Nick Bromberg

  • No felony charges for P. Diddy after UCLA kettlebell incident

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    P. Diddy isn't staring at felony charges after his incident with UCLA coaches.

    Los Angeles County prosecutors will not charge the rapper with a felony after his arrest on June 22. Diddy was arrested by UCLA police after he allegedly confronted UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi and threatened a member of UCLA's staff with a kettlebell.

    Diddy was reportedly unhappy that Alosi had removed his son, Justin Combs, from a team workout session. Combs is a junior cornerback for UCLA.

    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said prosecutors declined to file felony charges related to his June 22 arrest. The case was referred to the Los Angeles city attorney to decide whether Combs' conduct amounts to a misdemeanor. The prosecutors received the case Tuesday.

    Combs was reportedly in Alosi's doghouse for his effort during the workout as well as previous absences.

  • Happy Hour: The Confederate flag and television coverage

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 11 hrs ago

    Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg. We'll post them here and have a good time.

    It has not been a slow week in terms of feedback.

    The role of the Confederate flag in NASCAR has generated a lot of responses from y'all. So has Wednesday's post about Fox and NBC. We'l start with the main course, which is the flag. Then we'll move on to the side dish, television, and dessert later.

    Let's get to it. And, as always, these emails are not edited unless absolutely necessary.

    Do you really think Nascar fans give a rip about if they're "in favor" with Nascar or not when they fly the Stars & Bars? damn yankee, go cover curling - Mike

    Well, we'd imagine so, especially if it means race attendance is at stake. For clarity's sake, Mike wrote this email before NASCAR tracks issued Thursday's statement asking fans not to bring Confederate flags to the track. But really, is a Confederate flag worth potentially having a conflict with track personnel and/or getting kicked out of a race you're attending?

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  • NASCAR tracks make request for fans to not fly Confederate flag

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 16 hrs ago

    NASCAR tracks issued a statement Thursday requesting that fans "refrain" from displays of the Confederate flag while attending races.

    The statement signed by 30 tracks, including the tracks owned by International Speedway Corporation and Speedway Motorsports Inc., is as follows:

    “As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment.

    “To do that, we are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events. This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events.

    “We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols. This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing.”

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  • Pitt T Jaryd Jones-Smith out for year with knee injury

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    Pitt has lost a potential starter on the offensive line.

    The team said tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith will miss the 2015 season after suffering a knee injury.

    "We are incredibly disappointed for Jaryd," Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement. "Our entire team will rally behind him as he works to overcome this challenge. Jaryd is a great young man and a tough competitor. Even though he is sidelined this year, he is going to remain an important member of our team this fall."

    He's scheduled to have surgery on Thursday.

    A redshirt sophomore in 2015, Jones-Smith was penciled in as Pitt's starting right tackle. He played last year at left tackle and started three games.

    According to Panther-Lair.com, there is no obvious replacement for Jones-Smith at right tackle.

    Last season Pitt running back James Conner ran for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns.

    Jones-Smith was a three-star recruit in the class of 2013 out of Philadelphia.

    For more Pitt news, visit Panther-Lair.com.

  • Miller says he had 'successful' visit with doctor (Updated)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Not long after his coach said he was "pretty close to full speed," Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller said he had a successful visit with Dr. James Andrews.

    Successful check up/visit w Kevin & Andrews! 😁.

    The location of Andrews' office in Birmingham, Alabama, has previously helped elicit transfer rumors. Those rumors have been proven to be unfounded so far. But given what Miller said to the Columbus Dispatch after his tweet, there are going to be some Ohio State fans on pins and needles.

    From the Dispatch:

    Ooohhh ... "immediate plans." Start the rumor mill!

    No. Please. Don't restart the rumor mill. ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted Thursday afternoon that Miller is planning on staying at Ohio State.

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  • OU president believes Mixon and Shannon will be 'better people'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oklahoma president David Boren believes two Sooners returning to the team in 2015 have learned from their punishments.

    Linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon are set to be on the Oklahoma roster after suspensions in 2014. Mixon was suspended after punching a female student while Shannon was suspended for violating the school's Title IX sexual misconduct policy.

    “I think part of being an educational institution is that you have to have discipline when it’s required,”Boren told the Tulsa World. “With good parenting, punishment is required sometimes. Most of us have been on the receiving end of that from our parents and we’re better people for it. I think they’ll be better people because they’re on the receiving end of punishment.”

    Mixon reached a plea deal in October that entailed a one-year deferred sentence and community service. While he practiced with the team in the spring he didn't play in the spring game.

    For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

  • Utah CB Dominique Hatfield arrested for suspicion of robbery

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield was arrested Wednesday for suspicion of aggravated robbery after he allegedly stole money from someone he met for a video game transaction.

    From the Salt Lake Tribune:

    According to a Unified Police release and a probable cause statement, the victim intended to purchase a video game console advertised online when he met Hatfield early Tuesday evening at a 655 W. 3900 South car wash. Hatfield pulled a knife on the man, police said, and demanded his money before taking $180 in cash and fleeing on foot into nearby apartments.

    According to police, the victim's wife then noticed that the same seller, identified as "David Wilkins," was selling an iPhone. She arranged another meeting with Hatfield at the same car wash.

    Utah coach Kyle Whittingham hasn't commented publicly on the arrest as he's currently on vacation. A spokesperson for the school told the Tribune that Willingham would comment at the earliest opportunity.

    For more Utah news, visit UteZone.com.

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  • Goodbye Fox; It's NBC's turn to broadcast the Sprint Cup Series

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Hello glory, goodbye strife. We now have NASCAR on NBC in our life.

    Apologies for the trite adaptation of a linefrom NBC's commercials promoting its NASCAR coverage. But given Fox's coverage of NASCAR throughout the 2015 season, there's perhaps no more appropriate way to describe the switch from Fox to NBC for NASCAR.

    Starting with Sunday's Coke Zero 400, the remainder of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule will be on NBC and NBC Sports Network. The race at Sonoma was Fox's final race of the season and capped a year that was incredibly disjointed and, frankly, embarrassing at times for the network that has had NASCAR rights since 2001.

    Fox built its NASCAR brand on Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip, its two race analysts who have been a staple since the beginning. But throughout Fox's 15 years of broadcasting, it's become clear that the two are further and further from their days in prominent race team roles.

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  • Jim Harbaugh wasn't too enthused to talk to Colin Cowherd

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Jim Harbaugh clearly didn't want to talk to ESPN's Colin Cowherd Wednesday morning.

    The Michigan coach appeared on Cowherd's program and gave a lot of non-answer answers to Cowherd's questions. The interview was rough – it was so rough that it was entertaining in a macabre way – and Cowherd cut the interview off approximately five minutes into it.

    Video courtesy of The Big Lead.

    If you listen to the entire video, you can sense Cowherd's frustration with Harbaugh building. Right before cutting Harbaugh off he says "This seems terribly difficult."

    Even if you've never had to interview someone, you've undoubtedly been in a similar position of carrying on a conversation with someone who clearly doesn't want to talk. And while you can cut a conversation off in a social setting realtively easy, it's a bit harder to do when it's for a story or segment. Especially when it's a segment being broadcast live.

    Harbaugh took half-responsibility for the interview on Twitter.

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  • Jim Harbaugh: 'We don't run off players'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Jim Harbaugh disputed Michigan defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins' assertion that Michigan's staff pressured Pipkins to quit playing football.

    Pipkins told ESPN that he had been approached by Michigan's staff to sign retirement paperwork approximately 10 times over a three month period. Pipkins suffered a knee injury in the 2013 season and returned to play in 2014. Michigan has said it doesn't feel its in Pipkins' best interest to continue to play football. 

    From MLive.com:

    "We don't run off players," Harbaugh said at Comerica Park shortly after throwing out the first pitch before Tuesday's Tigers-Pirates game.

    "I'll speak for myself personally," Harbaugh continued. "When it comes to the health and safety of the players, that argument trumps all other arguments."

    For more Michigan news,visit TheWolverine.com.

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