Sunday, September 22, 2013

Week 4 of the college football season didn't offer up much in the way of big-time matchups. The only game featuring two ranked teams was No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 23 Arizona State. But the Cardinal took care of business with relative ease. The name of the day was blowout: Ohio State, Louisville, FSU, Miami, UCLA and Washington were among the schools winning big Saturday-real big.

What have you missed otherwise? For starters, Florida QB Jeff Driskel broke his right leg and will miss the rest of the season. Notre Dame held on to beat michigan State, and Kenny Guiton set an Ohio State school record. Let's get to the action.

HAYES: Tyler Murphy conjures Tebow with what he brings to Gators


Source: Sportingnews

San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl linebacker aldon-smith">Aldon Smith was involved in a single-car crash and arrested Friday morning by the San Jose police on suspicion of DUI.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area broke the news:

49ers OLB Aldon Smith was arrested at 7 a.m. today under suspicion of DUI, according to San Jose Police.

- Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 22

From ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

Aldon Smith could not be suspended by 49ers under CBA; consensus is get Smith to treatment once they get thru weekend. Help the young man.

- Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 22, 2013

ProFootballTalk followed with additional insight via Jay Glazer of Fox Sports:

Per @JayGlazer, Aldon Smith could enter rehab facility this week. Accurate report, but we're told final decision hasn't been made.

- ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 22, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 22

From Ian Rapoport of

From #GameDayMorning: #49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith will play today, but he may play sparingly, per source. Adds a different dynamic.

- Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2013

Joe Vazquez of CBS5 TV provides a picture of the vehicle Smith was driving:

#49ers star Aldon Smith's pickup after the crash and just before it was towed away.

- Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) September 21, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20

From San Francisco Chronicle reporter Eric Branch:

#49ers Jim Harbaugh said he's "disappointed" in incident involving Aldon Smith; anticipates LB will play Sunday.

- Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) September 20, 2013

From CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco:

Harbaugh: "I expect Aldon to be back at work and play on Sunday."

- Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20

From KTVU's Robert Handa:

Accident scene involving #49er #AldonSmith shows skid marks and damaged tree. Homeowner says he looked asleep @ktvu

- RobertHanda (@RHandaKTVU) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20

From KTVU's Robert Handa:

Homeowner at accident of #AldonSmith says wheels "kept turning" as he sat in car. Pile of rubber/big gouge @ktvu

- RobertHanda (@RHandaKTVU) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20

From Matt Maiocco of CSN:

49ers OLB Aldon Smith is on the practice field.

- Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20

From Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News:

Correction: Aldon Smith did NOT have prescription for marijuana found in car. Either way, NFL players can't use under its policy

- Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 20, 2013

From Mike Garafolo of NFL Network:

Still in custody, they say. RT @SCCoSheriff: Aldon Smith was booked into SCC Main Jail today on charges of DUI and poss. of marijuana.

- Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Smith was found with more than just alcohol when arrested:

No one was hurt in Friday's 7:00 a.m. incident in the Silver Creek area, Sgt. Heather Randol said. It was not immediately clear if Smith was booked and released, posted bail or remains in custody.

Marijuana and pills also were found in the car, sources said.

Inman also provided more details on the arrest:

Per @mercnews: #49ers Aldon Smith blew a .15 in his DUI arrest; has prescription for the marijuana; crashed into a tree

- Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20

Pro Football Talk reports that the 49ers have no comment on Smith's arrest at this point:

"The 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Aldon Smith," the team said in a release. "As we continue to gather information regarding this situation, we will have no further comment."

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After the wreck, police asked Smith to take a breathalyzer test, although at this time there is no available info on his blood-alcohol level, per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports:

San Jose Police say Aldon Smith was arrested after being involved in a single-vehicle crash. No injuries reported.

- Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 20, 2013

Smith took a breathalyzer test that tested over the limit. Police have no information at this point on his blood-alcohol level.

- Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 20, 2013

Maiocco provides more detail from San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol:

"At some point, they did a breath sample and it was over the limit," Randol said.

"He was not injured, and it does not appear as if anybody else was in the vehicle with him. And there were no other involved vehicles or reported injuries."

Smith was booked into Santa Clara County jail, Randol said.

Further details are still emerging, but this is not the first time Smith has run afoul of the law for allegedly drinking and driving. Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Miami after a 14-sack rookie season; authorities later reduced the charge to reckless driving.

Smith was also involved in an altercation in June of 2012 in which he was stabbed while attempting to break up a scuffle at a party. He's now being sued as a result of issues at the party. He was also a passenger in a car that flipped attempting to avoid an animal last September.

On the field Smith is one of the NFL's best defenders and is coming off a breakout campaign with 19.5 sacks last year. He's grabbed 3.5 in two games this season.

This latest run-in with the law comes two days before the 49ers welcome the Indianapolis Colts to Candlestick Park as San Francisco looks to move to 2-1 after a humbling defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. Smith's status for the upcoming contest is now in jeopardy.

Follow B/R's Chris Roling on Twitter for more news and analysis @Chris_Roling

Source: Bleacherreport

Chris Weidman accepts an award from Nassau County, N.Y., officials after winning the ufc middleweight title (G ...

TORONTO -- There have been two big changes in his life since he won the UFC's middleweight title from long-time champion Anderson Silva in Las Vegas in July, Chris Weidman told a crowd at Maple Leaf Square gathered for the UFC 165 weigh-in.

He has a lot of people presenting him with a lot more business deals. And that might have something to do with the other big change in his life that Weidman mentioned.

"I've got more money now," Weidman said. "That's probably the biggest thing. It's nice."

Weidman was asked about the $41.5 million guarantee that boxer Floyd Mayweather earned in his fight with Canelo Alvarez last week, and whether he was bothered by it.

He said he was happy for Mayweather and joked, "I'd like 45 million," but he took trouble to point out he had no issues with his pay.

"I think we're treated great," Weidman said. "There are a lot of things, the bonuses they hook [us] up with after. I can't tell you ... Basically, I ain't complaining. That's all I am saying. As much as everybody thinks they know, you don't know."

White has an answer for the Mayweather pay question

UFC president Dana White can expect to be asked a lot about Mayweather's purse in the coming weeks, particularly since there is a chance that Mayweather could net $100 million before it's all said and done.

But White, who has fought back hard at insinuations that the UFC underpays its fighters, had an answer ready when he was asked about it Thursday.

"You know, 13 years ago, people were asking me, 'Will there ever be a day when the UFC gets back on pay-per-view?' " White said. "[They'd say], 'Will there ever be a day UFC is on free TV? Will there ever be a day you'll be doing things in different countries?' Here we are now so, yes, I like to believe we will [one day pay a fighter that kind of money]."

T.J. Grant says concussion symptoms are improving

UFC lightweight T.J. Grant's concussion symptoms are improving (Getty)

UFC lightweight contender T.J. Grant, who's now had to pull out of two title fights because of a concussion, said Friday he hopes to be able to begin training in about a month.

"I'm getting a lot better," Grant said. "I'm not 100 percent yet, but every day I'm getting better and better. I'm hoping I'll be ready to start training in about a month. That's just me being optimistic, but I'm just hoping you know. There is always a chance I could have been ready for this fight [on Dec. 14 against Anthony Pettis], but at the same time, I couldn't accept it not knowing the future and not knowing how fast I was going to heal."

Grant said his symptoms are improving, but that he is still not symptom-free several months after the injury suffered while training jiu-jitsu.

"It's been headache pressure, fog, like pressure in the head," Grant said of his symptoms. "Earlier on, it was a lot more than that, like nausea. Concussions just affect you with everything. They affect your level of happiness. You can't do the things that make you happy. You're easily confused. It's a lot of different things."

Former champs Overeem, Mir will be fighting for their jobs

Frank Mir meets Alistair Overeem at UFC 167 (Getty)

It's almost hard to believe, but White said Thursday that the onus is on former UFC champion Frank Mir and ex-Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem to win when they meet at UFC 167 in Las Vegas on Nov. 16.

Mir has lost his last three fights and Overeem has lost his last two. The loser, White said, will be cut.

But here's betting he'll re-think that. Assuming both men want to continue fighting, they're both fun fighters to watch who will strengthen any card they're on.

Clearly, fighters need to win or the ax inevitably will fall, but other fighters have hung around with longer losing streaks. I'm willing to guess that ultimately will happen with the Overeem-Mir loser.

Source: Yahoo

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Islamist militants were holed up with hostages on Sunday at a shopping mall in Nairobi, where at least 59 people have been killed in an attack by the al Shabaab group that opposes kenya's participation in a peacekeeping mission in neighboring Somalia.

A volley of gunfire lasting about 30 seconds interrupted a stalemate of several hours, a Reuters witness said, speaking from near the Westgate shopping centre that has several Israeli-owned outlets and is frequented by expatriates and Kenyans.

Foreigners, including three Britons and two diplomats - one from Canada and another from Ghana - were killed in Saturday's attack at the upmarket mall, claimed by Somali group al Shabaab.

Shortly after the shots were fired, troops in camouflage ran crouching below a restaurant terrace along the front of the building that had been buzzing with customers when assailants charged in. One witness said they first told Muslims to leave.

For hours after the brazen attack, the dead were strewn around tables of unfinished meals. At one burger restaurant, a man and woman lay in a final embrace after they had been killed, before their bodies were removed. Pop music was left playing.

Scores of Kenyans gathered at a site overlooking the mall, awaiting what they expected to be a violent denouement. "They entered through blood, that's how they'll leave," said Jonathan Maungo, a private security guard.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, facing his first major security challenge since a March election, said some of his close family members were among the dead, and vowed to defeat the militants.

"We have overcome terrorist attacks before," he said.

The assault was the biggest single attack in Kenya since al Qaeda's East Africa cell bombed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing more than 200 people. In 2002, the same militant cell attacked an Israeli-owned hotel on the coast and tried to shoot down an Israeli jet in a coordinated strike.

Al Shabaab's siege underlined its ability to cause major disruptions with relatively limited resources.

"In terms of capacity, while the group has grown considerably weaker in terms of being able to wage a conventional war, it is now ever more capable of carrying out asymmetric warfare," said Abdi Aynte, director of the Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute of Policy Studies, a regional policy and security think tank.


Aynte also said the raid showed "a major failure on the part of the Kenyan security services", which had not detected an operation that must have taken several months to plan. Other experts said Western agencies had also not picked it up.

Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku told reporters the death toll had risen to 59, and that security forces were doing everything they could to rescue hostages still inside the mall.

He added that 175 people had been taken to hospital after an assault that could prove a costly setback for east Africa's biggest economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.

Kenya's deputy president, William Ruto, asked judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague to allow him to return home to help deal with the siege and its aftermath.

He and Kenyatta face charges of crimes against humanity for their alleged role in coordinating violence that swept Kenya in the aftermath of the country's contested 2007 elections.

The dead in Saturday's assault included children, and the wounded ranged in age from 2 to 78. Many victims were at a cooking competition when assailants opened fire on them, witnesses said. More than 1,000 people were evacuated.

The focus of attention on Sunday was on Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya's biggest chains.

Source: Chicagotribune

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Peace and love came together in Dallas on Saturday.

On International Day of Peace, volunteers for the Dallas Love Project started installing inspirational posters across the city. To kick off the project, they decorated more than 10 locations, including Parkland Memorial Hospital and the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. In all, the city will be blanketed with more than 30,000 posters.

The goal is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy by painting Dallas in a new light.

Words from Charles Dickens - "Have a heart that never hardens" - adorned one colorful poster. Another bore a quote from Emily Dickinson: "That love is all there is, is all we know of love."

Across another was this sentiment from Jimi Hendrix: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."

Spreading words of love and peace brings a smile to Karen Blessen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist behind the Dallas Love Project.

"It's a real joy to see it come together," said Blessen, founder of the nonprofit 29 Pieces. "We moved mountains to do this project."

Challenges included rounding up more than 120 community partners and going door to door to enlist support. 29 Pieces is the project's lead organization.

"Our primary focus will be downtown Dallas and along the JFK motorcade route," said Mauricio Navarro, a project spokesman. "We want to make Dallas a huge walking art gallery."

The project reaches north to Valley View Center, west to Trinity Groves and south to South Side on Lamar. At Parkland, about 80 pieces were placed in two entry areas. The downtown library will display 1,500 to 2,000 posters.

Artists range from children to adults and include students, teachers, refugees, incarcerated women and others. The Keller school district has submitted more than 12,000 pieces of art for the project. Dallas ISD is also on board.

All students and teachers at the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School participated in the project, and a few came out to volunteer Saturday. School librarian Diana O'Connor hung artwork at Whole Foods on Lemmon Avenue. She said she was amazed by the creativity in the pieces.

"The art is fabulous," she said.

In one spot, she hung back to back on a window pieces by an 88-year-old and an 8-year-old.

While most of the posters contain quotes from peacemakers such as Mother Teresa, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., some display original sayings.

Rangel seventh-grader Audrey Griffin, 12, expressed her own feelings in her poster.

"Mine says that love is understanding each other's differences," she said.

Blessen said she enjoyed watching the kids be creative.

"They loved the project," she said.

Maya Angelou High School teacher Karen Isbell agreed.

"It brings out the best in kids and shows them how much their voice matters," she said. Isbell uses MasterPeace, an art-based curriculum developed by Blessen, at her school. The curriculum teaches peace and conflict resolution.

The project couldn't have come at a better time, Blessen said. A longtime peace advocate, she illustrated the award-winning book Peace One Day about British activist Jeremy Gilley's efforts to establish Sept. 21 as International Day of Peace. Celebrations took place around the world to mark the day.

Dallas Love Project volunteers will continue to install artwork on weekends through mid-October. The posters will remain on display through Nov. 30.


To find artwork locations or get involved in the project, visit

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