Vuvuzelas banned from Euro 2012, Champions League
Vuvuzelas will be banned from stadiums for European League and Champions League matches, UEFA has announced.
UEFA said it wants to make sure that the European tradition of singing at soccer matches is not drowned out by the monotonous, gnat-like buzzing of the plastic South African trumpets that were alternately mesmerizzzzzzing and maddening at the World Cup this summer.
"UEFA feels that the instrument's widespread use would not be appropriate in Europe," the organization said in a statement. "In the specific context of South Africa, the vuvuzela adds a touch of local flavor and folklore."
The ban goes into effect when qualifying for Euro 2012 begins Friday. The group stage of the Champions League and Europa League starts in two weeks.
Tiger's new home
You're newly single, you're young, you've got substantially less money than you used to but you're still wealthy, you want to lower your profile after a highly-publicized divorce...what do you do?
If you're the recently divorced Tiger Woods, you buy an apartment in New York City -- where many fantastic golf courses are just a short drive away. And there's a special rate for residents at any of the city's fine public courses.
NFL investigates Brandon Spikes tape
Speaking of Tiger Woods, the NFL is investigating a chatroulette sex tape reportedly made by New England Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes. "We are looking into it," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Boston Herald.
Spikes' agent, Terry Watson, has apologized for the "embarrassing situation" on behalf of his client.
"It was something that occurred before he became an NFL draftee and a New England Patriot. I think for anyone it would be an embarrassing situation," Watson told ESPNBoston.com. "Brandon has shown to many people the kind of person he is before and after being drafted in the second round. He's hoping to put this behind him and looks forward to having a great football season."
Chatroulette is a website on which people can have webcam-based conversations with complete, utter strangers. Some use it for actual conversations. Some could use it to engage in, say, sexual congress. And with that we move on.
Burress will stay where he is
Plaxico Burress has, for a second time, been denied work release and will continue serving his two-year sentence for attempted criminal possession of a weapon in a New York prison.
If I'm plaxico I'm gonna escape! I be damn if I sit in jail for shooting my self, OH NO GOTS 2 GO NOW Guard let's work a deal" #breakout
September 1, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
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