This Week in Sports :: September 15-19, 2008

Josh Howard of the Dallas Mavericks has stirred up some controversy after making a remark about the national anthem.
Josh Howard

Josh Howard can't seem to do anything right this summer. This time the Dallas Mavericks star makes a disrespectful remark about the national anthem.

Josh Howard Screws Up Again

It has been a long summer for the Dallas Mavericks' Josh Howard. At the end of last season, Howard was criticized for admitting marijuana use and because he threw himself a late night birthday party the night before an important playoff game. This summer, Howard was arrested for racing his car on the street. Also this week, a video surfaced around the internet with Josh clowning around with friends during a charity flag football game. In the video, Josh said he doesn't celebrate the national anthem because he's black. His comments have not been received well by the public and media. It's hard to believe that just a few years ago, Josh was one of the most popular players in the league.

Rough Start for Chargers

Before the 2008 NFL season started many experts and fans were predicting the San Diego Chargers could win the Super Bowl this year. But two weeks into the season, the Chargers are at 0-2. Both defeats have been close games that were decided on the final play. On September 1, a last second 14 yard pass from Jake Delhomme to Dante Rosario cost San Diego the game, 26-24. Last week, the Chargers were victims of a referee error when they lost to the Denver Broncos 38-39. A referee blew the whistle prematurely as the Broncos' quarterback Jay Cutler fumbled the ball during a critical play late in the fourth quarter. Because of the error, the Broncos got another chance and scored a touchdown to steal the game. The Chargers are looking to get their first win on Sunday as they host Brett Favre and the New York Jets.

Boxer Comes Out of Coma

Two months ago, welterweight boxer Oscar Diaz suffered a devastating brain injury from a fight against Delvin Rodriguez. The boxer was immediately placed in critical condition and spent the last two months in a coma. But miraculously, Diaz has awakened from that coma and is breathing on his own. On Thursday, a San Antonio University Hospital spokesperson said Diaz has been upgraded from critical to stable condition. Prior to the injury, the 25-year-old fighter was 26-3 with 12 KOs. He collapsed in his corner following the 10th round of a TKO loss to Delvin Rodriguez on a nationally televised fight on July 16.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • After missing the majority of last season, Gilbert Arenas will end up missing the first two months of the 2008-'09 NBA season due to a knee injury. Over the offseason, Arenas signed a long term, $111 million contract with the Wizards.
  • The race for the NL East is in full gear as the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets have identical records coming into the final stretch. As of Friday, The Phillies are 86-67 and the Mets are 85-67.
  • The University of Colorado's football team upset the 21-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers 17-14 at their home stadium on Thursday. The Buffalos are now 3-0 to start the season.
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