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.
Fresh off his first NL MVP award, Milwaukee Brewers’ star outfielder Ryan Braun is in hot water after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, and he could be hit with a 50-game suspension at the start of the 2012 campaign. Braun maintains that he’s innocent of the charge.
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.
Syracuse University assistant coach Bernie Fine won’t face state charges despite the fact a county district attorney found two of the alleged victims and former Syracuse ballboys to be credible. Regardless of the facts, the decades-old charges stand outside the statute of limitations.
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.
After the recent Penn State and Syracuse abuse scandals, allegations about another team official have surfaced, this time on the pro level involving a former Red Sox clubhouse manager. Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005, worked for the Red Sox in the early 1990s. An accuser has claimed that Fitzpatrick sexually assaulted him in the clubhouse restroom when the accuser was 16 years old.
And the Manny Ramirez retirement saga continues to drag on…
The former slugger applied for reinstatement to Major League Baseball after the league reduced his suspension for a second failed drug test from 100 games to 50 because of all the time he’s already missed.
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