February 23, 2012

Sports with Carlos Diaz: incredible urban-paragliding video

Posted: 07:00 AM ET

You have got to see this video... Para-gliding is an extreme sport where daredevils use just the wind and a specially modified parachute to glide wherever they want to go. It's the closest thing to flying you're ever gonna see!! Jean-Baptiste Chandelier has been paragliding since 2004... Take a look at one of his amazing videos below:

Urban Side from Jean-Baptiste Chandelier JB prod on Vimeo.

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October 28, 2011

St. Louis hero David Freese comes through for Cardinals

Posted: 12:32 PM ET

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates at third base after hitting a game-tying two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth inning during Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 10-9 in 11 innings.

Players are calling last night’s Game 6 the best World Series game ever! The Cardinals were down to the final strike of their season… not once, but twice!! The Rangers had the champagne chilling in the clubhouse, ready for a bubbly celebration… But there would be no toasting for Texas because a local St. Louis hero came through to win the game for the Cardinals!

David Freese grew up going to Cardinals games as a kid, dreaming about having a night like last night, but it started out like a nightmare him.

In the 5th inning, Freese camped under a pop-up at 3rd base, but the ball doinked off of his mit and then his head. That eventually allowed the Rangers to take the lead. Fast forward to the 9th, Freese at the plate, the Cardinals are down to their last strike, and Freese has the hopes of his hometown St. Louis on his shoulders… And comes through with a clutch triple to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Then in the 11th inning, Freese hit the game winning home run!!

It’s a story right off of the silver screen!

So now the Cardinals are riding a huge high going into Game 7 tonight.

Can the Rangers pick themselves up to capture their first World Series title ever? Or does this Hollywood story-line continue for St. Louis? The Cards squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, and now on the final day of the entire season, they try to become World Champions.

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October 10, 2011

Tiger Woods vs. Hot Dog

Posted: 10:45 AM ET

It’s Tiger Woods vs. a hot dog!

Yesterday at the Open, Tiger was getting ready to putt for birdie on the 7th green when a man ran onto the green yelling “Tiger!” The man then threw a hot dog in Tiger’s direction!!

Relax… The wiener didn’t get anywhere near the most famous golfer on the planet.

The man was down on the ground with his hands behind his back before security even got to him, so he knew was busted the minute he stepped foot on the green. I have got to give Tiger credit, when the guy was yelling “Tiger!”, Woods didn’t even flinch!

And Tiger laughed about it afterward–even though he finished tied for 30th in the event. Ouch!

By the way… you won’t see the footage of Tiger’s newest wiener scandal because The Golf Channel owns the domestic rights to the video, and they don’t want to inspire copycats. Bummer.

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October 7, 2011

Why is this rink pink!?

Posted: 01:47 PM ET

More on the pink ice down below... but first:

Happy Friday (unless you’re a Yankees fan…)!!!

The American League Championship Series is now set: The Rangers will take on the Tigers after Detroit knocked off New York last night at Yankee Stadium in front of a record crowd of more than 50,000 fans. The Tigers started the game with back-to-back home runs in the first inning, and the Yankees were trying to play catch-up the rest of the game... New York's Alex Rodriguez strikes out for the final out of the Yankees season. The Tigers celebrate, the Yanks and their fans, not so much.

In the National League, there are 2 Game Five's tonight: First the Brewers host the Diamondbacks, then it's the Phillies battling the Cardinals.... You can catch both games on TBS.

One of the best pitchers in baseball is being sued for trashing his apartment. The Giants' Tim Lincecum is accused of stealing and destroying 200-thousand dollars worth household items from a San Francisco apartment that he moved out of in May. The lawyer for Lincecum’s landlord thinks the Giants pitcher had a wild party that left the entire apartment in total disarray. The Giants and Lincecum haven’t commented on the lawsuit.

You won’t be seeing Hank Williams Jr. asking “Are You Ready for Some Football” before Monday Night Football games on ESPN anymore. But was he fired or did he quit? That depends on whose statement you believe. Yesterday, ESPN released a statement saying “We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years.” But then you’ve got this statement from Williams, “After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.” Bottom line, after 20 years on Monday Night Football, Hank’s gone.

MVP quarterback Peyton Manning says he wants to come back to play for his Colts this season, and he’s slowly working his way back into the team’s day-to-day schedule. This Sunday, Manning will be on the sidelines for the first time this regular season, not in pads of course, as the win-less Colts take on the Chiefs. Manning, who is still recovering from neck surgery, says of his return to the field: "The good Lord is calling my plays and I'm not allowed to be audible at this point, so I have to listen to the doctors.”

From the weird injury report file: Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack played Sunday against the Titans… with appendicitis!! He thought he just had the flu!! In fact, he showed up for practice on Monday ready to go, but the team doctors evaluated him and told him he needed emergency surgery… and they pulled out his appendix! His Browns teammates noticed Mack was a little queasy during Sunday’s game, but he thought it was something he ate. The Browns have a bye this week, and Mack is currently listed as “uncertain” to play against the Raiders in 11 days… but one teammate says he’ll play.

Hockey season is back, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month is hitting the ice. The hockey rink at Missouri State now features some very cool pink ice (video at the top of this post)! The Missouri State Ice Bears players will also be wearing black jerseys trimmed in pink and the jerseys will be auctioned at Saturday’s game with proceeds going to fund cancer research.

Now take that kind of optimism into your weekend!! We’ll see ya on Monday!!

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Bree McMahon is a True Champion

Posted: 01:29 PM ET

Today’s True Champion is an amazingly inspirational story. Soccer phenom Bree McMahon’s lower body was crushed by a car in high school 2 years ago. She lost her left leg and her right leg is incredibly scarred. But she’s back on the soccer field at Brevard College in North Carolina with her running leg, and she’s dealing with every obstacle that comes her way with incredible optimism! Bree says she is still figuring out how to adjust her body movements, but she says knowing that she’s getting closer to her goal of playing soccer competitively makes her want to work twice as hard.

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October 6, 2011

Athletes get naked for 'ESPN the Magazine'

Posted: 12:41 PM ET

We’re one day away from Friday! Coming up: We've got with some Tiger on… and off… the course, an NHL tribute, an amazing high school football field goal and a squirrel on twitter... but first:

ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue” is here… let the controversy begin! It is extremely revealing… Extremely! There are four different covers featuring soccer star Hope Solo, Olympic Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, NBA rookie-of-the-year Blake Griffin and New York Met Jose Reyes. Along with those 4, there are 18 other athletes who pose very nude, with their naughty parts barely covered in the “Bodies We Want” section. The difference between the Body Issue and Sports Illustrated’s annual “Swimsuit Issue” is that this issue is said to celebrate athletes, not models. And you probably never thought you’d hear this: SI’s Swimsuit Issue features much more clothing than The Body Issue.

Tiger Woods has signed his first major endorsement deal since his marriage scandal… and this one is a biggie! Rolex has announced a partnership with the embattled golfer. Citing Tiger’s “exceptional stature," the folks at Rolex believe Tiger “still has a long career ahead of him.” They also say they are committed to accompanying Tiger “in his new challenges.” Watchmaker Tag Heuer dropped Woods 2 months ago. Golfers like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have been associated with Rolex, so Tiger’s in good company. Tiger’s agent says more new endorsements are to come. Tiger tees off today at 3:10pm Eastern Time in the Open in Northern California.

Two NHL teams are raising money for the families of the Russian hockey players killed in a plane crash last month. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will auction off the jerseys they'll wear in their pre-season match-up on October 13. The teams will also sell remembrance bracelets to benefit the families of the 28 Russian players who died when the plane carrying their team crashed after take-off in Western Russia.

A high school player has accomplished something no NFL player has ever done: kicking a 64-yard field goal in a game! Austin Pacheco hit this unbelievable field goal for Carson High School in Nevada on Friday. It probably would have been good from 70 yards. Carson High’s head coach told Austin before the game that anything within 65-yards was in his range. This is actually just the second longest high school football field goal. In 1985, another player in Nevada hit a 68-yard field goal.

If you thought the Super Bowl’s media day couldn’t get any crazier, think again! Because now fans will be allowed in!! 5,000 people will be allowed into Lucas Oil Stadium on January 31 when the two Super Bowl teams face the press on the field. They'll get special personal radios so that they can listen to the interviews taking place. Media Day has always been a circus. This season, it will be even more outrageous.

And we've got a varmint sighting in St. Louis… In the 5th inning, a squirrel ran across home plate in the middle of the Cardinals-Phillies playoff game… Phillies manager Charlie Manual says he could have taken care of the squirrel. He says he's "from the south" and he's "a squirrel hunter" and he's "a pretty good shot." The squirrel shot back on its Twitter account (yes, the squirrel is on Twitter) @BuschSquirrel, "Charlie Manuel is too old to shoot me or have a gun." By the way, the Cardinals won to force a decisive Game 5 tomorrow night in Philly.

Now go out there and make this the best Thursday ever!! See ya tomorrow!

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September 28, 2011

If looks could kill, this dude would be a goner!

Posted: 08:43 AM ET

Good morning sports fans! Here are some of the most interesting sports stories we have for ya on this Hump Day!!

First... watch the clip above... Oh man... every dad knows the look this guy is going to get! This baseball fan in Taiwan goes for a foul ball and completely forgets that his daughter is sitting on his lap, and she lands in the row in front of him… The little girl is okay, which is more than I can say for dad… Check out the look mom is giving him… when he gets home, he's gonna get an ear full!! We found the video which has gone viral on's Extra Mustard.

Talk about a really bad computer error. Just hours after manager Ozzie Guillen was let out of his contract as the skipper of the Chicago White Sox on Monday night, a blog post appeared on Guillen’s website which said he was thrilled to become the new manager of the Florida Marlins. The only problem: Guillen had not yet reached an official agreement to manage the Florida Marlins. A league source told ESPN that a "raw" version of Guillen's post, which was "not intended for public consumption," was mistakenly posted by an employee who simply "hit the wrong button." So the post was immediately taken down. Oops!! But then outspoken Guillen tweeted on Tuesday, “Weird to be in Miami in this time but very happy ready to go." The Marlins are moving into a brand new ballpark next season, so having a World Series champion manager like Guillen is a big get for the team.

Some of the biggest names in the NBA will get together in near Miami next week to play a game for charity. The Miami Heat’s Big 3 of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh will host and play in “The South Florida All-Star Classic,” on October 8th at Florida International University. All-Stars like Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Chris PaulRajon Rondo and several other big named players will compete to raise money for the educational community of South Florida.

Brian Stow went outside for the first time in almost 6 months, and when his sister asked him how the sun felt, he responded, “It’s magical.” Stow is the Giants fan who was beaten into a coma outside of Dodger stadium on Opening Day. Since speaking some of his first words last week since the March attack, the father of 2 is now making jokes, recalling childhood memories and recognizing members of his family. Doctors are encouraged by Stow’s improvement, but they warn that he still has a long road of recovery ahead.

The Philadelphia Flyers Wayne Simmonds will not be disciplined for making an alleged homophobic slur toward the New York Rangers Sean Avery earlier this week in a preseason hockey game. The league says it was unable to take action because of conflicting reports about what was actually said. Simmonds strongly denied using a homophobic slur. All this drama comes just days after Simmonds was the subject of an apparent racial taunt from a fan during a different preseason NHL game in Ontario.

This has got to be the toughest par 3 in the history of golf. The PGA set up a tee box on the 16th floor terrace of a Chicago hotel, and the green is 220 yards away on a floating barge!! Golfers Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal then had to hit a ball between the opened draw-bridge and onto the green. Both golfers hit the green, and both balls rolled off into the Chicago River. The event raised 100-thousand dollars for charity.

Just remember on this Wednesday… every minute that goes by gets you further from Monday and closer to Friday!!! See ya tomorrow!!

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September 27, 2011

Michael Vick's hand not broken & New Jersey Nets Brooklyn bound

Posted: 11:49 AM ET

Happy Tuesday to ya! Today we’ve got Football, Baseball, Basketball and Hockey all in one sports blog!

On Sunday, Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick said his hand was broken. On Monday, Vick found out his hand was only bruised. The Eagles still don’t know if he’s going to play this coming Sunday against the Niners. Vick also downgraded his harsh criticism of the referees. He said on Sunday that the refs are allowing him to get hit harder than other big-time quarterbacks. On Monday, he said he respects the refs, and he won’t be complaining about them again this season.

The hockey trash talking was in full effect as the owners of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers announced that they will compete in the Winter Classic on January 2nd in Philly. The Phillies baseball park is the setting for the game. The Winter Classic won't be held on its traditional Jan. 1 date because it conflicts with the final week of the NFL's regular season.

Sad story here. Red Sox pitcher John Lackey has filed for divorce from his wife Krista who is currently battling breast cancer. TMZ says Krista underwent a double mastectomy back in March and chemo in June. John filed for divorce on August 30. They'd been married almost 3 years. The Red Sox are calling this a "deeply personal family issue" which is not "appropriate for public debate."

Last night, the Red Sox lost to the Orioles which means Boston is now tied in the Wild Card hunt with the Tampa Bay Rays, who beat the Yankees...

In the NL, the Braves and Cardinals both lost, so Atlanta still has a one game lead in that Wild Card Race...

Rapper Jay-Z owns a piece of the New Jersey Nets, and he has announced that when the Nets move to Brooklyn next year, he will celebrate by performing 8 concerts at the Nets new arena. No other team owner in professional sports could pull THAT off!! Jay-Z is living the American Dream. After growing up in the slums of Brooklyn, now he’s the toast of the town after yesterday’s concert announcement. The team also announced that next season they will officially be known as “The Brooklyn Nets.” And you know Jay-Z, his wife is Beyonce, and by that time, their brand new baby will be court side for every Brooklyn Nets game.

Now go out there and make this the best Tuesday of your life! See ya tomorrow on “Morning Express with Robin Meade”!!

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September 21, 2011

See the 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Wrigley Field scene... IN Wrigley Field!

Posted: 01:08 PM ET

How about some Hump Day Sports… featuring the best “player” of all time: Ferris Bueller!! He’s coming up, but first….

Even though athletes have enjoyed a ton of success on Dancing with the Stars, a jock was the first dancer voted off the show this season. Meta World Peace is going home after just one dance. Mr. World Peace scored only 14 out of 30 points from the judges after completing his cha cha cha on Monday night. This is bad news for the former Ron Artest, who was trying to revamp his questionable public image on the show. Now the only athlete on the show is soccer star Hope Solo.

After BYU committed 7 turnovers in a 54-to-10 loss to arch rival Utah, fans started complaining about an Arby’s in South Provo, Utah with this marquee: Bring in BYU stub for a free turnover… Ouch. But now the shift manager at that Arby’s is swearing that the promotion was put up on the marquee BEFORE the game, and was just all the controversy is just an accident.

The New York Giants are being accused of faking injuries to slow down the game in their Monday night victory over the St. Louis Rams. Rams QB Sam Bradford is accusing two Giants defenders of faking cramps while he was trying to line-up the Rams for a score in the first quarter. Bradford says the Giants were yelling out to each other, “Someone go down, someone go down!” The Rams have filed a formal complaint to the league.

There’s quite a bit of “buzz” around this next story. The final round of a college golf tournament was cancelled when 70-thousand bees swarmed around the 18th green. Several people were stung when a limb from a tree fell and exposed a massive bee-hive at the Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas. A beekeeper, who was called in, ordered everyone to clear the area for hours. Wichita State won the event, and quite fittingly that college’s slogan is: Do more, BE more.

The statue of legendary Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell can finally see again. Someone ripped the glasses off the statue recently. No one knows who did it and exactly when the optical theft went down. But yesterday, new glasses were re-attached to the white bronze statue that stands inside the Tigers home Comerica Park. Harwell, a legendary baseball announcer, died last year at the age of 92.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is coming to Wrigley Field. The 25th Anniversary of the John Hughes film will be shown at Wrigley on Saturday night October 1st. A scene in the movie featuring Ferris, Sloan and Cameron was shot at Wrigley. Since the Chicago Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention several weeks ago, we don’t have to worry about any scheduling conflicts with baseball being play at Wrigley in October.

In honor of Ferris Bueller, I’ll leave you with this: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t’ stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” chickah-chickah

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September 15, 2011

Tom Brady to fans: "Start drinking early." Drinking what?

Posted: 08:34 AM ET

Hello all of you Robin Meade fans out there! Carlos Diaz here… I LOVE this first story about a certain quarterback giving the most honest quote of this young football season…

Tom Brady #12 and Chad Ochocinco of the New England Patriots chat during training camp at Gillette Stadium

Tom Brady has committed a major foul off the field, insinuating that fans in New England should get drunk before this Sunday’s game. Now the Patriots front office is doing some spin control. Tom Brady was asked about how Patriots fans should prepare for this Sunday’s home-opener against the Chargers, and his response left the NFL cringing. "Yeah, start drinking early. Get nice and rowdy. 4:15 game, lot of time to get lubed up. Come out here, and cheer for the home team." The Patriots PR staff immediately attempted to clarify their start QB’s slip of the tongue by saying. “He meant ‘stay hydrated, drink a lot of water.’” Riiiiiiiiiiiight….

Serena Williams feels bad about her outburst toward a chair umpire at the US Open, but she doesn’t fell bad enough to actually say the words “I’m sorry.” Yesterday, Serena tweeted, "My emotions did get the best of me this past weekend when I disagreed with the umpire. It has been a long road to get back to the US Open this year, and I am thankful to have had such a great two weeks in New York." Serena was fined just 2-thousand dollars for telling the chair umpire that she was ugly on the inside and calling her a hater.

One of the toughest guys in the NFL is emotionally devastated… Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has left the team after learning that his mother passed away unexpectedly on Monday. Urlacher’s mother died at her home in Texas, apparently of natural causes. She was just 51 years old. Urlacher once said, “My mom is my heart.” Bears head coach Lovie Smith lost his mother recently, and Urlacher was one of the first people to phone his head coach with his condolences. Smith says it’s unclear if Urlacher will be back for this Sunday’s game against the Saints.

Former MVP Joe Mauer is having the worst year on the baseball diamond, and his Minnesota Twin teammates think it’s because he’s been shooting too many TV commercials… Mauer has endorsed Sony, Gatorade, Head & Shoulders and other products… but he has missed 66 games this year due to injury, and the Twins are reportedly grumbling he needs to spend more time training… Mauer stresses that he shoots all these commercials in just one week in the off-season.

Steve Spurrier, one of the most well-known coaches in college football, agrees with a new study that claims football players don’t get what they're worth from their schools. Spurrier said earlier this year that college football players should be getting paid. Several coaches agreed with the South Carolina head coach when he suggested last spring that players be paid 300 dollars a game, with the money coming out of the coaches pocket. Now, Spurrier is saying that because TV contracts are so lucrative, the players deserve a cut of that revenue. Spurrier remembers “20 years ago… athletes got full scholarship. Television income was what, $50,000? And now everybody’s getting 14, 15 million dollars and they’re still getting scholarships.” A new study calculates that each major college football player is worth over 120-thousand dollars a year to their university.

North Carolina State’s new basketball coach Mark Gottfried is going parachute into this Saturday’s Wolfpack football game against South Alabama… Gottfried is going to tandem jump with the Rangers of the Army Golden Knights parachute team at halftime as part of “Military Appreciation Day.” Gottfried will have a camera strapped to his helmet which will broadcast his point of view on the field’s big screen for the crowd to see…

Only one more day until Friday!! Until then, there’s a really good college football game on tonight… I’m just sayin’… See ya tomorrow on HLN!!

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