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Maurice Clarett’s girlfriend wanted for allegedly beating up Clarett

Maurice-Clarett-Ohio-StateThe drama in Maurice Clarett’s life never seems to stop. Clarett reportedly called police on Saturday to complain that his girlfriend, Ashley Evans, beat him up, and now police are looking for her.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Evans, 30, is wanted on charges of alleged domestic violence and assault. Clarett reportedly told police that Evans bit him on the wrist and chest and punched him in the face at their home.

Clarett and Evans have a six-year-old daughter.

Evans has been mentioned by Clarett in the past. She was with him while he served three and a half years in prison on robbery and gun charges. Clarett would dictate blog posts to her from prison, and she would file them on his behalf.

The former Ohio State running back has been trying to clean up his life since going to prison. He is working on a book and has been church ministry classes.

H/T Deadspin

James Franklin pretends to make out with one of his players (Video)

james-franklin-kissJames Franklin was so thrilled after Vanderbilt safety Eric Samuels made an interception in the Music City Bowl on Monday, he pretended to make out with his player on the team’s sidelines.

According to Dr. Saturday, N.C. State returned a kickoff for a touchdown to cut Vanderbilt’s lead to 21-14, and Vandy punted before Samuels made the pick and returned it to the 18. The interception set up Vandy’s fourth touchdown of the half. The Commodores went on to win the game 38-24 for their first nine-win season since 1915.

The only kiss we’ve seen on a college football field that was bigger than that one came from Mark Richt last November.

Michael Vick upset with Eagles players for not working hard enough

Michael Vick is disappointed that the Philadelphia Eagles’ poor 4-12 season cost head coach Andy Reid his job, and he’s particularly upset with numerous teammates who he felt did not give a strong enough effort this season.

Though Vick did not call out specific individuals, he indicated there was an attitude problem throughout the team’s locker room.

“It’s all about focus, dedication and commitment,” Vick said Monday, per CSN Philly. “Until you get guys who are willing to better themselves week in and week out and want to win, you’re not going to win. And I haven’t played with guys like that. It’s unfortunate for coach thing turned out the way they are. It could have been a lot better. This locker room could have dictated that.”

Vick agreed with a reporter who asked if the lack of effort from his teammates “pisses him off.” Vick also agreed with LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin, who both said they felt like some of the new faces failed to “buy in” to the team.

“Guys have to start to understand: You can’t do it your way,” Vick continued. “You have to follow the leader. If you don’t then we end up in the situation we are in now, losing the head coach, a man that we love and have a great deal of respect for. A man that I played hard for. I gave him 100 percent. At least I can feel good about that. And there are guys in here that gave it their all. But you need consistent effort from every guy in this locker room.”

Vick said he tried to lead by example, but he admits he probably should have tried to be more vocal about the issue.

The Eagles disappointed for the second season in a row. If many players weren’t buying in to the system, then it probably was time to fire Andy Reid. Vick certainly didn’t help out his coach’s plight with his below-average performance throughout the season.

Photo credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Derrick Rose ‘not anywhere close to playing’

The Chicago Bulls are a pretty good team without Derrick Rose, but they’re a championship contender when the former league MVP is healthy. Questions about Rose’s recovery from knee surgery have persisted over the past several months for obvious reasons. Unfortunately for Bulls fans, though Rose is working with the team, he’s apparently still far from playing in games.

“He’s right where he’s always been,” coach Tom Thibodeau said on Sunday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “Each week he’ll do a little bit more. He’s doing more basketball stuff, but he’s still not anywhere close to playing. He’s got a long way to go for that.

“He’s doing all the non-contact stuff in practice. None of the contact stuff, but he’s doing well overall.”

Working with the team in non-contact drills in practice is a good sign, but the day Rose is cleared to return is what everyone is waiting for. The Bulls point guard tore his ACL late in April, and recovery generally takes at least nine months. Chicago would be wise to hold Rose out until they feel he is completely ready to return. As long as they’re able to get in position to clinch a decent playoff spot without him, there is no reason to rush him back. The Bulls are currently 16-12.

Hannah Storm was seriously burned in propane gas grill explosion

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If you watch ESPN regularly, you may have noticed that Hannah Storm has been missing from the network the past three weeks. That’s because she was treating injuries from a serious propane gas grill accident at her home.

According to The Associated Press, Storm suffered second-degree burns on her chest and hands, and first-degree burns to her face and neck. She lost her eyebrows and eyelashes, and roughly half her hair after being burned in a freak gas grill explosion.

Storm was making dinner at her home in Connecticut three weeks ago when the flame on the grill went out. She went to reignite it, and then a big wall of fire exploded at her, burning her and blowing the doors off the grill. She was treated at a trauma and burn center, and she has hardly gone out since.

Storm will be working on Tuesday as a host for ABC’s New Year’s Day Rose Parade. I’m sure we speak for everyone when we wish her well and say we’re glad she’s back to work.

Photo credit: Twitter/Hannah Storm

Devin Hester says he is considering retirement after Lovie Smith firing

Lovie Smith was one of a number of NFL coaches that were fired on Monday morning, as the Chicago Bears have decided to go in a different direction after missing the playoffs for a second straight season. After the announcement was made, Bears receiver Devin Hester became one of the first players to overract to his coach being shown the door.

“I don’t even know if I want to play again,” Hester said, via ESPNChicago.com. “That’s been something on my mind for two years.

“It’s not (much fun for me anymore). I’ve got my workers comp papers in my pocket. We’ll see how I feel. I’m going to go home and talk to my wife and talk to my family and see where we go from there. I got two beautiful kids, man, two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately.”

Hester has mentioned in the past how he is unhappy with his role — or lack thereof — in the Bears passing attack. He has been one of the best kick returners in the game over the past several seasons, but the 30-year-old pondered on Monday if a change of scenery would better suit him. That’s when the delusional thoughts kicked in

“Who knows?” Hester said when asked if he wants to play somewhere else. “If it’s the right place … if not, I feel like I’ve done enough in the league to where I established myself (as) one of the elite players to ever play the game. God blessed me with seven years. The average years of an NFL player is about three. I made some accomplishments on my own, some goals I reached, some other goals I felt I could have achieved.”

Alright, Devin — this is clearly an emotional time for you so its probably best to just withhold any further comments until you get a good night’s rest. One of the elite players to ever play the game? Smith’s firing is an unpopular one for many people, but he led the Bears to the playoffs only three times in nine seasons. That doesn’t cut it in a place like Chicago. Let’s not get carried away.

Torii Hunter says he was misquoted on comments about a gay teammate

Let the damage control begin. Over the weekend, Kevin Baxter of the LA Times published a piece that quoted Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter as saying he would be uncomfortable with a gay teammate. He said his stance was based on his Christian faith, and as expected Hunter has been getting blasted for his lack of acceptance and beliefs that many feel are outdated.

On Monday, Hunter took to Twitter to try to clarify his stance. He went the old “I was misquoted” route.

“I’m very disappointed in Kevin Baxter’s article in which my quotes and feelings have been misrepresented,” Hunter wrote. “He took two completely separate quotes and made them into one quote that does not express how I feel as a Christian or a human being. I have love and respect for all human beings regardless of race, color or sexual orientation. I am not perfect and try hard to live the best life I can and treat all people with respect. If you know me you know that I am not anti anything and to be portrayed as anti-gay in this article is hurtful and just not true.”

Most athletes like these NFL players have said they would fully accept a gay teammate. Others like Roddy White have made insensitive comments about the gay community, and we see where that leads. Hunter’s comments fall somewhere in the middle. As he has likely learned, the middle is not a place you want to be.

Photo credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Alfred Morris: I’ll never be a star, I’m just Alfred

Alfred-Morris-RedskinsWithout Alfred Morris, the Washington Redskins may not have been able to defeat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night and win the NFC East. The rookie out of Florida Atlantic University had his best game of the season under the brightest spotlight, as he rushed for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Morris topped Clinton Portis’ Redskins rushing record of 1,516 yards in a season and finished the year with 1,613 yards on the ground. According to Chris Cooley, the 24-year old has officially become a star.

“I’ll tell you what: Alfred Morris became a star tonight,” Cooley said, via the Associated Press. “He deserved it. He’s a phenomenal football player.”

Who could argue against that? Morris himself, of course. Let us not forget that this is the same Morris who still drives a 1992 Mazda and recently asked Santa Claus what he would like for Christmas. With that in mind, it hardly comes as a surprise that he does not consider himself to be a star.

“I’m never a star,” Morris said. “I’ll never be a star. Other people might think I’m a star, but I’m just Alfred.”

As we said before, Morris seems like one of the most genuinely humble players in the NFL. He was drafted in the sixth round and overlooked by every team several times, which oftentimes leads to a player having a chip on their shoulder and being arrogant. If that’s the way Morris feels, he does a tremendous job of hiding it. Unless you’re a Cowboys, Giants or Eagles fan, it should be almost impossible not to root for him.

Redskins cheerleader gets engaged before kickoff against Cowboys (Picture)

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Sunday night ended up being a tremendous night for Washington Redskins fans, as their team defeated the division rival Dallas Cowboys to clinch the NFC East title and a playoff berth. For one Redskins cheerleader, the victory may not have been the highlight of the evening.

As you can see from the photo above that ABC 2 in Annapolis’ Don Harrison passed along, a Washington cheerleader’s boyfriend proposed to her on the sidelines before kickoff. She said yes. It was obviously a bold move from her boyfriend. Depending on her viewpoint, he either gave her a welcome distraction from the ongoing buzz at FedEx Field or one more thing to think about before the most important home game of the season.

In any event, we’ll give the gentleman somewhere between a B+ and an A- for the effort. It may not beat a proposal on a medal stand, but it certainly tops being rejected in from of an arena full of people.

H/T D.C. Sports Bog

Adrian Peterson to Eric Dickerson: ‘I’m coming for you’

Adrian Peterson is happy that his incredible performance on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers helped the Minnesota Vikings clinch a playoff spot. He may not hold the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season, but his team will still be playing in January. In the grand scheme of things, that’s all that matters.

However, Peterson wouldn’t be human if it didn’t sting a little that he fell just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s record. When FOX’s Pam Oliver informed him of how close he had come after Sunday’s game, you could tell A.P. was surprised. As Peter King revealed in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peterson admits he is disappointed he didn’t get there.

“It kinda went through my mind that I didn’t get it,” he explained. “Was I surprised? Not really. All week there was so much talk about the record, the record, the record. At one point, I just told myself, ‘Don’t worry about the record. Don’t force it. Just play. If it happens, it happens. That can’t be our focus. We win, we’re in the playoffs.'”

Had Peterson fallen short of the mark and the Vikings lost, it would probably hurt a lot more. For now, he is focused on winning a rematch against Green Bay on Saturday. As for Dickerson, A.P. said he is hardly done chasing 2,105.

“I’m coming for you,” he said with a laugh. “Yes. Yes. Yes. The feeling is there. I understand the big picture, but the feeling is there. I wanted this.”

He can still have it. Peterson is only 27 years old and just rushed for more than 2,000 yards after tearing up his knee at the end of the season last year. The fact that he was able to bounce back from that the way he did is unfathomable. Something tells me A.P. is far from finished with making Dickerson squirm.

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