Wednesday, April 11, 2007

DUKE LACROSSE CHARGES DROPPED

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will announce that he is dismissing all charges against three Duke Lacrosse players, ABC News is reporting. Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans were initially accused of raping a stripper at a lacrosse team party in March of 2006. More recently, the woman said she was not sure if she was actually raped, so those charges were dropped, but the three men still faced charges of first degree kidnapping and first degree forcible sexual offense.

The state attorney general's office has taken over the case after Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong was charged with unethical conduct.

Unfortunatley, there is nothing funny about this from any angle...

LAWSON, HANSBROUGH GOING AMATEUR

Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson will return to North Carolina next season instead of entering the NBA draft early. "I've definitely decided that I will be back [for] my junior year," Hansbrough said Tuesday night after the team's annual awards ceremony. "Personally, I'm not ready for the next step of the NBA. "Playing [another] year with coach [Roy] Williams will help me improve my game individually. There's also some team things that I want to accomplish. College is a great experience for me, and I'd like to be here another year."

Lawson, who had the best assist-turnover ratio in the ACC, announced he would return for his sophomore season by deadpanning a joke during the ceremony at the Dean Smith Center.


"I just like being a college basketball player," Lawson said after the ceremony.

They became the third Tar Heels this week to announce they would return for another season, joining shooting guard
Wayne Ellington. School spokesman Steve Kirschner said ACC rookie of the year Brandan Wright has not made his decision and would have no immediate comment. The early-entry deadline is April 29.

Hansbrough was the ACC's fourth-leading scorer, its second-best rebounder and a consensus all-conference selection -- one of only four players in school history to be unanimously named all-ACC. Lawson ranked fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 10.2 points, and his assist-turnover ratio of 2.57 was the best ever by a North Carolina freshman.

Lawson's announcement was notable for its comic timing -- it came during his acceptance speech after he was honored for leading the team in assists. "After thinking about things, talking to my parents, I think it would be best if I took my skills to the NBA. I'm sorry," Lawson said.

Dead silence.

"I'm just playing -- I'll be back next year," Lawson quipped, drawing cheers from the crowd of about 1,000.

102-YEAR-OLD HAS HOLE-IN-ONE

Elsie McLean thought she might have lost her ball on the par-3, 100-yard fourth hole at Bidwell Park. Instead, the 102-year-old Chico woman became the oldest golfer ever to make a hole-in-one on a regulation course. Because of the slope of the green, McLean and her partners couldn't see where her ball landed after she teed off.

"Where's my ball?" McLean asked. Her friends, Elizabeth Rake and Kathy Crowder, found it in the cup.
"I said, 'Oh, my Lord. It can't be true. It can't be true.' I was so excited. And the girls were absolutely overcome," McLean said. (Word is the old gals racked up a HUGE bar bill!) It was McLean's first ace.

"Well everybody wants a hole-in-one, and I said, 'Why can't I have a hole-in-one?' I came within inches once," McLean told television station KNVN.

McLean, who used a driver, broke the age record of 101 set by Harold Stilson in 2001 at Deerfield Country Club in Florida. McLean, who has been featured in golf magazines before, will appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on April 24 to celebrate her accomplishment.

"For an old lady," she said, "I still hit the ball pretty good."

Yes mam, you sure do.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

TODAY is cool picture day. Add to the next round of the “Lottery Game” the Maylaysian Formula One Gran Prix. We always say that if we ever win the lottery, we will go to many more big sporting events. (Yes, of course, we will take our homies with us. Stupid question.). In this shot Lewis Hamilton (L) of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes holds off the challenge of Felipe Massa (C) of Brazil and Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen (R) of Finland and Ferrari during the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 8, 2007, in Kuala Lumpur. Some Spanish dude won. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

SORRY, can’t stop. It’s just too good looking.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

BASKETBALL’S OVER, BUMMER. But the good news is the first Duke v. North Carolina game next season is a little less than 9 months away! And here we were thinking it’s been forever since Heroes was on. How will we live until next week’s episode of 24 – that’s forever! No, it’s not. Duke v. UNC, February, 2008 – that’s forever or, at the moment, it sure does feel that way. Too bad the Nationals really suck…Oh well, there’s always crime.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

HEY, THERE REALLY ARE TOUGH GUYS IN FRANCE! Perpignan's scrum-half Nicolas Durand is tackled (L) by Albi's lock Arnaud Mela during the French Top 14 rugby Union match at the Aime-Giral stadium in Perpignan, 07 April 2007. (Photo RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

IT’S NOT A COOL day of pix without some Cricket. Bangladeshi cricketer Shahriar Nafees plays a practice shot during a team training session at The Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown, Guyana, 06 April 2007. Bangladesh will play South Africa in their next Super-Eight fixture (Whatever that is?) (Photo PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 6

IT’S NOT A COOL day of pix without some fighter jets. Nessa Laverty sings the National Anthem before the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics game on the A's opening day at McAfee Coliseum April 9, 2007 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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IT’S NOT A COOL day of pix without a snake loving rock ‘n’ roller. Alice Cooper poses with LPGA player Gloria Park of South Korea during the pro-am at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country in Rancho Mirage, California. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

CAPITAL HOKIE CLASSIC

Despite 31 points by Towson Catholic guard Malcolm "In The Middle" Delaney whose headed off to Virginia Tech, the U.S. All-Stars lost to the Capital All-Stars, 149-145, last week at Comcast Center in the highest-scoring Capital Classic ever. Delaney was one of the bright spots in an all-star game again after dominating the Charm City Challenge earlier this week. Delaney shot 8-for-17 from the field, hitting four of his seven three-point attempts.

Augustus "Cookie" Gilchrist provided the most unintentionally funny moment of the latest version of the Capital Classic when he missed an open dunk in the first quarter. The rest of his outing provided entertainment of another kind. The Virginia Tech-bound Gilchrist scored 24 points on 11-for-17 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and was named the game's MVP.

There was no one within 10 feet of Gilchrist when he missed his early dunk, and he laughed sheepishly as he picked himself off the floor. However, the 6-foot-10 Gilchrist reasserted himself later to lead a Capital team that had 10 players score in double figures.


TRAITOR JONES VISITS COMCAST
Virginia recruit Jeff Jones played his first game at Comcast Center although some area fans expected him to be a fixture there for years to come. He originally committed to Maryland, then reopened his recruitment shortly after the Terrapins lost assistant Rob Moxley to Charlotte last spring. However, Jones brushed aside any talk of a curious subplot. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard should provide a boost next season for Virginia, which loses senior J.R. Reynolds after making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001.

U.S. All-Stars
Solomon Alabi, 7-1, Montverde Academy (Fla.), Florida State
Jeff Allen, 6-8, Hargrave Acad. (Va.), Virginia Tech
Malcolm Delaney, 6-2, Towson Catholic, Virginia Tech
Braxton Dupree, 6-8, Calvert Hall, Maryland
Dino Gregory, 6-6, Mount St. Joseph’s, Maryland
Dorenzo Hudson, 6-5, Hargrave Academy (Va.), Virginia Tech
Jeff Jones, 6-5, Monsignor Bonner (Pa.), Virginia
Terrence Oglesby 6-2 Bradley Central (Tenn.), Clemson
Mike Scott, 6-8, Hargrave Academy (Va.), Virginia - pictured right
Julian Vaughn, 6-10, Oak Hill Acad. (Va.), Florida State

Capital All-Stars
Augustus Gilchrist, 6-10, Progressive Christian, Virginia Tech
Jerai Grant, 6-8, DeMatha, Clemson
Shane Walker, 6-10, Montrose Christian, Maryland

UNC LANDS ZERO OF TOP 150 RECRUITS

According to ESPN.com, 29 of the top 150 high school basketball recruits are heading to the ACC. Technically, it looks like Duke is the winner with 3 guys out of the top 20. Virginia Tech and Boston College both landed 4 each, while Wake, FSU, Georgia Tech and Virginia got three each. Maryland and Clemson each landed a pair, and Miami and NCSU one each. Who’s missing? UNC – ZERO. No scholarships to offer, perhaps? Virginia has two kids with famous names: Mustapha Farrakhan (Louis’ grandson) and Jeff Jones (no relation).

UNC has no incoming recruits; when high school center Kevin Love chose UCLA over North Carolina, coach Roy Williams opted to save his lone available scholarship slot for the 2008 class.

Here they are:

4 Kyle Singler SF Duke
6 Nolan Smith SG Duke
15 James Hickson C N.C. State
17 Taylor King SF Duke
23 Gani Lawal PF GA Georgia Tech
34 Solomon Alabi C FL Florida State
45 Rakim Sanders SG RI Boston College
50 James Johnson SF WY Wake Forest
54 Edwin Rios PG FL Miami (FL)
55 Malcolm Delaney SG Virginia Tech
60 Dorenzo Hudson SG Virginia Tech
62 Jeff Jones SG Virginia
66 Maurice Miller PG Georgia Tech
67 Braxton Dupree, Maryland
69 Jeff Teague PG Wake Forest
95 Lance Storrs SG Georgia Tech
97 Gary Clark SG Wake Forest
105 Mustapha Farrakhan F Virginia
106 Jerai Grant PF Clemson
108 Josh Southern C MI Boston College
117 Augustus Gilchrist PF Virginia Tech
119 Julian Vaughn C Florida State
126 Adrian Bowie SG Maryland
132 Jordan DeMercy SF Florida State
134 Biko Paris PG Boston College
143 Terrell Bell SF Virginia Tech
145 Terrence Oglesby Clemson
148 Sam Zeglinski PG Virginia
149 Corey Raji PF Boston College

PICTURE OF THE DAY

SOON TO BE FIRED? Lacrosse scandal, lose your chick coach to Texas, keep recruiting big slow white kids, get beat by UNC twice in hoop, get bounced by the dreaded mid-major and the next thing you know this pops up.

http://fire.joealleva.com/

Being and Athletic Director ain't what it used to be.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

YO, NAKED. According to http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org - On March 10th and June 9th and 30th, 2007 cities across the world will experience the naked joy of the worlds largest naked protest against oil dependency and car culture in the history of humanity. It is time to stop indecent exposure to automobile emissions and to celebrate the power and individuality of our bodies! Naked Bicycle People Power! Rides in London, Paris, Miami, Seattle and Washington DC (June 9).

Sign up to today to participate in an existing event or start a new one!

Anybody? Bring lots of sunscreen.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

SNOW. In April. So much so that the Indians v. Angels series was moved to Milwaukee. Need we say more?

Monday, April 9, 2007

ACC CHOKES YET AGAIN

In front of the largest crowd to ever witness a college baseball game in Lexington, VMI posted a 5-2 win over #3 Virginia at Gray-Minor Stadium, marking the highest-ranked opponent the Keydets have ever defeated on the diamond. The win brings the Keydets’ record to 22-8 on the season, while the Cavaliers fall to 27-6. It was the Keydets’ first win over the Cavaliers since April 13, 1995.

In their previous two games, VMI edged Rockbridge County High School 8-7, and Lylburn Downing Middle School 2-1. In its next game, the Keydets fell to Virginia Tech 13-6.

CALL US THE CUBS: WAIT ‘TIL NEXT YEAR

Let’s review. There was just one ACC team in the Sweet 16, no teams in the Final Four. Duke lost in the first round, and UNC flamed out in the Elite 8. There was Maryland buckling under some bad calls, some off court issues at NC State and the worst: UNC's mascot dying after being hit by a car.

So what about next year? Sure, the ACC will have it's usual departures to the NBA and just plain ol' graduation, but there is so much left at the table. If anything, the ACC this past season was a bunch of promising teams just waiting to emerge, but didn't. Not yet. According to AOL Fanhouse ACC, these teams should be the frontrunners in '08:

North Carolina: Right now, the belief is only Brandan Wright will leave [and that isn't a done deal yet], Reyshawn Terry graduates and they have nothing new coming in. What they will have is virtually everyone back from the past two outstanding recruiting classes. For the first time since 2005, Roy Williams can just fine tune his team without trying to teach them all on the fly. They'll be a national title contender from the opening tip.

Duke: Hope everyone got their licks in on Duke last year, because the Blue Devils will be back. Yeah, Josh McRoberts is leaving ... but that should be a good thing. Freshman Kyle Singler will fit in nicely ... along with newbies Nolan Smith and Taylor King. Oh, and they could reel in big man Patrick Patterson, too.

Georgia Tech: Provided everyone stays, Tech will emerge back to 2004 form. They lose only Mario West and could return their top eight scorers from last year. That will depend on Lewis Clinch, who played in the Jackets' first 14 games of the season before getting suspended from the team for conduct.

NC State: It usually takes a coach three seasons to get their program the way they want it. You could see Sidney Lowe's team develop as the season went along. They also bring in an impressive recruiting class. Brandon Costner can be a star in this league.

Of course, some programs will be hit very hard due to graduation. Boston College loses ACC Player of the Year Jared Dudley and Sean Marshall; Florida State loses All-ACC performer Al Thornton; Virginia loses J.R. Reynolds; Maryland loses DJ Strawberry, Mike Jones and Ekene Ibekwe ... three guys who were the reason that the Terps went on that tear at the end of '07; surprising Virginia Tech loses their magical backcourt of Zabian Dowdell and Jamon Gordon.

Of course, these schools do bring back studs like Tyrese Rice, Toney Douglas, Sean Singletary, Greivis Vasquez and Deron Washington, respectively. Also, teams like Clemson and Miami will bring back most of their guys back. There will be no coaching change in the conference, and five schools are bringing in recruiting classes rated in Scout.com's Top 25 [and UNC isn't one of them].

More on this later.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

TIGER doing the kind of thing only Tiger can do. Stuck behind a tree on #11 in yesterday's final round of the Masters. Woods took a full swing and snapped his club on a tree. Not surprisingly, he parred the hole, but couldn't catch eventual winner Zach Johnson.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NASCAR - it looks like fun, pretty day, colorful cars, intense competition, electric guitars, so why don't we really care?

Sunday, April 8, 2007

ALMOST TOO STUPID TO BE BELIEVED

Morning talk show radio host Don Imus clearly went temporarily insane late last week. What other reason could the long-time media veteran have for being so stupid? Following Tennessee’s victory in the women’s Final Four over Rutgers, Imus called the Rutgers squad “nappy-headed hos.” If that seems unbelievable, it should. Unfortunately, it’s true. Perhaps they were trying to be funny?

Only there was nothing funny about Imus and his executive producer Bernard McGuirk taking turns calling the Rutgers women's basketball players "hos" on Imus' Thursday morning show. McGuirk called them "hardcore hos," but Imus corrected him, calling the Scarlet Knights "nappy-headed hos." Then sports announcer Sid Rosenberg joined in the fun and said the Rutgers team looked exactly like the Toronto Raptors – which, all things considered, was derogatory, but not racist.

Now let’s be frank: 1) A guy like Imus should know better, and 2) Have you seen him? He’s got no business commenting on how anybody looks. He’s a mess. But wait, there’s more: McGuirk kept things rolling by comparing the women's national championship game between Rutgers and Tennessee to the "Jigaboos vs. the Wannabees," which is in reference to a scene in Spike Lee's 1988 film "School Daze." Obviously, these knuckleheads are not familiar with the phrase “Quit while you’re behind.”

Friday morning, Imus apologized for the comments saying, "It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry." Needless to say, various groups are still calling for Imus’ head and job.

Duh.

ACC CHOKES AGAIN, LOSING CONTINUES

In yet another late collapse by an obviously superior ACC team, Boston College gave up three goals in the last 10 minutes to yak up the Frozen Four and the 2007 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship to Michigan State. In front of a record crowd of 19,432, the Eagles (29-12-1, 22-0 ACC) gave up the winning goal with just 18.9 seconds left. The Spartans then added an empty net goal near the buzzer.

The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for Eagles and sent them to their second loss in as many years in the national championship game after losing to Wisconsin in last year’s final, 2-1. “Can you believe this?” said ACC Commissoner John Swofford. “Nothing says ‘ice hockey’ like the ‘ACC,’ and now we haven’t won the Frozen Four since BC did way the hell back in 2001.”

SHOW HER THE MONEY!

Former Duke head coach Gail Goestenkors, the recently named Naismith Women's Coach of the Year, was introduced as the new women's coach at Texas on Thursday. The move came two days after Goestenkors resigned at Duke after 15 seasons with the the school and made four appearances in the Final Four since 1999. Despite turning the Blue Devils into a major power, the 44-year-old Goestenkors was unable to win a national championship while both UNC and Maryland did. That didn’t deter the Horns from shelling out one million clams a year for the next seven years. Yike!

THE WORST CRIME OF ALL - MASCOT CRIME

For the second time in less than a week, the man who worked part-time as Grump, the mascot for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons, has been arrested for sexual assault on a minor. It was Jay Hastings' second arrest on sexual assault charges in less than ONE week. The 42-year-old Scranton man was arrested Tuesday by White Haven police, who allege Hastings sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy he met in an Internet chat room.
Evidently, the first arrest on Saturday wasn't quite enough to get Grump’s attention.

Soon some Pennsylvania prison will have a new wacky mascot.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

BUNNY HUMOR...

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

IS THIS the real Don Imus or just a funny imitation?

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