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  • Baylor and Art Briles officially part ways

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    Baylor and Art Briles are officially done with each other.

    The two parties released a joint statement Friday evening announcing their separation. Briles had been suspended with intent to terminate as an independent investigation regarding the school's handling of sexual assault cases had been released in May.

    Baylor University and Art Briles have mutually agreed to terminate their employment relationship, effective immediately. Both parties acknowledge that there were serious shortcomings in the response to reports of sexual violence by some student-athletes, including deficiencies in University processes and the delegation of disciplinary responsibilities within the football program. Baylor is addressing these shortcomings and making ongoing improvements.

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    Two players who were members of the Baylor team while Briles was coach are currently serving prison sentences for rape while other former players have been accused of sexual assault.

  • Tony Stewart: driving in Cup 'does not make me happy right now'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs ago

    Tony Stewart's frustration from the first practice session was evident when he spoke of his retirement plans. The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion is retiring at the end of the season.

    “Because I’m ready to go run stuff that makes me happy and driving a Sprint Cup car does not make me happy right now," Stewart, who has two (official) top-10 finishes in seven starts this season. " ... I’ve dedicated 18 years of my life to this series and it’s done great by me. I’ve made a great living doing it, but at the same time there are other things in life I want to do other than be at a NASCAR track three days a week for 38 weekends out of 52 weeks a year. There are just other things I want to do now. I never dreamed there was going to be a time that I was going to think about something like this.

    The two-time Sonoma winner made the comments after he was inducted into Sonoma's Wall of Fame.

    After the two made contact, Stewart flipped McMurray, a driver who made his debut three years after Stewart and at 40, is five years younger, off.

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  • Jimmie Johnson details what outlines could be made to plate racing

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

    Jimmie Johnson revealed Friday what drivers would like to see change at restrictor plate races.

    The style of racing that happens at Daytona and Talladega was a dominant topic following the Talladega race in May when three cars got airborne. Many ideas (including here) were bandied about as possible ways to tweak or outright change the style of plate racing currently in place.

    The season's second race at Daytona is next weekend and Johnson, a member of the Driver's Council, was asked about what drivers would like to see change.

    “I know following Talladega there were a lot of suggestions made," Johnson said. "I certainly had some opinions of why passing was as difficult as it was and the energy that it created in the pack and the need to kind of bump-draft and slam-draft and then crash, like that whole process that took place. I know that they don’t want to over-react and we’re going to a different track in Daytona that works a little bit differently than Talladega does.

    The side draft has increased in influence with the downforce level of the cars and as the front-to-back draft (for lack of a better term) has decreased in importance.

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  • Dale Earnhardt's grandson to run tribute scheme at Darlington

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 15 hrs ago

    The No. 32 GoFas Racing car will look familiar at Darlington in September.

    The team unveiled its throwback paint scheme for the event and it's a tribute to Dale Earnhardt's Wrangler-sponsored car. Earnhardt had Wrangler sponsorship before his iconic No. 3 was black and sponsored by Goodyear. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Dale's grandson and the son of Kerry Earnhardt (Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s half-brother), will drive the car.

    Go Fas Racing Announces Darlington Throwback Scheme https://t.co/ggidcBhTzu pic.twitter.com/w1Elg6f9Mj

    We still love that a Ford is sponsored by a Corvette parts site.

    Jeffrey Earnhardt is 40th in the points standings and has competed in nine of the 15 Cup Series races in 2016. The No. 32 is driven by Patrick Carpentier this weekend. Carpentier last made a Cup start in 2011.

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  • Clemson won't charge for student tickets in 2016

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    Clemson students don't have to worry about paying for good seats at football games in 2016.

    The school tabled a proposal that would have charged students if they wanted to sit in the lower level of the stadium. The fee would have been $225 and would guarantee students lower-level seats for the entirety of the season.

    Upper-deck tickets would have still been free on a first-come, first-serve basis. The student-body elect told the Charleston Post and Courier at the time of the proposal in April that it was like segregating the stadium based on socioeconomic status.

    Mind you, that's kind of what happens when a team charges more for seats with a better view.

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    Meal plans will rise 4 percent per semester on average, from $1,860 to $1,940, and housing will go up an average of 6 percent, from $2,698 to $2,865.

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  • Bob Diaco knows John F. Kennedy's fettuccine alfredo recipe

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    UConn coach Bob Diaco can make you some presidential pasta.

    The coach says he has former President John F. Kennedy's recipe for fettuccine alfredo. Diaco explained how he obtained the recipe in a lengthy Q&A with Sports Illustrated.

    It's not mine. And I wasn't there, but the person that told me was one of the greatest, finest men I had met in my life. Jim Hayes, who's a world-renowned lawyer, is a great, great friend. He went to Loras College, a small Jesuit school in Iowa and was president of student body. When JFK was campaigning, doing the Iowa caucus, he did a speech at Loras College. All the finite details, I'm not sure of. But the speech ended and Jim, JFK, the monsignor of the school and another priest find themselves hungry. And there's no place to eat, but they do have access to the cafeteria. JFK says, "You know? How about I cook you guys my Fettuccine Alfredo recipe?" Jim Hayes is taking diligent notes of this moment, and then he taught me.

     

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  • Happy Hour: Winners, punches, and road racing in your neighborhood

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    It's time for Happy Hour. As always, tweet us your thoughts or shoot us an email at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com if you want to participate.

    Sonoma is one of our favorite races of the year; will the pattern that Kyle Busch broke last season continue or will we see another repeat Sonoma winner on Sunday?

    Busch became the first driver since 2006 to win at Sonoma for a second time. Here's the list of winners dating back to 2007:

    2015: Kyle Busch 2014: Carl Edwards 2013: Martin Truex Jr. 2012: Clint Bowyer 2011: Kurt Busch 2010: Jimmie Johnson 2009: Kasey Kahne 2008: Kyle Busch 2007: Juan Pablo Montoya

    Add Tony Stewart to that list (he won at Sonoma in 2001 and 2005) and there are eight drivers in the field on Sunday who will be going for a second or third win. If we're going to bet on a first time Sonoma winner, it's hard to look away from Kevin Harvick. Not only is Harvick the best driver of the past three years in the Cup Series, he hasn't been too bad at Sonoma.

    Let's get to your questions:

    Is it possible we have more than 16 winners this season? If so, who else can still win races? - Will

    There are 10 winners so far this season:

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    Who is this Busbee guy?

  • Florida State has 'state championship' rings for 2015

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Florida State has state championship rings.

    No, this is not a joke. It really does.

    #StateChamps pic.twitter.com/1084utCJZr

    The Seminoles beat Florida and Miami in 2015. According to the Tallahasse Democrat, the players received the rings on Thursday and they are "personalized with last names, and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on the left side, and scores for both games on the right side."

    The Seminoles also beat South Florida, but the poor Bulls don't get to have the score of their loss to the Seminoles on the rings. Sorry USF. And, as you likely know, Florida State lost to Houston in the Peach Bowl, so part of the ring is commemorating a loss.

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  • David Sills set to transfer from West Virginia

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    West Virginia quarterback/wide receiver David Sills is transferring.

    West Virginia issued a statement about Sills' departure Thursday morning.

    "We appreciate everything David has done for the Mountaineer football program," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. "He has done everything asked of him and has been a great teammate. He has decided to transfer to pursue his dream of playing quarterback in college. We wish him nothing but the best in all of his future endeavors on and off the field.”

    Per DKSports.com,Sills will be transferring to El Camino Junior College in California.

    You may remember Sills as the middle school quarterback who got a scholarship offer from then-USC coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin in 2010. Sills never went to USC, instead choosing the Mountaineers, a school much closer to his Maryland home.

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  • Alleged rape victim who spoke to Nebraska feels like weight has been lifted

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    While Nebraska players heard Brenda Tracy's story on Wednesday, her public re-telling of alleged events 18 years ago had a huge benefit for Tracy too.

    Tracy said she was sexually assualted by four men, including two Oregon State football players in 1998. Nebraska coach Mike Riley was the Beavers' coach at the time and he ultimately suspended the two players for a game after the charges against them didn't proceed.

    She also met with Riley face-to-face for the first time.

    “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that just happened,” Tracy told USA Today after meeting with both Riley and the team. “I feel like a ton of bricks have been lifted off my back. Literally I feel like I might be five sizes smaller in my skin.”

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