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Yasiel Puig was driving 97 in 50-mph zone before arrest

Yasiel PuigYasiel Puig is proving that Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers aren’t the only members of the organization who can register high speeds on the radar gun.

The Dodgers prospect was arrested at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in Chattanooga after police say he was clocked doing 97 in a 50-mph zone.

According to the LA Daily News, the police report stated that:

“It took blue lights and multiple siren blasts to get the driver to stop. … The driver was clearly driving with wanton disregard for the safety of other citizen drivers as well as himself and his passenger.”

The Associated Press says Puig faces charges of reckless driving, speeding and driving without proof of insurance in Tennessee.

The Daily News notes that Puig was driving a BMW x35i at the time of his arrest.

The best strangest part of the story is that Puig says he was the designated driver in the situation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it the DD’s job to get inebriated passengers home SAFELY? Kind of hard to do that when you’re challenging Jeff Gordon for speed.

Puig is batting .333/.379/.648 in 14 games for the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga. The 22-year-old Cuban prospect drew rave reviews after crushing the ball during spring training.

MMA fighter Charles Rowan faked his death

Charles Rowan mug shotThere’s a place in the world for people like Charles Rowan, and it’s not heaven where so many people believed he’d gone to last month.

Rowan is an amateur MMA fighter with a 1-3 career record. He was scheduled to fight last month in Traverse City, Mich., but his girlfriend called the fight promoters to inform them that Rowan had died in a car wreck on his way to the fight.

It turned out that she was just lying.

Promoter Scott DiPonio told The Associated Press that he and his girlfriend were saddened to hear about the death and that they traveled to be with Rowan’s family to pay their respects. The AP says DiPonio and his girlfriend were met with kids and grandparents crying when they visited the family.

DiPonio and his girlfriend gave the family $150 on the spot, and they organized a fundraiser two weeks ago and gave Rowan’s friend the $1,350 they generated.

The fight promoters were under the impression that Rowan had died in the wreck until they learned that he was a suspect in the holdup of a gun shop last week.

Looking back, promoter Christo Piliafas said there were some warning signs about Rowan’s death, but he believed it.

“I had people saying this was a little bit fishy,” he told the AP. “There was no obit. There was no funeral service. But in that situation, you want to be sensitive to the family,” he said. “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it. I didn’t want to go off and say, ‘We’re not doing this. Something’s not right’ and then have the incident having really happened.”

Unsurprisingly, Rowan has a criminal background that includes failing to register as a sex offender, and the attempted delivery and manufacture of marijuana. You really should read the entire story because it is wild.

AHL’s Scott Timmins allegedly broke into house he thought was his own while drunk

Scott-Timmins-mug-shotThe old “I thought it was my house” story has made a comeback. Scott Timmins of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage reportedly went down that road early Monday morning, as San Antonio television station KENS reported that the 23-year-old broke into a family’s home after leaving a bar and took a seat on the couch.

Homeowner Benjamin Garza, who was not home at the time, was none too pleased. His three children and wife were in the house alone. Garza said his wife discovered Timmons on the couch and asked him who he was, to which he responded, “Don’t worry about that.”

“He was yelling, ‘What are you doing in my house,’” Garza told KENS. “My wife said, ‘You need to get the hell out of here.’”

Garza said his wife called 911 and then him. When he finally met Timmins face-to-face, he let him know how fortunate he was that the man of the house was not home when he decided to come in uninvited.

“You’re lucky I wasn’t here because I would’ve put a bullet between your eyes and it would’ve been over for you,” Garza said he told Timmins. “My first instinct was to beat the hell out of him. He needs to pay for what he did, traumatizing my family like that.”

The police report stated that Timmins was so heavily intoxicated that he was barely able to stand and did not remember how he got into Garza’s home. According to the report, he did admit that he had been out drinking with some teammates, but added that he thought he was in his own home. Timmins has been charged with criminal trespass.

Hey, at least he thought it was his own house. That’s a better explanation than the one this guy gave when he broke into an MLB general manager’s home November 2011.

H/T Puck Daddy

Surveillance video of ex-Tennessee coach Troy Wills’ break-in to arena

Troy Wills mug shotFormer Tennessee strength and conditioning coach for the basketball team, Troy Wills, was arrested last weekend after breaking into Thompson-Boling Arena in what appeared to be an act of revenge.

Wills broke into the arena using a saw and force, and then he allegedly ransacked an event director’s office and took over $4,000 worth of stuff. The genius is facing theft and vandalism charges and, on Friday, surveillance video from his alleged break-in surfaced via WATE-TV.

The dumbest part of this video has to be Wills with a hood over his head. If you’re going to ransack a place and break in using a saw, why even bother trying to cover yourself up? If you’re going all out, just go the whole way. And if you’re going to try being incognito, why not just get a mask? Clearly this whole event wasn’t very well planned out. Amateur.

H/T Kentucky Sports Radio

Hockey coach Martin Tremblay sentenced to 15 days in jail for tripping 13-year-old

Remember last summer when we shared with you the story of Martin Tremblay, a junior hockey coach who intentionally tripped a 13-year-old in the handshake line after the game? According to CBC News, Tremblay is going to spend a little time in jail.

The 48-year-old coach was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 12 months probation on Tuesday, with Judge Patrick Chen describing the incident as a “cowardly sucker punch” and scolding Tremblay for abusing his position of trust as a coach of young children. Tremblay’s attorney, Robert Bellows, said his client would not be making an appeal after pleading guilty to two counts of assault in November.

“He’s rebuilding his life after this incident,” Bellows told reporters in British Columbia, adding that the incident has strained Tremblay’s marriage and resulted in a number of lost contracts for his construction business. “It’s horrible. He put in years and years coaching hockey, he put in years and years as a scout master. And that all over … because of one incident when he was off his antidepressants for three weeks.”

Everyone makes mistakes, but there’s just no excuse for assaulting a child and behaving like that when parents are trusting you to do anything you can to keep their kids safe. Had the trip not resulted in a broken wrist for a 10-year-old, the punishment may not have been as harsh. That’s what happens when you don’t think before you act.

H/T Deadspin

Oblivious ring card girl continues working after fighter is knocked out (Video)

Ring card girl Kristina SpragueIs this the most oblivious ring card girl in history? Without a doubt.

This chick was so clueless that she walked around the ring holding up a card signifying the second round was coming even though the losing fighter was laying sprawled out on the ground after being knocked the f— out.

This video began circulating on MMA forum Underground a few days ago and went viral on Friday. With a little bit of digging, we were able to figure out the girl’s identity.

Miss clueless is a young woman named Kristina Sprague (ID’d in this photo). Sprague models for lingerie/sex toy company Mainely Naughty, which is a Maine-based company that provided the ring girls for New England Fights two weeks ago. NEF was hosting “Fight Night VI” on Feb. 2 in the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine, when this epic blunder occurred.

According to her profile on Mainely Naughty, Sprague “is an aspiring nurse, attending her 3rd year of school.”

Best of luck to the young lass in her scholastic pursuits. May she have better, more attentive days in the ring ahead of her.

Vince Young reportedly needed loan to throw himself $300,000 birthday party

Vince Young is in poor financial shape. That much we know. The former Tennessee Titans quarterback blew around $60 million in career earnings and is now in a dispute with his former financial adviser. The adviser claims Young took out an extremely high-interest loan during the NFL Lockout because he needed finances. Young claims he didn’t really know what he was signing — that he was misled — and that his former advisers misappropriated around $5.5 million of his funds. It’s up to you to decide whom to believe in the the situation, but there is one part of the story that must be shared.

Young’s former financial adviser, Ronnie Peoples, says he arranged for Young to have a seven-figure loan taken out during the lockout because the quarterback had committed around $300,000 to spend on his birthday party and needed the money to cover the expenses, The Associated Press reports. Young’s birthday is May 18, 1983, so he would have been turning 28 at the time and probably had gone months without getting a paycheck since the NFL was in the offseason. $1.9 million was borrowed from Pro Player Funding, L.L.C., at 20 percent interest. Pro Player Funding is seeking reimbursement for the loan.

I don’t doubt that Young signed stuff he had no understanding of, but that’s probably because he thought he had limitless funds and didn’t care enough to pay close attention. He’s probably only claiming now he was misled because he’s lost it all and he never thought that would happen. Just look at his alleged spending habits around the Nashville area to understand what kind of spender he was.