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NUGGETS & BRIEFS FOR DECEMBER 2014
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MOST RECENTLY UPDATED FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014

Florida DE out for bowl game

Cox sidelined after surgery. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Oregon corner won't play

Ekpre-Olomu's absence confirmed. Read more at cbssports.com.

Nicole Auerbach likes ECU

USA Today staff makes bowl picks. Read more at usatoday.com.

Memphis rewards Fuente

9-3 Tigers prepping for matchup with BYU. Read more at yahoo.com.

American announces future football matchups

Eight conference games set per team with two divisions. Read more at theamerican.org.

Rivera says Newton likely to start

Panthers meet Browns on Sunday. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Jordan shoes go for $33K

Star wore sneakers at UNC. Read more at espn.com.

Matt Kemp Dodgers-Padres deal on hold

Physical reveals arthritis. Read more at foxsports.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2014

Fraying of cable TV could impact sports

Viewing industry in transition. Read more at si.com.

Pelini lambasted AD to Nebraska players

Tape from Dec. 2 comes out as coach moves to Youngstown State. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Michigan brings check book to coaching search

Wolverines willing to pay Jim Harbaugh more than Saban makes. Read more at usatoday.com.

Chryst back at Wisconsin

Former Badgers assistant gets bigger office. Read more at espn.com.

Luck leaving WVU for NCAA post

New position will answer only to Emmert. Read more at cbssports.com.

UConn faces imposing challenge in Okafor

Huskies seek signature win against Duke and its intimidating big man. Read more at msn.com.

The Admiral's son walking on at Duke

David Robinson played for Coach K on Team USA. Read more at yahoo.com.

John Daly starts radio show

Versatile host says 2015 could be Tiger's year. Read more at foxsports.com.

Obama-Castro deal impacts baseball

Elite Cuban players will have safer path to Major Leagues. Read more at nydailynews.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014

Sprint ending NASCAR sponsorship

Communication giant won't renew after 2016 season. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Pelini heading for Youngstown State

Former Nebraska coach lands new post. Read more at nbcsports.com.

Frogs reward Patterson

Details on long-term contract withheld. Read more at foxsports.com.

Houston turns to Buckeyes for coach

OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman to succeed Tony Levine. Read more at chron.com.

Justin Hardy named AP All-America

ECU's record-breaking receiver on third team. Read more at trib.com.

Penalties increase in NFL

Calls rise by 2.1 per game. Read more at cbssports.com.

J.J. Watt battling history in MVP chase

Texans defensive end's stunning season flies under voters' radar. Read more at usatoday.com.

Christie's allegiance to Cowboys here to stay

N.J. gov shrugs off critics of his affinity for America's Team. Read more at nydailynews.com.

Tom Brady's potty mouth draws beefs

TV viewers complain to FCC about QB's lip language. Read more at thesmokinggun.com.

Kings owner mulls Mullin

Former star perceived positively. Read more at yahoo.com.

Dodgers continue spending spree

Club will pay players who aren't even on team. Read more at usatoday.com.

New Cubs ace lands on cover of SI

Mag magnifies expectations for $155-million man John Lester. Read more at cbslocal.com.

Pacquiao responds to Mayweather

He's ready, fans are, too. Read more at espn.com.

Bubba Watson transforms into Bubbaclaus

Golfer welcomes Christmas season with rap video. Read more/view video at usatoday.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2014

Players union sues NFL on Peterson ruling

League official allegedly made statement regarding RB's return. Read more at espn.com.

Newton's return indefinite

Panthers host Browns next. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Manziel played like a rookie

Browns lacked needed spark. Read more at usatoday.com.

Johnny Football remains Browns QB

Coach Mike Pettine says Manziel will improve in final two games. Read more at msn.com.

Missouri State hires Steckel

Former Missouri DC gets five-year deal for $270,000 annually. Read more at cbssports.com.

Tennessee trio to transfer

Havelock RB Scott among those leaving Vols. Read more at foxsports.com.

Sacramento fires coach

Kings were off to 11-13 start under Malone. Read more at msn.com.

Yanks and A-Rod set for more drama

Signing of Chase Headley may confine Rodriguez to DH role. Read more at nydailynews.com.

Nats, Harper reach accord

Young slugger accepts two-year, $7.5 million deal. Read more at yahoo.com.

A Major Leaguer's descent into the unknown

Death of Brad Halsey leaves unanswered questions. Read more at usatoday.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014

Pat Dye authors new autobiography

Bo Jackson pens foreword for former Auburn, ECU coach's book, "After the Arena." Read more at oanow.com.

Argument preceded Auburn gridder's death

Shooting suspect in custody. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Keydets hire Virginia offensive line coach

Wachenheim meets VMI criteria. Read more at yahoo.com.

Manning not 100 percent but Denver reigns

Broncos win another division crown. Read more at si.com.

Manziel struggles in shutout loss

Bengals roll and troll. Read more at cbssports.com.

Seahawks sack San Francisco

No postseason for Niners. Read more at foxsports.com.

Teams could miss NFL playoffs with 10 wins

Bills among those who could sit out. Read more at usatoday.com.

Kobe passes Jordan on NBA scoring list

Lakers star trails Jabbar, Malone. Read more at espn.com.

Obama plan to rate colleges under scrutiny

President's initiative being questioned by educators. Read more at foxnews.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 2014

Navy survives improving Army 17-10

Outcome extends Middies' series win streak to 13. Read more at foxnews.com.

Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Oregon QB is first Hawaiian to win College football's biggest award. Read more at msn.com.

Indictments returned for Sharper, cohorts

Former NFL standout could face life sentence. Read more at usatoday.com.

Peterson ponders retirement

Pursuing Olympic dream, suit against NFL among possibilities. Read more at foxsports.com.

Crest halts Havelock's streak

Chargers corral high-scoring Rams 24-3 in 3-A title game. Read more at newbernsj.com.

Shelby wins second straight 2-A crown

Clinton falls, 31-7 in Winston-Salem. Read more at highschoolot.com.

East Lincoln takes 2-AA championship

Washington Pam Pack falls 14-13. Read more at thewashingtondailynews.com.

Mallard Creek captures 4-AA title

Mavericks defeat Wake Forest 25-14. Read more at charlotteobserver.com.

Badgers romp

Dekker leads win over Nicholls State. Read more at foxsports.com.

Warriors continue roll

Curry scores 29 in win at Dallas. Read more at espn.com.

Former MLB player becomes ambassador

Gilbert will serve in New Zealand, Samoa. Read more at yahoo.com.

Mayweather looking for Pacquiao in May

Elite boxer responds to promoter Arum. Read more at cbssports.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

SATURDAY, DEC. 13, 2014

New Bern wins 4-A championship

Football success continues for Bears. Read more at highschoolot.com.

Wallace Rose-Hill captures 1-AA crown

Bulldogs top Starmount, 34-21. Read more at highschoolot.com.

Muschamp gets lucrative deal

Auburn brings back deposed Gators coach as defensive coordinator. Read more at espn.com.

Report says Alvarez has met with Schiano

Chryst thought to be in line for Wisconsin job. Read more at cbssports.com.

Oklahoma State dismisses Hill

Football, track performer involved in domestic abuse. Read more at usatoday.com.

Case reinstated against Saban's daughter

Alabama Supreme Court rules lawsuit stemming from fight between sorority sisters can move forward. Read more at foxsports.com.

Fan apologizes for row with Manziel

Browns devotee Chris Gonos sorry for causing late night fracas. Read more at foxsports.com.

Peterson loses appeal

Running back won't be back this season. Read more at yahoo.com.

Judge rules favorably for Hernandez

Texts won't be admitted. Read more at si.com.

Mayweather calls out Pacquiao

Unbeaten welterweight champ challenges Filipino icon to May 2nd fight. Read more at abcnews.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2014

Report has Baylor OC to Tulsa

Montgomery emerges to take over struggling AAC program. Read more at foxsports.com.

Alvarez to guide Badgers in bowl

Andersen heads for Oregon State. Read more at espn.com.

Clemson QB out for bowl

Watson scheduled for surgery. Read more at yahoo.com.

UNC cans Koenning

Heels' foes piled up points in 2014. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

All eyes on college football's top prize

Heisman trophy candidates Mariota, Cooper and Gordon Big Apple-bound. Read more at nydailynews.com.

Shanahan ready to unleash Johnny Football

Browns offensive coordinator already has full 'Johnny Package' in place in his brain. Read more at morningjournal.com.

Judge blocks replay in Oklahoma

High school playoff game hinged on blown call. Read more at cbssports.com.

Dodgers deal Kemp

Defense behind Kershaw should improve. Read more at usatoday.com.

Reds ship starters

Latos to Marlins. Read more at si.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2014

Cubs have winning bid for Lester

Lefty likes $150 million deal. Read more at yahoo.com.

NFL owners approve new conduct policy

Criminal activity among players creates response. Read more at espn.com.

Anderson gets nod at QB for Panthers

Rivera not going to jeopardize Newton. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

NFL playoff scenarios defined

Some control their own fate, others need help. Read more at fansided.com.

Army-Navy: All about respect, more than a game

Sleep is a luxury in the demanding life of military academy players. Read more at washingtonpost.com.

Noles get prized recruit

DE Josh Sweat makes commitment. Read more at cbssports.com.

Assistants well compensated

Lifers such as Erickson command good salaries. Read more at usatoday.com.

Duke denies report on Cutcliffe

NFL source says Michigan pursued Blue Devils coach. Read more at foxsports.com.

Poll reveals parents' wariness about football

Half of Americans don't want their sons to play on the gridiron. Read more at bloomberg.com.

Judge's decision on blown call delayed

Outcome of high school game weighs in the balance. Read more at foxnews.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2014

Cam Newton in traffic accident

Panthers QB sustains back fractures, hospitalized overnight. Read more at wral.com.

Clowney out of action for up to nine months

Knee surgery may sideline Texans DE into 2015 season. Read more at sportingnews.com.

Bengals' Lewis apologizes for midget comment

Manziel to start against Cincinnati. Read more at si.com.

Navy getting spiffy for Army game

New attire has old theme. Read more at foxsports.com.

Middies could muddy AAC's future path to access bowl

Middies' annual game with Army is played after G-5 bid is awarded. Read more at ajerseyguy.com.

Names emerge in Tulsa coaching search

Former Arkansas and Old Miss coach Houston Nutt among top candidates. Read more at al.com.

Big 12 expansion speculation perks up

Schools floated as candidates after league's snub by College Football Playoff. Read more at dallasnews.com.

UNLV set to hire high school coach

Sanchez has had success at Bishop Gorman. Read more at yahoo.com.

Emmert troubled by UAB dropping football

NCAA president worries that Big Five autonomy may reduce overall number of opportunities in college sports. Read more at msn.com.

Tebow plays Santa

Former Heisman winner takes care of layaway bills. Read more at usatoday.com.

Magic expounds on benefits of losing

Lakers could get high draft choice. Read more at espn.com.

Rays seeking new stadium

Owner threatens to sell team. Read more at cbssports.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

Court may intervene in high school playoff

Decision due Wednesday on officials' error. Read more at nytimes.com.

Demand for expanded playoff likely

Big 12's plight may become driving force. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Baylor's Briles faults playoff committee's ties

Archie Manning's exit was harmful. Read more at espn.com.

Birmingham Bowl rated No. 25

Rose Bowl matchup ranked No. 1. Read more at yahoo.com.

Vols reward Butch Jones

Extended pact includes raise. Read more at foxsports.com.

Heisman Trophy finalists announced

Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon invited to NYC. Read more at bostonglobe.com.

Johnny Football may get shot

Hoyer struggling of late. Read more at cbssports.com.

Bengals coach calls Manziel a midget

Marvin Lewis apologizes after making remark in radio interview. Read more at nbcsports.com.

Yankees closer defects to Chicago

David Robertson bolts Bronx for White Sox in stunning move. Read more at nydailynews.com.

Hall of Fame pitches shutout

Some big names come up short. Read more at usatoday.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2014

College football playoff set

Ohio State leapfrogs into field of four. Read more at cbssports.com.

No title game hurt Big 12

Baylor, TCU passed over for playoff. Read more at usatoday.com.

College football bowl schedule

Complete slate with location, opponents, dates, times and TV info. Read more at msn.com.

Boise State lands in Fiesta Bowl

Matchup with Arizona will be Broncos' third appearance in the game. Read more at idahopress.com.

Blazers have officially played their final game

Bowl-eligible UAB didn't receive one of Sunday's 78 invitations. Read more at nbcsports.com.

Levine reportedly out at Houston

Losses to UTSA, Tulane hurt support. Read more at espn.com.

Panthers roll past Saints

Newton keeps playoff hope alive. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Lawyers for Hernandez make motions

Attorneys seeking to exclude evidence. Read more at foxsports.com.

Radford stuns neighboring Hokies

Price is right with 25 points. Read more at yahoo.com.

Big Ten headed to Big Apple

League's 2018 basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Read more at si.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

SUNDAY, DEC. 7, 2014

Could UAB shutdown start trend?

Cost of college football can be draining. Read more at msn.com.

Jayhawks make football hire

Beaty coming from Texas A&M staff. Read more at foxsports.com.

Beamer undergoes throat surgery

VPI coach likely okay for bowl. Read more at washingtonpost.com.

Boise State takes care of business

MWC title game win over Fresno State positions Broncos for major bowl bid. Read more at upi.com.

Frogs blast Iowa State

TCU awaits playoff fate. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Buckeyes put on show for CFP committee

No. 5 Ohio State makes statement with 59-0 rout of Wisconsin in Big Ten title game. Read more at chicagotribune.com.

Mustangs avoid winless season

QB Davis leads SMU past host UConn. Read more at yahoo.com.

Herd wins C-USA title

Late score tops La. Tech. Read more at espn.com.

NJIT stuns Wolverines

Lowly independent records gigantic upset. Read more at cbssports.com.

Tiger battles sickness

Woods persists, shoots 69. Read more at usatoday.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

SATURDAY, DEC. 6, 2014

Regional finals in high school football

Havelock returns to state title game. Read more at highschoolot.com.

Football coach out after concussion claims

Columbia's Pete Mangurian resigns in wake of letter from players to school's trustees. Read more at foxnews.com.

NFL checking on Romo injury

Dallas may have concealed rib ailment. Read more at espn.com.

Little demand for Redskins tickets

$3 will get you into contest with Rams. Read more at yahoo.com.

Judge gives Werth 10 days

Nationals player was speeding on Capital Beltway. Read more at usatoday.com.

Rays hire former Bull

Cash coming back to Tampa. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Hornets stop losing streak

Walker's buzzer beater downs Knicks. Read more at foxsports.com.

Blimp strafes basketball fans

Inflatable Ford SUV malfunctioned at a Portland Trailblazers game. Read more at bleacherreport.com.

Wildcats pull away

Texas topped in battle of hoops unbeatens. Read more at espn.com.

Golfer killed by crocodile

South African Jacques van der Sandt was grabbed by reptile as he waded in a lake. Read more at msn.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

Nebraska hires Riley from Oregon State

Coach of 5-7 Beavers won't guide Huskers in bowl. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

McElwain gets six-year deal with Gators

Contract calling for $3.5 million a year. Read more at espn.com.

Cajuns returning to New Orleans Bowl

Sun Belt fills three postseason slots. Read more at cbssports.com.

Winston made statement at hearing

Noles QB says sex was consensual. Read more at foxsports.com.

Leaf completes prison term

Former NFL quarterback released in Montana. Read more at usatoday.com.

Raven DL Ngata suspended

NFL decrees four-game ban for PEDs. Read more at si.com.

Butler makes deal with Reddick for A's jersey

No. 16 sold for a truck winch. Read more at yahoo.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014

Ownership a different ball game

Jordan finds challenge humbling. Read more at espn.com.

Panthers turn to rookie corner

Benwikere to replace Cason. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Frogs appear a win away from playoff

More bowl projections. Read more at usatoday.com.

Committee needs a K-State win

A Baylor victory over the Wildcats would set up embarrassing scenario in playoff slots. Read more at ajerseyguy.com.

Boise State has big bowl in sight

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco points to strength of schedule and touts his league's candidates. Read more at apnews.com.

Winston's conduct hearing concludes

Opposing lawyers have different takes. Read more at cbssports.com.

McElwain looks like Gators' man

Colorado State coach appears headed for Swamp. Read more at foxsports.com.

Muschamp can return to Auburn

Deposed Florida coach offered DC post. Read more at yahoo.com.

Pitt's Conner is ACC Player of the Year

Winston second in voting. Read more at si.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014

UAB calling it quits

President's statement says this football season is last. Read more at cbssports.com.

Blazers buckle under fiscal challenges

UAB athletic department incurred $17.5 million deficit in 2012-13. Read more at nytimes.com.

Mob curses, taunts UAB president

Hundreds confront Ray Watts as anger erupts over school's decision to drop football. Read more at al.com.

Blazers' future with C-USA in doubt

Commissioner states that league's bylaws require all members to field football teams. Read more at al.com.

UAB decision triggers big financial penalties

Backing out of contracted games with Tennessee, Kentucky and others will cost Blazers more than $2.4 million in penalties. Read more at wmcactionnews5.com.

No bowl for Sun Belt champs

NCAA denies Georgia Southern's appeal. Read more at usatoday.com.

Bears look for spin

PR firm will present Baylor program for playoff. Read more at si.com.

Winston's student hearing gets started

Session under way behind closed doors. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Witnesses refuse to testify in Winston hearing?

Source: Two of FSU QB's teammates declined to answer questions. Read more at nytimes.com.

Hoke era ends at Michigan

Buyout is $3 million. Read more at espn.com.

Florida to meet with McElwain

Colorado State coach interests Gators. Read more at yahoo.com.

No freeze on Freeze's salary

Ole Miss coach gets new contract, raise. Read more at foxsports.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

Coroner to examine Karageorge's brain

Former wrestler turned gridder apparently committed suicide. Read more at foxsports.com.

Spurrier plans to return after going 6-6

Next season would be 11th with Gamecocks. Read more at si.com.

UAB students rally

No announcement on football program's fate. Read more at espn.com.

Pirates ranked No. 40

Tide atop USA Today ratings. usatoday.com.

Miami Beach calling Pirates?

ECU-BYU matchup projected for Marlins Park. Read more at sportingnews.com.

Notre Dame has bowl priority over ACC members

Drawing for Irish has trickle-down effect. Read more at cbssports.com.

ACC looks to expand benefits for athletes

League wants full cost of attendance for August, 2015. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Defending champ UConn drops from Top 25

Kentucky entrenched at No. 1. Read more at yahoo.com.

Barkley: Ferguson jurors got it right

Former NBA star labels looters "scumbags." Read more at breitbart.com.

Bill Cosby resigns from Temple board

Comedian, former Owls athlete steps down amid sexual allegations. Read more at philly.com.

ECU grad resigns after ripping Obama daughters

GOP aide Elizabeth Lauten apologizes for Facebook post. Read more at marketwatch.com.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...

MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014

Missing Buckeye found dead

Karageorge apparently took his life. Read more at usatoday.com.

One projection has Pirates vs. Pack

Military Bowl matchup would be Dec. 27. Read more at sbnation.com.

Blazers extinguished?

Source: School to ax bowl-eligible UAB football program and AD. Read more at si.com.

SMU hires Morris

Winless Mustangs turn to Clemson OC. Read more at cbssports.com.

Nebraska dismisses Pelini

Huskers have had difficulties in Big Ten. Read more at espn.com.

Auburn fires Ellis Johnson

Defensive coordinator out after Tide scores 55. Read more at bleacherreport.com.

Vikings hold block party

Minnesota downs Panthers, 31-13. Read more at wralsportsfan.com.

Challenge benefits Bengals

Cincinnati nips Bucs. Read more at si.com.

Manziel sees action in Browns' loss

Bills boost playoff hopes with 26-10 win. Read more at foxsports.com.

Calgary wins Grey Cup

Stampeders hold off Hamilton Tiger-Cats 20-16 for CFL title. Read more at nationalpost.com.

High school football deaths alarm researchers

Disparity in fatality rates between prep, college and pro players puzzles analysts. Read more at usatoday.com.

Report: Mickey Rourke's fight victory was fixed

Elliot Seymour, who went down in the second round, 'is a homeless drifter.' Read more at dailymail.co.uk.

For a more extensive compilation of headlines from ECU and beyond, visit Greg Vacek's Web Headlines Roundup...


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