Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago
Memphis wide receiver Jae’Lon Oglesby and cornerback Kam Prewitt have been suspended indefinitely after an alleged physical altercation between the two Tuesday.
Oglesby also told police his car was shot at late Tuesday night after the two had been in their dispute, though he wasn’t sure who fired the shots. From the Memphis Commercial-Appeal:
Oglesby told police that he was sitting in his apartment in the 600 block of Patterson Street at around 10 p.m. Tuesday when he heard several gunshots outside. He noticed bullet holes in two windows and both of the passenger-side doors of his Nissan Altima, as well as bullet damage to the roof of the car, according to a police report. While he did not see who fired the shots, Oglesby told officers that he had a physical altercation with Prewitt earlier in the day.
Oglesby's car was shot up outside of his apartment near campus. pic.twitter.com/kHJrTSCw57
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago
Many Michigan fans apparently have already made dinner reservations to celebrate a Wolverine win over 2-5 Michigan State on Saturday. And they’re hoping for a deep discount too.
The Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Ann Arbor has no open reservations on Open Table from Sunday through Thursday. You may remember the Ruth’s Chris as the restaurant offering patrons a discount equaling undefeated Michigan’s margin of victory(up to 50 percent) after Wolverine games this year.
The restaurant’s promo first gained notoriety after the Wolverines’ 78-0 win at Rutgers. Even coach Jim Harbaugh took advantage of the discount after the Rutgers game.
Word is, the staff was so caught off guard by the response to the promotion the first night, an employee at a rival steak house was tapped to help with food-running.
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Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 16 hrs ago
Early Wednesday, NASCAR announced a rule limiting the number of races Sprint Cup Series veterans can run in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Now that the rule is official, the series should take a hard look at creating another one centered around experience. Namely, one establishing a higher baseline experience minimum to compete in the Cup Series.
18-year-old Gray Gaulding is attempting to make his Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Martinsville. Gaulding has raced twice in the Xfinity Series and has made 13 starts in the Camping World Truck Series. He’s recorded one top five finish.
Nothing about Gaulding’s resume says he’s ready for the Sprint Cup Series. But since he meets the age minimum, has a sponsor and has a NASCAR license, he has the opportunity to hop in the No. 30 car in the hopes of making his Cup debut.
And existing Xfinity Series or Truck Series teams could have the chance to gain a funded driver for a season, possibly giving a team or two a sponsorship opportunity it may otherwise not have.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago
Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone will walk out of the tunnel with Nebraska before the Badgers and Huskers play each other Saturday evening in Madison.
Gaglianone will help the Huskers carry the jersey of former Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, who died in a car crash along with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler in July. The two punters were on their way back from a kicking camp in Wisconsin.
A friend of Foltz, Gaglianone was at the kicking camp as well. After Foltz’s death, Gaglianone decided to wear Foltz’s No. 27 during 2016. But he’s missed most of the season with a lower-back injury.
The injury will allow him to spend time with Foltz’s parents on Friday night at the Nebraska hotel. He said he’s talked to Foltz’s father every week since Foltz’s death. From Madison.com:
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago
Two key Missouri defenders are likely out for the season after suffering ACL tears in the Tigers’ homecoming loss to Middle Tennessee State.
Missouri coach Barry Odom said middle linebacker Michael Scherer suffered a torn right ACL and MCL during the Tigers’ first defensive series of the game when he got cut blocked. And defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. suffered a torn ACL in his left knee — also on a cut block — in the second half.
Scherer is Missouri’s top tackler. The senior has 53 tackles in 2016 including 3.5 for loss. He had 114 tackles as Missouri won the SEC East in 2014 and 93 tackles in 2015.
Odom said Scherer’s career was over. He didn’t make the same season-ending declaration about Beckner, but given that he too has a torn ACL, it seems probable he’ll miss the rest of the year too.
It’s Beckner’s second season-ending knee injury in two years with the Tigers. He tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee on a cut block vs. BYU in 2015. He recovered in time to return for preseason practice in 2016.
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Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago
A rule limiting Sprint Cup drivers in NASCAR’s No. 2 and No. 3 series is official.
NASCAR said Wednesday that Cup drivers with five years full-time experience in the series will be limited to 10 Xfinity races and seven Camping World Truck Series races a season starting in 2017. Cup drivers are also barred from competing in the Chase races in each series.
It’s a compromise that allows sponsors the opportunity to sponsor Cup drivers at a discount in the Xfinity and Truck Series while also turning the championship focus to the drivers who compete in the series full time.
When NASCAR instituted eight-race Chase formats in the Xfinity and Truck Series before the 2016 season, it said Cup drivers were barred from competing in the winner-take-all finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That ban is still in place.
Cup drivers are also now prevented from competing in the four Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash races. Those races — Bristol, Richmond, Dover and Indianapolis — are given more importance on the Xfinity Series schedule with extra cash given to the highest-finishing Xfinity Series driver. Xfinity regular Erik Jones won two of those races in 2016 while Cup drivers won two.
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Navy quarterback Tago Smith’s college football career is over.
Smith suffered a torn right ACL in the team’s season-opener vs. Fordham. Since the injury occurred so early in the season, he could have applied for a medical redshirt with the NCAA and played in 2017 if it was approved.
He didn’t even get to the medical redshirt process. According to the Annapolis Capital-Gazette, he was denied a fifth year by the superintendent of the school.
“This is a four-year academic institution and midshipmen are expected to graduate in that period of time unless the superintendent determines there is a significant reason why they cannot do so,” McKinney said. “Vice Admiral Carter looked at this particular situation and decided that is not the case with Midshipmen Smith.”
Smith, who backed up record-setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds in 2015, is set to graduate in May and athletic director Chet Gladchuk said the school doesn’t have any rules allowing athletes extra time for their sports. Had Smith been approved by the school, he then could have appealed to the NCAA.
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Stanford is making a quarterback change before Saturday’s game against Arizona.
Coach David Shaw said Tuesday that Keller Chryst would get the start under center. Ryan Burns, who won the job before the season, had started every game so far in 2016 for the Cardinal.
Shaw noted, however, that the offense as a whole has struggled.
“It would be really easy if it were just the quarterback,” Shaw said via the San Jose Mercury News.
Shaw said, "As of right now, Keller's just going to play." No plans to rotate Burns into game
— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 25, 2016
Burns is 95-152 passing for 1,058 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions through seven games this season. Chryst, who replaced Burns for a spell during the second half of the Cardinal’s blowout loss to Washington State, is 7-18 passing for 63 yards and an interception.
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Connecticut coach Bob Diaco is taking the route of all publicity is good publicity regarding his team’s “rivalry” with Central Florida.
By now you may know that UCFleft the rivalry trophy on the field in Storrs on Saturday after beating the Huskies. Diaco said it was “disappointing” the Knights didn’t want to have anything to do with the trophy, but decided to view the positives of his brainchild during his Tuesday press conference.
“The idea worked,” Diaco said. “I pose this challenge: What matchup, even including the championship game, has been more widely covered than the Conflict? What matchup? Bring it to my attention, I’m very interested. So an obscure game that would have been meaningless otherwise and had no energy at all for two teams that really never played each other became a national conversation. That’s a bad thing? It definitely filled some papers.”
Diaco owned the Conflict’s creation Tuesday, but said that he didn’t create the rivalry “unilaterally.” He said he had pitched the idea of trophy games at an AAC spring meeting.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago
ESPN has reportedly given the Big 12 some additional cash in exchange for the removal of a potentially costly clause in the network’s contract with the league.
According to Sports Business Daily (article behind a paywall), ESPN paid the league an extra $10 million over the remaining eight years of its contract. In exchange for the payment, the Big 12 reportedly removed language in its contract with ESPN that would mandate the network pay the conference more if it expands to 12 or more teams.
ESPN will pay Big 12 $10m total over remainder of agreement to remove pro rata clause. Fox will not increase pay – will keep its pro rata.
— Kristi Dosh (@SportsBizMiss) October 25, 2016
SBD first reported this summer that Fox and ESPN were reluctant to the league’s ideas of potential expansion because of the wording of the contracts it had with the league. The Big 12 was set to make more money from television if it added teams.
At Big 12 basketball media day, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby declined to comment on the report.