Nick Bromberg

  • North Carolina updates uniforms for 2015 (Photos)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    North Carolina will have new football uniforms for 2015 that incorporate the school's argyle pattern.

    The updated uniforms are part of a school-wide "refresh." According to Nike, the school's 28 teams will all have consistent lettering, logos and numerals in 2015 and beyond.

    “We are excited to once again partner with Nike, one of the most recognizable brands in the world, to help us refresh and refine our marks and logos,” North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. “The changes are subtle, but they celebrate our history and create consistency as we further seek to distinguish our brand.  This is our blue and we’re proud of it.” 

    The new football uniforms have the argyle on the collar on the home uniforms.

    Here's a sample of what North Carolina wore in 2014.

    The new uniforms look nice. And clean, which is a big deal as far as we're concerned. Thankfully North Carolina wasn't inspired by TCU's new uniformsand went with an argyle pattern all over the football jerseys.

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  • Danica Patrick now has the most top-10 finishes by a woman in the Cup Series

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Danica Patrick set a record with her ninth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

    The race marked Patrick's sixth top-10 finish of her career in the Sprint Cup Series, breaking a tie she had with Janet Guthrie for the most top-10 finishes by a woman in NASCAR's top level.

    Guthrie, who made her debut in what's now the Cup Series in 1976, had five top 10s in 33 career starts over a span of four seasons. Sunday night was Patrick's sixth top 10 in 90 Cup Series starts.

    Guthrie's highest finish of her career – coincidentally enough – came at Bristol in 1977, where she finished sixth. Patrick's best finish is also sixth. She snagged that at Atlanta last fall.

    Throughout much of Sunday's race, it was hard to envision how Patrick would get a top 10. She didn't run poorly by any stretch of the imagination; she was in the top 20 for most of the evening. She just found her car pointing the wrong direction in the aftermath of crashes ahead of her on more than one occasion.

     

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  • Matt Kenseth survives Bristol marathon to break winless streak

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

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    Matt Kenseth is back. In victory lane, that is.

    Kenseth won Sunday's Food City 500, a race delayed multiple times by rain and plagued with accidents that took out some of the race's top contenders. The win was Kenseth's first since he won at New Hampshire in September 2013, a span of 51 races.

    To clinch the victory, Kenseth had to hold off Jimmie Johnson and others in a green-white-checkered restart that came only after NASCAR stopped the race for a third rain delay and extended it 11 laps past the scheduled 500 laps to make sure it got completed.

    "It means a lot. I got a great race team. Last year was tough and not winning so far this year was tough, Kenseth said while motioning towards his crew. "We've been putting ourselves in position, I really need to thank [crew chief Jason Ratcliff] and these guys, our pit stops have ben great and I haven't been doing as good a job, the cars haven't been as good, but these guys have been really doing it."

    It eventually did, but not before NASCAR red-flagged the race to dry the track for what would be the final two green flag laps.

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  • Ezekiel Elliott wins Sullivan Award

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Ezekiel Elliott has collected another honor stemming from his 2014 season.

    The Ohio State running back won the 2014 AAU Sullivan Award on Sunday afternoon. The award is given to the top amateur athlete.

    Elliott beat out Shawn Barber, Simone Biles, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Katie Ledecky and Jahlil Okafor. Barber is a pole vaulter from Akron, Biles is a U.S. gymnast, Davis and White are U.S. ice dancers, Ledecky is a U.S. swimmer and Okafor won the basketball national title with Duke earlier in April.

    In his acceptance speech, Elliott said he couldn't imagine winning a gold medal in the Olympics. Ledecky won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. He thanked his parents, coaches and teammates at Ohio State.

    "Football's a team sport and I'm nothing without my boys around me," Elliott said.

    Playing the entire season with a broken left wrist, Elliott was Ohio State's driving force in the final three games of the year as the Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff. He finished with 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns.

    Last year's winner was former Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel.

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  • Penske cars crash in the early laps at Bristol

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    After rain soaked Bristol Motor Speedway for most of Sunday morning, NASCAR took advantage of a brief respite from the wet conditions to start the Food City 500 as soon as it could.

    And the hustle to start the race did not work out well for the two Team Penske cars of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

    Keselowski was running third and attempting to lap a car when the back end of his car snapped around off a corner. He tried to save it, but as he did, Logano (running fourth) got into the gas and into Keselowski and the two hit the inside wall.

    Not long after the crash, which happened on lap 19, it started to rain again and the race was red-flagged after 22 of a scheduled 500 laps (Bristol laps take approximately 15 seconds to complete, so you can do the math as to how long the stint lasted).

    Both cars sustained heavy damage and Logano took his car directly behind the wall.

    The race eventually started again later Sunday and Matt Kenseth won.

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  • Florida's J.C. Jackson arrested on armed robbery charge

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Florida defensive back J.C. Jackson is charged with armed robbery after he went over to an acquaintance's residence on Saturday.

    According to police, Jackson visited with two men who the occupants of the apartment didn't know. Then Jackson left, leaving the two unknown men at the apartment. One pulled a gun on the residents, took things, and left.

    From the Gainesville Sun:

    At 3:45 p.m. Jerald Christopher “J.C.” Jackson came to visit an apartment of an acquaintance in a complex at 4400 SW 20th Ave. but entered the home with two men who were unknown to the people who lived there, according to a Gainesville Police Department report. Jackson quickly took off and left the strangers inside, and one of them pulled out a handgun,

    Here's @GainesvillePD summary on arrest of Gator football player JC Jackson. pic.twitter.com/BdpwmzjNwV

    Jackson redshirted in 2014 after he suffered a shoulder injury. He was a four-star recruit in the class of 2014 and set to be a possible starter in 2015.

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  • Report: 5-star UCLA signee arrested for allegedly fleeing police

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Five-star UCLA commit Soso Jamabo was reportedly arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly fled police.

    According to the Dallas Morning News, Jamabo, who attends Plano West High School, was booked at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

    Jamabo, 18, was held on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle, minor consumption of alcohol, minor in possession of alcohol, speeding, driving without possessing a driver’s license and disregarding a stop sign. He remained jailed Sunday morning.

    Details about the police allegations weren’t immediately available. Kemp police, who arrested Jamabo, didn’t immediately respond to a request for information.

    Jamabo is a crown jewel of UCLA's recruiting class. He's the No. 4 running back in the class of 2015 according to Rivals and the No. 22 player overall. He's one of three five-star signees UCLA hauled in on National Signing Day, helping the Bruins have the No. 13 recruiting class.

    For more UCLA news, visit BruinSportsReport.com.

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  • RCR appeals tire penalty to final appeals officer

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Richard Childress Racing isn't satisfied with the decision it got from NASCAR's appeals panel Thursday.

    The team has decided to appeal its tire penalty from California to NASCAR's final appeals officer. NASCAR's appeal panel upheld the violation for manipulating tires but reduced the penalty assessed to the teamby 25 points to 50 (and crew chief Luke Lambert's fine by $50,000) on administrative grounds.

    NASCAR teams are granted two attempts at a penalty appeal.

    RCR has appealed #31 team P5 penalty to Final Appeals Officer (Bryan Moss). Administrator has granted deferral of suspensions, fines #NASCAR

    The deferral of the suspensions means that Lambert, tire tech James Bender and engineer Philip Surgen can work at Bristol. The three were suspended for six races for the penalty and the suspensions were upheld on Thursday.

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  • Matt Kenseth wins pole at Bristol

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Matt Kenseth's streak of fast cars at Bristol is continuing.

    Kenseth won his second career pole at the half-mile track on Friday, beating out Brad Keselowski for the top spot.

    While Kenseth's last pole came in 2005, he's been very good at Bristol in recent years, even if his finishes don't completely show it. Kenseth has led laps in the last seven Bristol races and had one of the best cars in last yea's spring race despite sustaining damage early in the race after he was run into from behind.

    Carl Edwards, winner of last year's race after an accidental pressing of the caution lights button and a fortuitously-timed rain shower, qualified third. Kevin Harvick was fourth while Denny Hamlin was fifth. David Ragan, teammate to Kenseth, Edwards and Hamlin, qualified 11th.

    Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top eight, which means the first four rows for Sunday's race are filled with drivers who have previously won at Bristol.

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  • Big Ten pens paper discussing idea of freshman ineligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The Big Ten isn't backing down from its stance that freshmen should be ineligible.

    The league released a 12-page paper on Friday titled "Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us" that elaborated on a possible recommendation of potential freshman ineligibility for football and men's basketball players.

    The league made sure to explicitly say that the idea was not a proposal. Rather it portrayed it as an examination of the current state of the main revenue-producing college sports. It cited the O'Bannon lawsuit and the efforts at Northwestern to unionize, two movements that highlighted the revenue and attention that athletes bring in to universities. It also called the NCAA a "house of cards" if education was not prioritized among athletes and cited data that said football and men's basketball were last in academic progress and graduation rate.

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