Report: Todd Gurley’s season likely over

October 11, 2014 – 12:53 am by Ryan Phillips
    Todd Gurley

As the Todd Gurley autograph saga continues to unfold, a report on Friday claims that the Georgia running back and Heisman Trophy front-runner has likely played his last down of college football.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia beat writer Chip Towers reports that a person familiar with the investigation claims there is a serious possibility that the junior running back won’t be cleared to return this season. Other sources add that a determination of punishment is likely to be made by next week. Gurley is likely to be a first-round draft pick this spring regardless of how this plays out.

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Video: Los Angeles Kings raise championship banner

October 8, 2014 – 11:32 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The Los Angeles Kings had a truly remarkable run through the 2014 NHL playoffs and won the Stanley Cup in incredible fashion back in June. On Wednesday night the Kings opened the season hosting the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center and before the game they raised their championship banner.

Video of the banner raise after the jump.

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Maple Leafs attempt to use deodorant Zamboni; it gets banned

October 8, 2014 – 11:30 pm by Hickey

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Only one organization in hockey is so remarkably snakebitten and incompetent that it could screw up a Zamboni. As any hockey fan would have guessed by the end of the last sentence, we are talking about the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Leafs are the most profitable team in hockey despite the magnificent incompetence of not winning a Stanley Cup since 1967, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to whore themselves out for a few loonies more. The team unveiled a crazy Zamboni to be used at the Air Canada Centre this season that not only served as a rolling advertisement for Right Guard deodorant, but had a giant faux deodorant stick as part of its working apparatus.

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Breaking down Clayton Kershaw’s awful postseason record

October 8, 2014 – 3:17 am by Ryan Phillips
    Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is undoubtedly the best pitcher in baseball right now. But the 26-year-old lefty has a long history of coming up short in the postseason. On Tuesday night that penchant for failing in the playoffs reared its ugly head again, as he couldn’t save the Dodgers from elimination in Game 4 of the 2014 National League Division Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals got to Kershaw in Games 1 and 4 of the NLDS as they won both and advanced to the National League Championship Series for the fourth season in a row. Kershaw took the loss in both of his starts, finishing the 2014 postseason with a record of 0-2, with a 7.82 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. For his career, he now has a 1-5 postseason record, with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

How is a guy with a lifetime 2.48 ERA, who finished the 2014 regular season with a 1.77 mark, so shaky in the playoffs? We decided to break it down.

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Buffalo Bills carry Jim Schwartz off field for beating Lions

October 6, 2014 – 1:03 am by Hickey

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Some things are so douchey that they only could have been thought up by Jim Schwartz.

The Bills defensive coordinator was carried off the field following Buffalo’s 17-14 win at Detroit on Sunday — an excessive move for a regular-season win over the Lions, but a seemingly understandable moment of spontaneity given that Buffalo capped a fourth-quarter comeback over the team Schwartz coached for the past five seasons with a 58-yard field goal.

Except it wasn’t spontaneous at all. Schwartz planned the whole thing back in Buffalo’s Organized Team Activities this spring.

“He said that once he plays his former team that he wanted to be carried off and chant and have fun, and we just tried to make a dream come true,” linebacker Randell Johnson told media after the game.

While it’s nice that Schwartz’s players like him enough to follow that suggestion, requesting your own carrying off the field strikes me as being in the same vein as getting a tattoo of your own face. Though in Schwartz’s case, that would be more accurately described as the same vain.

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BYU quarterback Taysom Hill breaks leg, out for season

October 4, 2014 – 4:00 am by Ryan Phillips
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The college football world suffered a huge blow Friday night, as BYU’s dynamic quarterback Taysom Hill was carted off the field during a 35-20 loss to Utah State. The Heisman contender is done for the season after it was revealed that he suffered a fracture in his left leg.

The 6-2, 232-pound junior has been spectacular since taking over as BYU’s starting quarterback last season. He threw for 2,938 yards in 2013, while adding 1,344 yards on the ground. He combined to score 29 touchdowns as a sophomore and was well on his way to surpassing that mark this year. He led BYU to an 8-5 record in 2013 (including wins over Texas and Boise State) and the Cougars looked even stronger so far this season.

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Report: Mississippi under NCAA investigation in multiple sports

October 2, 2014 – 7:55 pm by Ryan Phillips
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News has broken Thursday afternoon that the University of Mississippi is under investigation by the NCAA for potential rules violations in multiple sports. Ross Bjork, the school’s athletic director, has confirmed that Ole Miss is working with the NCAA in an ongoing investigation, but added that the school has not received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, and does not have a date set for a hearing before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, the investigation is centered on the football and women’s basketball programs. A source told Yahoo! that the bulk of the potential violations relate to women’s basketball. Current head football coach Hugh Freeze is not believed to be associated in any major violations and the football inquiry dates back to actions by a previous staff.

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Matthew McConaughey gives pep talk to Texas football team

October 2, 2014 – 1:21 am by Ryan Phillips
    Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey is on a roll, and he’s a gigantic Texas Longhorns football fan. The Texas native has been very visible at Texas games over the years and has never been shy about supporting his team. Apparently after the Longhorns lost to UCLA he was invited to speak to the team by head coach Charlie Strong and he didn’t disappoint.

McConaughey kept his roll going with a great pep talk to the players, reminding them who they should be playing for.

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