Police in suburban Dallas are recommending that ex-football star Deion Sanders face a charge that could land him in prison for a year, after a dispute last week that led to his estranged wife's arrest, authorities said Thursday.
Former football star Deion Sanders and a third person also were cited for misdemeanor assault in an incident this week that resulted in Sanders' estranged wife being arrested and taken into custody, according to a statement Wednesday by the Prosper, Texas, police department.
The cops said Reds pitcher Mike Leake walked into a Macy's department store in downtown Cincinnati Monday and stole six T-shirts worth a total of $59.88. Since then, unnamed sources have claimed Leake wasn't stealing shirts, but exchanging them.
Each week SI.com's Richard Deitsch will report on newsmakers from the world of TV, radio and the Web. There's a two-word answer why MLB Network landed Mark McGwire's first television interview after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs:
With Brett Favre once again striding the gridiron and Michael Vick safely in the Philadelphia fold, we couldn't help but notice that Eagles QB Donovan McNabb made a bit of a pitch for securing the services of troubled wideout Plaxico "Big Bang" Burress.
One of the truest things about Roger Goodell the commissioner -- something Terrell Owens and Deion Sanders and, as it turns out this afternoon, Tennessee running back Chris Johnson don't understand -- is that even though he can be a tough enforcer if the situation warrants, Goodell always leaves a cooperating player who's gone astray a path back into the NFL. That's exactly what he's done in his decision to conditionally reinstate Michael Vick.
These lists are not mere compilations of all-time bests in their respective sports but all-time bests at quickening the pulse and evoking a visceral response from those fortunate enough to have witnessed their artistry.
I'm returning to seriousness in my Emailer of the Week Award. No more good guy. Only deep thinkers need apply. Step up, Chris Guhin of Brooklyn because you have driven me to my charts, which is a world I much prefer to the one in which I have to spend most of my time. My charts don't yack on TV like schoolgirls. They don't find people like Joe the Plumber to quote. They don't make up lies and justify them in the name of politics.
Most average joes would gladly trade places with Devin Hester, and he might be open to the idea. After one remarkable NFL season the Chicago Bears' Pro Bowl kick returner is feeling suffocated by celebrity. He's having a hard time coping with the autograph seekers who interrupt his dinners and intrude upon his nights on the town. A typical approach begins with the fan spotting Hester from afar, deducing from the 24-year-old's beefy forearms, broad shoulders, barrel chest and bejeweled earlobes that this is indeed the league's newest gamebreaker, and then bravely sidling over for a little small talk. "They'll say something like, 'Nice run' or 'I was at the game where you did such and such,' and I'll just put my head down and say, 'Thanks,'?" says the soft-spoken Hester. "You really don't want to talk loud because once one person overhears you, that's when the crowd comes."
1. Pedro Gomez, ESPN reporter and Barry Bonds survivor: For years he has been ESPN's Dostoevsky, a man imprisoned by Barry Bonds and his quest for baseball immortality. Thankfully, Gomez has handled his baseball Siberia with the utmost objectivity and professionalism. Asked this week to describe his relationship with the Giants outfielder, Gomez called it "extremely frosty, extremely cold." When Bonds finally passes Hank Aaron -- which cannot come soon enough -- ESPN needs to free Gomez from this gulag and offer him a less taxing assignment: covering David Beckham or debating Skip Bayless.
If it were only about football, Noel Devine would be a household name. Like the cult of nearly 190,000 viewers who have made him a YouTube sensation, you would stare in disbelief at this video (WARNING: Video contains explicit language) as he rips off run after run, unleashing an uncanny elusiveness and speed, and you'd swear those highlights just had to be doctored.
The bag this week encompassed such an embarrassment of riches that I am singling out the one negative voice for E-mailer of the Week honors. And although I have no hand in choosing the headline for this drivel, uh, for this column, may I humbly suggest the following: Gourmet Dining -- Humble Pie. Basically I am the type of person who tends to flog something to death, as all you readers know, and so does The Flaming Redhead. When I'm just getting warmed up on one of my favorite shpiels, I'll hear, sotto voce, "eighth time." This doesn't stop me, of course, but it does serve as a reminder that I'm tiptoeing into the senility pastures that beckon to those of older vintage.
Ted Saskin, the head of the NHL Players Association, is in hot water with his membership over allegations that he read private player e-mails. At the 10 Spot, of course, we don't condone such behavior. Still, here's what we're likely missing by not being able to read the e-mails of other sports figures:
LAS VEGAS -- I've never taken part in a red carpet line before a game. Usually these star-studded affairs are reserved for award shows and movie premieres, but then again I'm at the NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas and any premonitions (or inhibitions) I may have had 72 hours ago have long been thrown out the window. Since I'm walking on uncharted territory here I decide to partner up with someone who's dealt with his fair share of celebrities over the years -- Robin Leach.
Anyone who's seen one of his legendary Internet highlight reels knows well Noel Devine's exploits as a high-school football player. Anyone who saw his 88-yard kick return in last month's U.S. Army All-America Bowl knows of his off-the-charts speed and explosiveness. And the people who evaluate such things for a living speak of Devine with idol-like adulation.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was very hands-on at the finish of last Sunday's playoff win over the Jets. In his haste to lay an awkward midfield man-hug on Jets coach Eric Mangini, Belichick shoved a Boston Globe photographer out of his way. Belichick later apologized, but as this list shows, it's far from the first time that a sports figure has wanted a camera (or cameramen) or reporter out of the picture.