Friday, September 30, 2011

DISNEY x NEW ERA「Vintage」59Fifty Fitted Baseball Cap

DISNEY x NEW ERA「Vintage」59Fifty Fitted Baseball Cap via Strictly Fitteds

Thursday, September 29, 2011

NEW ERA x MLB「California Angles」59Fifty Fitted Baseball Cap

NEW ERA x MLB「California Angles」59Fifty Fitted Baseball Cap available @ Cranium Fitteds via Strictly Fitteds

Picture Of The Day: 09.29.11


T-Shirt Of The Day: 09.29.11

I Make Beats Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Picture Of The Day: 09.28.11

Air Jordan IV – ‘White/Cement’ – February 18, 2012.

T-Shirt Of The Day: 09.28.11

Thank Me Later Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Nike Air Huarache Bball 2012

Nike's continual rehashing of classic models with newer performance tech for 2012 has brought back some Nike Basketball classics like the Nike Air Shake NDestrukt, which will return as the Nike Air Max Shake Evolve, and the Nike Air Huarache Basketball, which will also make comeback bearing the same name with the 2012 designation. The Air Huarache Basketball was already a design ahead of its time, but even in 2012, it still seems to be 'out of this world' with its funky, high-cut ankle and rigid heel-counter. The major differences you can expect with the Air Huarache Basketball 2012 is the basketball-specific Free-grooved sole,which allows for multi-directional flexion that better fits the game of basketball, and a new one-piece toe that forms a sock-like feel with the neo-prene 'bootie'. via Sneaker News

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

T-Shirt Of The Day: 09.27.11

Beastie Boys& Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Picture Of The Day: 09.27.11

Made for Skate x Nike SB Dunk Low ‘Roller Derby’

Entourage x Nike SB Dunk Low – Gum Sole

Nike SB’s offering for HBO’s hit comedy-drama, Entourage, will release this Black Friday with some major changes. The “blackout” Friends and Family colorway was well received with a black sole and like color accents. Now, we have another version of what will be offered up to consumers this November with a gum sole and gold Nike stitching on the back tab. via The Shoe Game

Monday, September 26, 2011

T-Shirt Of The Day: 09.26.11

Salt N' Pepa Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Nike Mag 2011 Instruction Booklet

What do with the Nike Mag 2011: Light 'em up, wear 'em, make your pals jealous. What not to do with the Nike Mag 2011: Wear them in the rain, try to fly like Michael Jordan, take 'em apart. The Nike Mag 2011 is about as much unwearable as it is wearable. It is, without a doubt, one of the coolest releases to ever leave Beaverton, OR, but the two sides of the inevitable struggle that will rise up is: Do I wear them, or do I display them? The Mag 2011 is more than a sneaker, but a piece of historic art that signifies one of Nike's most significant moments in history, and the last thing you'd want to do is ruin a pair of sneakers that would be virtually impossible to get at the right price. SF Giants pitcher Brian Wilson and hip-hop mega-star Kanye West wore 'em - will you? Just make sure you follow the directions. via Sneaker News

Picture Of The Day: 09.26.11

Air Jordan IV Doernbecher

Nike Air Max 97 ‘Vac Tech’ – ‘Black Out’

The Vac-Tech craze is rolling full force with the Nike Air Max 97 Vac Tech. This Foamposite lookalike dropped  recently at select retailers in black/black-anthracite, dubbed “Black Out”. via Sneakerfiles

Sunday, September 25, 2011

T-Shirt Of The Day: 09.25.11

Public Enemy Tee available @ The Retro Sole!

Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11 – Stealth/Sonic Yellow/Light Graphite-Black

This October, expect to see more colorways of the Jordan CMFT Viz Air 11. The Air Max 1 and Air Jordan XI inspired sneaker drops in Stealth/Sonic Yellow/Light Graphite-Black.

These feature lux materials in addition to the elephant print that lays over the heel. Watch out for these at retailers very soon. via Sneakerfiles

Jones dominates Jackson at UFC 135

DENVER – Not even his best training camp in years could help Quinton “Rampage” Jackson lift the UFC light heavyweight title from Jon “Bones” Jones.

Jones neutralized Jackson’s offense, softened him with kicks and then finished him at 1:14 of the fourth round with a rear-naked choke in the main event of UFC 135 at the Pepsi Center. Jones opened a cut over Jackson’s right eye in the third round with an elbow, then quickly finished him with the choke in the fourth.

Jackson, a former champion, had spent more than two months training in Denver, working harder than he had in a long time, by his own admission. But he still had no answer for Jones’ length and varied attack.

Jones’ striking was even a factor.

“He insulted my striking and said I had no punching power,” Jones said. “I got together with Mike Winkeljohn to work on my striking to try to prove a point.”

Jackson, who staged a psychological battle against Jones leading up to the fight, came away impressed.

“I thought it was hype, but he’s the real thing,” said Jackson, who said he was better than he’s ever been.”

The Hall of Fame career of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes may have come to an end when he was stopped at the end of the first round by Josh Koscheck.

Hughes said after the fight, “I’m not retiring, but I’m going to tell the UFC to put me up on the shelf and we’ll see what happens after that.”

Koscheck cracked Hughes with a right late in the round that wobbled the former champion, who is on the final fight on his contract. Koscheck chased Hughes around the ring, landing hard rights, as Hughes retreated trying to clear his head.

Hughes finally went down and Koscheck pounded him out. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped it at 4:59, just as the horn sounded to end the first round.

“I’m growing as a fighter and as a person,” said Koscheck, in his first bout back after losing a title challenge against Georges St. Pierre last December.

The hard-hitting Mark Hunt isn’t known for his conditioning, but he was in far better shape than Ben Rothwell and it and his power led to a unanimous decision. Judges had it 30-27, 29-28 and 29-27 for Hunt. Yahoo! Sports had Hunt, 29-27.

Hunt picked Rothwell apart with punches and, by the midpoint of the third round, Rothwell could barely pick himself off the canvas.

Hunt showed a more versatile grappling game and was able to connect with enough shots to open a large cut near Rothwell’s right eye.

Hunt outlanded Rothwell 90-20, according to CompuStrike. Hunt connected on 58 of 85 shots on the ground.

Travis Browne handled Rob Broughton and won a unanimous three-round decision in a fight that was more of a letdown than a reputation builder. Browne was coming off an impressive victory over Stefan Struve, but though he won all three rounds, he didn’t exactly stamp himself as a top contender.

I’m actually disappointed I didn’t finish him off. He’s a really tough guy. For some reason I just couldn’t take him out,” Browne said.

Nathan Diaz had no such problem. Diaz put on a spectacular performance in a first-round submission win over Takanori Gomi, dominating the former PRIDE champion before the tap at 4:27.

Diaz outstruck the heavy-handed Gomi, but quickly finished it when the bout when to the ground. According to CompuStrike, Diaz landed 38 of his 73 strikes on his feet, an astonishing 52 percent. He was hurting Gomi with his blows and likely would have stoppedht ebout with strikes were it not for the submission.

As impressive as he was, Diaz wasn’t taking bows.

“I need to see the fight on video,” Diaz said when asked to assess his performance. “I’m not sure.”

Tony Ferguson put on a superb boxing display, stopping Aaron Riley at the end of the first round with a precision attack. Ferguson hit Riley with a perfectly placed left uppercut that is believed to have fractured Riley’s jaw. Riley finished the round, but his corner stopped it when the round ended.

“I’ve done damage before, but I’ve never broken anyone’s jaw,” said Ferguson, who dropped from welterweight to lightweight.

Tim Boetsch had difficulty catching Nick Ring in what was a track meet of a first round. But he caught him in the last two and was dominant in earning his second consecutive win at middleweight.

Boetsch won a unanimous decision by scores of 29-28 twice and 30-27. Yahoo! Sports saw it for Boetsch, 29-28.

Boetsch punctuated the win with a huge judo toss in the final minute, slamming Ring with authority to the canvas.

“Toward the end of the second round, beginning of the third, I knew I had him,” Boetsch said. “It was increasing my confidence. I was listening to my corner, and landing combos. He has a great chin. A lot of guys would have dropped earlier. When he relaxed in the clinch, I knew he was weakening.”

Junior Assuncao returned to the UFC after a four-year absence and, despite the crowd’s loud jeers, was pleased to take a unanimous decision victory over Eddie Yagin. Judges favored Assuncao by scores of 30-26 twice and 30-27. Yahoo! Sports also had it 30-27 for Assuncao.

He was deliberate and didn’t let Yagin start an offense. That enraged the crowd, but Assuncao said it was a move he learned from UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

“In the third round I gave it my all, giving him elbows,” Assuncao said. “I knew he was anxious but I wasn’t going to play Russian roulette. I have a capoeira background. People need to see me fight more to understand how I hit and then run away. My style is similar to Anderson’s and Lyoto’s. That’s why there’s not a mark on my face.”

Takeya Mizugaki used his sharp boxing skills to wear down and eventually stop Cole Escovedo in the second round of their bantamweight bout. Escovedo had a good first round, with knees and elbows, but the second was all Mizugaki until referee Adam Martinez stopped it at 4:20 of the second.

Mizugaki landed several combinations, going to the head and body, that sent Escovedo backing into the cage. From there, he pummeled away, even when Escovedo grabbed him in a Thai clinch. Mizugaki placed his punches well and Escovedo slumped to the canvas, forcing Martinez to stop it.

“I don’t think it was one punch but the combinations,” Mizugaki said.

New Zealander James Te Huna got things started with a bang, needing just 47 seconds to dispose of Ricardo Romero. Romero had tried to get the takedown from the opening seconds of the fight and paid the price for it in the end.

Romero, who ate a big right uppercut seconds earlier that wobbled him, tried to shoot for a double leg. But he went to all fours as Te Huna was still on his feet. Te Huna landed three right hands that forced referee Tim Mills to quickly stop it.

“I took my time and followed it up with one punch after another,” said Te Huna, who was born in New Zealand but lives in Australia. “I was looking to catch him with the uppercut and caught him and hurt him.”

Romero was frustrated. He wasn’t able to get the fight to the ground and had no answer for Te Huna’s striking.

“My game plan was to fight my fight,” he said. “I guess I lost. I really wanted this one.” via Yahoo! Sports

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nike Dunk High ‘Aztec’

Given all the other upcoming releases we've seen bearing the Aztec imagery (Air Max 90s, Dunk Lows, Air Max 1's) it was only a matter of time before we got a Nike Dunk High as well. This version has perhaps the most minimal use of the Aztec print, seen only on the back end of the sneaker towards the ankle. Color-wise the shoes in the Aztec Pack continue to be unique from one another, this one going for a gold swoosh and a dark brick red for the leather sections on the upper. via Sneaker News

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III “Salmon Toe” Release Info

Not only is Ronnie Fieg releasing the Salmon Toe Asics Gel Lyte III, but the grand opening of his store, KITH, is also right around the corner. To celebrate the grand opening and Salmon Toes, Ronnie and his crew created a limited edition collector’s box set, which is limited to 40 pairs. There will be pairs that release at KITH without the collector’s box, and pairs will also be available on on Friday, September 30 at 11am EST.

Here’s all the details:

It’s been a long time coming. As most know, these started out as a sample from a few years back. I showed some of my closest friends, and they were very skeptical. By skeptical I mean, they thought I was fucking insane for trying to drop, what they thought to be a “pink” shoe. By the advice of my crew, I decided to give them away as a one of one giveaway. The response was kinda crazy, and I got hit with a lengthy e-mail petition to produce the Salmon Toes. So, about a year ago I finally had them made. These are a big deal to me, and not only because of the response they have gotten, but because this release is also going to mark the grand opening of KITH. I wanted both the release and grand opening to be extravagant and I’ve worked extra hard on this to make sure it’s as special to you, as it is to me.

To assure this is going to be epic I’ve included some exclusive pieces for the in-store release. With the help of my good friend Chris Lee over at Good Wood and KITH’s newly appointed, genius graphic designer MASCustoms, we’ve created the craziest sneaker packaging ever. The details of this box are absolutely insane and it’s made from the most premium and heavyweight wood we could engrave. The box will include a KITH x Asics collaborative Salmon Toe T-Shirt (100% heavy-weight cotton and made in the USA). The last piece to complete the collector’s set will be the wooden dog tags, which were also produced with the help of my homie Chris Lee. These tags include both the KITH symbol and logo, Asics logo, as well as our motto, “Just Us.”

My objective has always been to make people feel like they are getting more than what they are paying for. This is an extremely special release to me, and I am grateful to everyone that is taking part in it. I want to give a special shout to Angel for the Salmon Toe shots, and SQ for the Collector’s Box shots. You guys absolutely murdered these shots.

Purchase Info: 233 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11217 On September 30th, 11am Est. There will be a total of 72 pairs released in store which include the 40 individually numbered Collector sets. Priced at $200, the first 40 people in line have the option to purchase the full collector’s box (Box, T-Shirt, and Dog Tags). The remaining 32 pairs for in store purchase will be sold at a price of $130 and will include a set of wooden Kith x Asics Dog Tags with purchase.

Address: 233 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

If you’re not able to make it to the store, the Salmon Toe Asics will also release on at 11am Est. for the same price of $130. KITH X Asics T-Shirts will also be available online with a price tag of $28. via The Shoe Game

Air Jordan III Retro ‘Black Flip’ – New Photos

The first 'Flip' got its name from switching the distribution of tumbled leather and Elephant print, but what happens when you go meta and change the script again? The 'Black Flip' Air Jordan 3 doesn't reverse its black sections to everywhere else on the shoe, but rather opts for a tonally dark take on the 2007 design that remains to this day one of the boldest Air Jordan Legacy releases. via Sneaker News

Air Jordan Spiz’ike ‘NY Knicks’

We have more images of the Air Jordan Spiz’ike in the Orange Knicks Colorway. After Melo being traded to New York and with Spike Lee being a huge NY Knicks fan, it’s only natural that we see the Jordan Brand hybrid sneaker in it’s native colors.

Here, we have the Spiz’ike in Orange/Royal/White-Black, a fitting colorway for both Melo and Spike. Pair them up with the Blue versions of this sneaker, and you have your self a fine NYC pack to commemorate years of Spike’s loyalty. via Sneakerfiles

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins bizarre fight

LAS VEGAS -- In just one round, Floyd Mayweather Jr. got a head butt, a kiss and a hug from Victor Ortiz.

He responded with a right hand that ended a bizarre fight early.

Mayweather remained unbeaten and did it in emphatic fashion Saturday night, stopping Ortiz at 2:59 of the fourth round to take the piece of the welterweight title Ortiz brought into the ring.

The end came just as the two fighters emerged from a break, in which Ortiz had embraced Mayweather in the center of the ring. As they broke, Mayweather shot out a left hand and followed it with a right that put Ortiz down in his corner.

Ortiz struggled to get up as referee Joe Cortez called an end to the fight.

"We touched gloves and we were back to fighting and then I threw the left and right hand after the break," Mayweather said. "In the ring you have to protect yourself at all times."

The round was already controversial, as Ortiz appeared to head butt Mayweather intentionally, leading Cortez to take a point away from him. After the head butt, Ortiz went to Mayweather and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

Seconds later they were in the center of the ring ready to resume action when two punches ended it quickly.

"I took the break by the referee and I obeyed exactly as I was told," Ortiz said. "And then, boom, he blindsided me."

Mayweather was winning the fight through three rounds, dominating with speed and landing good right hands to the head of Ortiz. He won all three rounds on two ringside scorecards, and two of three on the third.

Ortiz picked up the pace in the fourth round, trying desperately to get inside Mayweather's vaunted defense. He did on occasion and was having a better round when, late in the round, he appeared to intentionally head butt Mayweather in frustration as the two fought in Mayweather's corner.

"He did something dirty when it was his corner who said I was dirty," Mayweather said. "But I won the fight."

Mayweather later engaged in a verbal confrontation with HBO announcer Larry Merchant, calling him a name at one point and drawing a pointed response from the 80-year-old broadcaster, who said he would thrash the boxer if he "was 50 years younger."

While Ortiz claimed he was caught by a punch that came before Cortez ruled the fighters to continue, the referee said Mayweather did nothing wrong.

"Time was in, the fighter needed to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing illegal," Cortez said.

Mayweather, a 5-1 favorite in the fight against a champion 10 years younger, had vowed to go right after Ortiz and give the fans who bought the pay-per-view card at home an exciting fight. He mostly delivered on that promise, landing some good right hands in the early rounds and winning exchanges with his quickness.

Ringside punch stats reflected his dominance, showing Mayweather landing 73 of 208 punches to just 26 of 148 for Ortiz. Mayweather consistently beat Ortiz to the punch, and his experience and hand speed appeared to be the difference.

But he hadn't really hurt Ortiz and took some punches himself in the fourth round as Ortiz seemed to rally before the head butt touched off the series of events that brought the fight to an end. Ortiz quickly apologized to Mayweather after the head butt, giving him a hug and a kiss on the cheek while Cortez was busy taking a point away from him.

There was another quick hug in the center of the ring as action was about to resume, followed by the 1-2 combination by Mayweather that put Ortiz on his rear. Ortiz tried to get up, but was still on his knees when the fight was waved to a close.

"There's two ways to look at it but as far as I was concerned I came here to entertain the fans and I think they were entertained," Ortiz said. "There was a miscommunication with the referee but nobody is perfect and this was a learning experience."

Mayweather made a minimum of $25 million for his first fight in 16 months, a sum that will likely go up as the pay-per-view receipts are totaled. He could make even more against Manny Pacquiao next May should Pacquiao win his November fight with Juan Manuel Marquez and the two finally agree to fight.

Mayweather remained unbeaten in 42 fights, scoring the knockout he had predicted. Ortiz, who lost his 147-pound title, fell to 29-3-2. via ESPN

Nation Of Hardwear: LIKELY DS - Box Series

Whether you collect, rock 'em or skate & destroy, we all have our favorites and nothing beats a fresh "Deadstock" pair! Inspired by the boxes that crowd our closets, trunks and attics. We give you the LIKELY DS Tee (BOX Series 1). Available in multiple colorways and available for purchase now at Nation Of Hardwear!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nation Of Hardwear: The Applebum & Heavy Rotation Tees

Head over to Nation Of Hardwear to pick up The "Applebum" & "Heavy Rotation" tees, available in two colorways each! There's also a "quickstrike" end of the month drop so keep your eyes peeled.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gourmet Uno L – Camo

Gourmet will be working in a variety of patterns into its historically unicolored casually-oriented lineup in the latter part of 2011 and into next year, the first example of this mini-trend pictured above. The Gourmet Uno utilizes a basic four-color camo color scheme, but the effect is different than the majority of camouflage sneakers we've seen of late thanks to the almost macro nature of the pattern. It's an appropriate look for a brand that knowingly nods to the modern classics while applying their own premium twist, and you can find the latest Unos at Gourmet takeout spots like their upcoming collaborative partner, Primitive. via Sneaker News

Nike Air Maestro Flight – Grey/White-Black-Solar Red

Scottie Pippen has one of the more underrated signature footwear lines of all time.

Pippen first rocked the Air Maestro in his breakout 1993-1994 season, his first season without MJ. That year, Pippen went home with MVP honors at the All-Star game and finished the season with a line of 22 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 5.6 apg, 2.9 spg, and 0.8 bpg.

Nike is now paying homage to that season and the Air Maestro with the Air Maestro Flight. This updated version of the Air Maestro comes in a predominately grey colorway with hits of white, black, and solar red found throughout the kicks. via Sneakerfiles

Bodega x Saucony Elite Grid 9000

Boston boutique Bodega is on its fourth round of collaboration this time with Saucony using their model of the Grid 9000. All the colors of the runner is made of suede and ripstop leather. So far there is four colorways set to release. No confirmed release date as of yet .

Previous collaborations have done well between the two companies and surely these will make a huge splash across the pond, as well as stateside. via tenisufki & The Shoe Game

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Nike Zoom Rookie Binary Blue

We've seen the Nike Zoom Rookie a couple of times already but, new and very detailed pics of Nike's newest Penny hybrid have hit the Net. As we've seen before, the Binary Blue Nike Zoom Rookie features a Binary Blue Foamposite and Black nubuck upper with an icy outsole.

The Binary Blue Nike Zoom Rookie is set to release on 11/12. via KATC

Nike Air Max 90 iD Premium New Samples

NIKEiD has been coming on very strong lately and pics of samples showing off their new Nike Air Max 90 iD options have hit the 'Net. The samples feature a Teal ripstop nylon upper, a Black/Red splash graphic mudguard, and the heel tab iD position.

The Nike Air Max 90 iD is available now on NIKEiD. via KATC

24 Kilates x Ellesse ‘Fab Five’ 117

Italy's own Ellesse is one of the OG sportswear companies to come out of Europe, cranking out sneakers and the like for over fifty years now. They're turning heads once again with their 'Fab Five' collection, a series of collaborations with five top boutiques spread around Europe. Last time around we showed you colette's edition, and we're back with 24 Kilates of Barcelona, who chose to work with the 117. The sneaker comes in a deep navy with hits of red and orange along the back, with a five panel hat to match also included in the capsule. Take a full look after the jump and let us know if you'll be picking these up. via Sneaker News

Jordan Spiz’ike ‘Knicks’ – Detailed Images

Carmelo Anthony was fortunate that the Denver Nuggets got rid of their grungy '90s-born uniforms and logo when he entered the league in 2003, the 'Rich and Creamies' UNC-plus-gold color scheme translating so well to his Jordan Brand player exclusives. Melo's move to the Knicks afforded a new series of sneakers in one of the league's other standout colorways; would Anthony ever wear this newJordan Spiz'ike in NY colors? Even if these remain more of a Spike Lee 'PE', you're bound to see these in the streets upon their release, though some sneakerheads have expressed wishes for a bit more orange in relation to the expanse of blue nubuck on the uppers. That's as simple as a lace swap, though, and either way, this has gotta be one of the best Spizikes in recent years. via Sneaker News

Nike SB Mid Black Iron – Spring 2012

Nike’s Skateboarding line is set to release a new mid-top version (without the strap), of their signature ‘dunk’. With a black suede and grey pebbled leather upper, these SB’s also feature an off-white pebbled leather swoosh to match the midsole and feature a dark blue sole for a very clean contrast in colors. You can see these on Nike SB retailers shelves in May 2012. via Sneakerfiles

Air Jordan IV (4) Military Blue 2012 Sample

Back in 2006 the Air Jordan 4 Military Blue made its way back to the market, seventeen years after its original release. Six years after the first retro, Jordan Brand will once again release the Military IV’s.

The Air Jordan 4 Military Blue 2012 shown is a sample, but gives us an early look at whats to come. With a dominate white upper, touches of neutral grey and last but not least Military Blue under the netting, heel, lining and lace tabs.

We will see the Air Jordan IV Military 2012 in June with a retail price of $160. via Sneakerfiles

New Air Jordan Hybrid Dropping Summer 2012

Jordan Brand will introduce a new hybrid next summer that’s made up of the Air Jordan 3, 5, 6, and 20. According to the info provided to TSG, the name of this new hybrid is the Jordan Son of Mars. Here we have a sneak peek at the new Air Jordan hybrid shoe in the black/red colorway. Look for this Jordan hybrid to release Summer 2012. Stay tuned as more images and info should surface soon. via The Shoe Game

Sunday, September 11, 2011

She did it again: Serena Williams blows up in U.S. Open loss

Oh no, she did it again.

Mt. Serena erupted once more in defeat Sunday at the U.S. Open. This time it happened in the tournament final after chair umpire Eva Asderaki ruled that Serena's loud "come on!," which she yelled during what she thought was a forehand winner, had been shrieked before the point was over. Since it interrupted opponent Sam Stosur's attempt at a return, Asderaki properly awarded Stosur the point because of the "hindrance rule" that states a player can't verbally interfere with opponent's points.

Stosur had already handed Serena Williams her first loss in a set at the U.S. Open. Serena was serving at 30-40 in the first game of the second when she hit the supposed winner and shrieked in approval. But she called out before the point was over, while Stosur was still make a futile attempt to get her racquet on the ball. Asderaki gave the point, and the early break that came with it, to the Australian.

Serena was understandably displeased, though she had no ground on which to stand. The call was obvious. Serena disagreed and became more incensed when she thought that the umpire, Asderaki, was the same official who was in the chair for her infamous 2009 blowup at the tournament. It wasn't.

"Aren't you the one who screwed me over last time here?" Serena asked after being told of the point penalty? "Yeah, you are." (Asderaki and Louise Engzell don't look much alike except for the high ponytail.)

Serena stood and glared at Asderaki for a few seconds while the New York crowd roared in her defense. Stosur looked momentarily stunned. Serena went on to break Stosur to even the match and continued her diatribe against the umpire during the next two changeovers.

"A code violation because I expressed who I am? We're in America last I checked. Am I gonna get violated for a water? Really, don't even look at me. I promise you, don't look at me because I am not the one. Don't look my way." [...]

[...] "If you ever see me walking down the hall, walk the other way. Because you're out of control. Totally out of control. You're a hater, you're unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing. And I never complain. Wow."

No, Serena has never been one to complain.

The same impotent U.S. Open officials who were bullied by men's players into moving the final because of rain and put a women's semifinal on a small court sat silent as Serena humiliated Asderaki. They said later that they'll review the incident. Just in time.

For an instant it looked like Serena would be invigorated by the incident. Stosur broke soon after and went to win 6-2, 6-3 in a stunning upset.

Serena was gracious as she greeted Stosur at the net following the loss and didn't dwell on the incident in post-match interviews. She didn't look up at Asderaski as she brushed past the chair without shaking the umpire's hand. via Busted Racquet

Nike Air Max Penny II – Sole Collector Las Vegas

The Nike Air Penny line up continues on with the Sole Collector exclusive Nike Air Max Penny II. This model, like the Penny 1, features a dominant Varsity Royal colorway in the midsoles, sockliner and accents. Paired up with the Royal is the black nubuck surrounding the upper. The shoe is finished off with the Penny logo and like its predecessor, the Sole Collector badge on the right foot.

Penny Hardaway, Sole Collector and Nike Town will launch this exclusive event, along with this years Nike Air Penny 1 and Nike Zoom Rookie ‘Binary Blue’, on September 24, 2011. Don’t sleep! via Sneakerfiles

Friday, September 9, 2011

Task force releases Kings arena plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A task force established by Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson recommended a rough plan Thursday to raise about $400 million to build a downtown arena, a key step in the city's efforts to keep the NBA's Kings.

The plan announced by the Think Big Sacramento committee gives a menu of financing options to build an entertainment and sports complex near downtown, with the NBA franchise as the primary tenant.

The group proposes a three-way plan combining user fees with public money and private investment to generate $400 million without broad tax increases. The proposal also includes ideas about leasing city parking spaces to a private company, which could generate millions more.

The NBA has given Sacramento until March to come up with an arena financing plan or it will consider allowing the Kings to relocate, perhaps to Anaheim.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, the Kings organization praised the report and said the team looks forward to continuing to work with the city and other interested parties.

The proposed sports complex "will bring substantial economic benefits to the entire region and we hope will enable the team to continue playing in Sacramento," the statement said.

Backers say developing the arena would generate more than 4,000 construction jobs, bring an additional 3 million potential customers downtown each year and generate more than $7 billion in revenue over its lifetime, all without a general tax increase.

The plan will be presented to the City Council next week. via ESPN

Kobe Bryant on Twitter a false start?

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who caused a viral buzz on the Internet several times this summer from playing Bow Wow one-on-one to hitting a game-winning shot in a pickup game against fellow NBA stars, set the World Wide Web aflame again on Wednesday.

In a brief period of a couple of hours on Wednesday evening, Bryant launched a Twitter account, amassed more than 35,000 followers and then abruptly shut the account down.

A source close to Bryant told that Bryant's Twitter feed will return in the future and that a social media professional assisting Bryant in setting up the account "may have jumped the gun." The source said Bryant will spend more time familiarizing himself with Twitter before the account goes live again.

Bryant's account initially posted one tweet -- "Can you hear me now?!?!" -- and followed 15 people, including other NBA players such as Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul; two baseball players in Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals; and several hip-hop artists in Drake, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne.

Bryant had been a rare holdout to Twitter, with more than 200 NBA players (including a vast majority of the league's All-Stars) using the networking tool to connect with fans directly.

As of late Wednesday night, Bryant's "official" Facebook page, which shares content with Bryant's personal website,, was still promoting Bryant's new Twitter feed. The post on Bryant's wall, which was accompanied by the account's avatar -- a Photoshop rendering of a snake head swallowing the blue bird that serves as Twitter's mascot -- had more than 3,700 "likes" and more than 400 comments.

The five-time champion's briefly joining Twitter capped an eventful day for the social media site as it pertains to the NBA. Earlier in the afternoon, New York Knicks guard and NBA union vice president Roger Mason Jr. tweeted, "Looking like a season. How you," in the midst of the latest round of negotiations between the owners and the players' association in New York on Wednesday.

The message caused some to believe that progress has been made toward settling upon a new collective bargaining agreement, but even quicker than Bryant shut his Twitter account down later in the day, Mason deleted the tweet and claimed his account was hacked. He later tweeted, "Tomorrow we have more meetings and I'm hoping there is progress. Today's meetings did nothing to make me feel more optimistic."

The NBA has been locked out since July 1. via ESPN

Everything You Need To Know About the Nike MAG 2011

The Nike MAG is no longer the “greatest shoe never made.” The mythical shoe that originally captured the imagination of audiences in Back to the Future II is being released – and they’re here to help create a future without Parkinson’s disease.

1500 pairs of the 2011 Nike MAG will be auctioned on eBay with all net proceeds going directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each day for the duration of the ten-day auction, one hundred and fifty pairs of the Nike MAG shoes will be made available via eBay’s Fashion Vault. The auction starts September 8, 8:30PM PST, and will end September 18. Thanks to a previous 50 million dollar match given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, all donations will be matched, effectively doubling the contributions from the auction.

The original Nike MAG was worn by the Back to the Future character Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, in the year 2015. It came alive, lit up and formed to Marty’s foot. The Nike MAG shoe was designed to be a precise replica of the original from Back to the Future II. The aesthetic is an exact match, down to the contours of the upper, the glowing LED panel and the electroluminescent Nike in the strap. The Nike MAG illuminates with the pinch of the “ear” of the high top, glowing for five hours per charge. Good luck. via The Shoe Game

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Two of Carmelo Anthony’s cell phones were reportedly swiped at his charity game

If you receive a phone call in the near future, and Carmelo Anthony's name shows up on your caller ID? Sounds like a smooth start to a fine day. Sounds like a potential invite to Anthony's unofficial Knick training camp, later this fall, right? Sadly, this call probably isn't coming from Carmelo Anthony.

If anything, it's coming from the thief or thick thieves that swiped two of Carmelo Anthony's cell phones last week following the exciting finish of one of the Goodman League charity games that, you big jerks, Carmelo aided in putting together and promoting. For charity, let's re-iterate.

From the New York Post:

"Fans bum-rushed the court to get close to the guys after the game," a source told Page Six. "Carmelo's phones were stolen during all of the chaos." Fans on Twitter caught wind of the missing phones and tweeted to help him find them. But a rep said they have not been returned to Anthony.

I suppose in the age of private photos and potentially devastating texts that a stolen cell phone could hold some interest to people that, again, want to be big jerks. And even if Carmelo should have left his devices in the locker room and not in public view, this is still a crummy move to end all crummy moves. Anthony came back to Baltimore to run a charity game that seemed to leave everyone happy, why mess with (much less steal) the guy's stuff?

Maybe things will be better should Anthony take part in the Impact Training summer leagues in Las Vegas later this month. Nobody ever steals from anyone in Las Vegas. At least without penalty of Joe Pesci or Robert DeNiro working you over in a back room. via Ball Don't Lie

Nike Air Force 1 Low VT PRM Black Wool

Adding another piece to our ongoing coverage of Nike's big Fall VT pack, new and detailed pics of the Black Wool Nike Air Force 1 Low VT PRM have hit the 'Net. Like the rest of the VT Pack, the Black Wool AF1 VT PRM features Nike's Vac Tech upper and this time around the AF1 features a Black wool VT upper done for the Winter months ahead. The woolen upper sits on a White midsole and a Grey outsole.

The Black Wool Nike Air Force 1 VT is set to release later this Fall. via KATC

Todd Bratrud x SPoT x Nike SB Dunk High “The Cigar” – Limited Availability

We’ve gotten a couple of looks at a Nike SB Dunk high that was collaborated on by Todd Bratrud and helps represent for the well-known cigar shop by the name of SPoT. While the different shades of brown and red used along the upper of this Nike SB release might at first seem unorthodox, they’re actually very well put-together; and, a mixed black/grey sole adds even a little bit more of a twist. While these are yet to arrive in mass at local Nike SB shopes, certain overseas retailers have begun to get their fix- so head on over to one such carrier to be among the first to have a shot at owning a pair of this Nike SB Dunk high.via Sneakerfiles

Air Jordan XI Concord – All Versions

December 23 is right around the corner, and the Air Jordan Retro 11 “Concord” is on a lot of wish lists for the Holiday season. There have been a ton of sample photos floating around the web, and now we have a few pics of all the released versions of this ever-so-popular colorway.

The original “Concord” Air Jordan 11 was released in 1995. Featuring an upper that contained Cordura mesh and patent leather, and a blue-tinted clear rubber sole, this shoe became an instant classic among shoe enthusiasts. The next release came 5 years later in the year 2000. It was close to original in resemblance, only missing the blue tint on the sole.

The next version was released in the Defining Moments Package in 2006, alongside an Air Jordan 6 Retro. Although the official colorway was not White/Black-Dark Concord, most people still referred to them as the DMP Concord 11. The gold hits on the shoe did not seem to anger fans of the 11, and the pack sold out very quickly.

This year’s release sees the return of the icy blue-tinted sole, and too many, happy days are here again. As you can tell from the photos, the height of the collar on the shoe has decreased dramatically over the years, but who’s complaining? Back then, the shoe had a purpose: to be worn on the basketball court. Nowadays, it’s more about fashion. How many of you are gonna cop to play ball in? Probably not many, but nonetheless, this will be a big time release. via
The Shoe Game

atmos x Asics Gel Lyte III

Ronnie Fieg's latest GL3 designs are building quite a bit of buzz amongst the cult following he has directly helped to expand, but there's another Asics collaboration on the way before either the 'Leatherbacks' or 'Salmon Toes'. We're speaking, of course, about the atmos x Asics Gel Lyte III, a model first previewed on Sneaker News just under a month ago, and one that's sure to have US sneakerheads dialing up their overseas connects. This black and gold design features the same classic suede and mesh construction that made Fieg's collabos such a hit with old school running fans, but the colorway offers a glimpse into the higher contrast possibilities. via Sneaker News