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  • Brian Vickers back in the Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    Brian Vickers will make his 2015 Sprint Cup debut at Las Vegas on Sunday.

    Vickers missed the first two races of the season after offseason heart surgery to address a complication from a patch that was inserted in his heart in 2010. And he said Friday that doctors originally weren't committal about his ability to return to driving in 2015.

    "Going into the surgery, it was certainly a question I asked several times throughout the process, right?" Vickers said. "'Am I going to be able to race again,' and early on it was like – I think they were trying to set expectations and they were like, 'It's not looking good.' They didn't want to say no, but they were a far cry from yes"

    However, as he continued, Vickers said he had learned over the recent years that racing didn't define him. He missed time in 2010 with blood clots and after Red Bull Racing shut down following the 2011 season, he was without a ride. He drove part-time for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012 and 2013, winning at New Hampshire in his second part-time season, and it led to a full-time deal in 2014 with the team.

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  • Ineligible receiver downfield rule change proposal tabled

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    The ineligible receiver downfield rule won't be changing for 2015.

    According to a release by the NCAA, the NCAA rules committee tabled a proposal that would limit the cushion linemen and players declared ineligible would have to go downfield. Currently, there is a three-yard cushion. The rule change would have dropped it to one yard, which is like the NFL rule.

    Panel members, who met on a teleconference Thursday, felt more discussion about the rule should take place within the college football community before a final decision is made. Additionally, the panel was concerned about the lack of participation in the rules process by head coaches, both in the survey process and comment period. Specifically, while 57 percent of Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches supported this proposed change in the initial survey, only 65 FBS head coaches participated in the survey. Also, while 54 percent of FBS head coaches were supportive of the rule change in the comment period, only 46 FBS head coaches offered comments.

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  • Engineer who helped with racing safety now focusing on football helmets

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Dr. Dean Sicking is one of the men lauded with the creation of the SAFER barrier in auto racing. And now he's wanting to help advance safety in football.

    According to CBS Sports, Sicking is going to test a new football helmet that he says is designed to reduce concussions by 75 percent. When testing begins in October, Sicking hopes for a 50 percent reduction.

    “Much of the football helmet industry sticks to the mantra, ‘We can't prevent concussions' and that's where they stop,” Sicking told CBS. “They try to improve themselves on arcane procedures that are designed to prevent skull fractures but doesn't do anything to prevent concussions.”

    Perhaps a bit ironically, Sicking is a professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. UAB dropped football after the 2014 season.

    It's the same type of thing Sicking wants to do with his football helmets  – he wants the helmet to absorb as much of the energy from a hit as possible. To do that, he said he's used a different type of outer shell on the helmet. However, he didn't reveal to CBS what it is.

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  • Former USC receiver Marqise Lee suing over insurance policy

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Marqise Lee was considered a first round prospect in the 2014 NFL draft before the 2013 college football season.

    However, the former USC wide receiver was hampered by a left knee injury throughout the season and fell to the second round of the 2014 draft. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 39th pick.

    Before the season, he took out a loss-of-value insurance policy on his draft status with Lloyd's of London. And now he's suing the insurance company, saying it owes him money after his fall in the draft.

    From the Orange County Register:

    The policy guaranteed him the difference between his rookie NFL contract and a $9.6 million baseline – up to $5 million. Lee’s four-year deal with Jacksonville is worth $5,175,016.

    Lee submitted a detailed medical questionnaire and physical exam when he procured the policy. When he sought to collect on the claim for the $4.525 million difference, two weeks after draft day, he filed a proof of loss form, including more than two dozen pages of medical data that show his knee was treated throughout the Trojans’ 2013 season.

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  • Brad Keselowski to run 2 awesome retro paint schemes in 2015

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 10 hrs ago

    No other Sprint Cup Series team is going to run a collection of cars in 2015 better than the No. 2 team.

    We've already expressed our love for Brad Keselowski's regular all-white scheme and on Thursday night in Las Vegas, Team Penske revealed two cars that Keselowski would run later in the season.

    One is a replica of the black and gold No. 2 that Rusty Wallace drove. Keselowski will drive it at Michigan.

    Midnight will be back! #25years #NASCAR @keselowski @MillerLite pic.twitter.com/uUDq1sTaRJ

    The other is a copy of the car that Bobby Allison used to drive with Miller sponsorship.

    .@keselowski will also drive Bobby Allison’s 1983 scheme later this year! h/t @TheMikeBagley pic.twitter.com/bglB1sb0yT

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  • Happy Hour: Kurt Busch and more

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Happy Hour is back, back again. Happy Hour is back, back, tell a friend.

    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.

    Well, the scenario of conflict just happened for NASCAR.

    With the Thursday announcement by the Delaware Department of Justice that Kurt Busch would not be criminally charged in the Sept. 26 incident between he and ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, NASCAR got the perception scenario it was dreading. If Busch would face criminal charges, the sanctioning body would look proactive and correct. Without the charges, does it look reactionary and overbearing?

    Let's get to the reaction.

    In light of Kurt Busch NOT being criminally charged, I would consider this an awkward moment for NASCAR; lawfully, a person is assumed innocent unless proven guilty, and Kurt is not going to be charged - must less proven guilty - with domestic abuse. I would assume NASCAR owes him an apology, 'cause at this point his suspension is over nothing more than allegations and assumptions. - John

  • NASCAR: Kurt Busch still suspended despite lack of charges

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    NASCAR said Thursday afternoon that Kurt Busch is still indefinitely suspended despite the Delaware Department of Justice announcing that it wouldn't press criminal charges against the driverregarding an allegation of domestic assault.

    "NASCAR is aware of the Delaware Department of Justice announcement today regarding driver Kurt Busch," a statement said. "As we disclosed Monday, he has accepted the terms and conditions of a reinstatement program and is activelly participating in the program. Kurt Busch's eligibility for reinstatement will continue to be governed by that program and the NASCAR Rule Book, though the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges certainly removes a significant impediment to his reinstatement."

    The sanctioning body hasn't publicly said what the timeline for Busch's reinstatement would be either before or after the announcement of no charges.

    Thursday evening, Stewart-Haas Racing issued a statement:

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  • Urban Meyer teases OSU football's upcoming dance performance (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Are members of the Ohio State football team dancing at halftime of Sunday's men's basketball game against Wisconsin intrigue you?

    If you're bored on Sunday afternoon, you may want to tune in.

    Coach Urban Meyer tweeted a teaser on Thursday.

    Our players will join the Dance Team on Sunday for their halftime performance at bball game against Wisc. Go Bucks! pic.twitter.com/0As85uoM7u

    We're guessing the song won't be "Jump Around." Our suggestion is this late 1990s gem. It's one of the greatest songs of all time and the dance moves seem relatively easy.

    In February, Wisconsin's players joined in with the Wisconsin dance team at a game against Illinois.

    The game is at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. If you miss it, don't worry, we'll be on the lookout for video.

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    Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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  • Kurt Busch won't be criminally charged after domestic assault accusations

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Suspended Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch will not be facing charges from the September incident with ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll.

    The Delware Department of Justice announced Thursday there was insufficient evidence to charge Busch with a crime. Driscoll had accused Busch of domestic assault on Sept. 26, saying he slammed her head against the wall of his motorhome. Busch had denied the accusations.

    The statement is below:

    The Delaware Department of Justice has carefully reviewed the complaint made of an alleged act of domestic violence involving Kurt Busch in Dover on September 26, 2014, which was reported to the Dover Police Department on November 5, 2014 and investigated. After a thorough consideration of all of the available information about the case, it is determined that the admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Busch committed a crime during the September 26th incident. Likelihood of meeting that high burden of proof is the standard for prosecutors in bringing a case. For this reason, the Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges in this case.

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  • Former UNC OL Ryan Hoffman is homeless in Florida

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Former North Carolina offensive lineman Ryan Hoffman is homeless and battling mental illness.

    A sad and must-read profile from the New York Times details Hoffman's search for money and places to sleep, his lack of short term memory and his battles with addiction.

    He said he started having dangerous thoughts when he was a senior at North Carolina in 1997. He started putting things in plastic bags around his residence to remember where they were. He wasn't drafted in the NFL draft and things spiraled after college.

    From the Times:

    Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong. They prescribed Xanax and Adderall, and diagnosed a laundry list of psychological disorders: depression, schizoaffective disorder, manic depression, borderline personality disorder, anger impulse control disorder.

    Soon, Hoffman was divorced and he couldn't hold a job.

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