A University of Connecticut assistant football coach who previously made waves for saying "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle" has resigned for personal reasons purportedly unrelated to the controversy regarding his comments.
Ernest Jones, who served as the running backs coach and director of player engagement for the University of Connecticut football team, resigned from his post just two months after being hired. Both he and newly hired head coach Bob Diaco previously served at the Catholic university of Notre Dame.
"Ernest has resigned his position effective immediately here at the university after deep introspection and reflection," Diaco said in a statement Monday, according to The Hartford Courant. "And it is entirely family and personally related." more >>
United States Olympic medalist Bode Miller has spoken out in defense of the reporter who made him cry during a recent interview. Miller defended NBC's Christin Cooper, who brought the bronze-medalist to tears after his win.
"Bode, you're showing so much emotion down here. What's going through your mind?" Cooper asked.
"A lot, obviously," Miller replied. "A long struggle coming in here. And, uh, just a tough year." more >>
The first female running back, Jennifer Welter, played in the Indoor Football League Saturday, making her the only woman to ever play in a men's football league as a non-kicker or placekick holder. Although she was tackled by men much bigger than her 5-foot-2-inch, 130-pound frame, she shrugged it off and managed to earn something more important than yards— their respect.
The first female running back played for the Texas Revolution during a preseason game for the 8-on-8 Indoor Football League. When Welter came in for her team during the third quarter, the 36-year-old was hit hard by a 245-pound defensive lineman on her first carry, losing a yard on the play.
"I said, 'Is that all you got?'" she recounted to The Dallas Morning News. "[The Texas Crunch players] were getting all alive, and I had to say something. I didn't want them to think I was intimidated." more >>
Derek Jeter, current team captain of the New York Yankees, has been receiving an outpouring of support from fans and fellow athletes after he announced his plans for retirement from baseball on Wednesday.
One compliment that has especially resonated with the Yankees fan base came from Albert Pujols, first baseman for the Anaheim Angels, who told the Los Angeles Times in a recent interview that Jeter is comparable to Jesus.
"On and off the field, he's the way you want your kids to grow up. Only Jesus is perfect, but he's pretty close to that guy," Pujols said of the star athlete. more >>
Alexa Brenneman, a Bengals cheerleader, is suing the team and the organization for paying the girls less than minimum wage. After calculations including mandatory practices and other appearances, the Ben-Gals get paid around $2.85 per hour, which is lower than the 2013 Ohio minimum wage of $7.85.
Alexa Brenneman detailed the duties of Bengals cheerleaders in the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday: the girls must show up for practices, games, pose for an annual calendar, and appear at "no fewer than 10 'charity' functions a season."
"When all of the mandatory practice time, public appearance time, time spent at Paul Brown Stadium on game days, and time posing for and promoting the Ben-Gals calendar are added together, the Ben-Gals spend well over 300 hours a year, 'working for the Bengals organization,'" the suit continued. more >>
Danica Patrick is shrugging off the disparaging comments made by NASCAR veteran Richard Petty recently.
The Hall of Famer told reporters at the Canadian Motorsports Expo on Sunday that Patrick would win the Sprint Cup only "if everybody else stayed home," ESPN reported.
On Thursday, Patrick retorted, "Everybody is entitled to their own opinion." more >>