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Jessica Dorrell’s football job is now being advertised by Arkansas

Interested in the on-campus recruiting position Jessica Dorrell once held with the Arkansas football program? Well today’s you’re lucky day. Arkansas Sports 360 points out that Dorrell’s former job with the Razorbacks was posted online by the school on Friday:

According to Arkansas Sports 360, there have been some changes to the job description:

Changes in the job posting include more specific language about the need for prior NFL or Division I football experience, plus a desire the employee have a “working knowledge of recruiting software.”

Duties have also been adjusted for the position. There are three fewer listed. No longer listed as parts of the job: working as a football liaison with academics and oversight of the football camp website.

I just wonder if Benjamin Wilkerson and Tiffany Fields are going to have the desire to reapply. Outside of the sexual shenanigans, it is a pretty good job.

Metta World Peace mixes up Labor Day and Memorial Day

Metta World Peace isn’t exactly the sharpest Buddhist in the monastery. The Lakers forward tweeted everyone best wishes on Memorial Day Monday by saying “Happy labor day … enjoy it.” Unfortunately, there was only one problem considering May 28 was Memorial Day, and Labor isn’t until September. Guess he was just eager to stop wearing white.

Via Ball Don’t Lie

Bill Polian believes the Colts could have gotten Kyle Orton with a later trade deadline last season

With the NFL having decided to move the trade deadline back two weeks to Week 8 next season, Colts fans are left wondering if that would have been a good thing or a bad thing for their team last season. When asked about the rule change recently, former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian seemed fairly certain that the Colts would have had a different look last season if the deadline was Week 8. More specifically, he feels they would have had a chance to land a legitimate starting quarterback.

“I think the deadline being moved last year would have made a difference for us,” Polian told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. “We would have rekindled our interest in Orton. In Week 6, we knew our quarterback situation wasn’t great, but after a couple more weeks, we realized the situation was bad. We probably would have called Denver, who’d gone to (Tim) Tebow by then, and said, ‘Hey, we’ll give you a three (a third-round draft choice) for Orton.'”

That may be, but that would have also likely led to the Colts not landing the No. 1 overall pick and thus not drafting Andrew Luck. As we know, that would have made Indy fans like these ones quite upset.

Trading for Orton last season would probably have led to a few more wins, but it certainly wasn’t going to make the Colts a playoff contender. Not only that, but Orton isn’t exactly a quarterback you would want to build the future of your team around. Indy’s abysmal season may have ultimately cost Polian his job, but at the moment Colts fans should be pleased with the way everything turned out.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Will the Heat struggle against the Celtics without Chris Bosh?

On Sunday afternoon, Chris Bosh took his first significant step toward recovering from a May 13 abdominal strain when he participated in an on-court walkthrough that included turning with the ball and moving laterally. However, the Heat are still preparing as though they will be without their star for Game 1 against the Celtics and beyond.

Bosh’s injury makes the Heat’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Celtics a complete mystery. If both teams were at full strength, there are few who believe the Celtics have the athleticism and youth needed to hang with the Heat for seven games. Without Bosh, however, Boston could give Miami problems — particularly on offense.

Let’s say in theory the Heat have enough size with Udonis Haslem and Carlos Boozer to keep the Celtics’ front court in check. The biggest concern for Erik Spoelstra and company is what they will lose on the offensive end against a team that has gotten to this point by playing phenomenal defense. With Kevin Garnett not having to deal with Bosh on the defensive end of the court, he could stay fresh enough to give Miami fits working inside and out on offense.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been scoring at will, and with Ray Allen nursing a banged-up ankle and Paul Pierce dealing with a strained MCL Boston could have trouble preventing Miami from continuing their offensive outburst. The Heat can and should beat the Celtics without Bosh, but given the matchup with Garnett on the other side his injury is more significant at the moment than it has been all postseason. If K.G. continues to look sharp, the fact that he doesn’t have to defend against Bosh can only help on the other end of the floor. If the Heat find themselves in trouble early in the series, don’t be surprised to see their big man return before he’s ready.

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Gregg Popovich to Spurs during Game 1: ‘I want some nasty!’

With the athleticism and scoring ability that the Thunder possess, the Spurs know they have their hands full in the Western Conference finals. In order to win a seven-game series against Oklahoma City, San Antonio can’t try to run with them. Instead, they will have to use their depth to keep fresh legs on the court and try to get Kevin Durant and company into grind-it-out types of games. With that in mind, Gregg Popovich’s battle cry during the Spurs Game 1 victory makes perfect sense.

“I want some nasty!” Popovich could be heard saying during the broadcast.

Nasty he requested and nasty he received. Trailing by nine headed into the fourth quarter, the Spurs outscored the Thunder 39-27 down the stretch and held on for a 101-98 victory. Led by Manu Ginobli’s team-high 26 points, they finally began attacking the basket and holding Oklahoma City accountable on defense.

“I said that?” Popovich said after the game when asked about his new catch phrase. “The heat of the game, stuff comes up. So I talked to them about they’ve got to get a little bit uglier, get a little more nasty, play with more fiber and take it to these guys. Meaning you have to drive it, you have to shoot it.”

It appears to have worked. Tony Parker said Pop is always finding ways to motivate the team, and the phrase was clearly nothing out of the ordinary for him. But for people like us, it’s great television. Everyone wants to see their team get nasty in the most critical situations of the season, and Popovich willed his team to do just that on Sunday night. If the Spurs plan to win four games against the Thunder, they’ll need a lot more nasty as the series moves on.

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Mike Conway goes airborne in scary crash with Will Power at Indy 500 (Video)

Saturday’s Indianapolis 500 wasn’t without a scary-looking wreck, as Mike Conway was sent flying into the air in an 80th-lap crash that included IndyCar points leader Will Power.

The accident came directly after Conway plowed through a member of his crew during a pit stop. The resulting damage on the car’s front wing went without repair, a detail that likely contributed to Conway losing control and spinning out on a subsequent turn.

Power, trailing directly behind Conway, couldn’t avoid Conway’s No. 14 when it became shrouded in a cloud of smoke and drifted helplessly toward the wall. Upon Power’s impact, Conway’s car was lifted into the air along the outside catch fence. The crash brought out the race’s second of eight caution flags. Both drivers later emerged from their cars unharmed but were KO’ed from the race.

Here’s the video. Also worth seeing is Helio Castroneves narrowly missing by the thinnest of hairs a bouncing tire at the 2:57 mark:

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Florida’s favorite baseball team? The Yankees, of course

The people of Florida have spoken, and their favorite baseball team is the Yankees. The New York Yankees.

Quinnipiac University recently conducted a poll asking Florida baseball fans about their favorite team. The Bronx Bombers came in at the top with 20 percent of the survey, edging out Florida’s own Tampa Bay Rays, who had 18 percent. The Miami Marlins, despite winning two World Series (once against those ever-popular Yanks) in their brief existence, placed third with 15 percent. The Boston Red Sox rounded out the top four with 8 percent.

Nearly 2,000 Florida adults participated in the poll, which was conducted between May 15 through 21 and has a 2.2 margin of error. According to the survey, 46 percent of the state’s adults are “very interested” or “somewhat interested” in pro baseball.

“Florida has only a 19-year tradition with Major League Baseball, so there is less fan interest, with the possible exception of those transplanted New Yorkers and their offspring,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, told the Orlando Sentinel.

The Yankees have a huge following across the country and draw huge crowds on the road because of that fact. So, they would probably poll near the top in most states, while, ironically, polling possibly just as well in a survey on the most hated teams.

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Arianny Celeste arrested for domestic violence; UFC says it still supports her

Massively popular UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste was arrested and booked on domestic violence charges early Saturday morning in Las Vegas.

The 26-year-old posted her $3,000 bond and was released around 7 p.m., after Saturday’s UFC 146 had started at the MGM Grand. She eventually made it to the event and was met with a chorus of cheers from the crowd.

Earlier in the day, UFC president Dana White pledged that the MMA brand will continue to lend its support behind Celeste.

“Arianny is our baby,” White said in a statement. “She has been with us for over five years. She is a good girl and an amazing ambassador for the UFC. I don’t know all the details of what happened but we have her back and support her 100 percent.”

It’s interesting UFC would jump so quickly to such a position when details surrounding her arrest were still vague, especially after the PR hit the company took recently with Jon “Bones” Jones’ DUI. But looking at Arianny and given that UFC’s main demographic is hormone-charged, red-blooded 18-to-35-year-old males, we can understand why.

Photo: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

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Nick Fairley arrested again, charged with DUI and eluding police

Nick Fairley is having an interesting offseason. And it’s not the good kind of interesting, either. Nearly two months after a separate run-in with the law in Alabama, Fairley found himself in hand cuffs again on Sunday.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Fairley was arrested in Mobile and charged with DUI and attempting to elude police, according to WALA-TV.  State troopers also say he was ticketed for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and having an open container in the car. He posted bail at $1,750 and was released around 9 a.m.

On April 3, Fairley was busted in Mobile for marijuana possession. That was during a brief stretch of time when three Lions players — all drafted in 2011 — were all arrested for being caught with weed. Fairley’s latest arrest now totals five this year for that draft class.

The Lions, who drafted Fairley 13th overall out of Auburn, have invested a lot in him. It has to be alarming for the franchise that Fairley hasn’t proven he can’t stay out of the back of a cop car. But if there’s a team used to having first-round picks becoming huge disappointments, it’s the Lions.

Official IndyCar website has Danica Patrick winning Indy 500 even though she isn’t racing in it (Picture)

The 96th annual Indy 500 may be hours away from coming to a close, but according to the official IndyCar website a winner has already been crowned. As you can see from the screenshot above that was taken from IndyCar.com, a photo of Danica Patrick ran on the website Sunday morning before the race began with a caption below it that read, “wins 96th running of the Indy 500.” That has to be the easiest accomplishment Danica has ever reached in her racing career.

It’s a storyline IndyCar racing could only dream of, but someone needs to edit these headlines a bit more carefully. Not only has the Indy 500 yet to conclude, but Patrick isn’t even taking part. She’s racing in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. Try wrapping your brain around that one.

UPDATE: Shockingly, Danica did not drop out of the Coca-Cola 600 and make her way to the Indy 500 in time for the IndyCar.com headline to be validated. Dario Franchitti wound up winning his third Indy 500.

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