- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 hr ago
A grand jury will decide if Tony Stewart will face charges in the August 9 death of Kevin Ward.
The Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney's office announced Tuesday it is sending the evidence from Ward's death to a grand jury, which will decide whether or not to file charges against Stewart.
Stewart and Ward were racing together at Canandaigua Motorsports Park (N.Y.) in a sprint car race on Aug. 9. After Ward hit the wall, he exited his car and went down the track to angrily confront Stewart. Stewart's car struck and killed Ward.
The Ontario County Sheriff's Department had investigated the matter for approximately a month. Last week it announced it had sent the evidence from the investigation to the district attorney. According to the Associated Press, District Attorney Michael Tantillo "could have determined there was not enough evidence to support charges and dropped the case."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper met with the media on Tuesday and, as most coaches do, cracked a joke.
His wife, Britt Roper, is a former sports reporter. So it gave Kurt Roper the chance to joke about the media in attendance and he said that his wife looked better than most reporters. Though he may want the qualifier back after Britt saw the comment on Twitter.
@ZachAbolverdi did he really say "most"?
We definitely laughed.
We're not going to assume that Britt is mad at Kurt, rather that this is going to be a joke that he won't live down at home in the foreseeable future. And a cue for Kurt to open his next press conference by definitively stating his wife is a lot better looking than everyone assembled to ask him questions.
Florida plays Saturday at Alabama. It's Roper's first game against Alabama as Florida's offensive coordinator. After coaching at Duke last season, he replaced former offensive coordinator Brent Pease.
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- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 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 email@example.com.
1. Brad Keselowski: Please note, we will not be resetting Power Rankings after each Chase elimination round. That seems like an exercise in not-power. With two consecutive victories and the points lead going into the Chase and the points lead after Chase race numero uno, Keselowski is the no-brainer pick for the top spot. His three-wide pass for the lead was great, but it's made more awesome in that it came in a season where battling for the lead at intermediate tracks has been nonexistent at times.
2. Kevin Harvick: Harvick was using everything in his bag of tricks to try to get Kyle Larson to burp the throttle just enough to yield first place. Had either driver been able to get clear, Keselowski may not have an opportunity to make his pass. Instead, Harvick and Larson had cut such a huge hole in the air on the frontstretch that Keselowski's car looked like it had rocket boosters attached to it.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is still at the top of the Heisman odds, but there are a couple of new faces right behind him.
According to the Bovada sportsbook, Mariota remains the Heisman favorite at odds of 11/2 through the first three weeks of the season. Georgia RB Todd Gurley is second at 7/1 while Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill is third at 15/2.
Florida State QB Jameis Winston is still fourth, but he's now tied with another QB. Notre Dame's Everett Golson has moved from 16/1 to tie Winston at 10/1. (Winston was previously 8/1.) Through the first three games of the year, Golson is 62-96 passing for 780 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.He also has four rushing touchdowns.
BYU's dual-threat QB Taysom Hill started the season off the board and he's now tied for the ninth-highest favorite at 20/1. He's tied with Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, the RB who had the miraculous run-after-catch for Nebraska to beat McNeese State.
Here's how the entire top 10 looks.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Red Wolves players had a cross decal on the back of their helmets for the first two games of the season. The cross had the initials of DT Markel Owens and manager Barry Weyer on each side after Owens was shot and killed in an attempted robbery in January and Weyer died in a car crash in June.
However, the school removed the crosses after a complaint following the team's game against Tennessee on September 6. Now, a firm which says it represents an unidentified player who fears punishment, is wanting the crosses back on the helmets.
The Liberty Institute wants the crosses back on the helmets by Wednesday.
“ASU’s actions in defacing the students’ memorial stickers to remove their religious viewpoint is illegal viewpoint discrimination against the students’ free speech,” Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute told Fox News.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
West Virginia sophomore CB Daryl Worley has been suspended indefinitely.
The school announced his suspension Monday evening. Worley has been an important player for the West Virginia defense through the first three games of the season. He has 17 tackles, third-best on the team, and has two interceptions. One was Saturday against Maryland and the other came in the first game of the season against Alabama.
His suspension comes at an inopportune time for the Mountaineers as well. They host Oklahoma and QB Trevor Knight on Saturday. According to WVSports.com, Ishmael Banks could start in Worley's place. Banks was suspended for the first three games of the season. In August, coach Dana Holgorsen said Banks had an academic issue but that the suspension was team imposed.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Our guess is that this fake punt play is a one-and-done for Arkansas State.
In the second quarter of the Red Wolves' loss to Miami on Saturday, Arkansas State went for a fake punt. Not only did the play not get the desired result, but Arkansas State's Booker Mays pretended to die in an attempt to fake out the defender in front of him.
It did not work. However, we're not sure what "works" would mean in this context. Make the defender yell to his teammates for help? Hope all 11 Miami players saw it and stopped playing? Make us all laugh uproariously after the play happens? (If it's the final option, yes, it did work.)
It was a takeoff from Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson's time at North Carolina.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
The possibility of Marcos Ambrose joining forces with Roger Penske in the Australian V8 Supercar series is official.
Team Penske announced Sunday night it had partnered with Dick Johnson Racing for the 2015 season and that Ambrose would drive the No. 17 entry.
“Team Penske is excited to partner with Dick Johnson Racing to compete in the V8 Supercars Championship starting next season,” Roger Penske said in a statement. “We believe in building our businesses through racing and our success on the track. With our new business ventures in Australia, it makes sense to showcase our brands through the V8 Supercars Championship and the opportunity to work with DJR and Marcos Ambrose convinced us to go forward.”
Ambrose's current NASCAR team, Richard Petty Motorsports, announced Saturday that Ambrose wouldn't be returning to the team in 2015. Shortly after the announcement, Penske said it had an announcement scheduled for early in the week involving the Supercars series.
Ambrose, a native Australian, was successful in V8 Supercars before he moved to NASCAR. He won the series championship in 2003 and 2004.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Arizona State's Taylor Kelly hurt his right foot against Colorado Saturday night, and there's no indication on if he'll be ready to play against UCLA.
According to AZCentral.com, a spokesperson for No. 16 ASU said coach Todd Graham would not be discussing Kelly's injury before Arizona State plays the Bruins on Thursday, Sep. 25. After the game, Graham said he was "very concerned"about Kelly's injury per the AP, though he later changed his tone in his radio interview and said Kelly would be fine.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
Three top 10s in the first three races would have virtually guaranteed Aric Almirola's progression into the next three races of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
He was working incredibly well on getting 1/3 of the way there Sunday at Chicago. Unfortunately, his engine didn't want to make it the entire way.
Almirola had moved himself into the top 10 among drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. when his car started spewing smoke on the backstretch on lap 231. His day was over.
After climbing from his car, he was greeted by team owner Richard Petty. Almirola said that it was the first engine failure he had in his three-year tenure at Richard Petty Motorports and per Racing Reference, he's correct. He'd never retired from a race because of an engine until Sunday.
So proud of my team! We rose to the occasion today and proved we can compete in the chase. Heartbroken for sure but they knew we were there