(CBS News) It's an ingrained narrative of America's pastime: When Jackie Robinson made his major league debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, he paved the way for future generations of African-Americans to pursue their big league dreams.
But if Robinson were alive today, he may be dismayed by how the story has unfolded. As major league baseball commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Hall of Famer's milestone on Sunday, the league is seeing fewer and fewer African-Americans on the diamond. That downward trend and fading appreciation of Robinson's legacy doesn't sit well with San Diego Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson, one of a few dozen African Americans in the majors.Continue »
(CBS News) On the surface, it doesn't seem like a big deal: A firefighter in Los Angeles competes in mixed martial arts fights in his spare time.
The problem is, the fireman's "spare time" happened to be while he left the firehouse on worker's compensation, declaring he was unfit to do his job.Continue »
On March 29, in a dramatic Arizona college baseball game, the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes rallied from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Yavapai College Roughriders 10-8. The Roughriders' website summed up the team's dismal collapse like this: "Yavapai closed out the game with a whimper."Continue »
(CBS/AP) Saints head coach Sean Payton, assistant Joe Vitt and GM Mickey Loomis are in New York today having their appeals hearing for punishment connected to the team's bounty system. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is conspicuously absent. Newly released audio may explain why.Continue »
(CBS News) Remember, way back in the summer of 2011, when Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he considered himself an "elite" quarterback and everyone laughed. Now no one is really laughing, except Eli.
Well, Joe Flacco must be trying to take a page out of Eli's playbook. The much-maligned Ravens signal caller has declared that he deems himself "the best" quarterback in the National Football League.Continue »
(CBS News) It's a tradition unlike any other - the "Skip It" game during a Masters practice round. Here's how it works: Coaxed by fans at Augusta's 16th hole, golfers playfully try to skip a ball across the lake, up a 10-foot bank and onto the green. Just getting the ball across the water and onto the green is a praise-worthy feat.Continue »
(CBS News) Last month, the basketball world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain dropping 100 points in a game against the Knicks.
Well, Wilt has nothing on Mohammad El-Akkari.
Akkari, a guard for Moutahed of Tripoli, made 40 of 69 shots - including 32 three-pointers - in leading his team to a 173-141 victory over Bejjeh in a Division A league game on Tuesday, according to the FIBA website. Amazingly, only one of his 113 points came from the free throw line. (By contrast, Chamberlain made 28 free throws in his landmark 1962 game).Continue »
(CBS News) Last week the sports world debated whether the talent-laden Kentucky Wildcats could beat the NBA's Washington Wizards. Apparently the hypothetical question should have been: Could the State College of Florida Manatees actually beat the Baltimore Orioles?
The answer is yes. But with slightly altered rules.Continue »
Now the bad news: The left-hander will start the season on the disabled list because of an oblique injury. But he didn't hurt himself pitching or lifting weights. No, it was a vomit-induced injury that occurred while Outman suffered through a bout of food poisoningContinue »
(CBS News) The Kentucky Wildcats have pretty much dominated the competition this year and are the odds-on favorite to cut down the nets in New Orleans Monday night.
The team is loaded with future NBA talent (Anthony Davis will likely be the No. 1 draft pick. But could the Wildcats beat an NBA team, like say, the lowly Washington Wizards?
Former Maryland Terrapins coach Gary Williams says yes but current Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says no way.
The topic came up Tuesday afternoon on D.C. radio when ESPN 980's Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro asked Williams if he thought the Wildcats could top the Wiz in one game held at Kentucky's Rupp Arena. (The hypothetical scenario also had the Wizards playing for the third time in three nights).
"I'll tell you, you walk into some gyms -- and that would be one of them, Rupp Arena -- and you better be tough," Williams said. "Regardless of how good you are, you can get taken right out of the game with the crowd. You just don't feel right, you can't play your game.
"I think one game -- Kentucky couldn't play in the NBA or anything like that -- but one game at Rupp Arena, I wouldn't be surprised to see Kentucky win one game. Because you're gonna have five players off that team playing in the NBA, and probably playing significant roles in the NBA. And that's why I say that, for one game."
Van Gundy dismissed the notion.
"Look, it's absurd," he said before the Magic faced the New York Knicks. "I mean, people will say, `Oh, Kentucky you know's got four NBA players.' Yeah, well the other team's got 13."
Van Gundy said the talent level, experience and age of the players would favor the NBA team, even one as bad as the Wizards (11-38).
"Could anything happen on a one-night thing? I mean, I suppose, you have major upsets all the time. So maybe, but it'd be rare and in a series it'd be a joke," Van Gundy said. "It wouldn't be close. That's just the way it is. John Calipari's got a lot of talent, he does not have 13 NBA players. He just doesn't. And even if those guys all are, they're all NBA rookies. I mean, when has that ever been a success in the NBA? So no, they're not going to win."
Ironically, the Wizards' best player is 21-year-old point guard John Wall - a No. 1 draft pick out of Kentucky.
(CBS News) Mets' pitcher R.A. Dickey is primarily known as a master of the knuckleball and a conqueror of Mt. Kilimanjaro. But in a memoir to be released this week, Dickey reveals intimate details of his personal life, including that he was sexually abused as a child and pondered suicide as an adult.
In the book, called "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball," Dickey says he was sexually abused by a teenage babysitter numerous times when he an 8-year-old growing up in Tennessee.Continue »