Nick Bromberg

  • Childress, Hendrick, Martin, Parks and Parsons make NASCAR HOF

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 11 hrs ago

    Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress are members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

    The two team owners joined Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons as the five members who make up the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class. Former Martinsville Speedway president H. Clay Earles was given the Landmark Award.

    Parsons was the leading vote-getter among the five inductees. He appeared on 85 percent of ballots while Hendrick was a distant second at 62 percent. Martin was on 57 percent of ballots, Parks was on 53 percent of ballots and Childress was on 43 percent.

    According to NBC, Robert Yates, Red Byron and Alan Kulwicki were the next three highest vote getters. It's good to see that Byron's votes still counted after his name was misspelled on the official ballot.

    Here's a quick look at the five inductees, who were chosen from a list of 20 nominees. They'll be officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January.

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  • 5 of the biggest disappointments of the Indianapolis 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs ago

    As we count down to Sunday's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest memories from the historic race.

    We start our series with five of the biggest disappointments of the 500 and reflect on some of the most teasing moments that drivers have endured during the previous 99 races.

    • Ralph DePalma, 1912: The second Indianapolis 500 (then known as the International 500) is remembered for the most dominating performance that didn't result in a win.

    DePalma started fourth in his Mercedes and took the lead on lap 3 from Teddy Tetzlaff, who led the first two laps after starting third.

    No one could challenge DePalma for the lead. He wasn't passed at all over the next 196 laps and as the race wound down, it looked certain that DePalma was going to win.

    He didn't. Joe Dawson passed him on lap 198 after DePalma suffered a piston issue. Not only did DePalma fail to win the race, he failed to finish.

    • Parnelli Jones, 1967: Jones was great on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Granatelli paid Jones $100,000 to drive in the race and said he'd split the winnings if Jones won the race.

    He didn't.

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  • Rutgers wants 'to look' at having a game at Yankee Stadium

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Rutgers wants to play another regular-season game at Yankee Stadium.

    Athletic director Pat Hobbs told NJ.com that the Yankees want to "work more closely with us" regarding playing games at the stadium. The Scarlet Knights have played three games at Yankee Stadium including twice in the Pinstripe Bowl. From NJ.com:

    "(The Yankees) want to work more closely with us," Hobbs said before throwing out the first pitch alongside Ash on Tuesday. "We want to look at maybe bringing a game here and announcing that sometime down the road. I guess the Yankees see Rutgers is starting to move forward and is a good story so they want to be part of it, too."

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    The game could also serve as a way for the Big Ten to put a stamp on the New York City market. Rutgers' proximity to NYC was a big reason why the school was so attractive to the conference when it expanded and the Big Ten has offices in NYC.

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  • Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook arrested for trespassing

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook was arrested Monday on a charge of criminal trespassing in his hometown of Cameron, Texas.

    Per the Norman Transcript,Westbrook was released approximately three hours after he was booked.

    According to a Milan County (Texas) Jail spokesperson, Westbrook was booked into the jail at 11:30 a.m. on Monday. His bond was approved and he was released at 2:15 p.m.

    "We are aware of the situation and are addressing it internally," OU spokesman Mike Houck said.

    There are no details currently available regarding the circumstances of Westbrook's arrest. He posted to Twitter on Tuesday about going fishing.

    Who trying to go fishing in Cameron??

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    Westbrook is Oklahoma's leading returning receiver in 2016. He was the team's second-leading pass catcher in 2015 behind Sterling Shepard with 46 catches for 743 yards and four touchdowns.

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  • Mark Richt donating $1 million to Miami's indoor facility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    New Miami coach Mark Richt is making a big donation to his alma mater.

    Richt is donating $1 million towards the construction of an indoor practice facility for the Hurricanes. Miami recently announced plans to build one and the Hurricanes are currently the only ACC team without an indoor facility built or currently under construction.

    Per CaneSport, Richt told boosters in Chicago last week that he was making the donation. From Miami's Rivals site:

    Sources also told CaneSport that Miami is hoping to have the approximate $10 million that it needs pledged to get the pre-construction process of the approximate $27 million project started before the beginning of the 2016 football season as it targets completion before the start of the 2018 season.

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  • Local blackout on Indianapolis 500 lifted for first time since 1950

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 19 hrs ago

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    Residents in the Indianapolis television market will be able to watch Sunday's 100th Indianapolis 500 live.

    The local blackout on the race was lifted Wednesday morning as Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials said the event had been sold out. Much like previous NFL blackout rules, the Indianapolis 500 hasn't been shown live if there were seats available for purchase. Since there aren't any seats left, a 56-year streak has been broken.

    It's the first time since 1950 that the blackout hasn't happened. The race is traditionally shown on tape delay in Indianapolis later Sunday afternoon. From the Indianapolis Star:

    It’s believed IMS targeted the sale of 75,000 general admission tickets to bring Sunday’s total attendance to about 350,000, a significant increase over recent years in part due to temporary suites being installed in the Turn 1 infield and on the backstretch. Grandstand seats previously removed have been reinstalled to meet demand.

    Until Sunday, 1949 and 1950 had been the only two years without a local blackout.

  • Forklift driver thought he hit starting block, not Drake Johnson

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The forklift driver who accidentally hit Michigan running back Drake Johnson in April thought he hit a starting block in Michigan's indoor track facility instead of Johnson.

    The police report regarding the April 13 incident was released Tuesday, and the driver was carrying a cabinet at approximately eye level. From the Detroit News:

    According to the police report, the driver of the forklift / utility vehicle, Matt Johnson, said he was “moving a large cabinet and was traveling with the cabinet about eye level. He stopped at the large garage door and a co-worker opened the door for him.”

    In the report, Matt Johnson said he drove into the building “and felt a bump, stating he thought he ran over a starting block, when he saw Drake Johnson, a student-athlete, roll from under the forklift. And M. Johnson realized he had ran over Drake Johnson who was sitting on the track floor stretching.”

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  • Reports: Under Armour and UCLA officially agree to largest apparel deal

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    UCLA and Under Armour have the standard-setting shoe and apparel contract. For now, anyway.

    Per multiple outlets,including ESPN and the Los Angeles Times, the Bruins and Under Armour will announce Tuesday the two parties had agreed to a 15-year $280 million contract for Under Armour to be the school's athletics apparel supplier. Under Armour replaces Adidas at UCLA and the deal is richer than the 15-year deals Nike recently signed with Texas, Michigan and Ohio State.

    “We knew that we were well-positioned to cut a deal,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said. “Under Armour came at us hard.”

    The deal between the two parties was expected for some time and the Los Angeles-appeal of UCLA for Under Armour is clearly a driving factor as UA CEO Kevin Plank said to the Times that "It was important for us to plant our flag in L.A."

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  • Power Rankings: Rating the 12 points races of the season

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Welcome to the 1/3rd mark of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season. Since there wasso much apparent confusion after Saturday night's All-Star Race, we didn't want to add to the chaos by letting our Power Rankings be affected by a non-points race. So since we're 12 races in to the season, we figured that this would be a good time to look back at them all.

    We rated the finishes to Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series races earlier in the season but this set of rankings is taking the entirety of the races into account. That's why it may look a bit different from what you saw earlier this year. Let's get to it.

    2. California: The turnaround of Auto Club Speedway from pariah to on a pedestal continues to be impressive. Thanks to lower downforce and tire wear, the race was once again extremely entertaining even as Kevin Harvick led 142 laps. Winner: Jimmie Johnson

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  • Baylor 'will not respond' to reports of president Ken Starr's firing

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

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    UPDATE (2:30 p.m. ET):

    Baylor said it will not respond to multiple reports that president Ken Starr has been fired.

    Hours after posting that Starr could be fired by the end of the month, Horns Digest reported Starr was fired Tuesday morning.

    Orangebloods.com also reported that Starr had been removed from his post in addition to KCEN.

    Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Ken Starr is being removed as president of @Baylor. First reported by @ChipBrownHD

    SOURCES CONFIRM: Baylor University has fired President Ken Starr.

    The school released a statement Tuesday afternoon that said it would have official news regarding the investigation into the school by an independent law firm by June 3.

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    Could Baylor be making a change near the top of its administration?

    From Horns Digest: