The Atlanta Falcons released three key veterans to clear some salary-cap space on Friday: running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson. By letting these guys go, the Falcons put themselves almost $16 million under the cap, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constituion reports.
Rough day for the vets in #Falcons ville. Turner, Abe and Dunta were always stand guys with the media.
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) March 1, 2013
Dimitroff: Turner, Abraham and Robinson contributed greatly to the success of this team. I want to personally thank them. #RiseUp
— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) March 1, 2013
Mid-major powerhouse Saint Mary's was hit with four years of probation after the NCAA Committee of Infractions decided that head coach Randy Bennett "acted unethically in his recruitment of international prospects" and "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance." As a result, the basketball program will lose scholarships, Bennett won't be allowed to recruit off campus and he'll serve a five-game suspension next season. Bennett and an assistant supposedly arranged for travel to the United States and hooked the recruit up with a local family to crash with. Apparently you can't do that.
Reminds me of the famous Tarkanian quote. The NCAA is so mad at Miami that they took it out on Saint Mary's.
— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) March 1, 2013
If you need details/the lowdown on what the NCAA's spanking of Saint Mary's is/means —> cbsprt.co/Z2BmLu
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 1, 2013
NCAA hits Saint Mary's with penalties, including "team may not receive skill instruction during '14 and '15 seasons." Huh?! How stupid.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 1, 2013
When Mike Krzyzewski speaks, people who matter listen. Coach K wasn't too happy about Virginia storming the court before the Dukies could get off it on Thursday night. Now, ESPN's Andy Katz cites an unnamed ACC athletic director that says the issue of court storming will be addressed when the conference holds its spring meetings in May. The SEC has a fine system like no other for court storming but it's unclear what direction the ACC might go with this.
Storming The Court: Three Simple Rules thebiglead.com/index.php/2013…
— Tyler Duffy (@tyduffy) March 1, 2013
Carl Crawford's status for Opening Day is in question after a setback in his Tommy John elbow. Crawford says there's some nerve irritation and he won't hit or throw for at least a week.
St. John's guard D'Angelo Harris, the third leading scorer in the Big East, was suspended for the rest of the season by the school. Head coach Steve Lavin made the announcement today, but no reason was given.
Rory McIlroy says he's not in a good place mentally – not a good thing to hear from the world's No. 1 with the Masters a little more than a month away.
Ever think MCs just take it a bit too far sometimes? Here's 10 lines that will make you laugh and shake your head at the same damn time.
Ja Rule should be getting out of prison this summer.
Faizon Love stops by Hot97 for "Everyday Racism" segment. Funny s*** here:
The sequester is a real thing, y'all. Since fiscal talks failed at the White House on Friday, government agencies will have to chop $85 million from their budgets between Saturday and October 1.
Meanwhile, Michigan governor Rick Snyder has officially declared Detroit in a fiscal emergency, meaning the state could take over the city's financial management, which could ultimately set the stage for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Tyler, the Creator spits on Sway In the Morning Freestyle, goes Marlo Stanfield on us:
Wyclef drops a few bars: