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Chad Ochocinco Leads All NFL Players On Klout

Klout, the social media analytics company that determines if you’re cool or not in cyberspace, has released their list of the Top 10 NFL Players with Klout.

No surprise that Chad Ochocinco tops this list. He’s been known more for his Twitter antics than his play on the field the last couple of seasons.

The real shocker? Braylon Edwards.

For the record, my Klout score as of this post clocks in at 59.

 

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Video: Latest Red Sox-Yankees Ad Featuring Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski

This is the fourth New Era video featuring actors Alec Baldwin, a diehard Yankees fan, and John Krasinski, a loyal Red Sox rooter. Have to say, this is probably the weakest installment to date. The others have ranged from mildly humorous to hysterically funny, but this is just kind of nonsensical and lame. The Sox and Yankees are tied for first in the American League East and open a three-game set tonight in Boston.

NBC To Air WrestleMania: The World Premiere

For the third straight year, NBC will air an hour-long WrestleMania special.

WrestleMania: The World Premiere airs Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. ET, and feature highlights from WrestleMania XXVII this past April.

The highly anticipated pay-per-view event in front of 71,617 fans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta marked the WrestleMania return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and featured a main event between John Cena and The Miz for the WWE Championship.

 

 

Giffords' Heroic Intern Throwing Out First Pitch at ASG Tonight

Daniel Hernandez, the intern for Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords who heroically ran towards the sound of gunfire when Giffords and others were shot by a deranged gunman, is throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Hernandez, a trained nursing assistant, was instrumental in saving Giffords’ life, elevating her head and staunching the flow of blood from a head wound until paramedics arrived.

NBA Referee Sues AP Reporter Over Tweet

NBA referee Bill Spooner filed a lawsuit on Monday against Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski for a tweet made on Jan. 24 when Minnesota hosted the Houston Rockets.

During the second quarter of the Timberwolves-Rockets game, Spooner called a foul on Anthony Tolliver of Minnesota. Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis was upset about the call and asked Spooner how he would get those points back.

Shortly after, Krawczynski tweeted, “Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he’d “get it back” after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That’s NBA officiating folks.”

Spooner, 54, is seeking in excess of $75,000 for “defamation per se to his professional and business reputation, a declaratory judgment that the Twitter publication constitutes defamation and an injunction requiring the removal of defamatory statements from the Defendants’ Internet postings.” Read more

ESPN's Howard Bryant Arrested For Domestic Assault

ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant was arrested on Saturday and was charged with assaulting his estranged wife and hitting a police officer who tried to subdue him in Buckland, Mass.

Five witnesses gave statements that claimed Bryant was arguing with a woman and eventually choked and pushed her into a car. After the police arrived, Bryant reportedly struck an officer in the chest with his elbow. It took four police officers three minutes before they could subdue Bryant.

“We are gathering information about it,” spokesman Josh Krulewitz told Jeanette DeForge of The Republican.

Bryant was released on $5,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned on Monday in Greenfield District Court.

The former Washington Post writer was hired by ESPN in 2007 and is a contributor to ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.

Boston College Wins the 59th Beanpot

Boston College prevailed in the final of the 2011 Beanpot, defeating upstart Northwesterneastern 7-6 in overtime. It’s the 16th championship and third in the last four years for the nation’s No. 1 team.

You have to feel for Northeastern and their fans: “A: We are Northeastern Q: Why can’t we have any nice things?”

Don Ohlmeyer Files His Final Ombudsman Column

Clocking in at a lengthy 5,830 words, Don Ohlmeyer filed his final column today as ESPN’s ombudsman. His reign comes to an end after 18 months as the network is in the process of hiring a new ombudsman.

In case you were wondering why we haven’t seen an column from Ohlmeyer recently, the television executive explains:

“We’ll take one final look at those answers, but first, I want to apologize for the spotty presence of this column the past six months. I’ve been dealing with some health issues that have prevented me from meeting some of my deadlines in that time. I appreciate your patience and ongoing correspondence, and want to thank ESPN management for its understanding.” Read more

Jason Reid Named Washington Post Columnist

The Washington Post has named Jason Reid as their newest general sports columnist.

The WaPo Redskins beat writer and lead blogger will presumably replace Michael Wilbon, who left the paper last year for ESPN.

Sports Editor Matt Vita described Reid as “one of the most hard-working, conscientious and thoughtful sports writers in the country.” Reid will begin his columnist duties soon.

Below is the entire memo from Vita: Read more

English Soccer Chooses Money Over Loyalty

Alright! Another sponsor-related soccer controversy.

Less than a year ago, the Football Association (the ruling body of soccer in England) agreed to a four-year sponsorship deal with Fiat. The car company would become the FA’s “official car supplier,” for a price.

Apparently, that price wasn’t high enough. The FA pulled an about-face, striking a deal with Vauxhall, which will pay roughly $7.5 million pounds to replace Fiat.

For backing out prematurely, the FA has to pay around $750,000 to Fiat.

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