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Police arrested a man on Saturday who they say was seeking revenge in the shooting that left Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Richard Collier paralyzed from the waist down.

The Florida Times-Union reported that 32-year-old Tyrone Romaro Hartsfield was detained on a charge of attempted murder.

Hartsfield is accused of shooting Collier in a parking lot in the early morning hours of September 2 while the offensive lineman and a friend waited for a pair of women outside an apartment complex. Hartsfield is being held without bail in the Duval County jail.

Collier, who was shot 14 times while sitting in his car, was released from the hospital on Monday. The 26-year-old had bullet wounds to his left groin, left leg and right buttock. One bullet severed his spinal cord, and his left leg had to be amputated because of blood clots.

Collier has no recollection of the shooting.

The newspaper reported that Undersheriff Frank Mackesy said Hartsfield was out to get revenge for a fight he had with Collier at Soho nightclub in April. (more…)

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I hope he had his degree in something other than basket waving. Not making fun, but this is serious. Most star collage players don’t take classes seriously and/or have their college coaches hook up their grades. Even if you go pro you never know what could happen. I just saw Andre Ward (he starring in college winning the Heisman at QB before he flamed out in the NFL) as an analyst at a college football game. He was destinged for stardom in the NFL, but it didn’t happen. He had his degree and was able to go in to TV.

Giant George has part of foot amputated

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker)—UNC Asheville center Kenny George had to undergo a partial amputation of his right foot due to a serious infection, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported on Friday.

At 7-7 and 370 pounds, George contracted the infection during Pete Newell’s famous Big Man Camp in Las Vegas over the summer. According to the report, the senior underwent at least two surgeries and other procedures to fight the infection. It is unknown when the amputation took place.

According to, the infection was MRSA, a potentially life-threatening staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics. MRSA is contracted from skin-to-skin contact through cuts or openings in the skin.

Although the 22-year-old’s condition is unknown, Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach hinted in a statement to the Citizen-Times that George’s playing career could be over. (more…)

A Day In The Life Of Andrew Bynum – Lakers Fans

Oct 18, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Sports

Posted By: kuzdeen

I got to admit his workouts are intense, and dude looks strong. Lakers have a Legit shot at the Championship with this guy in the middle.

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By Pat Yasinskas

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants to see imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick back in the National Football League. But the door isn’t open in Atlanta.

At an NFL owners meeting Tuesday, Blank told he would support an effort by Vick to return to the league after the quarterback finishes a federal prison sentence for his involvement in a dogfighting ring. Blank said he has had some contact with Vick, who has not played for the Falcons since the 2006 season.

“He’s written me and I’ve answered him,” Blank said. “I certainly wish Michael well in the future. I believe in second chances. I believe in third chances. That doesn’t mean I believe in forever chances. But I do believe he’s capable of redemption and learning from his mistakes.”

When asked if Vick would return to the Falcons, Blank began with a generic answer and then switched to a very strong tone.

“I’ll say this to you when I answer the question as fully as I can,” Blank said. “From my perspective, people use the expression ‘we’ve turned the page,’ and we’ve turned the page, turned the chapter and closed the book. We’ve moved on and we have a franchise quarterback.”

The Falcons used the third overall pick in this year’s draft to select Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, who has led the team to a surprising 4-2 start.

“We’re committed to Matt Ryan,” Blank said. “Even before his early success, we were committed to Matt Ryan. We made that decision when we drafted him. When you select someone in the draft at that level and pay him what we’re paying him, you expect him to be successful and you expect him to be a team leader.”

But Blank said he would support Vick’s return elsewhere in the NFL.

“Michael could be great for young people in the community to see a fellow who obviously made a series of very bad mistakes — not just by who you spend time with, but to learn from those personally if he can get on with his life and be successful,” Blank said. “I’d like to see it happen for him and for America and the National Football League. Whether or not that happens, we’ll have to wait and see, but I certainly would support that.”

Vick’s sentence is scheduled to run into the summer of 2009.’s John Clayton previously reported Vick has been working out in prison, has been bench-pressing over 300 pounds and is throwing the football well.

When Vick is released from prison, the league could take separate disciplinary action and suspend him. But if Vick completes his sentence, Blank said he would speak to commissioner Roger Goodell and ask him to allow the quarterback to be reinstated into the league.

“I certainly would,” Blank said. “If I thought that Michael had redeemed himself and if Roger asked me what I felt, based on my knowledge and my own sensitivity about Michael, I certainly would be supportive of him, because I think he would have paid his debt to society. He made a mistake, he made a series of mistakes, but he’s been through the legal process and is paying his debt. Once that’s done, he’s entitled to move on with his life again.

“If he’s successful, I think he could be an important role model in a positive way for young folks who face difficult decisions to make the right decisions,” he said.

Attorney might ask for jail time for Holyfield

Oct 13, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Sports

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Monday, October 13, 2008

Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield is scheduled to appear in court later this month to answer an attorney’s claims that Holyfield has not complied with his financial responsibilities to a woman and the child she had with him.

Randy Kessler, the attorney for Toi Irvin of Clayton County, said Monday that he is prepared to ask for jail time when Holyfield appears in Fayette County Superior Court on Oct. 22 to answer why he has failed to comply with the support agreement for the couple’s soon-to-be 11-year-old son, one of his 11 children.

Kessler said Holyfield had until Sept. 1 to pay the $4,500 in legal fees that Kessler’s firm ran up in getting him to pay back child support and to ensure that a college trust fund is in place and funded. Neither condition had been met as of Monday afternoon. Holyfield has also failed to pay the child’s private school tuition, forcing the mother to instead send her son to public school, Kessler said.

Kessler said he intended to ask the court to make Holyfield comply with the terms or risk going to jail.


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Good interview by the Big Man

Did yall see Rudy Gay dunk on Brent Barry last night

Oct 9, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Sports

Posted By: egatsby

I always thought him and Josh Smith were the most athletic dudes in the league. Its no reason Rudy shouldnt put 25 this year. This dunk was just uncalled for he could have passed it.

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What started as a pay-per-view sensation during halftime of the Super Bowl has expanded into a league, and Seattle now has its own team

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Final curtain for the Kimbo show
By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
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SUNRISE, Fla. – The legend of Kimbo Slice was built by beating bums in boat yards and back alleys not far from here. It came crashing down Saturday courtesy of a quick punch from a pink-haired journeyman giving up two inches in height, four in reach and 30 pounds in muscle and might.

One simple shot sent Slice to the canvas and from there some guy named Seth Petruzelli needed just 12 punches and 14 seconds to put an end (we hope) to one of the great sporting charades of all time.

It was just a matter of time before Kimbo got exposed. He was little more than a character out of central casting, a bunch of addictive YouTube videos and a lot of insane hype by CBS, which made him a headliner before he made himself a fighter.

He was the Kimbo the Cash Machine, everyone lining up to exploit the lie that this was the baddest man on earth as long as he could walk through hand-picked tomato cans.

Only this time his match with 44-year-old Ken Shamrock, who hadn’t won a fight in over four years, fell apart when Shamrock cut his eye in a light training session Saturday and was deemed unfit to fight by state officials.

In the scramble to find a suitable replacement that Slice couldn’t possibly lose to, EliteXC considered Shamrock’s brother, Frank, who was there to be CBS’s color commentator, hadn’t fought lately due to a broken arm and would have given up around 45 pounds. Despite all this, Frank likely would have submitted Kimbo in the first round.

When that matchup couldn’t happen (EliteXC said state officials wouldn’t clear him, Frank said they did but CBS blocked it), EliteXC promoters turned to Petruzelli. The Fort Myers, Fla., native had been dumped by the big-league UFC, was just 2-2 since 2004, had recently taken a year off to start a business, weighed just 205 (to Kimbo’s 235) and was so lightly regarded he was competing in the non-televised undercard.

Despite the oft-repeated propaganda that Slice was a man of “courage” for taking a fight with this smaller guy who was likely to stand and trade punches anyway, EliteXC paid Kimbo a cash bonus just to get him to step into the cage.

“We made it up to him,” said Jeremy Lappen, EliteXC’s head of fight operations. He wouldn’t disclose the amount.

For the myth of Slice, the matchup may not be a 44-year-old on a losing streak or someone from the broadcast booth, but really, what was the worst thing that could happen?

“It didn’t feel too flush,” Petruzelli said of the first punch that apparently didn’t even need to land squarely to fell Kimbo.

Make no mistake – or listen to the EliteXC spin – this was a disaster for Slice and the company. “This is MMA, all the best have lost,” said Lappen. True, but Kimbo wasn’t defeated by a crafty Brazilian jiu-jitsu master. He wasn’t caught in a submission by an experienced wrestler. He didn’t lose a decision after a three-round brawl.

Those would be understandable considering his novice status.

Kimbo was KTFO by a guy he absolutely towered over yet was willing to bang with him anyway. Not that Kimbo did any banging. Slice charged him (“He was like a truck,” Petruzelli said) but he never actually landed a punch.

In the end, Kimbo’s hand speed, defense and chin proved incapable against even an average mixed martial artist. Which was pretty much what every hardcore fan had predicted.

Not that CBS didn’t keep up with the Slice willing to fight, “anyone, anywhere, at anytime.” This was a 100 percent true statement if “anyone, anywhere, at anytime” means “no one any good, anywhere, ever.”

Slice seemed stunned and a bit saddened at the turn of events. After it was over, he initially began wrestling the referee. Whether that was a protest for the decision or because he was dazed isn’t certain. Then he walked around the cage complaining to fans about the stoppage.

Later he walked out on his CBS interview (“Kimbo?” asked a stunned Gus Johnson), although not before inviting America to an after party at a local nightclub. Then he showed up 45 minutes late for the main press conference, where he gave a quick statement and bailed.

“I got my first black eye,” he laughed. He later turned to Petruzelli and joked, “You knocked me out in front of my family; that’s (expletive) up.”

Through it all Slice remained the only likable character of this foolish farce. He wasn’t the one claiming he was the best in the world. He was just a working-class dude who figured out how to beat the system and cash in on his 15 minutes of fleeting fame.

He’s got kids to feed and bills to pay and right to the end, he was milking bonuses out of the promotion, a one-time homeless man holding the Tiffany Network’s prime-time programming hostage. Only in America.

He was the grand actor in the middle of a three-ring circus, a tall tale that would eventually come tumbling down under the bright glare of reality.

Where Slice goes from here is anyone’s guess. He can’t rebuild his reputation without stepping up in competition from the guy who just beat him in seconds. He can’t headline a card and have anyone believe he’s legit. He can’t claim he, “just got caught” when it wasn’t some wild, roundhouse right or sneaky arm-bar that did him in.

The truth was always coming for Kimbo. Saturday it arrived sooner rather than later, the money train grinding to a halt courtesy of a smaller, less heralded fighter that no one can claim is some elite champion.

No, this was it. It’ll never be the same, not for the fighter and not, perhaps, for his entire promotion that just lost its signature star on top of the $58 million it’s burned the past two years.

Afterward, EliteXC execs tried to paint a bright future but admitted they needed a drink. Lower-level employees used gallows humor about finding new jobs.

Kimbo just said he was going home to see his kids.

In 14 seconds flat, the whole mirage was gone.

Warren Sapp Exposes Al Davis And Warns Free Agents

Oct 4, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Sports

Posted By: Complex

How dysfunctional are the Oakland Raiders? So dysfunctional that Warren Sapp warns anybody who asks him about signing there to stay far away.

“Nobody tells you how bad it is,” the former defensive tackle said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” ” … any person that calls me on the telephone, [I tell them] do not go anywhere near Oakland.”

Sapp, who retired after the 2007 season — his fourth with the Raiders — said that Lane Kiffin, fired this week by owner Al Davis, never got a fair chance in Oakland.

“He came in there with a change of mentality. The whole system,” Sapp said on “Inside the NFL.” “He changed how the locker room looked because it was going to take that kind of overhaul for Oakland to become the proud franchise we all knew it was.”

Sapp said Oakland won’t change for the better until Davis doesn’t own the team anymore.

“[Davis] is the common equation,” Sapp said on “Inside the NFL.” “You take him out, put him at home watching film or whatever he is doing — you have a functioning football organization. But once he comes over the top, he goes and starts moving it around.

“Al Davis knows football — it’s just ’60s and ’70s football. That’s what it is. He’s thinking that Cliff Branch is outside and [Jim] Plunkett is dropping back and you can throw it 80 yards down the field — deep ball, deep ball, deep ball.”

Sapp even said that Davis would call in plays when Sapp was playing for the Raiders.

“I remember the first two weeks I was there, we played a preseason game. Somebody came up one time and said, ‘We’re going deep right here, dog.’ I said, how do you know? He said, ‘The phone just rang.’

“All the preparation that goes into a week of work is there, the practicing that you have to put in order to do these things, sometimes [Al Davis] messed with that part of it and that’s what kills you,” Sapp said on “Inside the NFL.”


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