10:00 AM Dallas Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman is being investigated over an alleged sexual assault at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. No charges have yet been filed against Spillman.
9:00 PM Police in Burnsville, Minnesota say they identified a home burglary suspect by sampling DNA from an empty beer can the suspect left at the scene of the crime. An arrest warrant has been issued for 41-year-old James Leavell over the burglary.
8:45 PMJulie Harper was found not guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder charges in the 2012 shooting death of her husband, former Carlsbad (California) High School volleyball coach Jason Harper. Julie had claimed she shot Jason in self-defense when he tried to sexually assault her.
Some say spring starts with the vernal equinox, or maybe the first robin of the year, or maybe even Opening Day. Ninja please. Nothing says spring has sprung until baseball players start fighting like schoolgirls near the pitcher’s mound.
Men’s magazine editors across the good ol’ U.S.A. have jumped on the Red Sox bandwagon by selecting the two most photogenic Boston players and photographing the hell out of them. Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett have been fighting for the worst sunburn related to flash photography since last season’s Series triumph.
(Ellsbury’s World Series bonus went towards a big damned truck, apparently.)
As OUT IN CENTER FIELD notes, Ellsbury’s SI featurette was just the latest salvo in the War on Q Ratings. Beckett was on the cover of MEN’S FITNESS. (No snickering.) Ellsbury was in a spread in MEN’S VOGUE. (Seriously? There’s a men’s version of Vogue now? Can we get Justin Timberlake to cover Madonna?) However, these men’s magazines aren’t really thinking about the big picture.