Nick Bromberg

  • VOD: 6-year-old Owen Provencher's day as a Cal football player

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 12 mins ago

    6-year-old Owen Provencher got to spend a day with the Cal football team recently. If the team needs any help at wide receiver in 12 years or so, he's probably worth a scholarship offer. He's got some good hands.

    Provencher has cystic fibrosis and got to hang out with some Cal football players recently. He also got to meet coach Sonny Dykes, the first person he meets in the video. He even got his hair cut at the Cal barbershop.

    His father, Gary, is a Cal grad and the trip was set up through Cal's equipment director. Gary said Owen slept in his Cal jersey that night.

    Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes mucus buildup in the body. Here's a sample of Provencher's typical day from the Cal site:

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  • MAC will not hold events in Indiana because of religious-freedom law

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    The Mid-American Conference is boycotting Indiana because of its new religious-freedom law.

    The commissioner of the MAC, John Steinbrecher, told ESPN that the conference will not hold meetings in the state until the law is changed or repealed.

    "The Mid-American Conference will not schedule any more meetings or championships in Indiana until this current matter is brought to a sensible and appropriate conclusion," Steinbrecher told the site.

    When the law was passed last week, the NCAA issued a strongly-worded statementthat threatened the existence of NCAA events in the state if the law continued. The NCAA is based in Indianapolis.

    The MAC holds its annual presidents' meetings in Indianapolis. The football conference championship game is held in Detroit. A petition has already been created to move the Big Ten title game out of Indianapolis.

    From the AP:

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  • NCCU player injured in crash that kills other student

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    North Carolina Central defensive back Tariq Jacobs was injured in a crash Tuesday evening in Durham, N.C., that killed Chekeria Reid.

    Reid, also a NCCCU student, was a manager for both the football and women's basketball teams.

    According to ABC 11 in Raleigh-Durham, Jacobs was taken to Duke Hospital after the crash. His injuries were not specified. The accident is under investigation and speed is believed to possibly be a factor.

    Jacobs, a sophomore, didn't record any statistics as a member of the team in 2014. North Carolina Central's football team went 7-5 in 2014 – including a loss to East Carolina – and has FBS teams Florida International and Duke on its schedule in 2015.

    The school said a memorial service will be held for Reid at 4 p.m. Wednesday at O'Kelly Riddick Stadium.

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  • Power Rankings: No, we're not bleeding air from them

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 16 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. Kevin Harvick (LW: 1): Goodbye, top-two finish streak. You served Harvick well. He had to settle for a paltry eighth-place finish despite leading 154 laps. Because he led the most laps, he actually got more points (38) for finishing eighth than Danica Patrick did for finishing seventh (37). If you're looking for fun coincidences, we've got one for you. Where was the last track Harvick didn't finish in the top two at before Sunday? Yep, you've got it. Martinsville.

    4. Kurt Busch (LW: 3): Let's stay on the power steering problems agenda, shall we? Busch had them too, though his came later in the race. He also got a penalty for changing lanes before the restart that was later rescinded. Without power steering, Busch wrestled the car to a 14th-place finish. He's now 24th in the points standings despite missing those first three races of the season.

    Dropped Out: Paul Menard

  • Ryan Newman loses 75 points after tire manipulation penalty

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 18 hrs ago

    Tire manipulation is a confirmed reality in the Sprint Cup Series.

    Just days after drivers and crew chiefs commented on the talk surrounding tire tampering in the Sprint Cup Series garage, NASCAR leveled a big 75-point penalty against Ryan Newman and the No. 31 team for issues found with the team's tires at Auto Club Speedway.

    NASCAR had been taking tires from some teams after races for audits as suspicions of teams drilling holes in the tires to regulate air pressure became public (Newman's team was one of the teams who had tires taken after the race on March 22). Tuesday, NASCAR docked Newman the points and suspended crew chief Luke Lambert, tire technician James Bender and team engineer Philip Surgen for the next six races. Lambert was also fined $125,000.

    The standard P5 penalties are 50 points and a $75,000 fine for Lambert. However, the points penalty was increased 25 points and the fine increased $50,000 because the infractions were found after the race. Newman finished fifth at ACS. He was asked about manipulation rumors on Friday after qualifying at Martinsville and concluded his answer with "I'm not worried about anything."

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  • Kyle Larson released from hospital, not cleared to drive yet

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 18 hrs ago

    Kyle Larson was released from a Charlotte-area hospital Monday evening. However, the driver of the No. 42 car is still not cleared to drive in the Cup Series.

    “After extensive testing and observation over the last few days, Kyle Larson was released from the hospital last night and has finished up final tests today," a Chip Ganassi Racing statement said. "He is currently waiting for final doctor recommendations in order to clear him to return to all NASCAR related activities.”

    The Sprint Cup Series is off Sunday because of the Easter holiday. The next race is Saturday, April 11 at Texas Motor Speedway.

    Larson missed Sunday's race when he fainted after an autograph sessionon Saturday. He was taken for tests -- tests that the team said found no issues -- but was told by doctors that he needed to miss Sunday's race for further tests.

    Regan Smith drove the No. 42 in his absence and finished 16th. Larson is now 24th in the points standings.

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  • Ohio State waiting for NCAA to respond in Miller photo issue

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    Ohio State is waiting for the NCAA's response to determine if the photo quarterback Braxton Miller posted to Instagram last week is in violation of any NCAA rules.

    Miller posted a photo with himself next to a stack of AdvoCare supplements. The caption to the photo included Miller's name in an email address to purchase products. While NCAA athletes are not prohibited from selling AdvoCare products, use of their likeness to promote the business is prohibited.

    The picture was deleted shortly after it was posted and Ohio State said last Wednesday that it was looking into the issue. According to the Columbus Dispatch, OSU's compliance department immediately interviewed Miller and the findings after the department's investigation were forwarded to the NCAA.

    “Waiting for NCAA response,” athletic director Gene Smith said per the Dispatch.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Don't ever change, Martinsville

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 22 hrs ago

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The back road to Martinsville dips and turns through the woods. There are a few houses on each side. Then, suddenly, there are cars parked along the side of the road. We’re close to the track?

    After parking, the walk continues down the road. A sign with “17” stands in the middle of a field that’s used as a makeshift parking lot. We take a right into the field.

    Up a short hill, the grandstands appear.

    If you’ve never been to Martinsville and wonder if the descriptions of its rural location are hyperbole, they’re not. The track basically sits in a bowl, with hills and trees all around. Houses too. And the train tracks, which run along the backstretch and separate the track from the helipad, which is essentially a flat spot of land where helicopters shuttling drivers and VIPs take off and land.

    Sunday was my first time at Martinsville, and I also have a confession to make. It was my first Sprint Cup Series race as a fan. I started covering Sprint Cup races as an 18-year-old but never had been to one as a fan. Previously, if I’d been at a Cup race, I’d been there to work. This time was different.

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  • NASCAR says it's 'disappointed' in Indiana religious-freedom law

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 23 hrs ago

    NASCAR said Tuesday it was disappointed in the recent measure to enact a religious-freedom law in Indiana.

    The measure has come under intense scrutiny since it passed because many believe it opens the door to discrimination against certain groups on religious grounds.

    "NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana," chief communications officer Brett Jewkes said in a statement. "We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race."

    Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence said he stood by the law, which goes into effect on July 1, but that he could have handled it better. He also said it doesn't encourage or allow discrimination.

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  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney loves his moped anonymity

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Attention residents of Clemson, S.C., we have a game for you. Notice coach Dabo Swinney on his moped.

    After safety Jabar Johnson wore a non-contact jersey at practice on Monday after he had an incident with a moped, Swinney was asked about his scooter opinion. Instead of pontificating about the risks of the automated transportation, he supported the method.

    "They have to handle their business," Swinney said via TigerIllustrated.com. "Wear helmets and be safe whether you're in a car or a moped or a bike. Sometimes there are things you don't control. I ride a moped, wear a helmet. I cruise all over town and nobody knows who I am. I love it. It's fun."

    For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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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!