• College player assaulted for helping rape victim

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    University of Tennessee football players confronted and assaulted wide receiver Drae Bowles as retribution for helping a woman who said she was raped by then-Volunteer players A.J. Johnson and Mike Williams, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Nashville on Tuesday. USA TODAY reports Bowles took the woman to a hospital on the night of the alleged rape in November 2014 and supported her decision to report the incident to authorities, according to the lawsuit.

  • Tennessee hunters banned for life in 44 states

    Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Two La Vergne residents have been banned from hunting in Tennessee and 43 other states after they illegally killed as many as 40 deer, and then took photos and videos mocking the animals, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Densibel Calzada, 23, and Eddy Albert, 21, received the harshest penalty ever issued by the TWRA. “We will never know how many deer these two killed, but we believe they could have poached at least 40,” said TWRA Sgt. Matt Brian, who is assigned to Rutherford County. “We charged them with violations based on the strongest evidence we found showing the seriousness of their poaching crimes. Their actions were among the worst I have seen for their lack of respect to our landowners and to our wildlife.”

  • Eli Manning explains his joyless demeanor late in Super Bowl

    Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    It was the question half the internet was asking in the moments following the Broncos' game-clinching touchdown in Super Bowl 50: What's up with Eli? CBS cameras panned to the Manning suite and caught younger brother Eli in what appeared to be a joyless state as his family cheered C.J. Anderson's touchdown late in the fourth quarter. It was a touchdown that all but assured older brother Peyton would capture his second Super Bowl victory, which tied Eli's tally. But Eli said he was simply looking ahead and thinking strategy, according to SplashNewsOnline.com, which caught Eli Manning at the Newark Airport. "I was just focused on whether they'd go for two and the defense had to step up and make some stops," Manning said.

  • Teens as young as 14 rescued from sexual exploitation during Super Bowl, FBI says

    Published: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Seven teenagers, some as young as 14 years old, were rescued from forced prostitution in the San Francisco Bay Area during Super Bowl week, authorities announced Tuesday. Some of the victims had previously been reported missing by their parents, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said. They ranged in age from 14 to 17. More than a dozen pimps and their associates were arrested in multiagency sweeps intended to crackdown on sex trafficking, the FBI said.

  • First pictures of Blake Griffin's hand reveal scar, massive swelling

    Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin's hand is still swollen and scarred -- roughly one week after the NBA star underwent surgery for injuries caused from his Toronto fistfight. TMZ Sports has the photographs to prove it. In the photo taken of Griffin in Los Angeles on Wednesday, you can see the scar on his right hand from last Tuesday's procedure to repai the spiral fracture on his fourth metacarpal. Griffin busted his hand punching the team equipment manager during an altercation in Toronto on Jan. 23. The team has said Griffin will be out of the lineup between four and six weeks while recovering.

  • The FAA says it will shoot down your drone if you fly within 36 miles of the Super Bowl

    Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    The Federal Aviation Administration is taking a tough stance on drones at the Super Bowl this year: bring them, and we’ll shoot them down. The “no-drone-zone” spans much further than just the stadium itself too, extending out 36 miles from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The no-fly zone encompasses nearly all of San Francisco to the north and west, Santa Cruz, Morgan Hill and Gilroy to the south, and San Jose and Pleasanton to the north and east. Flight restrictions are in place from 2:00 PM through 11:59 PM local time on Sunday, and violators could face fines and prosecution for disobeying the order, officials say. The FAA also warns that drones could be subject to “deadly force” if it is considered a threat – although they did not specify how and by whom the restrictions would be enforced.

  • NFL players doing their daughters' hair is today's dose of adorable

    Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    With this weekend's Super Bowl Sunday quickly approaching, the dads of the NFL are stepping up their game. The hair experts at Pantene rallied a few sweet NFL dads to tackle some new hairstyles on their own daughters, Mashable reports. The recruits? Pittsburgh Steelers' DeAngelo Williams, New Orleans' Saints Benjamin Watson and Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten.

  • How Cam Newton's "dab" celebration came about

    Published: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Depending on who you ask, the dab could have been invented by a number of different hip hop artists: Skippa Da Flippa, PeeWee Longway or Jose Guapo. The origin, however, is rooted in Atlanta, where Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is from. Newton popularized the move after scoring a touchdown against Tennessee on Nov. 15. When he did, no one was happier than Migos, the rap trio that prides itself as the dabbing trailblazers. "I was flattered that it caused so much attention and just went crazy," said Quavo, who makes up one-third of the rap group. "It was a surprise seeing that." Quavo explained to USA Today that the move was inspired by the rhythm of a song they were performing in 2013 called "Emmitt Smith." "It all started with us being on state," Quavo told USA Today. "The song has a jump up and down type of feel and when the beat drops and the song goes, 'I touched down, I touched down,' we'd dab. Then it went viral, and now Cam is doing it so it's like a real touchdown dance." Dabbing is also a lifestyle, according to Quavo. "Dabbing is a way of fashion," Quavo told USA Today. "Not too much flashy, but when you're very proper. When your posture is very proper. You could dress up and have a bowtie as long as it has some swag. Like Cam Newton and those Versace pants. That's dabbing."

  • Broncos' Peyton Manning reveals he'll likely need hip replacement surgery in future

    Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Part of the aging process for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning includes learning some not-so-great news about his long-term health, USA TODAY reports. That includes what he described Wednesday as a conversation with a doctor who told him that at some point in the future he would likely need to have hip replacement surgery.

  • Why former OU receiver Ryan Broyles lives on $60,000 a year

    Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    In a Q&A with Grow Magazine, former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles talked money management and how he and his family came to live on $60,000 a year despite signing a $3.6 million contract with the Detroit Lions in 2012. "At 24, I didn’t have many bills," Broyles said. "I was living on a college budget with my wife, who was my girlfriend at the time. We survived off $1,200 a month. When I got the money, it wasn’t like I was going to buy this big house and get these nice cars. Honestly, it didn’t sink in until now that I’m sitting back, a free agent, knowing the hard work I did paid off." "When I interviewed financial advisors, I found the guy I liked," Broyles went on to say. "He wasn’t about setting a budget instantly. He was like, 'Go about your life [and spend] how you normally would.' Over three or four months, we were hitting about $5,000 a month. That’s what was comfortable for us. We ate what we wanted to eat, went out…the bills were paid. After that, we [figured out our] investments and how risky we could be, and put some of the money away so it could work for us." Broyles also detailed the day he began learning about personal finance. "When I was in college, during the summertime, I worked at the YMCA [with special-needs kids]," Broyles said. "Sitting on the bus when we’d go on regular field trips, there was [a teacher] who would talk about money—how her family had supplied for her or how she supplied for her daughter. That’s really the first time I’d ever had finance talks. "As I started getting further along into college, knowing I could potentially come up on some money, those conversations weren’t on the surface anymore. They were about real estate, the stock market, retirement funds. Once I got the money, we stayed in contact. Then I also started bringing in specialized people to further my education."

  • Out of a Rare Super Bowl I Recording, a Clash With the N.F.L. Unspools

    Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    MANTEO, N.C. — Troy Haupt is a 47-year-old nurse anesthetist here in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. He has a secret to reveal about Super Bowl I: He owns the only known recording of its broadcast. CBS and NBC, which televised the game, did not preserve any tapes. But the copy that Haupt owns — of a broadcast that launched the Super Bowl as an enormous shared spectacle that attracts more than 100 million viewers — might never be seen on any network. The N.F.L. does not want to buy the tapes and has warned Haupt not to sell them to outside parties or else the league will pursue legal action. Unless the league and Haupt make a deal to resolve the financial differences that have privately divided them since 2005, the tapes will stay in storage in a former mine in upstate New York.

  • Report: Sports gambling contributed to ex-Cowboys RB Joseph Randle's release

    Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    As Joseph Randle's life began to unravel early last season, the Dallas Cowboys learned that the running back had been betting on sports, according to The Dallas Morning News. The newspaper reports that a combination of issues led the team to release the former Oklahoma State standout on Nov. 3. In addition to showing signs of mental instability, Randle had allegedly been involved in placing wagers on sporting events during the 2015 season, the report said. "All of that became apparent to us right during the season," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week from a Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala. "Not before the season. It became real acute, a combination of things. Some issues ... became more apparent." Jones was asked if any evidence showed that Randle bet on any NFL games. "At this time, no," Jones said. Jones said there's no evidence that shows Randle could have compromised any Cowboys games last season. "Not to my knowledge, not in any way," Jones added. Randle has denied the allegations in a text message to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , saying there is "no truth at all" to the report. Randle was arrested in an unrelated incident Monday for the fourth time in the past 1 1/2 years. One of his arrests was at a Kansas casino following an altercation with security on the casino floor.

  • Former Cowboy Joseph Randle jailed on speeding charge

    Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle was booked into the Irving Jail early today on a speeding charge. Randle, 24, was arrested about 3 a.m. in the 1700 block of Finley Road near the home of his ex-girlfriend, Irving police spokesman James McLellan said. McLellan said Randle showed up at the home hoping to get some sleep before driving back to Kansas, where he's from. He rang the doorbell but was not welcome there, so the residents called the police, McLellan said. When police arrived, they ran a standard warrant check and determined that Randle was wanted for speeding in Coppell. He was taken into custody, and his bail was set at $359. Randle also was arrested in October 2014 after police said he tried to take a bottle of cologne and a pack of underwear from Dillard's. He was arrested again in February 2015 in Wichita, where police responded to a domestic violence call from his hotel room. Randle was cited for marijuana possession, but the drug charge was later dropped. In early November, the Cowboys released Randle while he was facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Three weeks later, Randle was jailed again after an altercation at a Kansas casino.

  • OKC Thunder: Stephen A. Smith poses Durant-Westbrook to L.A. Lakers scenario

    Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith went on ESPN Radio on Friday and posed a free-agency scenario in which Kevin Durant goes to the Los Angeles Lakers, and Russell Westbrook joins him in L.A. the following summer. Smith called it "a big possibility." “Keep in mind this,” Smith said on ESPN 710's Mason and Ireland radio show. “One of the biggest reasons I’m told that Kevin Durant may have the Lakers at the top of his list is because the Lakers have been led to believe, by whom specifically I do not know, but the Lakers have been led to believe that it is a very good chance that the following year Russell Westbrook is coming.” Durant will be a free agent this summer while Westbrook, a Los Angeles native, is set to become a free agent in 2017. This isn’t the first time Smith has referenced Los Angeles as a leader for Durant in free agency. In October on ESPN’s First Take, Smith said he was hearing that if Durant were to leave Oklahoma City, Los Angeles would be “his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.” “I don’t talk to Stephen A. Smith at all,” Durant said in October when asked about Smith’s comments. “Nobody in my family, my friends, they don’t talk to Smith. So he’s lying. "If you ask me a question, I'll talk about them. But like I said before, I have people who I talk to about everything and I know for a fact they didn't talk to him, so he's making up stories."

  • Should the Clippers trade Blake Griffin?

    Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    If the Los Angeles Clippers come up short again this season, Doc Rivers might need to think about selling high on his franchise player. Of the Clippers' three foundational stars, Blake Griffin probably would net the highest return in a trade. Several league sources insist that if Rivers, the Clippers coach and general manager, were forced to pick one of the three to flip, it would likely be Griffin -- in part because he knows Griffin would bring back the most. This promises to be one of the thorniest player-organization situations in the league over the next few months, as Griffin's contract ticks toward expiration at the end of the 2016-17 season.

  • NCAA formally charges Mississippi with rules violations

    Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The NCAA has formally charged the University of Mississippi with dozens of rules violations in three sports, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports. The school has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA enforcement staff alleging roughly 30 violations in football, women’s basketball and track and field, sources told Yahoo. It is unclear at present what the breakdown is in terms of violations by sport. The NCAA does not comment on current, pending or potential investigations. Calls to officials at Mississippi were not immediately returned Friday. Southeastern Conference spokesman Herb Vincent declined comment to Yahoo Sports.

  • Former Sooner lineman Lane Johnson signs six-year contract with Eagles

    Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Former OU offensive lineman Lane Johnson has agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles worth a reported $63 million, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to The Inquirer,  $35.5 million of the deal is guaranteed, making Johnson one of the NFL's highest-paid tackles. Johnson, the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2013, is entering the final year of his rookie deal. He is slated to earn approximately $6.1 million. Johnson has started at right tackle in every game since his rookie season, with the exception of the four games he missed at the start of the 2014 season after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Johnson will turn 26 in May.

  • Meet John Higgins, the most hated NCAA basketball referee in the nation

    Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    With his sturdy, 6-foot-3 inch frame, his perma-tan, light brown floppy hair and, most of all, his high-profile assignments — including six Final Fours and the 2013 NCAA championship game — John Higgins has become the most recognizable referee in college basketball. That is not always a good thing.  His familiarity to television viewers, combined with his penchant for calling technical fouls, have subjected him to considerable mockery and loathing. Soon after he worked the epic triple-overtime game between Kansas and Oklahoma on Jan. 19, he received a threatening email at his business. He forwarded it to the FBI. "If I looked at everything people wrote or said about me, I'd be a basket case," Higgins said. According to the website  bbstate.com , Higgins has worked 59 games this season. That put him in a three-way tie for second among all Division I officials, with David Hall's 61 setting the pace. During one stretch in early January, he traveled 4,800 miles over three days. Higgins often gets paid more than $3,000 per game. The more games he refs, the more money he makes. Though he could work every single day if he wanted, he gives himself every Friday and most Mondays off, and he disagrees with the suggestion that his performance suffers because he calls so many games. "I'd ask you, do you work five days a week?" he retorts. "I work five days a week for two hours a day. That's less than most people. Yes, I spend a lot of time on airplanes, but if you keep yourself mentally and physically healthy, it's no big deal." That Big 12 officiating coordinator, Curtis Shaw, has heard occasional complaints about Higgins's heavy workload from coaches. Yet, he continues putting Higgins on the most important games because Higgins is among the very best at what he does. "A coach will say to me, 'He's working too many games.' So I'll say, 'O.K., I'll take him out of your game.' Then they say they don't want that," Shaw says. "John is a tremendous play-caller. When push comes to shove, in our business it's about getting plays right." Higgins does not dispute the impression that he calls more technical fouls than most of his peers. "I'm not disagreeing, and I'm not apologizing," he says. "We're supposed to enforce the rules as written, right? The NCAA is always preaching sportsmanship, sportsmanship, sportsmanship. You can eat a little crow if you know you probably screwed a play up, but when you let coaches and players and coaches act like idiots, you lose all credibility. I try not to let it happen in my games, that's for sure."

  • Ex-Bear Jim McMahon: Medical marijuana got me off narcotic pain pills

    Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Former Super Bowl champion and Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon says an unfairly demonized drug helped him recover from the pain of his football career: medical marijuana. McMahon was in Chicago this week, where he attended Tuesday's Bears reunion marking the 30th anniversary of their Super Bowl victory. He was also featured in an ESPN "30 for 30" screening of a documentary about the team, which includes a focus on his health struggles.

  • Re-grading the Big 12 football recruiting classes of 2012

    Published: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    With national signing day less than a week away, Max Olson of ESPN.com takes a look back at the Big 12 class of 2012 and re-ranks each school's recruits. According to Olson, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State had recruits that fared better than initially expected four years ago. The Sooners' 2012 recruiting class received a B+ grade at the time, but as Olson re-ranks it as the No. 2 class in the Big 12 and gives it an A grade. The Cowboys' 2012 recruiting class received a C+ grade at the time, but Olson re-ranks it as the No. 4 class in the Big 12 and gives it a B+.