Over the last four days, little Florida Gulf Coast University has gone from relatively unknown first-time winner of the Atlantic Sun Conference to perhaps the biggest Cinderella in the history of our beloved Mad, Mad March on the parquet. On Friday, FGCU became just the seventh 15 seed to win a game in the NCAA Tournament when they ousted Georgetown in what many analysts have referred to as the biggest Tourney upset ever. The win came in the school's first trip to the Big Dance, and in just its second year as a Division I program. In fact, the school itself has only been around since 1997 and the hoops team wasn't playingat all until 2002.
Good news for football fans. After one of the longest holdouts in cable history, Time Warner will finally begin carrying the NFL Network. Time Warner, who has over 12 million subscribers, struck a multi-year deal with the National Football League and will now carry the NFL Network and the Redzone Channel.
Here's the REALly good news. Football fans who were unable to watch the Thursday Night football games will now have access to them, starting next Thursday. The first game features the Baltimore Ravens vs the Cleveland Browns.
Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens was acquitted Monday on charges that he lied to Congress when he testified that he had never taken performance enhancing drugs back in 2008. A jury of eight women and four men found Clemens not guilty of each of the six charges he faced, bringing to an end a two month trial that was itself the culmination of a four-year effort by authorities to convict Clemens. In addition to perjury, he was also charged with making false statements and obstructing Congress.
For the first time ever, the National Football League will allow its biggest television asset, the Super Bowl championship game, to be steamed live on the Internet, as well as through mobile apps on Verizon's 4G LTE Network. The NFL is making the upcoming wild card games, the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLVI available free on NFL.com and NBCSports.com, while mobile users will only be able to watch on their smartphones and tablets if they are Verizon customers.
San Francisco-based architectural and design company Gensler this week released a number of artist renderings of the firm's latest vision for Farmer's Field,an NFL stadium in Los Angeles that Gensler hopes to break ground on next year. The company says that the stadium will be ready for NFL games in 2016, and a bid will be made for the stadium to host the NFL's 50th Super Bowl in 2017. Of course, LA does not currently have an NFL team, but the project's developers hope the unique stadium will help to change that.
College football is in trouble. Major NCAA violations by some of the nation's biggest football schools seem to be popping up every week now, whereas in the past they seemed to come around every few years or so. The latest scandal involves the University of Miami, and the if the accusations levied against the school are true, the school could pay the ultimate price, the aptly-named “death penalty.”
Dirk Nowitzki Lays In Game 2-Winning Shot
With 7:15 left and a 15-point lead in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Thursday night, the Miami Heat appeared to be on their way to a 2-0 series lead and a stranglehold over the Dallas Mavericks. But in one of the most impressive comebacks in Finals history, Dallas held the Heat to one field goal and five points the rest of the way, scoring 22 points themselves to eke out a 2-point win, tying up the series at a game apiece with the next three games scheduled to be played on their home court.
David Einhorn, the well known president and manager of the Greenlight Capital hedge fund, has reportedly agreed to pay $200 million for a 49 percent stake in Major League Baseball's New York Mets, the team announced Thursday. The deal is subject to further negotiation of “a mutually acceptable definitive agreement” between the parties, as well as the approval of MLB. The two sides expect to conclude negotiations by late June, and have a proposal ready to submit for the league's approval.