Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Links from the Net

Links to some of the best articles from around the web:

Maurice Lucas was from Pittsburgh, played in the '74 NCAA finals for Marquette, won a NBA championship in '77 with the Blazers. He passed away (NYT) this past week at the too young age of 58. Here is a nice tribute and personal story from Charles Pierce at Boston.com.

If you want more reasons why the Vikings cut Randy Moss on Monday, Michael Silver relates this uncomfortable story that happened in the Minnesota locker room on Friday. Cutting Moss seems to be the right decision for the Vikes, but it does make you wonder how they came to the conclusion that they should bring him back after having dealt with it all before.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan sent a loud but garbled message when he benched Donovan McNabb at the end of the game on Sunday. First he said it was because McNabb didn't have a full grasp of the two minute offense. Then, he said it was actually McNabb's lack of fitness, due to hamstring injuries, that caused him to go to Rex Grossman. Now it appears that the underlying reason is his practice habits, which former teammate Tim Hasselback says is nothing new.

Judy Bautista of the New York Times did a great profile of Steelers LB James Harrison over the weekend. It looks like Harrison may get fined again this week for a hit on Saints QB Drew Brees. The officials did call a personal foul on that play as opposed to the play last week where Harrison wasn't flagged, but was fined $75,000.

Mel Kiper updates the draft status of seven college players including DE Jabaal Sheard of Pitt and RG Stefen Wisniewski of Penn St. (ESPN Insider subscription required)

Puck Daddy takes a look at ten players who would like to have a reset on the start of the NHL season. Number one on the list? Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Fielding Bible Awards came out Monday. There is one award for each position. This is a much better assessment than the Gold Glove Award which is voted on by managers and coaches.

Allesandro Del Piero broke the Juventus career goal scoring record over the weekend. This is a nice look at a loyal athlete who has played his entire career with one club along with what else went on in European soccer this weekend. (NYT)

China creates the world's fastest supercomputer. It's capabilities are stunning.

The newest and best search engine? PC Magazine thinks blekko.com is the answer.

Twitter is now more valuable than the New York Times--which is also now the smallest company in the S&P 500.

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