Oakland Raiders wide receiver and former Florida receiver Louis Murphy was arrested early Sunday morning in Gainesville for three offenses including Viagra possession without a prescription, failure to obey an officer, and resisting arrest without violence, as the Gainesville Sun reported via Raiders reporter Vittorio Tafur. Murphy apparently was playing his music loudly and was told to pull over, but he kept driving into a parking lot and demanded to know why he was being stopped. According to the Sun, “[the police officer] said Murphy continued to refuse to show his ID and so Harrison attempted to place him in handcuffs, but, he said, Murphy refused to put his hands behind his back.”
To be fair, playing your music loudly isn’t the exactly a horrible offense, so I understand why Murphy would have been frustrated about being pulled over, but you still need to listen to officers. It looks like the arrest could have been avoided had he listened to them. If he avoided that, he would have avoided serious embarrassment in the form of Viagra charges.
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By now you have probably heard that Barry Zito was recently in a car accident. The Giants big-money pitcher has been dealing with a tight neck for a few days, but he says he is ready to make his scheduled start Sunday night after sticking to a strict treatment regimen. Likely story, but I like to think it’s because he took a page out of the Cardinals 2008 pitching staff’s book. Call it that, or call it channeling his inner Jason Giambi. The handle bars are missing, but call it pulling a John Axford if you so please. Whatever the case, I think it’s obvious Barry Zito’s mustache has helped him heal.
Zito says he is making his scheduled start because he can pitch through the tightness and would rather not screw up the Giants rotation this early in the year. In reality, he doesn’t want to reveal his secret. Believe me — the stache is the key.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent some with his family Saturday evening taking in a UCLA softball game. Brady was there with his nieces and sister (who used to pitch at Fresno State) and watched the 7th-ranked Bruins mercy rule Oregon State 9-1 to improve to 25-5 on the season.
Tom was generous to all the fans in attendance, posing for pictures with everyone who asked for one. After the game ended, he took his niece into the Bruins’ clubhouse and hung out with the team for a bit. Here’s a video of Tom Brady with the UCLA softball team after the game:
At one point before taking the picture with the team, Brady had to remind everyone he went to Michigan saying “I’m a Wolverine.” It’s OK Tom, now that you’re living in Brentwood only a few minutes from the UCLA campus, you can be considered an honorary Bruin.
And for the people curious about Tom’s foot, he was wearing sneakers and no boot and he was moving around perfectly fine. If you didn’t know he had a foot injury, you would have had no idea he was recovering from surgery.
Here are a few more pics of Brady from the game:
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Maria Sharapova may have gotten destroyed by Victoria Azarenka in the finals of the Sony Ericsson Open Saturday, but she still managed plenty of big wins along the way. The most notable victory for Sharapova came in the semis against Andrea Petkovic whom she defeated 3-6, 6-0, 6-2. The win avenged a 4th round loss to Petko in the Australian Open, and you could tell Sharapova took pride in the win, and beating Petkovic specifically.
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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney recorded a hat trick, scoring three goals in a 14-minute span to help Man U come back from a 2-0 deficit to beat West Ham 4-2. He was understandably pumped up after scoring the third goal and let it be known with some profanity straight in front of the cameras. Here’s the video of Wayne Rooney cussing after his hat trick:
I know the Football Association plans to examine the footage to see if anything needs to be done, but allow me to say the TV cameras were in the wrong, not Rooney. Put yourself in his situation — you’re elated after scoring your third goal and celebrating with your teammates. You’re just not in a sane frame of mind and it’s possible you may be bellowing anything because you’re pumped up. The TV production crews need to understand there’s an inherent risk when you plant cameras and microphones nearby the field of play, and if anyone should make an adjustment it’s them, not him.
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LeBron James had a one-and-one situation at the foul line in the fourth quarter of Miami’s game with Minnesota Friday night. Apparently nobody from the Timberwolves (or Heat except LeBron) realized that, because they were all caught sleeping at the line. Check out this video:
With plays like that, it’s no surprise the Minnesota Timberwolves are the worst team in the Western Conference. It’s one thing not to have much talent and be over-matched in games, but it’s completely inexcusable to just not have your head in the game. That’s truly pathetic. It actually reminds me a lot of this middle school football play which is pretty sad.
Thanks to Ball Don’t Lie for the video
In less than six hours, UConn and Kentucky will tip off the second of two Final Four match-ups in Houston. Jim Calhoun and John Calipari, two coaches who have hated each other for more than 20 years, will lead their squads in an effort to play for the National Championship Monday night. Unsurprisingly, talk about the actual game has quickly been overrun by news about recruiting violations — excuse me, more recruiting violations.
Calipari and Calhoun run programs that drive college athletics purists insane. Both coaches are no strangers to being accused of cheating, so they are certainly adept to handling any distractions that the latest news may cause leading up to Saturday night’s game. In any event, we’re not here to go into the details of the latest accusations. FOX Sports has an exclusive report about Kentucky that claims a former staffer made illegal contact with several recruits. The New York Times spoke with former UConn recruit Nate Miles, and Miles is claiming Calhoun lied to NCAA investigators and actually knew illegal benefits were being provided. The issue to me isn’t about the potential violations, but the timing of the release of the reports.
With the way things have been going for him, it’s important for someone to make Andray Blatche feel special these days. After all, it has to hurt when your own team misspells your last name on your jersey in the middle of the season. That’s why Blatche has teammates like Jordan Crawford who can do special things with the basketball. Check out this video of Jordan Crawford going between the legs to Andray Blatche:
That’s what you call a complete basketball play. The block, the spin move, the break, and the no-look, between-the-legs dish. It can’t get much better than that.
Jason Terry caused a skirmish between the Mavs and Lakers on Thursday night when he shoved Steve Blake in the fourth quarter (watch the video). Five players wound up being suspended including Matt Barnes who decided to rip Mavs assistant coach Terry Stotts off of him. Well the bad blood between the teams did not cool off there.
On Friday, Terry was a guest on the radio with Colin Cowherd and traded a few shots. He was asked about Matt Barnes and whether or not he feels Barnes is an enforcer type guy for the Lakers. Suffice it to say, Terry highly disagreed.
“I call Barnes the Charminator. You know what that is? That is a guy that’s soft as toilet paper. It’s not only that he’s a Pac-10er and he’s a Bruin, and so you know we hate those guys — us Wildcats we hate Bruins. Whenever you don that uniform, I can’t stand you, other than Reggie Miller. Some guys put on that Laker uniform and you turn into Jerry West, Kareem, and Worthy, and Magic. Those are the real Lakers, not Barnes.
It’s all about Alabama coach Nick Saban this week. First it was announced that his memorial bronze statue would be unveiled at the annual A-Day Spring Game on April 16th (see sneak peek of the statue here). Then Saban had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the baseball team’s game against Arkansas Friday night. Check out Sabe’s arm: