Nick Bromberg

  • Ohio State waiting for NCAA to respond in Miller photo issue

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    Ohio State is waiting for the NCAA's response to determine if the photo quarterback Braxton Miller posted to Instagram last week is in violation of any NCAA rules.

    Miller posted a photo with himself next to a stack of AdvoCare supplements. The caption to the photo included Miller's name in an email address to purchase products. While NCAA athletes are not prohibited from selling AdvoCare products, use of their likeness to promote the business is prohibited.

    The picture was deleted shortly after it was posted and Ohio State said last Wednesday that it was looking into the issue. According to the Columbus Dispatch, OSU's compliance department immediately interviewed Miller and the findings after the department's investigation were forwarded to the NCAA.

    “Waiting for NCAA response,” athletic director Gene Smith said per the Dispatch.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Don't ever change, Martinsville

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. – The back road to Martinsville dips and turns through the woods. There are a few houses on each side. Then, suddenly, there are cars parked along the side of the road. We’re close to the track?

    After parking, the walk continues down the road. A sign with “17” stands in the middle of a field that’s used as a makeshift parking lot. We take a right into the field.

    Up a short hill, the grandstands appear.

    If you’ve never been to Martinsville and wonder if the descriptions of its rural location are hyperbole, they’re not. The track basically sits in a bowl, with hills and trees all around. Houses too. And the train tracks, which run along the backstretch and separate the track from the helipad, which is essentially a flat spot of land where helicopters shuttling drivers and VIPs take off and land.

    Sunday was my first time at Martinsville, and I also have a confession to make. It was my first Sprint Cup Series race as a fan. I started covering Sprint Cup races as an 18-year-old but never had been to one as a fan. Previously, if I’d been at a Cup race, I’d been there to work. This time was different.

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  • NASCAR says it's 'disappointed' in Indiana religious-freedom law

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 hrs ago

    NASCAR said Tuesday it was disappointed in the recent measure to enact a religious-freedom law in Indiana.

    The measure has come under intense scrutiny since it passed because many believe it opens the door to discrimination against certain groups on religious grounds.

    "NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana," chief communications officer Brett Jewkes said in a statement. "We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race."

    Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence said he stood by the law, which goes into effect on July 1, but that he could have handled it better. He also said it doesn't encourage or allow discrimination.

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  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney loves his moped anonymity

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Attention residents of Clemson, S.C., we have a game for you. Notice coach Dabo Swinney on his moped.

    After safety Jabar Johnson wore a non-contact jersey at practice on Monday after he had an incident with a moped, Swinney was asked about his scooter opinion. Instead of pontificating about the risks of the automated transportation, he supported the method.

    "They have to handle their business," Swinney said via TigerIllustrated.com. "Wear helmets and be safe whether you're in a car or a moped or a bike. Sometimes there are things you don't control. I ride a moped, wear a helmet. I cruise all over town and nobody knows who I am. I love it. It's fun."

    For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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

  • UCLA WR Devin Lucien to transfer

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    UCLA's Devin Lucien will play at a different school in 2015.

    The Bruins' third-leading receiver in terms of receptions in 2014 has decided to transfer according to the Los Angeles Times. He could graduate in the summer and be immediately eligible at his new school.

    Per BruinSportsReport.com, Lucien said "a lot" went into his decision to make the move out of UCLA though he didn't get into specifics. In 2014, he had 29 catches for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

    While losing a receiver with over 20 catches is rarely considered a positive, UCLA is well-equipped to handle his departure. While Lucien was third on the team in catches, he was sixth in yards. All five of the players ahead of him in the yardage column are returning for 2015.

    For more UCLA news, visit BruinSportsReport.com.

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  • Temple's Praise Martin-Oguike given extra year of eligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Praise Martin-Oguike will be a redshirt junior in 2015 after he was given an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA.

    Martin-Oguike, a key contributor for Temple's defensive line in 2014, missed both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In 2014, he had 37 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

    He missed those two seasons because of rape allegations. In 2012, he was accused of sexual assault in his dorm room and expelled from Temple. As the case moved on, prosecutors in 2013 withdrew the charges of forcible rape, false imprisonment and other offenses because of a lack of evidence. Martin-Oguike's attorney had said the relationship with the woman was consensual.

    Martin-Oguike was reinstated to Temple in January 2014.

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  • Saban doesn't apologize for bringing Jonathan Taylor to Alabama

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that he was not apologizing for bringing former Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor to the school.

    Taylor was dismissed Sunday after a domestic violence arrest. It was his second domestic violence arrest in less than a year. He was also one of the Georgia players in trouble for depositing tuition checks twice in the spring of 2014.

    "No, I'm not sorry for giving him an opportunity," Saban said via TideSports.com. "I'm sorry for the way things worked out. I'm not apologizing for the opportunity we gave him. We wanted to try and help the guy make it work, it didn't work. We're sorry it didn't work, we're sorry there was an incident, we're sorry for the people that were involved in the incident. But we're not apologizing for what we did."

    Saban also described Taylor as a "good person." He said that Taylor was involved in counseling programs upon his enrollment at Alabama.

    For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.

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  • NASCAR announces changes to superspeedway qualifying

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    NASCAR has made changes to group qualifying at Daytona and Talladega a reality.

    Group qualifying was instituted at the beginning of the 2014 season, though 2014 Daytona 500 pole qualifying was unchanged a year ago from traditional single-car runs.

    Now, qualifying will consist of single car runs, though there will likely be multiple cars on the track at once. NASCAR said Monday that for the races at Talladega in May and Daytona in July, cars will be released one-by-one at a prescribed interval from pit road. Each car will get one timed lap to post a speed. The top 12 cars from the first round of qualifying will advance to a second round and race for the pole.

    In the new format, cars will be divided into two groups for the first round of qualifying. Cars will be impounded after qualifying – teams can't make changes to their cars without risk of losing their qualified spot – and a random draw will determine the order of cars in the first round.

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  • Kyle Larson to miss Martinsville after fainting at autograph session

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Kyle Larson fainted at an autograph session Saturday and will not drive in Sunday's race at Martinsville. He's being replaced by Regan Smith.

    Larson was awake and alert after the fainting spell and was evaluated at both a Martinsville-area medical center and a Charlotte hospital, where he was taken for evaluation by a neurologist. All tests so far have come back negative, however, according to the team, he's being held out as a precaution for more testing.

    "After fainting yesterday at an autograph session in Martinsville, VA, Kyle Larson was first evaluated at a local hospital in Martinsville and ultimately evaluated at a Charlotte hospital," Chip Ganassi Racing said in a statement. "Although all tests came back negative and Larson feels completely fine, the doctors felt he should be held for more testing today. Subsequently, Larson will be unable to race today in the STP 500 in Martinsville."

    If his absence extends through (or beyond) the Texas race on April 11, he would need a waiver from NASCAR to make the Chase. Given previous circumstances, the waiver is likely to be granted.

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  • Car flips over fence and kills fan at German endurance race

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    A car crashed in an endurance race at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe in Germany on Saturday, flipping over a fence and killing at least one spectator and injuring others.

    The car, driven by Jann Mardenborough, became vertical as it lost control. He then flipped over the catchfence after impact with the tire barriers in front of the wall. Here's video of the crash. You do not see the car land on the other side of the track. It then cuts to Mardenborough out of the car and a crowd around the scene.

    The race was the first of the VLN Endurance Championship Nurburgring. Here's a statement from the VLN via Autosport:

    "The opening round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring was marred by an accident on Saturday which injured several spectators.

    "One of the spectators died, despite the immediate actions of the rescue crew in the medical centre at the circuit.

    "The other injured spectators have been taken to hospital for ongoing medical care.

    "The race was stopped to give emergency crew quick access to the circuit, and wasn't restarted.

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