Power Forward’s Roundup (April 12, 2013)

Up close shot of one basketball player in mid dunk and another attempting to block him. The ball has been replaced by a cat, who is sitting belly up in the dunker's hand.

Sports Balls Replaced With Cats

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I finally got my Feedly RSS reader set up (probably just in time for the Internet to announce that RSS feeds will be going the way of Google Reader soon, too).

And to celebrate how excited I am about this, I’m going to post links to some of the things that came across my reader today. Enjoy!

NASCAR eyes sponsor decisions (from ESPN – there is an autoplay video at site):

“The NRA’s sponsorship of the event at Texas Motor Speedway fit within existing parameters that NASCAR affords tracks in securing partnerships,” said NASCAR spokesman David Higdon. “However, this situation has made it clear that we need to take a closer look at our approval process moving forward, as current circumstances need to be factored in when making decisions.”

Tim Henman labels British men’s tennis ’embarrassing’ (from BBC):

World number two Murray has pledged to make himself available to face Croatia in September’s World Group play-off.

“The signs are he will probably play against Croatia so I fancy their chances,” said Henman.

But he added: “The fact we haven’t got anyone else inside the top 200 in the world is still a bit embarrassing.”

Team fills new player’s car with popcorn (from KVUE):

The Golden State Warriors filled rookie Kent Bazemore’s car to the brim with popcorn.

Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury Leading Youth Movement for College Football Coaches (form Bleacher Report)

Now, more and more college programs are giving young coaches the chance to step into the limelight and lead a group of student-athletes, some of which are just a decade younger than their coaches.

There may not be a better sample case in this trend than 33-year-old Kliff Kingsbury, who spent just five years as an assistant coach at Houston and Texas A&M before earning the top spot at his alma mater, Texas Tech.

Six Moments Of Code-Switching In Popular Culture (from NPR)

6. You just want to “bro hug” Kevin Durant.
An animated gif of Obama shaking the hand of a white coach for NBA team Oklahoma Thunder. He then "bro hugs" Thunder forward, Kevin Durant. He shakes his hand and then they hug with one arm.

Alex Rodriguez Believed to Be Behind Purchase of Clinic Documents (from The New York Times)

Investigators for Major League Baseball have uncovered what they believe is evidence that a representative of Alex Rodriguez purchased medical records from a person connected to a South Florida anti-aging clinic that is suspected of providing performance-enhancing drugs to a number of major leaguers, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Boston Marathon 2013: Route, Start Time, Date and TV Info (from Bleacher Report)

Over half a million people are expected to be in attendance and/or participate in this epic race, so here’s a complete look at the current route, some useful times, television information and a few extra notes on what to watch for as the world’s oldest yearly marathon kicks off.

Liverpool Ladies eye Arsenal’s top spot as Women’s Super League prepares for kick off (from Telegraph)

The third instalment of the WSL, which was rebranded and switched to the summer in 2011 in an attempt to attract a more family-friendly audience to the sport, promises to be pivotal. Women’s football is still surfing the wave of popularity and recognition generated by the London Olympics. Now comes the hard part: retaining a captive audience.

Last winter the FA launched ‘Game Changer’, their five-year plan for the women’s game, which envisioned not just growth, but transformation. The eight-team WSL will be expanded to up to 20 teams from next season. An ambitious attendance target of 1,000 fans per game has been set. A broadcast deal has been brokered with the BBC which will see a weekly round-up broadcast on the BBC News Channel, as well as four WSL programmes on BBC Two throughout the season.

Rutgers scandal could cost New Jersey taxpayers millions more (from Yahoo News)

Getting rid of an abusive college basketball coach has already cost New Jersey taxpayers more than $1 million, but the awkwardly handled saga could cost them millions more in years to come.

That’s because one of Wall Street’s top credit rating agencies said that the controversy over video-taped episodes of physical and verbal abuse by a Rutgers University coach, and the delay in his dismissal, could contribute to a downgrade of the public university’s credit rating.

NFL Football player, a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is running down the field with the ball. We can see him from his waist up. He is mid stride, with one arm back, the other tucking the ball into his body. Except the ball has been replaced by a cute kitten.

Sports Balls Replaced With Cats