Sports and News Links (The Day After The “Big Game”)

Micah Hyde of Iowa (left) breaks up a Steele Jantz pass to Josh Lenz of Iowa State. (Rodney White/Des Moines Register)

There’s some news and interesting stories that may have flown under the radar over the past week.  Let’s check some Sunday reading before settling down to watch pro football or whatever suits your fancy. 

  • ESPN has been the king of sports coverage and have withstood most of their competitors.  Could that change now with the rise of Yahoo Sports?  With the acquisition of Sporting News Radio and rebranding it, and the recent addition of Bruce Feldman, ex of ESPN, Clay Travis breaks down how Yahoo Sports has bolstered their way to the top when it comes to the first place to get your sports mojo. 
  • University of Connecticut (UConn) Coach Jim Calhoun brings in a highly touted player, Andre Drummond, into the program.  Problem is, UConn has no more scholarships to hand out.  Backup center Michael Bradley decides to give up his scholly so UConn can give it to Drummond. 


Is Jim Calhoun and UConn thumbing their nose at the NCAA again? Warren K. Zola thinks so.


Many call Bradley’s move selfless, but Warren K. Zola (via Sports Law Blog), in the Huff Post, questions this under-noted practice and the NCAA’s inability to corral their member institutions. 

  • Will she run or not, that is the question when it comes to Sarah Palin.  She may be a lot of things, most of negative, but should her recent speech in Indianola have gotten more play?  You bet it should have.  Anand Giridharadas of the New York Times writes that Palin didn’t just assail the “far left”, but she delivers a sucker punch to the left, center, and the right of the political divide.  Her speech might raise a few eyebrows. 

If it was anyone else saying them, everyone would be talking by now.

That should do it for your Sunday. 

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