According to a recent study, about 40 percent of fans drink alcohol at sporting events, and 8 percent leave a the event legally drunk. Those who attend tailgate parties are 14 times more likely to be inebriated. “Eight percent doesn’t sound high, but translate into how many people are leaving the stadium drunk, and you have thousands of people,” Darin Erickson, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor in epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told Bloomberg.com.

 

Penguins star Sidney Crosby reportedly is considering skipping the NHL All-Star Game because he is upset at the league for not protecting its players. Crosby has twice been given concussions from hits to the head this season, and neither offending player was suspended. On Tuesday, the league is to name the two players who will serve as captains and pick the teams, and Crosby is expected to be one of them.

 

Boston sports fans looking for something to lift their spirits following Sunday's debacle in Foxboro can turn their eyes to Los Angeles. That's where the Lakers lost their composure and Sunday's game to the Clippers, 99-92. Clippers star Blake Griffin led a comeback from a 13-point third-quarter deficit and got under Lamar Odom's skin in the final seconds, leading to a scuffle and the ejection of four players (including Ron Artest despite his peacemaking role). "[Griffin] punked us," Kobe Bryant said. "He just ran through us. We didn't put up much of a fight."

Former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty Thursday in New City, N.Y., to misdemeanor charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing a 16-year-old prostitute in a deal that will keep him out of jail. "She told me she was 19," insisted Taylor, who must register as a sex offender.

 

Following the Cavaliers' embarrassing 112-57 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night, a message was sent from LeBron James' Twitter account: Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It’s not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything! On Wednesday, karma apparently turned its attention to LeBron. First, James denied he wrote the original tweet in an evasive and confusing interview in which he denied wishing ill will on the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers have been struggling for a while, but on Tuesday night they hit a new low — as in, the team's worst loss ever. In losing for the 21st time in 22 games, the Cavs were hammered by the Lakers, 112-57.

 

"It can't get any worse than this," Antawn Jamison said. "If it is, y'all going to have to help me. I don't know how much of this I can take. This, by far, is the bottom."

 

Snow in Atlanta is not a regular occurrence. So, when the city was dealing with snow and ice from a weekend storm, it took a Falcons player from Montana to come up big. Defensive end Kroy Biermann picked up teammate John Abraham on the side of the road Monday after Abraham's car had slid off I-985, getting him to practice in preparation for their playoff game vs. the Packers.

 

The 9-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies, Yankees and Mets manager Dallas Green was one of the six people killed in the supermarket shooting in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday that targeted congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Christina Taylor Green, whose father, John, is a scout for the Dodgers, had gone to the store with a neighbor when she was caught in the violence.

 

TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley was in rare form Thursday night during halftime of the network's broadcast of the Thunder-Mavericks game. The NBA legend and Auburn alumnus denied a rumor that he had given Lakers tickets to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton — a rumor started after a reporter's tweet was misconstrued — but then joked that he would have done more for Newton had he been asked.

 

The homeless Ohio man with the "God-given voice" who became an Internet sensation has received a flood of job offers, including one from the Cavaliers to do voice-overs. Take a closer look at Ted Williams, who has battled alcohol and drug problems and has a long criminal record. He's now is trying to get back on his feet with help from the Cavs, who offered to pay a mortgage so Williams could get off the streets.