Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago
Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel has posted bond in Dallas County, Tex., on domestic violence charges, according to KXAS-TV. He is expected to appear in court on Thursday to answer charges of misdemeanor assault, and his attorney indicates that he will plead not guilty.
Manziel was booked and released on $1,500 bond. The charges stem from an incident in January during which he allegedly assaulted his then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. A Dallas County grand jury indicted Manziel last month.
Crowley contends that a Jan. 29 argument between her and Manziel turned physical, and alleges that he hit her when she tried to get out of his car. Manziel was prohibited from being within 500 feet of Crowley for two years, and has been ordered to pay $12,000 in legal costs. If convicted, he faces a maximum of a year in prison and a $4,000 fine.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago
The NFC champion Carolina Panthers are the toast of Charlotte. NASCAR is based in Charlotte. So it stands to reason that the two Queen City entities would cross paths every now and then. On Wednesday, Panthers kicker Graham Gano and driver Austin Dillon met at Charlotte Motor Speedway to give each other an idea of how to do a very different job.
First, Dillon tried to kick a field goal ... and did pretty well, all things considered:
Now throw in a full rush and a crowd full of screaming fans and see how well he does. (For non-NASCAR fans: Dillon is the guy who took over driving the legendary #3 of Dale Earnhardt, so Dillon knows a thing or two about pressure.) Gano offered up a bit of his own expertise:
After that, Dillon took Gano for a spin around the track:
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago
The NFL draft class of 1998, much like the class of 2016, featured two marquee-level quarterbacks at the top of the pyramid. Both were projected as can't-miss, with bright futures ahead. And, if you average their careers out, that's exactly what happened: one became the greatest quarterback of all time, and one was out of the league within four years.
The first, of course, was Peyton Manning, who just capped one of the finest careers in sports history. The second was Ryan Leaf, who has been in and out of prison and is now attempting to atone for the damage he did to himself by seeking to help others.
Leaf appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to provide a remarkable look at the way that addiction, the NFL, and celebrity combined for a wicked, devastating blast that leveled him and destroyed his life. "The power, the prestige, and the money," Leaf said, naming his demons. He even conceded that prison helped him get his life in order and put those demons aside once and for all.
Jay Busbee at The Turnstile 16 hrs ago
Indiana University has honored Charles Keating, a former student-athlete at the school who died earlier this week in Iraq. Keating, who became a SEAL after leaving Indiana, died when ISIS forces overran a Kurdish stronghold in northern Iraq.
Keating attended IU from 2004 to 2006, where he competed on both the track and field and cross country teams. He was part of the 2004-05 track and field team that placed second in the Big Ten in both indoor and outdoor seasons, according to the university. Keating's father, Charles Keating III, was a three-time Big Ten swimming champion and an Olympian in 1976.
Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 1 day ago
The Olympics has a long history of family achievement, one generation inspiring the next. What's more rare, however, is for parents and children to compete in the same Games. The Rio Olympics will feature an Olympic first: a mother and a son competing together in the same Games.
Nino Salukvadze and her son Tsotne Machavariani will represent the nation of Georgia in the Rio Games' shooting competitions. Salukvadze, 47, is competing in her eighth Games; her son, age 18, is competing in his first.
"I am very happy as the representative of the Georgian shooting federation but a million times happier as a mother that my son managed to do this," Salukvadze told the Associated Press.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
Peyton Manning suiting up for a team other than the Denver Broncos in 2016? It was closer than you might think to happening, according to Manning's agent.
"I really like to play," Manning told Tom Condon, as Condon related on The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt (via PFT). Not only that, Condon said, there were teams who would have wanted Manning to play for them. (The teams leading the speculation at the time were the Texans and the Rams.)
So why isn't some team rolling out an entire Peyton Manning-themed campaign for this fall? Probably because of the obvious reasons: Manning was a shell of his former self by the end of 2015, and won the Super Bowl largely because he was a decent caretaker rather than a game-changing playmaker.
Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago
Conspiracies unravel in the most unlikely of ways. Watergate exploded when a security guard noticed tape on doors. Deflate-gate began when a Colts equipment manager happened to test a ball's pressure on the sidelines during the 2014 season's AFC Championship. And now, in the space of 28 seconds, a random Jacksonville Jaguars fan has just blown the lid off the Greatest Conspiracy In NFL History:
Whoa. Those are some explosive allegations in that News4JAX report. Let's break them down here:
2. "The first year we took it to the limit." Technically, their first year (1995) Jacksonville went 4-12. The next year, though, the Jags reached the AFC Championship, losing to the Patriots 20-6. We're not sure two field goals in a conference championship qualifies as "taking it to the limit," but hey, two decades is a long time to keep memories accurate. We're still on firm footing.
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TALLADEGA, Ala.—What the hell was that?
Seriously. What do you call a race when 35 of the 40 cars are involved in some form of wreck, when several drivers stagger from their cars gasping for breath, when cars are hurtling toward walls fast enough for you to start thinking dark thoughts?
Look, strange things happen at Talladega. They always do. This desolate stretch of Alabama might be cursed, or might just be an epicenter of peculiarity. At the very least, it's racing's most unpredictable track, a place where any team can achieve victory and every team can expect to bring chassis and shredded sheet metal back to the shop.
It's a case of giving us what we want ... and being careful what we wish for.
Brad Keselowski won Sunday's GEICO 500, in large measure because he was in the safest place on the entire track: the front. He was one of the few that didn't end the day with damage ranging from the cosmetic to the catastrophic.
After another wreck, cameras captured A.J. Allmendinger staggering out of his car, slumping against the door:
TALLADEGA, Ala.—Ty Dillon stood alone, leaning against a pile of tires in the No. 14 pit box. Like thousands of others all around him, he was watching the GEICO 500 unfolding around him, listening to the race on his headset. Unlike the rest of the fans, though, he was going to be driving in this race before too much longer.
Dillon could only bide his time, waiting until a caution flag flew and Tony Stewart would wheel the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevy into the pit box. At that point, Dillon and Stewart would begin that most delicate of sporting maneuvers: switching drivers in the middle of a race.
Stewart injured his back in an off-road riding accident in January, and only returned to the track last week at Richmond. While doctors had pronounced Stewart's back sound enough for racing, the consensus opinion was that no good could come from a potentially catastrophic wreck. Such wrecks are always a possibility at Talladega, and indeed Sunday afternoon's race saw several that didn't involve Stewart.
TALLADEGA, Ala.—Well, this is about as scary a moment as you can imagine behind a wheel in a NASCAR race: during Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega, the steering wheel came off in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s hands:
Sweet heaven. That's insane. Junior managed to steer the car by grabbing the steering column until he could reattach the wheel. It was reminiscent of a similar incident earlier this year at Phoenix, when Earnhardt's teammate Jimmie Johnson wrecked during qualifying when his own steering wheel popped loose.
The loose steering wheel marked the low point in an ugly day for Earnhardt, a day in which he suffered two major wrecks and ended his day early. Earnhardt spun on Lap 50 and wrecked hard enough to go to the garage, then returned to the track only to get taken out when Carl Edwards' tire blew on Lap 110. It was a frustrating afternoon for a driver projected as the race's odds-on favorite.