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Brett Hundley status update for Arizona State game won’t be known until kickoff

Brett Hundley UCLABrett Hundley injured his elbow in the first quarter of UCLA’s comeback win over Texas in Arlington last weekend, leaving many Bruins fans (and curious parties) wondering about his status for the Arizona State game.

Here’s the thing: there is no status update because coach Jim Mora is choosing not to provide one.

Unlike the NFL where coaches are mandated to provide injury reports during the week (originally for gambling and now also for fantasy football purposes), college coaches are not required to do so. Any information they provide is optional, but generally considered a courtesy to keep their paying customers (aka fans) happy as well as the media outlets covering the team.

Some coaches choose not to give any more information than what is necessary. Mora is clearly deciding to follow that, and his reasoning makes sense.

Like UCLA, Arizona State is 3-0 on the season. This is expected to be a good, close game. By choosing not to provide any updates, Mora is forcing the Sun Devils to prepare for the possibility of facing both Hundley and backup Jerry “Little Ricky” Neuheisel. He’s trying to keep them guessing. That’s also the same reason why Mora would not allow the media inside practice this week.

What we do know is that Hundley was fully suited up for practice Wednesday, according to the LA Times.

It is believed that Hundley suffered a hyper-extended left elbow. We know he wanted to return to the game but Coach Mora would not let him back in.

I am almost certain that Hundley would play this week if UCLA had a game on Saturday, so I’m even more certain that he will play against Arizona State since that isn’t until Thursday, Sept. 25.

Just don’t expect any updates from Mora prior to kickoff, according to the LA Daily News.

“I’m not going to tell anybody anything until kickoff versus Arizona State,” Mora said Sunday. “Nobody. Nothing.”

Richard Sherman says he didn’t intent to not talk with media after loss

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Richard Sherman has an explanation for not talking to the media after Sunday’s game in San Diego.

As we wrote on Sunday, Sherman did not talk with the media following the Seahawks’ 30-21 loss to the Chargers. Although Sherman only gave up three catches, several Chargers said they felt like they “exposed” the Pro Bowl cornerback. He responded to those claims via Twitter later in the evening.

Now Sherman explains why he did not speak with the media.

Check out these tweets from Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta:

I might buy that as an actual legitimate excuse for not speaking with reporters if it weren’t for the fact that Sherman LOVES attention. Had he played better or had his team won, you know he would have FOUND reporters.

Weak excuse from Richard. When you make yourself into the loudmouth figure that he has, you are held to higher standards and expectations. Sherman has asked for the spotlight and needs to handle all parts of it, including all the scrutiny.

Kiss my Converse!

Tennessee commit Joc Bruce destroys WR with huge hit (Video)

Joc Bruce, a senior “athlete” at South-Doyle High School in Tennessee, is a man-child on the football field.

Bruce committed to Tennessee in June and it’s easy to see what makes him SEC-material. The video above came from South-Doyle’s 47-21 win Friday over Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville. Bruce hits the wideout so hard the kid’s helmet pops off like he just got demolished by Jadeveon Clowney.

Joc Bruce hit

Amazingly, Bruce is only listed at 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds. But the guy has more facial hair than I’ve ever had.

That wide receiver just learned the hard way to buckle up that chinstrap next time!

Charles Barkley’s first pitch at Cubs game was just off the mark (Video)

Charles Barkley was one heck of a basketball player, but his talents on the court certainly did not transfer to the diamond.

Sir Charles threw out the first pitch before Tuesday’s Cubs-Reds game at Wrigley Field and his pitch was not one of the best we’ve seen. If a batter were in the box, the pitch probably would have hit him in the leg, not that it would have hurt at Chuck’s velocity.

Barkley later did an interview with FOX Sports and talked about the first pitch. He said he didn’t really play baseball growing up and said this was his first time throwing out a first pitch.

At least Chuck didn’t look completely “ridiculus” on his toss.

Charles Barkley first pitch

Vikings put Adrian Peterson on exempt list

Adrian PetersonThe Minnesota Vikings sent out a statement early Wednesday morning announcing that they have placed Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, meaning the running back will be away from the team until his legal proceedings have been resolved. Yes, that means Peterson will likely be away from the team for a long time.

The Vikings initially said on Monday that Peterson would be welcomed back and preparing to play in Week 3, but many things changed after that. A report emerged later in the day that Peterson was investigated for allegedly beating another one of his sons. Sponsors like Radisson, Castrol and Anheuser-Busch then spoke out about their unhappiness with the league and team’s handling of matters, putting pressure on the Vikings to act. They finally did.

Below is the statement sent by the team:

This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.

We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.

While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.

We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. – Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf

There was simply too much national focus on Peterson and too much pressure on the team for them not to act. This is something they had to do despite their obvious reluctance. You know they’re not happy about having to do it, which is why they announced the news when most of the country was already in bed. And from the sounds of things, it seems like the NFL “urged” them to do this.

Shortly after the news broke, Peterson posted this message to his Twitter account:

Peterson is due over $12 million next season and will be 30. The reality is that he may never play with the team again.

Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg, says she is not good enough even with steroids

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Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino have long been rivals in the MMA world despite never facing each other.

Cyborg dominated the Strikeforce women’s featherweight division from 2009-2010 before Rousey took over in 2011. The Brazilian fighter, who is 12-1 (with one no contest) in her pro MMA career, tested positive for steroids following her Dec. 17, 2011 win over Hiroko Yamanaka. She disappeared for a year and a half while she cleaned up, giving Rousey the chance to take over as the biggest name in the sport.

Rousey became the face of women’s MMA and ran through her competition to the point that many have called for her to fight Cyborg. Though Rousey is not afraid to fight Justino, she is always more than willing to rip the cheater. Two years ago, Rousey said that Cyborg was a dick and has a dick. In April, she called Cyborg an “it.

Rousey spoke with the Brazilian media in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday and took some time to lay into Cyborg again. Rousey said she would be willing to fight Cyborg but says the steroids user’s only strength as a fighter is her strength, which is obtained through unnatural means.

“She was fighting, it was a while ago, and she just got dropped five times in a match. And really, to be honest, I haven’t been really too impressed with her actual skill set,” Rousey said via MMAFighting.com. “It’s only her strength that she draws off.”

Rousey then went on to say that Cyborg is not technically proficient as a fighter.

“The mistakes that she makes technically are absolutely terrible and basic. The only reason why she gets away with it is because of her strength, and people don’t realize how strong I actually am. Ask the girls that I’ve fought. They weren’t expecting this. Because I don’t look like it, it doesn’t mean I don’t have it.

“She doesn’t have any feeling in her punches, she pushes her punches. She can’t knock people out with one punch, she just overwhelms them,” she added. “My pace, nobody can overwhelm me. And the way that she is on the ground, it’s absolute horrendous. And her distance is absolute horrendous. The only thing that she has is pace and power, and I have pace, precision and power.”

Rousey also said Cyborg was going to fight in the UFC but bailed as soon as she found out fighters would be subjected to random drug testing. Rousey believes Cyborg has avoided dropping down from 145 pounds to 135 because she knows it would be difficult to dope and drop the weight.

Even though Rousey knows many people will cheat, she says she will always be clean and it will feel more satisfying to beat them despite being at a disadvantage.

“The reason why people dope is because they lack self-confidence. The reason why [Cyborg] was using steroids is because that girl does not believe that the best that she has is good enough, and that will always be there in her mind. And you know what, she’s right. The best that she has isn’t good enough, even on drugs.”

“You know what, you can have every advantage in the world over me, you can have better funding, you can have a better program, be on all the drugs in the world, but I’m gonna be good enough to beat you despite of it.”

Rousey has a big mouth and people dislike her for that, but it’s hard not to love those comments. How can you not root for someone with that attitude?

[Also see: Whom will Ronda Rousey fight next?]

Jalen Rose wants Chris Webber to finally apologize for Michigan problems

Jalen-Rose-Chris-Webber-MichiganChris Webber’s order to disassociate himself with Michigan ended last year, and the former Wolverines star forward took the big step of attending the school’s championship game against Louisville.

Despite Webber’s efforts, former Fab Five teammate Jalen Rose still feels like Webber needs to apologize to the school.

The Fab Five reached the NCAA championship game in each of their first two seasons (1992 and 1993). They were forced to vacate their Final Four appearances and wins after it was discovered that some of their players accepted money from booster Ed Martin, who died in 2003. Webber took over $200,000 from Martin and was the highest-profile player called to testify before a grand jury. Webber initially lied to the grand jury and was later convicted of perjury.

In an interview published by HoopsHype on Monday, Rose reiterated his belief that it’s time for Webber to apologize to the school.

Q: When was the last time you spoke with Chris Webber?

JR: I heard through mutual friends that he’s upset that I said that I feel like he should have come out and apologize for some transgressions that happened at the University of Michigan. But I still stand behind that. Also I’m disappointed how the relationship with [Michigan booster] Ed Martin ended. Ed, unfortunately, in my opinion basically died of a broken heart. So while we’re still brothers and I hope that we’re going to make amends… One of the great things of being teammates and friends is we should be able to speak openly and honestly. And hopefully he finds a way to realize and apologize about what happened in Michigan. It ain’t just about you. It’s about the players, it’s about the coach. Steve Fisher coached in three finals and won a championship in Michigan. You go in that campus, his name is nowhere. So it’s bigger than just him. And the fans deserve it, the history of the University of Michigan deserves it. And all he had to do is say two words. It’s not brain surgery. They are ‘I’m sorry.”

The interview is a good one and features Rose’s thoughts on the Cavs, LeBron and Kevin Love, and much more, so we suggest you read it.

Webber wiped out a lot of bad blood with Michigan by attending the championship game, but an apology would go a long way towards restoring his and the Fab Five’s name with the school, just like Rose says.

Rose said earlier this year that Webber disassociates himself with the Fab Five. Last year, Rose talked on Grantland about how Webber ignored him at the 2013 NBA Finals:

Rose has expressed many strong opinions on this subject. He was responsible for the utterly awesome “The Fab Five” documentary produced by ’30 for 30′ and says Webber, despite initially agreeing to participate, backed out out of the film. Last April, he implored Webber to come to the national championship game (and says Webber did not like the public request). Rose also expressed anger in 2012 over the Fab Five’s banners being pulled down by the school.

The Fab Five may be associated with the scandal that rocked the basketball program, but they also brought remarkable success, identity and accolades to the school. All of the positive deserves equal recognition as the negative.

H/T Eye on Basketball