Extreme Sports

The Arizona Wildcats, bounced from the NCAA Tournament by underdog Xavier, once again fell short of expectations. Thanks to his former team, Sean Miller is once again in the crosshairs of those who want to question his ability to win the big one.. His track record is one of a guy who can lead his horses to water, but can’t get them to go any further. 2017 – Sweet 16 loss, Xavier 2016 – 1st round loss, Wichita State 2015 – Elite 8 loss, Wisconsin 2014 – Elite 8 loss, Wisconsin 2013...
On July 1, Canadians from coast to coast will celebrate the 150th anniversary of our great country. Every week until then, Olympic.ca will take you on a trip through time, decade by decade, of key moments in Canadian Olympic sport since confederation. In this first installment are the highlights from the first 13 years of Canada, from 1867 to 1879. And while these pre-date the modern Olympic Games by a couple of decades, they represent some pretty important sporting “firsts”. 1867 – The Pa...
John Daly doesn’t believe Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hit a 490-yard drive while filming his HBO show Ballers and who could blame him? While The Rock looks like a beast who could likely crush a drive, he’d have to have the right shaft, club head, etc. to make decent enough contact to keep a ball anywhere near the fairway. “Well, I think to hit it 490 yards you’ve got to know if he hit a sprinkler head or a cart path. I’m saying it’s highly unlikely ...
Barring some complete meltdown in the final three weeks of the season, Russell Westbrook will finish the season averaging a triple double. Scoring was never a concern. He’s taking the most shots in the league now that Kevin Durant is gone. His assists are up because he’s got the ball all the time with Durant in Golden State. But his rebounds? That’s a mild surprise because since Westbrook is doing everything, shouldn’t he be rebounding less with all the size they have? So...
Charles Barkley appeared on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday and ramped it up a few notches in his hatred of Skip Bayless. “You know what we should do for ratings? If I get a disease and I’m going to die, how about you get Skip Bayless in here, and I’ll kill him live on national television.” Barkley clarified that he only wanted to do this if he knew he was going to die anyway, “Because like [former Sixer Rick] Mahorn says, ‘They would love you in prison.'R...
The Brooklyn Nets beat the Phoenix Suns on Thursday for their second consecutive win. The Nets are now 6-7 in March. That torrid pace has improved their record to 15-56 – five games worse than the Los Angeles Lakers for the worst record in the league. Still, 6 wins in March. Pretty good considering… Wait a minute…
After a perfect 11-0 round robin record, Team Canada won the 1-2 page playoff on Friday morning to advance directly to Sunday’s final at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Beijing. Team Homan (skip Rachel Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney, lead Lisa Weagle) defeated Russia, skipped by three-time world bronze medallist Anna Sidorova, 7-3 in nine ends. Canada started the game with the hammer. After blanking the first end, they had to settle for a single point in ...
Doug Gottlieb was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning. Before getting to the important stuff like Patrick’s bar and basketball-playing stories from Stillwater, the new FS1 personality was asked about a trio of coaching vacancies. Georgetown, which is reportedly considering Patrick Ewing, Oklahoma State, reportedly considering Gottlieb, and Indiana, rumored to be interested in Steve Alford. Gottlieb may have broken some news by saying Alford-to-Indiana was the most likely of the three. In...
Baylor beat Dallas Baptist earlier this week, 8-6. Here’s something weird that happened. Ever see a 2-5-3-4-2-6 double play? Here ya go ¯_(ツ)_/¯BU 6, DBU 5 after 6. #SicDBU ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/tt3fuOTiBv — Baylor Baseball (@BaylorBaseball) March 22, 2017 The play was scored a 2-5-3-4-2-6 double play. Any bunt that results in two outs should be considered a suicide squeeze because it killed an inning. The pitcher did not participate in the play. In fact, he just kind of wand...
Billy Donovan may soon have a decision to make, and it shouldn’t be difficult. While rumors during a coaching search should rarely be believed, there is a ton of smoke swirling around the possibility that Indiana is going hard at Donovan to become its next head basketball coach. And the former Florida Gators head man hasn’t helped things by not saying “no” when asked about the job. If the rumors are true, the Oklahoma City Thunder head coach should bolt for Bloomington as...
Asdrubal Cabrera and Angel Hernandez teamed up to create the dumbest — but perhaps best — moment of spring training yesterday. The umpire didn’t grant the New York Mets infielder timeout on a 3-0 pitch down the middle of the plate. Cabrera had something to say about it after he singled to right a few pitches later. Hernandez, who often finds himself in the middle of drama, gave Cabrera the heave-ho. But since this is spring training, the departing player had to walk across the...
Rob Gronkowski has a new friend. Rob Gronkowski’s new friend’s name is Mojo Rawley. His real name is Dean Muhtadi. He played D-III football Christopher Newport University and spent some time with the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals practice squads. Now he’s a professional wrestler hanging out with Gronk in South Beach. I think we can consider it a fact that becoming a professional wrestler probably made him more likely to become friends with Gronk than if he had caugh...
Aly Raisman … London attacker identified … Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in broad daylight … Never forget Xavier’s jar of ashes … The fattest cities in the United States … Bert Blyleven on Puerto Rico’s hot dogs … Oregon mayor caught in online sex sting is done with social media … Jim Ross’ wife passed away … ABC News got hacked … NYPD seeking half-bald woman … Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season three … Chase...
Half of the Elite 8 is set. We’ll know the other half late Friday night. SATURDAY Gonzaga vs Xavier, TBS, 6:09 pm EST in San Jose Announcers: Brian Anderson/Chris Webber/Lewis Johnson Point Spread: Gonzaga -8.5 Ken Pom says: Gonzaga, 78-68 Kansas vs Oregon, TBS, 8:49 pm EST in Kansas City Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner/Dana Jacobson Point Spread: -6.5 Ken Pom says: 78-75 PS – I still have no idea how Arizona blew that lead.
As has happened repeatedly in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, a team with a chance to win or tie on its final possession took a terrible shot. The Arizona Wildcats are the latest culprit, as they lost to Xavier Thurday night 73-71. Arizona had the ball down two with 22 seconds remaining and no timeouts. The Wildcats brought it down, got it to Allonzo Trier with 10 seconds left and…he did absolutely nothing, too one dribble and launched a deep 3-pointer while guarded. Obviously it didn’t g...
In the biggest upset of the tournament, Arizona blew an 8-point lead in the final four minutes, and got dusted by Xavier in a Sweet 16 shocker, 73-71. California has been a nightmare for Arizona in the regionals, and this stunner in San Jose will stick with the Wildcats for years. Leading 69-61 with 3:45 left, Arizona went stagnant on offense, and gave up a 12-2 run to end the game. Allonzo Trier was brilliant for Arizona, scoring 15 straight points during one stretch as the Wildcats forged ahe...
Kansas looks like a team on a mission. The Jayhawks dispatched a good Purdue team Thursday night with ease. After a tight first half during which it trailed by as much as eight, Bill Self’s squad exploded over the last 25 minutes to blow out the Boilermakers 98-66. Caleb Swanigan and company will now head back to Lafayette wondering if anyone got the license plate of that truck that just hit them. The Jayhawks were sublime Thursday night in Kansas City. They carved up Purdue’s defens...
Kansas is really good on their own. When refs are accidentally hip-checking basketballs into LaGerald Vick’s hands, they’re even better. The Jayhawks put the finishing touches on a late first-half run with this showy fast break, which Vick finished with an emphatic slam.
Nigel Williams-Goss struggled from the field in Gonzaga’s Sweet 16 game against West Virginia (He was 1-for-8 with 7 minutes left in the 2nd half). He also got away with a very blatant travel in the first half. Williams-Goss took at least 7 steps if you look closely. You could put a much higher number on it depending on how you count dragging his “pivot foot.” So, travel much? Pivot foot must be optional. @Big12Refs @marchmadness pic.twitter.com/ocEEuGY2L7 — Ryan Burn...
West Virginia trailed Gonzaga 61-58 with 38 seconds left in their Sweet 16 matchup Thursday night and the Mountaineers proceeded to have one of the worst offensive possessions I’ve seen in years. It was truly, stunningly, awful. On the possession, Jevon Carter managed to take two bad 3-pointers. The first was an air ball, the second was contested and barely hit the rim. The Mountaineers managed to secure offensive rebounds after both shots and got the ball back in his hands. After the seco...