After an investigation by the NCAA into improper benefits given to Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo, controversy swirled around the Heisman-winner as to just what would happen to his place in the illustrious award's history. Today, Bush has decided to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy, and in doing so, joins the list of other disgraced athletes.
The preseason is halfway done, and yes, there is still something going on besides Brett Favre's indecision. As the intensity ramps up in anticipation for the season's inception, take a look at some choice shots of the second week of the NFL's practice match-ups.
Seven-time Cy Young winner. A winner of 354 games with a 3.12 career ERA and 4,672 strikeouts. Arguably the best pitcher of the last thirty years. And now, an accused perjurer pertaining to his testimony to Congress on his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Take a walk with us along Roger Clemens' turbulent, star-studded career, with this gallery focusing on his time with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.
Only football could have as much hype devoted to its warm-up bouts as some sports seem to have devoted to their entire seasons. Take a look at this year's gridiron battles so far, replete with enough jukes, tackles, familiar faces in new uniforms and of course, cheerleaders, to last you until the Sept. 9 kickoff game.
Despite all of the hype and praise, Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was bound to have a bad outing eventually. Tuesday against the Florida Marlins, Strasburg proved he's human, and continued a long line of highly-touted rookies who proved no one's perfect forever. Now the question is whether Strasburg, like those in this gallery, will be remembered not for singular failure but for the sum of his successes.
Puyol's goal in the 73rd minute allowed Spain to win all three of its elimination games 1-0 and move to its first Final World Cup. Spain will play the Netherlands in the last Championships game, July Sunday 12.
Wesley Sneijder scored off a corner kick Friday, boosting the Netherlands to a 2-1 win over Brazil in Port Elizabeth and into the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup.
The Netherlands will meet either Ghana or Uruguay, which played a quarterfinal match later Friday, in the semis Tuesday.
The Dutch, trailing at intermission, played with more urgency in the second half than Brazil and it paid off about halfway through the period.
With the score tied 1-1, Arjen Robben sent a Dutch corner kick into the middle of the box where Dirk Kuyt slightly changed the flight with a header. Sneijder was then able to solidly nod the ball into the left side of the net in the 68th minute.
About 5 minutes later, Brazil's Felipe Melo was sent off for stepping on an opposing player, leaving the Brazilians playing a man short the rest of the way.
Brazil broke through first with Robinho taking a long lead pass from Melo and breaking past the Dutch defense. Robinho then easily beat Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg in the 10th minute.
The score was tied in the 53rd minute on what was ruled an own goal. Sneijder took a short free kick and tried a shot from long range. His high arching attempt just glanced off Melo, who may have also gotten in the way of Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, and the ball went into the goal.
It was the first own goal charged to Brazil in its World Cup history -- a record 97 games -- but the second time in the current tournament the Netherlands benefited from an own goal. One of the goals in the Netherlands' 2-0 Group E win over Denmark was an own goal.
Italy v Slovakia was an amazing 90 minutes game that ended in tears for the Italians. 34th world ranked Slovakia humiliated World Cup Holders Italy, winning 3-2 to qualify along with Paraguay who won the group after a 0-0 draw with New Zealand in their match played simultaneously for the knockout phase of the tournament.
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