LSU suspends defensive back charged with battery

A Baton Rouge, La., TV station reports that LSU defensive back Jalen Mills was arrested on a battery charge.

According to WAFB-TV, Mills was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison early Wednesday morning on a charge of second-degree battery. No bond has been set.

LSU announced Wednesday afternoon that Mills was suspended indefinitely from the team. Coach Les Miles said that he will make no further comments about the issue until the case has gone through the legal system.

WAFB cited from the probable-cause report that a woman claimed Mills punched her in the mouth May 4 at his apartment complex. The report stated that she added “she fell to the pavement and was briefly unconscious.”

The victim reportedly suffered a cut on her lip that required four stitches. The report also stated that a witness gave the same account as the victim.

According to the probable-cause report, the victim said she was at the apartment complex and knocked on Mills’ door because she was looking …

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Famous names called in baseball draft

Some players just have baseball in their blood.

The sons of Cal Ripken Jr., Mariano Rivera, Lenny Dykstra, Paul Byrd, Charlie Leibrandt and Bobby Bonilla were among the 1,215 players picked in the 2014 major league baseball draft.

The New York Yankees selected Mariano Rivera III, the son of the former record-breaking closer, in the 29th round. The 20-year-old Rivera, a right-handed starting pitcher as a sophomore at Iona College, went 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 70 innings for the Gaels.

The Washington Nationals picked Ryan Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., in the 15th round. Ripken is a 6-foot-6, 230-pound first baseman. He batted .321 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 42 games this season after transferring from South Carolina.

The Braves picked Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra, in the 7th round, and J.J. Franco, the son of former All-Star pitcher John Franco, in the 38th round. The Braves also selected Grayson …

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Cecelia Seiler, owner of Uga mascots, dies

Savannah — Cecelia Seiler, wife of Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler, and owner of the University of Georgia lineage of “Uga” Bulldog mascots for more than a half century, passed away in Savannah on Thursday.

“Cecelia’s devotion to the University of Georgia was surpassed only by her devotion to Sonny and the family. We all mourn her passing and are so thankful for her faithful love and care for the Bulldog tradition,” Georgia President Jere W. Morehead said.

Seiler, the former Cecelia Gunn, was a native of Columbus, Georgia. She married Sonny while they were students at the University of Georgia. In 1956, while Sonny was in law school at UGA, the couple received an English Bulldog as a belated wedding gift. That fall, Cecelia altered a red children’s t-shirt to fit the puppy and sewed a “G” she cut out of black felt onto the garment. On Sept. 19, 1956, the Seilers dressed the bulldog in the shirt and brought it to both a party and then to the Bulldogs’ football game against Florida …

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Braves’ Jordan Walden gets loss in rehab start

Jordan Walden had mixed results in his first rehab appearance for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on Thursday, suffering the loss in a 6-0 rain-shortened game against the Columbus Clippers at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

Walden started for the G-Braves, who dropped their third in a row. And fans got to see the best and the worst of the Atlanta Braves reliever who is recovering from a hamstring injury. He struck out Jose Ramirez looking and Tyler Holt swinging. But when he struck out Adam Abraham, the third strike was a wild pitch sending Abraham to first base. Then former Atlanta Braves reserve Elliot Johnson hit a two-run home run.

Walden threw 14 strikes in his 23 pitches and his two-thirds of an inning. “I felt good until I got the runner on first base,” he said. “Then I just felt a little rusty with a runner on base. Didn’t feel comfortable and threw a pitch where I didn’t want it and Elliot hit it out.”

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Auburn can’t let anyone forget ‘kick-six’ against Alabama

Auburn can’t stop itself.

For Big Cat Weekend, the SEC school’s annual recruiting push in May, it wouldn’t let prospects forget that it beat – or how it beat – state rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

Chris Davis’ miracle return of a failed Tide field goal – as time expired – was immortalized on the field of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

And as if that wasn’t memorable enough, they had a cutout of Davis running back the kick in the locker room.

And in case you forgot what it looked like:

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Johnny Football misses (chance to) pitch

The Cleveland Indians invited Browns first-round pick Johnny Manziel to throw out the first pitch – on $1 hot dog night – before Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

But much like draft night, Johnny Football waited, and waited, and waited.

After a 2-1/2 rain delay, alas, Manziel didn’t get a chance to show how his two-seam fastball would’ve been delivered better than 50 Cent’s slider (and other celeb throwers):

Alas, all was not lost.

The quarterback, along with rookie teammate Justin Gilbert waved to the crowd for nearly two hours from their front-row seats at Progressive Field.

Manziel also flashed his patented money sign as typical Browns chants echoed throughout the ballpark, according to cleveland.com

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Ex-UGA center lands at UNC-Asheville

Former Georgia center John Cannon, who left the basketball team before the SEC tournament in March, will transfer to North Carolina-Asheville, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.

Cannon, 6 feet 10, 240 pounds, was the leading shot blocker in N.C. high school history with 620 blocks at Mountain Heritage High outside Asheville.

As a sophomore at UGA, he averaged 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds in 18 games as a reserve.

“Getting up the courage to leave Georgia was the biggest thing. I didn’t want to upset my teammates or make them dislike me. I was surprised at how well they supported my decision, but I shouldn’t have been. Those guys are like my brothers,” Cannon told Andrew Pearson of the Citizen-Times.

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Nick Saban gets a pay raise. What else is new?

Nick Saban has won a lot of games at Alabama (74, to be exact) since he arrived at the SEC school in 2007.

He’s been among college football’s best paid coaches in that time, too. His first contract after arriving from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins was an eye-catching eight-year, $32 million deal that now just sounds insulting.

Saban, 62, was going to make $5.5 million for the upcoming season under a deal he signed two years ago that had been set to run through Jan. 31, 2020.

On Tuesday, the University of Alabama System board of trustees, unanimously approved a pay package that will reward Saban with $6.9 million dollars over the next eight seasons (that is, until he gets another extension).

Sources: Figures gathered from reports and USA Today database on coaches pay.

Winning three national championships in four seasons does have its benefits.

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Marino: I’m out of concussion lawsuit

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that legendary NFL quarterback Dan Marino had joined 14 other players to sue the league about treatment of concussions during their playing days.

By Tuesday, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale had spoken to Marino and he intends to walk away from the lawsuit.

Marino told Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel: “Within the last year I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I later suffered from the effects of head trauma. In so doing I did not realize I would be automatically listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL. I have made the decision it is not necessary for me to be part of any claims or this lawsuit and therefore I am withdrawing as a plaintiff effective immediately. I am sympathetic to other players who are seeking relief who may have suffered head injuries. I also disclaim any references in the form complaint of current head …

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Dan Le Batard’s epic rant on Indiana and the Pacers

Strap on your headphones and listen to ESPN radio broadcaster and Miami Heat apologist Dan Le Batard go off on Indiana.

“They have Paul George. Paul and George, that’s the name of two Beatles. Guess who’s got two Ringos!?!”

“Hoosier State. Hoosier State. Who’s your daddy!?!”

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