Friday, October 31, 2014

High school cheerleaders disciplined after chanting the N-word at football game: Report

A photo op for a group of North Carolina high school cheerleaders took an ugly turn after members of the squad were reportedly overheard chanting the N-word and flashing a hand sign representing the racial slur during a football game.

The Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, N.C., said it disciplined Millbrook High School cheerleaders after parents brought the incident to the attention of administrators, WTVD reported.

The photo, obtained by WTVD, shows the squad – which includes both white and black cheerleaders — wearing ribbons in their hair smiling in their blue and white outfits.

Parents said they heard the girls chanting “N---a Nation” while snapping Instagram photos and flashing what appeared to be gang-style signs, interlocking two hands in the sign of an "N" during a break at football game in September.

"It's unacceptable," Millbrook High parent Nora Flynn told WTVD. "It's not the diversity we teach in our household. It's not the language we use. I would be very upset if that showed up on (my daughter's) Twitter feed or whatever it is."

While the school said the issue was addressed, it did not reveal what discipline was handed down.

Jets fans start "Fire John Idzik" website: Report

After years of quarterback letdowns, underachieving players and lousy coaches, one group of Jets fans have had their fill and are directing their frustration at one single person, the current head of the whole mess — general manager John Idzik.

Four fans' disappointment with the 1-and-7 team came to a head after listening to Idzik’s rambling news conference on Monday and they decided to take matters into their own hands — or more precisely, their fingertips.

“We were so disgusted after the game on Sunday, that the last thing we wanted to hear was that ridiculous press conference,” said Jason Koeppel, one of the site’s creators.

Koeppel, along with his brother Jared and friends Matthew Wolferman and Greg Kohler called each other after Idzik’s rambling comments Monday and decided to put this site together with the goal of putting a "Fire John Idzik" billboard in the Meadowlands.

"Join other long suffering Jets fans in our quest to rid the organization of our CLOWN GM. Our goal is to raise enough money to purchase a billboard in the vicinity of MetLife Stadium and let the Jets know that their most loyal fans are demanding change. 

"Show Woody that we paid our PSL's. We put up with the massive rip-off that is MetLife Stadium and the absurd price of tickets & concessions. But we will no longer put up with John Idzik running the show." 

According to Koeppel, a 35-year-old season-ticket holder from Hackensack, fans who donate a certain amount get a T-shirt with a logo. He said it will cost around $10,000 to buy the billboard. The site had raised around $500 in the first 24 hours.

The site also has a slideshow labeled the "Idzik Hall of Shame" which highlights his biggest blunders as general manager. And, although Idzik didn't make the call, it includes a photo of T.J. Graham lying down in the end zone on the bumbled "Hidden Player" trick play during last Sunday's blowout loss to the Bills.

Koeppel is hoping the site gets contributions from other angry Jets fans before they send their specific gripes to team owner Woody Johnson.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rangers' John Moore suspended 5 games for vicious hit (VIDEO)

The NHL suspended New York Rangers defenseman John Moore five games without pay for his nasty and illegal check Monday on Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula.

Moore was assessed a match penalty for his cheap shot during the game, when he used his elbow to drill Haula in the head.

It is Moore's second illegal hit to an opponent's head in the span of 12 games, which makes this five-game ban seem a little lax — even if he is considered a repeat offender. Moore earned a two-game suspension during last season's playoffs for an illegal shot to the head. 

This time he will forfeit $51,859.75 in salary, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Sounds like Moore is still being a jerk even off the ice.

Jose Canseco tweets photo of hand with blown off finger (PHOTO)

Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco is known for shooting off his mouth. On Tuesday he accidentally shot himself through a finger on his left hand while cleaning a gun.

Never one to pass up a chance to promote himself, the bedridden Canseco tweeted a photo of the injured hand on Wednesday presumably using one of his good digits.

"Hope I can keep my finger but grateful it wasn't something worse," he tweeted.

The disgraced ballplayer added that his fiancee, Leila Knight, was taking good care of him, but he got no sleep.
Canseco returned to his Las Vegas home where the shooting took place. Police say he was wounded while he was cleaning his semiautomatic handgun and it accidentally fired.

While reattaching the finger is still questionable, he's lucky it wasn't more serious.

Well ... A-Rod is officially a Yankee again: Report

Yankees fans don't have a lot of reasons to be happy about the World Series officially putting a bow on the 2014 MLB season. Besides the realization that Derek Jeter will never play in pinstripes again, there's also that uneasy feeling of knowing Alex Rodriguez is officially back on the team once again.

Well ... at least A-Rod is celebrating.

When Pablo Sandoval caught the final out of Game 7 Wednesday night, he effectively activated Alex Rodriguez from his season-long suspension. More ironic now when you think that there is a distinct possibility that the soon-to-be free agent Sandoval could have the 39-year-old Rodriguez as his occasional backup at third base on the Yankees next year.

The second Panda caught the final out, Rodriguez completed his season-long doping ban — a punishment that outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig handed down on Aug. 5, 2013, nearly 15 months ago.

Although he served his ban for violating MLB’s collective bargaining agreement and joint drug agreement, A-Rod appealed the original 211-game ban which was reduced to 162 games by an independent arbitrator. So the embattled player may not be out of the woods concerning possible future legal woes.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said that the reinstated Rodriguez will be the starting third baseman if he proves healthy in spring training and demonstrates that he still has the skills to play. 

There has also been discussion speculating Rodriguez could possibly play first base.

A-Rod has two surgically repaired hips, turns 40 in July and hasn’t played organized baseball in a year. He’s owed $61 million by the Yankees for the three years left on his deal.

I don't hear any cheers in the Bronx.

Joseph Randle cracked jokes during police booking (VIDEO)

As if getting busted for stealing underwear and cologne wasn't funny enough, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle tried turning his police booking into a Saturday Night Live monologue — and it didn't get a lot of laughs.

While being booked in the Frisco, Texas, city jail following his Oct. 13 arrest for shoplifting, footage obtained by CBS affiliate KTVT shows Randle cracking jokes to the unamused cops.

"If I give you $100, can you give me a massage?" Randle asked a female jail employee, who replied with a stern, "No."

Randle, who was wearing a Kramer-like white tank top and black pants, mocked his appearance for the booking mug shot.

"Take a good picture," Randle said. "I'm not about to look like I'm a criminal in this mug shot. How's my mug shot look?"

Randle also asked why height and weight weren't listed on mug shots.

"This is not a damn trading card," a male jail employee responds.

Randle — who was charged with a Class B misdemeanor after stealing underwear and a tester bottle of cologne from a Dillard's in Stonebriar Centre Mall — was also reprimanded for making an unauthorized phone call. He was heard telling the person on the line to leave the door unlocked for him.

"Do you want to get you another charge on you? Are you crazy?" a female jail employee asked, ending the phone call.

During an authorized phone call, Randle mentioned that he needed an attorney to get him bonded out so he could attend practice the next day.

Later on, Randle did express some concern about the potential consequences of his arrest.

"Hey, is this gonna be on the news, you think?" Randle asked.

Now that's gold.

Student who "never played basketball" wins $10K by making four shots in 30 seconds (VIDEO)

A college student who "never played basketball" made four consecutive baskets in 30 seconds during a school challenge to win $10,000.

Gustavo Angel Tamayo sank four shots from various spots on the court — including a half-court buzzer-beater to win the tuition money.

Tamayo, a senior at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee who grew up in London, England, later told NBC News that he had "never played basketball" before and also had a broken finger on his left hand to contend with.

Watch as Tamayo sinks the layup, free-throw, three-pointer and the half-court shot before fellow students mob him on the court:

Tamayo, who hopes to play professional soccer when he graduates, might want to give some B-ball a shot.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Soccer player wears weirdest warm-up onesie ever (PHOTO)

Soccer players are sometimes known for being thin-skinned, but a Scottish Premier League team really put one of their players to the test on Tuesday.

Partick Thistle defender Jake Carroll, on loan from Huddersfield Town, was made to train in a grotesque onesie, before the team's Scottish League cup clash with Celtic.

Carroll was being punished for being the "worst trainer" in the squad, but the 23-year-old looked like he didn't mind the unusual warm-up suit.

I don't know if they celebrate Halloween in Scotland, but it looks likes Carroll already has a frightening costume on hand.

West Point cheerleaders made out with each other for football recruits aboard party bus: Report

Lurid new details have emerged about questionable recruitment practices at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where prospective football recruits were taken by a VIP party bus to a bowling alley, offered drinks and watched as two cheerleaders made out with each other.

The school has acknowledged the claims, which were first outlined in a news article published by The Gazette of Colorado Springs Sunday.

Officials at West Point said the academy self-reported the recruitment violations to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, disciplined 20 cadets and reprimanded two officers, along with football coaches, for promoting underage drinking.

The wild, alcohol-soaked road trip took place back in January when 14 recruits boarded a party bus along with members of the football team and two cheerleaders, and headed down to the Palisades Mall in New York.

The bus — with a "club-like" atmosphere — made a pit stop at a bowling alley equipped with a bar, where the players and prospective recruits reportedly consumed large quantities of alcohol. 

At some point during the trip, two cheerleaders began making out with one another, and also kissed a football player and one of the recruits.

In addition to the boozy ride, the NCAA learned from the internal report that cheerleaders and female cadets had been set up as "dinner dates'"for prospects — a claim that has been disputed by Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr.

West Point spokesman Theresa Brinkerhoff said the academy did not publicly detail the incident at the time because it was handled "administratively," the New York Daily News reported.

The players involved, among them Army starting quarterback Angel Santiago, are expected to play against the Air Force Academy at West Point's Michie Stadium on November 1.

The specific punishments for the officers, players and coaches have not been revealed, but no football players were kicked off the Army team, nor were any suspensions announced.

Brinkerhoff told the NCAA two members of the football staff had been removed from team activities for a week following the incident.

Man who went missing from Broncos game found safe: Report

The man who went missing Oct. 23 during the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game has been located and is safe, police confirmed on Twitter Tuesday night.

Denver police said that 53-year-old Paul Kitterman was found unharmed in Pueblo, Colo, after seemingly vanishing without a trace at halftime of the Thursday night game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, reported the Denver Post.

After he was located, Kitterman told police that he just wanted to escape to some place warm, according to Fox Denver.

Pueblo is about 110 miles south of the stadium he wandered from.

Kitterman was attending his first Broncos game with his stepson, Jarod Tonneson, and two friends when he mysteriously disappeared — setting off a frantic search for him by family and friends for the past five days.

The missing man had no cellphone, credit cards and very little cash in his pocket after Tonneson claimed his stepdad wasn't in his seat after returning from the restroom. Tonneson publicly criticized investigators for allegedly not doing enough to locate the missing man.

Pueblo police received a call from Kremmling, Colo. police indicating Kitterman might be in their city.

Denver police didn't release details of his disappearance except that he was found outside a Kmart store. Authorities stressed there was no indication of foul play and that charges were unlikely.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Two teams impacted by high school shooting invited to work out with Seahawks: Report

Usually out of the chaos of tragedy comes a little compassion and, in the case of the senseless shooting at a Washington high school, it also brings out the best in sportsmanship.

Just days after the WesCo North Division title matchup was canceled — and the Oak Harbor football team offered to forfeit the game and give its rival Marysville-Pilchuck first place in tribute — the Seattle Seahawks have now extended an offer to both squads to work out at the NFL team's facility before the high school gridders advance to the playoffs this Friday.

The Marysville-Pilchuck High School football team is already planning to practice with the Seahawks Tuesday after accepting an invitation from coach Pete Carroll.

The school — where the shootings took place —is about 30 miles from Seattle.

Carroll reached out to the football teams from both Marysville-Pilchuck and Oak Harbor after the deadly shooting Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck. It has not yet been worked out when Oak Harbor might be able to practice at the Seahawks’ facility in Renton, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Carroll said Monday the Seahawks wanted to do whatever they could to offer support to each school.

“Our hearts just opened immediately to try to help in any way that we can,’’ Carroll said. “When they are faced with an opportunity about a playoff situation and the other school decides to forfeit the game, what an extraordinary gesture. And I think it’s a gesture in every direction and an understanding and compassion that it’s good to be recognized. And we hope that we can do whatever we can in our support, our fans’ support.

“You feel so helpless but we wish that we could do something to ease the pain of all of the people that have been troubled.’’

Marysville-Pilchuck will play in the WesCo 3A championship game Friday while Oak Harbor plays host to Mountlake Terrace in a matchup of No. 2 seeds on the same night.

Mike Colbrese, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, said someone in the Seahawks’ front office called the WIAA “to see if there are any restrictions on what they could do” for the teams.

“It’s not a violation of our rules and regulations,” said Colbrese, whose organization oversees high-school sports. “We don’t have any restrictions on where teams practice or play during the regular season. That’s up to them.”

Knee injury forces amputation of high school football player's leg: Report

A Florida high school football player who went down with a seemingly routine knee injury during a game Friday night had to have part of his leg amputated two days later.

Northeast High School senior defensive lineman Leshawn Williams — who was stretchered off the field during Friday's game — woke up from surgery Sunday to find out part of his right leg had been removed just above the knee, according to the St. Pete Times.

Bonita Copeland, Williams' mother, did not tell her 17-year-old son about the amputation until after the surgery.

"I don't think he's grasped it all yet," Copeland said. "He's still recovering. We're all still trying to understand it."

The 6-foot, 330-pound Williams was injured on a fourth-down defensive play late in the first half of Northeast's 42-30 victory at Clearwater High. 

The game was delayed almost half an hour while medical personnel tried to determine if he had a broken leg or ligament damage. He was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher and to All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine at his mother's request. He was later moved to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Copeland did not attend the game, but received a call soon after her son was injured.

"They put him on the phone with me and he told me he was in pain," said Copeland.

"… When I first looked at it, it looked like he had an MCL injury. Every time he lifted his knee he had pain. Then you could see the blood clot in the back of his knee."

Williams had tweeted Saturday that he couldn't move his toes: "I never cried so much in life! Waiting on results! Cnt (sic) move my toes."

Doctors spent the weekend trying to re-establish circulation in Williams' lower leg and, because of complications, the decision to amputate from just above the damaged knee was made Sunday night, reported the newspaper.

Copeland is questioning the arrival time of paramedics. She said the wait was "somewhere between 20 to 30 minutes" at the field before he was finally transported to the hospital.

While football games do have certified trainers in attendance, it is not unusual for public school athletic events in Pinellas County to not have ambulances on site. Due to budget cuts in recent years, the district does not provide them. Schools, however, can pay to have ambulances at games, with the cost usually around $450.

"You hear that it's one thing, an MCL, then the next thing you hear he's going to lose his leg," teammate Devin Bowers said. "How do you go from something that can be fixed to losing your leg? It doesn't make sense."

Jets fan arrested for knocking out Bills fan at MetLife Stadium: Report (VIDEO)

New Jersey State Police have arrested the Jets fan who was videotaped knocking out another man wearing a Bills jersey during Buffalo's blowout of New York at MetLife Stadium Sunday.

According to PIX11, the man wearing the Jets jersey — Christopher Fox from Peekskill, N.Y. — attempted to flee the scene after brutally punching out the fan in a No.81 Bills jersey, but was grabbed by the state troopers, arrested and charged with simple assault.

A witness originally told TMZ Fox exited without being caught.

"His immediate arrest is credited to Metlife’s state-of-the-art surveillance system which features a mega-pixel system that provides un-disrupted video coverage throughout every part of the venue," wrote PIX11's Andrew Ramos.

A NJ Advance photographer captured the moment that Fox (wearing a No. 10 Chad Pennington jersey) was pointed out by another Jets fan and was grabbed by security:

Here's the video first posted by TMZ that shows the knockout punch:

The unconscious victim was taken to an area hospital where he was evaluated. The man suffered no serious injury, officials said.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jets fan knocks Bills fan out cold at MetLife Stadium (VIDEO)

Jets players had plenty to feel punchy about while being blown out by the Bills at MetLife Stadium Sunday. And one Jets fan in the stands took out his manly frustration on a Bills spectator with a brutal, one-punch knockout of the visitor.

TMZ posted a cell phone video of the Jets fan (in a No. 10 Chad Pennington jersey) throwing a punch in the stands in a fight with another dude in a Bills jersey. The blow appeared to knock the Bills fan unconscious. "He's still down," someone says on the video. TMZ reported the fight broke out "right after the Bills started pulling away."

Witnesses also said the fan who threw the punch exited before security came. One told the site, "The Bills fan had been shooting his mouth off before the fight and the Jets fans took exception."

It did not appear the Bills fan suffered "serious injury."

The State Police told TMZ they have "very good footage" of the entire incident from their state-of-the-art surveillance system — and warn others, "Anyone would be a fool to commit a crime inside MetLife Stadium."

J-E-T-S. Losers on the field. Losers in the stands.

Bucs' cheerleaders attempt to distract Vikings during timeout (VIDEO)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need all the help they can get these days, so it's hard to believe the placement of the Bucs' cheerleaders during a timeout Sunday against the Vikings was not intentional.

The Vikings started at their own 20-yard-line with 1:57 remaining, and during the two-minute warning, the Tampa Bay cheerleaders walked on the field and performed a pompom routine directly in front of the Vikings.

The sexy distraction was probably hard for the visiting team to ignore — but they managed:

The Vikings won on a walk-off fumble return in overtime, so you have to admire them for their sense of purpose and self control.

Fan mysteriously vanishes without a trace during halftime of Broncos-Chargers game: Report

Paul Kitterman was in the stands with his son, Jarod Tonneson, during the first half of the Denver Broncos game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.

Jarod got up and left his 53-year-old father sitting alone in their Mile High bleacher seats at halftime — but hasn't seen his father since.

Friends and family are now searching for Kitterman — who was at the game with Jarod and two friends — and claim he never returned to his seat for the rest of the game and has since vanished without a trace.

Tia Bakke and her boyfriend had invited Paul and Jarod to see what would be their first Broncos game.

"Paul and Jarod had never been to a game so we got some extra tickets," said Bakke, who drove down to Denver with the two from Kremmling, about two hours away.

The father and son were seated in bleachers away from Bakke, but met up during the halftime intermission. When they separated again, Paul told Bakke he'd see her after the game, reported 9 News.

That was the last anyone has seen of him. His son Jarod was in the restroom during halftime and said that he returned to his seat but that his father never did.

Paul's friends and his son searched Mile High stadium after the game, speaking to staff and police, and phoned the area jails and hospitals without getting any clues as to what happened to Paul.

According to Bakke, Paul is "not a technology guy" and was carrying only $50 in cash, without any credit cards or cellphone.

Though a missing persons report was filed and family and friends have handed out flyers and continuously called hospitals, so far there has been no trace of Paul.

UPDATE: Man found unharmed.

Trainers rig tourniquet from hockey stick to save life of minor league player with leg gash (VIDEO)

A minor league hockey player, who suffered a six-inch gash in his leg during a game, forced the arena's medical staff to improvise with the materials on hand to save his life while blood pooled on the ice Saturday night.

Huntsville Havoc center Justin Cseter went down on the ice during the second period with blood spurting from a one-and-a-half inch deep gash on his leg, causing the entire arena to fall silent.

The Peoria Star Journal reports that Rivermen forward Dennis Sicard had accidentally fallen on Cseter, slicing six inches of Cseter's unprotected skin with his skate and causing the gruesome wound.

Almost immediately, trainers from both Huntsville and Peoria were slid across the ice, trying to reach Cseter and keep him from losing too much blood.

Rivermen goaltender Eric Levine rushed over with towels to press to the wound to staunch the bleeding as Havoc winger Corey Bellamy knelt over Cseter and talked to him to keep him alert.

A doctor at Cseter's side asked a player to break a hockey stick in half before using it to wrap a tourniquet around his thigh as an EMT brought over an IV as a fan fainted during the commotion.

(WARNING: Videos might be disturbing)

"Cseter was pretty calm, really," Levine said. "He was asking a lot of questions, wanted to know what was happening to him, he said 'Let's all be on the same page here guys.'"

The skate had cut into muscle, but missed the artery. The blood was still thick on the ice when doctors finally wheeled Cseter off a half hour later to a round of applause.

The head coaches of both teams had a conference call with the president of the Southern Professional Hockey League, Jim Combs, who gave the okay to suspend the game.

Thankfully, the team's Facebook page said Cseter was released later from the hospital and boarded a bus for the nine-hour trip back to Huntsville.

Players on the ice called the experience "terrifying."

Ex-fan's tweet captures Jets' situation in one image (PHOTO)

It didn't take as long for Geno Smith to get benched against the Bills Sunday as it did against the Chargers a few weeks back and, while his backup, Michael Vick, inserted a little life into the Jets offense yesterday, his spark couldn't hide the fact that this Jets team just plain stinks.

After the 41-23 blowout loss, they now have the worst record in the NFL, they're in the midst of a seven-game losing streak and will likely be looking for a franchise quarterback in next year's draft.

And one fed-up Jets fan summed up this season so far with this creative tweet:

 And he probably isn't the only one.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jets' Jeff Cumberland in a lot of pain while getting finger popped back into place (VIDEO)

That snap, crackle and pop you heard on the sideline of MetLife Stadium Sunday wasn't just the whole Jets team falling apart against the Bills, it was also the sound of their tight end, Jeff Cumberland, having his dislocated finger twisted back into place.

Cumberland had his finger popped back in by a member of the Jets' medical staff after an incomplete pass from Michael Vick. The moment was captured by CBS cameras as Cumberland winced in pain:

Still not as painful as watching the Jets.

Sammy Watkins celebrates TD prematurely, gets tackled before score (VIDEO)

Bills quarterback Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins behind a pair of Jets defenders Sunday and it looked like the speedster was off to six-point heaven. All Watkins had to do was keep running and it was an 84-yard touchdown.

Too bad Watkins, who must have assumed no Jets players were even chasing him, slowed down about 20 yards short of the goal line — with a celebratory finger in the air — and got caught from behind at the 5-yard line:

Lucky for Watkins the Bills scored on the drive so it didn't hurt the team, but hopefully the Bills rookie will remember to start showboating after the whistle blows.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jackets' Cam Anderson OK after taking skate to face (VIDEO)

There was a scary moment Friday night after Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson was bloodied by the skate of Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler with an inadvertent back-kick.

This is how close Kesler's skate came to taking out one of Atkinson's eyes:

Here's the video replay:

Luckily for Atkinson, his cheek caught the brunt of the sharp blade and missed his peeper.

Still pretty scary.

Browns' Andrew Hawkins 'evicts' son for liking Bengals players (VIDEO)

Andrew Hawkins plays for Cleveland Browns, but before signing there last winter, he spent three years with the Cincinnati Bengals.

His son Austin, who is now two years old, really only knows his dad from his Bengals days. So when asked who his favorite player is, the little guy says A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu. 

That answer gets him sent outside with his bags packed and a curt "good luck."

A video posted by Andrew Hawkins (@youngbabyhawk) on

It looks like the youngster just learned a hard lesson about life and — more importantly — division rivalries.

8-year-old scores first touchdown, earns coach $500 fine and suspension (VIDEO)

How do you tell an eight-year-old not to score a touchdown after you've been coaching him to take it to the house every chance you get all season?

Well, unfortunately for Brooke Burdett, head coach of the Lawrenceville (Ga.) Black Knights, one pee-wee league touchdown will cost him $500 and a week-long suspension. 

The play in question occurred with the Black Knights leading 32-0 and Burdett's eight-year-old son, Elijah, tacked on a pick-six score to make it 38-zip. The additional points put the Black Knights team over the 33-point mercy rule limit and that's when the accusations of piling it on began.

Burdett said running up the score was not intentional. On the next play they even tried to let the other team score but Burdett said they refused to catch the ball.

"We were all super excited,he was beyond excited and we were fined for it," Burdett told WGCL-TV about what should have been a proud moment for father and son.

"He had no idea. This is his first year. This was his first touchdown. He is an 8-year-old boy making a pick-six."

Erik Richards, president of the Gwinnett Football League told WGCL-TV that the team was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct for mocking the other players and running off the field.

Parents of the Black Knight youngsters — who have never been charged with unsportsmanlike conduct before — have offered to pitch-in and pay the fine together. They all stand by the account that the team was not trying to run up the score.

At least the expensive play still stands.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Homeland Security confiscates bootleg Royals panties in Kansas City: Report

In what has to be the panty raid of all panty raids, Homeland Security descended upon a Kansas City lingerie shop and confiscated a number of undies accessorized with the Royals logo — all because they didn't have the expressed written consent of Major League Baseball.

During the undercover underwear raid, the Department of Homeland Security confiscated the bootleg women's lingerie bearing the Royals design inside the shop, according to The Wichita Eagle

The federal officers were there to stop the business  — Birdies Panties — from making the unmentionables with the Royals logo during the team's unbelievable run to the World Series.

The boyshorts-style ladies delicates were created as a show of support for the Royals — playing in their first World Series since 1985 — but the design which said "Take the Crown" used an interlocking "KC" very much like the team's official logo.

According to the report, shop owner Peregrine Honig described the visit from the agents as "scary."

“We just thought it was something funny we could do,” Honig told The Eagle. “But it was so scary.”

While the Feds may have been intimidating, the agents treated the pair nicely, said Honig's store partner, Danielle Meister.

“They felt like they were kicking a puppy,” Meister said in the report.

Texas mayor postpones Halloween for Friday night football game: Report

When Halloween falls on a Friday in a town where high school football is king, there's only one thing to do — reschedule the holiday.

Facing an upcoming Friday night dilemma, one Texas mayor called an audible by postponing the trick-or-treating and moving it to the next day so it wouldn't interfere with the big game, reported KETK-TV.

Van mayor Dean Stone made the Halloween call partly because of how well the undefeated Van Vandals have been playing.

And in Texas, crossbars beat Hershey bars.

Stone claims it gives fans a chance to attend the road game against Wills Point, and still enjoy Halloween the following night.

But there are some in the community who think it will just cause unneeded confusion, and don't want their family plans altered because of a football game.

"I thought about it, I had several calls over the last weekend and I came in and talked to the city manager and I made the decision to change it to the Saturday night due to the fact there'll be a tremendous amount of people out of town Friday night," said Stone.

Originally, they had decided to keep trick-or-treating on its designated night, but after the 7-0 start for the team, mayor Stone reevaluated the original call.

"This is one of the most family oriented towns probably around, you know, and yeah we like football but when you're winning you really like it. I think sometimes changes are necessary and it won't leave our town quite so vacant," said Stone.

But city hall has received calls from people in town who disagree with moving the holiday.

"Even it they're not winning a lot, people go to these football games because it's their children.  It's all about a family operation."

The Van Independent School District had nothing to do with the decision, said Stone. This was his call.

Another high school cancels football season amid sexual hazing and 'waterboarding' allegations: Report

A second high school has cancelled its football season after freshman players were allegedly forced to sexually assault each other in humiliating hazing rites, according to officials from the Pennsylvania school district.

The final two football games at Central Bucks High School West near Philadelphia, were cancelled after it emerged that players allegedly engaged in pre-season hazing rituals such "waterboarding"at the school. The allegations were first reported on Oct. 14.

Superintendent David Weitzel said rookies were required to grab another player's genitals while fully clothed, an initiation that was carried out in front of most team members.

This comes just weeks after criminal charges were lodged against seven players at Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey, over allegations of sexual hazings. Five coaches were also suspended.

In a letter to the school district, Weitzel said: "Our inquiry determined that students new to the team were expected to participate in several initiations that were both humiliating and inappropriate.

"I want to be clear that these activities did not result in physical harm, but were not harmless."

James Donnelly, chief of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department, said he had been notified about allegations of "waterboarding" at the school.

Principal Jason Bucher alerted police that young players had been placed under the shower with towels over their heads, but Donnelly said it was not the waterboarding torture as he understood it.

"The letter was pretty damning and contains some pretty scary information," said Donnelly.

"We don't know if it was just kids horsing around or if it was more serious, but we're going to investigate."

All varsity and junior varsity coaches at Central Bucks have been suspended pending further investigation, said Superintendent Weitzel.

Police said they would investigate whether any of the activity was criminal and whether staff failed to properly supervise team activities. 

For years the school had one of the most successful football programs in the country, including a run of four state titles in the 1990s, when it regularly appeared in national Top 10 rankings.

Its alumni include Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine Jr. and two of his assistants at the one-time football power.

Peyton Manning calls out Mile High scoreboard operator for noise (VIDEO)

If Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning seemed a little irked at Broncos fans for making too much noise late in the fourth quarter during Thursday night's win over the Chargers, you weren't alone.

Manning kept shaking his head and signaling the crowd to quiet down while it took the fans a little too long in bringing the noise level down:

Manning was still not happy after the game but, as it turned out, it wasn't really the fans Manning had an issue with, it was the scoreboard operator he wanted to take to task.

After the game, Manning addressed the problem of crowd noise by calling out the man in the booth at his post-game presser:

"I have no problem with our fans. Our fans are great. I've got a problem with our scoreboard operator," Manning said. "I'm gonna have a little talk with him. I'm not sure what he's doing.

"He was playing music, showing people -- showing players dancing, getting the crowd fired up while we had the ball. I don't think we should be doing that. I don't think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I thought that was kind of disrespectful. Our fans are great, our fans are loud, so the scoreboard operators ... it wasn't his best night."


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Real Madrid U19 star fires worst penalty kick ever (VIDEO)

When it comes to penalty kicks, even David Beckham has shanked a few but Real Madrid U19 star Borja Mayoral couldn't even bend it towards the goalkeeper with this epic miss against Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday. 

Instead, Mayoral's freebie flew high, wide and looked more like an extra-point attempt — thus becoming one of the worst penalties of all time. 

It also didn't help that Liverpool went on to win the match at St Helens, 3-2.

World Boxing Council shortens women’s bouts because of periods: Report

The World Boxing Council, one of the four major organizations which sanctions championship boxing matches, has decided to shorten women's professional bouts ... because of periods.

In a statement published on its website, the Mexico City-based non-profit said its first World Female Convention unanimously decided to shorten championship bouts from 12 rounds to just 10 after several detailed medical studies claimed a woman's menstrual cycle has tremendous impact on the female body.

At the same time the WBC decided individual rounds should last no longer than two minutes, as opposed to the three-minute rounds of men's competition because women are more prone to suffering concussions than men.

Menstruation was given as one of four key reasons why women's boxing matches should not last as long as men's, a list based on "several facts ... reported during the convention which are of total concern."

The change from three-minute rounds to two-minute rounds brings the professional women's game in line with amateur boxing, including Olympic boxing, where both men and women fight shorter rounds.

The WBC said that any promoter staging 12-round fights for women ran the risk of fighters suffering "severe injuries" and that it would refuse to sanction any women's fight lasting more than 10 rounds.

"Several facts were reported during the convention which are of total concern regarding any changes of the 10 x 2 female boxing matches," the statement said.

"A female fighter used to fight 10 x 2 which is 20 minutes, would need tremendous effort to adjust to 12 x 3 which is 36 minutes."

The WBC said the decision is not discrimination but based upon "established medical and safety facts."

'Reporter' Rex Ryan pranks Sammy Watkins with question on conference call (AUDIO)

Rex Ryan continues to show he isn't above having a little fun even while his 1-6 Jets team sings the blues. Ryan, who has already played "reporter" as a gag a couple of times, turned the tables once again.

On Wednesday, with a little help from the New York media, Ryan duped an unwitting Sammy Watkins of the Bills with his Clark Kent routine during a conference call.

Watkins, the Bills' outstanding rookie receiver who will be facing the Jets Sunday, was doing the phone interview with Jets reporters just as Ryan came walking past the room where the call took place. Ryan was en route to his daily press conference.

A reporter motioned to Ryan that Watkins was on the call. Ryan, whose son, Seth, was a teammate of the NFL's No. 4 overall pick at Clemson University last year, gladly entered the room to begin the ruse.

"Sammy, I got a question," Ryan began. "How did you help Seth Ryan out? How'd he do out there? And if you could really help him, you wouldn't play this game. This sounds like Rex Ryan—I know it does—but this is a reporter."

There was a pause.

"How you doing, Sammy? You all right?" Ryan asked.

Suddenly there was stifled laughter from the reporters.

"Hey, how you doing?" a confused Watkins responded.

And that's how the interview ended.

You can hear Ryan "interviewing" Watkins below. Ryan jumps in at the 5:03 mark.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

‪Mo’ne Davis' Chevrolet‬ commercial won't affect amateur status (VIDEO)

Mo'ne Davis made her paid television commercial debut during Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night but, according to an ESPNW Report, the corporate promotion will not impact her amateur status.

The 13-year-old Davis — who became a media darling at the 2014 Little League World Series  — was able to skirt the rules and make the Spike Lee-directed commercial, titled 'Throw Like a Girl,' without any NCAA repercussions because she is still in eighth grade. Once she goes into ninth grade, according to the NCAA rulebook, she would be subject to NCAA amateur rules.

In January, the NCAA Division I membership provided more flexibility on eligibility standards.

"Mo'ne Davis may be paid for appearing in the Chevy commercial without impacting her NCAA eligibility," NCAA spokeswoman Emily James said in a statement.

"The NCAA staff's decision was made within this process and based on a combination of considerations," James said in the statement. "This waiver narrowly extends the rules — which allow Davis to accept the payment and still be eligible in any other sport — to include baseball. The NCAA staff also considered the historically limited opportunities for women to participate in professional baseball. In addition, Davis is much younger than when the vast majority of the prospect rules apply. While this situation is unusual, the flexible approach utilized in this decision is not."

All of Davis’ money will go into a trust fund, said Lee on the Mike Francesa Show. Davis had to capitalize on her instant fame before the NCAA amateur rules affected her status, he added.

Davis, also a standout soccer and basketball player, even received a call from Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, congratulating her on her success, which turned out to be a minor violation for the Huskies.

Somewhere, a frustrated Todd Gurley is ripping up a lot of autographed Georgia Bulldogs jerseys.

Ref abandons soccer match after five players feign injuries all at once (VIDEO)

A Peruvian soccer team sure picked a strange way to have a salvage their dignity and have a one-sided game abandoned during a Copa Peru playoff rout by having five players go down at once with faked injuries so the referee would call the game.

Defensor Bolivar were losing 4-1 in the first round of the semi-final match against Defensor La Bocana, and already had two men sent off, before they started dropping like flies on the pitch.

With seven minutes of the game remaining, five Bolivar players fell to the ground in a disgraceful ploy to cancel the match and take flopping to a shocking new level:

Defensor La Bocana chose to play on and scored a fifth goal as they continued play with the remaining four "fit" players.

FIFA rules state that a team must have at least seven players on the field to continue and therefore the referee was forced to abandon the game.

The second leg of the tie is due to be played on Thursday but there are doubts whether that game will go on until Peruvian football officials decide whether to punish Bolivar for their misconduct.

Zamboni door gets assist on Maple Leafs goal against Islanders (VIDEO)

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum has meant a lot of good times for the New York Islanders — well, 30 some-odd years ago — and lately the old building has been a little cranky.

Tuesday night against  the Toronto Maple Leafs the 42-year-old structure might have said what a lot of Islander fans are thinking since the team announced it will move to Brooklyn next season — 'There's the door.'

And here's an assist too.

During the first period, after the puck rimmed around the boards in the Islanders' zone last night, it hit off the Zamboni doors and bounced away from Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey. Then it went right to the stick of Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel. He then sent it to James van Riemsdyk who snuck a shot past Jaroslav Halak to tie the score 1-1.

Maybe the Barclays Center doors will be friendlier to the Isles when they move there next season — that's if anyone can see them from the obstructed-view section in the stands.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Idiot wears offensive Ray Rice costume ... complete with blowup 'wife' he drags around by hair (PHOTOS)

With Halloween just around the corner, one NFL fan already found a way to offend just about everyone by wearing a Ray Rice costume — complete with a blowup version of the player's then-to-be wife he'd just beaten unconsciousness.

Photos of a man dragging the limp blowup doll by its hair showed up on Reddit Sunday in a forum reserved for taboo and tasteless humor called Too Soon.

Comments quickly flooded the site saying that anytime was too soon for the the costume. The photos were first posted by Redditor AL0311 along with the sick caption:

"Ladies were falling for my friends Ray Rice costume."

In the offensive photos — mimicking the famous domestic violence surveillance video at an Atlantic City casino (photo at bottom) —  the man wearing the former Baltimore Ravens running back's No. 27 jersey is seen dragging around a blowup doll in a long, dark wig.

Rice was suspended by the NFL and the case led to better awareness of domestic violence involving athletes. Legal experts now believe Rice has a strong case in his appeal against the suspension, and that he will likely win an argument that his suspension should only be six weeks, which has already passed.

These might be two of the worst ideas in a long time.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Giants' Jameel McClain loudly objects to Tony Romo calling him 'the Mike' before play (VIDEO)

During Sunday's game with the Giants, Cowboys signal-caller Tony Romo designated Big Blue's Jameel McClain as the "Mike" before the snap on a 3rd-and-5 situation.

Mike is a common term used by quarterbacks on almost every play to identify the middle linebacker on defense and it seems McClain took offense at being labelled such.

It's usually not a big deal, but McClain persistently and hilariously objected to Romo's name-calling.

"Fifty-Three!" Romo shouts while pointing in McClain's direction.

McClain who sauntered up to the neutral zone as he was being pointed out, shouted back: "No I'm not the Mike! I'm not the Mike!"

Giants fans have a few choice names they would like to call the team's whole defense after losing 31-21 — and it isn't as nice as Mike.