Ron Gardenhire is a former shortstop with the New York Mets, who aside from a poor 2011 has successfully managed the Minnesota Twins for the past ten seasons, after being a coach with the team for the previous 11 years.
Gardenhire has been ejected from games 60 times during his managerial tenure. Each ejection cost him between $250 and $2,500.
Gardenhire recently told the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "I've written more checks to Major League Baseball than I have to the IRS."
Damaris Johnson is one of the best players in college football that you have never heard about. But, you will now.
Johnson is the all-time NCAA career leader in all-purpose yards and kickoff returns, all of which he has achieved in only three years at the University of Tulsa. But as fast as he is, he apparently can't outrun the law.
Johnson is facing a lengthy team suspension after shopping at Macy's last week. According to the police report, he recently bought $1,600 worth of merchandise, but was charged only $12.91 by his girlfriend, who works as a sales clerk at the store. On Thursday, he paid only 34 cents for an additional $1,238 worth of apparel.
Arsenal is a longtime power in the English Premier League, but is very inexperienced this season and is taking their lumps as a result.
Last Sunday, they traveled about 400 miles north to play Manchester United and were mauled 8-2. About 3,000 fans made the trip and now those followers are being rewarded for their loyalty.
Monday, the North London club announced that they would be offering a free ticket to another road game, for those supporters who bought tickets for the match in Manchester.
A statement from the club read: “Arsenal Football Club has announced it will be writing to fans who travelled to Old Trafford on Sunday with an offer to cover the cost of a match ticket at a future Barclays Premier League away game.”
This week’s World Championships of Track and Field in South Korea were supposed to be the Usain Bolt show. After all, he had raced to dominant victories in the 100 and 200 meters at the past two global events, the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, setting world records at both events. His poster was displayed all over Daegu to promote the championships.
The "Lightning Bolt" has not run that fast this year, but looked like his old self during the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
Yet, Bolt was disqualified from the 100 meter final before it ever began, due to a false start.
The Seattle Seahawks let popular quarterback Matt Hasselbeck sign with Tennessee, leaving the team with a baffling quarterback combination of incumbent Charlie Whitehurst and the newly signed Tarvaris Jackson.
Hasselbeck had been Seattle's starter since 2001 and signal callers like Whitehurst and Jackson will not scare anyone or excite any fans.
Perhaps head coach Pete Carroll is already awaiting the 2012 NFL Draft, which will include college stars like: Andrew Luck, Landry Jones and Matt Barkley.
If this is the case, it will be a long 2011 season for the Seahawks and their supporters.
New University of Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was fired by Notre Dame, after the 2009 season, when the Fighting Irish went 6-6. Weis' buyout was recently revealed via Internal Revenue Service documents.
His compensation and termination payment, for the period July 2009 through June 2010, was revealed to be $7.28 million.
In other words, more than enough money to pay his food bills.
Jason Vogel, a deputy sheriff, was trying to catch speeders via radar, when he noticed a garbage truck go by with "bunches of papers" flying out of the rear of the truck. The ensuing cleanup took about one hour and authorities estimated that they collected about two cubic yards of paper.
Amazingly, the droves of paper turned out to be a discarded Green Bay Packers special team’s playbook.
The "Turk" has a long tradition in pro football as being the team official who informs players that they need to see the head coach and bring their playbook, because that player has been cut.
This season, the Tampa Bay Bucs have a new twist on an old practice.
The Tampa Turk tells players on their way out to go see the head coach and bring their iPad. All 90 Bucs, who are participating in training camp, received a new iPad when they arrived for practice. The machine contained the team playbook, a tablet, as well as game and practice videos.
The coaches and players enjoy using the iPad, instead of lugging around a bulky, heavy playbook.