California State University, Long Beach was forced to forfeit its national cheerleading championship after it was revealed that some of the squad members were not students. Coach Eric Anderson was fired after the improprieties came to light. The 49ers won their title April 10, at the college championships in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Brandon Davies, the third leading scorer and top rebounder for BYU, was dismissed from the team late in the season for violating the university's honor code (consensual sexual activity with girlfriend), but plans to return next season. Only Davies will know if abstinence makes the heart grow fonder.
As the University of South Carolina football team wound up spring practice, head coach Steve Spurrier gave each of his players a workout plan for the summer. But, he admits he doesn't know if his program will be followed. "We have tried to inform our players as to what they need to do before fall practice", said Spurrier. "Some guys do it and some go drink beer all summer."
One of the rites of April, the college football spring game took place on university campuses throughout the nation and it was clear where the most interest was, the South. The Alabama scrimmage led all others with an attendance of more than 92,000. The rest of the top five included Nebraska (66,000), Florida State (53,000), Auburn (53,000), and Florida (51,000). Other notable crowds attended games at Texas (29,000), Notre Dame (27,000), and Oklahoma (25,000). Out West, USC drew 15,000 fans and conference rival Arizona was near the bottom of the list with a "crowd" of 4,500.
The Nashville Predators ousted the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. After the defeat, Ducks GM Bob Murray accused Nashville players of flopping down on the ice to try and draw penalties. Answered Nashville assistant coach Brent Peterson, "We go to the rink to practice our five-on-fives and power play and then we go to a pool to practice diving".
Sprinter Carl Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals and at age 49, he had hoped to embark on a different kind of running. Lewis had entered the Democratic primary for state legislature in his hometown of Willingboro, New Jersey. He had hoped to run against Republican incumbent Dawn Marie Addiego in November. After much legal wrangling, state election officials have determined Lewis ineligible, because he failed to meet the Garden State’s residency requirements. He also owns a home in Pacific Palisades, California.
There was a ton of security at Dodger Stadium during last week’s homestand, and still an unwelcome intruder was found crossing the outfield during batting practice. LA reliever Matt Guerrier witnessed a snake slithering alongside St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter. Two other Cardinals would go on to capture the reptile and carry it out to their bullpen. This isn't the first time a snake has been seen at Chavez Ravine, as they are native to the local hillsides. Guerrier added that he had two snakes as pets in college and that this snake wasn't very big although "I wouldn't go around here picking them up".
Dodgers' Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax earned $125,000 in his highest paid season of 1963, when he won both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards. Koufax posted a 25-9 record that year. According to divorce papers, recently ousted LA co-owner Jamie McCourt received the same amount just to get her hair done in 2010.
When asked what he was thinking years ago when New England drafted him in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responded, ”At least I knew I didn't have to be an insurance salesman."