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Saturday Evening News And Views


The guy on the left is having a great week, the one on the right…not so much.

Today may truly be the triple threat of birthdays (as my neighbor Ally Tucker put it)–50 Cent, Sylvester Stallone, and George W. Bush were all born today, July the 6th. One can assume that George W. is on his ranch in Texas having a quiet evening with Laura and the family. Or maybe he will check out the Rangers-Astros game in Arlington? Sylvester Stallone is chewing aluminum cans for dinner, then getting tanned up for his next role in what will feel like the seventeenth Expendables film.

But Curtis James Jackson III, aka 50 Cent, is spending his 38th birthday defending himself (though his Tweets indicate 50 is anything but stressed) from alleged domestic abuse and vandalism against his girlfriend and the mother of his child, Daphne Joy. She’s a Los Angeles actress from the Philippines who is known for being the principal mermaid in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” among other small TV and movie roles.

“During an argument, Jackson allegedly began destroying the female’s property,” the city prosecutor’s office said in a written statement. “Allegedly when the female locked herself in her bedroom, Jackson kicked open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing an injury.”


Had enough? Thought so. On to the news and views.

– Josh Smith who known at KSR as the former AAU teammate of Randolph Morris, has agreed to a four-year deal with the Detroit Pistons worth a reported $56-million. Smith will be joining the young Andre Drummond and up and coming Greg Monroe, along with Brandon Knight, in what could be a competitive Pistons squad. There is speculation Rondo may make a move to Detroit as well. My head is spinning from NBA free agency. More on Rondo tomorrow.

– While the basketball world speculates on the future of Brad Stevens with the Celtics, Butler University has quickly turned around and found a new head coach to replace him–34-year old Brandon Miller. The former Butler point guard had returned to the Bulldogs in April to be an assistant under Stevens after having spent one year under John Groce at Illinois. Miller had sent his previous six years as an assistant on Thad Matta’s staff at Ohio State. His cheeks aren’t quite as rosy.

– McDonald’s All-American UK Hoops signee Linaee Harper has yet to play a game for Matthew Mitchell, yet she may have three gold medals by the time she arrives on campus. Harper has won gold playing for the U-17 and U-16 teams and this summer with the U-19 team she’s hoping to make it a perfect three for three.

Urban Meyer has broken his silence on the Aaron Hernandez saga. In a message to the Columbus-Dispatch, claiming he and his staff worked very hard to mentor Hernandez and that blaming any of the charges upon them is irresponsible.

Dante Exum, as Ally discussed below, is a name that we will hear more and more in the recruiting-sphere in the coming weeks. The 6′ 5″ Australian guard is considering Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, LSU, SMU, and Tulsa according to Adam Zagoria. His reason for considering these schools being they’re currently recruiting him the “hardest.” Although he’s a relatively new name to us, watch for Exum, this could be a big get, especially if a scholarship opens up with a Wiltjer transfer.

Drew Barker participated in the Elite 11 camp in Oregon and after struggling early on, earned praise from CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman for taking a huge leap forward from week’s beginning to end, along with his leadership, and decisiveness on big throws. Barker also tweeted out his mixtape from the camp.

– Miami is recruiting Braxton Berrios now. But Stoops!!

– In non-Harrison twin news, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan took home the Wimbledon Doubles Title, their 15th Grand Slam event. If they win at the U.S. Open they will hold all four Slams in a calendar year.

Marion Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki to win her first at Wimbledon in dominant fashion 6-1, 6-4. Let’s hope that Djokovic and Murray provide more theater on the grass tomorrow. I’m betting that they will. The hopes of a nation rest on Andy’s narrow shoulders.

– Last week, in the northeastern Brazilian region Maranhão, an amateur soccer match ended after referee, Otávio Jordão da Silva, was brutally murdered by fans. His head was cut off and placed on a spike. There are more gruesome details that I will refrain from describing here. This act against the referee was retaliation for da Silva’s stabbing to death of a player, Josenir dos Santos Abreu. He argued a call and threw a punch at da Silva, who proceeded to take out a knife and stab the player who died en route to the hospital.

Back to NBA free agency news. In case you needed to be reminded. dwight

Have a safe and happy remainder of your holiday weekend.

Article written by Brennan English

Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. @BrennanKSR

18 Comments for Saturday Evening News And Views

  1. Levere's Ghost
    10:50 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Phi Alpha, to the Bryan brothers.

  2. Han
    10:52 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    FYI, there’s more news out on Hairston, over at USA Today. He was cited the month before driving a Camaro that was rented by a woman who listed Fats’ address. Fats had also rented the same Camaro himself a month before.

    It’s looking like Hairston’s gonna be playing overseas or in the D-league now that 2 national media outlets have picked up the stories. By Monday, Deputy Dog’s gonna have to announce something.

    Meanwhile, UNC is being investigated again for how they handled/covered up a rape allegation on campus. (No mention of athletics, just another black eye for The Carolina Way.)

  3. all day
    11:17 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    I would pull polson’s scholarship and then one would open up for Dante Exum

  4. Yesterdays
    11:43 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Why would Exum come to play at UK? Makes no sense unless Cal has some un-real relationship with him. Hes looking at a MAX of 10-12 minutes per game. I think Young, Poythress, and Aaron rotate at the 2-3. We can play a “three guard lineup with Young at the 3” or go with AP at that spot. Bottom line is that his chances to play here are not real great. If hes as good as they say, he will likely go elsewhere. Yes, Cal made it happen with Bledsoe and Wall, but Bledsoe knew he would play lot/start. Just dont see this one going down. But thats not a negative type comment, just opinion

  5. lesigh
    12:06 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    There is BBN basketball crazy and then there is Brazil soccer crazy. Maybe we should relabel ourselves as super dedicated.

  6. just the facts
    12:42 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    #4 – Dan Bodner said on twitter that Dante Exum plans to enroll for the 2014-2015 season, not second semester this year.

  7. 44 Stitches
    1:32 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    You mention Josh Smith in the post as AAU team mates with Randolph Morris. Yet you post a pic of Dwight Howard also. All Three are from Atlanta and were team mates on the same Atlanta Celtics AAU team.

  8. Rich
    3:55 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    0 punk ass chance!

  9. Heisenberg
    5:05 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Clark County Representin’!!!!

  10. Kyblu50
    5:15 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Did you see NBC Sports about that Rupp maybe leaving the fans out of their seats for the wealthy. North Carolina star again linked to another rent a car with the same man.

  11. Jackass Plumber
    6:40 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Who the hell is Brennan English?

  12. Dennis
    8:04 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Actually, the right wing bigoted George W Bush is in Africa building orphanages, not on his ranch.

  13. Fat Joe
    8:52 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    What’s this I see about Cal recruiting an unsigned juco for the 2013 class? It’s was on the House of Blue premium board but has since been deleted.

  14. Evil Shmatz
    9:03 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Big Blue Kitten Won the grade 1 United Nations Handicap at Monmouth yesterday.

  15. Illuminati
    9:42 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    I love it when they throw our devil signs. They look so, cool. Hope the cats hit a bunch of threes and salute satan with the 666 goggles.

  16. Mass Confusion
    9:54 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    15. let me guess… you’re on way to church?

  17. Platinum Unis
    10:36 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    If we could’ve gotten Wiggins, why can’t we get Exum regardless of Wiltjer’s decision?

  18. WHAT?
    1:53 am July 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’m the only one who can care less about Jay Z?