Nick Bromberg

  • Jimmie Johnson's Chase hopes end with Dover problems

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs ago

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    Jimmie Johnson had every reason to be confident heading into Sunday's race at Dover. The concrete one-mile oval has been his best Sprint Cup Series track and the six-time Sprint Cup champion had finished 11th and 6th in the first two races of the first round of the Chase.

    Anything but disaster at Dover was going to get him into the second round. And the chances of disaser seemed slim. Through 28 career Dover races, Johnson had 10 wins and 20 top-10 finishes.

    Disaster struck.

    Johnson got a pit road speeding penalty on the race's first round of pit stops. That was no big deal. Even if Johnson had a mid-pack finish he'd be fine. But a seal broke in the car's driveline. There was visible grease on the right rear tire of the car.

    Johnson felt the issue and took his car to pit road. Its next stop was the garage and he spent 37 laps in his garage stall as the team fixed the problem. The No. 48 made it back out on track but there wasn't enough attrition in the race to save his season. Johnson finished 41st and ended up missing the 12-driver second round of the Chase by 12 points.

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. advances to second Chase round on tiebreaker

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

    Dale Earnhardt finished Sunday's race at Dover in third, one spot ahead of Jamie McMurray. The noting of that spot is extremely important. Had Junior not gotten by McMurray in the closing laps of the race, he would have been out of the Chase's second round and McMurray would have been in.

    Instead, Junior is moving on to the second round while McMurray is eliminated from title contention. The two tied for the final spot in the next round on points. But since Junior's third place finish on Sunday was higher than any finish McMurray had in the first three rounds of the Chase, the driver of the No. 88 is the one that's advancing.

    "So I just had to jump out there and hopefully it turned in the middle of the corner and didn't push. And it worked so we got around him. He would have advanced if we hadn't got that caution because I don't think we could have run him down."

    Junior finished 12th, 25th and third in the first three races of the Chase. McMurray had finishes of 16th, 14th and 4th. McMurray scored more points in the three races but Earnhardt Jr. started the Chase with six bonus points due to his two regular season wins.

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  • Harvick advances in Chase with Dover win; Johnson eliminated

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

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    Kevin Harvick is heading to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

    After two issues in the first two races of the first round, Harvick was faced with a simple situation on Sunday. He needed to win at Dover to advance to the second round of the Chase. He did just that, dominating the race and pulling away on the final restart for his third win of the year.

    While Harvick made it through to the second round, a huge name did not. Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson had a driveline issue on Sunday and was forced to head to the garage for repairs. The points he lost while in the garage were massive. He finished 41st and ended up 14th in the Chase standings.

    The top 12 drivers after the first three races advance. Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer are also not moving on to the second round. McMurray (who finished third) tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. (who finished fourth) for the last advancing spot in the points standings. But since Junior had the highest finish in the first three races, he's in.

    You can't. Unless you win. Both Johnson and Harvick witnessed that up-close on Sunday.

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  • Big 12 apologizes for KSU-OSU mistake, misspells 'accuracy' in statement

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    The Big 12 is not having a good week.

    The conference issued a statement Sunday afternoon apologizing for an officiating gaffe during Saturday's game between Kansas State and Oklahoma State. The down-and-distance was improperly adjusted during a second-half sequence for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were given a first down on third down after a completion that was four yards short of the original line to gain.

    Oklahoma State scored a touchdown four plays later and eventually won the game 36-34.

    Here's the Big 12's statement in its entirety.

    Big 12 Conference supervisor of officials Walt Anderson acknowledges improper first-down distance enforcement occurred during Saturday's K-State at Oklahoma State game. During the second-quarter, with the ball at the K-State 45, OSU was flagged for offensive holding during a 41-yard pass completion. After the 10-yard penalty was marked off, moving the ball back to the OSU 45, the chains were mistakingly set for the yard-to-gain.

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  • Texas' Kris Boyd apologizes for halftime retweet

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Texas defensive back Kris Boyd issued an apology through the school on Sunday for his retweeting actions on Saturday. During halftime of the Longhorns' blowout loss to TCU, Boyd retweeted a tweet suggesting that he and a teammate should transfer from the school.

    As I've had time to reflect on my actions, and after personally apologizing to my coaches and teammates, I would also like to extend my sincerest apology to all of the Longhorn fans and family and everyone at UT! In NO Way did I intend to be disrespectful or disloyal. I deeply regret my actions and want to reassure everyone that I am 100% committed to this team and program. I take pride and honor in being a student-athlete at The University of Texas. I promise everyone that I will learn and grow from this.

    Boyd was a four-star recruit in the class of 2015 according to Rivals and the No. 11 cornerback in the country.

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  • Sideline officer dances in celebration after Florida win (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    Florida's win over Ole Miss on Saturday was big. You don't need any proof of that after the Gators jumped to No. 11 in the AP Poll, but we'll present it to you anyway. Police officers assigned to sideline duty at football games don't regularly dance.

    As Florida started its celebration following the 38-10 win, this officer had some fun.

    He probably has better moves than you do. Don't lie to yourself.

    Florida is now 5-0 and is all alone at the top of the SEC East division standings. The six other SEC East teams have at least one conference loss. Florida visits Missouri on Saturday.

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  • Big 12 has three teams in AP top 10 after Week 5

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    There was lots of movement in the AP Poll after Week 5 and the Big 12 was the conference that profited from it.

    The Big 12 has three teams in the top 10 of the latest AP Poll, released Sunday afternoon. TCU moved up a spot to No. 2, Baylor is at No. 3 from No. 5 a week ago and Oklahoma is now No. 10.

    TCU and Baylor moved up because Michigan State struggled at home against Purdue. Despite the win, the Spartans fell to No. 4 from No. 2 a week ago. Ole Miss, which was tied with TCU at No. 3 last week, lost to Florida. The Rebels fell all the way to No. 14 while Florida moved to No. 11.

    Ole Miss is also six spots behind Alabama, who moved up to No. 8 after beating Georgia on the road. The Rebels beat Alabama at Alabama two weeks ago. Did you expect the poll to make complete sense?

    Here's how the top 25 looks in its entirety. The SEC also has three teams in the top 10.

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    Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

  • Theriault suffers compression fracture in back after nasty Truck crash

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 21 hrs ago

    Austin Theriault suffered a compression fracture in his lower back after a vicious crash during Saturday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas.

    Yes, you guessed it too. Theriault's truck didn't hit a wall that was protected by SAFER barrier.

    Theriault's teammate, Josh Reddick, had hit the wall ahead of him. Reddick saved his truck from spinning out and as he came back down the track he and Theriault made contact. The contact sent Theriault head-on into the wall.

    Theriault, who has two top-five finishes and four top 10s in eight Truck starts in 2015, was able to climb from his truck but sat on the ground once he did. He was taken on a backboard to a nearby ambulance and transported to a Las Vegas hospital.

    Update from @TeamBKR on @AustinTheriault after last nights crash @LVMotorSpeedway

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  • Oklahoma St. apparently mistakenly awarded 1st down in win over Kansas St.

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oklahoma State appeared to have gotten a gift in the second quarter of its 36-34 win over Kansas State.

    Trailing 28-13, the Cowboys were apparently given a first down after a third-down conversion that came up short of the yard marker. How the heck did it happen? We'll attempt to explain it here.

    The apparent mistake was first brought up by SB Nation's Bring on the Cats. Oklahoma State was penalized on first down for holding at the Kansas State 45. The penalty meant 1st and 20 from the OSU 45.

    The next play was a sack for a seven-yard loss. On second down, Oklahoma State got four yards. So it was 3rd and 23. The third down play got 19 yards. You can see that 23-19 means there are four yards to go, right? Nope. OSU got a first down. Here's the entire sequence from the Fox Sports 1 broadcast:

    This is what the play looks like from Oklahoma State's play-by-play. It's even confused.

    But Oklahoma State had a 25-yard gain on what would have been fourth down. The first down (and should have been fourth down) play was not an incomplete pass or a two-yard gain.

  • Florida the SEC East favorite? Gators stifle Ole Miss 38-10

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Ole Miss' run at the top of the SEC West didn't last very long. And Florida's run at the top of the SEC East this season may be just beginning.

    The Gators defense stifled the Rebels offense and forced four turnovers as Florida won 38-10 to topple the No. 3 team in the country.

    And while Florida's defense was good, it got some assistance from an offense that's looked anemic at times. Quarterback Will Grier, who started despite having the flu, was 17-of-20 passing for 229 yards and four touchdowns while Kelvin Taylor averaged nearly five yards a carry rushing.

    Ole Miss' chances for a win took a big nosedive after a missed field goal while trailing 13-0. The Gators had scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions and the Rebels had a chance to make it a 10-point game. But Gary Wunderlich's 29-yard field goal was wide right and two possessions later, Florida made it a three-score game with a 77-yard pass from Grier to Brandon Powell.

    It might as well have been six possessions at that point. Ole Miss' offense, led by juco transfer quarterback Chad Kelly, was prolific through the first four games. But it was below average Saturday night.