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Texas A&M Will Join the SEC in 2012

After weeks of rumors, Texas A&M is set to leave the Big 12 and to join the SEC, the league said on Sunday. The move will go into effect next July.

“We are excited to begin competition in the nation’s premier athletic conference,” Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said in a statement.

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Is the Full Tilt Poker Site Just a Massive Ponzi Scheme?

Full Tilt Poker, one of the Internet’s most popular poker sites, operated “as a massive Ponzi scheme against its own players,” alleges Manhattan’s US attorney.

The allegations come as part of a civil money laundering complaint claiming that funds the site raised went to pay members of its board of directors, which includes poker pros Howard Lederer and Christopher “Jesus” Ferguson. The board is reported to have taken $440 million since April 2007.

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Giants DB Antrel Rolle Wants to Face Michael Vick, Promises to ‘Put It To’ Eagles

With the Giants and Eagles set to square off in an early season NFC East showdown on Sunday, questions remain about whether Eagles’ starting QB Michael Vick will be able to suit up as he recovers from a concussion suffered in last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

While having Vick sidelined would hurt Philly, one Giants’ player is hoping that the Pro Bowler takes the field, after all.

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Fox Sports Admits Making Up Headlines Questioning Jay Cutler’s Toughness

Wanting to stress that some people have questioned Jay Cutler’s toughness, Fox Sports ran a graphic on air of a series of headlines — including “Cutler Lacks Courage” — during the Chicago Bears season opener that criticized Cutler in Chicago for leaving last season’s NFC Championship game last season with an injury.

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Broncos Fans Drop $10,000 on Billboard Demanding Tim Tebow Play QB

Some Denver Broncos fans are publicly pressuring Denver coach John Fox to make a change at quarterback by spending $10,000 to purchase space on two billboards in the heart of the city begging Tim Tebow to take over the team’s offense.

Tebow has begun the season on the bench behind starter Kyle Orton.

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Forty-Four People Die When Plane Carrying Russian Ice Hockey Team Crashes

Forty-four people were killed when a Russian jet carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team for the Kontinental Hockey League’s first game of the season crashed on takeoff on Wednesday.

It’s just the latest accident this summer involving Russian airliners — two other accidents killed a total 54 people which has led to calls for stricter safety guidelines.

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49ers-Raiders Preseason Game Marred By Shootings, Leaving Two Wounded

Two fans were shot in a Candlestick Park parking lot fight after the 49ers beat the Raiders 17-3 in a preseason game on Saturday. One of the men was seriously wounded. A suspect has been arrested in the attack.

The incident should remind some fans of the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten up by two Dodgers’ fans back in March. And, separately, during Saturday’s football game, 26-year-old man was assaulted and knocked unconscious in a bathroom.

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Michael Vick Talks About His Second Chance, Why He Chose the Eagles

A lengthy piece in the upcoming issue of GQ highlights Michael Vick’s mindset past and present and the aftermath of the dogfighting scandal that sent him to prison for two years. How’d he handle the sentencing and subsequent backlash?

“For a while, it was all ‘Scold Mike Vick, scold Mike Vick, just talk bad about him, like he’s not a person,’” he said. “It’s almost as if everyone wanted to hate me. But what have I done to anybody? It was something that happened, and it was people trying to make some money.”

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University of North Dakota to Drop Its Fighting Sioux Nickname

The “Fighting Sioux” will be all but gone by the end of the year.

That was the ultimate decision that University of North Dakota officials made, heeding the call of the NCAA which said the term is offensive to Native Americans. They will retire the nickname of its athletics program and implement a new name for the school early next year. After private meetings were held with leaders of the NCAA, and amid mounting pressure, the school opted to back down and accept a name change.

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Bubba Smith, ‘Police Academy’ and NFL Star, Dead at 66

Charles Aaron “Bubba” Smith, who was a feared defense end for the Baltimore Colts and found a Hollywood career in retirement, was found dead at his home on Wednesday. He was 66. The cause of death has not yet been announced.

 

Perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Moses Hightower in the ‘Police Academy’ film series, the 6-foot-7 Smith was the number one overall pick in the 1967 National Football League draft and played nine seasons in the NFL.

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