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Braxton Miller has surgery on throwing shoulder as OSU Spring Football looms

Braxton Miller, meeting with the media on Wednesday night, will probably have limited participation during spring football (megasportsnews.com photo)

It seemed like yesterday that the Ohio State Football team ended its season the Orange Bowl back in January.

Well, don’t look now, Buckeyes Spring Football is just around the corner and everybody’s favorite quarterback may not participate.

Spring practice will begin on March 4, this first of 15 practices which will culminate with the annual Spring Game on April 12 at Ohio Stadium.

Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller, according to a football program spokesperson, underwent a minor surgical outpatient procedure on his throwing shoulder at the Wexner Medical Center. The injury was believed to have occured in January 3 Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.

The procedure could limit Miller’s participation during the upcoming spring practices.

This will give other quarterback’s a chance in trying to replace the popular and graduated Kenny Guiton as the backup to Miller. The candidates include Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Stephen Collier.

It is believed that Jones has the leg-up on the competition.

 

Thomas fired by Florida International University after three seasons

 

Isiah Thomas coaching Knicks (2007 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Florida International University is located in Miami, Florida.

The school is a Mid-major playing in the Sun Belt Conference of NCAA Division I. The enrollment is 47,966 students.

Three years ago the athletics department came up with the idea of bringing in a name basketball coach who could lure “big-time talent to the tropical paradise of South Florida. They felt they could win.

Entering the picture was former NBA star and coach Isiah Thomas to take a risk with an unknown program.

Thomas signed a five-year deal with the school to take the job, accepting nothing in base salary for his first season but agreeing to receive almost half of any gross revenues from ticket sales, commissions collected on food and beverage concessions and sponsorships.

Three years into the agreement, FIU did not see the fruits of his labor enough to reward the final two years of his contract.

The basketball program never was able to generate the enthusiasm that the school administration and Thomas had hoped. The Panthers averaged 1,071 fans at home this season.

One of the problems is that FIU tried to schedule games at home when the NBA’s Miami Heat were on the road and sometimes that didn’t work out because game dates and times have to be mutually agreed upon by both schools and the league it plays in.

Other factors that hurt FIU, is that the University of Miami draws huge crowds and has a winning team plus, Miami being a paradise city as mentioned before, there is the beach, surfing and volleyball for people to engage in.

(courtesy of Florida International University athletics)

The Panthers schedule was tough as well playing George Mason, Oral Roberts, Maryland, Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.

Thomas, the Basketball Hall of Fame player, was fired last Friday with a record of 26-55. His teams never won more than 11 games in a season.

FIU has never been a basketball power. The school’s last winning season was 1999-2000, and its winning percentage of .315 since that period of time is one of the worst in college basketball, 329th out of 344 Division I men’s programs, according to STATS LLC.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, Florida International, Internet reports

 

Robin Fraser, Ex-Columbus Crew fan favorite, named Chivas USA coach

Robin Fraser (courtesy of MLS)

MLS member, Chivas USA recently announced that Robin Fraser, a dominating player during his 10-year Major League Soccer career and a respected assistant coach in four seasons with Real Salt Lake, has been named as their new head coach.

The 44-year-old Fraser, will get ready for the MLS SuperDraft, training camp and the 2011 regular season, which has Chivas USA kicking off Saturday March 19 against Sporting Kansas City at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Fraser has become one of the most widely respected Assistant Coaches in Major League Soccer due to his work in four seasons with Real Salt Lake and head coach Jason Kreis.

Since Fraser joined RSL in 2007, the team has won an MLS Cup (2009) and has set a record for most consecutive home matches without a loss, currently at 25 league games and 33 matches in all competitions.

In 10 MLS seasons as a player, Fraser established himself as one of the league’s top defenders, earning two MLS Defender of the Year awards in 1999 and 2004, as well as earning five appearances on the MLS All-Star Team and MLS Best XI (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004).

The first-ever pick of the LA Galaxy in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft (fourth overall), Fraser played in 260 games (256 starts) with three teams, the Galaxy from 1996-2000, Colorado Rapids 2001-2003 and the Columbus Crew (2004-2005).

Fraser was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but attended high school in Miami, Florida and went to Florida International University.

After receiving his United States citizenship in 1986, the central defender made 27 appearances for the United States National Team, from 1988 to 2001.

Fraser and his wife Ashley, have two daughters, Danielle and Nicola.

Info courtesy of Chivas USA and Columbus Crew news

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: New England Patriots 41 Miami Dolphins 14

The New England Patriots dominated all phases of the game.

Patrick Chung blocked two kicks and returned an interception for a touchdown and the Patriots scored twice on special teams to bounce the Miami Dolphins, 41-14 in Miami, Florida.

Leading the NFL’s highest scoring team, Tom Brady threw for 153 yards, passing 19 of 24 for 153 yards and no intereceptions and three sacks.

Tom Brady (NFL)

Randy Moss was held without a catch for the first time since 2006.

The Patriots trailed 7-6 at the half, but Brandon Tate returned the second half kickoff 103 yards for a score, Chung blocked a punt to set up another touchdown, then Chung blocked a field goal that Kyle Arrington returned 35 yards for a score and the rout was on.

New England, now 3-1, moved into a tie with the New York Jets for first place in the AFC East, while the Dolphins at 2-2, dropped to third place with their second divisional loss at home in the past eight days.

Miami QB Chad Henne was 29 of 39 for 302 yards and 2 TD’s and tied a career high 3 interceptions. He was eventually pulled in favor of Tyler Thigpen.

compiled from staff & NFL news

New Orleans Saints get champions ‘welcome’ from President Obama

There was a shout of “Who Dat” as the celebration at the White House got started on Monday as President Barack Obama saluted the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

The band played “When the Saints Go Marching In”.

Drew Brees New Orleans (NFL)

President Obama (file)

Obama congratulated the team, owner Tom Benson and assistant coaches in the East Room. He said the team lifted up ‘the hopes and the dreams of a shattered city’ in the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction.

New Orleans beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, Florida.

Saints QB Drew Brees presented the 44th president of the nation with a Number 44 New Orleans jersey. The Chicago Bears fan said jokingly that he couldn’t get away wearing the jersey in the Windy City.

New Orleans coach Sean Payton is also from Chicago and agreed with the president.

compiled from staff, wire, New Orleans Saints and NFL news

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