Author Archives: Ryan Berry

UCLA, Jim Mora sign six-year extension, disappoint Washington

The UCLA Bruins have agreed to a six-year contract extension through 2019 with head coach Jim Mora on Tuesday. In his inaugural season with UCLA, Mora led the Bruins to nine wins that included a Pac-12 Championship appearance. Mora has continued his success in 2013, with nine wins heading into the Bowl season, highlighted by […]

The A’s and Others Move Quick as Hot Stove Heats Up

December has started off with a bang for Major League Baseball’s hot stove with numerous trades and signings on Monday and Tuesday. So far, the Oakland Athletics look to be the biggest beneficiary — going against their “Moneyball” roots and going all in for 2014. Yesterday, Billy Beane signed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (two-year, $22 […]

A’s acquire closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore for 2B Weeks

The Oakland Athletics have acquired closer Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later, or future considerations. The A’s were in need of a closer following the departure of Grant Balfour to free agency. The 30-year-old Johnson has led MLB in saves over […]

Chris Carpenter Retires

Chris Carpenter officially retired from the St. Louis Cardinals, on Wednesday. Carpenter, 38, has dealt with injuries throughout his career including a torn labrum, Tommy John surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome, in addition to his current nerve issues in his neck and shoulder. When healthy, Carpenter was a mainstay for the Cardinals in helping them win […]

Brad Ausmus named Tigers’ manager

On Sunday the Detroit Tigers announced former catcher Brad Ausmus as their manager. Ausmus will be taking over for former manager Jim Leyland who stepped down after the 4-2 series loss in the ALCS to the Boston Red Sox. In his 18-year career, Ausmus played for four teams, made an All-Star appearance in 1999 and […]

Top 25 matchup: Mississippi vs. Alabama

Head coach Hugh Freeze will lead the No. 21 Mississippi Rebels (3-0) into Tuscaloosa, Alabama this Saturday to face off against Nick Saban and the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Below are five things to watch… 1. Alabama’s secondary In the Sept. 14 matchup against the highly ranked Aggies of Texas A&M, the Alabama secondary […]

NFL Draft Up and Comers

With the onset of the NFL, it is never too early to start thinking about the April draft.  Twelve college games throughout the country, endless hours of tape, all to project players toward the NFL.  There is the hyped, non-pro-style college player that doesn’t translate to the NFL (Tebow, Barkley, Clausen), the sure fired prospect […]

Chiefs Primed to Sack the AFC West

Yes, the Chiefs did go 2-14 last year. Yes, they had the worst passing offense in the league last year. Yes, they only forced 13 turnovers – but they will win the AFC West this year. Those stats mean nothing this year. This offseason, the Chiefs front office hired former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid […]

The Joke That is PED’s and Ryan Braun

In February of 2012, Ryan Braun proclaimed his innocence in using Performance Enhancing Drugs after an alleged positive test stating, “I have been an open book, willing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this investigation, because I have nothing to hide.”  And he defended his innocence even further after […]

Denver, We Have a Problem

Meet Shaun Phillips, Joe Mays, and Wesley Woodyard.  Those are the three starting linebackers for the Denver Broncos now that All-Pro Outside linebacker Von Miller is facing a four game suspension for substance abuse by the NFL as reported by Adam Schefter this morning.  The Denver Broncos are in deep trouble defensively.  They were before […]