Blog Posts by Jay Busbee

  • There's no event in sports that carries a speed-to-drama ratio quite like the 100-meter dash. Years of hopes, dreams, ambitions validated or dashed in less time than it's taken you to read this paragraph.

    On Sunday at the world championships in Beijing, the United States' Justin Gatlin and Jamaica's Usain Bolt faced off for the first time since 2013. Gatlin, heavily favored, was riding a streak of 28 straight unbeaten 100m races, but lost to Bolt by one-one hundredth of a second.

    Gatlin had come into the race the favorite, carrying a season best of 9.74 seconds. Bolt's time of 9.79 seconds would not have beaten Gatlin's earlier semifinal time of 9.77 seconds. Gatlin appeared to have control of the race early, starting even with Bolt and gaining an edge on the Jamaican. But Gatlin seemed to start his lean an instant too early, and Bolt was able to power across the finish line in an edge too narrow for the naked eye.

    How close was Bolt's margin of

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  • FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2014 file photo South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Pistorius Pistroius is to released into house arrest Friday after spending 10 months of a five-year sentence for the killing of his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp in 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2014 file photo South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Pistorius Pistroius is to released into house arrest Friday after spending 10 months of a five-year sentence for the killing of his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp in 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympian convicted of killing his girlfriend, had been slated for release from prison this Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence. However, South Africa's justice minister has asked for a review of that decision.

    Pistorius was convicted last year of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He had contended that her death was an accident, and that he had believed a burglar was in his house when he fired through a closed door. Pistorius was acquitted of the charge of murder, but nonetheless convicted of culpable homicide.

    Pistorius is imprisoned at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria. His good behavior had earned him a scheduled early release, according to a deal worked out in June. However, justice minister Michael Masutha called the release into house arrest "premature." South African law allows the release of prisoners one-sixth of the way into their sentence under certain circumstances. In a statement,

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    Both China and Russia have spent billions of dollars on recent Olympic Games, virtually pricing every other nation out of the market. Will this runaway spending continue? Will anyone want to bother with hosting the Games in the future? Come 2035, will there even be such a thing as the Olympics?

    That's one of our Friday Five topics today on Yahoo Sports' Grandstanding podcast. Other ideas we're kicking around:

    • If you had to abandon your favorite city's sports teams, which city would you adopt as your new sports mecca? (Bandwagoners who root for the Cowboys/Yankees/Cavaliers need not apply.)

    • In light of allegations against the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, what do you do when a player on your favorite team has (allegedly) done something horrible? How do you keep rooting for them afterward?

    • Which player currently in the game will you miss most once he (or she) retires?

    • The Republican presidential debate. That

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  • Beijing has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, even though it's a city not known for its winter chill. Even so, Beijing organizers have created a wonderland of multimedia productions designed to put everyone in mind of snow and ice ... in one case, by evoking the most famous depiction of cold in popular culture since Hoth.

    "The Snow and Ice Dance," a song off a new collection of Beijing anthems, begins slowly, with a single voice over a gentle piano theme before building to a crescendo. If you've read the headline, you know where we're going with this one, but play this for a friend and see if this song reminds them of anything:

    Sound familiar? If you're not singing along, any nearby kids sure are. The Chinese song is awfully close to "Let it Go," the omnipresent anthem from "Frozen" that's the bane of karaoke and carpools everywhere:

    As the relentless flow of bootlegged DVDs from China has shown, a little copyright violation never bothered Beijing anyway. Per Fortune,

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  • Beijing will host 2022 Winter Olympics

    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 31: China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, delivers a speech during Beijing's 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid presentation at the 128th IOC session on July 31, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Vincent Thian - Pool/Getty Images)KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - JULY 31: China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, delivers a speech during Beijing's 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid presentation at the 128th IOC session on July 31, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Vincent Thian - Pool/Getty Images)Beijing, China has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in a vote over Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, and becomes the first city to host both Summer and Winter Games. China's representative city defeated Kazakhstan's by a 44-40 vote.

    “Just as with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, the Olympic family has put its faith in Beijing again to deliver the athlete-centred, sustainable and economical Games we have promised,” Beijing Olympic officials said in a statement. “This will be a memorable event at the foot of the Great Wall for the whole Olympic family, the athletes and the spectators that will further enhance the tremendous potential to grow winter sports in our country, in Asia and around the world.”

    Both Almaty and Beijing made a final pitch to the International Olympic Committee on Friday morning. Almaty representatives emphasized their more winter-friendly location and compacted clustering of event venues. Beijing, which sits at approximately

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    The city of Boston is no longer a candidate to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

    Boston had been the United States' selection in the ongoing bidding process for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but on Monday, Boston's mayor threw the brakes on the city's bid plans. Soon afterward, the United States Olympic Committee announced it is ending its bid to bring the Games to the city.

    Boston mayor Marty Walsh had said he cannot automatically commit to signing the host city bid should Boston win the right to host the Games. Walsh expressed concern about a provision which requires the host city to cover any cost overruns, a requirement which could prove financially burdensome to Boston.

    "I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk," Walsh said in a Monday morning press conference. While Boston's Olympic organizing group had pledged an insurance policy would cover cost overruns, Walsh said his office has been unable to conclude whether such a policy would be feasible and would sufficiently protect the

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  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2000 file photo the Olympic Rings glow on the the Sydney Harbour Bridge the day before the opening of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The five massive rings from the Sydney Harbour Bridge that were the focal point of celebrations during the 2000 Olympics have been sold on eBay for 21,000 Australian dollars ($17,000). (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2000 file photo the Olympic Rings glow on the the Sydney Harbour Bridge the day before the opening of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The five massive rings from the Sydney Harbour Bridge that were the focal point of celebrations during the 2000 Olympics have been sold on eBay for 21,000 Australian dollars ($17,000). (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)So here's a one-of-a-kind Olympic collectible: the gargantuan Olympic rings that hung from the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia during the 2000 Games have just sold for about $17,000.

    Measuring, when assembled, 229 feet by 131 feet and weighing about 55 tons, the rings had been languishing in 40 pieces in a warehouse near Sydney for the last 15 years. The warehouse's new owner found the rings, abandoned and apparently forgotten, once he bought the property.

    He listed the rings on ebay and attracted 17 bids, topping out at $17,000. The winning buyer "was having a bit of a chuckle and wasn't too sure what he was going to do," said Bernard Maas, owner of the warehouse. This sounds like it could be the mother of all "what the heck, let's see what happens" ebay bids. Those rings would look great stacked around someone's house, right?

    Australia is considering another bid for the Summer Games in 2028, with Queensland a possible hosting destination.

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    Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo

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  • Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Andrea Solero, Ansa)Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Andrea Solero, Ansa)Lindsey Vonn broke a 35-year-old record Monday, officially claiming the title of winningest female World Cup skier in history. And she did so with the surprise support of a guy who knows a thing or two about historic wins.

    Vonn won the super-G at Cortina D'Ampezzo in Italy on Monday, marking her 63rd World Cup victory and passing Annemarie Moser-Proell for most women's World Cup wins all-time. Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden holds the men's record with 86 World Cup wins.

    Vonn's victory comes just one day after she tied the record, and marks a triumphant return to the top of the skiing world after two injury-riddled years that cost her a berth in the Sochi Games.

    Vonn's beau, one Tiger Woods, was present in Italy, having flown in to surprise Vonn. Woods spent much of the time in "disguise" wearing a skull-decorated facemask:

    Tiger Woods, third from left, leaves the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Elvis Piazzi)Tiger Woods, third from left, leaves the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor, boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. (AP Photo/Elvis Piazzi)

    "I didn't think this could get any better than [Sunday] with my entire family here but now with Tiger here this is unbelievable," Vonn said after the race. "I said, 'I

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  • Even after career-threatening injuries and career-altering celebrity, Lindsey Vonn continues to dominate. On Sunday, Vonn notched her 62nd World Cup victory, matching the 35-year-old record set by Annemarie Moser-Proell.

    Skiing at the foggy, soft Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy in the downhill event, Vonn finished in 1 minute, 39.61 seconds to defeat Austria's Elisabeth Goergl by about one-third of a second. Check Vonn's run right here, starting at about the 9:40 mark:

    Injuries hampered Vonn for most of the last two years, keeping her out of the Sochi Olympics in 2014. But her workout routine never flagged, and neither did her spirit, according to Vonn:

    "The last two years have been pretty tough and a lot of people counted me out and thought I would never reach this record," she said. "A lot of people thought that I would never win again. I never stopped believing in myself and I think I proved everyone wrong."

    Vonn has a chance to break the record on Monday

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  • 49ers CEO embarrassed by Seattle loss

    Every Thanksgiving, there's one dish on the table you stomach, year after year, with no pleasure whatsoever. Maybe it's corn pudding, or broccoli souffle, or pumpkin pie. You eat it, again and again, until one day you stop, because you realize that even though this dish might be tradition, it's still garbage.

    This Thanksgiving, that garbage dish is the San Francisco 49ers. A team many predicted to reach the Super Bowl this season looked as lost on Thanksgiving night as your grandmother on an XBox. The 49ers, less than two years removed from a Super Bowl, could manage only a field goal against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, who won 19-3. The performance was so bad that San Francisco's CEO apologized to the team's fans ... but we'll get to that in a moment.

    The blame for this debacle starts with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 121 yards, only topping the century mark in a pointless last-minute drive. Kaepernick threw two interceptions, both to

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