Urlacher, Peterson Enshrined in College HOF – Former Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and running back Adrian Peterson were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame Tuesday night in New York. The Class of 2017 consists of 10 first-team All-America players, including Peyton Manning and Marshall Faulk, and three coaches, led by Steve Spurrier. The inductees were chosen from a ballot of 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 95 players and 29 coaches from the divisional ranks. Urlacher became the first New Mexico player inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He earned first-team All-America honors as a safety in 1999 and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in the country. Peterson, meanwhile, remains the all-time leading rusher in Division I (FBS and FCS) history with 6,559 yards. The four-time first-team All-American is the second Georgia Southern player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
LaVar: Sons LiAngelo, LaMelo Sign With Agent – LaVar Ball told ESPN that his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, ending any speculation that LaMelo will play college basketball. The plan is now for both to play on the same team overseas. “I don’t care about the money,” LaVar Ball said on Thursday morning. “I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.” Ball said earlier this week that the plan was still for LaMelo, who withdrew from Chino Hills (California) High School early in his junior season, to play at UCLA in two years. However, the elder Ball told ESPN that won’t be the case. “He’s not going to play college basketball,” Ball said.
Nassar Gets Maximum 60-Year Sentence – Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor who used his position of authority to sexually abuse young women for decades was given a 60 year sentence in federal court Thursday. Judge Janet T. Neff handed the 54-year-old former doctor the maximum sentence on three child pornography charges, receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and destruction and concealment of records. Nassar had pleaded guilty to those charges in July. Nassar and his attorneys have two weeks to appeal the sentence if they wish to do so.
LaVar Ball Pulls Son LiAngelo Out of UCLA – LaVar Ball told ESPN that he has pulled his son LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA. The news was first reported by TMZ. LiAngelo Ball is one of three UCLA basketball players who were indefinitely suspended after a shoplifting incident in China. The players are subject to review for violating the university’s Student Conduct Code, which includes a section on theft. As part of their indefinite suspensions, the players haven’t been allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the Bruins. Ball is a freshman who hasn’t played a game for UCLA yet.
Lakers Enforcing So-Called ‘LaVar Ball Rule’ – In what many employees at Staples Center view as the “LaVar Ball rule,” this season the Los Angeles Lakers are enforcing “an existing policy” that no longer allows members of the media to congregate in a section of the arena among family and associates of players after games. Family, friends and agents wait for players in the seats behind the basket closest to the visiting team’s locker room at the conclusion of games. Interviews conducted in that designated area and near the tunnel leading to the arena corridors are now forbidden. In prior years, media socialized and, at times, interviewed individuals in that sector without interference. If a media member is recognized in that area now, arena security or Laker staffers direct that he or she leave the area.
Phillips Academy Celebrates 2nd State Football Championship Since 2015
The Wendell Phillips Academy football team won the Class 5A title for its second championship in three years. The entire school got together Tuesday to congratulate the champs. School spirit at Phillips Academy was on full display at a special pep rally, where the football team got to show off their state championship trophy. The Wildcats capped off their undefeated season by beating Dunlap 33-7 on Saturday in the state final out in DeKalb. “I think that with this group, whenever opportunity presents itself, they took advantage of it,” Coach Troy McAllister said. Phillips Academy is the only Chicago Public School to ever win a state football championship – and they’ve done it twice in three years. The first time was in 2015.
UPDATE: Pistorius’ Sentence Doubled to 13 Years – Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence was more than doubled to 13 years and five months on Friday, a surprisingly dramatic intervention by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in the Olympic athlete’s fate after the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said a panel of judges unanimously upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius’ original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013.
ESPN Suspends Anchor Jemele Hill – ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who ran afoul of her bosses and the White House last month with tweets on President Donald Trump, has been suspended, the Disney-owned sports media giant’s PR department announced Monday on Twitter. “Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” ESPN said via its @ESPNPR account on Twitter. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.” Hill, who co-hosts a late-afternoon weekday edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” program, tweeted people should target the Cowboys’ advertisers if they reject owner Jerry Jones’ assertion that players should stand for the national anthem. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players,” she tweeted.