Nick Bromberg

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

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 22 mins 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 3 hrs 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 3 hrs 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 6 hrs ago

    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:

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  • Dollar General departing Matt Kenseth's team after 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team will need a new primary sponsor or two in 2017. Dollar General announced Monday that it would be ending its sponsorship deal with the team following the conclusion of the 2016 season.

    "Dollar General has had tremendous success with NASCAR and our sponsorship of Joe Gibbs Racing," the company's statement read. "We have enjoyed a great partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and we are excited to see what the No. 20 Dollar General car driven by Matt Kenseth will accomplish during the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Our strategy to reallocate our future marketing assets into new programs is strictly a business decision to align our priorities to better serve our customer in this rapidly changing retail environment"

    The company named Todd Vasos as its new CEO in May of 2015. Vasos succeeded Rick Dreiling, the CEO of the company when it became a primary sponsor with JGR before the 2013 season when Kenseth joine the team.

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  • Jimmie Johnson is a beast in a car or on a bike

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Not only is Jimmie Johnson a better stock car driver than any of us mere mortals will ever hope to be, he could probably kick most of our butts in a bike race too.

    Need proof? The day after last Sunday's race at Dover, Johnson (along with fellow Sprint Cup Series drivers Landon Cassill and Josh Wise) took part in the Assault on Mount Mitchell bike ride. The 103-mile jaunt with a 10,000 foot climb starts in Spartanburg, South Carolina and ends at the summit at Mt. Mitchell State Park.

    While Johnson said last week that he'd be in "survival mode" for the ride, he finished it in just over 6:11 and rode with former pro cyclist and Tour de France stage winner George Hincapie.

    It's time.@the_assaults @ghincapie pic.twitter.com/yWDqvNB2S4

    What Johnson calls survival mode on a bike would make a lot of us humans extinct.

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    Johnson swam as a child and caught the fitness bug as an adult while he was in the midst of his run of five-straight Sprint Cup Series championships.

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  • James Hinchcliffe wins pole for 100th Indianapolis 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    A year after he almost died while practicing for the Indianapolis 500, James Hinchcliffe will lead the field to green in the 100th running of the famed race.

    Hinchcliffe swiped the pole from Josef Newgarden in the final qualifying run of the day on Sunday with a four-lap average speed of 230.760 MPH. Hinchcliffe had earned the opportunity to run after everyone else by posting the fastest speed in Saturday's preliminary qualifying session.

    And not only is it Hinchcliffe's first career pole for the Indianapolis 500, it's the first time he's ever qualified first in the IndyCar Series.

    "I came into this month hoping we'd have a new story to talk about after what happened last year and I think we did it," Hinchcliffe said after climbing from his car. "I can't believe it. I'm honestly at a loss for words. Which is rare for me.

    Hinchcliffe missed the rest of the 2015 season after the injury and returned for the season-opening race at St. Petersburg in March. He drives for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, a team co-owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt.

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  • Looking at what drivers said before and after the All-Star Race

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    By now, you likely know that confusion reigned supreme during Saturday night's All-Star Race won by Joey Logano.

    The race featured yet another new format – inspired by Brad Keselowski – and was designed to feature a thrilling finish after a lack of drama in recent All-Star Races. Like many previous formats, the race featured a mandatory green flag pit stops during the first two segments.

    That's where the race got confusing. Matt Kenseth's team had their driver stay out on track until the last possible moment before pitting in the first segment. The plan backfired when a caution came out with four laps to go, preventing Kenseth from pitting under green. If you're unfamiliar with the chaos that ignited from there,read our post-race post.

    Denny Hamlin

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    No sir it didn't. It came from 1. Nobody liked it https://t.co/DbpWudod1X

    Tony Stewart

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  • Joey Logano wins bizarre All-Star Race with pass of Kyle Larson

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Instead, the memories could be of the various comments from drivers about the way NASCAR officiated the race, which had a new format designed to produce a great finish.

    And the format came through, although it didn't go as planned. Logano ran down Kyle Larson over the race's final 10 laps and made the pass with two laps to go as the two drivers went into turns 1 and 2. Logano was on the low side of Larson and as the driver of the No. 42 kept Logano pinched down on the bottom, his car slid up the track and slammed the wall.

    The impact paved the way for Logano to take the checkered flag ahead of teammate Brad Keselowski, the driver who helped inspire the format for the race.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, and perhaps had the best summation of the night's craziness after he climbed out of his car.

    "Lap down cars were pitting with lead lap cars," Junior said. "Wave-around cars were up front and in the middle, but NASCAR did a good job of sorting the lineups out. Everybody was where they were supposed to be when we went back green so I can't complain. They were just doing it unlike any other way I'd seen them do it before.

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  • Larson makes All-Star Race in fender-banging Showdown finish

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Kyle Larson is racing in Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race thanks to a close win over Chase Elliott.

    Larson held off Elliott in a thrilling last three laps of the rain-delayed Sprint Showdown qualifying race for the All-Star Race. Elliott got a run on the final lap and went to make the pass but Larson pinched the driver of the No. 24 into the wall.

    The two kept banging fenders as they drove to the checkered flag and Larson won by a few feet.

    Two laps before, Larson pinched Elliott to the bottom of the tack and got Elliott loose. Had Elliott been able to complete that earlier pass, Larson probably had no shot at the win.

    Despite finishing second, Elliott is in the race. He got in via the fan vote for the race along with Danica Patrick. Joining Larson, Elliott and Patrick in transferring to the All-Star Race via the Showdown are Trevor Bayne and Greg Biffle.

    Bayne won the first 20-lap segment of the race with a three-wide pass over Ryan Blaney and Elliott on the segment's final lap. The pass happened thanks to a restart before the final lap; a restart that NASCAR judged Blaney (who was second on the restart) jumped over Elliott (who was first).

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