Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1 (Yahoo Sports) - Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest. ''Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.'' Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits. Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1 (Yahoo Sports) - SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece. Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win (Yahoo Sports) - Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2. Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports) - LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami. Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23 from the floor. Wild's Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been suspended for seven games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) - St. Louis center David Backes was scratched Wednesday night for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury. Backes did not participate in St. Louis' morning skate, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out for the game. The final word came when Backes was on the list of scratches on the pregame roster report. Forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series. Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck (Yahoo Sports) - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda's ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium. But with two outs, no runners and a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore on Wednesday, Farrell left the dugout to talk with plate umpire Gerry Davis, who went to the mound. Davis touched the right side of the pitcher's neck with his index finger then ejected Pineda as other umpires and Yankee infielders stood nearby. Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4. Ducks without captain Getzlaf, Selanne in Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) - DALLAS (AP) -- Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf is out of Game 4 against the Dallas Stars because of an upper-body injury. Padres' Josh Johnson to undergo 2nd elbow surgery (Yahoo Sports) - San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month. He was examined after the lastest setback by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson in 2007. You know Josh Johnson has been banged up the last couple of years.

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Gus Malzahn played some 'hurry-up, no-huddle bingo' at a nursing home (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 4:42 pm]
When Gus Malzahn does things, he does them quickly. The Auburn head coach has become known for his “hurry-up, no-huddle” offense, but how does that philosophy translate to bingo? Malzahn was willing to find out. Al.com was on the scene when Malzahn volunteered some time at the Oak Park Nursing Home Wednesday for Auburn’s annual community service day where he called numbers for several games of bingo and joked with participants. “I’ll slow down,” Malzahn said after calling another number. “That sounds like some of my players. We’re going too fast, we’ve got to slow down. Or it sounds like some of our opponents.” Malzahn is poking fun at the rule that was proposed earlier in the year that required quarterbacks to wait ten seconds before snapping the ball. Some coaches cited health concerns stemming from fast-paced offenses, but the NCAA Football Rules Committee ultimately dropped the proposed rule on March 5. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Former Boston College TE C.J. Parsons pleads not guilty in attack on homeless man [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 3:32 pm]
Former Boston College TE C.J. Parsons and former Marist QB Anthony Varrichione pled not guilty to assault and battery charges Wednesday in a Massachusetts court. According to prosecutors, the two attacked 50-year-old Michael Hudson, a man who had been homeless for most of his life. The incident allegedly happened when Hudson was panhandling in front of an address he recently obtained around 2 a.m. on January 26. Parsons was a redshirt junior in 2013 and Varrichione was a QB for Marist from 2009-2012. From the Boston Globe: “Hudson was told to go away and leave the area multiple times,’’ prosecutors wrote. When Hudson refused to move and stayed in place outside a gated chain link fence in front of the property, Parsons and Varrichione allegedly began to physically assault him, knocking him unconscious with multiple punches, authorities alleged. During the assault, Hudson’s “head was [allegedly] slammed into the sidewalk three to four times by Craig Parsons,’’ prosecutors allege. The attack then stopped, prosecutors say, when a female pedestrian came to help Hudson and threw herself on top of him. Parsons and Varrichione fled subsequently fled. Hudson was taken to a hospital where he was hospitalized for three days and has no memory of the alleged attack. Parsons has been banned from Boston College until the charges are resolved. He was also charged with witness intimidation after allegedly asking someone to not identify him. Parsons and Varrichione went to high school together at Xaverian High School in Westwood, Mass. Until he was suspended, Parsons was scheduled to graduate in May and participated in Boston College's pro day on March 12. He had nine catches for 116 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. Two of those touchdowns came in Boston College's 48-34 loss to Florida State on September 28.   - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Tw

Michigan starting center Graham Glasgow facing drunk driving charges [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 3:17 pm]
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced last month that starting center (and cat sweater aficionado) Graham Glasgow would be suspended for the team’s season opener against Appalachian State, but offered no specific reason for the punishment other than saying that Glasgow violated “team expectations.” On Wednesday, however, details of Glasgow’s violation emerged. Mlive.com is reporting that Glasgow will be arraigned on May 19 on an operating a vehicle while intoxicated charge in an incident that took place on March 15 in Ann Arbor. In addition to being suspended by Hoke for the season opener, Glasgow was also suspended for a portion of the Wolverines’ spring practice. “Each of our young men understands the standard we expect of them,” Hoke said in a statement at the time of the suspension. “It’s one that represents this great program and university, as well as their family and teammates. When their actions don’t reflect that standard, it’s very disappointing, and we must hold them accountable for their decision while helping them learn a valuable life lesson.” The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Glasgow, a former walk-on, started every game for Michigan last season as a sophomore including four games at guard. Coincidentally, Glasgow is due in Ann Arbor court on the same day (May 19) as former left tackle Taylor Lewan – a projected first round draft pick who is expected to face aggravated assault, assault and battery charges. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Michigan starting center Graham Glasgow facing drunk driving charge [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 3:17 pm]
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced last month that starting center (and cat sweater aficionado) Graham Glasgow would be suspended for the team’s season opener against Appalachian State, but offered no specific reason for the punishment other than saying that Glasgow violated “team expectations.” On Wednesday, however, details of Glasgow’s violation emerged. Mlive.com is reporting that Glasgow will be arraigned on May 19 on an operating a vehicle while intoxicated charge in an incident that took place on March 15 in Ann Arbor. In addition to being suspended by Hoke for the season opener, Glasgow was also suspended for a portion of the Wolverines’ spring practice. “Each of our young men understands the standard we expect of them,” Hoke said in a statement at the time of the suspension. “It’s one that represents this great program and university, as well as their family and teammates. When their actions don’t reflect that standard, it’s very disappointing, and we must hold them accountable for their decision while helping them learn a valuable life lesson.” The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Glasgow, a former walk-on, started every game for Michigan last season as a sophomore including four games at guard. Coincidentally, Glasgow is due in Ann Arbor court on the same day (May 19) as former left tackle Taylor Lewan – a projected first round draft pick who is expected to face aggravated assault, assault and battery charges. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

After religious-freedom complaint, Dabo Swinney says all faiths are welcome at Clemson [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 2:45 pm]
After a complaint was filed against Clemson asking for a clear separation between religion and its football program last week, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney responded Wednesday and said all faiths are welcome at Clemson. The Freedom From Religion Foundation said Swinney had violated the separation of church and state with bible studies, devotionals and other religious activities. Clemson is a state-run university. "Over the past week or two, there has been a lot of discussion of my faith," Swinney said in the statement. "We have three rules in our program that everybody must follow: (1) players must go to class, (2) they must give a good effort and (3) they must be good citizens. It is as simple as that. "I have recruited and coached players of many different faiths. Players of any faith or no faith at all are welcome in our program. All we require in the recruitment of any player is that he must be a great player at his position, meet the academic requirements, and have good character." Swinney is very open about his Christian faith. "Recruiting is very personal," the statement continued. "Recruits and their families want – and deserve – to know who you are as a person, not just what kind of coach you are. I try to be a good example to others, and I work hard to live my life according to my faith. I am proud of the great success we have had in developing good players and good men at Clemson. We win at the highest level and we graduate players who excel on the field and in life because of their time in Death Valley. I want to thank Clemson University and all the people who have reached out to offer their support and encouragement over the past few weeks." In the group's complaint, the FFRF said that Clemson was promoting Christianity and Swinney personally selected the team's chaplain, among other things. The group looked into Clemson's football program via open records requests. The ACC held its spring teleconference Wednesday and Swinney said participation in the

Doc 5: Top five marijuana mistakes -- No. 3 Janoris Jenkins [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 2:29 pm]
This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss. Christians across the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, but some were celebrating another holiday. April 20, aka “4/20,” has become a de-facto holiday to celebrate the use of marijuana. With 4/20 in mind, we decided to use that as the basis for this week’s Doc 5 – the top five marijuana mistakes. There are no shortage of college football players running into legal trouble throughout the offseason, many of them for marijuana charges. Any semi-regular reader of Dr. Saturday knows that. Over the years there have been plenty of top players whose marijuana use ultimately led to dismissals that impacted their teams. It's time for number three. TOP FIVE MARIJUANA MISTAKES No. 3 - JANORIS JENKINS After an All-SEC performance in 2010 as a junior, CB Janoris Jenkins had a choice. He could leave Florida and be a potential first-round pick int he 2011 NFL draft or stay for his senior season and try to become a two-time All-SEC first-teamer. He took the latter option, but he ended up missing his senior season at Florida anyway. Why? Two marijuana arrests in three months. The first happened in January 2011 when he was found with less than 20 grams of pot in a nightclub in Gainesville, Fla. On that charge, Jenkins took a plea deal. He was still a member of Florida's football team in April 2011 when he was arrested again. This time, police said he had a marijuana cigar in the car he was in. It was another misdemeanor charge. After meeting with coach Will Muschamp, Jenkins was soon off the team. In a statement, Muschamp said that both parties felt it was in Jenkins' best interest that he leave the team. When Jenkins was dismissed, Muschamp hadn't coached a game with the Gators yet. Recently hired from Texas,

TCU wideout Brandon Carter arrested on marijuana charge [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 1:39 pm]
One of the top returning offensive threats for TCU is facing some legal issues after being arrested Tuesday in Fort Worth on suspicion of marijuana possession. According to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, police ran the license plate number of a 2010 Lexus that was found to have a “warrant hit,” the police report says. Officers then arrested TCU wideout Brandon Carter and 22-year-old Alexis Harris for “possessing less than two ounces of marijuana.” The report says that Carter was driving but Harris, who was also arrested on two outstanding warrants, owns the car. Carter, who caught 31 passes for 370 yards as a junior last season, was released from jail Wednesday morning. TCU is aware of the charges. Statement from TCU regarding arrest of WR Brandon Carter says the school is "looking into the details surrounding it."— Stefan Stevenson (@StevensonFWST) April 23, 2014 Carter was expected to have a bigger role last season after a breakout sophomore campaign that included 590 yards and six touchdowns, but he did not catch a touchdown pass and was ultimately granted a leave of absence from the team in November to deal with what head coach Gary Patterson called “a personal thing.” After returning to the program, Carter was held out of spring practice so he could focus on schoolwork. Carter, a native of Euless, Texas, was a three-star recruit in the class of 2011 who chose TCU over Oklahoma. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Random offseason tweet of the day: Bob Stoops went to Kentucky's practice and wore a UK pullover [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 1:22 pm]
Welcome to our new Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still months away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us. Bob Stoops was at practice Wednesday dressed in team colors. It just wasn't his practice or his own team's colors. The Oklahoma coach was instead at Kentucky's practice. His brother Mark is the Kentucky coach. Bob Stoops in his UK gear. pic.twitter.com/RwkzwR2anE— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) April 23, 2014 Mike Stoops, Oklahoma's defensive coordinator, was there too. According to Mark Stoops, his two brothers weren't there for fun. They came in and watched film Tuesday night and observed practice Wednesday. "That's what there here for," Mark Stoops said on Kentucky's website. "I mean, they're not here just for fun. You know, we've got to put them to work. ... We talk about ideas, ways to do things, different change ups, how they may play a certain formation or a certain adjustment. So it's good to have them here. I'm definitely going to utilize them while they're here to go watch some film of this practice and some previous spring practices and get some work done." Maybe tips on how to beat Alabama are included in that discussion? Though after playing the Crimson Tide last year, the Wildcats don't have Alabama on the 2014 schedule. Seeing Bob Stoops in the blue and gray pullover is a tad jarring, however. As coach of the Sooners since 1999, he's become synonymous with Oklahoma football. "They like to support us," Mark Stoops said. "He's proud to wear it. I'm sure he'll take that home with him." - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Random offseason tweet of the day: Bob Stoops went to Kentucky's practice (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 1:22 pm]
Welcome to our new Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still months away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us. Bob Stoops was at practice Wednesday dressed in team colors. It just wasn't his practice or his own team's colors. The Oklahoma coach was instead at Kentucky's practice. His brother Mark is the Kentucky coach. Bob Stoops in his UK gear. pic.twitter.com/RwkzwR2anE— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) April 23, 2014 Mike Stoops, Oklahoma's defensive coordinator, was there too. According to Mark Stoops, his two brothers weren't there for fun. They came in and watched film Tuesday night and observed practice Wednesday. "That's what there here for," Mark Stoops said on Kentucky's website. "I mean, they're not here just for fun. You know, we've got to put them to work. ... We talk about ideas, ways to do things, different change ups, how they may play a certain formation or a certain adjustment. So it's good to have them here. I'm definitely going to utilize them while they're here to go watch some film of this practice and some previous spring practices and get some work done." Maybe tips on how to beat Alabama are included in that discussion? Though after playing the Crimson Tide last year, the Wildcats don't have Alabama on the 2014 schedule. Seeing Bob Stoops in the blue and gray pullover is a tad jarring, however. As coach of the Sooners since 1999, he's become synonymous with Oklahoma football. "They like to support us," Mark Stoops said. "He's proud to wear it. I'm sure he'll take that home with him." - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Jonotthan Harrison says Florida was 'falling apart' during 2013 season [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 1:02 pm]
As former Florida center Jonotthan Harrison details it, the players on Florida's 2013 team didn't know how to appropriately handle the Gators' tumultuous season. Harrison, speaking with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, said Florida was "crumbling as a team" after Florida's November 23 loss to Georgia Southern. From the Journal-Sentinel: Pads were still on. Tempers were flaring. Head coach Will Muschamp ordered a player to talk to the team. Anyone. So, being a fifth-year senior, center Jonotthan Harrison stepped into the middle of the mayhem. And then one defensive lineman — Harrison won't use names — yanked him out and shoved a freshman linebacker to the center. The two shouted at each other with coaches grabbing Harrison and pulling him out of the locker room before punches were thrown. "We were falling apart," Harrison said, "crumbling as a team." After Florida beat Arkansas 30-10, the Gators were 4-1. In the Arkansas game, Harrison was ejected after he made contact with an offical. He said he accidentally bumped into the offical while reporting racial language that an Arkansas player was using towards him. The winning record lasted for three weeks. Florida lost its last seven games of the season and finished 4-8. The loss to Georgia Southern officially eliminated Florida from bowl eligibility. In that game, Harrison engaged a teammate in a block. Harrison also said that Florida was full of individuals and not a team. Given the Gators had a myriad of injuries all season, a lack of team play indictment may be more damning than normal. But at the same time, we must admit that it's commonly used as an explanation for a team's struggles. "We had a lot of individuals on the team," Harrison said. "Having individuals on your team kind of kills your team. We had people who thought they were entitled because of the school that they went to....There was always someone to blame. No one wanted to take it on themselves." The losing and dysfunction were big reasons why

According to Nick Saban, there's not much support for a nine-game SEC schedule [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 11:34 am]
The SEC expects to have a solution to the uncertainty surrounding its future schedules sometime soon, and a nine-game schedule is still under consideration. However, if Nick Saban has the correct read on the feeling towards a nine-game conference schedule by the conference's coaches, there's still not much support. "I don't think there's any support for that, it doesn't seem like" Saban told AL.com Tuesday. "I think there's a little bit more support for staying with an eight-game schedule and everybody playing a ninth opponent that's in the five major conferences. "My thing is I'm for playing nine conference games and still playing another team in the major conferences, so you play 10 games because of fan interest, people coming to games looking forward to seeing more good games.  "So that's the starting point for me. I think it's important for the players to be able to play more teams in the SEC East, on the other side, which we only get to play one now. I don't know if we stay with the 6-1-1 or 6-0-2. I don't know." The SEC's coaches met on Tuesday and discussed schedule concepts. The idea of a ninth game against a major conference opponent fits in with the February report that the SEC and ACC had discussed a possible series. The SEC currently follows the 6-1-1 format that it used before adding Texas A&M and Missouri as 13th and 14th schools in 2012. It's six inter-division games, one rivalry game and one rotating intra-division game for each opponent. The 6-0-2 format would keep the six inter-division games and remove the rivalry game for another rotating intra-division game. The SEC's rivalries for 2014 are Arkansas-Missouri, Texas A&M-South Carolina, Alabama-Tennessee, LSU-Florida, Auburn-Georgia, Mississippi State-Kentucky and Ole Miss-Vanderbilt. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva mentioned his school's opposition to a nine-game schedule in March and said schools won't change their votes. Part of Alleva's reasoning was that it meant seven more losses for confe

The renderings for the UCLA's proposed new football facility are impressive (Photos) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 10:53 am]
UCLA announced its intentions to raise funds to build a brand new football training facility on campus back in September. On Wednesday, the program offered an update on the project that included some impressive renderings of what the facility will look like upon completion. According to the release, the UCLA athletic department has “received approximately $40 million in cash and pledges” for the facility. The facility is set to include “a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms.” “To raise $40 million in little more than six months for this facility has been truly remarkable, but now more than ever, we need everyone who loves UCLA to keep pushing forward and not rest until we get this project completely funded,” said Josh Rebholz, senior associate athletic director for external relations. The facility will be built right next to Spaulding Field, the team’s practice field. When the plans were originally announced, the estimated cost for the facility was $50 million, which would be funded through private donations. With $40 million already raised, the program isn't far away from making the renderings into reality for Jim Mora's program.  - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

The renderings for UCLA's proposed new football facility are impressive (Photos) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 10:53 am]
UCLA announced its intentions to raise funds to build a brand new football training facility on campus back in September. On Wednesday, the program offered an update on the project that included some impressive renderings of what the facility will look like upon completion. According to the release, the UCLA athletic department has “received approximately $40 million in cash and pledges” for the facility. The facility is set to include “a locker room, athletic training area, strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms.” “To raise $40 million in little more than six months for this facility has been truly remarkable, but now more than ever, we need everyone who loves UCLA to keep pushing forward and not rest until we get this project completely funded,” said Josh Rebholz, senior associate athletic director for external relations. The facility will be built right next to Spaulding Field, the team’s practice field. When the plans were originally announced, the estimated cost for the facility was $50 million, which would be funded through private donations. With $40 million already raised, the program isn't far away from making the renderings into reality for Jim Mora's program.  - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Bemidji State hoping to raise money for player with cancer at its spring game [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 10:17 am]
The Bemidji State football team was delivered some tough news when redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jake Krause was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in October. Now the football program hopes to help. In order to assist the family, all proceeds collected at BSU’s Green and White Spring Game on April 24 will go toward helping with Krause’s medical expenses and treatment. Bemidji State football calls on Beaver Nation to support one of its own http://t.co/IA24lndx1w http://t.co/dmWJEpDocr http://t.co/m6XI366WE8— BSU Beaver Football (@BemidjiStateFB) April 22, 2014 Admission is free to the public, but donations will be accepted during the pre-game tailgate and also at the gate of Chet Anderson Stadium prior to the game. Donations can also be sent to BSU Foundation, 1500 Birchmont Dr NE #17, Bemidji, MN 56601. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Krause, a native of Wadena, Minn., is undergoing chemotherapy and hopes to rejoin the team in the fall. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Mark Richt says he's lost 20 pounds: 'I went from gross to kind of fat' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 9:19 am]
Mark Richt's offseason has included recruiting, curling, filming Star Wars remakes, spring practice and weight loss. The Georgia coach was at at UGA Day at the Gainesville (Ga.) Civic Center on Tuesday and said he's lost 20 poinds. But instead of an outright brag it was more of a humblebrag. And a funny one at that. "I went from gross to kind of fat," Richt said (via AccessNorthGeorgia.com). We never thought of Richt as one of the more overweight coaches in college football, but perhaps he was inspired by the bench presses by Mark Hudspeth or the sprints Charlie Strong runs with his team and wanted to make a change. Or maybe Richt wanted to practice what he's preaching. He said Tuesday that conditioning has been a focus of Georgia's offseason workouts. Now that the debate about the pace of play has cooled (for now), Georgia is one of the teams looking to be ready for uptempo offenses in the fall. “The game is being played with a lot more tempo,” Richt said. “There’s a lot more plays being run. It used to be that you would have 40 seconds between plays. Now you may have 15. You have to train for that and condition for that. And you’ve got to be able to move and change direction and play in space.” - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Report: Group hopes to build new Joe Paterno statue in downtown State College [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 9:16 am]
The statue outside Beaver Stadium of late Penn State coach Joe Paterno was taken down in July 2012 in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Now, a group of Penn Staters hopes to erect another statue of Paterno in November 2015, this time outside a restaurant in downtown State College. According to Onward State, the bronze statue will be designed by Zenos Frudakis and will depict Paterno sitting on a bench holding “Aeneid,” one of his favorite classics. “There’s been some level of frustration among Penn Staters with what happened with the statue at the stadium,” Ted Sebastianelli, one of the project’s organizers, told Onward State. “We wanted to come up with a way to honor Joe for all that he did for the State College community. It wasn’t just the university he impacted – it was the whole town.” Sebastianelli is a candidate for the Penn State Board of Trustees and a former president of the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club. He said there were plans to include a statue of Sue Paterno seated next to her husband, but she was not interested. The project, which the Paterno family has no involvement with, is currently called “Joe’s Bench,” but the name will be changed to “Reflections” when completed. To complete the project, the organizers will use Kickstarter to raise funds. Sebastianelli said that the estimated cost will be “about $300,000.”  - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Louisiana Tech QB Scotty Young leaves football team, says he's ready to move on [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 8:37 am]
Scotty Young started six games last season for Louisiana Tech. He won't be starting any in 2014 after he announced Tuesday that he would be leaving the football team and won't play his senior season for the Bulldogs. “I am graduating this summer and am ready to move on to the next chapter of my life,” Young said in a statement “Football has been a really good journey but sometimes you have to know when to end it. I have loved the experience and will cherish these memories forever. I want to thank the old staff for allowing me the opportunity to come to Louisiana Tech and I want to thank Coach Holtz and his staff for giving me the opportunity to stay here and earn my degree. It has been a great experience for me, one in which I have enjoyed every moment of.” Young transferred from Texas Tech before the 2012 season. He sat out that year and in 2013 was 87-165 for 733 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Earlier in March, former Iowa QB Cody Sokol transferred to Louisiana Tech. He will be immediately eligible in 2014 after he graduates from Iowa in May. He'll battle redshirt sophomore Ryan Higgins for the starting job in 2014. Along with Young, Higgins took the majority of snaps in Saturday's spring game. Last season, Higgins was 166-281 passing for 1.715 yards, six touchdowns and 13 interceptions. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Doc 5: Top five marijuana mistakes -- No. 4 Dorial Green-Beckham [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 2:45 pm]
This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss. Christians across the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, but some were celebrating another holiday. April 20, aka “4/20,” has become a de-facto holiday to celebrate the use of marijuana. With 4/20 in mind, we decided to use that as the basis for this week’s Doc 5 – the top five marijuana mistakes. There are no shortage of college football players running into legal trouble throughout the offseason, many of them for marijuana charges. Any semi-regular reader of Dr. Saturday knows that. Over the years there have been plenty of top players whose marijuana use ultimately led to dismissals that impacted their teams. Here's number four. TOP FIVE MARIJUANA MISTAKES No. 4 - DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM A marijuana arrest isn't what ultimately led Dorial Green-Beckham to be dismissed from the Missouri football team earlier in April, but two pot-related incidents likely played a part. Green-Beckham was a coup for Mizzou. As student at Springfield Hillcrest High School, he was the top recruit in the class of 2012 according to Rivals and he was less than three hours from the University of Missouri. In the Big 12, Missouri had a reputation for solid but not spectacular recruiting classes. By keeping Green-Beckham at his home-state school, Missouri could enter the SEC boasting the nation's top recruit, a 6-6 receiver with speed and exceptional leaping ability. Plus, DGB could contine to boost Missouri's in-state recruiting efforts. As Gary Pinkel's teams started having sustained success at Missouri, the school got better and better at keeping Missouri's top football players at Missouri's only division one football program. When Green-Beckham committed to Missouri on National Signing Day in 2012, his arrival was a s

Leon County, Fla. now has a 'Home of 2013 BCS Champion' sign (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 1:50 pm]
Florida State won the 2013 BCS National Championship and anyone who enters Leon County, Fla. will now know about it – if they did not know already. Warchant pointed out that Florida State guard Josue Matias sent out this photo of the new addition to the “entering Leon County” sign on the county line. Welcome to #ChampionCity pic.twitter.com/mophfPhjgR— Josue Matias (@FSUMatias70) April 22, 2014 You’d think whoever made the decision to put the sign up would also commemorate the 1993 and 1999 National Championships, but the world of college football is all about what you’ve done lately. The Seminoles had a fantastic season, so they do have the right to brag, but now these signmakers have set a precedent. Would a new sign be made if the Seminoles were to repeat? It would have to be, although in that case the Seminoles wouldn’t be BCS champions, they’d be College Football Playoff champions. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

The SEC Network released specific promos for all 14 conference schools (Videos) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 11:40 am]
The SEC Network doesn’t officially launch for another four months but ESPN has been rolling out promotional commercials for the network in anticipation for the 2014 football season. On Tuesday, the network launched 14 school-specific commercials for each university in the SEC, encouraging fans to “take it all in.” Each commercial captures the unique spirit and history of each school in the conference. The Georgia commercial features a classic Hershel Walker highlight, while the Arkansas commercial showcases the famous Woo Pig Sooie chant and the Alabama one is based on a classic Bear Bryant speech. Here are a few of our favorites. Not all of the commercials focus on football. Predictably, the Kentucky commercial is centered on basketball and the Mississippi State one is all about the the school's powerhouse baseball program.  Links to the commercials for the other schools can be viewed here. They are all worth a watch. The network will officially launch on August 14. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper





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