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Ex-Giles County football star hits snag at Ole Miss

Friday, January 27, 2012 | 9:51 pm

Bo Wallace, a Mr. Football winner at Giles County and The Tennessean’s Player of the Year in 2009, has gotten off to a bit of a rough start at Ole Miss.

A midyear signee earlier this month after a record-setting fall at East Mississippi Community College, Wallace was cited on Jan. 19 for underage possession of alcohol.

As reported by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger on Wednesday:

Wallace was issued a post-arrest citation for MIP at 10:15 p.m. Thursday at Rooster’s Blues House on the Square, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

Wallace signed with Ole Miss earlier this month after a fantastic season at East Mississippi Community College.

He set national records for passing yards (4,604) and touchdowns (53). The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Wallace has three years of eligibility remaining.

Wallace is expected to be near the top, if not at the top, of Ole Miss’ depth chart for spring practice.

UPDATE: In a statement, coach Hugh Freeze said that we was aware of the citation and that he “will address it internally.”

 

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Former Lincoln star LeBryan Nash leads Oklahoma St. to upset of No. 2 Missouri

Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 7:59 am

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FC Dallas Star Shines for USA

Saturday, August 13, 2011 | 2:15 am

While soccer flies very much under the DFW sports radar, last nights international friendly vs. hated rivals Mexico had a couple of noteworthy moments for the metroplex. Jurgen Klinsmann took to the sidelines as head coach of the US Men’s National Team last night for the first time after 5+ years of speculation. While the American’s were underwhelming in the first half, they looked like a completely different team in the second half, most notably after the entry of FC Dallas mid-fielder Brek Shea and his Billy Idol-esque hair into the equation in the 60th minute.

The 21-year old shined in only his 3rd CAP for the senior team last night, creating a handful of chances for other players including the equalizer which was tapped in by Robbie Rogers in the 72nd. Shea, born in College Station, has been a standout for FC Dallas this season and was even included in the MLS All-Star squad against Manchester United. Having recently signed a long-term contract with Dallas, we now know there’s at least one reason to drive to Frisco on the weekends…but that’s probably about it.

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Former Ensworth star named to Walker watch list

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 | 2:21 am

Orleans Darkwa

Tulane running back Orleans Darkwa, a former Ensworth star, has been named to the Doak Walker Award watch list.

Named in honor of former All-American and Hall of Fame inductee Doak Walker, the award is presented annually to the nation’s top running back. A total of 52 running backs were named to the watch list.

Darkwa was named to the watch list after setting a Tulane freshman rushing record a year ago by tallying 925 yards and 11 touchdowns on 184 carries (5.0 avg.) last season.

In addition, Darkwa caught 17 passes for 155 yards, threw two scoring strikes of his own and returned eight kickoffs for 150 yards.

He led the Green Wave in rushing attempts (184), yards (925), yards per carry (5.0) and touchdowns (11) while his 1,230 all-purpose yards also paced the squad. His rushing total from the 2010 season surpassed the former Tulane rookie rushing record of 890 set by current Pittsburgh Steeler Mewelde Moore back in 2000.

The Doak Walker Award dates back to 1990 and its previous winners include Heisman Trophy winners Rashaan Salaam (Colorado, 1994), Eddie George (Ohio State, 1995), Ron Dayne (Wisconsin, 1999) and Reggie Bush (USC, 2005) along with two-time winners Ricky Williams (Texas, 1997 and 1998) and Darren McFadden (Arkansas, 2006 and 2007).

Walker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Former UAlbany star Gallup returns as a Legend

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 2:41 am

As a University at Albany basketball player, E.J. Gallup is probably best remembered for scoring 36 points against Siena on Nov. 27, 2001. It’s still the most points by a Great Dane against the Saints since the rivalry began in 1940.

E.J. Gallup scored 1,359 career points between UAlbany and Coastal Carolina. (Times Union archives)

“It was just a fun game,” Gallup, a Gloversville native, recalled Wednesday. “It was one of those nights where I just kind of caught fire and anything that went up was going in. For Albany, it was our first game against Siena (as a Division I program), so it was a big game for the program at the time.”

Despite Gallup’s best efforts, UAlbany lost that game 60-48 to Siena. Then a month later, Gallup was gone. The sophomore decided to leave the program after then-head coach Scott Beeten was forced out and replaced by Will Brown only eight games into the 2001-02 season.

Gallup, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, will play his first official game in the Capital Region since then when the Albany Legends of the International Basketball League open play on Friday night at Christian Brothers Academy.

They face the Kankakee Soldiers at 7 p.m.

“It’ll be great,” Gallup said. “Even coming down to practice, I see faces I haven’t seen since school. It’s fun to see old friends and people I used to see at Albany. I’m excited to be home.”

Gallup is one of four former UAlbany players on the Legends roster, along with Will Harris, Scotty McRae and Lucious Jordan.

Gallup only played one game for UAlbany under Will Brown, a 61-58 victory at Robert Morris on Dec. 23, 2001. After much wavering, Gallup then transferred to Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., near his father’s part-time residence in Myrtle Beach.

Gallup said he had already thought about transferring out of struggling UAlbany even before the school fired Beeten.

“Me and Coach Beeten got along great,” Gallup said.

In hindsight, Gallup said he wished he’d finished his sophomore year at UAlbany before leaving.

“I was young,” Gallup said. “When you’re young and you don’t think about things like that, I wish I didn’t let the guys on the team down. But you live and you learn. I’m still friends with the guys who were at Albany when I was at Albany. And I ended up going to Coastal and it worked out good for me. I loved being in Myrtle Beach. Everything happens for a reason, I guess.”

Gallup averaged 17.6 points per game over his 37 career games at UAlbany. He scored a total of 1,359 career points over 87 games before finishing at Coastal Carolina in 2004.

After graduating, Gallup played professionally in Germany and opened a bar-restaurant in Myrtle Beach that he’s since sold. He’s back living in Gloversville.

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Lakers 108, Clippers 95: Star power

Saturday, February 26, 2011 | 6:59 am

LOS ANGELES — The Lakers’ best player was, at the decisive point in the game, their best player. The Clippers’ best player was not.

This wasn’t just about Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin, of course. But it’s going to be hard for the Clippers to beat the Lakers when Bryant has a good night, and Griffin doesn’t.

Bryant, who finished with 24 points, scored 18 of them in the third quarter. Sixteen of those came as the Lakers went from a one-point lead to a 85-67 lead over the final eight minutes.

That came after he left the game for a time in the second quarter, having suffered a nothing-funny-about it blow to his right funny bone.

“Kobe kind of faked them out with that dead-arm thing, and then scored a lot of points,” Phil Jackson joked.

Bryant said the injury — officially an ulnar nerve contusion — was very sore, but nothing he couldn’t adjust to: “I’ve been playing basketball since I was 2. I can shoot the ball different ways.”

Griffin, meanwhile, had 22 points, but was just 7 of 18 from the field. In the third, he was 2 of 5 from the field and had six points. Of course, no one else was doing anything, either. Randy Foye (seven points) and Chris Kaman (four) were the only other Clippers to score in that period, as the team went 5 for 19 from the field and scored 17 points.

“I just didn’t hit some shots I normally hit,” Griffin said. “… It happens.”

Bryant liked his team’s defense in the third — “I felt defensively we were incredible in that quarter” — just as much as Griffin didn’t like the Clippers’ defensive work against Bryant.

“I thought we did a poor job of getting in his way a little bit and making it tougher,” Griffin said. “A lot of those shots he had were uncontested and he hit them. You have to give him credit.”

The final score certainly did.

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Former Southlake Carroll star QB Riley Dodge leaving UNT

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 11:58 am

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Former Clarksville star delivers Christmas presents

Thursday, December 24, 2009 | 6:08 am

Shawn Marion, left, and Tyson Chandler celebrate Caron Butler’s basket against Oklahoma City on Monday.

Mavericks forward Shawn Marion, a former Clarksville star, delivered holiday presents to 10 single-mother families in Dallas on Christmas Eve.

“I am doing this for single-parent families on Christmas Eve because I know what it feels like to grow up and have sneakers so old and worn that I had to avoid puddles so that the socks protruding through the soles of my shoes would not get soaked,” Marion said in a press release. “My mom couldn’t afford to purchase sneakers and I know what it feels like to have nothing. My mom is a wonderful and strong woman who worked two jobs for a long time to put food on the table to feed us. To come from nothing to something is a blessing and I want to be a blessing to others.”

Marion purchased toys, bikes, televisions and other wish-list items, along with clothes, gift cards and other needed items on behalf his foundation.

Marion established The Shawn Marion Foundation at The Giving Back Fund to provide life-changing opportunities and experiences to single-parent families. The foundation provides college-scholarships to single-parent mothers to help break the cycle of low-paying jobs and limited opportunities.

The foundation also distributes grants to charities in the Dallas, Las Vegas, and Chicago areas that are providing needed services to single-parent families. Marion played for UNLV and grew up in the Chicago area. For more information, visit www.matrix31.com.

Marion was traded from Miami to Toronto in February of 2009. Five months later, he was dealt to Dallas as he signed a five-year, million contract. As an incentive to sell his million home in Miami, he is offering private jet service for four and Super Bowl tickets to the buyer if his six-bedroom villa is purchased for the asking price as is by 4 p.m. Friday.

He has sure come a long way since his days at Clarksville High. The 12th-year veteran is averaging 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds this season.

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Former Plano West basketball star Kathleen Nash now shining at Texas

Friday, November 6, 2009 | 10:51 pm

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Battle of the NFC East: The NFC East All Star Team!

Friday, November 6, 2009 | 1:24 pm

I hope you enjoy the DC Pro Sports Report 2010 NFC East All Star team. I’ve chosen the best player at each position from one of the four teams in the division. Since I don’t like fullbacks, I’m using a 3-WR offense here. Also, because a 4-3 defense better fits the talent of the NFC East, I’m using that type of defense for the All Star team. I happen to believe that the system should be tailored to fit the talent and a team shouldn’t use a certain type of defense if it doesn’t have the personnel to run it properly. [Mike Shanahan disagrees with me on that.]

So, without further ado…

THE NFC EAST ALL STAR TEAM!

OFFENSE

QB: Michael Vick [Eagles] — The best player in the NFC

TB: LeSean McCoy [Eagles] — 5.2 ypc, a great receiver and didn’t fumble like the NY tailbacks

TE: Jason Witten [Cowboys] — Led all tight ends in receptions & yards by a mile

WR: DeSean Jackson [Eagles] — 22.5 yards per catch, the top deep threat in the NFL

WR: Hakeem Nicks [Giants] — 79 catches, 1052 yards, 11 TD in only 13 games.

WR: Santana Moss [Redskins] — 4th in the NFL with 93 catches, 1115 yards

LT: Trent Williams [Redskins] — A good rookie season; best LT in a weak NFC East crop

LG: Rich Seubert [Giants] — Smart run and pass blocker

C: Andre Gurode [Cowboys] — Not a top player now, but the competition is weak in the NFC East

RG: Chris Snee [Giants] — The top guard in the division, maybe the best lineman

RT: David Diehl [Giants] — Can play either tackle position, but best on the right side

DEFENSE

DE: Trent Cole [Eagles] — 10 sacks against constant double teams

DT: Justin Tuck [Giants] — Can play end or tackle, 11.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles

DT: Jay Ratliff [Cowboys] — A bit of a down season, but still dominant when focused

DE: Osi Umenyiora [Giants] — 11.5 sacks and NFL-high 10 forced fumbles

OLB: Demarcus Ware [Cowboys] — NFL-high 15.5 sacks, best LB in the division

OLB: Brian Orakpo [Redskins] — Regressed in new defense but still 8.5 sacks

MLB: London Fletcher [Redskins] — Smart tackling machine, better in a 4-3 defense

FS: Antrell Rolle [Giants] — Talks too much, but still a solid player

SS: Quintin Mikell [Eagles] — Laron Landry is much better, but didn’t play enough in 2010

CB: DeAngelo Hall [Redskins] — A gambler who won 2 games this year

CB: Asante Samuel [Eagles] — Missed 5 games, 7 interceptions tied for 2nd in the NFL

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK: David Akers [Eagles] — Not great range, but accuracy made him a Pro Bowler

P: Matt McBriar [Cowboys] — Earned a Pro Bowl bid with 41.9 net yards per punt

KR: Brandon Banks [Redskins] — 25.1 yards per return tops in the division

PR: Dez Bryant [Cowboys] — 14.3 yards per return and 2 TD on only 15 returns

COACHES

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin [Giants] — People who want Tom Coughlin fired are lunatics. Considering the turnovers committed this year by his quarterback and running backs, it’s amazing Coughlin got this team to 10 wins.

Offensive Coordinator: Marty Mornhinweg [Eagles] — While Head Coach Andy Reid couldn’t decide who his quarterback should be or figure out how to manage the clock, Mornhinweg turned a cast of speed demons into the #2 offense in the NFL.

Defensive Coordinator: Perry Fewell [Giants] — Rebuilt the defense from a shambles in 2009 to 7th-ranked in 2010.

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