Nick Bromberg

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

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr 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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  • Random Recap: The 2004 Daytona 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 hrs ago

    Welcome to Random Recaps, a weekly feature at From The Marbles. In this space, we'll recap a random race from the past at the track the where Sprint Cup Series is racing next. This week's race is the 2004 Daytona 500.And as always, Random Recap is truly random thanks to Random.org.

    The final laps of the Daytona 500 came down to a one-on-one battle between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart. Junior won out.

    The son of NASCAR's seven-time champion got his first Daytona 500 win by beating the 2002 Winston Cup champion.

    Junior took the lead from Stewart for the last 20 laps and while Stewart was able to make multiple charges, sometimes with an assist from Kurt Busch, a lapped car, he wasn't able to clear Junior, who had a gap of nearly three-tenths of a second at the finish.

    It's not a stretch to say the two best cars were battling for the win. Stewart, whose machine was repaired for the race after a practice crash, led 98 laps while Junior, who started on the pole by virtue of Greg Biffle's engine change, led 58. No other driver led more than 16.

    The win is the 10th of Junior's career.

  • Jim Harbaugh throws out first pitch at Tigers game (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    The college football coach first pitch tour continued Tuesday night. With Jim Harbaugh, of course.

    The Michigan coach threw out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers game. You can tell he used to play a position that required a lot of throwing. And no, we're not surprised at all he was wearing khakis.

    .@CoachJim4UM threw out tonight's first pitch! pic.twitter.com/N6xyurYMIK

    The pitch isn't the best part of it though. Harbaugh was wearing the jersey of former Detroit pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych and his windup was pretty close to Fidrych's. It's not exact, but you can see the similarities.

    Check out Harbaugh jersey. One of his favorite players pic.twitter.com/NOf7dYRVyt

    He also got some pretty sweet seats after the game.

    Doesn't get much better than at the Ball Park with my Beautiful wife Sarah! Also great to see Verlander on the mound! pic.twitter.com/9cFcAzDFl3

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  • UAB and coach Bill Clark working on long-term deal

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    Now that football is back at UAB after a brief hiatus, coach Bill Clark wants to stay with the school.

    Clark told Al.com that he's working with the school on a new long-term contract. He said his current deal runs through the end of 2016 and needs a new deal to help recruit. UAB's athletic director said negotiations were ongoing.

    "It's going to be a commitment to myself and my family, and my staff that we want to be here, we're going to be here," Clark told the site. "But it's our school saying, 'Football is here to stay, this is our coach, this is his staff. We're going to commit to him and the things it takes to do it the right way.' "

     "Having Bill because of all his relationships, for all the reasons UAB hired him, is an advantage," said Ingram, who in May was hired as athletic director, one month before school president Ray Watts announced football's return. "Trying to do this without coach would be really, really hard. Really, really hard."

     

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  • Reports: Daytona to hold Confederate flag exchange program

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 18 hrs ago

    Fans heading to Sunday's Coke Zero 400 will have the opportunity to get rid of their Confederate flag if they so choose.

    According to reports from NBC Sports and the Orlando Sentinel, Daytona International Speedway is hosting a Confederate flag exchange program over the race weekend.

    A track spokesperson told NBC that specifics for the program have not been finalized.

    “We want to be open and inclusive,” Daytona president Joie Chitwood told the Orlando Sentinel.“We want to celebrate the American flag this weekend. That’s the flag that we should be celebrating. We’re going to have flags available so if fans want to exchange whatever flags they have for an American flag, we want to make sure they wave our nation’s flag. It’s our nation’s birthday. We’re going to have military there. That’s going to be our goal."

  • Report: Alosi had previously been unhappy with Combs' absence

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    Apparent discontent with Justin Combs' absence at team workouts was reportedly nothing new at UCLA.

    According to TMZ, UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi previously used the son of P. Diddy missing workouts as an example to the team.

    Sources connected to UCLA's football program tell TMZ Sports ... the humiliating incident went down in February. Coach Sal Alosi had several players in the the gym for a training sesh, which Justin missed because he was at the NBA All-Star game.

    We're told Alosi openly mocked Justin by putting a pic of him at the game -- next to Diddy and Ben Stiller ... in all the gym monitors. We're told Alosi told players ... "While you guys are training, this guy is sitting courtside with his dad." The pic remained up for 24 hours.

    A spokesperson for Diddy has said the rapper was acting in self-defense. UCLA coach Jim Mora has commended his staff for the way they handled the situation.

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  • Power Rankings: The tires cut short Truex's ride at the top

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 23 hrs ago

    Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com.

    1. Jimmie Johnson (LW: 2): Oh, Johnson was an absolute sitting duck on the final caution flag for Casey Mears' broken axle. Had Johnson pitted, lots of cars behind him likely would have stayed out. So Johnson stayed out, and everyone else behind him came in. He had a great car and did a pretty damn good job to hold on to sixth with old tires while everyone else behind him had fresh ones. But it was the right call to stay out. He was simply damned no matter what happened.

    5. Joey Logano (LW: 5): "What? Why is Joey Logano here? He was hardly a factor all race and he must have finished back int he pack somewhere." *Checks standings.* "Ohhhhhh." Logano finished fifth on Sunday, another driver who capitalized on fresh tires at the end of the race. Logano was near the front of the field when the final caution came and went from eighth to fifth on the final green flag stint.

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  • Jim Harbaugh once played chess and drank milk with now-recruit

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    We doubt Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin had any idea they could have been recruiting for many years into the future when they stopped by the Murphy household on a recruiting trip for Stanford.

    Yes, this is another random Harbaugh story.

    While the two were coaching the Cardinal they were recruiting Trent Murphy, a defensive end in the class of 2009. When they stopped by the Murphy household for a visit, Trent's parents weren't there. They were at the hospital as Laurie Murphy was pregnant with their seventh child and was having labor pains.

    "It was either go home, get ready for Jim Harbaugh or get my wife to the hospital," Jerry Murphy told Sports 360. "Well my wife’s going to win. We went to the hospital. We thought it was going to be a routine visit, just go there and leave … by the time we left, we were at the hospital for a good five hours."

    For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

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  • Akron president says he would not have built football stadium

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Akron struggled getting fans into the seats of InfoCision Stadium in 2014. And those attendance struggles are making the president of the school second guess the decision to build the new stadium a handful of years ago.

    The Zips attracted just over 55,000 fans last year. Yes, that's for an entire season. In case you were wondering, each of the top 30 teams in FBS attendance in 2014 each averaged more than Akron's season total per game.

    InfoCision Stadium seats 30,000.

    In an interview with the Akron Beacon-Journal, the president of the university was pretty straightforward when asked about the stadium built in 2009.

    Even UA President Scott Scarborough, who took over last year, is lukewarm on InfoCision Stadium.

    “I would not have built that stadium,” he said, putting extra emphasis on the word “that” during a recent interview with the Beacon Journal editorial board.

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  • The rainbow car is back: Gordon to run special scheme at Bristol

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    If you were wanting Jeff Gordon to run a rainbow throwback car during 2015, your wish has been granted.

    Gordon will drive a car similar to his iconic car of the 1990s at Bristol in August. He's vacating the seat of the No. 24 at the end of the season and moving to a broadcast role with Fox Sports in 2016.

    NEWS: @JeffGordonWeb to run iconic #Rainbow24 scheme at THE Night Race! #ItsBristolBaby #ITNR RT if you're pumped! pic.twitter.com/TkwRjjCnpY

    You'll notice one difference right away. And it's Axalta instead of DuPont. The Carlyle Group bought DuPont in 2013 and the company became Axalta. The sponsorship with Gordon stayed.

    If you're drawing a blank on what the original rainbow car looked like, here it is.

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