• USA Today

    Kansas star Jackson charged with criminal damage

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas freshman Josh Jackson has been charged with misdemeanor criminal damage after allegedly vandalizing a woman's car outside a Lawrence bar. Lawrence police responded to a report Dec. 9, and the case against Jackson was filed in Douglas County District Court on Friday. The Kansas City Star reported earlier this month that Jackson and sophomore guard Lagerald Vick were persons of interest in the case. According to the district attorney's office, Jackson allegedly followed the woman to her car after she threw a drink at Jackson's friend in the bar. Jackson allegedly argued with the woman, and her car was damaged in that time. Witnesses told investigators that he kicked

  • Rick Pitino Freaks Out At Fan, Is Held Back During Heated Shouting Match
    New England Sports Network

    Rick Pitino Freaks Out At Fan, Is Held Back During Heated Shouting Match

    It’s been a contentious week for high-profile coaches in the Bluegrass State. On Tuesday night, University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari heard it from Missouri fans in the form of “Cal, you suck” chants, flustering the coach and putting an end to his halftime interview on ESPN. One night later, University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino kicked it up a notch, as he needed to be restrained from going after a fan at halftime in a game against North Carolina. As Pitino excited the court at the Dean Dome, he quickly became irate, screaming and yelling at a fan on the baseline. Pitino looked ready to head into the crowd and throw hands, but staff members and security prevented him from

  • UNC mascot Jason Ray died 10 years ago, but his parents assure his spirit lives on
    The Charlotte Observer

    UNC mascot Jason Ray died 10 years ago, but his parents assure his spirit lives on

    Ten years ago, the phone call that every parent dreads rang in the house Charlotte and Emmitt Ray. Their son Jason Ray – a charismatic senior at the University of North Carolina who had played Rameses, the Tar Heels mascot, for three years at UNC sporting events – had been struck by a car in New Jersey. Jason had been walking along the shoulder of a highway, on his way to buy a burrito and soda at a nearby convenience store before donning the Rameses costume again for UNC for a 2007 NCAA men’s basketball tournament game. Then he got hit. The voice on the other end of the phone told the Rays that they had to get to New Jersey fast, and that their son was on the verge of dying. That ultimately