Lakers guard Ron Artest, whose actions helped spark the most embarrassing brawl in NBA history in 2004, is changing his name to Metta World Peace. Metta is a Buddhist term meaning loving-kindness. Artest's attorney filed a petition in court, and it will be considered on Aug. 26.

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber, attempting an NFL comeback after a stint as a talking head on NBC, did an interview with New York sports radio host Mike Francesca Wednesday, and it did not go well. "The guys at NBC, and I know all of them, they felt that you did a bad job, and they said you thought you were entitled," Francesa said, telling Barber he was fired after his stint was a "failure."

According to several reports, legendary Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was arrested Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. The 81-year-old Bulger, who had been on the run from authorities since 1995 when federal agents were about to arrest him in connection with 21 killings, took place inside a Southern California building without an incident, according to reports. According to The Los Angeles Times, the FBI had been conducting a surveillance operation in the area where the arrest was made.

The NFL might be in a work stoppage, but the Eagles and Giants haven't toned down their feud. Days after Eagles receiver LeSean McCoy called Giants running back Osi Umenyiora "overrated" and "soft" (and was threatened by Umenyiora in return), Giants receiver Steve Smith posted photos on his yfrog account showing his team celebrating the Super Bowl XLII title around a picture of an empty Eagles trophy case.

“Boston loves a winner. And will not tolerate a loser. Bostonians play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed ... because the very thought of losing is hateful to Massholes.”
--Patton (edited somewhat by me)



Boston has the most obsessed baseball fans in America, according to a statistical analysis by Bundle.com. The website based its rankings on attendance, team revenue and fantasy baseball participation, along with spending on entertainment and dining out. Following Red Sox Nation are fans of the Giants, Cubs, Cardinals and Yankees.

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Former Patriots and Colts linebacker Eric Naposki will go on trial starting Monday in the 1994 shooting death of Southern California multimillionaire Bill McLaughlin. Prosecutors say Naposki's ex-girlfriend, Nanette Packard, who also was dating McLaughlin, convinced Naposki to kill McLaughlin so she could collect $1 million in life insurance. In 1996, she pleaded guilty to stealing $500,000 from McLaughlin before and after his death and served a year in prison.

Roy McIlroy put the capper on a dominant performance Sunday, finishing 16-under for the tournament to win the U.S. Open title by eight strokes. The 22-year-old McIlroy's final round of 2-under 69 on the Congressional course in Bethesda, Md., was enough to finish the four rounds at 268, easily breaking the U.S. Open scoring record held by four players, including Tiger Woods. Jason Day was second at 8 under.

In a road rage incident in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a man attacked the wife of Pirates catcher Chris Snyder while the player sat helplessly in the car, unable to get out after having back surgery a few days earlier. Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, 44, followed the Snyders to a gas station after a near collision and attacked Carla Snyder after damaging the car, according to police. Modhwadia was subdued by a passerby and eventually taken to jail and held on $25,000 bail.