What better way to start off the new year than with a ton of firings? Raheem Morris and reportedly all the assistant coaches and coordinators of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were asking themselves this question when they lost their jobs Monday.
Less than a week after winning the Heisman Trophy, Baylor junior standout Robert Griffin III was named the Sporting News’ player of the year. The quarterback helped revitalize the flailing Baylor college football program, and helped propel them to a 9-3 record this season.
Warren Glover, a former NBA security official, says his superiors ignored several sets of allegations that women in the league office were being sexually harassed or discriminated against, reports The New York Times. Allegedly, Glover was fired after he spoke up about the claims, and is now suing the NBA for lost wages and damages.
Well, Todd Haley isn’t the only coach looking for work now.
The Miami Dolphins also fired their head coach, announcing that Tony Sparano (not to be confused with Tony Soprano) is being replaced by defensive backs coach Todd Bowles for the team’s remaining three games this season. The Dolphins sit at 4-9 after starting the season 0-7. In total, Sparano was 29-32 with Miami in his four years there.
The Kansas City Chiefs fired Todd Haley on Monday, a day after the team fell to 5-8 in a disappointing season highlighted by injuries to top quarterback Matt Cassel and star running back Jamaal Charles.
Oregon State freshman defensive tackle Fred Thompson died Wednesday night of a heart attack, sending shock waves around the university’s campus and through the Beavers’ football program. The 6′ 4”, 317-pound athlete was playing pick-up basketball at the time of his collapse.
Former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo has been elected posthumously to the Baseball Hall of Fame, garnering 93.8 percent of the vote from the Golden Era committee. In his 32nd year of eligibility, Santo has finally reached baseball’s highest honor.
Santo has long been a fan favorite, and his death last year from complications due to bladder cancer and pneumonia might have earned him the additional votes he required for induction.
Hordes of football enthusiasts took the title of crazed fans to a new level on Saturday. After #3 ranked Oklahoma State took care of #10 Oklahoma 44-10, thousands of fans rushed the field, tearing down goalposts, and leaving 13 people injured, including two in critical condition.
Normally it’s an accident that causes permanent limb damage and not the act that repairs it, but Monique va der Vorst didn’t live this cliched story. The paralympic cyclist and two-time silver medalist recently got into an accident and found herself left with a bit of a surprise — after 14 years of living in a wheelchair, she could suddenly walk again.
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