Police: Providence players accused of sex assault (Yahoo Sports)

Providence head coach Ed Cooley looks up at the scoreboard late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Cincinnati. Xavier won 59-53. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Police confirmed Wednesday that they are investigating an allegation that two Providence College basketball players sexually assaulted another student on campus in November. Providence police Maj. David Lapatin told The Associated Press that the complaint was filed about two weeks ago by a female student against two men who were on the basketball team at the time of the assault. He would not name the players, but a defense lawyer says unsubstantiated sex assault allegations were made against players Rodney Bullock and Brandon Austin when they were suspended from playing in games in the fall. The freshman players were initially suspended Nov. 6, shortly before the season began, for what the school said at the time was ”not upholding their responsibilities as student-athletes.” On Wednesday, Providence spokesman Steve Maurano would not give details about the complaint, but said coach Ed Cooley suspended the players the day they received it.


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Jarrett Jack Rips Sleeved Jerseys, Says NBA Players Look Like ‘Beach Police’

Jarrett Jack wants you all to know he signed on to play in the NBA, not film a remake of Pacific Blue.

The NBA’s sleeved uniforms have been met with intense disdain by the players to this point. Speaking on his previous experience with them while with the Golden State Warriors, Jack, now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, made it clear he wasn’t a fan.

“We’re like the Beach Police,” Jack said, via The Plain Dealer‘s Jodie Valade. “You know those police who are on the beach with those bikes? They’ve got those little shirts with the shorts? That’s what we look like. Like we about to give somebody a citation.”

So, you’re saying you don’t like them, Jarrett? Or are you indirectly asking for the ability to write parking tickets and commute to the arena via all-terrain bicycle?

Given the less than warm reception from other players, let’s go with the former.

After losing to the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat‘s LeBron James lampooned his game-day attire. He did not, however, draw the corollary between his wardrobe and beach police.

“I’m not making excuses, but I’m not a big fan of the jerseys,” James told reporters, per Valade. “Every time I shoot it feels like it’s just pulling right up underneath my arm. I already don’t have much room for error on my jump shot. It’s definitely not a good thing.”

When he wasn’t wondering whether his uniform was made for the boardwalk, Jack shared James’ distaste.

“Performance-wise, at times, under the arms, it felt a little snug on you,” he explained, via Valade.

This is just a small sampling of the criticism players have rained down upon sleeved jerseys. Words of displeasure have been frequent and unforgiving, leaving us to wonder if the NBA is listening.

Apparently, it is.

According to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, the Association isn’t hell-bent on forcing the players to wear sleeves beyond this season. The league is willing to compromise.

“If the feedback is that the players don’t want to wear them, we won’t,” Sal LaRocca, the NBA’s executive vice president of global merchandising, told Bucher. “We are 50-50 partners with the players in everything we do.”

That should make Jack and James, among so many others, happy. If the players truly despise these new alternate uniforms, then the NBA appears willing to move on. 

Until then, Jack and anyone else who isn’t a fan of their new duds must grin and bear it, all while resisting the urge to purchase faux detective badges with intent to police the nearest shoreline.

 

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Report: Oregon coaches tell police Arizona State fans spat on them

Oregon assistant Brian Fish and team trainer Clay Jamieson claimed they were spat on.

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FSU Recruit Bowers Arrested for Eating Marijuana to Hide It from Police

Florida State basketball recruit Cinmeon Bowers and two others were arrested on Thursday, Jan. 16, after allegedly eating marijuana in an effort to hide it from police following a traffic stop, according to the Jackson County Floridian.

According to the report, Bowers and two of his Chipola College teammates were pulled over for speeding when officers smelled marijuana inside the car. A statement released by police and acquired by the Jackson County Floridian states that the three men ate the illegal substance.  

Along with Bowers, Torian Graham and Jamaar McKay-Taylor were arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. The three men were taken to Jackson County Correctional Facility. 

A 6’7″, 261-pound power forward, Bowers is regarded as one of the elite junior college prospects in the nation, per 247Sports. He committed to Florida State in September 2013 after averaging 11 points and seven rebounds per game as a freshman at Chipola last season.

He’s currently averaging 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds this season as a sophomore at Chipola.

Although Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton must be upset to learn of Bowers’ arrest, he’s not prepared to make any decisions at this point in time, per ESPN.com“I will wait until I get all the complete information.”

Meanwhile, Bowers and his two teammates have been suspended indefinitely by Chipola College until the legal process is sorted out and the school completes an investigation of its own, according to the Jackson County Floridian.

According to 247Sports, Bowers is the Seminoles’ top committed prospect for 2014. Even with Bowers on board, Florida State’s 2014 recruiting class currently ranks 42nd in the country.  

 

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Police ticket Bucks’ Sanders in nightclub fight (Yahoo Sports)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Police have cited Bucks center Larry Sanders for disorderly conduct and assault and battery in a fight last month at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub.

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Glen Davis Destroys Computer in Motel Lobby, Police Are Called

Orlando Magic power forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis likely will be facing some trouble after a meltdown in an Orlando motel in which he reached over the front desk and ripped a keyboard off of the desk’s computer.

Davis reportedly entered the Travelodge at around 4 a.m. on Nov. 8 and was informed that the rooms were all sold out. Following Davis’ aggressive act, police were called, and they showed up after he had left the scene, as you can see in this video from TMZ.

Davis has since apologized for his actions via Twitter.

 

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Bucks’ Sanders injures thumb, police investigating (Yahoo Sports)

ST. FRANCIS, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Larry Sanders #8 of the Milwaukee Bucks poses for a portrait during media day on September 30, 2013 at the Bucks Training Center in St. Francis, Wisconsin. (Photo by Benny Sieu/NBAE via Getty Images)

Milwaukee center Larry Sanders injured a thumb in an off-court incident that is being investigated by police. ”We are aware of an incident from Saturday evening,” the Bucks said in a statement Wednesday before their game against Cleveland. ”The matter is under investigation and Larry Sanders is cooperating fully. He averaged 2.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 17.5 minutes in the Bucks’ first three games this season.


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Boston’s Jared Sullinger said he reported to police

Police say the victim is Sullinger’s girlfriend

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Police: UNLV player stole sneakers, money and video games

A police report revealed what UNLV sophomore Savon Goodman stole in a May 18 incident

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Police: LeBron concert escort violated police rule (Yahoo! Sports)

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami-Dade Police Department says its officers violated policy by providing a police escort to Miami Heat star LeBron James through heavy traffic at last Friday’s Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert.

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