by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 30 2014 10:36AM
The family of injured Formula One driver Jules Bianchi said Thursday he is still in critical condition but stable one month after his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The French driver sustained a severe head injury when his car hit a mobile crane that was inside the trackside barriers to collect another car. He remains in a hospital in Japan.
The family statement was released by team Marussia, which will not race this week at the U.S. Grand Prix because of financial problems.
Bianchi's family says he "does indeed continue to fight" and wanted to thank his fans for their support. The family says doctors in Japan are in regular contact with neurosurgeons in Rome and the FIA medical commission and that they would continue to provide updates.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 30 2014 10:24AM
Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.
With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with another dominant performance.
After Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon's drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out.
The Giants ended a Series streak that had seen home teams win the last nine Game 7s. San Francisco took this pairing of wild-card teams after earning titles in 2012 and 2010.
Pitching on two days' rest after his shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner entered in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, he shut down the Royals and earned a save to go with his two wins in the Series.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 30 2014 9:51AM
Several former Iowa women's field hockey players alleged they were pressured to play injured and sought therapy due to negative experiences under Coach Tracey Griesbaum.
Griesbaum provided the university's summary of its previously confidential investigation, which led to her August firing. She called the allegations false and said was proud of her 15 years leading a successful program.
The investigation didn't substantiate any policy violations but said it was very concerning that several former players described "a team environment of fear, intimidation and/or mistreatment."
Griesbaum denied she pressured anyone to play through injuries, saying she took a conservative approach. She says she's aware some players sought therapy, but doesn't see that as negative.
Griesbaum's planning legal action against the school, alleging gay female coaches have faced discrimination.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 29 2014 11:06AM
Officials in a rural school district in upstate New York say they've canceled the varsity football team's season finale over hazing.
Eldred Central School District Superintendent Robert Dufour says the team will forfeit Saturday's game at Sussex Tech in Sparta, New Jersey.
District officials say they became aware of the hazing allegations Monday. School officials immediately launched a probe into the misconduct and say they determined fully clothed football players had been pushing their genitals into the face of others and sitting on teammates' faces.
Dufour says no one was harmed physically, but the acts "were not harmless in intent."
Hazing by players on high school teams in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Sayreville, New Jersey, resulted in their seasons being canceled. Seven Sayreville players are also facing criminal charges.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 29 2014 11:03AM
Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.
Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.
An email sent to a representative of Canseco on Tuesday night was not immediately returned.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 29 2014 11:00AM
Authorities say a Denver Broncos fan who disappeared during last week's game has been found safe.
Denver Police Sgt. Steve Warneke says 53-year-old Paul Kitterman was found Tuesday night in Pueblo, about 100 miles south of Denver. Warneke did not have any information about Kitterman's disappearance but says no charges are expected.
Family and friends of Kitterman had been searching for him since Thursday night's game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field.
Jarod Tonneson told investigators his stepfather had not been seen since he left his seat to meet friends during halftime.
The two went to the game with two of their friends after a day spent working and hunting at another friend's ranch in Kremmling, a small town in the mountains of northern Colorado.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 29 2014 10:58AM
Hockey great Gordie Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body after having a stroke Sunday in Texas.
Howe's daughter Cathy says the 86-year-old Detroit Red Wings legend has lost much use of his right arm and right leg. Howe suffered the stroke in Lubbock, Texas, where his daughter lives.
Howe's daughter said Tuesday night his speech is slurred, but he's been looking at family pictures and pictures from his playing days, and he's able to recognize and identify people he played with. She said his three sons were on the way there to see him.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 29 2014 10:56AM
Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings.
The first of seven Top 25 rankings done by a 12-member selection committee was released Tuesday night. The selection committee will pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals and set the matchups for other four marquee New Year's Day bowls that are part of the playoff rotation.
Oregon was fifth and Alabama was sixth.
The final rankings will be released Dec. 7, the day after the most of the conference championships are decided.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 29 2014 10:53AM
Champ Bailey has decided to retire after a 15-year NFL career that included 12 Pro Bowl berths, a record for a cornerback.
Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, said from Atlanta that Bailey had opportunities to play this season but decided to pursue other opportunities.
Those presumably include television.
Bailey spent five years in Washington and 10 in Denver after the Broncos traded running back Clinton Portis to the Redskins for the game's premiere cover cornerback.
Bailey, 36, was released by the Broncos after the Super Bowl and he signed with the New Orleans Saints. But a left foot injury that sidelined him for all but five games last season continued to bother him during training camp and he was released.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 29 2014 10:40AM
A retired Indiana school principal who was NASCAR star Jeff Gordon's driver's education teacher was killed with his wife in a Tennessee crash while returning from watching Gordon race.
Officials say 78-year-old Larry Sparks and 77-year-old Jacqueline Sparks of Pittsboro, Indiana, died in Monday's crash. WBIR-TV reports their recreational vehicle went off Interstate 75 near Jellico, Tennessee, and ran into a tree.
Larry Sparks was a teacher and principal at Tri-West High School near Indianapolis and his wife was a retired elementary teacher. District superintendent Rusty King tells WTHR-TV that Sparks loved telling people about being Gordon's driving instructor.
Gordon posted Twitter and Facebook messages saying he was saddened by Sparks' death.
Neighbor Edward Whaley says the couple loved NASCAR events and was returning from Sunday's race in Martinsville, Virginia.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 29 2014 10:03AM
The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran free agent safety Charles Godfrey and waived safety Sean Baker.
Godfrey made 75 starts in seven seasons with Carolina. Godfrey, a third-round pick from Iowa in 2008, has 11 interceptions. He played in seven games with one start this season before being released on Oct. 21.
Baker began the season on Atlanta's practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Sept. 30. He appeared in four games and was not credited with a tackle.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 28 2014 11:25AM
Chivas USA has ceased operations after 10 years in Major League Soccer, with the league planning a new franchise for Los Angeles that will begin play in 2017 with new ownership and a new soccer-specific stadium.
The league's Board of Governors unanimously decided to shut down Chivas USA after reviewing a new plan for the Los Angeles market. As a result, the league will have 20 teams in the 2015 season, including new franchises in Orlando and New York City.
Commissioner Don Garber said Monday that MLS will conduct a dispersal draft of the Chivas USA roster before Dec. 1.
The league will re-align its conferences, sending Houston and Sporting Kansas City to the Western Conference to create two 10-team conferences. Each team will play 34 regular-season games.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 11:10AM
Authorities say St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
National police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete confirmed Taveras' death on his Twitter account. Taveras' agent and the Cardinals' representative in the Caribbean country also said Sunday that the outfielder had died.
The 22-year-old Taveras made his major league debut this year. The promising slugger hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 11:08AM
A spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority says prosecutors will appeal the verdict and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, who was handed a 5-year prison term after being convicted of culpable homicide.
Prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube said Monday that the next step is to file papers in court.
Pistorius started serving his prison sentence on Oct. 21 after he was acquitted of murder by a judge and found guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.
Under the current terms, the Olympic runner is eligible for release after 10 months and would then complete his sentence under house arrest.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 11:06AM
South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace won the rain-shortened Blue Bay LPGA on Monday for her first LPGA Tour title and second worldwide victory in nine days.
Four strokes ahead with five holes left when play was suspended Sunday because of darkness, Pace finished off a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Germany's Caroline Masson.
The 33-year-old Pace won the South African Women's Open last week for her ninth Ladies European Tour victory. She's the second South African-born champion in LPGA Tour history, joining 15-time winner Sally Little.
Pace made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to finish at 16-under 200 at Jian Lake Blue Bay.
Masson birdied the final three holes for a 67.
Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda tied for third at 11 under.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 11:04AM
There was an error at Game 5 of the World Series even before the first pitch.
Country singer Aaron Lewis stumbled early on during his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night.
After starting with "O say can you see by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed," Lewis diverted from the lyrics. Instead of singing "at the twilight's last gleaming" he sang " were so gallantly streaming," words that appear later in the national anthem.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 11:02AM
Michael Allen made a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 6-under 66 and a two-stroke victory Sunday in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship, and Bernhard Langer wrapped up the Charles Schwab Cup title.
Allen birdied three of the final four holes on TPC San Antonio's AT&T Canyons Course. He finished at 15-under 201 for his second victory of the season and seventh overall on the 50-and-over tour.
Marco Dawson was second after a 71. He bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18.
Langer closed with a 69 to tie for sixth at 10 under. He has a tour-high five victories — two of them majors — and leads the money list.
The top 30 on the money list qualified for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in Scottsdale, Arizona.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 10:59AM
Silvano Alves won the world title and the aggregate crown Sunday in the Professional Bull Riders World Finals.
Alves, from Pilar Do Sul, Brazil, was the only cowbow to ride all six of his bulls. He remained on the top of the event leaderboard with an 85.5-point effort on Hokey Pokey in the fifth round and an 87.25 on Asteroid in the sixth.
Alves won the event title with 501 points. Defending world champion J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, North Carolina, was second at 453.5, and J.W. Harris third at 361.
Brazil's Joao Ricardo Vieira led Alves in the world standings by 534.69 points entering the day. But Vieira was bucked off of his two bulls, allowing Alves to overtake him. Alves finished with 12,611 points, and Vieira was second with 10,673.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 10:57AM
Tennessee running back Shonn Greene says his lawyer has advised him not to talk about his arrest for allegedly parking in a handicap space in a Nashville suburb, but he's not embarrassed.
Greene said Sunday after the Titans lost 30-16 to Houston that he knows what happened Friday in Franklin. He says the situation isn't what it's been made out to be.
Greene is free on $2,000 bond with a Nov. 13 court date for driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, failure to stop/halt/frisk and illegal parking in the town south of Nashville. A Franklin police spokesman said Greene could have had a parking ticket if he talked to the parking enforcement officer instead of trying to leave in his 2012 BMW M6.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 10:48AM
Andy Murray saved five match points before fighting back to beat Tommy Robredo 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (8) in a grueling Valencia Open final on Sunday.
Last month, Murray also saved five match points against the Spaniard on his way to winning the final in Shenzhen, China. This time, he had to do it in front of Robredo's home fans, who ended up applauding the effort made by both players on Valencia's indoor hard court.
Robredo came from a break down in the second set to force a tiebreaker that could have earned him his first win against Murray since 2007. Murray looked flustered, slamming his racket down twice, but he managed to save two match points before leveling at a set each.
The Briton then saved three more match points in the final tiebreaker before hitting a decisive backhand to win in 3 hours, 20 minutes, making it the longest final on the ATP circuit this year. Murray embraced Robredo over the net at the finish.
"I know it was an incredible match," Murray said. "The tennis at the end and in the second set was high level. I played well at the right moments."
It was Murray's 31st career title and second in Valencia after winning in 2009.
The two-time grand slam winner will rise to No. 5 in the rankings with his third title of the year, after he also beat David Ferrer last weekend to win in Vienna.
Sunday's match saw both players continue to draw out rally after rally despite both visibly tiring and showing signs of cramps in their legs as the grueling final wore on.
"It was an amazing match, and you have to enjoy it," Robredo said. "Unfortunately someone has to win and it was decided by a few balls. It is what it is."
The 32-year-old Robredo started well, saving six break points in the first set while converting the only two chances he had to break Murray's serve.
Robredo first broke for a 4-3 lead after winning a long game that at one point left Murray leaning on the barrier to catch his breath while the Spaniard made use of an empty chair to sit down. The local favorite pressed Murray in his next service game as well and set up a set point with a forehand winner, then converted it when the Briton sent a shot long.
Murray responded by breaking Robredo's first service game of the second set, but the Spaniard leveled at 4-4.
In the tiebreaker, Murray saved the first match point by sprinting to return two deep ground strokes before Robredo's forehand clipped the net and fell long. Murray then hit an ace to save the second before forcing a third set.
The rivals traded breaks as both tightened up with cramps.
Robredo then saved Murray's first match point at 5-4 before holding serve when his opponent sent the ball wide.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 10:44AM
A bloody in-game injury led to the suspension of a Southern Professional Hockey League game on Saturday night.
Huntsville Havoc center Justin Cseter (SEET'-er) and Peoria Rivermen player Dennis Sicard were chasing after a loose puck during the second period Saturday when Sicard's skate clipped Cseter's right thigh. Cseter suffered a large, deep gash, which bled heavily.
Rivermen media relations director Greg Halbleib says there was "a considerable amount of blood on the ice" when medical personnel responded.
He says Rivermen general manager Bart Rogers told him that Cseter was released from a Peoria-area hospital about 1 a.m. Sunday.
Rogers told Halbleib the 26-year-old Havoc's prognosis is good, and that the Huntsville team would take him back home.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 10:20AM
The Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils have participated in an emotional pregame ceremony Saturday night to honor slain soldiers Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.
As fans waved mini-Canadian flags and glow sticks, players from the Senators and Devils joined together around center ice while military personnel from Cirillo's division and local first responders stood at attention in the center of the circle.
It was the first hockey game in Ottawa since Wednesday's attack on Parliament Hill that included the shooting death of Cirillo at the National War Memorial. Vincent was killed in a hit-and-run attack Monday near Montreal.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 10:18AM
The World Series is averaging a 7.5 rating through three games, down 7 percent from last year but up 4 percent over San Francisco's last appearance in 2012.
Kansas City's 3-2 win in Game 3 received a 7.2 rating, 13 share and 12.1 million viewers, according to fast national ratings from Nielsen Media Research announced by Fox on Saturday. That was down slightly from the 7.4 for St. Louis' 5-4 win over Boston in Game 3 last year, but up from the 6.1 for the Giants' 2-0 victory over Detroit in 2012, which matched the record low for any Series game. The third game in both 2012 and '13 was on a Saturday.
Friday night's game began with 8.4 million viewers and peaked at 14.4 million during the late stages.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 9:59AM
A Major League Soccer referee has been accused of collecting New York unemployment benefits while working and has been suspended.
State police say White Plains resident Jose Rivero unlawfully took more than $14,000 in benefits. Rivero was arrested Oct. 6 and charged with two felonies including insurance fraud.
Police say they don't know if Rivero has a lawyer. There's no telephone listing for Rivero in White Plains.
The Professional Referees Organization says Rivero was suspended. The organization supervises referees for Major League Soccer and other soccer leagues. It says Rivero won't be assigned to any matches until legal proceedings are over.
Police say the state's Workers' Compensation Board and its Insurance Fund aided in the investigation.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 27 2014 9:54AM
Rafael Nadal says he will have season-ending appendicitis surgery next month, ruling him out of the upcoming Paris Masters and the ATP finals in London.
Nadal announced the decision Friday after losing to 17-year-old Borna Coric in a sub-par performance in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel. He said he will undergo surgery on Nov. 3, and that his 2014 season is over.
Paris Masters organizers had earlier said Nadal pulled out of the tournament next week for "personal reasons."
The Spaniard needed treatment for appendicitis this month in Shanghai. In Basel, he was playing only his third tournament since Wimbledon, when a wrist injury curtailed his schedule.
U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic and Ernests Gulbis also withdrew from the Paris Masters. Cilic has a right-arm injury and Gulbis a right-shoulder injury.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 24 2014 10:12AM
Northwestern cornerback Dwight White has decided to stop playing football.
White tells the Chicago Tribune he found out in June after experiencing abdominal pain that he was born with one kidney. He decided to keep playing. But after suffering a kidney contusion in practice in the final days before the season opener, he ultimately opted to stop.
White appeared in all 12 games and made six starts as a freshman last season. He did not appear in any games this year.
White was approved as a medical non-counter by the Big Ten starting in the 2015-16 academic year, allowing him to remain on scholarship without counting against the team's limit of 85.
In a statement Thursday, White says he had to think about his long-term health.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 24 2014 10:10AM
Officials at a high school in suburban Philadelphia have canceled the football team's remaining two games after they concluded rookie players were subjected to what the superintendent calls "humiliating" initiation rites.
School officials say the hazing at Central Bucks High School West occurred during the pre-season, and included a requirement that rookies grab another player's genitals while fully clothed.
Superintendent David Weitzel says the activities did not result in physical harm "but were not harmless." He says all varsity and junior varsity coaches have also been suspended pending further investigation.
The football season at a high school in New Jersey was also cancelled earlier this month as a result of a hazing investigation that resulted in criminal charges and the suspension of five coaches.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 24 2014 10:08AM
A South Florida man described by authorities as a chemist who made and supplied banned substances in Major League Baseball's recent drug scandal has pleaded not guilty.
Paulo Berejuk entered the plea Thursday to two conspiracy charges involving distribution of testosterone and human growth hormone. A judge ordered Berejuk jailed without bail after prosecutors said he might flee to his native Brazil and is a danger to the community.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says Berejuk supplied Anthony Bosch's clinic Biogenesis of America, making the performance-enhancing drugs in the garage at his home.
The case has resulted in a half-dozen other arrests and suspensions for 14 MLB players, including a record season-long suspension for New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
Bosch has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 24 2014 10:06AM
Iowa State guard Hallice Cooke is having surgery to repair cartilage tears in both hips and will be out 6-8 months.
The Cyclones say Cooke, who is redshirting the 2014-15 season, will have surgery to repair one of his ailing hips in New York City on Monday. Cooke, who is from Union City, New Jersey, will have a second surgery four weeks later.
Cooke transferred from Oregon State in the offseason after averaging 8.2 points per game. He'll have three years of eligibility left, starting with the 2015-16 season.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 24 2014 9:59AM
A South Carolina high school football coach has been reinstated after his firing over postgame celebrations that officials said had racial overtones, with players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.
In a statement Wednesday, Charleston County School Superintendent Nancy McGinley said she reinstated Bud Walpole of Academic Magnet High School in Charleston County after meeting with him.
The statement says Walpole agreed to participate in any district sensitivity training and counsel players before games to be vigilant of their actions in dealing with those of different races or backgrounds.
Walpole was fired this week after McGinley was notified that celebrations offended the parent of an opposing player. The players from the predominantly white school were smashing watermelons with smiling faces drawn on them before eating them as a postgame snack.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 24 2014 9:57AM
Colleges remain inconsistent in the way they handle athletes' concussions, according to a Harvard University study that comes more than four years after the NCAA began requiring schools to educate their players about the risks of head trauma and develop plans to keep injured athletes off the field.
In a survey that included responses from 907 of the NCAA's 1,066 members, researchers found that nearly one in five schools either don't have the required concussion management plan or have done such a poor job in educating their coaches, medical staff and compliance officers that they are not sure one exists.
The study was co-written by Harvard researcher Christine Baugh and published this week in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 24 2014 9:53AM
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum missed the pregame introductions before the World Series opener because he was vomiting.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner did not line up with his teammates on the third-base side of the field at Kauffman Stadium before the Giants' 7-1 win Tuesday night.
"My trainer, Dave Groeschner, he said he got sick about a half hour before the game and he was throwing up," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. "He rebounded very well. He was OK to pitch."
Bochy wasn't sure whether the issue was cause by food.
"I don't know if he knows," he said. "He was down in the bullpen, I think, the second inning."
Linecum pitched his second career no-hitter against San Diego on June 25 but struggled after the All-Star break and was dropped from the rotation in late August. He hasn't pitched at all since the regular-season finale on Sept. 28.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 24 2014 9:50AM
The British government wants an NFL team based in London.
George Osborne, the British treasury chief, told the Evening Standard newspaper on Wednesday that the government will do whatever it can "to make this happen."
The NFL has been playing regular-season games at Wembley Stadium every year since 2007, and this season there are three games on the schedule.
The NFL says it welcomes Osborne's comments and his "strong support for the possibility of an NFL team in London."
Detroit and Atlanta will play Sunday at Wembley, the home of England's national soccer team. Last month, the Miami Dolphins beats the Oakland Raiders 38-14, and next month, the Dallas Cowboys will face the Jacksonville Jaguars.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 22 2014 1:58PM
The NHL has postponed Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators because of shootings in Ottawa.
A gunman shot and wounded a Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital Wednesday, then entered Parliament, where numerous shots rang out, according to police and witnesses.
In a statement the NHL says it "wishes to express its sympathy and prayers to all affected by the tragic events in Ottawa."
The game was scheduled at the Canadian Tire Centre in nearby Kanata.
The NHL says the date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 22 2014 10:15AM
The NFL has created a Sportsmanship Award that will be voted on by the players and presented to the winner on the eve of the Super Bowl.
The award will be part of the NFL Honors show in which The Associated Press presents its major league awards, including MVP and Coach of the Year.
A player "who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition" will earn the award, the NFL said Tuesday.
Each team will nominate one player. A panel of former players will select eight finalists, four from each conference. Those finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award when the players vote on Dec. 19. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 22 2014 10:13AM
A high school football coach has been fired because of postgame victory celebrations the district superintendent says involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.
Nancy McGinley said Tuesday she was contacted last week by a board member who said the parent of an opposing player was offended by the celebrations by the mostly white Academic Magnet High School football team in Charleston County. The Raptors were smashing watermelons with smiling faces drawn on them and eating the fruit as a postgame snack.
The district announced that Bud Walpole will no longer coach the football team or the girls' basketball team. He is still a teacher at the school.
A phone listing for Walpole could not be found. On online petition had 1,500 names late Tuesday seeking his reinstatement.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 21 2014 10:32AM
The International Paralympic Committee says Oscar Pistorius will be ineligible to compete during his five-year prison sentence.
The double-amputee South African runner, who has won six Paralympic gold medals, was given a five-year jail term Tuesday for killing Reeva Steenkamp.
Although Pistorius could be released after 10 months to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest, the IPC says its rules bar him from running in Paralympic events for the full five years.
That would rule the 27-year-old Pistorius out of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.
In 2012, Pistorius became the first double-amputee sprinter to compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics in London.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 21 2014 10:27AM
The U.S. women's soccer team completed Part I of its trip to the 2015 World Cup by doing the expected, dominating play Monday night in a 6-0 win over Haiti to finish unbeaten — and unscored upon — in group play in the CONCACAF championship.
Abby Wambach had two goals, and Carli Lloyd, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Morgan Brian also scored for the Americans, who advanced to the semifinals to be played Friday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Union's stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. The top three teams qualify for next year's World Cup in Canada, while the fourth-place team will face Ecuador in a playoff.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 21 2014 10:24AM
The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court.
Attorneys for the ex-players filed the complaint Monday in Minnesota. The case had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. It's a combination of several lawsuits previously filed.
Dan LaCouture, Michael Peluso, Gary Leeman, Bernie Nicholls, David Christian and Reed Larson are the former players serving as six class representatives. They are seeking a jury trial for unspecified financial damages and NHL-funded medical monitoring for neurological disorders.
They are alleging that the league had the knowledge and resources to better prevent head trauma, failed to properly warn players of the risks, and promoted violent play that led to their injuries.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 21 2014 10:19AM
Raymond Beadle, a three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion and a championship NASCAR team owner, has died. He was 70.
NHRA said Beadle died Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Beadle won 28 NHRA national events and titles from 1979-81. He was a two-time winner of the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.
Beadle fielded his first NASCAR team in 1983 with the late Tim Richmond, who won two races for the car owner. Beadle then fielded cars for Rusty Wallace for five seasons, and Wallace won the 1989 Winston Cup championship in his No. 27 Kodiak Pontiac.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 11:10AM
Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee, which will not replace him this season and go forward with 12 members as it chooses four semifinalists for the first time.
Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said Manning will have surgery next month to help relieve discomfort he has while moving around and will be unable to travel to the meetings.
The committee will issue its first rankings Oct. 28 and announce the four teams in the national championship field on Dec. 7. The semifinals will be Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The title game will be Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Mike Tranghese will take Manning's spot to work with Oliver Luck on the Mountain West and Steve Wieberg will join Tom Jernstedt in evaluating the Atlantic Coast Conference.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 11:08AM
Peyton Manning's receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos' emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night.
Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre's record of 508 and threw four touchdown passes, giving him 510.
He surpassed Favre's mark with an 8-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas late in the second quarter. As he went to retrieve the football, his teammates decided to have some fun.
Thomas tossed the historic ball over Manning and to Emmanuel Sanders, who then lobbed it to Wes Welker. From there, Welker dished it back to Sanders, who then flipped it to Julius Thomas — all of Manning's favorite targets getting into the act.
Finally, Manning got the ball along with congratulations from his teammates and coaches.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 11:05AM
Former Notre Dame soccer player Elizabeth Tucker was honored Sunday night as the NCAA Woman of the Year.
Tucker, from Jacksonville, Florida, had 19 goals and 14 assists in 92 games in four seasons for the Fightling Irish. She helped the team win the 2010 national title.
Tucker earned a degree in business administration from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business in May with a 4.00 grade-point average. She received the 2014 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and a 2014 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, is one of five finalists for the 2014 Wooden Citizenship Cup and a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship.
The NCAA award honors a graduating athlete who distinguished herself throughout her college career in academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 11:03AM
Ben Martin made a 45-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole that sent him to his first PGA Tour victory Sunday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Martin was one shot behind Kevin Streelman when his eagle put him back in the lead. He closed with a birdie for a 3-under 68 and a two-shot victory at the TPC Summerlin. The 27-year-old from South Carolina won in his 56th career start.
Moments after Martin made his eagle putt, Streelman missed a 5-foot birdie putt that would have tied him for the lead. Streelman still made five birdies over his last seven holes for a 65.
Martin finished at 20-under 264. The victory sends him back to the Masters. Martin played Augusta National in 2010 as the U.S. Amateur runner-up.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 10:56AM
Jimmie Johnson was a solemn spectator for Brad Keselowski's post-race celebration after a disappointing day for Hendrick Motorsports.
Johnson, the six-time and defending NASCAR champion, led nearly half the laps Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. He couldn't stay up front in a race he had to win to advance to the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Hendrick teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne also dropped out.
Johnson, who led a race-high 84 laps, perched on his car window to watch Keselowski celebrate.
Earnhardt led the second-most laps at 31, but got swept up in contact from Greg Biffle late.
Jeff Gordon is the only Hendrick driver in the final eight.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 10:55AM
Brad Keselowski pulled away in overtime for one of the biggest wins of his career and earned an automatic berth into the third round of NASCAR's championship race.
Keselowski had to win Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway to stay alive in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The sixth win of the season for the 2012 Sprint Cup champion was his biggest, and keeps him in the hunt for another title.
But the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne all were eliminated from contention.
Kyle Busch could not recover from an early wreck and also was eliminated from the Chase.
Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth also advanced.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 10:50AM
Jay Haas became the 18th player to win a Champions Tour at 60 or older, closing with a 5-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.
The 60-year-old former Wake Forest player has 17 victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning nine times on the PGA Tour. He also won the event in 2005 and 2009.
Haas extended his streak of under-par rounds to 23 and finished at 17-under 196 on Rock Barn Golf and Spa's Champions Course. He ended a 27-month, 49-event winless streak since June 2012.
Players 60 and older have won 22 events on the tour, with Hale Irwin accomplishing the feat three times and Tom Watson and Jimmy Powell doing it twice each. Mike Fetchick is the oldest winner at 63 years in the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational.
Joe Durant and Kirk Triplett tied for second. Durant and Triplett, the winner last week in Cary, shot 66.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 10:48AM
Andy Murray won his second title in three weeks after rallying to defeat David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.
Murray came back from 5-3 down in the final set, ending the match with his ninth ace.
The 11th-ranked Scot, who improved to 30-14 in career finals, also won in Shenzhen late September to end a 14-month title drought.
Murray became only the fifth still active player with 30 or more titles alongside Roger Federer (81), Rafael Nadal (64), Novak Djokovic (46) and Lleyton Hewitt (30).
The victory also boosted Murray's chances of making the cut for the eight-man ATP Finals in London next month. The Scot is in eighth position in the qualifying race to the prestigious season-ending event.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 10:43AM
Manny Pacquiao made his professional basketball debut on Sunday, just a month before he is set to defend his WBO welterweight crown.
Pacquiao started Sunday's game for the newly formed KIA Sorento of the Philippine Basketball Association but played only seven minutes and committed two turnovers in his team's 80-66 win over the Blackwater Elite at Philippine Arena.
The boxing icon, who joined the pro league team as a player-coach, played in a preseason game earlier this month, finishing with one point and two turnovers after a 10-minute stint.
Pacquiao said after the game he would take a break from his KIA duties to focus on the defense of his WBO welterweight crown on Nov. 22 in Macau against undefeated junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri.
At 5 feet 6 inches (169 centimeters) tall, Pacquiao does not have the typical stature of a basketball player, but is a big fan of the sport.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 20 2014 10:40AM
Rakeem Cato set an NCAA record by throwing a touchdown pass for the 39th straight game, finishing with four scoring tosses and No. 25 Marshall remained unbeaten by topping FIU 45-13 on Saturday night.
A Miami native, Cato broke a tie with Russell Wilson for the Football Bowl Subdivision mark, connecting with Ryan Yurachek for the record-breaking score with five seconds left in the first quarter for Marshall (7-0, 3-0 Conference USA).
Devon Johnson caught two touchdown passes, finishing with 117 yards rushing and 79 more receiving for the Thundering Herd.
Corey Tindal ran an interception back for a score and Angelo Jean-Louis had a scoring catch for Marshall, which was playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2002.
Alex McGough had a 1-yard touchdown run for FIU (3-4, 2-3), which fell to 0-9 against Top 25 opponents.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 18 2014 6:52PM
Former miler and three-time Olympian Steve Scott says he has prostate cancer — 20 years after he beat testicular cancer.
The 58-year-old track and cross-country coach at Cal State San Marcos was diagnosed in June.
Scott is undergoing proton therapy, a form of radiation treatment that kills cancer cells while preserving healthy surrounding tissue. He will finish his eight-week course in San Diego at the end of the month.
During his treatment he has been able to coach and run three to five miles a day. His doctor says his prognosis is good to excellent,
Scott is a member of the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame. He ran 136 competitive mile races in under 4 minutes, a feat that remains unmatched.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 18 2014 6:35PM
A pretrial hearing is set for Dec. 9 for Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson after his arrest on misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct charges at a Minneapolis restaurant.
Johnson did not appear in court for his arraignment Friday, but was represented by his attorney.
According to the police report, Johnson was arrested early on Oct. 5 when he refused orders by security and police to leave Seven, a downtown steakhouse and sushi lounge.
Police say Johnson was repeatedly told to leave the building, and chemical spray was used to force him outside after he resisted. Once outside, according to the report, Johnson remained uncooperative and police used a stun gun on him.
Johnson's representatives have said the case should be dismissed. Johnson continues playing with Minnesota.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 18 2014 6:33PM
An official at Argentine soccer club Deportivo Roca, which was involved in a chaotic brawl in a match in which 12 players were ejected and the game suspended, calls the incident a "national disgrace."
Speaking Friday with The Associated Press, Guillermo Vallejos says the brawl between his club and fellow third-division team Cipolletti "could have become a tragedy."
Video from Wednesday's match showed players fighting with each other, kicking and landing punches. One player ran the length of the field to go after spectators that had run onto the field. Cipolletti player Nicolas Alegria was carried off the field to a waiting ambulance. Vallejos says Alegria sustained a head injury and was recovering Friday at home.
Referee Facundo Espinoza asked that five players from each team be punished with unspecified sanctions.
Violence is endemic at all levels of the Argentine game with many matches threatened by violence on and off the pitch.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 18 2014 6:07PM
The top assistant for college basketball's top-scoring offense is getting a shot in the pros.
David Arseneault Jr., the associate head coach at Division III Grinnell College in Iowa, was hired Friday as the coach of the Reno Bighorns, the Sacramento Kings' affiliate in the NBA Development League.
The 28-year-old Arseneault worked under his father at Grinnell. The Pioneers made national headlines in 2012 when Jack Taylor scored an NCAA-record 138 points in a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible.
Grinnell has made a name for itself with a system built around shooting as quickly as possible and employing substitutions like hockey shifts.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 17 2014 9:46AM
UEFA President Michel Platini fears that drones could be used to drop bombs on football pitches.
Speaking to French TV channel TF1, Platini made his comments after an Albanian nationalist banner flown by a drone over a stadium in Belgrade ignited a brawl on the field and fueled political tensions between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania.
Platini called the incident "shameful," and expressed his fears about possible drone attacks in the future.
The Frenchman said "just imagine that a drone carrying a bomb instead of a flag comes to a ground. Everything is becoming dangerous, especially in the countries where there are a great deal of political tensions."
UEFA opened disciplinary cases against Serbia and Albania after the incidents forced their European Championship qualifier to be abandoned in the first half.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 17 2014 9:43AM
A Montreal fan used a laser pointer to try to distract the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the Canadiens' 6-4 victory.
Video replay clearly showed a green dot dancing on and around Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. When asked if he noticed the laser being pointed at him, Rask was quick to dismiss it.
"At me? No," said Rask, who allowed five goals on 23 shots before leaving 7:17 into the third.
The Finnish goalie did notice the laser being directed elsewhere.
"You know, I saw it in the second, but it was in the offensive zone," Rask said. "Good thing I didn't go blind or anything."
Last week, the NFL's Detroit Lions barred a teenager from all Ford Field events for using a laser pointer during a game against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton and holder Colton Schmidt said they had a laser directed at them during the Bills' victory.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 17 2014 9:40AM
The NBA's Board of Governors has approved several modifications to the league's instant replay system.
The most notable change announced Thursday night allows officials to use replay only in the last two minutes of overtime. Last year, instant replay was available for use in the entire overtime period.
Referees can also now review plays to determine if a clear-path foul is warranted even if they did not initially call a clear-path foul. Previously a clear-path foul had to be called for the play to be eligible for review.
Referees also will be able to use replay to determine if a foul merits being upgraded to a flagrant foul. Last season, they could only use replay if a flagrant foul was called on the floor.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 17 2014 9:35AM
A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
Twenty-one-year-old Anthony Wunder was fined $100 plus court costs Thursday in Franklin County Municipal Court. He had originally pleaded not guilty in September.
Wunder, a fourth-year engineering student, ran onto the Ohio Stadium turf Sept. 27 and was slammed to the ground by Ohio State assistant coach Anthony Schlegel. Video of the hit became a sensation on social media.
Wunder's Attorney Mark Collins says Wunder has apologized for his actions. Wunder will retain his scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation, but cannot live in the group's house on campus or participate in Evans Scholars activities until he's completed recommendations made during various assessments.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 17 2014 9:33AM
Aloha Stadium officials will step up security at University of Hawaii football games after someone aimed a laser pointer at a visiting football player.
A University of Wyoming quarterback Saturday reported a laser was shined at him and alerted his coach.
Referees stopped play and the public address announcer warned fans that laser pointers were prohibited.
Harassment with a laser pointer can bring a fine of up to $500 and a jail sentence of up to 30 days.
Deputy stadium manager Lois Manin says it could be difficult to spot laser pointers in stepped-up bag checks. She says reporting violations through the stadium's anonymous texting program will be more effective.
Fans can report suspicious activity by text through the stadium's "If You See Something, Say Something" program.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 17 2014 9:13AM
James Michael McAdoo scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors rallied to beat the Nuggets 104-101 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.
Golden State's Klay Thompson added 18 points in the first NBA exhibition game in Des Moines since 1997.
The Nuggets led by 13 heading into the fourth quarter. But The Warriors (4-0) retook the lead, 100-99, on Jason Kapono's 3-pointer with 1:47 left, and Harrison Barnes sealed it with a jumper with 6.8 seconds left.
Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov each scored 18 points for Denver (1-4), which dropped its third straight game.
The game marked Barnes's return to his native Iowa. He finished with five points.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 16 2014 12:36PM
Wisconsin is the unanimous pick to win the Big Ten, and the Badgers' Frank Kaminsky is the Preseason Player of the Year.
Wisconsin returns four starters after going 30-8 and reaching the Final Four. In the vote by conference media announced Thursday, the Badgers beat out Michigan State, last year's Big Ten tournament champion, and Ohio State.
Kaminsky averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds as a junior last season. He is joined on the all-conference team by Indiana's Yogi Ferrell, Michigan's Caris LeVert, Nebraska's Terran Petteway and Wisconsin's Sam Dekker.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 16 2014 12:29PM
Two Pennsylvania high school soccer coaches have resigned after their players hurled Ebola taunts at an opponent from West Africa.
Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik says the coaches resigned Tuesday. He says he met with the team Wednesday and will discipline students who violated the school's anti-discrimination policy.
Authorities say the comments came during a game last week against rival Nazareth Area High School.
Fountain Hill Police Chief Edward Bachert (BACK'-ert) is the Nazareth player's legal guardian. He says the 16-year-old is from Guinea, and worries about his parents given the Ebola outbreak there.
He says the boy was shaken by the taunts. But he says Nazareth students have rallied behind him. Some have posted tweets with the hashtag "EndRacism."
The resignations were first reported by The Morning Call of Allentown.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 16 2014 12:27PM
U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in a playoff over Masters champion Bubba Watson after a wild day in Bermuda.
Kaymer twice lost a three-shot lead in the final round of the 36-hole exhibition for the year's major champions. Watson took a two-shot lead on the par-3 16th when he made birdie and Kaymer made bogey. Kaymer answered with a two-shot swing with a birdie on the par-5 17th as Watson took bogey.
Both made par on the 18th. Kaymer had a 71 and Watson a 69. Kaymer made birdie on the first playoff hole to win.
British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy closed with a 75 to finish eight shots behind. Jim Furyk, the alternate, shot 73 and finished last.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 16 2014 12:25PM
A 17-year-old apprentice jockey has died from injuries sustained in a riding accident at an Indiana racetrack.
The Jockeys' Guild says Juan Saez died Tuesday night at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was airlifted after the accident in the eighth race at Indiana Grand in suburban Shelbyville.
Guild chairman and fellow rider John Velazquez says Saez was surrounded by some of his fellow riders, his agent and close friends when he died. Saez is the younger brother of nationally known rider Luis Saez.
Juan Saez was aboard Montezuma Express when his mount clipped heels with the horse in front of him, Paddy's Note. Saez's mount fell, causing him to be unseated. A trailing horse, Masaru ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., was unable to avoid Saez's horse and also fell, unseating Santana Jr.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 16 2014 9:09AM
The preseason player of the year in the Big 12 began his career at Dayton. The newcomer of the year spent time at Southern California and UNLV before landing at Iowa State.
Welcome to big-time college basketball in the modern era, where four-year transfers are all the rage. The movement between Division I programs, once a relatively rare occurrence, has become so prevalent that many coaches are even changing the way they build their programs.
Just consider Oklahoma State, which had players depart for Miami of Florida and Louisiana-Lafayette while welcoming in high-scoring guard Anthony Hickey from LSU. Cowboys coach Travis Ford says it's simply how programs are building teams these days, an important piece to an increasingly complex puzzle.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 15 2014 10:17AM
NASCAR has fined Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart for their post-race conduct at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Keselowski was fined $50,000 and Stewart was fined $25,000. NASCAR said Tuesday it was trying to maintain "a safe environment following the race."
Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin were not penalized for their roles in the post-race skirmishes after Saturday night's race.
Keselowski and Hamlin tangled on the track after the checkered flag, and Keselowski hit Kenseth on pit road. He then inadvertently ran into the back of Stewart, who put his car in reverse and hit Keselowski's car in retaliation.
Hamlin followed Keselowski in his car to the garage and had to be restrained from confronting him. Kenseth jumped Keselowski from behind, but crew members broke up the fracas.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 15 2014 10:15AM
Laura Davies of England is one of four people who have been chosen for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Davies long has been regarded Britain's greatest female golfer with four majors, 12 appearances in the Solheim Cup, and some 70 wins around the world. She will be inducted at a ceremony at St. Andrews next year during the week of the British Open.
The others chosen for induction were Mark O'Meara, David Graham of Australia and architect A.W. Tillinghast.
O'Meara won the Masters and British Open in 1998 among his 16 PGA Tour victories.
This is the first year independent golf writers did not have a vote. Instead, the inductees were chosen by a 16-member panel made up mostly of golf administrators.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 15 2014 10:14AM
Italian tennis players Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace are facing corruption accusations after intercepted Internet conversations claiming they sold matches were printed in Italian media Wednesday.
The conversations are part the extensive data that judicial investigators in Cremona have been sorting through as part of a widespread match-fixing investigation into soccer.
The conversations with people who have since been arrested for alleged match-fixing involve a 2007 match that Bracciali lost to American player Scoville Jenkins in Newport, Rhode Island, and the final of a 2011 tournament in Casablanca that Starace lost.
Cremona prosecutor Roberto Di Martino confirmed to The Associated Press the authenticity of the conversations.
Di Martino added that foreign tennis players might also be involved, saying "I can't rule that out."
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 15 2014 10:12AM
FIFA has banned the Mongolian football federation president from soccer for five years for taking bribes from Mohamed bin Hammam ahead of the FIFA presidential election.
FIFA says Ganbold Buyannemekh twice "solicited and accepted payments" linked to one of the most damaging corruption scandals to hit governing body.
Bin Hammam withdrew his bid to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in 2011 just days before the election after allegations he offered bribes. Bin Hammam, who has always denied wrongdoing, resigned from all football-related posts in 2012 and received a new lifetime ban from FIFA.
FIFA says Buyannemekh took payments from Bin Hammam "in the context of the elections" of the Qatari's election to the FIFA executive committee in 2009 and then the presidential election two years later.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 15 2014 9:46AM
Former Olympic champion diver Chantelle Newbery was sentenced for drug offenses Wednesday for the second time in three months.
The 37-year-old Newbery, who won the 10-meter platform gold medal at Athens in 2004, pleaded guilty in a magistrates' court to two counts of possessing a dangerous drug and one count of failing to properly dispose of a needle or syringe. She received 18 months' probation.
Newbery appeared in the same court in July for similar offenses relating to possession of methylamphetamine. She was placed on a drug diversion program following that case.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 15 2014 9:43AM
A judge has set a March trial date in the lawsuit by Donald Sterling's estranged wife against his mistress.
Shelley Sterling accuses V. Stiviano of befriending wealthy older men and receiving lavish gifts.
She's seeking the return of $2.5 million in gifts that included a $1.8 million duplex purchased with money from her husband. The suit says Stiviano also received a Ferrari, two Bentleys and a Range Rover worth more than $500,000.
Shelley Sterling claims them as community property.
Stiviano is the girlfriend whose recordings of Donald Sterling making offensive remarks led to him being banned from the NBA and forced the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Judge Richard Fruin scheduled a Friday hearing on whether to dismiss a counter suit by Stiviano who claims Shelley Sterling defamed her.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 15 2014 9:41AM
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league and plans to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer.
The 74-year-old Slive says his retirement will take effect July 31.
Slive took over the SEC in 2002 and it has become the nation's top football conference. The SEC had a string of seven consecutive BCS titles.
Under his leadership the SEC has landed huge television rights deals with CBS and ESPN and launched the SEC Network in August. League revenues have grown from about $96 million when he took over to $310 million last year.
Vanderbilt chancellor Nick Zeppos says the SEC will begin a search for a successor. The conference says Slive will become a consultant to the SEC.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 14 2014 11:04AM
Luge standout Armin Zoeggeler, the first athlete to medal in the same individual event at six consecutive Olympics, has announced his retirement.
At a news conference on Tuesday, the 40-year-old Zoeggeler says, "My instinct after the (Sochi) Olympics told me that it was the right time to retire, but I wanted to be 100 percent sure."
Zoeggeler began his Olympic streak by winning bronze in singles at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. Then he took silver in Nagano four years later, gold in Salt Lake City and gold again at his home Turin Games, before concluding his career with bronzes in Vancouver and Sochi.
Zoeggeler also won six golds and 16 medals overall at the world championships
Zoeggeler was Italy's flagbearer at the opening ceremony in Sochi.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 14 2014 10:58AM
Authorities seized marijuana and more than $4,000 in cash from an Alabama football player's dorm room.
Court papers filed online Monday say agents with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force found 112 grams of marijuana and the money Oct. 7 in the room of reserve tight end Kurt Freitag.
The filings indicate agents witnessed and recorded a drug transaction involving Freitag, who had been identified by a confidential informant. Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Lyn Head filed a request to have the $4,661 forfeited to the state.
The court documents don't indicate if any charges have been filed against Freitag.
Tuscaloosa Police spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley declined to comment because it's an ongoing investigation.
Freitag, a sophomore from Buford, Georgia, has not played this season.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 14 2014 10:57AM
Game 3 of the AL Championship Series has been postponed because of rain.
The game was pushed back from Monday to Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. EDT. Wei-Yin Chen starts for the Orioles against former Baltimore pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.
Game 4 was rescheduled Wednesday at 4:07 p.m. EDT, and both managers said they could bring back their Game 1 pitchers on regular rest: James Shields for Kansas City and Chris Tillman for Baltimore. They also could remain with the starters who had been slated to pitch Game 4: the Royals' Jason Vargas and the Orioles' Miguel Gonzales.
Kansas City leads the best-of-seven series 2-0. Game 5, if needed, would be Thursday at 4:07 p.m. EDT.
Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Peter Woodfork says: "We want a game we know we can get through nine innings, hopefully play dry baseball, not risk player safety or uncomfortable fans."
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 13 2014 11:41AM
A referees' clubhouse in Cyprus was struck by a pipe bomb in a pre-dawn attack, causing minor damage.
Police said the low-yield explosive was placed at the entrance of Cyprus Referee Association's clubhouse early Monday.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter condemned the attack as "cowardly" and offered full support to the Cyprus Football Association's efforts to protect match officials.
Referee association chairman Michalis Argyrou urged police to take action to stop this "repeated pattern of behavior."
Cypriot referees are sometimes the target of abuse and intimidation. Argyrou says a firebomb was tossed at a referee's home in Limassol two weeks ago. In February, the Cypriot federation postponed all first division matches for a weekend after a bombing damaged the car of a top referee.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 13 2014 10:05AM
Roger Federer defeated France's Gilles Simon 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2) to capture his fourth title of the year at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.
The Swiss star nearly exited the tournament in his opening match when he had to save five match points against Leonardo Mayer. But he rebounded from that poor start to beat No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals and then Simon for his first title in Shanghai.
It's been a banner year for Federer despite the fact he's fallen just short at the majors. He leads the tour in match wins (61), top-10 wins (13) and final appearances (nine). On Monday, Federer will leap past Rafael Nadal to No. 2 in the rankings for the first time in more than a year.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 13 2014 9:40AM
Landon Donovan nearly scored in his 157th and final appearance with the U.S. national team, hitting a post in the 25th minute of the Americans' 1-1 tie against Ecuador in an exhibition Friday night.
The 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy forward, who is retiring after Major League Soccer's season, ran onto Jozy Altidore's backheel pass and beat goalkeeper Maximo Banguera with a 12-yard shot. But the ball clanked off the post, and Banguera beat Donovan to the rebound.
Donovan came out in the 41st minute and was applauded and cheered by the crowd of 36,265 at Rentschler Field. He finished his national career with 57 goals and 58 assists, both American records.
Donovan contributed to Mix Diskerud's fifth-minute goal, crossing the ball from the left flank. After Altidore failed to connect, DeAndre Yedlin passed the ball in front of the goal, where Diskerud scored from 12 yards.
Enner Valencia tied it in the 88th minute with a shot from outside the penalty area that curled around defender Tim Ream and bounced in, with goalkeeper Brad Guzan about 3 yards away.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 10 2014 10:03AM
The Chicago Cubs have hired John Mallee as their hitting coach after Bill Mueller resigned this week.
The Cubs also hired Doug Dascenzo on Thursday as first base and outfield coach, with Eric Hinske shifting from that job to assistant hitting coach.
Mallee, a Chicago native, served as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins (2010-11) and Houston Astros (2013-14). The Astros finished last in the American League with a .242 average but were third in homers with 163.
Dascenzo was drafted by the Cubs in 1985 and played for them from 1988 to 1992. He served as the third base coach for Atlanta this season, his first as a coach in the majors.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 10 2014 9:56AM
The father of Jules Bianchi says the Formula One driver remains in critical condition following his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Bianchi's father, Philippe, is at his son's bedside at Mie General Medical Center in Japan.
Philippe Bianchi told local newspaper Nice Matin that "Jules is fighting as he always did, the same way as if he was racing. He is strong."
The 25-year-old Bianchi needed emergency surgery last week for a severe head injury after crashing into a mobile crane that was beside the track recovering another car which had run off the circuit at the same corner a lap earlier.
To honor Bianchi, Marussia is not running his car at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 10 2014 9:52AM
Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely while the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules.
The school made the announcement Thursday, two days before the No. 13 Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) face No. 23 Missouri (4-1, 1-0) in a crucial Eastern Division game.
Georgia officials did not reveal the alleged violation.
Coach Mark Richt says he is "very disappointed" by the suspension. He added that "the important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri."
Gurley is considered one of the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy. He leads Georgia with 773 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. In addition, he has 11 receptions and a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 10 2014 9:44AM
Guinea forward Lass Bangoura says he left his national team to calm the fears of his Spanish club teammates who were worried about the Ebola outbreak.
Lass was called to play for Guinea in its 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana on Friday, which was moved from Guinea to Morocco because of concerns about Ebola.
But Lass said on Thursday, "When they told me my teammates were worried, I made the decision to come back, speak with them, and tell them that they shouldn't be afraid.
"They called me twice, but I couldn't answer because I was training, and later I spoke with my agent. I then spoke with my coach and I told him that I had a problem with my club because my teammates were afraid, and that if he could let me go to do things because I didn't want trouble with my club, which is who pays me."
Rayo Vallecano spokesman Fernando Lopez told The Associated Press that the club did not ask Lass to return, but instead it suggested he not travel to Guinea and instead go directly to Morocco. Lopez said Lass agreed to that travel plan.
The first cases of Ebola were confirmed in Guinea in March. The outbreak has killed more than 3,800 people, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
A Spanish nursing assistant became the first person to catch Ebola outside West Africa after treating a sick missionary brought back to Madrid.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 9 2014 9:49AM
The NFL's emphasis on defensive-backfield penalties has contributed to an average of more than two extra flags every game this season, a 15 percent rise from 2013.
And the man in charge of officiating is OK with that.
Most of the increase comes thanks to passing-game rules the competition committee decided to emphasize or reword. According to STATS, illegal contact, defensive holding, defensive illegal use of hands, and offensive pass interference are all at Week 5 highs for the last 20 years.
There already have been more illegal contact calls than for all of last season.
NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino tells the AP on Thursday that "we're in a good place" and "if we pull back now, then we aren't being consistent."
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 9 2014 9:30AM
Cigar, the two-time Horse of the Year whose 16-race winning streak is considered one of racing's greatest achievements, has died. He was 24.
A release from Kentucky Horse Park said that Cigar died Tuesday night at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. Cigar won 19 of 33 starts and earned nearly $10 million but was best known for his incredible run of wins that tied Citation.
An allowance victory at Aqueduct in October 1994 began Cigar's famed run that included 1995 wins in the Breeders' Cup Classic and Hollywood Gold Cup. He was Horse of the Year in 1995 and 1996.
Cigar was retired in 1999 and enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2002.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 9 2014 9:28AM
A Texas judge has tentatively set a Dec. 1 trial date for Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson on a charge of felony child abuse for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son.
Judge Kelly Case set the date Wednesday as Peterson made his first court appearance in suburban Houston for the incident that occurred earlier this year. Peterson did not enter a plea, though his attorney said he will eventually plead not guilty to the charge that carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.
Peterson is on paid leave. The Vikings' final game of the season is Dec. 28.
Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon indicated he intends to file a motion to recuse the judge after Case allegedly called attorneys in the case "media whores." Case apologized, but a Nov. 4 hearing was scheduled on whether to assign a new judge.
Defense attorney Rusty Hardin says he wants to try the case as quickly as possible to get Peterson back to playing.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 10:15AM
A Pennsylvania high school soccer coach and two players have been suspended for at least five days after an autistic teammate told police the two teens duct-taped him to a goalpost.
Sixteen-year-old Austin Babinsack told Harrison Township police he was left taped to the goal for 15 to 20 minutes Sunday evening before passers-by heard his screams and freed him.
The Highlands School District says coach Jim Turner, who was not present at the time, and two 17-year-old players identified by Babinsack have been suspended. Police may also file juvenile court charges against the two teammates.
The district says it doesn't take hazing or bullying lightly.
Kristy Babinsack, the victim's mother, says she hopes the coach will be fired and the other players expelled.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 10:13AM
Kentucky freshman defensive lineman Lloyd Tubman is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday after being arrested and charged with first-degree rape.
Tubman is being held on $10,000 bond in the Lexington-Fayette County jail and is set to appear in district court. The Louisville native was arrested Tuesday, five days after an incident in a campus dormitory.
Tubman, who hasn't played this season, has been suspended indefinitely by coach Mark Stoops. The university said in a release that the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Tubman is also subject to discipline under its code of conduct.
According to the arrest warrant obtained by The Associated Press, the woman called campus police Thursday following the incident involving Tubman, who she described as her ex-boyfriend. The AP does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 10:11AM
Police say they are searching for seven athletes and a reporter who went missing after the Asian Games closed on Saturday in the port city of Incheon.
Police inspector Baek Seung-cheol says on Wednesday that the whereabouts of three athletes from Nepal, two from Sri Lanka and one each from Bangladesh and the Palestinian territories are unknown. Baek adds a TV reporter from Pakistan is also missing.
Police say there is a possibility that the eight are looking to work illegally in South Korea.
Police say the athletes' visas expire on Oct. 19 and the reporter's on Oct. 30.
Nearly 10,000 athletes competed in the Asian Games.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 10:09AM
Fabio Fognini of Italy has been fined $2,000 for flashing an obscene gesture at the crowd after crashing out to a 553rd-ranked Chinese wild card at the Shanghai Masters.
The No. 17-ranked Fognini showed his middle finger to the crowd as he left the stadium following his 7-6 (5), 6-4 loss to Wang Chuhan in the first round on Tuesday. He also gave Wang a shove with his elbow after the two shook hands at the net.
The Italian is routinely fined for his bad behavior on the court. He received fines totaling $27,500 at Wimbledon this year for unsportsmanlike conduct and showing a visible obscenity during his first-round match.
Wang lost in the second round in Shanghai to qualifier Malek Jaziri 6-0, 6-4 on Wednesday.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 10:08AM
Rookie Devyn Marble scored eight of his 13 points in overtime, and the Orlando Magic beat the Miami Heat 108-101 in a preseason game on Tuesday night.
Nik Vucevic scored 16 for Orlando (1-0), Tobias Harris added 15 and Evan Fournier scored 13 for the Magic. Orlando wasted a seven-point lead in the final 3:08 of regulation, but Andrew Nicholson's baseline jumper tied it at 95-all with 0.2 seconds left.
Luol Deng and Chris Bosh each scored 18 for Miami (0-2), which was flying to Brazil after the game and will face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers there on Saturday.
James Ennis had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 11 and Mario Chalmers added 10 for the Heat off the bench.
The Magic were without Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye, both out with sprained knee ligaments. Miami held out Josh McRoberts (toe) and Udonis Haslem.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 10:06AM
Landon Donovan will captain the United States on Friday in his national team finale.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Tuesday the 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy forward will start and play about 30 minutes against Ecuador in the exhibition at East Hartford, Connecticut.
Donovan, who is retiring at the end of Major League Soccer's season, is the American leader with 57 goals and 58 assists. It will be the 157th international appearance for Donovan, a veteran of three World Cups who was controversially dropped by Klinsmann for this year's tournament in Brazil.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 10:05AM
A group of 10 former college athletes have filed a proposed class action, antitrust lawsuit against several television networks and college conferences, including ESPN, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and the Southeastern Conference, for profiting off their names and likenesses without their permission in both ads and televising games.
The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Nashville features former Vanderbilt safety Javon Marshall as lead plaintiff along with some former teammates, including Eric Samuels and Steven Clarke. The lawsuit wants a class action for all current and former players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and Division I men's basketball. The suit was first reported by The Tennessean.
In the lawsuit, plaintiffs allege the release student-athletes are forced to sign is "unconscionable, and vague," rendering it void and unenforceable.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 10:02AM
A jury has convicted a man of capital murder in the shooting deaths of two former Auburn University football players and a third man.
Jurors began talks Tuesday morning and returned the verdict against Desmonte Leonard in the afternoon. He faces a possible death sentence.
The 24-year-old Montgomery man was charged with fatally shooting ex-Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips at party in Auburn in June 2012. DeMario Pitts of Opelika also was slain, and three other people were wounded.
Jurors rejected Leonard's claim that he killed the three and wounded three other men after coming under attack at a party in June 2012. They asked for a legal definition of self-defense and Alabama's "Stand Your Ground" law before convicting Leonard..
Leonard surrendered to authorities following a manhunt.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 9:50AM
A spokeswoman for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's attorney says the NFL player plans to plead not guilty to a child abuse charge during his first court appearance in Texas since his indictment last month.
Peterson was scheduled to be in court Wednesday in Conroe, located north of Houston.
Mary Flood, a spokeswoman for Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Tuesday that if asked at the hearing, Peterson will plead not guilty to a charge of injury to a child.
Peterson says he never intended to harm his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch earlier this year.
Prosecutor Phil Grant declined to comment Tuesday on whether the case could be settled without a trial. If convicted, Peterson faces up to two years in prison.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 8 2014 9:49AM
Florida coach Will Muschamp has another issue to deal with this week.
According to the University Police Department, reserve quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg, son of New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, got into a fight with teammate Gerald Willis outside the stadium Monday night.
Maj. Brad Barber, a UPD spokesman, said officers went to Florida Field around 7 p.m. after receiving calls about the fight. He said both players declined to press charges, closing the case.
The scuffle came hours after the team suspended quarterback Treon Harris. Authorities are investigating sexual assault allegations against him in an early Sunday incident.
Mornhinweg, a third-year sophomore from Philadelphia, played in three games late last season. Willis, a freshman from New Orleans, has four tackles and half a sack in two games.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 7 2014 1:27PM
Forbes estimates LeBron James has replaced Tiger Woods as the athlete with the top brand value.
The magazine said Tuesday the brand of the Cleveland Cavaliers star is worth $37 million — the amount his endorsement and nonbasketball earnings exceed the average of the NBA's top 10. Woods had topped athletes on Forbes' Fab 40 list each year since 2007.
Nike is estimated to be the most valuable sports business brand, with its worth pegged at $19 billion. Forbes said the value of the name increases Nike's worth from $52 billion to $71 billion.
Forbes estimates the Super Bowl has the top event brand value at $500 million. The New York Yankees have the most valuable team brand at $521 million, which Forbes says is about one-fifth of the team's enterprise value.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 7 2014 1:00PM
UEFA has banned Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio for six months following a racist comment during his election campaign.
Tavecchio, a long-standing executive in Italian football, was elected president in August despite causing a stir over a reference to bananas when discussing the presence of foreign players in Italy.
On Tuesday, UEFA announced its decision, adding that Tavecchio will be unable to attend its next congress in March and will also have to "organize a special event in Italy aimed at increasing awareness ... against racism."
Tavecchio, who has a UEFA role as a member of its youth and amateur football committee, will continue as head of the FIGC.
The Italian federation's internal prosecutor dropped his inquiry over the comment but UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Tavecchio last month.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 7 2014 12:59PM
Former NFL running back Larry Johnson has been arrested on aggravated battery charges after an altercation at a South Beach nightclub.
Miami-Dade County jail records show that Johnson was booked at 7:33 a.m. Tuesday. He was being held on $7,500 bail.
A Miami Beach police report says that Johnson cut another man with a broken bottle at a club in the Delano Hotel. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.
The 34-year-old Johnson played in the NFL from 2003 to 2011 after starring at Penn State. His best years were with the Kansas City Chiefs, when he rushed for more than 1,700 yards in both 2005 and 2006.
He ended his career with the Miami Dolphins and also played for the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 7 2014 12:58PM
The NCAA reform plan that transfers more power to the five richest football conferences has sailed through a 60-day override period.
The organization says 27 schools requested an override of the 16-2 decision by the NCAA Board of Directors on Aug. 7 to allow the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC to unilaterally change some of the rules that have applied to all Division I schools for years. If 75 schools had voted for an override, the board would have been required to reconsider the plan.
The result of the override period was announced on Monday.
The NCAA says much of the plan goes into effect next year. It says the new governance structure "provides student-athletes with a vote at every level of decision-making in Division I."
Bradley, Drexel, Elon, Indiana State and Vermont were among the schools that requested an override.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 7 2014 12:56PM
Philadelphia radio and TV sports announcer Bill Campbell, whose career spanned more than seven decades, has died.
Editor and anchor Robin Culverwell at KYW radio, where Campbell once worked, confirmed Campbell died Monday at a New Jersey hospital of complications from a fall. He was 91.
Campbell began his career in 1940 and continued well into his 80s. His accounts gave sports fans front row seats at the games of all their favorites: the Philadelphia Eagles, the Phillies, the 76ers, the Warriors and Big Five basketball teams.
Campbell is remembered particularly for his account of the Eagles' 1960 NFL championship game over the Green Bay Packers. He also gave a signature performance of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in the Philadelphia Warriors' 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks in 1962.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 7 2014 12:55PM
Police are reviewing video of a fight in a restroom at Levi's Stadium that left one man in serious condition before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
In the video, the two assailants and two victims appear to be wearing 49ers gear.
Santa Clara, California, police say the suspects, Dario and Amador Rebollero, fled from the bathroom but were soon caught inside the stadium. One victim was treated and released and the other was in serious condition.
The Rebolleros were booked into county jail on suspicion of felony assault.
Police would not reveal the source of the video and said they did not know whether the suspects have attorneys.
49ers spokesman Bob Lange said the team is deeply concerned about the victims.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 7 2014 12:53PM
USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, forced him to withdraw from next year's world championships and taken away his funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of the Olympic champion's second DUI arrest.
The sanctions announced Monday won't keep Phelps from training with his North Baltimore club, but he won't be allowed to participate in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6, 2015. Phelps and USA Swimming also agreed that he won't compete in the world swimming championships in Russia next July. His monthly funding stipends will be stopped during the suspension.
Phelps announced he was entering a six-week, in-patient program last weekend, a week after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving in his hometown of Baltimore.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 7 2014 12:50PM
The Big 12 has publicly reprimanded and fined Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard $25,000 for his rant against league officiating following last weekend's loss to Oklahoma State.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says Pollard's implication that games had been called unfairly against the Cyclones was "irresponsible and completely baseless."
The Big 12 warned Pollard that similar behavior will result in a more serious penalty.
Pollard says he's sorry for implying that Iowa State's vote against adding an eighth official in 2013 — a measure the other nine Big 12 schools voted for — impacted officiating. Pollard says that while he felt a need to defend Iowa State after an overturned review gave the Cowboys a crucial touchdown, he also realizes that he broke the Big 12's sportsmanship guidelines.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 7 2014 12:49PM
The Utah Jazz are signing a 5-year-old free agent guard to a one-day contract for a special scrimmage on Monday night.
JP Gibson, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, plans to sign his contract with Jazz President Randy Rigby before joining the team in uniform for the annual preseason intrasquad scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena.
JP will be joined by his parents, Josh and Megan, and his 2-year-old sister, Elsie. The family is being hosted by the Jazz and photographer Jon Diaz's "Anything Can Be" project that creates storybooks for children with cancer about their dreams and wishes.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 12:44PM
Testing for human growth hormone in NFL players has begun.
The testing originally was agreed to in the 2011 labor agreement but was delayed because the union was not comfortable with the procedures or science involved. Both sides agreed last month on the new policy, which took effect Monday and brings HGH testing to the NFL for the first time.
A total of 950 tests will be performed in the regular season, postseason and preseason. In the offseason, approximately 385 tests will be done.
The league and union also agreed to a minimum two-game suspension for a first driving-under-the-influence conviction. Longtime suspensions would be imposed for cases with extenuating circumstances such as personal injury or property damage, or in cases of repeat offenders.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 11:42AM
A police report shows Minneapolis officers used a chemical spray and a stun gun on Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson after he refused to leave a downtown club.
Johnson, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 288 pounds, was arrested early Sunday after security officials and police repeatedly told him to leave Seven steakhouse. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct.
The 30-year-old was booked into the Hennepin County jail and released after posting $78 bond.
The Vikings have said the team is investigating and will have additional comment when appropriate. Johnson has an unlisted number and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.
It's Johnson's first season with the Vikings after three years with New Orleans.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 11:41AM
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleaded not guilty to charges that he assaulted his wife during two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment.
Dwyer appeared at an arraignment hearing Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court. He is charged with felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors, including assault.
Investigators say Dwyer broke his wife's nose with a head-butt during a July 21 argument and engaged in a dispute the following day in which he punched his wife and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who wasn't injured.
He has denied that he committed assault. Dwyer's attorney, Jared Allen, declined to comment.
Dwyer's arrest came when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 11:33AM
Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone says the team filed a complaint to NFL security officials alleging someone shined a laser pointer from the stands at his players during their game at Detroit on Sunday.
Marrone says quarterback Kyle Orton and holder Colton Schmidt informed him during the game they both had lasers shined at them. The team then followed league protocol by informing NFL security staff. Marrone said the issue was eventually resolved before the game ended.
Buffalo beat the Lions 17-14 on Dan Carpenter's 58-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora said the league does not have any specific information on what happened because it has not yet received a report for its security representative in Detroit.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 11:05AM
Maya Moore scored 18 points and the U.S. beat Spain 77-64 to win its second straight gold medal at the women's world championship Sunday.
Lindsay Whalen added 12 points for the United States (6-0), which hasn't lost in a gold medal game in the world championship since 1983, when it was beaten by the Soviet Union 84-82. Except for a hiccup in 2006 when the Americans lost to Russia in the semifinals, they have won every Olympic and world championship game since 1996. If not for that upset in Brazil, the U.S. would have five straight world titles.
The Americans turned this game quickly into a laugher, jumping out to a 13-point lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes. Spain (5-1) could only get within seven the rest of the way.
Moore, who was chosen tournament MVP, was the key in that early burst, scoring 11 points during the opening 18-5 run. Her 3-pointers barely moved the net as the Americans blitzed Spain, which was making its first appearance in the championship game.
Behind strong offensive rebounding, the Spaniards cut it 24-17, but then Whalen took over. She had nine points during a 13-0 run by the Americans spanning the end of the first and start of the second quarter to make it a 20-point game. Whalen ended the first quarter with a spectacular drive that ended with a floater in the lane right before the buzzer. During the burst, Diana Taurasi threw a pinpoint pass to a streaking Seimone Augustus for another lay-in and the U.S. was off and running.
The Americans led 48-29 at the half. It was more of the same in the second half for the U.S., which led by 25 points before Spain closed the game with a 14-2 run.
Sancho Lyttle led Spain with 16 points.
In other games Sunday, Australia routed Turkey 74-44 to win the bronze medal. Canada topped China 61-53 to finish fifth and France beat Serbia 88-74 for seventh place.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 11:00AM
Joey Logano has grabbed the first berth in the next round of NASCAR's championship race with a victory Sunday at Kansas Speedway.
Logano's win advanced him into the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which begins after stops at Charlotte and Talladega. Four drivers will be cut from the 12-driver field after Talladega.
It puts the pressure on for some of NASCAR's top drivers, many of whom had problems at Kansas. Six-time and defending champion Jimmie Johnson was in an early wreck, then Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne both hit the wall.
Logano teammate Brad Keselowski also hit the wall because of a tire problem, and Kevin Harvick made an unscheduled pit stop when he feared he had a tire problem.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 10:56AM
After his second DUI arrest, Michael Phelps says he will take a break from swimming to attend a program "to better understand myself."
The winningest athlete in Olympic history made the announcement in a series of tweets Sunday morning.
The 29-year-old Phelps was arrested early Tuesday and charged with drunken driving. Police said he failed a series of field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.08.
Phelps retired after the 2012 Olympics in London, having won a record 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall. But he returned to competition this year with the goal of making the 2016 Rio Games. His comeback has produced encouraging results, including three golds and two silvers at the Pac Pacific Championships in August.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 10:55AM
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic won his fifth China Open title in dominating fashion Sunday, routing third-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-2.
Djokovic was one point away from handing Berdych a "double bagel" — a 6-0, 6-0 defeat — but the Czech player fought off match point, then broke Djokovic to win his first game and raise both arms in celebration.
The Serb improved his sparkling record at the China Open to 24-0.
On the women's side, Maria Sharapova outlasted Petra Kvitova 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in a hard-hitting, back-and-forth duel to win her fourth title of the year and return to No. 2 in the rankings.
Sharapova overcame 10 double-faults and a number of untimely errors to defeat Kvitova in a rematch of the 2011 Wimbledon final, won by the Czech left-hander.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 10:36AM
A Brazilian league match was briefly interrupted due to fan violence that left at least one man injured Sunday.
Fans from Goias and Figueirense got into a confrontation on the stands at the Serra Dourada Stadium, and television footage showed the injured man lying motionless on the ground for some time. What appeared to be a homemade bomb later exploded near him.
Local media reported the unidentified man later recovered but was taken to a hospital. His condition was not immediately available.
The match, won by Goias, was briefly interrupted midway through the second half as the fans threw kicks and punches at each other until police arrived.
The rest of the small crowd in Goiania booed loudly.
Players from both teams repeatedly asked the rival fans to calm down.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 10:26AM
UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford is getting a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season one year after arriving in Westwood.
Alford guided the Bruins to a 28-9 record, the Pac-12 tournament title and the school's first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008. Alford tied Gene Bartow (1975-76) with the most wins by any head coach in his first season at the school.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the extension Friday.
UCLA opens the season at home against Montana State on Nov. 14. The Bruins lost Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine, who were all first-round selections in the NBA draft last spring.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 10:24AM
The NFL has hired Beth E. Richie as a senior adviser on domestic conduct.
Richie is the director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy and a professor of African-American studies, criminology, sociology, gender and women's studies, and criminal law and justice at Illinois-Chicago. She is considered a leading expert on issues of sexual assault.
Richie joins five previously hired advisers. According to a memo sent by Commissioner Roger Goodell to all team chief executives and presidents, the advisers meet with the league daily "to help develop our educational and service programs, and to assist in revising our personal conduct policy."
Goodell also mentioned that the NFL met with the heads of groups representing the parents of pro football players, and with Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, the CEO of the YWCA, the largest provider of domestic violence services in the United States.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 10:03AM
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard went on a 2 ½-minute tirade about a call that he believes turned the game in the Cyclones' 37-20 loss to No. 21 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
With the score tied at 6-all late in the second quarter, the officials ruled Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland was stopped just short of the goal line as time expired in the first half. The play was reviewed and the call reversed, giving the Cowboys a 13-6 lead.
Pollard said it was the latest in a string of bad calls against the Cyclones in recent years.
He said some Iowa State players acted inappropriately after the call, and he didn't fault them, saying such calls end "careers for football coaches, ADs and presidents, so something's got to be done."
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 6 2014 4:51AM
The Marshalltown Bobcats lost their latest football outing to Mason City
19-15 in Mason City. A trick pass in the waning moments of the game
gave the Mohawks the win. Marshalltown now prepares for Fort Dodge
and Homecoming this Friday night.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 3 2014 10:12AM
A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach may not lose his scholarship.
An official of the Evans Scholars Foundation says that 21-year-old Anthony Wunder has been suspended from all program activities and was asked to move out of the Evans Scholars House on campus. But the status of his scholarship is still being determined.
The program covers tuition and housing for former golf caddies.
Wunder, a fourth-year engineering student, ran onto the Ohio Stadium turf last Saturday and was slammed to the ground by Ohio State assistant coach Anthony Schlegel. Video of the hit became a sensation on social media.
Wunder's attorney entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf to misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 3 2014 10:09AM
A criminal court has sentenced former Austria international Sanel Kuljic to five years in prison for match-fixing.
Another former professional player, Dominique Taboga, has been given a 3-year prison term for his role in the betting scam, which included manipulation of 18 domestic league games in Austria's first and second divisions between 2004 and last October.
Eight of the 10 defendants were handed prison sentences while two others were released because of lack of evidence.
The players allegedly received between 7,000 and 25,000 euros ($9,375-$33,485) per match to influence the outcome of the games, enabling their backers from Austria, Albania, Serbia and Chechnya to earn betting profits.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 3 2014 10:02AM
Iowa sophomore Peter Jok has enough talent to become the face of the program someday.
But first, he'll look to rebuild his reputation following a pair of offseason arrests.
Jok was arrested on his moped twice since the end of last season — once for drunk driving, once for driving it with a revoked license. He pleaded guilty to both charges. He also served a four-day jail sentence last month.
There's little doubt that the 6-foot-6 Jok has a chance to develop into an All-Big Ten player for the Hawkeyes. But another slip-up could put Jok's future with the Hawkeyes in jeopardy.
Jok was suspended by coach Fran McCaffery in July and reinstated six weeks later. He and the Hawkeyes (20-13, 9-9 Big Ten in 2013-14) open the season on Nov. 14 against Hampton.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 3 2014 9:59AM
West Virginia's Juwan Staten has been named the Big 12 basketball preseason player of the year in a vote by the league's coaches.
Joining Staten on the all-Big 12 team released Thursday are Perry Ellis of Kansas, Georges Niang of Iowa State, Marcus Foster of Kansas State and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma. Staten and Ellis were unanimous selections.
UNLV transfer Bryce Dejean-Jones of Iowa State was named the top newcomer. Cliff Alexander of Kansas and Myles Turner of Texas share preseason freshman of the year honors.
Staten led the league a year ago with a scoring average of 18.1 points per game.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 3 2014 9:55AM
Burkina Faso's sports ministry says it has canceled the Tour du Faso cycling race this month because of fears over the spread of Ebola.
The ministry made the announcement on Thursday after meeting with race organizers. The 10-day race was due to be held from Oct. 24-Nov. 2.
Although Burkina Faso doesn't border any of the three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak of the deadly virus, officials fear holding the race could contribute to the spread of the disease in the region.
Ebola has killed 3,300 people in West Africa so far, with most deaths in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. It has also spread to Nigeria and Senegal.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 3 2014 9:53AM
The union representing NFL on-field officials criticized the league Thursday for inconsistencies in grading calls, including two high-profile penalties from recent games.
In a release, the NFL Referees Association says the NFL has "caused confusion for NFL officials as to what the league does and doesn't want called."
The union referred to penalties on Washington's Chris Baker for a hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles on Sept. 21, and to Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah last Monday night for going to his knees to celebrate an interception return for a touchdown. Abdullah actually had gone to his knees to pray — an act exempted from celebration penalties.
The union says both calls were graded as correct even after NFL executives announced that they were incorrect. Baker got a 15-yard penalty and was ejected from the game at Philadelphia. Abdullah also received a 15-yard penalty.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 2 2014 2:20PM
The superintendent of a New York high school district has called the death of a 16-year-old football player following an on-field collision a "freak accident."
Steven Cohen says the death of Shoreham-Wading River High School junior Tom Cutinella is still under investigation, but it appears he died after a "freak football play."
Cohen says Cutinella suffered a head injury after being hit Wednesday during the third quarter of the varsity game. He says Cutinella stood up but then collapsed. He was rushed to a hospital but died in the intensive-care unit after surgery.
The medical examiner, police and school officials are investigating.
Principal Dan Holtzman says counselors have been made available to students.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 2 2014 2:07PM
Wilt Chamberlain has been cut down to size. Wilt The Stilt is now Wilt The Stamp.
The Hall of Famer and the only NBA player to score 100 points in a game is set to appear on a commemorative U.S postage stamp.
The U.S. Postal Service and the Philadelphia 76ers, with cooperation from the NBA, will formally dedicate the Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps in a halftime ceremony at a Dec. 5 game against Oklahoma City.
The stamps are just over 2 inches tall. Kadir Nelson, of San Diego, created the two stamp image portraits of the NBA Hall of Famer.
One is based on a photograph of Chamberlain in a Philadelphia Warriors uniform; the other is based on an image of Chamberlain in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 1 2014 2:35PM
The University of Iowa is refusing to reinstate fired women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum or to re-investigate what her supporters call a pattern of unfair treatment of female coaches.
Griesbaum's attorney, Tom Newkirk, asked President Sally Mason to re-examine the investigation that led to Griesbuam's termination after 14 years leading one of Iowa's most successful women's programs.
He said the university needed to ensure that "no form of bias nor any double standard played a role," saying her firing was the result of allegations of mistreatment from dissatisfied players that would have been dismissed if she was a male coach.
In a letter responding to Newkirk last week for Mason, assistant attorney general George Carroll said the university wouldn't reinstate Griesbaum or investigate whether female coaches have faced discrimination.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 1 2014 10:43AM
A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach is losing his scholarship amid his court case.
Defense attorney Mark Collins says officials on Tuesday started removing 21-year-old Anthony Wunder from the Evans Scholars program, which covers tuition and housing for former golf caddies.
The fourth-year engineering student is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. His attorney entered a not-guilty plea in Franklin County Municipal Court.
Wunder was stopped and slammed down by an assistant strength and conditioning coach Saturday during Ohio State's home victory over Cincinnati. The coach, Anthony Schlegel, is a former Buckeyes linebacker.
The hit has been a sensation on social media.
Coach Urban Meyer said he had a somewhat serious conversation with Schlegel about the hit.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 1 2014 10:40AM
An attorney for Bryan Stow, the gravely injured Giants fan who won a multimillion-dollar damage suit against the Dodgers, has sued the team again, claiming it is trying to recoup $3.4 million in insurance payments from Stow for his medical care after a beating.
Attorney Tom Girardi said in the lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles that the Dodgers and its insurer want the money returned from the $18 million awarded to Stow this summer by a jury.
Stow suffered a traumatic brain injury after being beaten by two Dodger fans in a parking lot of Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011. Doctors have testified he will require treatment for the rest of his life.
Jerome Jackson, a lawyer for the Dodgers, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 1 2014 10:30AM
A national brain injury group says the proposed payout scheme for NFL concussion-related injuries is "deeply flawed."
The Brain Injury Association of America says it believes the proposed awards favor retired players with memory and neuromuscular problems. The group says it excludes former players battling mood swings, aggression and many other problems.
The group's Tuesday court filing seeks the right to weigh in when a federal judge in Philadelphia reviews the settlement plan in November.
The NFL has agreed to provide at least $675 million over 65 years to ex-players diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other serious neurocognitive problems. The total settlement, including research and medical testing, is $765 million.
Lead players' lawyer Christopher Seeger calls the agreement "an extraordinary settlement for retired NFL players and their families."
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Oct 1 2014 10:11AM
The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts.
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to spike a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV.
The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted to help boost ticket sales in the 1970s.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says NFL teams have hidden behind the rule for 40 years, but no more.
But Wheeler acknowledges it may not spell the end to sports blackouts. The NFL would still be able to privately negotiate its own rules with cable and satellite companies — those agreements just wouldn't have the backing of the federal government.