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Posts Tagged ‘Sean McDonough’

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.

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Paralympics Has A New Star

Wired’s excellent sports blog, Playbook, notes Oscar Pistorius – “Blade Runner” – lost his first race in seven years.

The double amputee fell to Jerome Singleton in the 100m race at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships despite picking himself to defeat the Beijing Paralympic silver medalist.

The American Singelton ran a 11.43 and won in a photo finish.

Pistorius, who already claimed gold in the 200m, hopes to race in the 2012 Olympics in London. Perhaps he can bring Singleton along?

Rick Reilly Really Likes the Words "Tiny," "Large," "Very," and "Nice"

We’ve mentioned the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective before, but they’ve really outdone themselves with their latest post.

Ben Blatt uses a couple complicated formulas to compare the writing styles of luminaries Bill Simmons, Jason Whitlock, and Rick Reilly.

Blatt wonders if he can determine the author of a column based on word usage. The results: His equation goes six-for-six in predicting who wrote a given column. In fact, the formula overwhelmingly points out the correct author.

But that’s not the best part of the study. Read more

Fox Sports Chair Joins US World Cup Bid

David Hill, chairman of Fox Sports, joined the board of directors for the United States’ 2018 or 2022 World Cup bid.

“There’s no denying that enthusiasm for soccer in the United States is growing year after year, and that has certainly been evident during the last several World Cups,” Hill said in a release. “The USA Bid Committee has put together a compelling bid to bring the World Cup to the U.S., and it’s my honor and privilege to accept their invitation to join its Board of Directors and work to make this a reality in 2018 or 2022.”

The board already includes an impressive list of media luminaries including Robert A. Iger (president and CEO, The Walt Disney Company), John Skipper (ESPN’s executive vice president of content), and Joe Uva (Univision CEO).

Will Four Days in October Be the Highest-Rated "30 for 30"?

Tonight marks the debut of Four Days in October, the latest addition to ESPN’s critically acclaimed30 for 30” series. It follows the Boston Red Sox as they fight back from a 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Bloody Sox Game. The “don’t let us win tonight” quote. Etc., etc.

There are plenty of reasons to believe it could be the best-rated debut so far. Read more