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  • Saturday, July 4, 2015
    NCAA looks in Tunsil case at Ole Miss
    By The Sports Xchange

    NCAA officials visited the stepfather of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil to discuss alleged rules violations by the football program.

    • Lindsey Miller made headlines last week after he was involved in an altercation that resulted in a domestic assault charge against Tunsil.

      Miller said the fight was over Tunsil's contact with player agents.

      According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, NCAA director of enforcement for football Chris Howard and another NCAA official met with Miller for about three hours this week. Miller declined to go into more details about the conversation.

      But Miller previously told the Clarion-Ledger that he knew of recruiting violations, falsified academic records and gifts from the school. He also said agents provided Tunsil with multiple gifts.

      Tunsil is allowed to speak with certified NFL agents while still in college but can't sign a contract or accept benefits.

      Ole Miss officials told the Clarion-Ledger that the NCAA hadn't contacted the university.

      "We are aware that Laremy and his family have met with potential agents, which is within his NCAA rights as a student-athlete," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement to the newspaper. "Regarding the altercation, we will continue to gather facts and cooperate with the proper authorities."

      Tunsil, who is projected as a potential top five pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, allegedly assaulted his stepfather while defending his mother, Desiree Tunsil.

      Both parties filed charges and are scheduled for a court appearance on July 14, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    'Diddy' avoids charges in UCLA altercation
    By The Sports Xchange

    Hip-hop artist Sean "Diddy" Combs won't face charges after a incident last month at UCLA's athletic facilities.

    • The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office refused to file felony charges after an alleged assault on June 22 in the weight room. Diddy's son plays football for the Bruins.

      Combs, 45, was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, battery and making a terrorist threat against an assistant coach with a piece of weight-room equipment, allegedly a kettlebell.

      Combs apparently confronted the coach in his office after he yelled at his son, Justin Combs, a defensive back for the Bruins. No one was seriously injured.

      District attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said Thursday that the case would be turned over to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.

  • Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Report: QB Miller to stay at Ohio State
    By The Sports Xchange

    Quarterback Braxton Miller will remain at Ohio State for his final season and not leave for another school as a graduate transfer, according to a report Thursday afternoon.

    • Earlier in the day, The Columbus Dispatch indicated that Miller would announce his immediate plans next week, leading to speculation that he might be going elsewhere. But the newspaper updated its report to say Miller would meet with the media next week to discuss his rehabilitation and the 2015 season.

      Miller missed the 2014 season after having shoulder surgery. He has been rehabbing the shoulder and on Wednesday tweeted that he had a successful visit with a physical therapist in Birmingham, Ala.

      At a football camp in northeast Ohio, coach Urban Meyer said Miller is nearly full strength and ready to compete for the starting quarterback job he held at the beginning of Ohio State's 2014 national championship season.

      Miller, the 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year, was a Heisman Trophy candidate last season but was slow to recover from shoulder surgery.

      J.T. Barrett, who took over the No. 1 job for the Buckeyes, is "95 percent" with one month to go before the start of fall camp, according to coach Urban Meyer.

      Meyer said Miller is healthy and prepared to compete for the right to start for the defending champions.

      "Braxton is pretty close to full speed," Meyer said Wednesday.

      Cardale Jones, who won the Big Ten championship game, beat Alabama in the national semifinals and Oregon in the title game, is also back and in the thick of the Ohio State QB quandary.

      The Buckeyes open preseason camp in early August and begin the 2015 season on Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    College football notebook: Oregon-Auburn to open 2019 season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Auburn and Oregon will open the 2019 college football season at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

    • The latest in a long line of marquee openers in Arlington, Texas, the Auburn-Oregon game is a rematch of the 2010 national championship, a 22-19 Auburn win over the Ducks in Glendale, Ariz.

      Auburn and Oregon lost the past two national title games. Florida State beat the Tigers in 2014 and Oregon was upset by Ohio State in January.

      Alabama and Wisconsin play at AT&T Stadium to open the 2015 season, and Alabama tackles Southern Cal in 2016. Florida-Michigan (2017) and LSU-Miami (2018) are scheduled to be the season-opening games at the same venue.

      --After directing Maryland to consecutive winning seasons and two bowl bids, coach Randy Edsall received a three-year contract extension through 2019.

      --Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson surrendered to authorities after being sought on an arrest warrant in Tallahassee, Fla.

      The 19-year-old Johnson was booked on a charge of misdemeanor battery and was held on a $500 bond, a Leon County Sheriff's Office spokesman confirmed.

      Johnson is accused with punching a woman in the face at a West Tallahassee bar last Wednesday during an argument.

      Johnson practiced with the Seminoles during the spring after graduating early from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast High School.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Florida State QB Johnson turns himself in
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson surrendered Tuesday to authorities after being sought on an arrest warrant in Tallahassee, Fla.

    • Johnson turned himself in at the Leon County Jail on Tuesday afternoon. The 19-year-old was booked on a charge of misdemeanor battery and was held on a $500 bond, a Leon County Sheriff's Office spokesman confirmed.

      Johnson is accused with punching a woman in the face at a West Tallahassee bar last Wednesday during an argument.

      The State Attorney's Office in Tallahassee had issued an arrest warrant for Johnson earlier Tuesday after reviewing evidence in the case. Johnson, 19, is accused of punching a woman in the face during an argument while waiting in line for a drink, according to court documents.

      The woman sustained multiple facial injuries in the incident. State Attorney Willie Meggs said the woman had a black eye when she met with prosecutors Tuesday.

      Meggs said he charged Johnson after reviewing surveillance video and after Johnson was identified by witnesses at the scene.

      "She's a good witness and she wants to testify," Meggs said. "She's a little nervous about it."

      Last week, Johnson was suspended indefinitely from the football team for a violation of athletic department policy.

      Johnson practiced with the Seminoles during the spring after graduating early from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast High School.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Maryland extends Edsall's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    After directing Maryland to consecutive winning seasons and two bowl bids, coach Randy Edsall received a three-year contract extension through 2019 on Tuesday.

    • The Terrapins rebounded the past two years after Edsall struggled to a 6-18 record in his first two seasons. In 2014, Maryland finished 7-6 overall and 4-4 in its inaugural year in the Big Ten, beating Penn State and Michigan to finish third in the East Division.

      In four seasons at Maryland, Edsall has an 20-30 overall record.

      "Randy has made good strides in our first year in the Big Ten and our program is headed in the right direction," Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said. "He has established a culture in which our students have made strong progress academically with outstanding graduation rates. We have made progress and we will look to continue to build upon what we have established."

      The extension, which starts in January 2017, could be worth as much as $7.5 million, but only $500,000 is guaranteed. The Baltimore Sun reported that Edsall will receive an annual raise of nearly $400,000 plus additional performance bonuses starting in 2017. His $2.033 million compensation in 2014 ranked 11th among 14 Big Ten head coaches.

      Maryland had eight All-Big Ten players in 2014 and Brad Craddock won the Lou Groza Award for the nation's top kicker.

      "I'm extremely proud of the work my players and staff have put in to making our program what it is today," Edsall said. "It is rewarding for me that Kevin Anderson and Dr. Wallace Loh have recognized this process in getting the program headed in the right direction."

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Auburn, Oregon to open 2019 at Cowboys Stadium
    By The Sports Xchange

    Auburn and Oregon will open the 2019 college football season at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

    • The latest in a long line of marquee openers in Arlington, Texas, Auburn-Oregon is a rematch of the 2010 national championship, a 22-19 Auburn win over the No. 3 Ducks in Glendale, Ariz.

      Auburn and Oregon lost the past two national title games. Florida State beat the Tigers in 2014 and Oregon was upset by Ohio State in January.

      Alabama and Wisconsin play at AT&T Stadium to open the 2015 season, and Alabama tackles Southern Cal in 2016. Florida-Michigan (2017) and LSU-Miami (2018) are scheduled to be the season-opening games at the same site.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Warrant issued for suspended FSU QB
    By The Sports Xchange

    The state attorney's office in Tallahassee issued a warrant for suspended Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson, who is accused of punching a 21-year-old woman in a bar on June 24.

    • Johnson is accused of misdemeanor battery and prosecutors told ESPN that video of incident was captured on a security camera at the establishment.

      Johnson was suspended by Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher last week. He enrolled in January and was expected to be a backup to Everett Golson and Sean Maguire.

      Johnson was Mr. Football in the state of Florida in 2014.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    LSU dismisses troublesome DT Lealaimatafao
    By The Sports Xchange

    LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao has been dismissed from the team, coach Les Miles announced Monday.

    • Lealaimatafao, 18, was arrested June 16 on charges of simple battery and simple robbery. The 6-foot, 300-pound redshirt freshman allegedly beat a man unconscious, punched the man's girlfriend in the face and searched the man's pockets, according to a police report obtained by the Baton Rouge Advocate.

      It was Lealaimatafao's second arrest in a year. In July 2014, he was arrested for stealing a bicycle. He also punched out a window in an LSU training room last year, forcing him to redshirt as his arm healed.

      Lealaimatafao is at least the fifth LSU player to be arrested this year.

      Starting quarterback Anthony Jennings, defensive lineman Maquedius Bain and defensive back Dwayne Thomas were arrested June 18 for felony unauthorized entry of a dwelling (Thomas was arrested for misdemeanor simple burglary as well). Miles suspended them all.

      Junior offensive tackle Jevonte Domond also was suspended after he was arrested in May on a felony domestic abuse charge.

  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    Notre Dame RB Bryant suspended
    By The Sports Xchange

    Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant is expected the first four games of the 2015 season to serve a suspension for violating team rules.

    • According to multiple reports, Bryant will begin serving his suspension Sept. 5, when the Fighting Irish play Texas.

      New running backs coach Autry Denson is sorting through a depth chart with little experience, although the team's leading rusher last season, Tarean Folston, is back.

      Senior wide receiver C.J. Prosise worked at running back in some spring practices. The only other player on the roster with running back experience is wide receiver Amir Carlisle.

      Two highly regarded freshman running backs, Josh Adams and Dexter Williams, could be called on to contribute this season.

  • Sunday, June 28, 2015
    Ole Miss OT Tunsil charged with domestic violence
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was arrested and charged with domestic violence against his stepfather on Friday in Oxford, Miss.

    • Tunsil, an All-Southeastern Conference pick last year who enters his junior season as one of the top players in the country, was with his mother, Desiree Tunsil, at her home when the alleged incident took place Thursday.

      According to reports, the stepfather, Lindsey Miller, shoved Tunsil's mother and the 6-foot-5, 305-pound son stepped in to defend her.

      "We can confirm that Laremy Tunsil turned himself in and was arrested for a misdemeanor, domestic violence-simple assault," Old Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement. "The incident occurred Thursday night and involves Laremy defending his mother against his stepfather.

      "Laremy realizes he could have handled it differently, but I am proud of him for standing up for his mother and protecting his family. Laremy and his mother have also pressed charges against the stepfather. As we gather more facts, we will act and make decisions accordingly."

      No other details of the arrest will be available until Monday, according to the Oxford Police Department.

      But Miller told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that he didn't push Tunsil's mother and said Tunsil started the fight after an argument. Miller also said Tunsil hit him six to seven times.

      On Friday, Miller was granted a request by Lafayette County judge Mickey Avent for a restraining order against Tunsil.

      Tunsil ended the 2014 season with a broken leg and dislocated ankle in the Rebels' loss to TCU in the Peach Bowl but should be recovered in time for this season. He is projected as a top-five pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and has been named to several preseason All-American teams.

  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    Alabama favored in eight betting lines for 2015
    By The Sports Xchange

    The first betting lines for the college football season were posted Friday in Las Vegas by the Golden Nugget, and Alabama's streak of being favored in 68 straight games might be in jeopardy.

    • The opening line on the Crimson Tide's visit to Georgia on Oct. 3 is pick 'em. The last time Alabama went into a game as an underdog was for the 2009 SEC championship game against Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer and Florida.

      Alabama prevailed against the Gators and has been favored in every game since then.

      The opening board for the 2015 season shows the Crimson Tide as the favorite in eight other games, including by 3.5 points at Auburn for the Nov. 28 Iron Bowl and by 10 over Wisconsin in an opening week nonconference matchup.

      Meyer is now coaching at Ohio State and the defending College Football Playoff national champion goes into the season as the top-ranked team in the Golden Nugget's power ratings.

      Opening lines for the Buckeyes were listed for only four games. They are a 16-point favorite over Virginia Tech during college football's opening weekend and also favored by 16 in the regular-season finale at Michigan.

      Other keys games that made the early list were Oregon as a one-point underdog at Michigan State in September, Tennessee favored by three over Oklahoma on Sept. 12 and Clemson a two-point favorite over Florida State in November.

  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    Michigan DL Pipkins says he was pressured to retire
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins felt pressured by coach Jim Harbaugh and school staff members during a two-month period to take a medical redshirt that would have ended his college football career.

    • Pipkins told ESPN that Harbaugh, head athletic trainer Paul Schmidt and associate athletic director Jim Minick came to him about 10 times and said it would be in his best interest to retire form college football because of a knee injury.

      "Schmidt told me, 'Call it quits. Hang it up.' He said, 'You've had a good run,'" Pipkins said.

      Pipkins played last season for the Wolverines after recovering from a torn ACL.

      "I feel I'm healthy and ready to play," Pipkins said. "I don't want to sign the form. I wanted to play for my seniors and for the team. Coach Harbaugh said, 'I recommend you take the medical.'"

      "College football is a business. New coaches have to win games. They want to go with guys they think can win. If I'm a victim of making room, so be it. But if there is no concrete reason to disqualify a player, he should have the right to keep playing."

      In a statement issued to ESPN on Friday, Harbaugh said, "After consulting with our medical team, we do not think it is in Ondre's best interest as it relates to his health and welfare to play football, short or long term. He remains on full scholarship and counts toward the 85-scholarship limit in pursuit of graduation from the University of Michigan."

      Pipkins said he has some arthritis in the knee but was told initially that he could play. As the pressure intensified to sign the form, Pipkins said, he was sent back to a surgeon who suggested that he rest the knee for six months.

      During spring practice, Pipkins suffered a concussion -- his second while at Michigan -- but was cleared to return and said defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin welcomed him back.

      But Harbaugh did not invite the senior to fall camp because of medical concerns, Pipkins told ESPN, and so he plans to transfer for his final season. Pipkins said he was granted permission to contact Oklahoma State, Georgia State, TCU, Tennessee, Florida State and Washington State but might wind up at a FCS program.

      If Pipkins had elected to stay at Michigan, he would have kept his scholarship and been allowed to graduate. Players who retire because of medical issues are kept on scholarship.

      "I feel bad I wasn't able to complete this journey with my classmates," Pipkins told ESPN. "I feel I am healthy and without pain. I believe Michigan wanted to free up the scholarship. I felt I was practicing well and could compete at a high level at the nose tackle and tackle positions.

      "All I want to do is play football. I tried to finish my career at Michigan but I wasn't given the chance."

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015
    Florida State suspends QB Johnson
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida State suspended freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson indefinitely for a violation of athletic department policy, the school announced in a statement on Thursday night.

    • According to an ESPN report, Johnson struck a woman in the face at a bar in West Tallahassee, Fla., during an argument on Wednesday night.

      No criminal charges had been filed against Johnson. The alleged altercation came after the 21-year-old woman moved ahead of him in line while waiting for drinks and Johnson grabbed her arms before punching her in the face.

      Johnson's name did not appear on the redacted Tallahassee Police Department report.

      The highly recruited Johnson played in Florida State's spring game and completed 8 of 11 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns, including a 42-yard connection with Ermon Land that helped his team to a 24-17 lead.

      Going into the fall, Johnson was expected to be behind Notre Dame transfer Evertt Holson and Sean Maguire on the depth chart.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    Haslett joins Penn State as consultant
    By The Sports Xchange

    Veteran NFL coach Jim Haslett is joining the Penn State football team as a consultant.

    • In his role with the Nittany Lions, Haslett will work with the coaches and staff.

      "We are very excited to have Jim with our program," head coach James Franklin said in a statement Wednesday. "Jim has an outstanding football mind and invaluable experience that will be a tremendous resource. He has great knowledge of the game at the next level and we plan to put that to good use. He will work with our offensive, special teams and defensive coaches and will be a fantastic sounding board for our staff."

      Penn State went 7-6 overall last season with standout quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who will be a junior.

      "I am thrilled to join the Penn State football family," Haslett said in the statement released by the university. "James is one of the great, young head coaches in the collegiate game today and he is leading this Penn State program in the right direction. The future is very bright for Penn State football and I am excited to be a part of it."

      Haslett, a Pittsburgh native, was the defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins from 2010 to 2014. He also was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000 to 2005, and was the interim head coach for the St. Louis Rams for part of the 2008 season.

      The Nittany Lions open the 2015 season on the road against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday, Sept. 5.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    College football notebook: Combs disputes account of assault
    By The Sports Xchange

    Musician Sean "Diddy" Combs' company offered the hip-hop mogul's version of an incident a day after an altercation at UCLA's athletic facilities resulted in his arrest.

    • Combs, whose son Justin is a redshirt junior defensive back for the Bruins, was arrested at Acosta Athletic Training Complex at 12:30 p.m. PT Monday after an alleged assault with a kettlebell, the school said in a statement. The altercation allegedly occurred after UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi criticized Justin Combs during a conditioning session.

      Diddy, 45, was released from jail on $160,000 bond several hours after the incident. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and battery.

      Combs Enterprises said in a statement on Tuesday that the entertainer was trying to protect himself and his son. Combs and his representatives expressed "confidence that the case will be dismissed."

      "The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Nathalie Moar, a representative for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to the Associated Press. "What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son."

      --A judge declared a mistrial in the case of two former Vanderbilt football players who were convicted earlier this year of rape.

      Brandon Vandenberg, 22, and Corey Batey, 21, were found guilty in January on multiple counts of aggravated rape, aggravated sexual battery and other charges.

      It was later discovered that the jury foreman, 31-year-old Todd Easter, was a statutory rape victim 15 years ago but intentionally withheld that information. Defense attorneys argued last week that a mistrial should be declared because the juror's personal experience compromised his impartiality.

      Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins sided with the defense and granted the request.

      Prosecutors plan to seek a new trial date.

      --The University of Central Florida on named football coach George O'Leary its interim athletic director.

      He replaces Todd Stansbury, who recently accepted the athletic director job at Oregon State. O'Leary, 68, is expected to remain football coach while leading the athletic department through the end of 2015.

      He begins his work as interim athletic director July 11.

      --Central Michigan defensive back Derrick Nash died Monday after a two-year bout with leukemia.

      He was 20 years old.

      Nash was diagnosed with leukemia three months after signing his letter of national intent in 2013.

      He never played in a game for the Chippewas, but he was the team's honorary captain for the 2014 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

      --Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart's salary was boosted to $1.5 million, keeping him among the highest paid assistant coaches in college football.

      Smart's $150,000 pay bump was approved by the university's board of trustees compensation committee in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

      The board also approved salaries of $500,000 for new defensive backs coach Mel Tucker and $425,000 for outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi.

      Five other assistants also received raises, but offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was not among them. Kiffin, a former USC head coach who was fired in September 2013, made $680,000 last year at Alabama.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Mistrial request granted in Vanderbilt rape case
    By The Sports Xchange

    A judge declared a mistrial on Tuesday in the case of two former Vanderbilt football players who were convicted earlier this year of rape.

    • Brandon Vandenberg, 22, and Corey Batey, 21, were found guilty in January on multiple counts of aggravated rape, aggravated sexual battery and other charges.

      It was later discovered that the jury foreman, 31-year-old Todd Easter, was a statutory rape victim 15 years ago but intentionally withheld that information. Defense attorneys argued last week that a mistrial should be declared because the juror's personal experience compromised his impartiality.

      Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins sided with the defense and granted the request.

      "The defendants have a right to a fair and impartial trial, a right that was violated by juror #9's conduct," the judge's order read.

      "Our system of justice cannot tolerate a trial with a tainted juror regardless of the strength of the evidence against the defendant."

      Prosecutors plan to seek a new trial date. Meanwhile, defense attorneys will be in court on Wednesday morning to request bonds be reinstated for Vandenberg and Batey.

      "This office will be requesting that a new trial date be set as soon as possible," a statement from the Nashville District Attorney's Office read. "This ruling does not, in any way, affect the evidence that exists; nor does it affect the state's resolve to vigorously pursue justice in this matter. Justice may be delayed, but it will not be denied."

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Alabama's Smart gets pay hike to $1.5 million
    By The Sports Xchange

    Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart's salary was boosted to $1.5 million on Tuesday, keeping him among the highest paid assistant coaches in college football.

    • Smart's $150,000 pay bump was approved by the university's board of trustees compensation committee in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

      The board also approved salaries of $500,000 for new defensive backs coach Mel Tucker and $425,000 for outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi.

      Five other assistants also received raises, but offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was not among them. Kiffin, a former USC head coach who was fired in September 2013, made $680,000 last year at Alabama.

      "Due to his former relationship with USC, Kiffin is in a unique situation that does not require an amendment to his original contract with UA," Alabama spokeswoman Deborah Lane said in an e-mail to USA Today.

      Smart will be paid the same amount as LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis.

      The coaches' pay increases raise the total compensation for Alabama's nine assistants to $5,320,890, up from $5,213,400 last season and second only to LSU among FBS programs.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    UCF names O'Leary interim AD
    By The Sports Xchange

    The University of Central Florida on Tuesday named football coach George O'Leary interim athletic director.

    • He replaces Todd Stansbury, who recently accepted the athletic director job at Oregon State. O'Leary is expected to remain football coach while leading the athletic department through the end of 2015.

      The 68-year-old O'Leary is entering his 12th season leading the Knights. Since joining UCF, he helped the Knights earn their first BCS bowl game victory and back-to-back American Athletic Conference championships.

      He begins his work as interim athletic director July 11.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Combs disputes accounts of alleged assault
    By The Sports Xchange

    Musician Sean "Diddy" Combs' company offered the hip-hop mogul's version of an incident a day after altercation at UCLA's athletic facilities resulted in his arrest.

    • Combs, whose son Justin is a redshirt junior defensive back for the Bruins, was arrested at Acosta Athletic Training Complext at 12:30 p.m. PT Monday after an alleged assault with a kettlebell, the school said in a statement. The altercation allegedly occurred after UCLA strength coach Sal Alosi criticized Justin Combs during a conditioning session.

      Diddy, 45, was released from jail on $160,000 bond several hours after the incident. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, making terrorist threats and battery.

      Combs Enterprises said in a statement on Tuesday that the entertainer was trying to protect himself and his son. Combs and his representatives expressed "confidence that the case will be dismissed."

      "The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Nathalie Moar, a representative for Combs Enterprises, said in a statement to the Associated Press. "What we can say now is that any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son."

      According to reports, there is video of the incident that the police reviewed but has not been made public. A court appearance is scheduled for July 13.

      Police are continuing to investigate. Tthe victim of the alleged assault has not yet been named.

      According to TMZ, Alosi "was riding Justin, screaming intensely at him" during a workout.

      "I'm thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation," UCLA coach Jim Mora said in a statement. "This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While (campus police) continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time."

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    Central Michigan DB dies of leukemia
    By The Sports Xchange

    Central Michigan defensive back Derrick Nash died Monday after a two-year bout with leukemia.

    • He was 20 years old.

      "Derrick was an inspiration to us all and the fight he showed will never be forgotten," said Dave Heeke, Central Michigan athletics director. "The incredible courage he exhibited in never allowing this terrible disease to dampen his positive outlook on life, is a tremendous representation of the type of man he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with Derrick's family and friends during this difficult time."

      Nash was diagnosed with leukemia three months after signing his letter of national intent in 2013.

      Despite undergoing chemotherapy, he returned to the field for the Chippewas' 2014 spring game, but by fall, the leukemia returned.

      He never played in a game for the Chippewas, but he was the team's honorary captain for the 2014 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    Combs arrested after incident at UCLA
    By The Sports Xchange

    Musician Sean "Diddy" Combs was arrested by UCLA police on Monday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

    • Combs, whose son Justin plays defensive back for the Bruins, was arrested at Acosta Athletic Training Complex at 12:30 p.m. after an alleged assault with a kettlebell, according to a statement released by the school. He was expected to be transferred to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Monday night.

      The assault stemmed from an altercation with a UCLA strength coach who apparently had criticized Justin Combs during a conditioning session, according to TMZ.com. No one was injured, the school said.

      "I'm thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation," coach Jim Mora said in a statement. "This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time."

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
    Missouri DL Brantley injured in crash; condition upgraded
    By The Sports Xchange

    Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley, who started 10 games for the Tigers last season, remained hospitalized Monday in a Columbia, Mo., hospital in the intensive care unit after a one-car crash Sunday.

    • His medical condition has been upgraded from serious to good. According to reports, he is expected to be out of ICU on Tuesday.

      Brantley was seriously injured Sunday when the car he was driving flipped on U.S. Highway 63 in Columbia, Mo.

      According to the Missouri State Patrol, Brantley, was with Missouri women's basketball player Maddie Stock when the accident occurred. Neither Brantley nor Stock were wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

      While Stock was treated and released, Brantley was not so lucky.

      He suffered a broken tibia, knee ligament damage and multiple fractured ribs. Brantley already had surgery on his broken leg; he will have to wait for at least three weeks to have knee surgery.

      The Kansas City Star reported that Brantley was driving a 2000 Chrysler Concorde that left the road and overturned after striking a guardrail.

      Brantley earned honorable mention All SEC honors last season when he totaled 54 tackles and five sacks.

      Brantley's status for the upcoming season is unclear.

      "It's too soon to put a timetable on a planned return to football activities, so we're going to leave that open and focus all attention on helping Harold recover and get back to full health first," the school told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a statement. "When that information becomes known, we'll certainly share it with everyone."

  • Saturday, June 20, 2015
    Alabama, Florida State finalizing deal for 2017 game
    By The Sports Xchange

    Alabama and Florida State, winners of four of the last six national championships combined, reportedly have agreed to open the 2017 season in Atlanta.

    • FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox told a group of Seminoles boosters at a board of directors meeting in Charleston, S.C., on Friday that the game is set, according to the Palm Beach Post. A source confirmed the report to ESPN.

      The newspaper reported that although a contract has not been signed, an agreement was in place that would match Alabama coach Nick Saban against Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher. The game is expected to be played in the new stadium that will serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

      The Palm Beach Post reported the schools will earn a payday between $4 million and $5 million from the game. The contracts are expected to be signed soon at which time an official announcement will be made.

      In November, the newspaper was first to report discussions were underway by the two schools to meet on the neutral field.

      The Crimson Tide captured national titles following the 2009, 2011, 2012 seasons and the Seminoles won the championship in 2013.

      This past season, Alabama and Florida State were participants in the first-ever College Football Playoff. The Seminoles lost to Oregon and the Crimson Tide lost to eventual national champion Ohio State.

      The programs have met four times, most recently in 2007 in Jacksonville, Fla., when Florida State won 21-14 for its only victory in the series. The other three games were played in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where Alabama won in 1965 and 1974, and the teams tied in 1967.

      Fisher coached under Saban for five seasons (2000-2004) at LSU as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
    Four LSU players suspended after arrests
    By The Sports Xchange

    Four LSU players were suspended by coach Les Miles after arrests in the past two days in Baton Rouge, La.

    • Starting quarterback Anthony Jennings and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were arrested for felony unauthorized entry of a dwelling and defensive back Dwayne Thomas were arrested on the same charge and also for misdemeanor simple burglary. All three were booked at the East Baton Rouge (La.) Parish Prison.

      Their arrests come two days after defensive lineman Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested for allegedly striking a woman.

      Lealaimatafao, a redshirt freshman, was suspended from the team indefinitely after he was charged with misdemeanor attempted simple battery and attempted simple robbery.

      Miles issued a statement on Thursday night saying Jennings, Bain and Thomas were also suspended.

      Jennings, a junior, has started at quarterback since 2013. Last season, Jennings passed for 1,611 yards and 11 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

      "It has been our policy to suspend players who have been involved in legal issues," Miles said. "I have met with all three players extensively. We are still working with campus housing and the authorities to determine what exactly took place. This is an ongoing investigation and our players will cooperate fully."

      Lealaimatafao was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly shoved and punched a woman in the face outside a campus bar. The Baton Route police report indicated that Lealaimatafao was allegedly taking money from the pants of an unconscious person on the ground in the parking lot when his girlfriend yelled at him to stop.

      "When she approached him, he pushed her away," the Baton Rouge Police report stated. "She continued to scream at him to stop, and he hit her in the face with a closed fist, causing her to fall to the ground."