Lee honored with Heart and Hustle Award

Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee was named recipient of the Heart and Hustle Award, voted on by players in the Major League Baseball Alumni Association.

View article…

Jennie McNulty Professional Woman Tackle Football Player

 Jennie McNulty

Jennie McNulty is a stand up comedian currently living in Los Angeles.  She can be seen on MTV Network’s LOGO channel in the comedy special “One Night Stand Up,” and as the host of her bi-weekly walking talk show, “Jennie McNulty Presents: Walking Funny With…” on the premiere lesbian website, AfterEllen.com.

Jennie has traveled the world doing comedy – literally.  In addition to headlining in comedy clubs all over the US and Canada, she has entertained the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also does comedy in more peaceful settings as one of the favorites of Olivia Cruises and Resorts and Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas.

Jennie spends her summer seasons performing nightly in Provincetown, Massachusetts and has performed at The Toronto Gay and Lesbian Comedy Festival; The iconic Dinah Shore Weekend event; and countless Pride events coast to coast.  Jennie also produces the popular, “GOLD!” Comedy Night in West Hollywood, California and the “Rainbow Comedy Night” in Ventura, California and was featured as a physical trainer on the hit NBC Show “Starting Over.”

In her spare time, Jennie plays women’s tackle football for the California Quake in the Independent Women’s Football League.

Jennie McNulty | Cause+Effect

Hobbling Soriano lifts Cubs past Mets | cubs.com: News

I guess Milton Bradley wore his welcome in Chicago, and what do you know? we miss DeRosa…bad move Cubbies very bad move, how in the world can we ever make to the World Series if we keep making calls, for instance getting Milton Bradley who always complains and has not produced anything this  year….great job cubbies! no wonder its been over 100 years

CHICAGO — Milton Bradley isn’t the only Cubs outfielder who has been booed on this homestand.

Alfonso Soriano made up for several defensive gaffes by hitting a long overdue three-run homer with one out in the eighth inning to power the Cubs to a 5-2 victory Friday over the New York Mets, and present Lou Piniella a much-needed win on his 66th birthday.

"I was really happy for him," Piniella said of Soriano, who connected for the first time in nearly a month. "That’s something that we’ve missed a lot of, that big three-run homer late in the game. It was a good come-from-behind win."

However, Soriano’s celebration was shortlived. Part of his problems in the outfield have been because of a bad left knee. On Monday, Soriano will have an MRI to determine what’s wrong.

"He’s not moving good in the outfield and his knee is bothering him and it’s tough," said Piniella, who may not play Soriano on Saturday.

The past three days, the knee has gotten worse, Soriano said, and whenever he puts any weight on it, the pain becomes more intense.

"I want to [get the MRI] to see what I have with my knee because it’s not right," Soriano said.

It was obviously a problem in the Mets eighth. With the game tied at 1, Angel Pagan was safe on a double that dropped in front of Soriano, the second ball he misplayed in the game, but not the last. Pagan moved up on a sacrifice and Daniel Murphy walked, prompting Piniella to pull starter Ted Lilly.

Hobbling Soriano lifts Cubs past Mets | cubs.com: News

Chemistry at heart of matter for Cubs

It’s baseball’s version of the chicken-and-the-egg question: Does team chemistry foster winning, or vice versa? This old debate has come to the forefront lately as the Cubs have faded from playoff contention amidst the daily soap opera surrounding outfielder Milton Bradley.

View article…

Vick's scoreless debut throws Eagles off a bit

PHILADELPHIA — The Michael Vick experiment lasted six plays before Donovan McNabb walked over to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on the sideline and yelled "Cut!"

McNabb wanted the offense to do another take.

In his debut with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Vick did a little bit of everything — except help the offense score a touchdown. Vick lined up at quarterback, receiver and ran the wildcat formation. He completed four passes for 19 yards and ran once for a yard.

Vick’s presence is intended to confuse defenses. Instead, it was the Eagles’ offense that looked out of sync when he was on the field with McNabb.

The Eagles won 33-32 on David Akers’ field goal in the final minute.

"When you’re trying something new, it’s important that you get into a rhythm first and then try to work it in there in the offense," McNabb said.

Vick’s scoreless debut throws Eagles off a bit

NASCAR.COM – Daytona 500 qualifying moves to avoid Super Bowl

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Qualifying for next season’s Daytona 500 will be held one day earlier than usual, a move that avoids running the session on the same day as the Super Bowl.

The top two spots for NASCAR’s biggest race of the year are typically determined in qualifying on the first Sunday of "Speedweeks." But the NFL moved the Super Bowl back one week in 2010.

Although NASCAR’s qualifying would have ended before kickoff, the move avoids any conflicts with the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Miami.

Qualifying will be part of a Saturday tripleheader at Daytona on Feb. 6 that includes the exhibition Budweiser Shootout and the season-opening ARCA race.

Daytona International Speedway president Robin Braig said the move provides "even more value to our race fans, who can now enjoy a unique racing tripleheader as well as all the festivities surrounding the Super Bowl the following day."

NASCAR.COM – Daytona 500 qualifying moves to avoid Super Bowl – Aug 28, 2009

Snake-bitten Dvoracek will miss season with torn ACL

LAKE FOREST, Ill. Bears defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek is out for the season after team doctors discovered and repaired a torn ACL in his right knee during arthroscopic surgery Friday morning.

View article…