NCAA prez Emmert: Food rule was ‘absurd’

NCAA president Mark Emmert said Friday that he was happy to take pressure off his organization and its member schools as the governing body's legislative council voted earlier this week to eliminate all previous restrictions on food for athletes.

"The biggest problem was, the NCAA has historically had all kinds of, I don't know how to describe it [except to say] dumb rules about food," Emmert said on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" show. "The infamous one is you can provide between meals a snack, but you can't provide a meal. Well, then you got to define what's the difference between a snack and a meal? So it was literally the case that a bagel was defined as a snack – unless you put cream cheese on it. Now it becomes a meal. That's absurd."

Emmert went on to say that "if UConn wants to feed Shabazz [Napier] breakfast in bed every day they can," but he made a point of saying that the new rules weren't brought about because of the Huskies guard's recent comments that sometimes he went to bed "starving."

The problem wasn't an issue only for schools, it was a burden on the NCAA, as well.

"We wind up having to enforce the stupid rule, which means you have to have someone watching if someone is putting cream cheese on a bagel," Emmert said.

Emmert told ESPN.com that if the deregulation of food gives some schools advantages over other schools, so be it.

"The notion that schools might compete by offering better quality food, that's not inherently a bad thing," Emmert said. "So let's compete over who can provide the best nutrition for a student-athlete. We compete over who can give them the best locker room. I'd rather they compete over who can give them the best nutrition. So will there be competition around that, I'm sure there will be, but I don't think that's a bad thing."

Next week, Northwestern football players will vote on whether to form a union. For his part, Emmert said, "Most of the things that I saw Northwestern athletes asking for are either in place or on their way to being in place."

One issue brought up by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter in his hearing with the National Labor Relations Board was the idea of completely covering medical expenses. Emmert said the NCAA spends $20 million a year on premiums to cover a long-term disability insurance policy for athletes. The NCAA policy has covered some former athletes who were permanently disabled on the field of play during their college years for at least 20 years.

Emmert said that 2014 will be a year of progress, as he expects the NCAA to approve a measure that will cover the gap between a scholarship and the full cost of attendance. Emmert also said a vote will take place next week on a rule that will tack on an extra year at the end of the eligibility of a player who transfers and immediately has to sit out a season.

"You don't want to be punitive to an athlete who makes a change, obviously, but you don't want to have coaches recruiting people off other people's benches," Emmert said.

As the pressure mounts on the NCAA, with lawsuits and potential unionization of the Northwestern players, Emmert told ESPN.com he hopes the current model will survive.

"The reality is that the model serves more than a half a million students every year very well," Emmert said. "It produces $2.7 billion in scholarship support. Are there things we need to fix? You bet there are. But you don't throw that baby out with the bathwater. We have to find ways to change and improve without ruining that successful model.

"It's far too easy to look at this huge top-line revenue number and say 'Everyone is making money,' when the reality is that that top-line number supports a half a million kids."

Athletes’ union criticizes Northwestern appeal

WASHINGTON – The College Athletes Players Association is criticizing Northwestern University's argument for overturning a ruling that would allow the school's football players to unionize.

Northwestern is appealing a ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board who said that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize.

CAPA says Northwestern "has not established grounds for review of the regional director's factfinding." Wednesday's filing also attacks other parts of the appeal.

The players are set to vote by secret ballot April 25 on whether to form a union. CAPA would represent them.

The Evanston, Ill.-based university argues in the appeal that its athletic program "is fully integrated with its academic mission, and that it treats its athletes as students first."

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NCAA outlines stance in opposition to ‘pay for play’ in memo

 

Dabo Swinney isn't a fan of the college athletes' union movement. (USATSI)
Dabo Swinney isn't a fan of the school athletes' union motion. (USATSI)

With the College Athletes Gamers' Association union movement on one aspect, and the Ed O'Bannon and Jeffrey Kessler lawsuits (amongst others) on the opposite, you can't blame the NCAA for feeling threatened lately. And in flip, you can't blame it for a talking factors memo revealed by al.com Sunday that seeks to "help members in conducting public outreach or responding to media requests."

 

That includes a number of bullet factors beneath headings like "Why Pay for Play Isn't the Answer," "Necessary Information/Proof Points," and "The World with Scholar-Athlete Unions/Pay for Play," the memo initially surfaced on the website of the Nationwide Affiliation of Collegiate Women Athletics Directors. An NCAA spokesperson told al.com that the NCAA created the memo after "our members requested details and information on pay-for-play as a result of there was so much misinformation in the media."

The memo also options quotes from the likes of Mike Slive, Larry Scott, South Carolina athletic director Pat Haden, and a prolonged one from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. Talking in late March, Swinney argued that "we have got enough entitlement on this nation as it's" and "to say these guys get nothing totally devalues an education."

Placing apart the issue of whether or not the NCAA needs to be championing feedback that describe the CAPA's emphasis on lengthy-term well being points and assured scholarships as "entitlement," it's worth noting – as SBNation did – that the NCAA's version of Swinney's feedback neatly elides that he began them by saying "I have no idea" what to make of the NLRB resolution and "I really do not know sufficient about it to comment.”

That doesn't essentially imply Swinney's feedback must be dismissed out of hand. But still, it seems worthy of an "oops" all the same.

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Umps boot Farrell

 

Red Sox skipper John Farrell is not happy about the new replay system.
Red Sox skipper John Farrell will not be glad concerning the new replay system. (USATSI)

 

 

In the fourth inning of Sunday evening's loss to the Yankees, John Farrell of the Red Sox turned the primary supervisor to be ejected for arguing an overturned name. MLB admitted to botching a name in opposition to Boston on Saturday and it appeared the frustration boiled over.

The call was overturned after Yankees skipper Joe Girardi challenged a bang-bang play at first base. Francisco Cervelli was called out on a would-be inning-ending double play, but replay confirmed he beat the throw. The call was overturned, Cervelli was safe at first, and a run scored on the play. The run wound up being the distinction in the recreation.

"It was clear the replay was inconclusive," stated Farrell to reporters after the sport. "On the heels of yesterday, this is a tough tablet to swallow. It's arduous to have a lot faith within the system right now."

Managers have been instructed not to argue calls following a replay, but there does not seem like a rule that says arguing ends in an computerized ejection. Farrell did get his money's worth although, chewing out the umpires fairly good before walking off the field.

The Yankees held on for a 3-2 win within the series finale, taking three games in the four-sport set.

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Michigan repels Tennessee rally to advance

Michigan Closes Out Tennessee To Advance

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan coach John Beilein had watched his group blow almost all of a 15-level lead, and he was sure he knew how Tennessee would try to take the lead.

With 6 seconds left and trailing 72-71, Cuonzo Martin would probably send the ball into Jarnell Stokes, who would attempt to back into the post or drive. Beilein urged his defenders to buckle down and keep Stokes away from the rim.

Jordan Morgan, who scored 15 points, heeded his coach's recommendation and stood his ground until Stokes lowered his shoulder. The senior forward immediately crashed to the floor – perhaps embellishing the contact – but drawing the call that saved the sport for Michigan and infuriated Tennessee's "Rocky High" contingent.

Huge Ten player of the yr Nik Stauskas made a late free throw and nobody was more relieved than Beilein when Jordan McRae's 70-foot heave fell harmlessly to the ground because the buzzer sounded on a seventy three-seventy one Michigan victory.

"We received simply sufficient stops," Beilein stated.

Tennessee thought they acquired one stop unfairly.

"With the magnitude of this recreation, I do not suppose you can call a charge at that time," McRae said dejectedly after scoring 24 factors.

But the officers did name it, allowing Michigan to reach a second straight regional final.

The Wolverines (28-8) have gained 10 of their last eleven, none as tenuous or excruciating as this one to set up a Sunday showdown towards eighth-seeded Kentucky, the 2012 nationwide champion. The Wildcats received seventy four-69 over fourth-seeded Louisville, which beat Michigan in final yr's nationwide championship recreation.

Tennessee nearly pulled off one of the vital stunning comebacks in current regional reminiscence.

With 10:55 to go, Spike Albrecht's layup gave Michigan a seemingly insurmountable 60-45 lead.

When Stauskas made the final of his three 3-pointers with three:forty to go, the Wolverines still led 70-60. Stauskas finished with 14 points.

For some motive, Michigan went into panic mode and, simply two weeks after nearly blowing two huge leads within the Big Ten match, they nearly threw this one away.

The Volunteers staunch protection restricted Michigan to only one basket over the final three:forty and compelled 4 turnovers within the closing ninety seven seconds to offer themselves a chance within the closing seconds.

"I do not think I fouled him," mentioned Stokes, who had 11 factors and six rebounds after two straight double-doubles. "However it was a wise play for him to try to take the charge. He just about anticipated it."

Just as Beilein had predicted.

For a lot of the evening, Michigan relied on its taking pictures stars to remain in control against a defense that had allowed just 54.zero factors in its previous eight games.

The Wolverines took a thirteen-point lead in the first half and nonetheless led 45-34 at halftime as a result of they have been shooting 61.5 p.c from the sector and made 7 of 9 on three-pointers. Michigan did not slow down early within the second half, both, taking the most important lead of the sport at 60-forty five.

But one way or the other Tennessee played itself right back into the sport.

The eleventh-seeeded Vols, who had a primary-spherical recreation in time beyond regulation at Dayton, Ohio, just to start their surprising postseason run, lower the deficit to sixty two-56 with 6:forty five left. They acquired within 72-sixty seven when McRae completed a 3-point play with 1:fifty six to go. They made it seventy two-sixty nine when Josh Richardson scored the final of his 19 points on a layup with 24.6 seconds left. McRae's layup following one other Michigan turnover made it 72-seventy one with 10.eight seconds remaining.

So when the officers ruled Michigan's Caris LeVert caught the ball with one foot on the baseline and 9.6 seconds left, Martin made the sensible name by giving Stokes an opportunity to win it with a basket or draw the foul.

"We bought the ball to Jarnell. Jordan set a display screen for him to get him proper to isolate him, assault him within the center," Martin explained. "Obviously we got the ball the place we needed."

Nonetheless, the call went against them.

"We heard all week about they'd mismatches and the way we could not guard them inside," Morgan stated after letting out a scream on the end. "We're not really mushy round here. That is not who we're."

 

UConn holds off Iowa State at MSG

 

THE BIG APPLE – DeAndre Daniels' UConn teammates were going to keep passing him the ball until he cooled off.

By the time that happened, it was too late for Iowa State.

Daniels scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, and the Huskies hung on for an 81-seventy six victory Friday to reach the East Regional final a year after UConn was barred from the NCAA match.

"DeAndre's a scorer, and once you are feeling that you've that confidence, the following shot's going to go in," said senior Shabazz Napier, who knows a thing or two about scoring himself. "We stored feeding him, and he bought super scorching."

Daniels hit his first six photographs after halftime, the one Husky to make a area aim for over eight half of minutes. His three-pointer gave seventh-seeded UConn a forty nine-32 lead.

The third-seeded Cyclones rallied late, pulling within sixty seven-63 with 2 half minutes remaining. However senior Niels Giffey hit a three in the nook for his first factors because the recreation's opening moments, and when the Huskies (29-8) made their free throws within the remaining minute, the UConn followers packing Madison Sq. Backyard could have a good time.

The Huskies will face fourth-seeded Michigan State on Sunday for a trip to the Final 4.

Dustin Hogue scored a profession-excessive 34 factors for Iowa State (28-8), but Large 12 participant of the year Melvin Ejim was three of 13 for seven points, greater than eleven below his average.

The Cyclones, within the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000, had been enjoying their second game with out third-leading scorer Georges Niang, who broke his foot of their tournament opener.

They trailed by sixteen with less than 7 half of minutes to go however almost came all the way again behind Hogue's scoring inside.

"That is who these guys are, they're fighters," coach Fred Hoiberg stated.

With UConn clinging to a 70-sixty five lead and fewer than a minute left, Iowa State's Naz Lengthy missed a three-pointer, and the 6-1 Napier pulled down the rebound and was fouled by Hogue. The guard calmly drilled each free throws.

UConn was 20 of twenty-two from the foul line, while Iowa State was 6 of 15.

Napier, the American Athletic Conference player of the 12 months, drained 4 early three-pointers, then made just one more area purpose the remainder of the best way. However the quick start by Napier and backcourt mate Ryan Boatright opened up house for the 6-foot-9 Daniels, an inconsistent junior who can score all over the courtroom when he is on.

Since a stretch in late February and early March when he failed to achieve double figures in 4 straight games, Daniels had averaged 15 in his last six outings before Friday. Then towards Iowa State, he shot 10 of 15 and pulled down 10 rebounds.

"With our seniors on this staff, I simply need them to exit with a bang," Daniels stated.

Ejim and DeAndre Kane, Iowa State's prime scorers, have been a mixed 9 of 31. But Hogue, from nearby Yonkers, discovered plenty of space, shooting 15 for 19.

"To play within the Backyard, it's one thing I dreamed about as a child," he mentioned.

After Napier's tough early 3-pointers – he was falling away on two of them and stepping back to open a sliver of space on a 3rd – Boatright and Daniels took over. The three combined for all however six of the Huskies' factors as they constructed a 36-26 halftime lead.

Second-year coach Kevin Ollie is now 3-zero within the NCAA event after taking over for mentor Jim Calhoun, who gave him a giant hug after this one was over. The final time UConn made it this far, the Huskies won a nationwide title when Napier and Giffey have been freshmen.

The current upperclassmen might have transferred after this system's low scores on the NCAA's tutorial progress measure stored UConn from final yr's Large East and NCAA tournaments.

"We were banned from quite a lot of issues," Ollie stated. "We couldn't come here for the match, but they weren't banned from loving and pushing and encouraging one another, and that is what it's all about. Those darkish times, if you don't surrender at nighttime instances, it can reverse, the wind will begin going in your favor, your path.

"And I think that is what's happened now."

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Two tie for 50-yard freestyle title at NCAAs

AUSTIN, Texas – Three months ago, Alabama's Kristian Gkolomeev lived in Greece. Two months ago, Arizona's Brad Tandy was ineligible for NCAA competition.

On Thursday, they shared a national title in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA men's swimming championships, each finishing in 18.95 seconds.

Tandy, cleared by the NCAA last month after its investigation of his year off after high school spent in South Africa training to make the country's Olympic team, held a slim lead after the first 25 yards.

But Gkolomeev, who moved to the United States in January, rallied in the final 25.

"Usually my first 25 is the strongest, so I'm kind of used to having that open water," Tandy said. "I hit (the turn) fine, I just couldn't quite get the grab to maintain my speed from the first 25. Luckily, it was a tie, so I'm pretty happy with that."

Texas, serving as this year's host, is looking for its first NCAA men's swimming title since 2010. Led by freshman Michael Dixon, who won an individual championship in the 1-meter springboard, the Longhorns, with 146 points, had a one-point lead over California after the first of three days.

"Have you ever seen a meet like this in your life? There's never been one like it," Texas coach Eddie Reese said. "If we win one here, I can turn the guys loose Saturday night and I can go home."

The Golden Bears, who won the 400 medley and 200 freestyle relays Thursday, are trying to capture their third title in four years.

"You don't get to do that too often in a sport where you put four guys together and let them go after it," Cal coach David Durden said. "Relays are fun. It was never one split or one person. It was kind of the collective group that did the job."

Florida's Marcin Cieslak won the 200 individual medley in 1:40.58. The Gators were third with 137 points.

Defending champion Michigan was fourth with 109 points, followed by Georgia with 74.

Southern California's Cristian Quintero won his first individual NCAA championship with a pool-record 4:10.02 in the 500 freestyle, an event he finished third in last year and second the year before.

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Still dancing: No. 11 seed Dayton into Elite 8

 

Dayton defeated Stanford eighty two-72 to advance to the Elite Eight for the primary time since 1984.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Like a red and blue blur, the Dayton Flyers have been pressing and passing, capturing and scoring. The waves by no means seemed to stop coming, with 10, eleven after which 12 gamers giving them high quality minutes.

An exhausted and foul-plagued Stanford simply could not keep up.

The underdog Flyers – an 11 seed on this South Region – are actually in the Elite Eight for the primary time since 1984 after an emphatic eighty two-72 victory over Stanford on Thursday evening.

"We had eleven guys rating within the sport and from prime to bottom, we stored coming and coming," Dayton coach Archie Miller said. "The best way they shared the ball and moved the ball.. it was a real workforce effort. It's good that on the most important stage, we acted like ourselves."

Jordan Sibert scored 18 factors and freshman Kendall Pollard added a season-excessive 12, as Dayton (26-10) made sure this one wasn't significantly close after slipping by in the first two rounds. The 6-foot-4 Sibert was spectacular, slashing to the basket and draining three-pointers, to assist the Flyers lead for almost the entire night.

Dayton confirmed its depth early, using a dozen players in the first half to put on down Stanford.

"They had been relentless," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "That's the best way I can put it."

No. 10 Stanford (23-thirteen) had the superior put up play, nevertheless it wasn't enough. Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 21 factors, but shot 5 of 21 from the field. Dwight Powell added 17 and Stefan Nastic – who fouled out with more than 5 minutes left – had 15.

Dayton, the last remaining of the six Atlantic 10 teams in the discipline of sixty eight, will play top total seed Florida on Saturday. The Gators beat UCLA seventy nine-sixty eight late Thursday night.

Sibert finished 7 of 12 from the sector, together with 4 of 9 from 3-level vary. He had loads of help, including from Pollard, a 6-foot-6 guard who frequently obtained to the basket and helped the Flyers stretch their lead within the first half.

"Folks have been doubting us and not giving us plenty of credit," Sibert mentioned. "I do know these guys. I know what coach needs. We all need to win. On the end of the day all of us need to be considered winners."

Pollard was averaging two factors per game, however Miller didn't hesitate to provide him large minutes once he bought scorching.

"This guy's a big-time winner," Miller stated. "He isn't afraid of anything."

Devin Oliver scored 12 factors and Matt Kavanaugh added 10. Dayton's bench had a 34-2 scoring advantage over Stanford.

The Flyers had been good in just about every side, capturing forty eight.three p.c (28 of 58) and dishing 19 assists on 28 area objectives.

They made nearly the whole lot they threw on the basket early. Scoochie Smith's corner three-pointer put the Flyers ahead 15-13 early and Stanford's Powell – who averages almost 14 points per game – was shortly banished to the bench with two fouls.

Foul bother was an early theme, and a much larger problem for Stanford.

The Cardinal rely on a six-man rotation. When the Flyers would lose a man to foul bother, they merely replaced him with someone who was simply as capable.

Issues went from unhealthy to worse for Stanford late within the first half. The Cardinal fell behind by double-digits and Dawkins was called for a technical foul. Dawkins said it was the correct name.

"I used to be simply more or less making an attempt to get my crew going," Dawkins said. "I thought we had been shedding momentum, we had already burned a timeout and it was a scenario the place I needed to get our guys fired up."

It didn't work.

Sibert nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to provide Dayton a 42-29 lead, though the Flyers had to settle for a forty two-32 halftime benefit.

Stanford made a comeback early in the second half – as well-known Cardinal supporters Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on – thanks to sturdy publish play.

But the Cardinal simply couldn't stay out of foul hassle. Nastic – who was main Stanford with 13 factors on the time – picked up his fourth foul with greater than thirteen minutes remaining and fouled out with more than 5 minutes left.

Stanford managed to tug inside sixty four-58 after Powell made the bucket and free throw after being fouled, but the Cardinal couldn't get any nearer. The Flyers merely kept sending waves at the Cardinal, scoring from inside and out in the last minutes.

Both groups had made impressive runs to make it so far. Dayton had knocked off in-state rival Ohio State and Syracuse whereas Stanford has dispatched increased-seeds New Mexico and Kansas.

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NFL to penalize goalpost dunk next season

Not solely is the New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham redefining the tight end place, however he has also inspired an NFL rule change. In accordance with the league's vp of officiating, players will now not be allowed to dunk the ball over the goalpost after touchdowns.

Dean Blandino confirmed the rule change throughout a radio interview with "The Dan Patrick Present" on Tuesday. He said dunking the ball over the crossbar will now be considered a foul together with other landing celebrations that involve props.

Beforehand, dunks had been grandfathered in as a legal celebration, along with the Lambeau Leap.

"We grandfathered in some, the Lambeau Leap and things like that, however dunking will come out," Blandino stated, according to NFL.com. "Using the ball as a prop or any object as a prop, whether that's the goalpost, the crossbar, that will come out and that might be a foul next season."

Graham is clearly the primary inspiration for the rule. Twice in his profession, his celebratory dunks have knocked the uprights off steadiness. Last season in Atlanta, a Thursday night time recreation had to be delayed while employees releveled the crossbar.

And no player in the NFL will likely be extra affected by the rule change than Graham, who has caught extra landing passes over the previous three seasons (36) than anyone else within the league. A former basketball player on the University of Miami, the 6-foot-7 Graham has made the goalpost dunk his trademark celebration.

Graham responded to the information in a tweet Tuesday afternoon, saying: "I guess I'll have to steer the @nfl in penalties subsequent yr!" together with a photo-shopped picture of a referee leaping to dam his attempt to dunk a ball over the crossbar. He later deleted the tweet.

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Lakers score 51 in 3rd quarter, blast Knicks

 

L. A. – With Knicks president Phil Jackson watching from a luxurious suite excessive above the courtroom, his new crew's teetering playoff hopes bought an enormous shove from his previous group's incredible offensive present.

Xavier Henry scored 22 points, Nick Young hit five 3-pointers whereas scoring 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers set a franchise file with 51 points within the third quarter of their 127-96 victory over New York on Tuesday evening.

Although the Lakers have sixteen NBA championships and a luminous listing of former superstars, these groups by no means had a quarter to match to the 12 magical minutes played after halftime by Los Angeles' present patchwork roster.

And no Knicks defense had ever given up fifty one factors in a quarter till this staff did it in a key sport for its postseason chase. New York dropped three games behind Atlanta for the eighth playoff spot in the Jap Conference.

"We hit photographs everywhere," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni stated. "It is infectious. If you begin taking good photographs, they begin getting in, and even the hard shots start entering into."

Certainly, the Lakers hit 19 of their 26 photographs with six three-pointers, stretching an eight-level halftime lead to 30. Nine players contributed a discipline purpose to the spree, led by nine factors from Chris Kaman in his first recreation motion in March.

"It feels good, but it solely lasts one evening," stated Henry, who played exceptionally nicely with a torn ligament in his taking pictures wrist. "We've just received to be encouraged for the remainder of the season from it."

Kent Bazemore scored 18 points as the Lakers received consecutive video games for the first time in additional than three weeks with a season-excessive 82 factors from their reserves, including Henry and Younger.

Jodie Meeks had four three-pointers as Los Angeles completed one three-pointer shy of the only-recreation club record in the course of the Lakers' highest-scoring game of the season. 5 players hit multiple 3-pointers, together with three apiece for Henry and rookie Ryan Kelly.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks, who have misplaced two straight after an eight-sport winning streak. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 factors and Amare Stoudemire had sixteen within the Knicks' seventh straight highway loss to the Lakers since 2007.

"On the finish of the day, it's simply particular person pleasure," mentioned J.R. Smith, who had 12 points. "It's important to have delight in guarding your man, guarding the ball, and we simply did not have that the final three quarters."

The Knicks are assured of a dropping season with their forty second loss, and the Hawks have two games in hand in the playoff race. Those excessive stakes and Jackson's looming presence weren't sufficient to spur New York to a competent defensive efficiency.

"I believed we came out ready to play," New York coach Mike Woodson mentioned. "I imply, we held them to 14 factors in the first quarter, and then that second and third quarter, all hell broke loose. We just didn't have any reply for them from a defensive standpoint. I thought the plan was good starting the game, and after they went to their bench, they got here out blazing and we simply couldn't management them."

Jackson's fiancee, Lakers government Jeanie Buss, watched from the second row. The eleven-time NBA champion coach arrived late at the constructing the place he received five titles with the Lakers, who declined to re-hire him early last season, infuriating much of their fan base.

With Pau Gasol sidelined by vertigo, Kaman had thirteen points and nine rebounds because the Lakers' starting center. Steve Nash also sat out for the seventeenth time within the Lakers' final 18 games.

The Lakers missed thirteen of their 18 pictures in a 14-point first quarter, however rolled off a 22-4 run in 5 1/2 minutes to open the second. Meeks and Jordan Hill then expanded the Lakers' lead with a 12-zero run early within the third before the Lakers really bought rolling.

 

Sport notes

Young converted a four-point play in the third quarter. He has six of the Lakers' nine four-level plays this season, each franchise data… Gasol will be re-examined Wednesday before the Lakers decide whether he'll travel with them to Milwaukee and Minnesota this week… Metta World Peace, the former Knicks and Lakers ahead, attended the game. New York waived the former Ron Artest on Feb. 24. He bought a rousing ovation from the Staples Center crowd when he appeared on the scoreboard in the first half, and he sat in Jackson's field during the second half.

 

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Cameron: 2018 vote sorted in advance

 

British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed doubts that the 2018 World Cup bidding process was performed fairly.

David Cameron had suggested a longer ban for Suarez would be 'very understandable'

David Cameron was a part of the bidding course of for the 2018 World Cup.

Cameron led England’s bid to host the match together with David Beckham and Prince William in 2010, which ended in frustration when Russia won.

FIFA has opened an investigation into the process which noticed Russia and Qatar awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. 9 members of the decision-making committee have resigned, but 13 stay in office, including FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

One of many members who resigned, Jack Warner, denied fresh allegations of corruption that had been levelled at him this week.

Speaking to The Solar, Cameron claims the end result was "sorted" prematurely and that plenty of promised votes didn't materialise.

He mentioned: "I might be very cautious what I say … It was a mad 24 hours of intensive lobbying which David Beckham and Prince William and I were doing collectively. We thought we were making progress. I feel the whole thing was … You choose your phrases rigorously. I might say 'sorted' earlier than we went into it. All I can let you know is there are a lot of people who promised they have been going to vote for me. And in the long run, I think we received one vote."

Cameron also said that despite frustrations at his experience, he will likely be glad to be concerned in the bidding course of to host matches at Euro 2020.

He said: "I'm going to attempt to assist the authorities in Scotland, Wales and England who want to bid for packages. Because the Olympics we've got a fantastic document of competitions coming here. I feel they are good to your economic system … They're a terrific advert for Britain."

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Sources: Phils want Rollins to lead or leave

Jimmy Rollins was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1996, has played his whole career with the group and has received a league MVP award and a World Sequence title.

However there is robust sentiment inside the group that the Phillies can be higher off trading him and establishing a brand new tone with a new shortstop, in keeping with sources.

There's one main hurdle – perhaps insurmountable – to any potential deal, in fact. Rollins has the precise to veto any commerce proposals, and he intends to remain. Rollins informed CSN Philly on Sunday that he won't waive his no-commerce rights anytime soon, indicating that he'd like to break Mike Schmidt's franchise report for hits. Rollins has 2,175 hits, 60 shy of Schmidt.

Rollins was benched on three successive days last week by Ryne Sandberg, who's entering his first full season as the Phillies' manager. The 2 talked and Sandberg downplayed the notion of a rift.

"[He's] an necessary part of the group," Sandberg instructed MLB.com. "He is got his role on the team as a veteran player, and he comes into spring coaching in very good form every year, and he has once more this 12 months. He's bought his enjoying time and at-bats developing. It's also a long season enjoying up the center, so with him and Chase [Utley], I am cautious with their days. I do know the grind of a season, and Jimmy plays over a hundred and fifty games a year. It's the time of the spring proper now where he'll have a while [off] down the stretch."

Nonetheless, sources indicate that some in influential positions in the organization need Rollins to lead, by investing himself extra completely in day by day work and setting a powerful instance for others. If Rollins is not going to do this, the sentiment of some is that the crew can be better off transferring him as quickly as potential.

Rollins, 35, will make $eleven million this 12 months, and with 434 plate appearances in 2014, an $eleven million possibility for the 2015 season would vest.

 

 

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Edwards fights rain to win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After two rain delays lasting greater than 5 hours, a slick race monitor wasn't going to cease Carl Edwards from celebrating his first win of the season.

He pulled his car to the start/end line at Bristol Motor Speedway, climbed out to his window ledge and prepared for his celebratory backflip.

Then, Edwards had a brief second of clarity.

"Oh, man, I thought, `That is stupid. I should not do this.. It is awfully shiny. It is perhaps slick,' " he said. "I did not need to stick it completely and have my toes go that way and break my arm on the concrete. That would have been horrible. I used to be really really nervous about that."

But on this rain-soaked Sunday night, Edwards was going for the massive finish to a different lengthy day for NASCAR.

The start was delayed by nearly two hours, racing began and the sector obtained to Lap 124 earlier than the sky opened once more, and the race was stropped for an additional 3 hours, 18 minutes.

Much like the season-opening Daytona 500, which was stopped by rain for nearly six hours, the specter of more dangerous weather bringing a sudden halt to the race pressured the drivers to go onerous every single lap.

So when a warning with 77 laps remaining sent a lot of the field to pit street, Edwards' crew chief, Jimmy Fennig, made the decision to depart his driver on the track. The move gave Edwards the lead on the restart with 70 laps remaining.

"I believed when Jimmy stated we'll stay out, I thought, `Nicely, that is a good idea,' " Edwards stated. "After which no person stayed out round us, and I believed, `Oh boy, which may not be the best factor.' It turned out to be perfect."

He had no hassle pulling out to a simple lead and had victory in sight when the yellow caution lights got here out right earlier than the scheduled white flag lap. No one was sure what the warning was for and Fennig even wondered if water injury might need inadvertently prompted the lights to turn on.

Then the sky suddenly opened and NASCAR had no alternative however to declare the race over.

NASCAR said after the race that someone within the flag stand accidentally leaned on a switch to set off the lights. NASCAR was pressured to challenge a full caution "as a result of operation of the lights was comprised."

"No hurt, no foul, let's act like it simply did not occur," Edwards told NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton.

Edwards led Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. across the end line. Aric Almirola from Richard Petty Motorsports was third as Ford drivers swept the highest three spots – one day after a Ford workforce received the Twelve Hours of Sebring sports automotive race for the primary time since 1969.

It was Edwards' twenty second career victory, third at Bristol, but first of the season – and the one that ought to clinch him a spot in the Chase for the Dash Cup championship beneath NASCAR's new qualifying format.

"We're within the Chase and we're going to go win this championship," stated Edwards.

Kevin Harvick

It was an eventful day for Kevin Harvick, whose day ended with a fireplace. He finished 39th.

Stenhouse was disappointed he did not get a shot to race his teammate for the win.

"I was pondering that I might use the bumper if the chance was there," he stated. "In the event you get the win, you're within the Chase and you'll let the remainder handle itself later. That's what I was actually thinking if we went back green. I used to be enthusiastic about doing no matter I could to win."

And Almirola also was having trouble accepting the ultimate final result.

"It is frustrating because I had one shot to race Carl for the lead, and these races are so onerous to win," he mentioned. "It was a terrific day for us, I'm not dissatisfied at all with third, however if you see it and you'll style it and it is that shut, you surprise what might have went totally different."

Tony Stewart salvaged a horrific begin to the weekend – he certified thirty seventh – by finishing a season-best fourth.

"I am fairly enthusiastic about that," Stewart said. "All people just labored exhausting all weekend. We had an extended way to go from Friday, when we weren't excellent and day by day we simply bought higher and higher. So, I'm actually pleased with this workforce."

Marcos Ambrose was fifth as each of RPM's drivers finished inside the highest five.

Polesitter Denny Hamlin was sixth in the highest-finishing Toyota and was adopted by Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. Brian Vickers was ninth and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the highest 10.

 

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Astros’ Singleton talks about addiciton to marijuana

 

Jonathan Singleton has admitted that he has a drug problem.
Jonathan Singleton has admitted that he has a drug drawback. (USATSI)

 

Astros first base prospect Jonathan Singelton has been suspended twice in the minor leagues for failing drug tests for marijuana. At the time of his second suspension, his official assertion noted a "lapse in judgement," but that truly wasn't true, based on Singleton himself.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Singleton revealed that he was hooked on pot and needed to enter a treatment program.

From the AP article:

"At this level it's fairly evident to me that I am a drug addict," he instructed The Related Press over breakfast on a recent day close to the Astros' camp. "I do not openly inform everybody that, but it surely's fairly apparent to myself."

Vividly so.

"I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I get pleasure from being excessive and I can't block that out of my mind that I get pleasure from that," he mentioned. "So I have to work towards that."

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"I knew I had a problem," he said. "Even after I failed the second drug test I could not quit smoking weed. It was actually unhealthy. Me going there was positively the perfect move."

He didn't feel that approach when he first entered. Fearing the unknown, he says he did not sleep for three days straight.

"They might turn off the lights at eleven:30 and I might simply sit there and stare at the ceiling as a result of I couldn't fall asleep," he said. "My coronary heart was beating too fast. I might get evening sweats. It was unhealthy. I legitimately went through withdrawal."

Singleton desperately needed to leave and wasn't open to the recovery course of.

"However after I was there for therefore lengthy it just grew on me," he said. "I was like, 'I will be right here for 30 days, so I'd as nicely get the best out of it that I can.' I used it as a learning experience."

Singleton said he has now prevented marijuana for over a 12 months, however he also ran into habit once more within the type of alcohol.

"I went by means of some slight nervousness, some despair because I wasn't being profitable," he mentioned. "That was definitely difficult and that drove me to drink."

He admits to abusing alcohol as a substitute for marijuana, getting drunk virtually day-after-day and "waking up hung over every morning."

The story up to now has a cheerful ending, as Singleton confirmed up for camp clean and in reportedly in fine condition. The AP story additionally pointed out that Singleton is confident he won't relapse and is in a superb place proper now with himself.

As far as on-field efficiency, it is easy to see how he could have been affected last season by the alcohol. He hit220/.340/.347 with six homers in seventy three games in Triple-A. In 2012, he hit284/.396/.497 with 27 doubles and 21 homers in 131 video games for Double-A Corpus Christi. His energy upside – he's 6-foot-2, 235 kilos – is why he is been ranked as a consensus high-30 prospect in all of baseball. He has a shot to open the 2014 season with the Astros, but another stint in Triple-A seems more possible at this juncture.

Staying clean will go a good distance toward him reaching his immense ceiling. Good luck to Singleton on that entrance.

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Report: Harbaugh ‘act has worn thin’ among 49ers

 

Has Jim Harbaugh's 'act worn thin' in San Francisco's locker room?
Has Jim Harbaugh's 'act worn thin' in San Francisco's locker room? (USATSI)

 

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If there are rumors about a coach getting traded – as is the case with Jim Harbaugh – there are certain to be rumors about mentioned coach's gamers being unhappy with stated coach. And on this case, there are!

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle reviews (via PFT) that Harbaugh's "act has worn thin" among a number of members of the locker room.

"One source with inside knowledge of the team says that Harbaugh's act has worn thin within the locker room, particularly amongst some key 'face of the 49ers' sort players," Killion writes. "While the group is winning, that is not a problem. However a number of losses might expose a widening rift."

Ought to we be stunned by this? No, not really. For starters, if you've received the smoke of the trade rumors with the Browns popping up around the combine, you're going to get the fire that is rumors about 49ers gamers being sad. It comes with the territory.

And secondly, it's exhausting to think about that Harbaugh's act does not wear thin on a few of the players in the locker room.

However you know what doesn't wear skinny? Profitable. And beneath Harbaugh the Niners win like crazy. They're 36-11-1 in his three seasons teaching in San Francisco, good for a whopping766 winning proportion.

The 49ers have been to 3-straight NFC Championship games, they're about to open up a brand new stadium in Santa Clara and so they'll host Super Bowl L after the 2015 season in that very stadium.

There's plenty of explanation why they should desire a coach who does nothing however win to stay round regardless of how people within the locker room may reportedly really feel.

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Cards’ Fitzgerald rips vetoed controversial AZ law

 

Larry Fitzgerald believes anti-gay laws 'have no place in our society.'
Larry Fitzgerald says laws like the one vetoed in Arizona do not 'have any place in our society.' (USATSI)

 

The NFL nearly had an excellent public relations crisis on its fingers when Arizona tried to pass SB 1062, which might've let restaurants refuse to serve people primarily based on sexual or religious preferences. The bill was vetoed at the final minute and the NFL didn't need to look for other location options for Super Bowl XLIX.

Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald is glad about that. But not just because it retains the Super Bowl in Arizona. He instructed Tom Pelissero of USA At present on Saturday that he does not consider laws like that "have anywhere in our society."

"I didn't assume there was any likelihood it was going to undergo," Fitzgerald mentioned. "I had a powerful feeling it might've been vetoed. It is good that it was, obviously. With the Tremendous Bowl coming or any (event) like that, I believe it simply would not have anywhere in our society. I am joyful that it is behind us now."

Had the law handed, the NFL was in a precipitous place. The Super Bowl would've been less than a year away, but Phoenix simply wasn't a suitable location with that regulation in place. Notably whereas preparing to welcome Michael Sam, more likely to be the first overtly-homosexual player in NFL history, into the league.

Transferring the Tremendous Bowl location was a possibility, however not an attractive one, given all the planning that goes into such an occasion. As an alternative, Arizona and the league now get to relax and prepare for the world's biggest stage.

"It's fun. It will be great for our neighborhood," Fitzgerald said. "It will generate some income for our state, and obviously, it offers us an opportunity to play at house, too. It's a lot of nice opportunities that current themselves."

Two issues. One, good for Fitzgerald for standing up for the rights of others. And two, good for Fitzgerald that he doesn't must spend the next 12 months answering questions about whether or not or not Phoenix is going to end up landing the Super Bowl.

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Tiger scuffles to 71

 

Tiger Woods didn't do much on the first day of the Honda Classic. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods didn't do much on the first day of the Honda Classic. (Getty Pictures)

 

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Tiger Woods had high hopes for his first event following disappointing finishes at the Farmers Insurance Open and Dubai Desert Traditional.

If these hopes are to be fulfilled they'll be despite his first spherical performance and not due to it.

Woods made birdie on the final to save lots of what would have been a not-good first spherical 72 and turn it right into a not-too-terrible first-round seventy one (1 over for the match).

Here's a take a look at his up-and-down scorecard (he began on the again nine with eight straight pars):

I say "not awful" as a result of it usually does not take an incredible score to par to win on the robust PGA National. The last seven successful scores: 9 underneath, 12 below, 9 under, thirteen beneath, 9 beneath, 6 below, and 5 below.

Plus Woods shot a 62 on Sunday at this observe back in 2012 when Rory McIlroy gained so we know he's a minimum of able to some magic.

Tiger fans may take solace on this:

Still, there's work to be executed for the world No. 1 and he'll have to begin with a decidedly better second spherical on Friday.

Woods didn't say much after his spherical as he is often wont to do after middling performances like the one he gave on Thursday.

He did tell Golf Channel he did not have it on a day when there have been scores to be posted (early leaders were at 5 beneath).

"I did not make a lot," said Woods. "The first 4 holes out of the gate I had 4 attractiveness, didn't make any of them. I didn't hit the ball very effectively on the back 9. I've to start placing higher."

Woods did have chances on his first 9 (the back 9 on the course) and some birdies littered in would have really buoyed his round. But like he said, he couldn't get it to fall within the cup.

As long as he keeps hitting fairways and greens (he was 67 p.c on greens in regulation) I'm fairly confident the putting stroke will come.

I believe he's, too.

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Sheriff: Hernandez in isolation

 

Hernandez is in jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges. (USATSI)
Hernandez is in jail awaiting trial on first-degree homicide . (USATSI)

Aaron Hernandez has been in jail since he was arrested last summer and charged with first-diploma homicide in the capturing loss of life of Odin Lloyd. Earlier this week, he was concerned in an altercation with one other inmate at the Bristol County Home of Corrections, although the Bristol County Sheriff would not supply specifics into exactly what occurred.

 

But in keeping with TMZ, Hernandez attacked one other inmate and "beat the man up pretty good." And NECN reviews that the inmate was handcuffed while Hernandez was not.

"Hernandez and the opposite inmate had been taunting one another in the days main up to the altercation," the NECN story added.

"We're investigating it now to find out why two inmates would have been out at the same time in that unit," said Sheriff Thomas Hodgson… "I am not pleased that there could have been a breakdown in our system and our protocols."

The Sheriff's Division says that Hernandez has been moved to a more restrictive unit for the following 30 days. NECN, which took a tour of the jail, described Hernandez's new dwelling for the following month:

His cell seems much like the one he was in prior to the altercation. It's a small barren room, with bars on the home windows, a double bunk bed, chrome steel bathroom and a small sitting area. Nevertheless, Hernandez can now not eat meals by himself within the cafeteria; instead, he should take meals in his cell….

Another situations stay the identical: Hernandez should spend 23 hours a day on this cell, except for three showers a week, and one hour of recreation a day. He also can take phone calls at times and have lawyer visits.

Hernandez stays in jail awaiting trial.

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Blatter wants video used to punish divers

 

FIFA president Sepp Blatter desires players who dive, fake injuries or waste materials time to be punished using video evidence retrospectively.

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter desires retrospective video proof to be used even more frequently.

 

The guidelines already allow such actions to be used, but Blatter believes disciplinary bodies are usually not really applying them when "severe breaches of the theory of fair have fun with" have been skipped by referees.

In FIFA's every week magazine, Blatter wrote: "I am not really talking about a fresh technological help to be utilized during matches, but about applying a tool consistently."

While not really advocating video proof to be utilized during video games, Blatter says it must be used later on to punish "brawling, spitting at opponents, verbal insults and racist slurs, the faking of injuries, intentional time-wasting or diving."

 

Lakers, Mavs maneuvering for Love

 

Kevin Love, a free agent in 2015, has made it identified he needs to play in a serious market. (USATSI)

 

The Lakers and Mavericks are attempting to assemble trade offers for potential free agent Kevin Love, but so far the Timberwolves have given no indication they're going to take into account moving the All-Star ahead by Thursday's deadline, league sources told CBSSports.com.

Love will probably be a free agent in 2015, and it's broadly identified around the league that he and his agent, New York-primarily based Jeff Schwartz, are determined to get him to a major market. The Lakers, Love's first selection, "have the perfect shot" of landing the Southern California native, one individual acquainted with the participant's thinking said. There is no such thing as a incentive within the CBA for Like to signal an extension with Minnesota before he has an opportunity to say no his player option and hit the open market in July 2015.

Giving up vital belongings for Love would be problematic for any team that is not assured it is going to be capable of signal him when he turns into a free agent. That's clearly not an issue for the Lakers.

Nonetheless, different teams are mentioned to be feverishly pursuing a premium first-round decide that may very well be included in a bundle for Love, a three-time All-Star who is fourth in the league in scoring (25.eight factors per sport) and second in rebounding (13.2).

In the long run, it will fall on Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to pull the set off on a Love deal or wait him out and hope he's capable of turn the franchise's fortunes around in time to persuade him to stay. Minnesota has but to make the playoffs in Love's 5 seasons and is probably going headed to the lottery again this year.

In line with a person accustomed to Saunders' strategy, he has indicated there's "no approach" he'll commerce Love by Thursday's three p.m. ET deadline.

Any Lakers supply would have to embrace Pau Gasol, whose $19.3 million contract comes off the books this summer time. Rival executives consider the Lakers' finest likelihood of shifting Gasol is to a staff that views him as worthy re-signing to a more cheap deal this summer time – not as a rental. With Kobe Bryant out indefinitely and the Lakers tied for the fourth-worst report within the league, their 2014 first-spherical choose can have value – but can only be traded if LA can purchase one other first-round choose first. Their 2015 first-spherical pick has been conditionally traded to Phoenix.

During All-Star weekend, Bryant stated the Lakers having cap house this summer time is "right in their wheelhouse" and mentioned he's assured GM Mitch Kupchak would make the strikes obligatory for a "quick turnaround." LA at present has room to signal a max free agent this summer time, however could choose to amass one by way of commerce after which make extra moves in 2015-sixteen, Bryant's final season below contract.

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