Thanks to the NBA scheduling wizards, the San Antonio Spurs were up 2-0 on the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals a day before the East even began its best-of-seven series.

The Spurs handily dispatched the Grizzlies in four games, giving Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and the rest of the West's best some much-needed rest.

Now the lingering question becomes: Is there such a thing as…too much rest? 

The Spurs finished off the West finals on Monday, May 27—the day before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers was played. With the NBA Finals slated to start on June 6, the Spurs will have 10 days between games, an eternity in the NBA—even in the NBA playoffs, which will run from April 20 to June 20 if the Finals go seven games.


When the definitive history of American sports is written, Robbie Rogers and Jason Collins will be forever linked as the first two openly gay male team-sport athletes.

Now the question can move to…who will share that place in history with them, and what sport will they play?

Moreover, will the gay-athlete barrier not fully be broken until an NFL player decides to come out?

Those questions can only be asked because of the courage Rogers, Collins and many other retired players and non-team-sport athletes before them have shown. Someone will be next in that group, and it will likely happen soon.


Sergio Garcia sat with members of the European media on Wednesday and apologized for his ill-timed and poorly-worded "joke" about Tiger Woods at Tuesday night's European PGA Tour black-tie event, suggesting he would serve the best golfer in the world fried chicken for dinner when they play in the U.S. Open next month.

Garcia later apologized to those who were offended, the European tour, his European Ryder Cup teammates and, finally, Woods (via The Guardian):

The apology was as sincere and heartfelt as one could expect from Garcia, who clearly comes out of this situation looking like a total buffoon. It was noteworthy that Garcia apologized to Woods last, not first, but his statement certainly underscored how important he felt it was to apologize publicly to Tiger for his comment. 


Mike Trout is one of the bright young stars in baseball. As a fellow South Jersey native, I'm not only happy for the kid's early success, I find myself rooting for him to succeed. It came with great joy and civic pride, then, when I saw Trout hit for the cycle in the Los Angeles Angels' 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

I immediately clicked the video on to see the highlights and share in the excitement. 

Well now, Trout sure looked out on that infield single, didn't he?

Trout's first hit of the four-hit night was a bang-bang play at first base in the third inning. While he may have looked safe at live speed, the replay sure as heck looked like Aaron Harang got his foot on the bag before Trout.


It's safe to say that in the soccer world, Don Garber and MLS have won the day. 

Garber, the long-tenured commissioner of Major League Soccer, announced the creation of New York City Football Club on Tuesday, a joint venture between Manchester City FC of the English Premier League and the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, to be the league's 20th official club, starting in 2015.

Garber has been working on a deal to bring the 20th team to MLS for nearly three years, essentially demanding the 20th franchise be placed in New York City despite other viable markets being ready to take on a club. And how can one forget those plucky Cosmos—whatever they are—constantly remaining a thorn in the whole NY2 concept since its inception. 

Today, the story isn't about the Cosmos. Garber has taken back New York, placed his 20th franchise in the city he always wanted and took care of the coveted franchise fees of $100 million dollars the league certainly needs moving forward.


The USGA and R&A have officially agreed to adopt Rule 14-1b of the rules of golf, which "prohibits anchoring the club in making a stroke. The new Rule will take effect on January 1, 2016, in accordance with the regular four-year cycle for changes to the Rules of Golf." 

There's more, via

Sadly, that comprehensive process has not been enough for the PGA Tour, which has yet to fall in line with the other governing bodies of golf. In fact, the PGA Tour's statement smacks of a child yelling at his parents as he walks up the steps to his room. Don't tell me what do to!

The PGA Tour statement, in part, reads like it was transcribed through the gritting teeth of commissioner Tim Finchem:


Back? The NFL wants to push the NFL draft back?!? The draft process isn't long enough as it is?

The NFL is in the process of moving the draft from the last weekend in April to the middle of May, which would also push back the NFL Scouting Combine from the end of February to, potentially, later in March. Via

Please. Commissioner Roger Goodell has joked the league is being bumped by the Easter Bunny, but the NFL has far more clout than it is giving itself credit for. The league moved the draft from Madison Square Garden a few years ago. They could easily find another venue if Radio City Music Hall was unwilling or unable to move its spring spectacular. 

The league has also indicated that moving the draft away from actual Easter weekend is a reason for the change, but that doesn't make much sense considering the NFL draft is now a three-day event that starts on Thursday night and ends on Saturday afternoon. Easter Sunday is a non-factor. Unless the draft will be expanding to yet another day and this is its way of telling us.


Jurgen Klinsmann is playing a dangerous game with his latest roster of U.S. national team call-ups. If Klinsmann doesn't get the results needed in the next trio of World Cup qualifiers, everything—Klinsmann's entire tenure as manager—will hinge on one decision.

Why is Landon Donovan not in camp?

It's one thing to leave Donovan off the list of players for the next round of World Cup qualifiers because you think he isn't fit. It is entirely another thing to not include one of the greatest players in American soccer history out of stubbornness and spite.

Look at the players Klinsmann chose in the midfield instead of Donovan. The list is less than inspiring: Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Brad Davis, Maurice Edu, Stuart Holden, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Brek Shea, Danny Williams and Graham Zusi.


Mario Balotelli is fed up with racism. He should be. 

Talking exclusively to CNN International, the dynamic Italian striker said that he will walk off the field the next time he experiences racism.

Good for him.

If FIFA isn’t going to do enough to change the culture of international football, the players­­­—Balotelli being one of the most high-profile—need to take a stand, even if that means walking off the field.

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Today is my daughter's sixth birthday. We watch soccer together—mostly English Premier League soccer—every weekend. I'm honestly not sure how much she pays attention, other than to root for Everton because of Tim Howard—also from New Jersey—and that guy with the big hair she likes a lot. 

I told her about Sir Alex Ferguson's departure from Manchester United, explaining that sometimes when people get older and have an amazing run of success as a coach, they call it quits to enjoy life away from the game. To be fair, I think I snuck in a line like, "He's even a better coach than I am for your team," which really seemed to illustrate the point of how good Sir Alex was in her six-year old brain. Better than dad? Wow, he must be good.

I didn't have the heart to tell her the new Manchester United manager is David Moyes, who has managed Everton for twice her existence on this planet. She's six, after all, so I know she probably doesn't understand what a good manager does for a team. Unless Moyes plays goalkeeper or has eye-catchingly fluffy hair in the midfield, his departure from Goodison Park won't be as Earth-shattering to one of Everton's youngest fans as it may be to some of their more seasoned supporters.

Still, those moves make a lot of sense. Sir Alex's retirement has been a decade in the making and the appointment of Moyes is one of the more logical managerial moves in recent years.