at Stanford; plus, an aspiring NHL goon takes his show off the ice
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2010


Bandwagon fans gear up

Only after buying a "Beat L.A." T-shirt, methodically checking ESPN for World Cup updates, and watching every installment of the NBA Finals with a religious fanaticism, has the hard truth settled in: I am a bandwagon fan.
Benchwarmers
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 18, 2010
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Bust busted

Bring up the topic of biggest NFL draft busts of all time and most people come up with the same short list of notorious names, all of them quarterbacks.
Keith McCants mccan't stay out of trouble; plus, another Clockwork Orange homage
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 11, 2010
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Phillip Merling: Oh, baby

This week's foul NFL news emanates from down South, where Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Phillip Merling was busted for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.  
A Dolphin gets flagged for illegal hands to face; plus, Zach Randolph resurfaces
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 04, 2010
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White losers rejoice: Fletch celebrates 25 years

This holiday weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Fletch , the uneven but wildly enduring 1985 Chevy Chase comedy about a wisecracking reporter embroiled in a potboiler mystery.
Thrill of the Chase Dept.
By PETER HYMAN  |  May 28, 2010
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Parental advisory

An exceedingly bizarre sequence of events transpired this past week — the parents of two different playoff-competing NBA players were arrested in separate incidents, one on each coast.
The pros take a back seat to their misbehaving moms and dads
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2010


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Spring fever

The Lawrence Taylor case is progressing, and as expected, each passing day upchucks new sordid details into the gossip-o-sphere.
LT’s self-abuse defense, a bag job at Notre Dame, and heading back to school in Texas
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 21, 2010
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Sacked

We always knew Lawrence Taylor was a good bet to get in trouble.
NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor takes another hit
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 14, 2010
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Review: Just Wright

As glossy as you might expect, the film double-dribbles with its familiar story of the ugly duckling who wins the swan.
Bench this fairy tale
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 14, 2010
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Facebook fracas

Sooner or later, Facebook had to figure into the sports-crime scene. There are at least two cases now of pro football players getting arrested for assault in fights resulting from their wives looking at their Facebook friends lists.
Clinton Hart has one too many friends; plus, a pack of ’Dawgs starts chasing the Ducks
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 07, 2010
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Ledge Lessons

As advocates of higher education and living as long as medically possible, we were sad to read that, according to new-media-powerhouse Web site the Daily Beast, Greater Boston is home to not one but five of the most stressful colleges in the United Sta
We love you, stressed-out college kids! So relax, and remember how good you have it.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010


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Mirror, mirror

Virtually every year, like clockwork, a college-football player is arrested for getting blasted and then running around town vandalizing cars — a crime that almost always involves ripping multiple side mirrors off of multiple automobiles.
Smashing up cars in South Alabama; Plus, it's that frisky NFL draft time of year
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 30, 2010
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QB freak

Trying to parse the situation with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his sexual-assault allegations, one comes to some interesting conclusions. The strategy pursued by law enforcement in this case speaks volumes.
No charges for Roethlisberger, but Big Ben’s reputation might be sacked
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 23, 2010
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Cookie monster

The Florida International University football program was rocked recently when running back Kendall Berry was stabbed to death in front of eight witnesses — allegedly by an ex–FIU teammate.
Senseless tragedy at FIU; plus, late-night fun at Marshall and some Oregon fallout
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 16, 2010
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The dumbass chronicles

Right about now, every football fan in America is asking him- or herself the same question: if Shaun Rogers is dumb enough to bring a gun to an airport, what did the guy score on the Wonderlic?
Shaun Rogers flunks out; plus, fun at the clubs with the Pittsburgh Steelers
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 09, 2010
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Number two blues

As we approach NFL draft season, it’s fun to look back at those great draft prospects of yore, the workout warriors and combine heroes who titillated coordinators, coaches, and fans leading up to the big selection day in New York.
Ryan Leaf’s sad story continues; plus, Ronnie Brown driving wild in Atlanta
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 02, 2010


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Pirates' ransom

Well, enough of the funny stuff with the Oregon Ducks’ recent crime wave. This week, we’re back into the world of straight-out, nasty, pointless, idiotic violence, committed by young athletes with everything to lose and only a few bucks to gain.
The fun in Oregon is over, as east-coast athletes go on a kidnapping spree
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 26, 2010
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Rebounding

When March Madness tips off tonight, Kevin Mackey will be in the stands taking notes. As a professional-basketball scout, he's looking for tomorrow's NBA stars.
More than two decades after Kevin Mackey pulled off the then-biggest upset in NCAA Tourney history, he made it to the NBA.
By JON HART  |  March 19, 2010
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Kelly's zeroes

Like Bob Beamon's long-jump record or Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, it was once thought that no organized sports team would ever approach the string of arrests racked up by the infamous Portland Jail Blazers club of the early 2000s.
Oregon Football makes the leap and pays the price; plus, taser fun on the Bayou
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 19, 2010
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What the Duck?

The burgeoning crime wave wracking the University of Oregon Ducks football team — reporters out there are calling it the "bird flu" — has now spread in an unexpectedly hilarious direction.
Oregon, again; plus, all the news that's fit to steal, and home invasions at the Citadel
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 12, 2010
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Lame Ducks

Wow, it sure has been a nasty couple of weeks for the University of Oregon and football coach Chip Kelly.
Oregon football closes in on infamy; plus, a Villanova Wildcat needs litter training
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 05, 2010


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Oregon fail

This is the time of year when you start seeing a lot of arrests involving non-draft-eligible college-football players — underclassmen, mainly.
With no one to hit on the field, underclassmen take to the streets
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 26, 2010
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Rocky pot

Late last May, a goofy-looking guy named Charles Austin Corn — a student at the University of Tennessee — was shot in South Knoxville in what looked like an attempt to rob his stash. He was unable to communicate with police after the shooting and died fi
It's murder time in Tennessee; Plus, Warren Sapp gets flagged for hands to the face
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 19, 2010
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Texas stranger

Gilbert Arenas, you might've started something.
A Dallas fullback plays cowboys and valets; Plus, the Laird brothers learn from their elders
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 12, 2010
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Slam Dunk Season

Back in the fall of 2008, WJAB sports guy Chris Sedenka hosted Red Claws bigwigs Jon Jennings and Bill Ryan Jr. on his afternoon radio show. They were solidifying their plan to bring an NBA development league basketball team to Portland, Maine, a schem
How the Red Claws took Portland by storm
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 05, 2010