Jay Busbee

  • Defendant in Jameis Winston countersuit moves to dismiss

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    Jameis Winston's days at Florida State University are not completely behind him.

    Erica Kinsman, a former FSU student who alleged in 2013 that Winston raped her, is suing Winston for false imprisonment, assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Recently, Winston filed a countersuit, alleging defamation and interference with business relationships arising out of Kinsman's initial lawsuit.

    Now, Kinsman's attorneys have moved to dismiss Winston's defamation lawsuit and strike that lawsuit's opening statement.

    In other words, Kinsman says Winston can't sue her for naming him as her rapist because 1. time has run out on the opportunity to do so and 2. she named him in protected settings (i.e. to law enforcement and university officials).

    Readthe entire Motion to Dismiss here.

  • Twitter reacts to Sepp Blatter's surprise resignation

    Jay Busbee at FC Yahoo 21 hrs ago

     The news arrived suddenly on Tuesday, surprising the entire sporting world:

    Sepp Blatter announces his resignation, an extraordinary #FIFA congress and an organizational realignment http://t.co/MrFED6HAgH

    Naturally, Twitter responded with calm, measured discretion.

    DEAR WORLD. YOU ARE WELCOME #USAUSAUSA #LorettaLynchForFIFAPresident

    When you find out Blatter has resigned as FIFA President. https://t.co/xXTE8fMtzE

    Roger goodell has just supsended Sepp Blatter for two games!!!!!!!!

    Sepp Blatter announces his successor Mr Ppes Rettalb pic.twitter.com/nUDYCStKLE

    Don't mess with the feds. #BlatterOut pic.twitter.com/6Uh1Hf4wbY

    Sepp Blatter a few days ago: “Why would I step down? That would mean I recognise that I did wrong.”http://t.co/hxlzj7aaXF

  • Rob Gronkowski to drive pace car at Chicago NASCAR race

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Rob Gronkowski is going to drive the pace car at a NASCAR race later this month. What could possibly go wrong?

    Our closet living equivalent to DuffManwill serve as Grand Marshal for the Chicago Xfinity Series race scheduled for Saturday, June 20. (For those not in the know, the Xfinity Series is a developmental race series just below the top level, NASCAR's equivalent of Triple-A baseball ... or, in NFL terms, the NFC South.) Gronk and his brothers Gordie Jr., Chris, Dan and Glenn -- why why WHY is there not a reality show with these dudes -- will all be co-marshals, and Gronk's pops will be honorary starter.

    The city of Joliet, Illinois, where the Chicago Speedway is located, may wish to begin emergency preparedness training right now. The Summer of Gronk rolls on.

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  • Giants punter Steve Weatherford survives rugged Jersey Turnpike wreck

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Giants punter Steve Weatherford welcomed his daughter into the world over the weekend in San Diego, then flew across the country to join the team at OTAs. But early Monday morning, he suffered a major wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike that had him thanking heaven on social media.

    Weatherford was flying in from San Diego, but poor weather forced him to land in Washington, D.C. He landed at 11 p.m. and rented a car to get to Monday morning's practice on time. At 3:30 a.m., he hit water on the turnpike, hydroplaned and hit the median as the airbags deployed.

    "I walked out without a scratch," Weatherford wrote on Instagram. "I am feeling so incredibly blessed. Not only has God given my family and I a beautiful, healthy 10 pound baby girl. He sent his guardian angels to keep my car from flipping and possibly dying."

    Eventually, Weatherford did reach the Giants' practice facility, as he noted on Twitter:

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  • Johnny Manziel involved in incident with fan at golf tournament

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was back in Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic on Saturday, and something happened. That's about all anyone can agree on.

    First, let's go to Manziel's agent, per Cleveland.com. Erik Burkhardt said Manziel was harassed by a fellow fan in the gallery, but handled the disturbance without major problems.

    Seems harmless enough, but here's another angle. A fan, Chase Fritz of Plano, Texas, told Yahoo Sports that he spotted Manziel yelling at someone and, later, throwing a water bottle at the fan. Manziel missed, and the other fan responded, "Hey, nice throw, Johnny." Manziel, according to Fritz, became "super pissed," "took off his hat," and began walking toward the other man.

    At that point, security officials in the area rounded up everyone, including Fritz and his father. Someone in Manziel's entourage told Fritz not to take a picture, but he did so anyway. Here's Fritz's photo from another account:

  • Grandstanding Friday Five: Singing with the Stones, bowling with the pros

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 4 days ago

    Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed

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  • Triple Crown talk with American Pharoah's jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Bob Baffert

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 5 days ago

    Triple Crown time, baby! For the third time in the last four years, we've got a horse rolling into the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win one of sports' most coveted achievements. Can American Pharoah achieve the Triple Crown? Well, since the horse itself isn't talking to media, we went with the next best thing: jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Bob Baffert. Topics included:

    • Whether the rainy conditions were the worst Espinoza's ever raced in,

    • What it's like to be atop a horse with a hundred thousand fans screaming all around you,

    • How one prepares a horse, and oneself, for the three-week grind between the Preakness and the Belmont,

    • How Bob Baffert will celebrate should he win the Triple Crown at long last.

    Get yourself ready for June 6 with this fine podcasting product.

    [Music by Chris Salmon and Tobin Summerfield]

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  • Los Angeles NFL team update: St. Louis officials sue over stadium, San Diego negotiates with Chargers

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    Conventional wisdom holds that three teams -- the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, and the St. Louis Rams -- are in the mix to move to Los Angeles. How true, or likely, that scenario is depends on whom you ask, but what's indisputable is that the threat of moving to L.A. is spurring action in each city ... which, of course, is what the NFL has wanted all along.

    Start in San Diego, where the possibility of losing the Chargers has, at long last, galvanized the city into action. The Chargers are meeting with city and San Diego County officials in the coming weeks to discuss a replacement for Qualcomm Stadium, which opened in 1967.

    "I want nothing more than for the Rams to stay," said state Rep. Rob Vescovo (R), one of the suit's plaintiffs. "But I don't think the governor has the authority to bury us under the additional debt without proper vetting."

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  • 'Entourage' creator: Eli Manning stiffed us on a cameo, Tom Brady subbed in

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    That smell of body spray and tanning lotion can only mean one thing: "Entourage" is back. For those not in the know, "Entourage" was an HBO series, now a movie, about a Hollywood star and his best pals trundling through a five-star life.

    As the movie nears its debut, series creator Doug Ellin sat down with Graham Bensinger to discuss many aspects of "Entourage"'s creation, including all the athlete cameos. What burns Ellin, though, is one that didn't come to pass: Eli Manning, who said he wanted to be on the show and then stood everyone up. Not cool, Eli. Not cool. But in this instance, Tom Brady would get the best of Eli, subbing in at the last second.

    You can see the clip of Brady's appearance right here (language warning for the tender-eared). And according to Ellin, Brady almost aced the hole:

    "Entourage" opens June 3. And if Eli wants to see it, he'll have to buy his own ticket.

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

  • How will FIFA scandal affect U.S. bid, future sites, Qatar human rights? (Podcast)

    Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 6 days ago

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    "The world is corrupt, and FIFA represents the world."

    That's Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel writing on the surprising Wednesday morning arrests of multiple high-level FIFA officials, and he's here on the podcast to talk in more detail. Wetzel has covered two World Cups, and he answers multiple pressing questions about the ongoing corruption scandal, including:

    • How worried should FIFA be, and why wasn't FIFA president Sepp Blatter charged?

    • Will FIFA move the 2018 and 2022 World Cups from Russia and Qatar?

    • How might this affect the United States' 2026 World Cup bid?

    • What's the difference in levels (and style!) of corruption between the Olympics and the World Cup?

    • Will the human rights violations in Qatar spur any kind of action prior to 2022?

    Get up to speed with the entire FIFA scandal right here.