Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 4:19 pm

US stuns France late with late charge, wins 3-1

Posted by Adam Jacobi

You'll have to excuse France for looking a little shell-shocked in the last 10 minutes of today's match against the United States in the World Cup semifinals. The Americans led for nearly two-thirds of the match, yes, but France spent the majority of the match on the attack, and when French defender Sonia Bompastor snuck an untouched crossing pass past a diving Hope Solo in the 55th minute to tie things up, everything looked to be going France's way. When Ali Krieger came up limping after a tackle attempt nine minutes later, the situation started to look just a little bleak -- even for a tie game. 

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Ah, but there was still most of the second half left, and when it comes to closers in this World Cup, it's the United States, and then it's everybody else. Outscoring opponents 5-0 in the second half in group play. Last Sunday's comeback. Now this.

When Megan Rapinoe entered the match in the 65th minute for Carli Lloyd, she was once again the catalyst for magic, setting the Americans back on the attack for essentially the first time since Lauren Cheney's brilliant goal in the 9th minute. What had been a match controlled by the French for the majority of play was once again wide-open, and it was that renewed American aggression that forced the 79th minute corner kick from Cheney that Abby Wambach would convert with a header (seen at top) to tip the match in the USA's favor. 

If that all sounds just a bit familiar, recall that Rapinoe was also a late substitution in the USA's last match -- that epic struggle against Brazil last Sunday -- and she was the one who sent that crossing pass to Wambach (on, what else, a header) for the tying goal in stoppage time. Those fresh legs and that attacking approach are tough for foes to deal with in the late stages of a match; today, it was a game-changer.

It would be just three more minutes before the USA removed any doubt from the proceedings, as Alex Morgan snuck into the open field on a counter attack and put the clinching goal over the helpless French goalie Laetitia Philippe. Morgan, it should be mentioned, was another late substitution. 3-1, USA, just like that.

Of course, there's more than just tactical decisions and fresh legs that go into pulling out wins like these. It takes confidence, and the USWNT has that in spades this year. "I know that we're going to pull through," Wambach said in an interview after the match. "I just have a belief in this team, and everybody feels it."

Solo put it a bit more bluntly. "Confidence comes from our preparation, and because we know we're damn good."

Hey, you try telling her she's wrong. The fact is, the Americans are back in the World Cup finals for the first time since 1999, and they've got a closer's mentality to thank for it. Now there's one last job to finish: the tournament itself.

Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 6:31 am

Report: Lawyer says Tiger never got PEDs from Dr.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

When Golf Channel announced over the weekend that Tiger Woods would make a special announcement Monday morning in an exclusive interview, there was speculation that he would discuss his relationship with Anthony Galea, the Toronto physician who once counted Woods as a client, and who pleaded guilty last week to bringing misbranded drugs into the United States.

Instead, the announcement was that his agent was joining a new company (apparently, the initial report of actual news was erroneous).

But Tiger could have used the opportunity to again defend himself from charges that Galea may have supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs, something Rod Personius, who represents Galea's former assistant Mary Anne Catalano, did Monday night. In an email to the New York Daily News, Personius said, "I tell you categorically that Tiger did NOT receive either banned or performance enhancing drugs when treating with Dr. Galea."

Woods admitted earlier this month that Galea, who doesn't have a license to practice medicine in the United States, had previously treated him at his Florida home, but denied that he ever took performance-enhancing drugs. Galea has also treated Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran.

"Tiger willingly spoke to the authorities and cooperated fully," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said in an email to the Associated Press in late June. "It was confirmed that because he did nothing illegal, he is not the subject of any criminal investigation. Because there is an ongoing investigation involving others, there will be no further comment." According to the Daily News, at a news conference in April just before the Masters, Woods said the feds had contacted Steinberg about Galea and pledged his "full cooperation."

Woods will miss the British Open, which begins Thursday, as he continues to recover from a knee injury that also kept him out of the U.S. Open last month.
Category: Golf
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 12:16 am

2011 British Open odds: Rory McIlroy big favorite

Posted by Will Brinson

This is the week of the British Open in Sandwich, England -- you can follow all of the deliciousness at our British Open homepage -- and that means it's time to examine the odds, courtesy of BoDog, for various players to win the only foreign golf tournament that people care about major of the year.

As one might expect, Rory McIroy is a ridiculously prohibitive favorite, clocking in at 13/2. Compared to Luke Donald and Lee Westwood at 11/1, that makes him Tiger Woods-like, which should inspire plenty of "he's not Tiger yet" stories once McIlroy comes up short in his bid for a second-straight major.

Martin Kaymer follows at 22/1 and Sergio Garcia is a surprise entry at the top of the favorites at 28/1 (it's worth noting I've seen him even lower elsewhere, which seems insane, even if Sergio's "more inspired" or whatever). Steve Stricker, fresh off a recent win, is also at 28/1, and momentum's never a bad thing in golf.

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Phil Mickelson makes an appearance at 40/1, which is the level of odds where "guys with a big enough name value but have no real shot at winning" usually appear. Joining him are Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel. For what it's worth, that's probably pretty good value for Lefty, even though he's historically struggled at the British -- he's just too good a player to be given 40/1 odds.

There are some nice values later down the line, including Adam Scott at 50/1, Brandt Snedeker at 100/1, Webb Simpson/Anthony Kim/Camilo Villegas at 150/1.

If you're feeling particularly spicy, you can go all-in on Rory playing like he did during the final round of the Masters and take him at 9/1 to miss the cut (1/25 that he makes it, which is free money, theoretically, but hard to earn).

Tom Watson's a fun bet to take at 4/1 for the best senior, considering his recent success across the pond.

And, frankly, I LOVE Lee Westwood at a 2/1 prop bet to finish in the top-five. That's what he does.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 12:21 pm

U.S. women at the World Cup: What now?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It took the U.S. Women's National Team 12 long years. But Brandi Chastain finally has some company.

No, we're not already putting yesterday's fightback-for-the-ages against Brazil on the same pedestal as Chastain's legendary Cup-clinching penalty kick and (just as legendary) jersey-optional celebration. That moment remains the single most iconic moment in U.S. soccer history, men's or women's, and until Abby Wambach winds up on the cover of Time, it's no contest. 

But it is a conversation. Wambach's 122nd-minute goal* and the U.S.'s subsequent victory on penalties sent Twitter into a frenzy, led every highlight package edited in this country between then and now, and drew congratulations from everyone from Ochocinco to Li'l Wayne. Not one not two but three different senior writers were moved to sing the praises of their epic in Dresden. Yes, the USWNT have had their moments since 1999 (a pair of Olympic gold medals among them), but at no time have they firmly, decisively re-entered the national sports consciousness the way they did yesterday. 

So they've got our attention. Which is why we ask: What now?

It was just a year ago the country was experiencing the same brand of summer soccer euphoria, thanks to Landon Donovan's equally-thrilling goal against Algeria to send the U.S. men into the final 16 of their World Cup. Wambach's goal drew immediate comparisons to Donovan's for many reasons -- their improbable lateness, their shared do-or-die drama, the impeccable call of ESPN's Ian Darke on each -- but one overlooked similarity is the golden opportunity each created for their respective teams. For the USMNT, it meant a path to an unprecedented Cup semifinal berth free of any of the world's traditional powers; only Ghana and Uruguay stood in their way.

After a carnage-filled quarterfinal round, the U.S. women likewise find themselves the sudden favorite among the four remaining teams. Highly-touted England went out on penalties to upstart European rivals France; hosts Germany were stunned by Japan 1-0 in what many observers have called the biggest upset in Women's World Cup history; and of course Brazil is going home trophyless once again, having run into their American archrivals a round (or two) earlier than they'd have liked. Both the French and likely finalist Sweden (3-1 quarterfinal victors over a solid Australian team) have strong, sound programs that only the U.S.'s best efforts will overcome, but neither can boast the USWNT's overall depth or tournament-honed pedigree. 

In short, the door is open. And with the team still riding the wave of interest generated by yesterday's impossible finish, walking through it means the names of stars like Wambach, Hope Solo, and Megan Rapinoe (provider of that pinpoint cross to Wambach) could reach the same kind of household status held by previous USWNT stars like Chastain, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy. Win these two matches -- winnable matches, at the minimum -- and the U.S. women come home with even more than a championship.

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But we said the same things before the U.S. men faced Ghana, before they came out flat and looked even flatter by the end of the Ghanaians' 2-1 extra-time victory. Similarly, as defining a moment as yesterday's match was, it might have been the worst possible way for the U.S. women to advance. As they proved against Brazil, the USWNT's greatest strength isn't technical skill or tactical acumen so much as its athleticism, physicality, determination and absolutely peerless workrate. But after riding yesterday's emotional roller-coaster for 120 minutes and playing 10-on-11 for nearly 60, do the Americans still have enough energy in reserve -- mentally or physically -- to still press that advantage?

That's not the team's only problem, either. For all of Wambach's aerial brilliance and fellow striker Amy Rodriguez's speed, the U.S. has often lacked creativity in attack, preferring a direct route approach that defenders at this level (unless they've been on the field for 122 minutes already) are usually prepared to deal with. Coach Pia Sundhage has seemed unwilling or unable to call on her bench, exacerbating the fitness issue. And most worryingly, the U.S. back line -- led by intelligent-but-aging centerback Christie Rampone -- has looked wobbly throughout the tournament (most notably in the 2-1 group stage loss to Sweden that doomed the Americans to the Brazil quarterfinal in the first place). Now they face France without red-carded starter Rachel Buehler, and the relatively green Becky Sauerbrunn making her tournament debut in Buehler's place.

But for all of that, the Americans still have plenty going for them. They have Solo, by nearly all accounts the world's best goalkeeper. They have the indomitable Wambach. In Rapinoe, Lauren Cheney, and Heather O'Reilly, they have a wealth of outside attacking talent that few teams can match. More than anything, they have the same never-say-die fighting spirit that has always been the hallmark of American soccer, men's or women's.

That spirit is why they now also have the the greatest opportunity of their soccer careers. What now? Now the USWNT either takes advantage of that opportunity, or Wambach's goal -- like Donovan's before it -- is remembered as the brilliant high point of a World Cup campaign that wound up less brilliant than it might have been.

*Do you realize how few soccer matches even have 122nd minutes? 
Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:38 am

French TV car causes Tour de France Stage 9 wreck

Posted by Will Brinson

The all-time greatest "player" in the sport might getting pursued by the feds, and steroids might have tainted the game interminably, but that's not stopping the Tour de France from keeping on keeping on. (Or baseball for that matter, hey-o!)

Things took a bit of a nasty turn on Sunday during the ninth stage though, as a French television car, trying to "avoid a tree" ran into a Spain's Juan-Antonio Flecha, who then smashed into Dutchman Johnny Hoogerland, who went flying into what appears to be a barbed-wire fence.

See for yourself, via Cindy Boren of The Washington Post:

Posted on: July 10, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 3:00 pm

VIDEO: Abby Wambach saves the USWNT

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

So, folks, just your average Sunday morning contender for the most thrilling sports moment of the year:

From 2-1 down and out of the tournament to clinching a penalty kick shootout the USWNT were always favored in in the 122nd minute ... it doesn't get much more exciting than that. Between this and the famous Landon Donovan goal from a year ago, the one thing no one will say about U.S. Soccer's World Cup efforts are that they lack drama. (The other thing is that if ESPN needs any extra cash to continue floating announcer Ian Darke's salary, the U.S. Soccer Federation should feel obliged to chip in at any time.)

Thanks to Abby Wambach, the USWNT did edge Brazil on penalty kicks (due in large part to a phenomenal save from the brilliant Hope Solo) and face France in a Women's World Cup seminifal on July 13. U-S-A! U-S-A!

(We'd tell you to take one moment to express some sympathy for the Brazilians -- still without a major women's championship in their history -- and we do feel for the amazing Marta, who played the game almost 1-on-11 and nearly pulled it off. But that Wambach's goal came in time added on by the referee for the Brazilians' disgraceful injury-faking and time-wasting was the most poetic justice possible. )

Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 6:08 pm

Nike's new Lunar Control shoes for British Open

Posted by Will Brinson

Last month, before the U.S. Open began, Nike introduced the new Lunar Control U.S. Open Edition golf shoes (the Lunar Control with special colors for that major). And today, they announced similar plans for the British Open, which begins next week.

Which, by the by, if you feel like getting prepped for the Open Championship, head on over to our center for British Open coverage and get all caught up on the stories leading up to the world's oldest major.

The shoe is "inspired by traditional English tailoring" and takes "a cue from classic British dress shoes and briefcases" with the upper featuring "tumbled leather with patent-leather accents."

As you can tell above, the collar's got "Herringbone tweed" (it's like a suit -- on a shoe!). But the best part? The lining is "inspired by polka-dot handkerchiefs."

Beginning on Monday, July 11 in the UK/EU and US the shoes will be available for a limited-time purchase at

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 2:48 pm

Twitter 140: Must-Follow Sports Personalities

By @JamesonFleming

The creation of Twitter has broken down barriers between fans and athletes, allowing fanatics to interact with their favorite stars and to catch glimpses into the lives of professional athletes. Some stars like Donovan McNabb think athletes shouldn't be on Twitter (maybe Rashard Mendenhall should have listened), but most use the social network effectively.

To make this list of must-follow athletes, the tweeter needed to be interactive, informative, charitable, funny and (for the most part) not oblige his or her followers' requests for retweets because the athlete is the "fan's favorite player." Athletes, coaches, and owners were eligible to make the list.

Send your suggestions for the best athletes to follow to our Twitter account @CBSSports. You can follow all 140 athletes by checking out this Twitter list.
  1. Shaquille O’Neal (@Shaq): The Big Diesel set the standard for athletes on Twitter. He’s partly responsible for helping the 140-character messages go mainstream and has amassed more than four million followers on the social network. During his playing days he frequently met up with followers, and now that he’s retired (which he announced via a video he posted on Twitter), he’s tweeting videos encouraging people to come sign his leg cast if his followers see the Shaqtus in public.
  2. Chad Ochocinco (@Ochocinco): During the lockout, Ochocinco rode bulls, tried out for a soccer team, and declared he’d wrestle an alligator. Before all that, Ochocinco was helping establish his wildness through his Twitter account. He once challenged his coach, Marvin Lewis, to a steel cage fight. On the lighter side, No. 85 is great with fans on Twitter, frequently offering to take fans out to dinner in the cities he visits each weekend.
  3. Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP): Despite being No. 3 on this list, Phillips remains very underrated in terms of his presence on Twitter. With only 81,000 followers, he doesn’t have the same expansive reach as Shaq or Ochocinco, but Phillips makes up for it with incredible interaction with his fans. Earlier this year, Phillips attended the little league game of a fan who asked him to come on Phillips’ day off.
  4. Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins): The Florida outfielder is a self-confessed Twitter-holic who takes to the twittersphere to banter with fans. For Phillies fans to like an opposing player, you have to be doing something right on Twitter. He once invited a Phillies fan to a Marlins game after developing a friendship with the fellow tweeter.
  5. Gilbert Arenas (@AgentZeroShow): Gilbert calls himself the “NBA’s red headed step child” in his Twitter bio and his antics via Twitter support his claims. The Magic guard is not only outspoken about league issues, but also his dating life. Arenas live-tweeted an awful blind date and frequently gives girls tips on dating.
  6. Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward): Arenas and Howard in Orlando make for a terrific tweeting twosome. Together, the two of them planked practically every surface in central Florida. The Magic center also responds to many fans so if you send him a message, he might just get back to you.
  7. Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods): He’s a fallen star on the golf-course, but a rising force in the twittersphere. Since re-joining Twitter in November 2010, Woods has consistently made announcements about his future on the links via Twitter. Woods interacts with fans on Twitter, but he’s this high on the Twitter 140 because he’s a pioneer in avoiding the media to break news.
  8. John Axford (@JohnAxford): The Milwaukee closer’s tweeting has a very hairy feel to it as Axford sports one of the best moustaches in sports. He lets his followers know about it with frequent #staching jokes.
  9. Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft): According to his Twitter bio, the Minnesota punter’s location is “with Carmen Sandiego.” Kluwe is genuinely one of the funniest athletes on Twitter, but his humor can be a bit risqué.
  10. Nick Mangold (@NickMangold): His Twitter bio sums up most of his Twitter habits, “Center for the New York Jets by way of Ohio State. I try to find the humor in everything while promoting the virtues of being manly.” In addition to his humor, Mangold frequently replies to many of his followers who send him tweets.
  11. Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose): He’s created a fictional character (the Garfoose), he’s witty and snarky, he’s an author, and he currently blogs for Bleacher Report about being a pitcher. Hayhurst helps his followers learn the mentality of pitching through social networking.
  12. George Parros (@Stache16): He’s hockey’s version of John Axford. His #stache is a prominent feature on his feed, but Parros is laugh-out-loud funny with every tweet, even the ones that don’t feature his facial hair.
  13. Nyjer Morgan (@TheRealTPlush): One of Morgan’s followers told him to fly a kite. So he flew a kite. It’s not hard to understand why the twittersphere unofficially declared that this tweet won the Internet for the day.
  14. Brian Wilson (@BrianWilson38): He doesn’t tweet often, but when he does, he pleases Charlie Sheen with his outrageousness.
  15. Steve Nash (@SteveNash): The Suns guard announces his yard sales via Twitter and interacts with Justin Bieber (he’s a fellow Canadian who loves basketball, we’ll cut Nash some slack), but it’s this tweet that made waves on Twitter.
  16. Stuart Holden (@stuholden): He’s one of soccer’s most prolific tweeters who spends his tweets talking with fans and giving things away. His next give-away will be coming up soon when he hits 200,000 followers.
  17. Ben Crane (@BenCraneGolf): Golf Boys: The video that took the golf world by storm. Ben Crane was the mastermind behind it. The sense of humor he displays in the video comes through on Twitter as well where he tweets pictures of Golf Boys look-alikes.
  18. Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory): After a humbling Masters loss, McIlroy tweeted a picture of himself congratulating the Green Jacket winner, Charl Schwartzel. McIlroy finally got his moment, winning the U.S. Open and immediately tweeting this picture of the trophy.
  19. John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari): Few coaches have used their celebrity status to raise as much money for charity as John Calipari. He uses the 140-character messages to help raise awareness and money for a variety of causes as well as tweets words of support for his former players.
  20. Mark Cuban (@MCuban): The Mavs owner is rarely quieted and Twitter is no exception. Following his team’s championship, Cuban tweeted multiple pictures with the trophy including this epic one on the flight home to Dallas.
  21. Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay): Jim Irsay joined Twitter after Mark Cuban, but the Colts owner certainly gives Cuban a run for his money for most boisterous team-owner. He gives so many things away via Twitter that if you follow him and you haven’t won something yet, then you’re simply not trying.
  22. Darnell Dockett (@DDockett): Several athletes have live-tweeted car problems, but none better than Darnell Dockett’s experience. In his Twitter bio, he manages to reference Charlie Sheen, a sex tape, and Oprah in fewer than 160 characters.
  23. Serena Williams (@serenawilliams):  The queen of tennis tweeters gives her followers an in-depth, sometimes comedic look into her life as a tennis star.
  24. Ozzie Guillen (@OzzieGuillen): Let’s see here…Guillen’s tweets led to his son resigning, he laughed at one his players for getting a ticket, and MLB suspended him for tweeting during a game following an ejection. That’s just a small sample of Guillen on Twitter.
  25. Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander): The Detroit fireballer campaigned via Twitter for his teammate Alex Avila to overtake Russell Martin in the All-Star voting. With his 22,000 followers, Verlander succeeded and is now working to help Victor Martinez win the 34th man vote.
  26. Arian Foster (@ArianFoster): The Texans running back is part inspirational, part comedian, part wise guy on Twitter. He’s not afraid to take on his haters.           
  27. Tony Allen (@aa000G9): The Grizzlies guard tweets back to many of his followers, but his most memorable moment on the social network came after an elderly lady rear-ended him. Allen can be hard to understand on Twitter, which spawned his own parody account: @TonyMeantToSay.
  28. Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12): The Super Bowl winning quarterback is all about his “belt celebration.” If you love his celebration, then check out his Twitter feed as it’s a prominent topic in his tweets.
  29. John Isner (@JohnIsner): Before he was known for playing a match that seemingly spanned an entire fortnight, Isner was known by his thousands of followers as one of the best users of social media in the tennis community.
  30. Chris Douglas-Roberts (@CDOUGLASROBERTS): CDR might be most known for a series of controversial tweets following the death of Osama bin Laden, but usually, he’s very Shaq-like in reminding us he’s a basketball player who has a pretty fantastic job for a living. Oh, and he changed his Twitter name to Flyonel Ritchie.
  31. Nick Fairley (@Nick_Fairley251): Fairley holds discussions about popular topics in the news on Twitter. He held a “twitter symposium” during the State of the Union address earlier this year and more recently debated the Casey Anthony trial.
  32. Kim English (@EnglishScope24) Want to see what a future coach in the making is like on Twitter? Then check out Missouri’s Kim English who is one of the most articulate players in college basketball.
  33. Ndamukong Suh (@Ndamukong_Suh): The Lions rookie holds the world record for largest tweet-up as nearly 2,000 fans showed to meet Ndamukong Suh.
  34. DeMarcus Cousins (@BoogieCousins): Pretty much from the day he became part of the national scene in prep-basketball, everyone knew Cousins could be a bit of a loose cannon. That mentality has carried over to Twitter where the Sacramento forward is one of the funniest athletes on the social network.
  35. Jon Brockman (@MrJonBrockman): The NBA big man declared he wouldn’t retweet every nice thing said to him. That’s as refreshing as it comes as timelines have become cluttered with athletes retweeting fans who ask for retweets. It’s the new “Can I have your autograph?” -- only more annoying.
  36. Peter Moylan (@PeterMoylan): The Braves reliever tweeted a picture of himself in a little black dress. Trust us, his Twitter feed isn’t nearly as disturbing as that image.
  37. Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher): He’s got one thing on all his Yankees teammates: he’s the best tweeter on the team. Swisher’s feed ranges from motivational to interactive.
  38. Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0): Ohio State’s star big man uses Twitter as a source for motivation. Following big games, Sullinger frequently retweets his haters to show just how wrong they are.
  39. Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0): Like George Parros, Bissonnette rocks a mighty fine #stache and tweets to make his followers laugh.
  40. Jay Feely (@JayFeely): If you’re looking for a strong stance on a controversial topic in sports, look to the Dolphins kicker for his take. Feely’s known for being vocal on Twitter.
  41. Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack): Perhaps the most sociable college basketball coach, the Xavier coach likes to poke fun at’s @GaryParrishCBS and @GoodmanCBS on Twitter.
  42. Mark Titus (@ClubTrillion): A former walk-on at Ohio State, Titus writes his own blog and tweets candidly about former Buckeye stars like Evan Turner (@TheKidET on Twitter).
  43. Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch): The driver of the No. 18 car is in a hit in the twittersphere among NASCAR drivers, plus in his free time, he’s joined the planking brigade.
  44. John Elway (@JohnElway): The former Bronco QB turned Bronco GM is changing the way teams do social media. Elway walked his Twitter followers through the process of finding a new head coach.
  45. Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll): The Seahawks coach raises awareness for charity through his Twitter account. When he's not tweeting for a good cause, you might find him tweeting at fictional snakes.
  46. Jeremy Guthrie (@JGuthrie46): If Mark Cuban hangs out with you, then you must be doing something right. Guthrie ranks high on the list of athletes who can make you laugh with every tweet.
  47. Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon): If you want a glimpse into the mind of a major league manager, then follow the Rays’ Joe Maddon. When he wrote out an unconventional lineup, he tweeted his explanation for it before the game had even started.
  48. Stevie Johnson (@StevieJohnson13): The Bills receiver is infamously known for this tweet,  but now he’s known for a good sense of humor through Twitter.
  49. Maurice Jones-Drew (@Jones_Drew32): Jones went after Jay Cutler during last year’s playoffs. Now, he mostly interacts with fellow players and fans via the social network.
  50. Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209): Picture a Twitter feed run by a frat brother that’s a major league pitcher. That’s what you’ll find when reading Dallas Braden’s timeline.

The Best of the Rest (alphabetically by sport):


Shawn Andrews (@ImShawnAndrews)

Drew Brees (@DrewBrees)

Dez Bryant (@Dez_88)

Dominique Curry (@DomCurry_15)

Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald)

Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisNFL)

James Harrison (@JHarrison9292)

Todd Herremans (@ToddHerremans)

Clay Matthews (@ClayMatthews52)

Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow)

LeSean McCoy (@CutonDime25)

Sinorice Moss (@Humble83)

Terrell Owens (@TerrellOwens)

Troy Polamalu (@TPolamalu)

Jim Schwartz (@JSchwartzLions)

Fred Taylor (@FredTaylorMade)

Mike Vick (@MikeVick)

Leonard Weaver (@LeonardWeaver)

Roddy White (@RoddyWhiteTV)


Heath Bell (@HeathBell21)

Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19)

Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10)

Sam LeCure (@mrLeCure)

Brandon McCarthy (@B_McCarthy)

Corky Miller (@Corky_Miller)

Hunter Pence (@HunterPence9)

Jimmy Rollins (@JimmyRollins11)

Stephen Strasburg (@Stras37)

Mark Teixeira (@teixeiramark25)

C. J. Wilson (@Str8EdgeRacer)


Ron Artest (@RonArtest)

Da’Sean Butler (@TheDaSeanButler)

Nick Collison (@NickCollison4)

Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619)

Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5)

Blake Griffin (@BlakeGriffin)

LeBron James (@KingJames)

Kevin Love (@KevinLove)

J.J. Redick (@JJRedick47)

Nolan Smith (@NDotSmitty)

Charlie Villanueva (@CV31)

John Wall (@JimmyWa11)


Marty Biron (@MartyBiron43)

Tyler Bozak (@Bozie42)

Ryan Jones (@JonesRy28)

Jamie McGinn (@JamieMcGinn64)

Andy Miele (@Andy_Miele)

David Perron (@DP_57)

Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8)

Brian Sutherby (@BrianSutherby)

Mike Richards (@MRichie18)        

James Van Riemsdyk (@JVReemer21)

Anthony Stewart (@Astew22)

Ryan Whitney (@RyanWhitney6)


Skylar Diggins (@SkyDigg4)

Terrence Jones (@TerrenceJones1)

Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles)


Stewart Cink (@StewartCink)

John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly)

Luke Donald (@Luke_Donald)

Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA)

Natalie Gulbis (@Natalie_Gulbis)

Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan)

Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell)

Ian James Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter)

Bubba Watson (@BubbaWatson)

Michelle Wie (@TheMichelleWie)


Marcos Ambrose (@MarcosAmbrose)

Landon Cassill (@landoncassill)

Brad Coleman (@BradCColeman)

Denny Hamlin (@DennyHamlin)

Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson)

Brad Keselowski (@Keselowski)

Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick)

Elliot Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler)

Michael Waltrip (@mw55)


Freddy Adu, soccer player (@FreddyAdu11)

Lance Armstrong, cyclist (@LanceArmstrong)

Tanith Belbin, figure skater (@TanithJLB)

Usain Bolt, world’s fastest man (@usainbolt)

Natalie Coughlin, swimmer (@NatalieCoughlin)

Landon Donovan, soccer player (@LandonDonovan)

Jennie Finch, softball player (@jfinch27)

Tony Hawk, skateboarder (@tonyhawk)

Rampage Jackson, UFC fighter (@Rampage4real)

Jonny Bones Jones, UFC fighter (@Jonnybones)

Apolo Ohno, speed-skater (@ApoloOhno)

Michael Phelps, swimmer (@MichaelPhelps)

Andy Roddick, tennis player (@andyroddick)

Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model (@KateUpton)

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