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February 2013 Archives

Pee Wee Hockey Coach Gets Jail Time for Tripping Player

A pee wee hockey coach was sentenced to 15 days in jail for tripping an opposing player.

Talk about bad sportsmanship and setting a bad example for the kids. Forty-eight-year-old coach, Martin Tremblay, lined up for the traditional post-game hockey handshake with the opposing team on the ice.

But when a 13-year-old kid shook the coach's hand, Tremblay can be seen extending his leg and tripping the child as well as a 10-year-old boy, reports ESPN. The dirty play was caught on camera and wound its way onto the Internet.

Who's Liable for NASCAR Crash That Injured 28?

On the eve of the Daytona 500, a horrific multicar NASCAR crash at the Daytona International Speedway injured 28 fans.

The accident occurred on the final lap of a Nationwide Series race when Kyle Larson's car flew into the frontstretch catch fencing on the turn, reports ESPN. The front end of Larson's car was cut in half and pieces of the vehicle flew into the stands injuring fans.

Fourteen of the injured spectators were treated on site for relatively minor injuries. The other 14 injured spectators where were taken off-site including two fans who were in critical condition. As investigators continue to look into the accident, you may be wondering whether NASCAR bears any legal responsibility for the injuries.

Dad Beats Son, 9, for Rooting for 'Wrong' Football Team

An Oklahoma dad faces child abuse charges after allegedly beating his 9-year-old son for rooting for the wrong football team.

Gannon Mendez is an Oklahoma State University booster. The 42-year-old man is also the father of a nine-year-old Oklahoma Sooners fan.

Mendez allegedly took his fandom to fanatic levels as he beat his son for cheering on the "wrong" team, reports The Huffington Post. The Cowboys fan allegedly struck the boy with a wooden paddle, along with other incidents of alleged abuse.

Tampa Bay's Da'Quan Bowers Arrested for Gun at N.Y. Airport

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was arrested for having a gun at an airport. He now faces a criminal charge.

Bowers is accused of possessing a 0.40-caliber semiautomatic handgun in his suitcase at New York's LaGuardia Airport, reports CNN. There were no bullets in the gun, but the ammunition was found in a separate location near the gun.

The 22-year-old Bowers was charged with second-degree criminal possession. Bowers could have used a primer on the rules for traveling with a firearm.

Premeditated Murder Charges Sought Against Oscar Pistorius

Prosecutors in South Africa say they plan to charge Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius with premeditated murder as new details emerge over the shooting.

On Valentine's Day, Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was found in a pool of blood and shot four times, reports Reuters. Initially, there were rumors that Pistorius may have shot her in self-defense, believing that she may have been an intruder.

However, as more is revealed, this defense seems less plausible.

'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius Charged in Girlfriend's Murder

South African track and field athlete Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Pistorius is the double amputee affectionately referred to as the "Blade Runner" who made history last summer for his performance during the Olympic games.

Last night, South African police say that they opened a murder case against him after his 30-year-old girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, was found dead at his home, reports Reuters. She'd been shot four times.

4 Alabama Football Players Arrested on Suspicion of Robbery

Four members of the University of Alabama's football team were arrested in relation to a pair of campus robberies. This prompts the snide joke: Was Nick Saban not paying them enough?

The four accused are all freshman players from the championship squad: Dennis "D.J." Pettway, Tyler Hayes, Brent Calloway, and Eddie Williams who redshirted last year, reports CNN.

Police say that Pettway, Hayes and Williams beat a fellow student unconscious before stealing his laptop computer. A short time later, police say that Williams beat another student unconscious and stole his wallet.

So what did these alleged criminal masterminds do with their newfound loot? They bought snacks of course.

Mariners' $175M Felix Hernandez Deal Held Up Over Elbow

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez appeared set to sign a record-setting $175 million contract extension.

However, concerns over his elbow may potentially derail the deal, reports ESPN.

The framework for the seven-year, $175 million deal was all in place and it was reported as virtually done. However, it now is being reported that the two sides are "not close" to finishing the extension given issues with Hernandez's elbow.

Did Chris Rix Defame Darnell Dockett by Questioning His Sexuality?

There's an all-out feud brewing between former Florida State teammates Chris Rix and Darnell Dockett.

Darnell Dockett is a monstrous defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals who makes almost as many headlines for his tweets as he does for his play on the field. In fact, he helped make Katherine Webb a household name by tweeting the former Miss Alabama (and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's current girlfriend) his phone number after she was shown repeatedly during the BCS Championship game.

When asked about that incident, Chris Rix apparently called into a radio show and stated that he was relieved Dockett was chasing Webb, or for that matter, any girl at all, reports CBS Sports. Rix suggested that it helped clear up some confusion as to whether Dockett was gay.

'Nazi Salute' on Facebook Gets Girls Basketball Team Disciplined

Teenagers do dumb things. Just look at what happened to a girls basketball team in Maine whose members decided to pose on Facebook while giving a Nazi salute.

We've all joked about things that are not politically correct. However, the difference with teens today are that they have ways to memorialize their dumb acts forever, and for everyone to see.

When word of the photo got back to the high school principal, he took immediate disciplinary action against the students, reports The Bangor Daily News. The discipline may have come down especially swift, given that this is the second time this school year that the Cumberland-North Yarmouth school district has dealt with anti-Semitic actions.

Can Football Recruits Decommit After National Signing Day?

Today is the most important day in college football. Live webcasts will be fixated on fax machines as the best high school football recruits turn in their National Letters of Intent on this National Signing Day. So you'll see a run up of commitments and decommitments before the day is over.

But what does all of this mean? If a kid with an Auburn tattoo ultimately decides to go to Alabama, can this same kid decide next week that he wants to stay true to his tattoo?

The answer is "yes" and "no." Meaning that no one can physically force you to play football at any university. But if you decommit after signing a National Letter of Intent, you could face some penalties and other consequences.

Judge Slams Allen Iverson's Parenting Moves in Divorce Decree

An Atlanta judge describes Allen Iverson as an unfit parent with a drinking problem in the former NBA star's divorce decree.

Iverson was married to his wife, Tawanna Iverson, for 11 years and the couple had five children together, TMZ reports.

However, in recent years, Iverson lost his professional playing career and faced a variety of legal troubles. So what exactly did the ex-basketball star do for a family court judge to call him an "unfit parent"?

Super Bowl Win a Taxing One for Ravens, Fans in Betting Pools

The only things certain in life are death and taxes. This applies to Super Bowl winners too.

Just about every state has some version of a "jock tax" that extracts money from pro athletes who play in the state, reports Forbes. And the same is true in Louisiana.

Nonresidents must allocate a portion of their compensation to the State of Louisiana for any personal services rendered within state borders, according to Louisiana law. So how much will members of the Ravens and 49ers teams have to pay?