Nick Bromberg

  • Restraining orders prevent 3 more Minnesota players from home games

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Three additional Minnesota players have been served with restraining orders preventing them from playing in games at the Gophers’ TCF Bank Stadium effective immediately.

    According to KMSP in Minneapolisand the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, an attorney for defensive backs Ray Buford, KiAnte Hardin and Dior Johnson said the three received restraining orders Friday. They were suspended from the team along with defensive lineman Tamarion Johnson in September for what was termed a violation of team rules.

    The four players were named in a sexual assault investigation. Prosecutors declined to file charges on Oct. 3, citing insufficient evidence and the players were then reinstated to the team. The four were named in the investigation into the incident, which allegedly happened in the early morning hours after the Gophers’ season-opening game vs. Oregon State on Sept. 1.

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  • Joey Logano: 'If I'm on defense, we're not going to win'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 7 hrs ago

    Joey Logano can advance to the third round of the Chase as long as he finishes ahead of Austin Dillon and maintains his point advantages on Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott.

    But he’s not looking at Sunday’s Talladega race as an event where he will pay more attention to defending against those four drivers than he is about winning the race himself and automatically advancing to the third round.

    “I don’t really think about how people are trying to knock me out, I think about how I’m gonna knock other people out,” Logano said Friday. “That’s my attitude.  If I’m on defense, we’re not gonna win. We better stay on offense … We’re gonna go out there and race hard because that’s what we know how to do when we come to speedways.  Some guys can do it good the other way but, for us, we’re gonna go out there and race hard and try to stay up front, try to keep making our car better for the end of the race and be there at the end.”

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  • Notre Dame AD: Brian Kelly 'will lead this team out of the tunnel' in 2017

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick has no plans to go through a football coaching search this offseason.

    The Fighting Irish are 2-5 after consecutive losses to North Carolina State and Stanford. But Swarbrick said coach Brian Kelly is not in danger of losing his job.

    “Brian will lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year,” the AD said to ESPN.

    Kelly was hired after the 2009 season and the 2-5 start is Kelly’s worst as the Irish coach. He has a career 57-28 record at Notre Dame.

    The Irish made a coaching change after a home loss to Duke to fall to 1-3, firing defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.The Irish gave up an average of 41.3 points in those three losses.

    The offense has struggled too. Notre Dame couldn’t do anything with the ball vs. NC State and the team head-scratchingly called 26 pass plays. The 10-3 Wolfpack win was played in driving rain and wind courtesy of Hurricane Matthew.

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  • North Carolina G Caleb Peterson out for season after back surgery

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    North Carolina will be without a longtime offensive line starter for the rest of 2016.

    The school said Thursday that guard Caleb Peterson would miss the remainder of the season because of a back injury. He’s set to undergo surgery Friday in Dallas.

    A senior, Peterson missed North Carolina’s last two games vs. Virginia Tech and Miami. He had started 30-straight games at left guard for the Tar Heels before the Virginia Tech game and had 42 career starts. He was an all-ACC second team selection in 2015.

    Peterson’s injury means North Carolina will play the rest of the season without its starting guards. John Ferranto was slated to start at right guard but tore a pectoral muscle before the season began.

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    A third starter could miss Saturday’s game vs. Virginia as well. Jon Heck, the team’s right tackle, is listed as questionable on the UNC injury report. The News and Observer saidHeck “appears unlikely” to play Saturday.

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  • Mike Leach fined by Pac-12 after sign-stealing comments

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    Mike Leach has a little less money following his Monday comments about Arizona State and sign stealing.

    The Pac-12 has fined Leach $10,000 and issued a reprimand for what he said about ASU. Leach said he believed the Sun Devils still stole signs and that he heard rumors the team has equipment at Sun Devil Stadium to enhance the practice.

    “Conference rules prohibit Pac-12 member institutions from disparaging each other and discrediting other institutions,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

    Arizona State coach Todd Graham responded to Leach’s comments by referencing the integrity of ASU’s program. The conversation about sign-stealing was a sequel to the discussion the two publicly had in 2015 when Leach first leveled accusations of sign-stealing against Arizona State.

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    Arizona State and Washington State play Saturday night.

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  • Happy Hour: Your thoughts on potentially limiting Cup drivers in lower series

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Welcome to Happy Hour. As always, you can tweet or email us your NASCAR thoughts 24/7 at the links below.

    Y’all were moved by NASCAR saying earlier this week there was a possibility of a limitation on Sprint Cup Series drivers in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.

    Any limitation would be imposed in 2017 and if the internet is any example, will be met with open arms by a vast majority of NASCAR fans. Cup drivers competing in lower series races has become one of the biggest NASCAR topics of the past few years.

    Part of that likely has to do with Kyle Busch. 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion has dominated the Xfinity Series over the past 10 seasons. Over half of his 169 career NASCAR wins have come in the series and he’s won an average of 7.6 races in each of those 10 seasons despite competing in about 70 percent of the series’ races in that same span.

    NASCAR won’t be making any decisions that hurt the bottom line.

  • Spread Options: Dr. Saturday's Week 8 picks against the spread

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Well we didn’t go under .500 last week. We were 5-5 in Week 7, bringing the season total to 26-40-4. Keep fading.

    Miami (+6.5) at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. ET THURSDAY: Both teams enter after surprising losses. The Hurricanes lost to North Carolina while Virginia Tech fell at Syracuse. The Hurricanes are No. 57 in total offense while Virginia Tech is No. 59, though those ranks are a bit misleading. Miami’s offense has been much more efficient, averaging over 7 yards per play. Virginia Tech is at 5.47.

    BYU at Boise State (-6.5), 10:15 p.m. ET THURSDAY: BYU is the master of close games; six of its seven games this season have been decided by a possession. Boise State got a big lead against Colorado State and let up in the second half last week, making the game seem closer than it was in the third quarter. No let up this week for the Broncos, who win by 10.

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  • Ex-Virginia receiver files suit over allegations of hazing and bullying

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    A former Virginia wide receiver has filed a suit vs. the school and other individuals because of the way he was treated while a member of the football team.

    Aidan Howard filed the Title IX suit Friday in a U.S. District Court according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines. Howard alleges he suffered a broken orbital bone as part of an initiation fight egged on by wide receivers Doni Dowling and David Eldridge in August.

    The suit names Dowling and Eldridge as defendants along with wide receivers coach Marques Hagans and says members of the UVA coaching staff knew he suffered the right eye injury but didn’t issue any punishments.

    It alleges UVA “fostered a culture of bullying, harassment, and discrimination,” that hazing incidents were common, and that the school violated federal Title IX rules regarding harassment and discrimination. The school’s president and athletic director are also named as defendants.

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. to be in NBC booth for Talladega and Martinsville

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be on your television in more than just commercials for the next two Sundays.

    Junior will serve as a guest analyst for NBC during their coverage of Talladega on Sunday and next week’s race at Martinsville.

    “I’m excited to see these races from a different vantage point and hopefully offer some insight to the viewers,” Earnhardt said in a statement. “I thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity to broadcast the Xfinity race at Michigan earlier this year, so I expect getting to spend time in the booth with the NBC team to be just as fun.”

    Junior is currently sitting out the rest of the 2016 season because of a concussion he suffered over the summer. He’s said his rehab is progressing well and expects to be back in the No. 88 for the 2017 Daytona 500.

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    Alex Bowman and Jeff Gordon have filled in for Junior in his absence. Bowman will be in the car at Talladega while Gordon will possibly make the final Sprint Cup Series start of his career at Martinsville.

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  • 2 Minnesota players contesting restraining order that prevents playing in home games

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    A restraining order has been filed against two Minnesota football players.

    The temporary order was filed in Hennepin County District Court against running back Carlton Djam and defensive lineman Tamarion Johnson. Accordingto the St. Paul Pioneer Press, it was filed by a woman who works Minnesota games at TCF Bank Stadium, meaning the restraining order would prevent the two from being in attendance at home games.

    From the Pioneer-Press:

    The restraining order stems from an early morning incident Sept. 2, Hutton said. The incident included allegations of sexual assault, a Minneapolis police report said.

    University spokesman Evan Lapinska said in a statement: “It would not be appropriate for the University to comment on this matter to the extent it relates to University students. The University reaffirms, however, that it will honor and comply with court orders.”

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