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Notre Dame's Floyd 'grateful' to stay in school

Notre Dame's Floyd 'grateful' to stay in school

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Posted: 4:56 p.m.

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Suspended Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd cleared the first hurdle in his bid to return to the team when a disciplinary panel allowed him to stay at the school.

"I'm grateful that I still have a chance to earn my degree from Notre Dame and be a member of the football team," Floyd said in a statement Saturday, a day after his hearing before the Office of Residence Life.

"I'm sorry again for the poor decisions I've made and for letting so many people down," Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd said.

Coach Brian Kelly suspended the star wideout on March 21, the day after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. It was Floyd's third run-in with the law over alcohol since 2009. He has a May 2 court date.

"I know that I still need to meet the requirements set by the university and Coach Kelly, and that I have a lot of work to do that and to prove that I've grown from this experience," Floyd said. "I'm sorry again for the poor decisions I've made and for letting so many people down."

Kelly had no "drop-dead" date for a decision on whether he will reinstate Floyd, Notre Dame's career leader in touchdown catches (28). The senior ranks second in school history in catches (171) and third in receiving yards (2,539).

"I can only comment on what I do as a football program," Kelly said during a news conference Saturday. "And, as you know, Michael is suspended, and that is indefinite. This is not about anything except how I handle our players."

Kelly emphasized that Floyd has a long way to go before he can return to the team.

"Everybody has jumped to conclusions that Mike Floyd is going to play football. Mike has so many things on his plate that he has to handle before he can even think about football," the coach said. "Academics, and personally, he's got a lot of things in front of him that he has to go through before we even start thinking about football."

"So it's a fluid situation, every day and I am talking to him to make sure that very day he takes the right steps to get his degree and personally he has to take care of things that we have talked about."

Details of Friday's hearing or conditions imposed on Floyd were not disclosed.

"There is a stated alcohol guideline that I have used over 22 years that I think is an effective way to educate and teach how to make good decisions," Kelly said. "And it's not just me. It is the utilization of the resources that we have. I'm not a professional counselor when it comes to these things, but I'm pretty good at reaching out and finding the people that can come up with those answers.

"... Football is not even in the equation right now, it can't be."

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All-female crew to broadcast and produce Blackhawks-Blues coverage on March 8

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All-female crew to broadcast and produce Blackhawks-Blues coverage on March 8

On Sunday, NBC Sports announced an all-female crew will broadcast and produce coverage for March 8's Blackhawks vs. Blues contest at the United Center.

The broadcast will coincide with International Women’s Day and mark the first NHL game broadcast and produced solely by women in the U.S.

Kate Scott will handle play-by-play duties, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne-Schofield will serve as the "inside the glass" analyst and AJ Mleczko - also a gold medalist with the U.S. - will work as an analyst from the game in Chicago. 

Back in the studio, Kathryn Tappen will anchor with three-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jen Botterill on hand. Producer Rene Hatlelid and director Lisa Seltzer will lead game production.

From NBC Sports' release:

"The first-of-its-kind broadcast will be in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, which dates back over 100 years. Throughout the broadcast there will be nods to those who have made their mark on women’s hockey, and sports in general, with the hopes to inspire future generations of women to excel on the ice and behind the scenes."

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Yu Darvish thinks Houston Astros should be stripped of 2017 World Series title

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Yu Darvish thinks Houston Astros should be stripped of 2017 World Series title

The Astros' sign-stealing scandal is personal for a lot of players, though it probably hits a little differently for Yu Darvish. 

Darvish was a member of the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers team that Houston beat in the World Series. Darvish didn't have his best performance in the series and when asked about the scandal, the Cubs' pitcher didn't hold back:

It's a weird feeling. Like, in the Olympics, when a player cheats, you can't have a Gold medal, right? But they still have as World Series title. That makes me feel weird. That's it. And one more thing. With [Carlos] Correra talking about [Cody] Bellinger. I saw that yesterday. So they cheat, and I think right now that they don't have to talk. They shouldn't talk like that right now.

You can watch the video of Darvish's comments, from ESPN's Jesse Rogers, it right here.

The comments took on a life of their own, as Astros' soundbytes have been known to do over the last few weeks or so. Darvish was ready for the clapback, though, and delivered a final blow to some poor 'Stros fan who thought he could compete with Darvish on twitter dot com. 

Sign a lifetime contract, Yu. Never leave us.

Related: Bryant crushes Astros for cheating scandal: 'What a disgrace that was' 

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