London Calling: flailing Oakland Raiders face a must-win already

Dennis Allen

After appearing to send the Patriots to overtime while on the road with a game-tying touchdown, the play was called back for holding. The next play was what any Raiders game-ending interception would be like- bobbled off of their own receivers’ hands and into the mitts of a 325 pound defensive tackle.

After Charles Woodson noted that his new team “sucks” after losing to the Texans, he probably couldn’t muster any change on those emotions after their defense held Tom Brady in check all day. It’s a little early for Woodson to panic, but maybe London Fletcher was on to something before the season started when he called out Woodson for going to Oakland to receive one last pay day. [Read more…]

London 2012: Olympic soccer quarterfinals observations

After nine goals in four women’s Olympic quarterfinal matches, two of the world’s top five teams have fallen, along with host nation Great Britain.  As the remaining four teams shift focus towards Monday’s semifinals, let’s take a look back at how a marathon day of soccer shook down.

France continues to surprise

The most consistent part of France’s squad this tournament has been its inconsistency, and that didn’t change Friday morning.  After getting bombarded and conceding early [Read more…]

London 2012 Olympics: Women’s soccer quarterfinals preview

With the group stages behind us, the quarterfinals of women’s Olympic soccer kick off tomorrow featuring several intriguing matchups.  Among the eight remaining teams are six of the world’s top seven squads, as well as host-nation Great Britain, composed primarily of players from the world’s No. 9 England.  The Olympic knockout stage will also feature six of the eight 2011 World Cup quarterfinalists (counting Great Britain as England), and all four semifinalists, making the field as stacked as any in recent memory.  Here’s what to watch for as kickoff approaches. [Read more…]

Dwyane Wade does or doesn’t want to be paid for the 2012 Olympics?

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade is in the news, again. But this time, it’s not for his performance; rather it’s about what he said about competing the Olympics. Wade said on Wednesday that athletes should be “compensated” for their performances in the Olympics. Is competing out of pride and admiration for your country not enough, Dwyane?

Thankfully, he retracted his statement on Thursday, saying that he doesn’t need money to play for his country. But here’s my take on his comments.

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London Calling! Stl. Rams to play 3 “home” Games in Britain

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Maybe there really is something to the St. Louis Rams possibly leaving for another city. And maybe they will play better on Greenwich Mean Time than they do in the Central time zone. Friday the Rams, who own the second pick in this year’s NFL draft, just two years after owning the number one overall draft choice, agreed to play a regular-season NFL game in London in each of the next three seasons.

And first up is “America’s Team” (ok not really, that’s the Dallas Cowboys) the New England Patriots, who are just two wins from another Super Bowl title.

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