Nick Bromberg

  • Report: 17 women reported assaults by 19 Baylor players since 2011

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 48 mins ago

    Nearly 20 Baylor players have been accused of assault since 2011.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, regents for the university say 17 women have accused 19 football players of “sexual or domestic assaults” over the last five years. The report also states that fired coach Art Briles met with Baylor regents in two days before his dismissal.

    Briles was fired after the release of the Pepper Hamilton investigation commissioned by the university into its handling of sexual assault accusations. Among its numerous findings, the summary found, without citing many specifics, that Baylor football staffers hadn’t correctly dealt with accusations of sexual assault.

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  • Is Martinsville Jeff Gordon's last Cup race? Probably, but 'never say never'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago

    Jeff Gordon isn’t making a firm commitment that Sunday’s race at Martinsville is his last Sprint Cup Series race.

    The defending Martinsville champion came out of retirement to fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon has driven seven races in 2016 for Junior and Sunday is set to be his eighth and final race in the No. 88.

    “Your guess is as good as mine, Gordon said with a laugh when he was asked if Sunday was his last race. “I can promise you I had no intentions of this happening, but here I am. Never say never is all I know what to say. I really don’t think that I will be getting back in the Cup car again, but go ask [team owner] Rick Hendrick. That really has more to do with him than anything else.

    “I hope in the future that the drivers don’t have a situation like what we had with Junior where they need somebody to fill in for them …  If I had to do it, then certainly I would, but I don’t anticipate it.”

    Gordon’s teammate Jimmie Johnson wasn’t so sure Sunday would be Gordon’s final Cup start.

    If Gordon is done in the Cup Series, he’ll finish his career with 93 wins in 805 starts and four Sprint Cup titles.

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  • Hamlin says if JGR didn't do Talladega strategy it'd have been 'dumbest group in history'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago

    Denny Hamlin strongly supports what his teammates did at Talladega to advance to the third round of the Chase.

    Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth occupied the last three spots in the top 30 on Sunday as they purposefully ran behind the leaders the entire day. Each driver had a big enough cushion in the points standings to ensure moving on to the third round with a top-30 finish. There was no sense running up front and risk getting crashed.

    Thanks to a blown engine at Charlotte, the first race of the Chase’s second round, Hamlin didn’t have the same luxury his teammates did. He needed a good finish to advance. He got it, finishing third and moving on to the third round via a tiebreaker with Austin Dillon.

    Some NASCAR fans took umbrage with the strategy of Busch, Edwards and Kenseth, attempting to cite NASCAR’s paradoxical 100 percent rule implemented in 2013. It certainly looks like the teams weren’t running at “100 percent” at Talladega, right?

    And anyway, Talladega won’t be the final race of the Chase’s second round in 2017 as it swaps dates with Kansas. The successful strategy won’t be replicated. Joe Gibbs Racing has four of the eight cars remaining in the Chase.

  • Florida RB Mark Thompson not playing in UGA game after pot citation

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    Florida running back Mark Thompson isn’t going to Jacksonville for Saturday’s game vs. Georgia.

    According to the Orlando Sentinel, Thompson was cited by school police for marijuana possession just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

    UFPD spokesperson Maj. Brad Barber said the officer smelled the odor of marijuana in the car and after a search discovered Thompson in possession of fewer than 20 grams of the substance.

    Thompson was given a notice to appear for the misdemeanor violation and also cited for failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to provide proof of insurance.

    Florida announced Friday morning in an unintentionally funny tweet that Thompson wouldn’t be playing.

    Mark Thompson will not be making the trip to Jacksonville due to some choices and decisions he's made. #Gators

    — Gators Football (@GatorsFB) October 28, 2016

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  • Jimmie Johnson: 'Impossible' to pick favorite in Chase with 4 races left

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    Jimmie Johnson doesn’t think you can point to one of the eight remaining drivers in the Chase and designate a favorite.

    Johnson is in the third round of the Chase for the first time in the three-year history of the current Chase format. He got to the third round by winning the first race of the second round, his first win since the fifth race of the season.

    The six-time champion said Friday that it’s hard to find a favorite because of the excellence it takes in the third round to advance to the final round at Homestead.

    “You need to have three clean [races] or win,” Johnson said. “Three top-threes or three top fives to advance with points I believe.  It’s no layup by any means. The biggest reason why it is different is at this point there would be two or three cars you would have to worry about [in] the Chases that I have won the way the format was. Now there are eight guys on the table, and then it goes down to four with equal points at Homestead. You can’t build a feeling or pick a favorite.  It is fun to do, and it creates conversation, but it is impossible to truly pick a favorite at this point.”

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  • Big 12 eschewing division format when title game restarts in 2017

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    The rebirth of the Big 12’s championship game will feature a matchup of the top two teams in the conference.

    The Big 12 said Fridayit wouldn’t move to a division format in 2017 when the championship game comes back. The conference had left open the possibility of creating two five-team divisions and matching up the division winners in the championship game, similar to the North vs. South championship game that happened in the league from 1996-2010.

    Bowlsby’s argument only has merit if the winner of the championship game is worthy of College Football Playoff consideration. If the league’s top team enters the game undefeated and loses to a second-place team with two (or more) losses, it’s doubtful that No. 2 team would be considered for the Playoff barring chaos in the other four Power Five conferences.

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  • After road loss to USC on short rest, Cal coach calls Pac-12 scheduling a 'travesty'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Cal coach Sonny Dykes wasn’t pleased with his team’s schedule following its 45-24 loss to USC on Thursday.

    The Bears traveled to Southern Cal after playing Friday night at home vs. Oregon. That game went two overtimes before Cal won 52-49. After losing to the Trojans in a game Cal played with one fewer day of rest than normal, Dykes didn’t mince words, calling it a “travesty” and also a “disaster.”

    “The schedule has just been a disaster,” Dykes said via the Los Angeles Times. “It’s been a mess. It’s been incredibly hard on our kids from an academic standpoint.”

    It wasn’t a typical short week either. Cal is in the midst of fall midterms, so players had a short week and also had to worry about exams. And USC played the game after spending Week 8 on a bye. Cal had a bye before it played Oregon.

    USC ran all over the Bears in the 21-point win. The Trojans had 48 carries for 398 yards; an average of over eight yards a carry.

    From the Times:

    Television obligations leave “not a lot of flexibility,” Scott said

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  • Florida State WR Bobo Wilson out for Clemson game

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Florida State will be without its No. 2 receiver Saturday vs. Clemson.

    Coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday that Bobo Wilson would miss the game vs. the No. 3 Tigers. Wilson injured his right foot vs. Wake Forest in Week 7 and hasn’t practice all week after No. 12 FSU’s bye in Week 8.

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    Wilson has 30 catches for 390 yards and a touchdown in 2016. He’s the team’s second-leading receiver behind Travis Rudolph, who has 32 catches for 497 yards and three scores. Wilson is also Florida State’s main punt returner. Wilson has nine returns for 155 yards and a score.

    Fisher mentioned Auden Tate and Nyqwan Murray as players that would see playing time in Wilson’s absence. The two have a combined 13 catches for 225 yards while Tate has four touchdowns.

    Fisher had said before Florida State’s bye that he didn’t expect James to be able to suit up vs. the Tigers, who won last year’s meeting 23-13. It was the Tigers’ first win in the series since 2011.

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  • Happy Hour: Your reaction to NASCAR's lower series rule

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 22 hrs ago

    Welcome to Happy Hour. As always, you can tweet or email us your NASCAR thoughts 24/7 at the links below.

    The topic of this week’s mailbag was pretty clear once NASCAR made its announcement Wednesday about limiting Sprint Cup veterans from the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Few things get fans more riled up than Cup drivers in lower series.

    But it is funny that the Cup Series is entering its final four races of the season and the third round of the Chase and the racing isn’t the dominant topic of the week heading to Martinsville. After the laser inspection hullabaloo at Chicago, numerous people were wishing that the racing would become the dominant topic as the Chase moved along.

    Welp, here we are with a rule change that could have easily been announced in December. Let’s get to your comments.


    Ridiculous rule. No need for it. Just more confusion for fans. The complainers are at home on the couch not attending races. Absolutely no need for this. – Mark


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  • Farmers Insurance leaving Kasey Kahne's No. 5 team after 2017

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Kasey Kahne’s most identifiable Hendrick Motorsports sponsor is leaving after the expiration of its current deal.

    Farmers Insurance told Sports Business Journal that the company wouldn’t be renewing its agreement with the No. 5 team after the 2017 season. Farmers joined Hendrick Motorsports when the team signed Kahne before the 2011 season.

    A spokesperson for the company told SBJ that it had “made a strategic decision to focus on other brand activities.” Farmers initially had sponsored about two-thirds of Kahne’s races with Hendrick Motorsports and is slated to be a primary sponsor for 12 races each in 2016 and 2017.

    Farmers’ departure leaves Hendrick Motorsports with one insurance sponsor. Nationwide Insurance signed on before the 2015 season to sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr. after it it didn’t renew its title sponsorship of what’s now the Xfinity Series.

    Kahne has missed the Chase in each of his last two seasons. He qualified for the 2014 Chase with a win at Atlanta two races before the playoffs but finished 18th in 2015.

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