5:00 PM The Belfast Telegraph reports Rory McIlroy's lawsuit against his former agents is likely to go to trial next year. McIlroy claims Horizon Sports Management gave him a worse Nike endorsement deal than fellow golfing client Graeme McDowell.
4:30 PM The Baltimore Sun reports Ravens running back Ray Rice will be suspended two games by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Rice was arrested last February for assaulting his then-fiancee at an Atlantic City casino.
Last Sunday two University of Florida basketball players were charged with breaking into a car in St. Augustine, Florida.
(”They’re going to find you bro, you can’t be a f—ing fugitive!”)
Freshman Cody Larson, 19, and sophomore Erik Murphy, 20, both face felony burglary charges. A Florida basketball manager, Joshua Adel, was also charged with serving as a lookout for the alleged crime. All three have been suspended indefinitely from participating in basketball activities by coach Billy Donovan.
Jacksonville’s FirstCoastNews.com obtained an audio recording of a 33-minute conversation between the three in the back of a St. Augustine police cruiser after Murphy and Adel were arrested. Read more…
With Billy Gillispie getting canned by Kentucky yesterday, you figure he would’ve just packed up quietly and headed out of Dodge. After all, this was supposed to be a bitter, miserable guy who didn’t like anything about being in Lexington (if ESPN’s Pat Forde is to be believed). Well, does this look like that guy?:
(The 6-million-dollar smile?)
Gillispie held a 30-minute press conference in a Lexington hotel in which he cracked jokes and acted like he didn’t have a care in the world. Maybe he’s just relieved to be out from under all the pressure. Perhaps he thinks that Jeanine Edwardsmight return his phone calls now. The most likely reason for his new sunny disposition, though, is that he seems to think that he’ll be getting $6 million to not coach the team, no questions asked — even though he never actually signed his contract. The university, shockingly, isn’t going to cooperate with that.
Austin Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is quite the basketball standout of the Orlando area. So it should please many Gator fans in and around central Florida that the Winter Park product has announced his intentions to play for Billy Donovan’s squad.
Florida coach Billy Donovan wasn’t pleased with the way his two-time defending national champs ended the season left off of the March Madness brackets. So the Gators b-ball coach metered out a punishment most vile:
The ASSOCIATED PRESS also adds in that Billy barred his b-ballers from wearing any Florida Gators apparel. The punishments was for ending the season losing 8 of their last 11 games, and becoming the first defending champ to be left out of the following year’s NCAA tournament since Kansas in 1989. Read more…
TOSS A TATER FOR BEST MINOR LEAGUE BALL PROMOTION: One of the great hallmarks of our nation is our right to vote. Another cherished institution of our Land of Liberty is the timeless and simple joy of baseball.
And now, the two come gloriously together, as MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.COM is asking fans to cast their ballots for this year’s wackiest promotion.
From over hundreds of teams and thousands of Thunderstix giveaways, the head honchos of the demotion diamonds have whittled their list down to a final 10 selections.
These include the Ft. Myers Miracle’s “Billy Donovan Night”, where fans could negotiate their way out of their ticket purchase - a fun play off of the Gator coach ditching on the Orlando Magic.
The Portland Beavers got their heads together to come up with “Bob L. Head Night”, in which the giveaway was a bobblehead of an actual person named Bob L. Head.
The Williamsport Crosscutters had a celebration of the 20th anniversary of “The Great Potato Caper.” In a 1987 game, a Williamsport player smuggled a spud onto the field, and during play, threw the tater instead of the ball - hoping to fool the other team and the umps.
Other choices include the Lowell Spinners’ “Politically Correct Night”, the Altoona Curve’s “Awful Night”, and the Bowie Baysox’s “Office Space Night” - a tribue to the 1999 film and stapler snatchers everywhere.
So, go ahead and rock the vote. It’s your American duty.
Wolf claims the game was “scrapped because a suitable date could not be found by Fox Sports, which wanted to televise the game, according to USC officials. Another road block occurred when Gators coach Billy Donovan quit and returned, which delayed discussions further.”
Right, I’m sure it has nothing to do with Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt going pro.
The Fort Myers Miracle gave a salute to the NFL’s own Cell Block C on Thursday will all sorts of jail-themed jocularity. Fans wearing orange were given literal slaps on the wrists by an on-site lawyer, while team employees with handcuffs wore Chad Johnson jerseys with targets on the back. Chad Johnson even threw out the opening pitch (not Ocho Cinco himself, but a similar named fellow).
Upcoming Miracle events to keep an eye on include “Mike Tyson Ear Night” on June 28 annd “Scientology Night” on August 10.
It’s no surprise that the Fort Myers squad is co-owned by Mike Veeck, the man behind such minor league memories as “Nobody Night” (where fans were kept out of the park in order to set the lowest-ever baseball attendance record), and a proposed “Vasectomy Night” on Father’s Day.
As part Whitley’s piece, the unsung Sentinel, which happens to harbor the best collection of sports columnists of any sports section in the U.S., delivers the dead-on head: “Paid and Confused“.
And somehow, Whitley uncovers something crazier than Billy Donovan pulling down more than Urban Meyer: “Donovan and Meyer still combine to make $750,000 a year less than Dodgers center fielder Juan Pierre, who hasn’t won a national title and is batting .269.”