It may be time to invest in a cat.
The Nottingham Caesars, a British football team, had to postpone their opening match of the season because mice got into the equipment during the off-season and gnawed at the shirts, pants, pads and helmets of the team. The Caesars started out with a “hodgepodge” of old uniforms before finally getting some replacement stuff.
“We will take precautions with our storage in the future – we will no longer be storing items in boxes on the floor,” coach Vanden Warner told the BBC.
• TO TheBeaverton.com: “The Stanley Cup Playoffs banner has once again been raised at the Scotia Bank Center (in Toronto).
• TO Fark.com: “Nike to Kyrie Irving: Just do it…with another shoe company.”
Hogg Paging Boss
Junior-college QB or a little “Dukes of Hazzard?”
The Oklahoma football team just got a contract from a guy named General Booty.
The Event Horizon Telescope has captured a historic first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
But still no sign of the Suns from Game 7.
Former Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski received nearly $3.3 million in base salary, $2 million in bonuses and just over $7.2 million in other compensation at report in 2020, according to the university’s federal tax returns.
Looks like he’s perfected his bank shot.
The Royals have fired hitting coach Terry Bradshaw.
Hey, if they wanted to hit it hard, why didn’t they hire Jack Lambert or Mean Joe Greene?
Welcome to Atlanta
When Dallas eclipsed the Suns, it was the fifth time a team with Chris Paul blew a 2-0 playoff lead — an NBA record.
On the bright side, he was named an honorary Atlanta Falcon.
Rasslin legend Ric Flair, 73, will come out of an 11-year hiatus to fight what he says will be his last game on July 31 in Nashville.
Spoiler alert: he will win a title belt strapped to his armpits.
The Yankees have eliminated outfielder Jake Sanford — a 2019 third-round pick — for allegedly stealing equipment from minor league teammates and selling it online, the Newark, NJ, Star-Ledger reported.
It’s a way to lead the league in steals.
Iowa used a 28-3 closing run to beat Indiana, 30-16 – in baseball.
Or more than the Hawkeyes football team scored in 10 of their 14 games last season.
Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi became just the third pitcher in MLB history to allow five homers in one inning.
When is the Eovaldi Neck Brace party?
speak the conversation
• ESPN’s Field Yates, via Twitter, after Alabama coach Nick Saban accused Texas A&M of buying all of its rookies: “The Texas A&M-Alabama football game has been officially postponed to this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.”
• Vancouver Giants coach Michael Dyck, to Kamloops This Week, explains why he wouldn’t criticize the refereeing after a 4-2 loss in the WHL playoffs: “With the price of gas these days- here, I can’t waste money on fines.
Former Bears RB Tarik Cohen, who hasn’t played in the NFL since tearing his ACL in week three of the 2020 season, has now ruptured his Achilles.
“I’ve been there, I’ve done it,” Klay Thompson said.
The quotation marks
• Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton, via Twitter, on the scariest curse in sports history: “Dating a Khardashian”.
• RJ Currie from SportsDeke.com, after the New York Post asked why the NFL so often fails to address “crass and rude social media behavior” by players: “I think we can rule out the lack of evidence.”
• TO Fark.com, on Steph Curry graduating 13 years after leaving Davidson: “Hopefully he can get a job now that he’s graduated.”
Red light district
The Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 9-6 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
They scheduled a hockey game and a track meet broke out.
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• New York Daily News’ Mike Lupica on Tom Brady’s 10-year, $375 million TV deal that awaits him when he retires: “I was really, really happy for Touchdown Tom when I heard about the deal with Fox. Finally, the guy takes a break.
• Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, on all the NBA playoff blowouts: “All the drama of the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals.”