Friday, April 18, 2014

Mark Emmert: Shabazz Napier's 'starving' comment did not influence NCAA's new food policy

Despite evidence to the contrary, NCAA president Mark Emmert went on the record Friday morning to say that recent comments made by Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier did not influence the NCAA's new ruling to now allow unlimited food and snacks to student athletes.

Napier made headlines in the days leading up to the men's national title game when he told reporters he often goes to bed "starving" because he cannot afford additional food. Coincidentally, the NCAA announced earlier this week that it was deregulating its strict food policy.

"The biggest problem was, the NCAA has historically had all kinds of, I don't know how to describe it [except to say] dumb rules about food," Emmert said on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" show. "The infamous one is you can provide between meals a snack but you can't provide a meal. Well, then you got to define what's the difference between a snack and a meal? So it was literally the case that a bagel was defined as a snack -- unless you put cream cheese on it. Now it becomes a meal. That's absurd."

Video: Pro golfer leaps into lake after getting stung 20 times by hornets

Friday's second round at the Malaysian Open was an eventful one for Spain's Palo Larrazabal.

This is because the Euro Tour golfer was attacked by hornets and was stung 20 times before escaping to safety into a lake.

“They were three times the size of bees," he said. "They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, other players told me to jump in the lake.”

Larrazabal received medical treatment and a new change of clothes before heading back to the hole and sinking a birdie putt. Amazingly, Larrazabal played so well after the attack that he even managed to make the cut. And you can bet he'll be extra leery of the hole he got attacked on in the next rounds.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photo: Eric Wood receives very strange autograph request

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There's been some weird autograph requests over the years. Very weird. But the request Eric Wood recently received from a Bills fan in Ohio might just top them all.

Yes, the picture above pretty much says it all. What you see is a signed jockstrap. Wood called it "the weirdest autograph request I've got."

Here's what else Wood had to say about it:

Photo: Minor league team invites fans to see, eat giant cupcake mural

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Thursday evening was a sweet night to attend the minor league baseball game between the Reno Aces and Las Vegas 51s.

Why? Well, because the Aces were offering fans the chance to see and then eat the giant cupcake mural shown above.

No word on whether there was a limit to the number of cupcakes per person.

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Photo: Read a note Jackie Robinson penned about breaking color barrier

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Earlier this week, Major League Baseball honored the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier.

There was also another Robinson-related occurrence that happened earlier this week: A note written by Robinson discussing the importance of smashing the color barrier sold for an astounding $13,021 at an auction.

The note, auctioned off by RR Auction in Boston, was written in response to a question asking what he considered to be his greatest accomplishment.

This is what Robinson had to say:

“I believe my greatest accomplishment was my ability to accept the racial abuse I did early as it was certainly not my nature to do so.”