Month: January 2015

Mike Shanahan interviews with Oakland Raiders … really (Yahoo Sports)

There is no longer any bridge too scorched to walk across; Mike Shanahan is interviewing with the Oakland Raiders. Forget that it might be foolish for NFL teams to be interviewing a 62-year-old coach who has won one playoff game over the past 16 NFL seasons. This particular combination is about as unlikely as it will ever get. Shanahan spent most of his career with the Denver Broncos taking shots at the Raiders, who fired him just four games into the 1989 season, his second as their coach. And Shanahan spent a lot of time beating the Raiders too. He went…

Saints’ Junior Galette arrested, charged with domestic abuse battery (Yahoo Sports)

New Orleans Saints pass rusher Junior Galette has been arrested and charged with domestic abuse battery in an incident that occurred in his house with a female acquaintance, according to Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser (via Times-Picayune ). The Saints are aware of Galette’s arrest and are gathering information. At least one other male believed to be Galette’s cousin, Terrence Brooks Jr., has been booked in the incident. The official charge was simple battery/domestic violence. According to Kenner Police, Galette is accused of pushing a woman to the ground. The woman apparently wanted taxi money after Galette asked her to…

YEARENDER-Sport-Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

(Repeats from Dec 19) By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Dec 30 (Reuters) – A year that was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love. On the fields of play, the action in 2014 was at times breathtaking. A German team, unshackled from its pragmatic past and playing with uninhibited flair, won a World Cup in Brazil that exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations. …

Tennis-Kei Nishikori, breakthrough of the year

(Repeats story first published on Dec. 18) LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – A look at the rise of Kei Nishikori, culminating in his breakthrough year in 2014: EARLY LIFE Born: Shimane, Japan, Dec 29, 1989 Began playing tennis aged five Moved to the U.S. aged 14 to train at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida. Funded by the Masaaki Morita (chief executive of Sony) Tennis Fund. Turned pro in 2006, aged 16. PROJECT 45 Shuzuo Matsuoka reached 46 in the ATP rankings in 1992, and Nishikori’s early target was to better that and become Japan’s highest-ranked male player. …

Tennis-Warrior spirit helps Nishikori put puzzle together

(Repeats story first published on Dec. 18) By Martyn Herman LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – There comes a moment in all great sporting careers when the puzzle fits together and for Kei Nishikori it arrived on a sweltering early September afternoon in New York. It was there that the young kohai (Japanese for protege) humbled the master, in this case Novak Djokovic. Nishikori beat Roger Federer in Miami and had Rafa Nadal on the ropes in Madrid early in the season, but this was against the ruthless world number one in the U.S. Open semi-final, having just played back-to-back five-setters.…

Sport-McIlroy and Wust take top Reuters awards

(Repeats story first published on Dec 18) By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Double major golf winner Rory McIlroy and prolific Olympic Dutch speed skater Irene Wust have been named Reuters sportsman and sportswoman of the year after a poll of the news agency’s sports journalists from around the world. Soccer World Cup winners Germany were voted team of the year, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone coach of the year, the comeback of the year went to short track skater Victor Ahn and Kei Nishikori took the breakthrough award. …