Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Notre Dame fan surprised with BCS tickets

You may have seen the video of the Alabama fan surprised with national championship tickets.

Now here's the version of the Notre Dame fan surprised with the national championship tickets.

This is Billy Pratt of Auburn, GA surprising his brother, a Notre Dame fan, with the tickets. Bill King shared this on his Twitter.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ryan Freel dead

Former Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Freel has died in Jacksonville. Freel also served as St. Joe's baseball coach.

No details are available. First Coast News in Jacksonville is saying it was a suicide. He played for five different MLB teams from 2001-2009.  He is most known for his six-year tenure with the Cincinnati Reds. His career batting average was .268, and he stole 143 bases in his career.

Jacksonville sports anchor Brett Martineau: Know several kids in my area who play ball for Freel. I just had dinner w/his asst last night. Freel called during dinner. Awful.

Probably Freel's best play; from 2004. http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20192625&c_id=cin

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shooting at Oxford Exchange

From James @spann: Report: There has been a shooting at exit ramp to hwy 78 from the Oxford exchange. 9 police and 3 ambulances there. Report: Suspect on the run now near Anniston was involved with a shooting incident in Cleburne County earlier today.

: Everyone please pray for Ryan Stovall and his family. His dad was shot this morning in the Oxford shooting. He's now at RMC. Jackie Stovall was the Oxford officer shot. He is in surgery now.

if it has not been stated this suspect is armed with a AK47 type gun!
URGENT BOLO: Hispanic Male, 1997 Nissan 200 SX, silver. Pink Alabama sticker on rear of vehicle. Alabama tag 7A14B18. It was an officer-involved shooting in Oxford.

hectic scene at Leon Smith Parkway intersection. A Heflin PD officer shot here, injured not killed. More info to come.

UNCONFIRMED but hearing of a possible fatality in the incident involving a police officer shot in Oxford

The chase started in Heflin heard it was a Heflin officer that was shot in Oxford. Now headed toward Jacksonville.

This shopping center has a Publix, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Kohl's, Best Buy and several other major chains.

There are rumors that there was a shooting at Cracker Barrel and a robbery at the Wendy's.

Apparently the shooting was at the Target in Oxford. Oxford is 84 miles W of downtown Atlanta and 63 miles E of Birmingham. It is near Anniston, AL.

a Oxford cop pulled over some Hispanics that stole a car and they shot him. 

Video from the scene via James Spann: http://www.mobypicture.com/user/spann/view/14426930

There is a man with a machine gun around the Oxford exchange shooting people. My dad heard it on the scanner at the hospital! Be careful!

Harris, Moore out of bowl

Per Darryl Slater of the Post and Courier:

Spurrier: Backup C Kyle Harris and backup WR D.L. Moore are done for the season. Harris transferring. Moore broke a team rule, is suspended.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Spartanburg to name Chris Miller as football coach

Byrnes' Chris Miller is new Spartanburg HS football coach according to Pete Yanity. news conference set for 5:15pm via

Miller had 78 wins at Byrnes. 


School shooting in Newtown, CT (26 people killed)

There was a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut this morning in Sandy Hook Elementary School. The school is about an hour west of Hartford, and 75 miles N of Manhattan.

Gunman was carrying two different guns, wearing full camouflage, and shot up to 100 shots. John Miller of CBS News: Second person in custody believed to be a second shooter.

Bill Ritter of WABC: school shooter: guy, early 20s, 2 guns- wearing black. from ct but some link to new jersey. ABC News reports 1 shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary was a 24-year-old in a bulletproof vest with 4 guns.

CBS is reporting 27 people killed. 14 of these were children in a classroom. 

ABC reports at 12:34pm, from @mpoppel. BREAKING -- At least 12 dead in elementary school shooting, ABC News reports 

@TheMatthewKeys: [Newtown school shooting] WVIT interviewing parent who says principal was shot and killed in elementary school shooting. Other news sources are confirming.

The principal of the school is Dawn Hochsprung. Another says the school's psychologist was killed, Mary Sherlach. 

Parents waiting outside. 

WABC reporting two gunmen were involved. One shooter is dead. Multiple students trapped inside a classroom.

sources saying there are multiple victims including children in the Newtown shooting. Clearing of building is still going on.

@JoshElliottABC: BREAKING: One shooter dead at Newtown (CT) elementary school after a shooting there. School has been cleared. An FBI SWAT team is on scene.

Kids crying at the elementary school.

First news of this shooting was at 9:48am.
RT newtown ct active shooter in a school in Dickerson drive multi police units responding

ABC says one shooter is dead at Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, school is now cleared of shooters.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Shooting at Clackamas Town Center

: I am at Clackamas Town Center where panicked people are running from mall. Witness tells me shots fired. Also reporting: Police have established a perimeter, have weapons drawn, and are blocking exits. Mall employee tells me security ordered cages down for all stores.

A witness tells a young man armed w/ an assault rifle and wearing bulletproof vest, camo shirt ran into Macy’s. 

6'2 man with an AR-15 rifle reports a KGW reporter. Outside of a jewelry store. Six or seven shots were fired says a Macy's worker.

Live feed from KGW: http://www.kgw.com/live-stream

Several people are reporting the man has an AK-47. KATU reports the shooting happened around 3:20pm PT.

BREAKING: Dispatch reports of an active shooting going on in the Clackamas Town Center.

Friends just ran out of Clackamas Town Center, said the shooting was 50 yards away, 10-15 rounds. They're safe. GEEZ.

Shooting was at the food court there reports several Portland news stations.

: Just in a shooting at Clackamas Town Center. In the back room of a store.

@pdxtransitlane says:  Clackamas Town Center: 10-15 shots fired, guy with a hockey mask and an automatic weapon, near Macy's Home Store

Monday, December 10, 2012

WKU announces Bobby Petrino as head coach

Per @MrChadBishop: Western Kentucky will announce Bobby Petrino as its new head football coach at 4 p.m. today.

Lattimore to enter NFL Draft

South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL Draft per Joe Schad of ESPN. His last two seasons ended via horrible knee injuries. He is doing this to work out with NFL doctors. His rehab is going better.

From @joeschad: Marcus Lattimore understands he may not be able to play next season but has a goal of jogging and catching passes for NFL execs in March

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Shields and Davis traded to Royals?

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says at 10:39pm ET Sunday: Hearing have traded Shields AND Davis to . Working on confirmation and return.

Ken Rosenthal confirms the trade: Source: will send James Shields and Wade Davis to for Wil Myers and other prospects.

WDAE 620 in Tampa, the flagship station of the Rays, says no confirmation.

Major prospect Wil Myers could be heading to St. Petersburg. Could it begin a rebuilding project in the Tampa Bay area?

The Royals have been looking for front-line starting pitching. They may get some.

Worst free throw ever

This FT was shot by Appalachian State center Brian Okam yesterday in their rivalry game against Western Carolina. It is one of the worst free throws you'll ever see.

The video comes from @wcutv62, a student run station at WCU.

Okam shoots the ball about 4 feet in the air and it lands in the hands of Nathan Healy, a player who was trying to get the rebound.

Here is the video.

Appalachian lost the game.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Johnny Manziel wins Heisman

Texas A&M freshman QB Johnny Manziel has won the Heisman Trophy over Notre Dame's Manti Te'O and Kansas State's Collin Klein.

Tommy Tuberville named coach at Cincinnati

Pete Roussel of @coachingsearch and the other Roussel brother at @footballscoop have some stunning news. Breaking: I have learned that Tommy Tuberville has accepted the head coaching job at Cincinnati.

He will leave Texas Tech, leaving that Big 12 school in a bind for a new coach. 

Pat Forde: Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati is done. Press conference tonight at 6:30 ET.

From the @footballscoop post:

Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock has been close with Tuberville since Babcock served as an assistant athletic director at Auburn while Tuberville was the Tigers' head coach. Whit moved decisively and in the best interests of his University and has landed a top-tier coach.

Tuberville brings a career 130-77 record in 17 years as a head coach at Ole Miss, Auburn and Texas Tech. Sources indicated to us that snagging Tuberville could be a key move in Cincinnati's push to join the ACC.

Sources have also indicated to us that former Louisville, Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino could join Tuberville's staff as the offensive coordinator if he does not obtain a head coaching job.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Willie Taggart to be named USF coach

Western Kentucky head football coach Willie Taggart will be named head coach at South Florida, according to @620wdae.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Charlie Strong headed to UT? Or staying at Louisville?

Louisville head coach Charlie Strong may be headed to Tennessee tomorrow.

He is doing a press conference at 8 a.m. tomorrow, after telling his players at 7:30 a.m.


(A Tennessee sports management major) says Backup Louisville QB texting family members saying Strong is UT bound.

Still just a rumor. 

: Per : been told by 2 sources Charlie Strong has informed Tennessee that he is staying at Louisville.

Lionel Messi hurt

Looks very serious. He's holding his hands over his face. Whole medical staff at the scene. Stretcher ordered to come on the pitch.

Serious knee injury. He is playing for Barcelona in an UEFA Champions League game today. From @FCBarca_Inside.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gus Malzahn named coach at Auburn

: : Auburn President Dr. Gogue tells that coach announcement to be made within 24 hours.

: I have confirmed through multiple sources that Gus Malzahn will be the next head football coach at Auburn. He will be named tomorrow.

Gus Malzahn is the head coach at Arkansas State.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rick Majerus dead

The Loyola-Chicago basketball coach, Porter Moser is reporting that former St. Louis and Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus has died. He was 64. Confirmed through Ben Weixlmann of Scout.com.

His tweet: @PorterMoser: RIP to my friend and mentor Coach Majerus. I learned so much about the game and life. We lost a One of the best! My heart is heavy tonight.

He developed Keith Van Horn at the University of Utah. He had a 41-year coaching career. He was most well known as the coach for 15 years at Utah. 

1971–1983 Marquette (asst.) 
1983–1986 Marquette 
1986–1987 Milwaukee Bucks (asst.) 
1987–1989 Ball State 
1989–2004 Utah 
2007–2012 Saint Louis

Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher kills himself, girlfriend

At the Kansas City Chiefs facility this morning, Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher killed himself. This was confirmed by Kansas City police. KCPD says the player thanked both Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel before taking his life, and that Pioli and Crennel did not feel threatened.

@AlbertBreer says: Spokesman said PD the girl's mother called them, her daughter had been shot by her "on-again, off-again bf". As the officer got out of his car, he heard a gunshot. Player was taken to local hospital, pronounced dead.

All officials have released on shooter remains he's a 25-year-old black male who plays for the Chiefs. 

Jason LaCanfora of CBS reports that LB Jovan Belcher was the guy that committed suicide. Belcher was a LB from Maine. He had played in 11 games this season for KC. Last year, he started every game at LB. He had 87 tackles in 2011; 84 in 2010.

@DannyParkins is reporting that the player apparently was confronted with coaches in the parking lot before he put the gun to his head and committed suicide. Other reports are saying Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli were outside, unconfirmed.

@TeamACW reported at 8:15AM CT: (1/2) Anonymous caller claiming to be a policeman says authorities are headed to Arrowhead to arrest LB Jovan Belcher for allegedly shooting his mother. Surely, an extremely creative hoax. But the way things have gone for the this year...

Glazer is reporting all players have been asked to report to a team meeting. Jeff_Rosen88 (sports editor of the KC Star) is reporting a #Chiefs player killed his girlfriend and then himself. KCTV (CBS in KC) also reporting the shooting. 8am CT.

This is what they said: 

Police are investigating two deadly shootings Saturday morning that they said are related.
The shootings involve a Chiefs player and his girlfriend.
The first shooting was reported about 8 a.m. at a home near 54th Street and Chrysler Avenue. The second shooting was reported a short time later at a Chiefs practice facility located on the Arrowhead facility.
Officials said the Chiefs player shot and killed his girlfriend and then drove to the practice facility where he shot and killed himself.
It's unknown if people were at Arrowhead or any of its surrounding facilities at the time.

A set of tweets from @DannyParkins:

KCPD addressing the media outside of Arrowhead about a believed murder/suicide involving a player.
The player apparently was confronted with coaches in the parking lot before he put the gun to his head and committed suicide.
The player is believed to have killed a lady in her early 20's who was his girlfriend and then drove to the stadium.
Darin Snapp from KCPD confirms a 25 year old player killed himself in the parking lot outside the Arrowhead practice facility.
FOX TV crew was removed from Arrowhead just before 8am and the stadium has been on lockdown since. I was first local media here.

They are supposed to play the Carolina Panthers tomorrow. @josephperson reports: Panthers interim GM Brandon Beane says league has advised team to travel as planned. Team charter leaves at 1:15 pm.