'Around the Horn’ panelist Tim Cowlishaw admits to tanking

'Around the Horn’ panelist Tim Cowlishaw admits to tanking

Tanking in sports is now starting to leak into journalism.

Longtime “Around the Horn” panelist Tim Cowlishaw admitted to Dan Patrick on the “Dan Patrick Show” that panelists on the ESPN show sometimes intentionally lose if they wanted to get out of the show early.

“I’m just saying, I might have called myself out a few times for past mistakes and that results in a deduction when I needed to go to lunch or somewhere. But, you know, that’s as far as I can remember right now,” Cowlishaw said. “I did not mean to do this.”

Aaron Solomon, a producer of ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” heard Cowlishaw’s words and said it would be addressed on Thursday’s show as well as jokingly wishing the reporter “good luck with future endeavors.”

When Thursday’s “Around the Horn” airs, host Tony Reali played the clip from the “Dan Patrick Show” and then proceeded to mute Cowlishaw repeatedly until the show went to a commercial break.

“Speaking of tanking, if Cowlishaw is actually tanking, then taking points away is what he wants. So maybe I should have just given him points,” Reali said. “But muting is so much fun! I don’t know. That’s it for Cowlishaw, that’s it for Yates. Shelburne, Paige, Showdown. Two minutes.”

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Tim Cowlishaw told Dan Patrick he’s lost “Around the Horn” on purpose in the past if he needed to be somewhere else.

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Cowlishaw currently writes for The Dallas Morning News and is a regular panelist on “Around the Horn.”

Ironically, Cowlishaw’s tanking news came around the same time Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was slapped with a $600,000 fine for talking about the team trying to lose games.

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Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman is now an FBI agent: report

Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman is now an FBI agent: report

Charles “Peanut” Tillman has made the jump from the NFL to the FBI.

The longtime Chicago Bears cornerback has reportedly been accepted into the FBI after graduating from the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Va. A source told Sporting News the 37-year-old is “currently working for the FBI. (He) has his badge and everything.”

News of Tillman’s FBI pursuits spread in September 2017 when the Chicago Tribune reported he had started training to join the bureau.

To become an agent, recruits have to be at least 23-years-old, but younger than 37. Tillman turned 37 Friday.

Charles Tillman played in the NFL for 13 years before retiring in 2015.

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A source told Sporting News in 2017 there likely wouldn’t be a big announcement from the FBI if the ex-corner succeeded. The FBI said the bureau does not comment on personal matters.

However, retired U.S. Marshal Kim Widup told Sporting News the FBI could use Tillman to get more people to join the agency.

“They will try to get him to fade to anonymity as much as they can,” Widup said. “But I think at some point the FBI will also use it as part of their recruiting policy, as in, ‘Look who we got.'”

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Charles Tillman reportedly graduated from the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Va. and is now an agent.

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Before making a name for himself in the NFL, Tillman earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bears later went on to draft the corner in the second round of the NFL Draft in 2003.

Tillman spent 13 years in the NFL playing for the Bears and Panthers before retiring in 2015. He was known throughout the league for his “Peanut Punch,” which caused him to force fumbles on defense.

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Figure skater uses Olympics as 'Dancing With the Stars' tryout

Figure skater uses Olympics as 'Dancing With the Stars' tryout

Mirai Nagasu is more worried about getting on “Dancing With the Stars” than winning a gold medal in the Olympics.

The U.S figure skater decided to pack it in for her individual performance after winning a bronze medal in the team event. She told ESPN she chose to use her individual attempt as a tryout for the hit TV show.

“I smiled in the middle of my program, which is very rare for me. I thought of this as my audition for ‘Dancing With the Stars,'” Nagasu said. “I would like to be on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ because I want to be a star.”

Nagasu previously made history at this year’s Winter Olympics when she became the first U.S. woman to land the triple axel. Her performance helped the team take home the bronze, which she said was her main goal of the Olympics.

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The figure skater finished in 10th place in the women’s long program after deciding not to do the jump again.

“I saved the team event with Adam (Rippon) and the Shibutanis. We were about to lose our medal,” Nagasu said. “So today I put my medal in my pocket and I said, ‘Mirai, you’ve done your job already. This is all just icing.”

Mirai Nagasu was the first U.S. woman to land the triple axel but she chose to not try in the individual competition.

Mirai Nagasu was the first U.S. woman to land the triple axel but she chose to not try in the individual competition.

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Nagasu said the Olympics have been exhausting and “emotionally draining.” She said she’s content with the team medal, even though reporters brought up the idea that skaters from other countries have medaled in both the team and individual events like Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond.

The skater shrugged off the question by pointing to problems at the Olympic Village.

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“I love competing as part of a team, but also it’s been a long, long journey. We’ve had so many other commitments. We went to the Team USA House on the lunar holiday, and it took four hours just to get to the mountain,” Nagasu said. “I also haven’t taken a warm shower because there are a lot of people on Team USA and somehow I keep trying to take a shower when all the hot water is gone.”

The 24-year-old has gone from Colorado Avalanche ice girl to Olympic figure skater. The NHL and Avalanche were quick to capitalize on her new-found fame following her bronze medal performance in the team event.

Regarded as the best alpine slalom racer in the world, having won 26 of 32 World Cup slalom events before starting the Olympics, USA's Mikaela Shiffrin was a favorite to finish on top and she didn't disappoint. The 22-year-old took home silver during the Women's Alpine Combined Slalom at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on Feb. 22, 2018. She was narrowly defeated by Michelle Gisin of Switzerland.

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Nagasu answered the stories on Twitter, saying “Gotta pay for skating somehow!”

It’s too bad she didn’t use those lessons to give a full effort in the individual competition.

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Canadian hockey player apologizes for yanking off silver medal

Canadian hockey player apologizes for yanking off silver medal

Jocelyne Larocque is sorry for yanking off her silver medal.

The Canadian defenseman said she didn’t mean to show any disrespect when she pulled the silver medal off her neck just seconds after it was given to her following Canada’s 3-2 loss to Team USA in Thursday’s gold medal game.

“In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me,” Larocque said. “I’m proud of our team, and proud to be counted among the Canadian athletes who have won medals at these Games.”

Larocque was criticized for being a poor sport after video of her taking off the medal went viral. The rest of her team fought back tears as they waited to get the silver medals. She has since released a statement saying she wishes she could take it back.

“I take seriously being a role model to young girls and representing our country,” Larocque said. “My actions did not demonstrate the values our team, myself and my family live and for that I am truly sorry.”

The blue liner was told she was violating championship regulations when she removed her medal. Medals are supposed to be worn by players around their neck for respect during the closing ceremony and post-game activities.

“Any infraction of that rule will be reported to the IIHF disciplinary board and could result in additional disciplinary sanctions,” International Ice Hockey Federation communications manager Adam Steiss told The Canadian Press in an email.

Jocelyne Larocque (c.) has apologized for taking off her silver medal seconds after it was given to her following Canada's 3-2 loss to Team USA.

Jocelyne Larocque (c.) has apologized for taking off her silver medal seconds after it was given to her following Canada’s 3-2 loss to Team USA.

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Melody Davidson, the general manager of the women’s program at Hockey Canada, said the player was “very remorseful” for her actions.

“Emotions run high at the Olympic Games, and never more so than in a gold-medal game, but at all times we expect our program to act professionally and demonstrate sound sportsmanship,” Davidson said. “I’m proud of our team and the work all of the players and staff have put in throughout this journey.”

Team USA defeated Canada in a shootout, avenging its defeat in the 2014 gold medal game in Sochi, Russia.

Canada’s loss to the U.S. ended the team’s run of four straight women’s hockey gold medals at the Winter Olympics.

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Dutch speedskaters injured two women by throwing replica medals

Dutch speedskaters injured two women by throwing replica medals

This won’t earn the Netherlands a medal.

The Dutch men’s speedskating team is apologizing after they injured two people by tossing a replica medal into a crowd during a celebration for their bronze medal.

Dutch speedskaters Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen, Patrick Roest and Koen Verweij were at a party at The Holland House when they threw a large plate that was a replica of their medal into the crowd, RTL Nieuws reports.

Two women were injured, but neither were seriously hurt. One was taken to the hospital to have a cut sutured while the other was hit in the nose and treated on scene.

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The Dutch men’s speedskating team apologized in-person to the two women they injured during a celebration at The Holland House.

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As part of the ceremony, the team was supposed to hand the plate holding the medal over to the crowd which would then be passed around over the crowd until it got to a wall that holds medals won by Dutch athletes.

Video of the incident was captured by De Telegraaf.

The skaters went over to the injured women and apologized to them in person and also released a statement to RTL Nieuws about the incident.

“At our ceremony last night at the Holland Heineken House, two visitors were injured, which we also find very regrettable, and immediately after this incident we contacted the two ladies who were hit in the head by the big medal that we gave to the audience from the podium. Meanwhile, we understand that one of them had to go to the hospital and was treated there,” the statement read.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Lindsey Vonn of the United States looks dejected during the Ladies' Alpine Combined on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Lindsey Vonn of the United States competes during the Ladies' Alpine Combined on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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“Fortunately both ladies are doing well but are very shaken. Let it be clear that we obviously never intended to cause this. We let them know that and in this way we also want to let the public know. Hopefully everyone can enjoy the Olympics here in Peyonchang for another four days.”

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