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Roundup: Kevin Garnett's Trash Talking in the Preseason, Incredible Shark Photo & Neat Division III Follow Dunk

Nicole Scherzinger … Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s crazy despot, has died … incredible photo of a great white shark near divers … former All-Pro Joe Jacoby finally graduated from Louisville … he got carjacked, and police wanted him to pay to get his car back … how does a 550-pound bear live in one’s basement, unnoticed, for weeks? … “Man drives wife to drug court while drunk” … the decline of the middle class in Milwaukee … this guy hates when you overshare on twitter … it’s a bad date when he steals your car during a movie … I enjoy Lauren Collins’ work in the New Yorker, as well as her blog posts … man allegedly burns woman to death in NYC over reported debts of between $300-$2000 …

Nate Wolters scored 34 points and lead South Dakota State to a stunning 92-73 victory at Washington, where the Huskies had won 32 straight non-conference games. [Seattle Times]

There’s a QB controversy in Chicago … wait, can you have one of those among backups on a team out of the playoff mix? [Tribune]

The dog at Orlando airport that sniffs for drugs? Named “Tebow,” of course. [Sentinel]

The Pacers traded Brandon Rush to the Warriors. [SI]

Atlanta Hawks fans, what do you think of your new owner? [AJC]

How Ted Thompson snagged Mike McCarthy to coach the Packers. [JS Online]

Andre Carter, one of the Patriots’ best pass-rushers, is likely gone for the season due to a leg injury. [Herald]

Remember when Josh Howard was a real nice player a few years ago? His signing with the Jazz went basically unnoticed. [SL Trib]

Saab has filed for bankruptcy. [WSJ]

The Grizzlies have probably lost reserve Darrell Arthur for the season to an ACL injury. [Commercial Appeal]

George Vecsey won’t be writing columns anymore for the Times. [NYT]

How many white guys are the Lakers going to sign? Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy, Jason Kapano … [LA Times]

Reeves Nelson, who led UCLA in scoring last year and was kicked off the team 10 days ago, is off to Lithuania. [Modesto Bee]

Did this professor get fired for giving actor James Franco a ‘D’? [Post]

Al Alburquerque of the Tigers is out until the All-Star break. [Freep]

This is from the summer, but I hadn’t seen it: These guys were kayak fishing and caught a gigantic octopus. [via Adam]

Kevin Garnett is fired up about playing defense in the preseason.

Six months old, but this horse can dance! [via Cajun Boy]

Everyone has obviously seen this, but it seemed apt for Christmas Week. [H/T Sportsgal]

That’s one heckuva tip-dunk.

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