February 12, 2013 |
Four members of Alabama's national championship football team were arrested on campus Monday on suspicion of robbing two students on campus. Defensive back Eddie Williams and linebacker Tyler Hayes are accused of attacking a student, punching him in the face and knocking him unconscious. They then stole the victim's backpack and laptop computer, campus police said. Later, Williams and running back Brent Calloway robbed a second person, punching him in the face and stealing the victim's wallet, while defensive lineman D.J. Pettway watched, campus police said.
February 12, 2013 |
Eleven-time Grand Slam event singles champion Rafael Nadal, who missed seven months of competition because of a knee injury, says the ATP does not do enough to protect players' health, saying the increase in hard-court events will lead to long-term injuries that will affect players after they retire. “The ATP worries too little about the players,” Nadal told the Associated Press. “It should care more for them.” Nadal, 26, considered the greatest clay court player of recent times, said hard courts were “too tough” on players' bodies and made it difficult to avoid injuries.
February 7, 2013 |
College football coaches often emphasize the importance of recruiting family members as well as the players who are the objects of their affection. Latest case in point: Alex Collins. The highly touted running back from South Plantation High in Florida signed a letter of intent with Arkansas on Thursday, another flash point in a family drama that played out over two days and looks as if it will continue. "Alex is a great addition to this class," Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
February 6, 2013 |
What fun, this national signing day, colleges' version of the NFL draft. Story I'm following most closely is of the Florida mom who reportedly ran off with her kid's signing papers so he wouldn't leave home. As Dave Barry used to say, I'm not making this stuff up. So much to mock on this overblown, overripe event, with 12 hours of breathless election-caliber coverage of the day when high school players officially sign with their colleges. Or in the case of the missing Florida mom, do not. GRAPHIC: UCLA recruits Also, so much to love.
February 6, 2013
A list of the Southland's top high school senior football players and where they are headed: Darren Andrews; La Puente Bishop Amat HS; WR; 5-10; 175; UCLA Brandon Arnold; Encino Crespi HS; DB, 6-1; 190; Oregon State Jack Austin; Chino Hills HS; WR; 6-3; 205; California Reginald Bell; Los Angeles Dorsey HS; QB; 6-2; 180; Tulane Marcus Baugh; Riverside North HS; TE; 6-4; 255; Ohio State Nick Begg; Santa Margarita HS; DE;...
January 22, 2013 |
Doctors have discovered a way for professional football players to see how much damage their brains have suffered through a bruising career before it's too late, according to a new study. UCLA researchers led a team of scientists that used a chemical marker called FDDNP to measure the degree of brain damage in five retired football players. That marker latches onto the tau proteins that build up in the brain when someone suffers from Alzheimer's or other cognitive impairments like chronic traumatic encephalopathy.