Buttler replaces Prior for England - Anderson faces hearing on 1 August - England bowler James Anderson will face a hearing on 1 August after his alleged Trent Bridge clash with Ravindra Jadeja. Dunga is named new Brazil coach - Dunga, captain of Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning side, becomes the national team's coach for the second time. Matthew to carry flag for England - Squash player Nick Matthew will carry the England flag at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Clippers CEO and Shelly Sterling to testify (Yahoo Sports) - Richard Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is due to step into the battle of billionaires going on in probate court over the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. Parsons, once known as the ''Mr. Fixit'' of the business world during his tenure as CEO of Time Warner and Citigroup, will be called as a witness Tuesday to support Shelly Sterling's bid to sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Donald Sterling, who owns the team along with estranged wife Shelly, is resisting the sale. Parsons took over leadership of the Clippers in May during the media blitz surrounding the banishment of Sterling from the NBA for making racist comments. Real Madrid seal Rodriguez signing - Real Madrid sign World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from Monaco for a reported £63m. Jacket blunder ruins Malaysian dream - Defending champion Nur Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim cannot compete at Glasgow 2014 after her competition jacket goes missing. Greg Dyke still keen on B league - FA chairman Greg Dyke tells panel of MPs he still wants to create a controversial B league, despite opposition. FA's Dyke still keen on B league - FA chairman Greg Dyke tells a panel of MPs he still wants to create a controversial B league, despite opposition. Gymnast to carry Wales flag at Games - Rhythmic gymnast Frankie Jones will be the flag bearer for Team Wales at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

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Jimbo Fisher worries about Jameis Winston getting bored [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 2:34 pm]
Jimbo Fisher’s main goal for Jameis Winston this season is easy — make sure he doesn’t get bored. After Winston won the Heisman Trophy and led his team to an ACC title and a national title, Fisher said it’s easy for a player of his caliber to get complacent. “I think sometimes great players, great teams, greatness in general, can be dethroned, for lack of a better term, from boredom,’ Fisher said during ACC media day on Monday. “You get bored of doing the same thing over and over and over and over again, and when you have success, it's consistency and performance over a long period and you've got to do the same thing. And sometimes, it's human nature, you get bored, and I think that's going to be a huge challenge for him.” If Winston was bored he sure didn’t show it on Sunday when he met with the media and couldn’t hide his excitement for the upcoming season. While many might believe Winston is the best player in the game, Fisher said there are plenty of things Winston can do to become a better player this year. It’s scary to think, but Winston, who was by far the most dominant player in the game as a freshman a year ago, could be even better as a sophomore. “I think as a player you have to continue to grow yourself physically, and his footwork, his eye movement, his eye control, looking guys off even more,” Fisher said. “And I think understanding defenses even that much better, recognizing certain things, blitzes, scenarios, that much quicker because he can process the game and get the ball out even quicker, which he does tremendously now. “But I think you can always get better in those things, and I think being patient — it's going to be a challenge to be patient because people aren't going to try and give up big plays to him this year, but acknowledge them when they're there, and just making sure you don't get bored with the game.” Winston also noted Sunday that he needs to be more accountable to his teammates and stay out of off

Anthony Pettis to return in December against Gilbert Melendez [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 2:19 pm]
Injuries have kept Anthony Pettis out of the Octagon since he won the UFC lightweight title in August, 2013, but on Monday the champ announced that he will make his return December 6 at UFC 181. Pettis is set to defend his belt against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. The two will appear as opposing coaches on an upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Pettis earned the UFC title with a dramatic first-round submission win in his home town of Milwaukee over then champion Benson Henderson. "Showtime" has continued to make moves outside of the cage, including becoming a Wheaties-sponsored athlete, but has been frustrated at his persistent knee injuries and subsequent inaction. Pettis made the announcement of his return date to MMA Fighting yesterday and also admitted that the criticism he's received from rival fighters regarding his time out taken for injuries bothers him. "I can't sit back and chuckle it off," he said. "It gets under my skin." How do you think Pettis will look after nearly a year and a half on the bench, and against such a stiff challenge as Melendez? Let us know in the comments section. Follow Elias on Twitter @EliasCepeda & @YahooCagewriter

Seahawks fans want a statue of the Richard Sherman-Michael Crabtree tip [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 2:17 pm]
Philadelphia has a Rocky statue. Pittsburgh has an Immaculate Reception statue. Detroit's getting a Robocop statue. Now Seattle wants in on the act. Two Seahawks fans are trying to raise money to build a statue commemorating "The Tip," Richard Sherman's famous redirection of a pass to Richard Crabtree in the NFC Championship. Sherman tipped the ball to Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith, killing San Francisco's last chance at a comeback in a 23-17 game. The Tip sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl and vaulted Sherman into the American consciousness thanks to his immensely entertaining postgame interview. It might be the finest moment in Seattle sports history, and Seahawks fans Joe Michaels and Chris Bauer want it honored in bronze. “That was a moment that was so perfect and so important to this city," Michaels told local radio station KJR. “We thought, if that moment meant so much to so many people, it’s worth celebrating in a big way like never before.” Starting July 28, they'll be starting a crowdfunding campaign to raise $250,000 to build the statue at BuildTheTip.com. A YouTube video features a rough conceptual sketch of the statue: You'll note that Smith is not included in the statue. That's because the idea is for fans to stand near the statue and pose as Smith, waiting for "the tip" to come to them. Still up in the air (get it?) is where exactly the statue would go; the Seahawks have not commented on whether there would be a place for it at CenturyLink Field. But, really, come on, Seahawks. You know everyone wants this. No word on whether there'll be a bronze Erin Andrews nearby for fans to imitate Sherman as well, but heck, if there are a few bucks left over, anything's possible. ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Facebook or on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee

Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor arrested for aggravated assault [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 2:08 pm]
Georgia defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was arrested for the second time this offseason in an incident that occurred early Tuesday morning. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Taylor was arrested and charged with “aggravated assault/family violence” after an alleged incident with his girlfriend. The charge is a felony. Police said that the 6-foot-4, 336-pound Taylor was the “primary aggressor” in a “domestic violence incident” that occurred in a residence hall on Georgia’s campus. Campus police had been called by a third party at 2:47 a.m. to “meet a possible victim.” Per the Banner-Herald, police determined that the female victim, a UGA student who is not enrolled in summer school, was “possibly strangled by the offender." The incident occurred in Taylor’s dorm room after an argument, according to University of Georgia police chief Jimmy Williamson. “There were visible signs of injuries about her neck,” Williamson said. Williamson added that both Taylor and the victim were living together. Taylor was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 6:08 a.m. Because the charge is a felony in a violence case, Taylor will have to go before a judge for a bond hearing. This incident comes four months after Taylor was one of four Bulldogs players who attempted to deposit their student tuition checks twice. Taylor, along with defensive lineman James DeLoach, wideout Uriah LeMay (transferred to Charlotte) and safety Tray Matthews (transferred to Auburn), was arrested for theft by deception, a misdemeanor. As a result, Taylor was accepted into a “pre-trial intervention program,” which included 40 hours of community service. Another “arrest or citation” would violate the terms of the intervention program, according to the Banner-Herald. Additionally, a policy of UGA athletics says that any felony arrest results in an “immediate suspension from athletic competition.” As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Taylor played in 10 games, recording nine tac

Browns will chose Manziel or Hoyer to start before third preseason game [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 1:00 pm]
We'll know whether Johnny Manziel will win the Cleveland Browns' starting job by Week 1 prior to August 23. Manziel and Brian Hoyer are set to lock horns for the Browns' starting quarterback job, and head coach Mike Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal that he will pick a starter prior to the team's third preseason game, even if the exact date isn't yet known.  “Yeah, it’s definitely still up in the air," Pettine said. "It could be sooner, and that’s something we’re going to discuss in that meeting. It’ll be before the third preseason game. I just don’t have a date. I don’t know if I’ll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game.” [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football!] Pettine said he still isn't sure how he'll split the reps with the first-team offense prior to then between Hoyer, who has taken the majority of the starter's reps so far in the offseason, and Manziel, the hot-shot rookie who leads the NFL in jersey sales before ever taking a meaningful snap. “Haven’t had that discussion yet [with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains]," Pettine said. "I talked to them today, and they’re kind of gathering their thoughts. We’re going to meet tomorrow about it as well. ... "We want to make it as open and fair a competition as we can, but you’ve got to be careful then, too, because you’ve got a guy that’s potentially your starter, and you have supporting-cast issues whether that’s in a preseason game or whether you can control it a little better in practice. Then the issue that I talked about before is kind of finding that sweet spot date [for naming a starter].” The best football player will win the job. But that doesn't mean there isn't a concern with Manziel's off-field distractions, and Pettine said he has talked to Manziel following a slew of public photos that didn't cast the rookie

Dustin Ackley robs homer with leaping grab, joins 'catch of the year' discussion [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 8:04 am]
You'll excuse Dustin Ackley if he's not as graceful as some of the outfielders who often get associated with great leaping catches. Ackley, the Seattle Mariners left fielder these days, was a second baseman until mid 2013. But his impressive leaping grab Monday night to steal a home run from Travis d'Arnaud of the New York Mets, proved that Ackley is a real outfielder now. This didn't have the elegance of Mike Trout stealing a homer and Ackley's landing could use some work, but there's no arguing with the results — he sized up the homer, jumped, caught the ball over the fence and brought it back with him. Ackley also had three hits and an RBI to contribute to Seattle's 5-2 win. ''I knew I felt something. I didn't know if I felt it hit off my glove or go in the web, but when I came down is when I knew I had it,'' Ackley said. ''I was like, 'Well something is in there.''' How does Ackley's catch rate against some of the best of the MLB season so far? We'll let you chime in on that in the comments, but we'll point you to Ben Revere's flying catch, David Lough's soaring grab and Yasiel Puig's incredible dive as three contenders. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

The Grand Slam: Adam Jones hits two homers, beats Angels all by himself [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 7:19 am]
Matt Shoemaker almost had the Baltimore Orioles figured out. Almost. Shoemaker, the Los Angeles Angels rookie starting pitcher, struck out 10 Orioles in 5 2/3 innings Monday night and he only gave up three hits to Baltimore batters not named Adam Jones. Oh, but Adam Jones. Jones launched a pair of two-run homers off Shoemaker, one in the first and one in the sixth. The second one ended Shoemaker's night and was also the difference in the O's 4-2 victory. Said Jones about Shoemaker after the game: ''I didn't know anything about him, but that's what scouting reports are for,'' Jones said. ''We had an idea of what he throws, but nobody had seen him. So when you go up there, the best way to figure things out is trial and error. He gave up two home runs, but overall, his plan worked. He had a lot of strikeouts.'' The Orioles rebounded to get a win after losing two of three over the weekend against the Oakland Athletics. Bud Norris pitched 6 2/3 innings for Baltimore, striking out eight and improving his record to 8-6. CLIFF LEE'S RETURN DIDN'T GO SO WELLIf Cliff Lee's return to the Philadelphia Phillies rotation was an audition for a trade, Lee might need a second take. Making his first start since mid-May, Lee gave up a career-high 12 hits to the San Francisco Giants in a 7-4 loss. Lee pitched 5 2/3 innings, also giving up six earned runs. If healthy, Lee figures to be a good addition for teams looking for a veteran, frontline starter. The Yankees and Blue Jays have been mentioned as suitors. But an elbow injury kept Lee sidelined the past two months and until shopping teams see he's back to his normal self, we might not see a trade. BIG PAPI HITS TWO HOMERS, TOPS YAZ The Boston Red Sox threw down a 14-1 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the most noteworthy parts of the beat down came from the bat of David Ortiz. Ortiz smashed two homers, Nos. 452 and 453 of his career. The first tied him with Carl Yastrzemski and the second moved him past Yaz on the all-time list.

Boxer Tyson Fury mistakenly challenges Liverpool Ladies' Lucy Bronze on Twitter [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 6:42 am]
Frustrated by opponent Dereck Chisora pulling out of Saturday's scheduled heavyweight bout with a fractured hand, boxer Tyson Fury took to Twitter and attempted to call out the next man on his list, Deontay Wilder. But instead of using Wilder's @BronzeBomber Twitter handle, the undefeated, 6-foot 9 Fury ended up using the @LucyBronze handle of Liverpool Ladies defender Lucy Bronze instead. After former heavyweight champ David Haye twice backed out of fights against Fury under similar circumstances, the Manchester born fighter was apparently too incensed by having a match crumble at the last minute for a third time to bother checking his rants before tweeting. So, he ended up including the oddly punctuated call-out of "@LucyBronze I want u punk.?" For the record, this is Lucy Bronze, 22-year-old England international who became the first British player to win the NCAA Cup with the University of North Carolina in 2009... And this is Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder... Lucy Bronze did see the humor in the situation, though. She tweeted her amusement before declining to fight Fury. Hahaha the tweets I'm getting because of this.... Sorry to let everyone down, but I'm unavailable for a fight 👎 👊💪😂 pic.twitter.com/lPCWXQ8Yk5— Lucy Bronze (@LucyBronze) July 21, 2014 Fury eventually caught on to his mistake, but didn't exactly apologize. Ok I pressed the wrong person@LucyBronze.— Tyson Luke Fury (@Tyson_Fury) July 21, 2014 He then decided to just challenge whoever. If any1 feels like a fight I'm in Bolton town centre& I feel like a rumble. See what the BBOC make of this.— Tyson Luke Fury (@Tyson_Fury) July 21, 2014 And that's what happens when challenging people to fights on Twitter goes wrong. - - - - - - - Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

Yankees pitcher Shane Greene commits three errors, including awful toss to first [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 6:30 am]
The good news, we suppose, is that New York Yankees rookie pitcher Shane Greene didn't finish Monday night's game on the disabled list. Given the Yankees luck with starting pitchers this season, that's something.  So that's the silver lining, here's the reality: Greene had a really rough night fielding his position during the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. He made three errors, and none on plays that were especially hard. • Greene dropped a ball in the second inning while running to cover first. • He fielded a comebacker later that inning, a rather routine play. He did the right thing by running toward first base a bit, but his underhand toss would have needed Manute Bol at first base to catch it. It was comically (and maybe even historically) bad. • In the fourth inning, Greene fielded a dribbler and made an off-balance throw that also flew high above first baseman Kelly Johnson's head. To be fair, this was the toughest of the plays, but it wasn't impossible. The second error was the worst. Here's another look at it, so you can see exactly how awful Greene's throw to first was: The three gaffes by a Yankees pitcher hadn't happened since Tommy John (yes, the real guy) in 1988. He made three errors on one play, actually. Greene fielded another comebacker later and he appeared to have learned his lesson — or he decided to channel Smalls in "The Sandlot." He grabbed the ball cleanly and ran it almost all the way to first base before tossing it to Johnson for the out. Success! More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

Donald Sterling might need Clippers sale to pay off loans, meets with Steve Ballmer [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 6:07 am]
As the court battle between Donald Sterling and his wife Shelly Sterling continues, the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers looks increasingly uncertain. Two weeks ago, we saw the beginning of the case to decide control of the Sterling Family Trust — which, for the NBA's purposes, will also decide if Mrs. Sterling can sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record sum. Over the course of a few days, Donald Sterling confirmed virtually everything negative about his association with the world's largest basketball league, engaging in activities and making comments ranging from the irresponsible to the bizarre to the grotesque. Despite Sterling's actions essentially deciding the case in the court of public opinion, the legal matters have yet to be resolved. On Monday, Darren Schield, chief financial officer of the Sterling Family Trust, took the stand. He did not paint a pretty picture of Sterling's financial situation in the event that he does not sell the Clippers. Linda Deutsch of the Associated Press has the details: The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion. Darren Schield, who oversees the finances of The Sterling Family Trust, testified Monday that three banks are ready to recall their loans to Sterling because of his decision to dissolve the trust. His move was designed to rescind his signed agreement for the sale of the Clippers, a team he bought for $12 million. Schield said if Sterling has to dump $500 million worth of apartment buildings he could destabilize the Los Angeles real estate market. [...] Sterling attorney Maxwell Blecher suggested that Sterling could take the company public in order to raise funds. But Shelly Sterling's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell asked if it would be easy to go public ''with Donald Sterling'

Andrelton Simmons' defensive wizardry bests Marlns' hit-and-run attempt (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 6:02 am]
At this point, it's not news that Andrelton Simmons did something impressive on a baseball field. The Atlanta Braves shortstop has already established himself as a Gold Glover and one of baseball's elite defenders. But just because we're used to seeing Simmons pulling off wonderful defensive plays doesn't mean we can't sit and appreciate his wizardry each time he puts it on display again. Look at what Simmons did Monday night against the Miami Marlins. It was the top of the fourth inning and the Marlins had leadoff man Christian Yelich at first base. He took off running on the pitch, a hit-and-run attempt that sent Simmons to cover second base. Jordany Valdespin hit the ball to the left of Simmons, which generally would make for a successful hit-and-run. But not with Simmons on patrol. He hit the brakes, dove the other direction and grabbed the ball. He then jumped to his feet for a split second and changed directions again to tag second base for the force out. He had very little time to do all this, of course, because Yelich was nearly to second when Simmons fielded the ball. To get the out, this play needed to happen in one weird but beautiful moment, and Simmons was just the man for the job. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

Andrelton Simmons' defensive wizardry bests Marlins' hit-and-run (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 6:02 am]
At this point, it's not news that Andrelton Simmons did something impressive on a baseball field. The Atlanta Braves shortstop has already established himself as a Gold Glover and one of baseball's elite defenders. But just because we're used to seeing Simmons pulling off wonderful defensive plays doesn't mean we can't sit and appreciate his wizardry each time he puts it on display again. Look at what Simmons did Monday night against the Miami Marlins. It was the top of the fourth inning and the Marlins had leadoff man Christian Yelich at first base. He took off running on the pitch, a hit-and-run attempt that sent Simmons to cover second base. Jordany Valdespin hit the ball to the left of Simmons, which generally would make for a successful hit-and-run. But not with Simmons on patrol. He hit the brakes, dove the other direction and grabbed the ball. He then jumped to his feet for a split second and changed directions again to tag second base for the force out. He had very little time to do all this, of course, because Yelich was nearly to second when Simmons fielded the ball. To get the out, this play needed to happen in one weird but beautiful moment, and Simmons was just the man for the job. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

Toughest jobs in sports: World Cup referee [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 5:34 am]
This is the second of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come. Panic surged through Horacio Elizondo late in the 2006 World Cup final as players from both teams encircled him and awaited his decision. An Italian defender lay on the ground writhing in pain, clutching his chest and pointing at French star Zinedine Zidane, but Elizondo had been watching the ball and had no idea what happened. The Argentinian referee asked his assistant closest to the play if he'd seen the incident. No luck. Elizondo asked his assistant on the far side of the pitch. Again nothing. Then, just as Elizondo feared he was about to make a mess of the most high-profile match of his career as a referee, the voice of a fourth official typically in charge of administrative duties crackled in his headset. "It was the voice of an angel," Elizondo said. "Yes, the fourth official, Luis Medina Cantalejo, uttered in his very Sevillian, very Andalusian accent, 'I have seen it, Horacio. A really terrible headbutt by Zidane on [Marco] Materazzi. Again, a terrible headbutt.' And I said, 'Hey, hey, hey, stop. Calm down, Luis. Tell me a little bit about what happened. Who provoked whom?' Well, by the time I got to the spot, I knew Zidane was going to leave the pitch." Elizondo's near-blunder on the most iconic call of his career illustrates how difficult officiating the highest levels of soccer can be even for the sport's best referees. Officials in every major sport must keep pace with world-class athletes half their age, make split-second judgment calls and brush off insults from hostile fans, but none have a more pressure-packed or physically demanding job than a referee in the World Cup. To stay within 20 yards of the ball at all times, World Cup referees must run about 8-10 miles per match — even more ground than most of the players cover. As a result, FIFA requires candidates for the job to pass

How do veterans approach the Las Vegas Summer League experience? [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 22, 2014, 2:18 am]
On Monday night, the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets closed out the NBA's summer schedule with the title game of the Las Vegas Summer League. Naturally, though, a league championship is not the primary draw of the NBA's various summer leagues. Instead, it's getting a look at freshly drafted rookies like Cleveland Cavaliers wing Andrew Wiggins and improving youngsters like Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. In the absence of especially meaningful games, it can be exciting to witness the future of the league. Yet the Vegas Summer League is not populated only by this minority of notable prospects. The vast majority of participants don't have contracts or a solidified future in the league. For them, these games are an opportunity to show their skills in front of an audience of NBA executives and teams around the globe. The goal is not so much to start their careers as to extend them. To get insight into the experience of these players, James Herbert of Eye on Basketball spoke to several veterans in Vegas: Part of the job is teaching. [Shannon] Brown has three years on the second-oldest member of the New York Knicks summer league team, and he's a full seven years older than a few of them. The coach, Derek Fisher, was Brown's teammate when he won those titles. He admitted it was a bit weird to be playing for him. "I respect him as a coach, as a person, as a player," Brown said. "I just try to put all that aside and try to hear what he's saying, what he wants us to do and accomplish on the basketball court, and go out there and try to help the young players." [...] Due to the presence of 19-year-olds Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo -- who are also expected to be the Bucks' starting frontcourt in the regular season -- the 25-year-old [Chris] Wright came off the bench. He described his role as a big brother, someone who can demonstrate what it means to be professional. "[I'm] trying to show them the ropes," he said. "There's a lot about basketball but

Art Briles said the Dairy Queen in Salem, Ore., would know the name Bryce Petty, so a radio station called and the results are hilarious [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 10:43 pm]
Do you know who Bryce Petty is? According to Baylor coach Art Briles, Petty, Baylor’s starting quarterback, should a household name. "Go to a Dairy Queen in Salem, Ore..." and they’ll know Petty, Briles said. So, John Canzano from oregonlive.com did just that and the results were fantastic. At least one of my radio-show (750-AM and 102.7-FM, 12-3p) production assistants (went to a Dairy Queen in Salem, Ore). There are six official Dairy Queen locations in Salem. Judah Newby made the calls, so full credit to him, but the audio is priceless. None of the six locations had heard of Petty. "I've never heard of him," said one male (West Salem) Dairy Queen employee, who was asked if he knew Petty or Briles. "You know you called a fast food restaurant, right? Are those like owners of Dairy Queens or employees?" Another male Dairy Queen employee at the Mission Street location said, "I'm not familiar with it at all, I can ask my manager." The manager said, "I have no idea. I don't know." The best employee reaction when asked if anyone knew Bryce Petty. "Like a dog?" Credit to Canzano, this was pretty genius and hilarious. “Like a dog?” What does that even mean? Even if the fine folks at the Dairy Queen’s in Salem, Ore., don’t know Petty, college football fans should know him and he will probably be one of the players generating Heisman hype to start the season. Last year, Petty completed 62 percent of his passes for 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and just three interceptions. But Briles said he was upset that despite his amazing numbers, Petty was seventh on the Heisman ballot and only six get invited to the Heisman ceremony. "His perception, his image is different from a year ago because he had nothing. Now he's got substance, he's got something people can believe," Briles said. "What he can bring this year is an attitude of when I talk, people are going to listen a little bit. Like I tell the players you want to be listened to, produce. He's produced. He's got a ch

A radio station called Dairy Queen in Salem, Ore., to see if it knew Baylor QB Bryce Petty [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 10:43 pm]
Do you know who Bryce Petty is? According to Baylor coach Art Briles, Petty, Baylor’s starting quarterback, should be a household name. "Go to a Dairy Queen in Salem, Ore..." and they’ll know Petty, Briles said. So, John Canzano from oregonlive.com did just that and the results were fantastic. At least one of my radio-show (750-AM and 102.7-FM, 12-3p) production assistants (went to a Dairy Queen in Salem, Ore). There are six official Dairy Queen locations in Salem. Judah Newby made the calls, so full credit to him, but the audio is priceless. None of the six locations had heard of Petty. "I've never heard of him," said one male (West Salem) Dairy Queen employee, who was asked if he knew Petty or Briles. "You know you called a fast food restaurant, right? Are those like owners of Dairy Queens or employees?" Another male Dairy Queen employee at the Mission Street location said, "I'm not familiar with it at all, I can ask my manager." The manager said, "I have no idea. I don't know." The best employee reaction when asked if anyone knew Bryce Petty. "Like a dog?" Credit to Canzano, this was pretty genius and hilarious. “Like a dog?” What does that even mean? Even if the fine folks at the Dairy Queen’s in Salem, Ore., don’t know Petty, college football fans should know him and he will probably be one of the players generating Heisman hype to start the season. Last year, Petty completed 62 percent of his passes for 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and just three interceptions. But Briles said he was upset that despite his amazing numbers, Petty was seventh on the Heisman ballot and only six get invited to the Heisman ceremony. "His perception, his image is different from a year ago because he had nothing. Now he's got substance, he's got something people can believe," Briles said. "What he can bring this year is an attitude of when I talk, people are going to listen a little bit. Like I tell the players you want to be listened to, produce. He's produced. He's got a

Jimbo Fisher takes a shot at the Big 12 and the Big 12 fires back [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 10:23 pm]
As college football starts this new era that will culminate in the first-ever College Football Playoff, coaches are already making their case for why their conference is stronger than another conference in an effort to mark their territory in the upcoming standings. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher was the first to lift his leg saying that he thought every conference should play a championship game. “I think every conference should have to have (a conference championship game),” Fisher said. “We got a championship where not everyone plays the same number of games and does the same things. I think it's ridiculous.” Of course, that was a direct shot at the Big 12, a conference with just 10 teams and the only one of the five power conferences without a championship. Instead, the conference plays every other member. ,p>Baylor coach Art Briles, who was alerted to Fisher’s comments during Big 12 media days on Monday, wasn’t exactly thrilled. Art Briles on Jimbo Fisher/title game comments: “He needs to worry about the ACC… Don’t come to Texas telling me how to do my business.” — Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) July 21, 2014 The only thing that would have made Briles' comment better was if Briles was wearing a “Don’t Mess With Texas” T-shirt instead of the stylish Kliff Kingsbury-like black V-neck. But Briles wasn’t the only one to chime in. Even former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett, who is now at West Virginia, had a quip for his former coach. “@BruceFeldmanCFB: Jimbo Fisher says every conference should play title game. "I think it's ridiculous." #big12”hey, mind ur business jimmy — Clint Trickett (@ClintTrickett9) July 21, 2014 Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said multiple times Monday morning that he had no problem with his conference not playing a championship game. Some might even contend that since Big 12 teams play every other team in the conference, their schedule is actually more difficult. ,p>I’ll let you all debate

The 10-man rotation, starring Jan Vesely, too beautiful for the NBA, to whom we bid a fond adieu [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 10:16 pm]
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: Truth About It. Kyle Weidie tries to get his arms around the apparently concluded (for now, at least) NBA career of Jan Vesely, whom the Washington Wizards selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft — ahead of Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Vucevic, Kenneth Faried, Nikola Mirotic, Reggie Jackson, Jimmy Butler, Chandler Parsons and Isaiah Thomas, among others — and who "sure did mean well," but "was not an NBA man," as it turned out. PF: The Triangle and Eye on Basketball. Danny Chau and James Herbert preach the gospel of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who seems capable of being basically anything. SF: Posting and Toasting. Phil Jackson has said that he thinks the New York Knicks' roster is a little heavy at the shooting guard spot, which could lead the team to trade one of its wings for another frontcourt body. Joe Flynn thinks this would represent a failure to learn from the lessons of Mike Woodson's final year-plus in Manhattan, and he makes a pretty compelling case for it. SG: Valley of the Suns. Heading into this summer, the odds seemed good that Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe would receive a really rich, and perhaps even max-level, restricted free-agent offer sheet from some team looking for a backcourt upgrade this summer. Instead, three weeks into July, there's precious little chatter surrounding the Kentucky product. What gives? What do we know? Kevin Zimmerman brings us up to speed. PG: The Hook. Friend of the program Tom Ziller on how Basketball Internet people on both sides of the aisle talk about Daryl Morey, what they're saying and not saying about the Houston Rockets' general manager, and the issues with it all: "The problem with Daryl Morey isn't that he's a bad GM -- he's objectively not. The problem is tha

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says 'cheating pays' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 10:05 pm]
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a hard time painting a rosy picture for the future of college football. “If you like intercollegiate athletics the way it is, you're going to hate it going forward,” he said during Big 12 media day on Monday. “There's a lot of change coming.” While many of Bowlsby’s points revolved around the lawsuits the NCAA is currently facing from former athletes, autonomy and changes to scholarships and how that will affect Olympic sports, he also used his opening statement to rail against the NCAA, which he said, has been lax in its enforcement. “(NCAA) enforcement is broken,” Bowlsby said. “The infractions committee hasn't had a hearing in almost a year, and I think it's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. “They're in the battle with a BB gun in their hand. They're fighting howitzers. We have to find a way to make progress on it. It undermines the confidence of the system.” Bowlsby isn’t the first conference commissioner to express his displeasure with NCAA enforcement. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told CBSSports.com that he thought NCAA enforcement was “overmatched.” Too often, the NCAA seems to wait until they read about a possible violation in the media and then act. However, even when the NCAA does open an investigation, it takes months, sometimes years before anything gets settled and that’s only if the investigation isn’t bungled like it was with the Miami case. More often than not, the punishment hurts players that had nothing to do with the violation. That’s why the five power conferences — Big 12, Pac-12 Big Ten, ACC and SEC — want enforcement to be under their autonomy umbrella so they can figure out more efficient ways to identify rule-breakers and dole out timely and appropriate punishments. And Bowlsby took it a step further by saying he wouldn’t object to the federal government getting involved in enforcement in collegiate athletics, which would allow investigators to

Paul George on Indiana's disappointing 2013-14 season: 'We peaked too early' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 21, 2014, 10:05 pm]
The 2013-14 Indiana Pacers should go down as one of the more infamous flameouts in NBA history. The squad didn’t have the indignity of being tossed out of the postseason in the first round as the 1994 Seattle SuperSonics, 1999 Miami Heat, or 2007 Dallas Mavericks did, but needing 13 games to dispatch the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards after a 56-win season runs nearly along those upset lines. Indiana eventually fell to a Miami Heat team in the sixth game of the Eastern Conference finals, a game they more or less expected to lose. It was an embarrassing effort, as the Pacers fell by a 117-92 score, and one in line with a months-long swoon that saw the team run up a 33-28 record (postseason included) after a 33-7 start to the season. It was an ungodly meltdown. The Pacers lost home court advantage in each of its three playoff series. The team’s defense dipped from the realm of the dominant into the ranks of the mediocre, and both the scout and stat-test documented an offense that was embarrassing to behold at times. The Pacers were absolutely rudderless, a shocking turn after such a fantastic start to the season. Back home in California, Pacers All-Star Paul George recently discussed his team’s failure to sustain its early season play. In a talk with the Los Angeles Daily News, George blamed a change in attitude and an inability to keep up intensity after putting so much into the first three months of the season: “Before we were hungry,” he said. “We started the year off hungry, the bad taste from the year before was in our mouths and everyone was on a mission. Once we started to win, the game was coming too easy. We were running away from our opponents and we just kind of forgot that edge.” And that doomed them. “It was a point where we came into games thinking we could just turn it on, regardless if we started bad or not. And I think that kind of put us in a funk to where teams were starting to really play us and get ready for us,” he sa





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