Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs 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.
Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs 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.
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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Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs 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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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs 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.
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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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs 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.
"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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Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 16 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.
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.
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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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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Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day 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."
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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