Remembering the passing of honorable boxing sportscaster and journalist Nick Charles

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Nick Charles was a truly spectacular man.

Famed CNN and Showtime boxing sportscaster and journalist Nick Charles died a year ago this past Monday, June 25, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the age of 64 after battling incurable bladder cancer since 2009.

Charles, who worked as a taxi driver in Chicago before twice being voted the sexiest sportscaster in America, passed peacefully with his wife, Cory, by his side.

After being diagnosed with the terminal disease three years ago, Charles embarked on a mission to encourage his friends and family to enjoy every day of their lives.

“It’s an imperfect world, but, boy, it’s still beautiful,” Charles said to the Associated Press a month prior to his death.

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Former ESPN vixen Erin Andrews is being aggressively hunted by Fox Sports

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Fox wants a piece of Erin Andrews.

Since her contract with ESPN concluded in June, arousing sportscaster, journalist and television vixen Erin Andrews is reportedly being aggressively pursued by Fox Sports for a role at its network.

Andrews, a University of Florida graduate who performed for the Gators Dazzlers dance team at home games in Gainesville from 1997 to 2000, completed her final ESPN assignment in March during the ACC college basketball tournament.

The beauty, who began working for The Worldwide Leader in Sports in May 2004 as a reporter for ESPN National Hockey Night, the College World Series, Little League World Series and Great Outdoor Games, was publicly courted to remain at the renowned station by its president, John Skipper.

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Current Pirates ace A.J. Burnett was nothing more than a tattooed mental midget with the Yankees in the Bronx

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A.J. Burnett was not a man designed for the city of New York.

A.J. Burnett guided the Pittsburg Prates to a 5-4 triumph over the Phillies yesterday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The 35-year-old Burnett, who has gone 9-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 13 starts, managed to become the first Pirates pitcher to record eight consecutive wins since 1974.

In the meantime, while the tattooed mental midget has ascended into an ace in the “Steel City,” the Yankees placed rotation stalwarts CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on the disabled list Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Pettitte (3-3, 3.22 ERA) fractured his fibula near his left ankle and is expected to be sidelined for approximately two-months and Sabathia (9-3, 3.45 ERA) will be shelved for 15-days with a strained groin.

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Is Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto a candidate to fight Saul Alvarez on Mexican Independence Day weekend?

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Even a force like Saul Alvarez would learn Miguel Cotto is not a man to be trifled with.

Dan Rafael of ESPN.com dismissed murmurs that Mexican superstar and WBC light middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was near inking a contract to battle powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto on September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 21-year-old Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs), who outclassed retired three-division titlist“Sugar” Shane Mosley on Cinco de Mayo, has at different times been slated to battle Paul WilliamsJames Kirkland and Victor Ortiz on Mexican Independence Day weekend.

For various reasons, all three prizefighters are now unavailable to scrap this autumn and “Canelo” has been stranded seeking an opponent.

Hence, rumors of a glittering showdown pitting Alvarez against Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs), a four-time world champion in three weight divisions, recently surfaced.

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Is Lamar Odom set to return to ‘The City of Angeles?’

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Lamar Odom would be a gamble for the Clippers.

The agent for exiled Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom is attempting to arrange a trade prior to Friday’s deadline that would return the 2011 Sixth Man of the Year to Los Angeles to play for the Clippers.

Mr. Khloe Kardashian’s volatile relationship with Mark Cuban is irreparable and, in order to receive compensation, the Mavs must move the versatile weapon within 48-hours or he will become eligible for free agency.

If nobody is interested in the services of the two-time NBA Champion, Odom will be released by Cuban’s franchise and given $2.4 million.

Despite assaulting a member of the fuzz, Tommy Rees could start for the Fighting Irish in Dublin

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Tommy Rees could actually remain the quarterback for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish junior quarterback Tommy Rees is scheduled to appear in St. Joseph County court on July 17 to face two counts of resisting arrest and one count each of underage drinking and battery.

The 20-year-old Rees, who threw 19 touchdowns, in comparison to 12 interceptions, for 2,708 yards in 12 games last year, was boozing on May 3 at a raucous off-campus party to celebrate the final day of Notre Dame’s spring semester classes.

When authorities arrived to halt the fiesta, Rees, who later registered a 0.11 percent on a blood-alcohol test, bolted like a Kenyan sprinter and jumped a fence to evade the fuzz.

A responding officer managed to catch the Division I-A signal-caller and a struggle ensued.

After landing a solid knee to the cops gut, Rees, who recently returned to South Bend to attend summer school classes and train with teammates, was pepper sprayed and handcuffed.

Somewhat shockingly, the Illinois native, who helped Notre Dame go 8-5 in 2011, is again set to compete with Andrew Hendrix, Everett Gholson and Gunner Kiel for the starting job this autumn in South Bend.

The way Robert Griffin III handled scumbag extortionist further validates he will star in ‘The District’

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RG3 will succeed on the gridiron because of his brains and diligence.

Richard Khamir Hurd, a lackluster former Baylor University basketball player, was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to extort money from unsigned Washington Redskinsrookie quarterback Robert Griffin III on June 18.

The 25-year-old Hurd, a bush league wannabe who dressed in Waco as a walk-on from 2004 to 2008, reportedly contacted representatives for the 2011 Heisman Trophy award winner and threatened to release “derogatory information” about Kim Kardashian’s crushunless he was paid a “substantial sum.”

“There’s vultures out there, people looking to climb on top of all your money,” said Griffin, 22, who the Skins nabbed out of Baylor with the second choice in the NFL Draft.

RGIII, a native of Japan who flourished as a three-sport star in basketball, football and track at Copperas Cove High School in Texas, admitted he is still adjusting to life as a celebrity.

“There’s a fine line between guarding yourself and being guarded,” said Griffin, who in the classroom graduated in three-years with a 3.67 GPA in political science and on a field at the NFL Combine in February ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds. “I think I do a pretty good job of guarding myself, even with this situation. It’s just something unfortunate that happened so I think guys can learn. It’s just something that everyone can learn from and just move on.”

Hurd, a scumbag who was arraigned Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and released on $25,000 bond in the afternoon, is the epitome of a “vulture.”

RG3 should star on the gridiron for the next decade in “The District” because he has been gifted with blazing speed and an otherworldly arm.

However, possibly even more important than his extraordinary athletic talents, Robert Griffin III is a sound bet to dominate the NFL landscape for years because of his intelligence and willingness to accept “being guarded.”

Tim Lincecum has lost 30 pounds and is struggling because he is currently weaker than Clay Aiken

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The absolute last thing Tim Lincecum needed to do was lose weight.

Onlookers, peers and pundits have identified three potential causes for the struggles that former Giants ace Tim Lincecum has experienced on the hill this season in San Francisco.

Texas Rangers catcher Bengie Molina, who teamed with Lincecum (2-8, 6.07 ERA) from 2007-2010 in “The Paris of the West,” believes “The Freak” has lost his famed confidence and swagger.

“Obviously, this is easy to say now because he was doing well when I was there,” said Molina, 37, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner. “His demeanor was always: ‘I’m going after you no matter what.’”

In addition to the four-time All-Star selection’s fleeting bravado, Molina agrees with scouts that Lincecum’s diminishing velocity and command have prevented him from overwhelming hitters.

“His fastball was really, really nasty. It ran like a sinker but not necessarily down,” Molina said.

Quitting on his stool in an upset loss to Josésito López, Victor Ortiz showed amazing courage this weekend

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Victor Ortiz is a warrior.

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz remains hospitalized at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after undergoing surgery to repair two fractures in the right side of his jaw that were suffered during a brutal ninth round loss for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight title to Mexican American Josésito López on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

In an exciting and dramatic contest, the 27-year-old Lopez (30-4-0-1, 18 KOs), who initially busted “Vicious’” jaw in the fifth round, landed a devastating left hook in the ninth that badly shattered Ortiz’s jaw on impact.

Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs), who was throwing fists for the first time since being controversially knocked onto Queer Street by “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather last September, was forced to quit on his stool following the particularly violent three-minutes of action.

“Josesito broke my jaw, I had my mouth open and he broke my jaw,” said the courageous Ortiz, 25, whose parents abandoned him and his five siblings when he was a child. “I couldn’t close my mouth. It happened early in the (ninth) round. The corner wanted me to continue but I just couldn’t.”

Hall of Fame hurler Goose Gossage doesn’t want the ‘cheating’ Roger Clemens in Cooperstown

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Goose Gossage compared the Roger Clemens verdict to the O.J. Simpson ruling.

2008 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Goose Gossage said during an interview onESPN Radio’s “The Michael Kay Show” that notorious flamethrower Roger Clemens should not receive a future ticket to Cooperstown, New York.

Clemens, an adulterer who allegedly began banging country music singer Mindy McCreadywhen she was a sickening 15 years of age, last week was wrongly found not guilty on all six counts of lying to Congress in 2008 that he wasn’t a juicehead.

“Are we going to reward these guys for cheating? Even though he was found innocent, I think it was because of the bad testimony,” said Gossage, 60, a nine-time All-Star selection who compiled 124 wins, 310 saves and 1,502 strikeouts over 22 seasons as a hurler in Major League Baseball (MLB). “These guys lie, lie, lie, lie, lie. Roger, I think is in the same boat.”

The 1978 American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man of the Year, who dominated on the mound for nine organizations while sporting his wild facial hair, compared Clemens’ verdict to the infamous ruling in “the trial of the century.”