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…All is not well in San Francisco.  And who is at the center of the tumult?  None other than Jim Harbaugh.  So much for the notion that

winning cures all in the NFL. Apparently that theory no longer applies in San Francisco, which, including the playoffs, is tied for the most

overall wins (41) in the league over the past three seasons — a run of success that dovetails exactly with the three-year Jim Harbaugh coaching

era. But despite the 49ers’ three consecutive trips to the NFC Championship Game, with their 2012 Super Bowl season representing their

highlight, the questions surrounding the team are suddenly about Harbaugh’s under-the-microscope fourth season, and whether the

relationship between him and management already has suffered too much damage to allow for the long-term marriage that we all presumed

was in place. Like the couple everyone thought was perfect for each other, it turns out there are some troublesome issues lurking just beneath

the surface of this ideal pairing.

 

…The New York Jets, they of Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith,  are interested in bringing former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick to the team, according to Ian Rapoport of

NFL.com. The Jets believe that Vick could help starter Geno Smith learn offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s offense. Vick and Mornhinweg worked together for several years when he

held the same post in Philadelphia. Vick began the 2013 season as the Eagles starter but lost his position to Nick Foles after being sidelined with a hamstring injury. He has told

reporters that he plans to be a starter somewhere in 2014, but is willing to return to his role as Foles’ backup if he cannot find a situation that would allow him the first-string

role. I doubt that Vick would embrace the role of a mentor, but who knows.

 

…Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is currently in jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder and weapons charges, attacked an inmate at the Bristol County

Jail in Massachusetts, reports TMZ. The website reports that Hernandez had recognized the inmate and began attacking him after the two argued during the day.Hernandez, 24, has been in

jail since June 26th for his alleged role in the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to the charges. More from TMZ: Hernandez, who is usually

segregated from the general population, was allowed to take a walk in an isolated hallway … but somehow came into contact with another inmate. We’re told Hernandez recognized the other

inmate and launched into an attack — beating the other man up pretty badly. Officials had placed Hernandez in solitary confinement out of concern he would be a target behind bars due

to his celebrity status.

 

…The agent for Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner said he will file a federal lawsuit against the NFL next week with the intention of having his client’s drug policy suspension

reversed before free agency begins, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports. Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, told USA Today Wednesday he will file suit on behalf of Browner, whom the NFL

suspended indefinitely in December after he tested positive for marijuana. Schaffer questioned the NFL’s substance abuse program and its testing process in Browner’s suspension,

claiming his client was moved from Stage One to Stage Three for failing to cooperate with three tests. Schaffer claims Browner never was contacted by the program to schedule the tests

and should not have been subjected to testing because he was out of the league at the time. Schaffer said if Browner had not been improperly moved to Stage Three, he would have been

out of the NFL’s drug program in January 2013 and would not have been required to the additional testing that resulted in his failed test. Schaffer told Pro Football Talk  in December

that he and Browner would “sue the living daylights out of the league.”

 

…Add Browner – In December, Browner accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized, while disagreeing with the circumstances of his suspension in a statement: . . . Although

I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my suspension, I accept responsibility for all of my actions and I apologize for any that causes any unflattering reflections of my family

and the Seahawks. I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me to. Go Hawks!!!”

 

…Adam Muema’s high school football coach Lou Farrar told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the running back’s current situation is “a big mystery,” as several people close to Muema

reportedly have not been able to get in contact with him since he left the NFL combine citing religious reasons. “[God] told me to sit down, be quiet, and enjoy the peace,” Muema told

the Union-Tribune after bailing prior to his positional group work out in Indianapolis over the weekend. According to the paper’s Michael Gehlken, Muema said that God told him he would

play for the Seahawks if he did not take part in the combine. But a few days later, it appears that many of Muema’s friends and advisors are simply hoping that he’s O.K, “I have no

idea where is,” a person close to Muema said. “[San Diego State coaches] have been trying to track him down, too. Every time they do, his phone is off. … It’s a frustrating deal.”

…Add Adam Muema – After falling off the map following an abrupt exit from the scouting combine, San Diego State running back Adam Muema has resurfaced, reports the San Diego Union-

Tribune. On Friday, Muema arrived at a workout facility in Florida where he was training for the NFL combine. The Tribune reports that he was still wearing his NFL-issued combine gear.

So where has Muema been for the last three days? The airport, apparently. In a phone interview with the U-T Friday morning, Corey Nelson, a linebacker from Oklahoma who has been

training with Muema in Florida since January, said Muema called him on Thursday evening asking for a ride from the airport. Nelson said Muema was still wearing his NFL combine gear

when he got into the car. When asked to describe Muema’s demeanor on Thursday, Nelson said the running back seemed “focused, cheerful and very wise.” “He said he was at the airport for

three days straight,” Nelson said. “He was telling me when I picked him up that God told him to stay at the airport and don’t do anything, just stay there. That’s what he did for three

days straight. “On the fourth day, he told me he couldn’t do it anymore. He decided to call me.” People are strange indeed.

 

…Less than 20 percent of the Division I head coaches in college football support a rule that would slow down games, according to an ESPN survey. Of the 128 FBS coaches surveyed, 25

supported the idea and only 11 of those were coaches in the five “power” conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Notre Dame). Overall, 93 coaches were opposed to a rule

change, nine coaches (seven percent) were undecided and one coach did not participate in the survey. The new rule proposal would ban teams from hiking the ball until at least 10

seconds is run off the 40-second play clock, allowing defenses time to substitute. If an offense snaps the ball before the play clock hits 30, the team would be penalized five years

for delay of game. An exception would be in the would be in the final two minutes of each half or if the play clock began at 25 seconds.

 

…’We are Family’ was a popular song eons ago.  Evidently one Louisville recruit took it very seriously.  Three-star Louisville football recruit Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad was arrested

Monday on felony charges of lewd lascivious behavior after allegedly impregnating his 14-year-old cousin, according to WPTV NewsChannel 5’s Will Greenlee (via Deadspin’s Barry

Petchesky). Police reportedly obtained a warrant for a DNA sample, which proved with nearly 100 percent certainty that he was the father. The victim reportedly chose to abort the

pregnancy. From Greenlee’s report: The teen girl’s mother told police she bought a pregnancy test and confronted her daughter in October after seeing her daughter acting strangely. The

mother said her daughter began crying, saying she had had sex with Rhaheed-Muhammad. The girl said she was 11 when Rhaheed-Muhammad began touching her inappropriately. She said

when they had sex in June 2013, Rhaheed-Muhammad “did not force himself on her and that it just happened.” Rhaheed-Muhammad plays linebacker for Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High

School. A spokesperson for Louisville told WPTV that coach Bobby Petrino had been made aware of the situation.

 

…Speaking of families, Gambling 911 brings us this story of a family sticking together.  A grand jury has indicted three generations of a single family on charges related to a poker

heist at Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee. Mother Mildred Fioretto, daughter Sheree McKinley and granddaughter Marilyn Jackson were indicted in connection with the Sept. 9

robbery.  McKinley’s boyfriend was also indicted. McKinley, 47, worked as a server at the country club.  She is alleged to have allowed two men into the club to commit the robbery. Jackson

was not charged with taking part in the heist itself but was caught on surveillance tape breaking in the day before to steal liquor.

 

…Authorities are investigating Tulsa guard Pat Swilling Jr. amid allegations that he raped a fellow student, reports ESPN.com’s Paula Lavigne. Swilling was suspended from the team

last week but the university did not disclose the reason. According to the report, a protection order filed earlier this week accused Swilling, a senior, of raping a woman on Jan. 27

at his apartment. More from ESPN.com: A Tulsa police spokeswoman said Friday that the department is investigating allegations against Swilling, but she had no further details. An

athletic department spokesman said in an email Friday that the university responded to the matter immediately after it was reported on Feb. 11 to university security and local law

enforcement officials, and that a disciplinary investigation is underway. In the request for the protection order, the woman wrote: “I told him ‘no’ multiple times and told him to

stop. He told me to shut up multiple times … he told me no one would ever know I was there and no one would find out about what he did.”

 

…It is obvious that some people feel negatively about poker.  This guy is doing something about it.  Some in Pennsylvania have been pondering the idea of legalizing online gaming

that would be offered from state-sanctioned sites, while at least one elected official now wants the act of playing to be criminalized, according to an article on Philly.com. A state lawmaker is

pushing a proposal that would make the “first violation a summary offense that carries a possible $300 fine and up to 90 days in jail”, while “a second violation

would be a misdemeanor bringing a chance of a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail.” Those penalties apparently wouldn’t be for running an illegal gambling website in or from the

state, but simply for logging on and wagering on an existing site, presumably offshore as the law would make sites domestic to Pennsylvania impossible. But it is okay to bet on horses,

buy lottery tickets and buy stocks.

 

…Add anti-poker lawmaker – “I believe that if you hit people in their wallets, we can start to crack down on the lawbreakers,” state Rep. Mario Scavello reportedly said. The

lawmaker’s efforts have the blessing of the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, a group which billionaire casino boss Sheldon Adelson has pledged to fund endlessly. Las Vegas Sands

has a casino in Pennsylvania, so it has some skin in the game there. The state has the second largest commercial casino industry in the nation.

 

…Texas athletic events are about to get better. That’s great news for fans of the Texas Longhorns and alcohol. On Wednesday, multiple reports have stated that the University of Texas

will soon sell beer and wine at athletic events, and the sales could commence as soon as this evening. From Eye on College Football: Orangebloods.com and the Austin American-Statesman

have reported that beer and wine sales have been approved by Texas athletics, and will begin at the Longhorn home men’s basketball game Wednesday night. Alcohol will likewise

reportedly be for sale at the school’s baseball and softball games this spring, and at the Longhorns’ April 19 spring football game. Assuming everything goes as planned, fans at

Darrell K. Royal Stadium would be able to buy beer at Texas home football games this fall. Texas would become the third Big 12 school to offer alcohol at football games. West Virginia

and Iowa State have already been cashing in on sales. Cheers!

 

…The news just keeps getting worse for Darren Sharper.  New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant for former Packers, Vikings and Saints safety Darren Sharper on two charges of

aggravated rape on Thursday. Sharper is now being investigated on accusations of sexual crimes in at least eight cases in five states. An arrest warrant was also issued for 26-year-old

Erik Nuñez, an acquaintance of Sharper’s. New Orleans police learned last week that two women were allegedly raped by Sharper last September. On Feb. 14, Sharper was charged in Los

Angeles county with two counts of rape by the use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possessing a controlled substance. Last week, Miami NBC

affiliate WTVJ reported Sharper was being investigated on accusations of sexual battery in Miami. In Louisiana, a conviction for aggravated rape carries a life sentence of hard labor

without parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Police in Arizona and Las Vegas are also actively investigating allegations against Sharper.

 

…Uncle Pete is not happy.  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll ripped the NCAA for the way it sanctioned USC’s football and basketball programs, saying the organization made a

“terrible error” in punishing the school. USC was hit with a two-year bowl ban and lost 30 scholarships over a three-year period because of extra benefits received by former running

back Reggie Bush (and his family) and former basketball player O.J. Mayo. Carroll, who coached the Trojans from 2001 to 2009, spoke at an event at the USC campus on Wednesday night

and went all in on his feelings about the NCAA. “We made some mistakes along the way but I don’t think it was dealt with properly,” he said, via the Los Angeles Times. “I thought it was

dealt with poorly and very irrationally and done with way too much emotion instead of facts. I just think it was not handled well,” he added of the NCAA. “I sat in the meetings. I

listened to the people talk. I listened to the venom that they had for our program,” Carroll said. “They didn’t understand a thing about what we were all about….They never were here.

And they didn’t want to hear it. They never even got close to hearing what we’re all about….”

 

…Thanks to The Big league for this date to mark on our calenders.  On May 30, the Toledo Mud Hens, Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, will be donning Ghostbusters-inspired

uniforms when they take they field. The unique drabs were unveiled via the team’s official Twitter account today. Although it isn’t likely intentional, the reveal by the Mud Hens comes

during a sensitive time for Ghostbusters fans, considering Harold Ramis passed away on Tuesday. Still, it’s cool to see Toledo playing homage to a timeless classic.

 

…The Padres and their fans are swinging for the fences.  San Diego Padres fans who have been clamoring for season tickets, but don’t have the means to pay for them, will soon get a

chance to win season tickets for free! On March 15, the Padres are hosting a “Swing for your Seats” promotion at Petco Park, where fans will essentially have the chance to earn free

admission to games by clubbing a home run. Registration for the awesome event has already begun as fans have the choice of taking a hack during one of four time slots.

 

…The NBA suspended Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for one game and fined him $20,000 on Thursday for punching an opposing player and verbally abusing an official in a

game earlier this week. The league suspended Cousins for punching Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the stomach with 9:44 remaining in the first quarter of the Kings’ 129-103 loss

on Tuesday night in Sacramento. Cousins was fined for verbally abusing official Courtney Kirkland and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following an ejection with 8:21

remaining in the third quarter.Cousins will serve his suspension when the Kings visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. New Kings owner Vivek Ranadive had hoped Cousins could

clean up his act when he signed the center to a four-year, $62 million contract extension before the season. Instead, Cousins leads the NBA with 15 technical fouls this season and will

be suspended one game by the NBA if he gets another one.

 

…On Feb. 16, during a World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in South Florida, Chan Pelton took a single 25,000 denomination chip from his stack during

heads-up play at the final table of event no. 9, a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. Pelton, a tournament regular from College Station, Texas with over $300,000 in career

earnings, then went on to win the tournament, the $47,061 first-place prize and a WSOP Circuit ring. After video surveillance confirmed tournament staff suspicions that a chip had been

taken, Pelton returned the chip, claiming he had taken it as a souvenir. However, PBKC staff believed that Pelton had taken the chip with the intention of adding it to a stack in a

future tournament.This week, the PBKC and the WSOP have taken swift action, banning Pelton from all PBKC events, as well as all Caesars Entertainment properties and WSOP events. That

includes the summer series in Las Vegas. Additionally, Pelton was forced to forfeit his prize money, his ring and points used to qualify him for the WSOP National Championship this

summer. The event’s runner-up, Chris Bolek, was then awarded the first-place prize, with the second-place prize of $29,070 being distributed among the rest of the tournament players

who finished in the money. I guess that sends a pretty clear message to anyone else who might try that!

 

…When we think of Richie Incognito, we don’t picture him with a baseball bat.  After telling police he smashed his own Ferrari with a bat earlier in the day, Richie Incognito checked

himself into a psychiatric care facility in Arizona late Thursday night, according to NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington. The 30-year-old offensive lineman has been under “severe mental stress”

since the Ted Wells report about the Jonathan Martin bullying case was released two weeks ago, according to Darlington. Incognito told Scottsdale police checking on reported damage to

the car that he did it himself. Here’s what he told Fox 10 in Phoenix on Thursday: “Oh that was that was just me venting, that was self expression, that’s a piece of art. The happiest

day of my life was when I got that car and now the second happiest day will be when I donate it to charity. The Ferrari is a story unto itself, the Ferrari is one entity, but I will

tell you this the Ferrari is going to be for sale through my mission which is helping the brotherhood, whatever brotherhood it is.” Incognito, who has dealt with anger management

issues in the past, has been difficult to get in touch with the past few months. Even his Dolphins teammates have been out of touch with the offensive lineman, according to National

Football Post. His parents also filed for divorce recently and he is supporting the family financially.

 

…Kudos to Brian Hamilton of One and One for the following: Storming the court is fun. Storming the court often enough gets you on television. This more or less is why anyone anywhere

storms a court: It is a harmless lark devoid of true meaning. Rarely has it been the way it was on Thursday night in Orem, Utah: Ugly, brutish and dangerous, with real punches thrown

and the threat of injury rearing up. New Mexico State’s KC Ross-Miller cocked his arm and spiked a ball off the leg of Utah Valley’s Holton Hunsaker as time expired. As the tension

erupted immediately, fans entered the playing surface. If all hell didn’t exactly break loose, one neighborhood of it did. Players took swings, fans shoved Aggies players, and

peacekeepers desperately entered the maw to pull everyone out of harm’s way.

 

…Former Ohio State University wide receiver Ray Small pleaded guilty on Monday (February 24, 2014) in Franklin County, Ohio. Small, who was arrested on July 11, 2013, pleaded guilty

to 3 felony counts of drug trafficking. He is to be sentenced on April 3 and faces up to 4 years in prison. Small, 26, played for the Buckeyes from 2006 to 2009.

…A College of William and Mary freshman who redshirts for the football team was arrested Feb. 23 and charged with 17 felonies related to drugs, including the sale of LSD and the

possession of cocaine. The William and Mary Police Department arrested Samuel Marshall on Feb. 23 and charged him with eight counts of distributing a controlled substance, eight counts

of selling drugs near a school or library, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor. William and Mary

spokesperson Suzanne Seurattan said in an email that Marshall was arrested for activity alleged to have occurred between Feb. 1 and Feb. 23. He was taken to Virginia Peninsula Regional

Jail.  Bill and Mary and LSD?  What’s the world coming to?

 

…Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested and charged with felony weapons possession. The 29-year-old was charged with two counts of felony possession for his ownership of an

unregistered, armor-piercing firearm that he allegedly waved around aggressively during a fight with his wife, but never pointed at Ariane Raymondo-Felton, who filed for divorce and

was fearful of the weapon being in their home. Felton was released on $25,000 bond early Tuesday evening.

 

…The Japanese star entered in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against Philadelphia. Some fans stood when Tanaka walked to the mound to a loud ovation. Tanaka signed a $155

million, seven-year contract in January. He was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year while leading Rakuten to its first Japan Series title. Darin Ruf, the first batter Tanaka faced, swung

and missed the right-hander’s first two pitches before lining a single. After getting a pair of flyballs, Tanaka struck out a swinging Cesar Hernandez. In the sixth, Tanaka fanned a

swinging Ben Revere before Ronny Cedeno blooped a single. All-Star Domonic Brown went down swinging and pinch-hitter Kelly Dugan flied out. The Yankees said the game was carried by

three TV networks in Japan.

 

…New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard reported to a Lincoln jail Saturday to begin his 60-day term for a 2012 assault on a police officer. Dennard, 24, reported to the

Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility Saturday morning, according to corrections officers with the Lincoln facility who spoke on condition of anonymity because of jail policy. The

former Nebraska football standout will have to serve at least 35 days, after credit for good behavior and the three days he’s already spent in jail. In April, a judge sentenced Dennard

to two years’ probation, 30 days in jail and community service for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest outside a Lincoln bar days before he was chosen in the NFL Draft. Dennard

had been projected to be a middle-round NFL draft pick, but the Patriots took him in the seventh round. The judge later extended his probation to three years and doubled the jail time

after Dennard was again arrested in Lincoln on suspicion of drunken driving in July. That charge was later dismissed in exchange for Dennard’s no contest plea for refusing to submit to

a chemical test. He was fined $500 and placed on probation for that offense.

 

…Sydney Moss has set the women’s Division III scoring record with 63 points for Thomas More College in a semifinal victory at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournament. The

daughter of former NFL star Randy Moss broke Ann Gilbert’s mark of 61 points Friday night when she made two free throws with 18 seconds remaining in the Saints’ 106-88 win over

Waynesburg in Crestview Hills, Ky. Thomas More improved to 27-0 and advanced to Saturday’s championship game against Washington & Jefferson College.

 

 

 

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