Top Sports Stories (Feb 28, 2012)

Kenseth wins second Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There was rain, fire, soap suds and fog in the most bizarre Daytona 500 in history. When it was all over, Matt Kenseth was the only sure thing. It wasn’t even close. Kenseth capped a crazy 36 hours for NASCAR by winning the …

CNN Sports Illustrated February 28, 2012, 10:44 AM (PST)

Wall Street Journal

Linternet boom: Jeremy Lin’s rise means big online business for Knicks

At this point, you might as well just call it the Linternet. (Insert eye rolls at these, and the many, many other, horrible Lin puns here.) Regardless of your feelings about Lin’s play and the tortured turns of phrase folks use to talk about it, it is …

YAHOO! February 28, 2012, 12:03 PM (PST)

Wall Street Journal

Ex-Coach’s Book: Tiger Woods wanted to be a Navy SEAL

You think of Tiger Woods, you see him with a club in hand, ready to attempt a clutch shot. Or fist-pumping after sinking a big putt. Or . . . how about in scuba gear, leading an attack on enemy forces? That last scenario isn’t so far-fetched, according…

USA Today February 28, 2012, 10:22 AM (PST)

New York Times

Drug Test Collector in Braun Case Says He Followed Protocol

"I followed the same procedure in collecting Mr. Braun’s sample as I did in the hundreds of other samples I collected under the program," Laurenzi said in a statement, referring to the drug testing program administered by Major League Baseball and the …

New York Times February 28, 2012, 11:27 AM (PST)

Boston Herald

Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard falls flat while running his 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine

It helps to stay on your feet if you want to impress the NFL scouts. Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard stumbled out of the gates while running his 40-yard dash during the NFL’s Scouting Combine over the weekend and ended up falling face first…

New York Daily News February 28, 2012, 10:37 AM (PST)

ESPN

Dwight Howard "wants to be Kobe Bryant, not be with Kobe Bryant"

–Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick talks to one source who indicates Dwight Howard "wants to be Kobe Bryant, not be with Kobe Bryant." –The Times’ Mike Bresnahan mentions Kobe Bryant will see an ear, nose and throat specialist Tuesday. –The …

Los Angeles Times February 28, 2012, 11:20 AM (PST)


ESPN

SweetSpot: Where does Varitek rank?

With the news that Jason Varitek has decided to retire, many Red Sox fans are thinking back at all the big games and huge Boston moments he’s been a part of. It’s also a fitting time to think about where Varitek ranks on the all-time list of catchers. …

ESPN February 28, 2012, 11:05 AM (PST)

USA Today