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Cardinal sin

Here's one you don't hear every day. J.J. Hones, a point guard on the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team, has been dismissed from the squad for a DUI. No big deal, right? Happens all the time in college sports.
Drunken golf-cart fun at Stanford; plus, an aspiring NHL goon takes his show off the ice
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2010
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Charges against former UMass student to be dropped

A Mattapan man's 28-month legal ordeal ended in a Northampton courtroom last week, as the Northwestern District Attorney's office agreed to drop all charges against him pending an additional two months of incident-free pre-trial probation.
Justice Is Served Dept.
By JEREMY C. FOX  |  June 11, 2010
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Facebook fracas

Sooner or later, Facebook had to figure into the sports-crime scene. There are at least two cases now of pro football players getting arrested for assault in fights resulting from their wives looking at their Facebook friends lists.
Clinton Hart has one too many friends; plus, a pack of ’Dawgs starts chasing the Ducks
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 07, 2010
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UMass racial-confrontation case may finally come to a close

A racial incident that rocked Western Massachusetts two years ago may finally be laid to rest this week, as a black former UMass Amherst student charged with aggravated assault returns to court, apparently having reached an agreement with the Northwester
Is justice being served?
By JEREMY C. FOX  |  April 02, 2010
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Rube awakening

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Couldn’t you feel that void, that emptiness resulting from the failure of former LA Clipper and Portland Trail Blazer Ruben Patterson to get arrested for anything at all recently?
A former Jail Blazer returns to action. Plus, hugging it out at Portland State.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 04, 2009

Cheesy and crackers

There is no place hotter in the media lately than South Carolina, "The Cracker State," whose logo is still  essentially the Confederate flag.
Too much southern exposure. Plus, a rant — unpamper those kids!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 18, 2009


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Elvis Perkins | Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Elvis Perkins is the third Elvis on my iPod, and he's also the least controversial of the lot: he doesn't shake his pelvis or appropriate the unsung musical styles of others, and he certainly hasn't engaged in an epithet-laced bar fight at a Holiday In
XL (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 03, 2009
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Wideouts gone wild

Late February is a heavy-arrest period in American sports, for the simple reason that the college-football season is over, spring practices have not yet begun, and they have not yet deployed armed alcohol-sniffing police robots on college campuses arou
Lock the liquor cabinet and hide the keys — it's that time of year again
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 18, 2009
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Hello, Larry

Absolutely nothing is funny about the Lawrence Phillips case, so let’s not even go there — there isn’t a single laugh to be found in this past week’s news that the onetime Next Jim Brown was sentenced to 10 years in Cali.  
Sports blotter: "End of an era" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 16, 2008

Murder by numbers

Murder isn’t a common occurrence in Maine. You knew that, but let me remind you just how uncommon. In 2006, just 21 murders in a state of around 1.3 million people.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  September 17, 2008
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Festival casualties ’08!

A young man died of meningitis, which doctors believe he contracted by sharing joints with contagious hippies at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
A grim reminder that rock can still maim you
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 21, 2008


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Caged cat

“Sports Blotter” fans are already well-versed in the career of former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry.
Sports blotter: The end of Chris Henry . . . or is it?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 02, 2008
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Fallen eagle

BC isn’t traditionally a high-arrest environment, though it has had its share of head cases, with former star running back William Green perhaps its most noteworthy.
Sports blotter: "Trouble in Allston" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 30, 2008
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We can be heroes

Until now, the only way to use your ovaries to combat domestic violence was to yank ’em out, throw ’em in a sack, and use them to wallop an assailant.
Courage vs. abuse
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 02, 2008
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An identity crisis

On stage there’s nothing like a bad boy, mugging brazenly like Mick Jagger or hurtling toward comeuppance like a medieval morality play sinner.
Brown tackles Ibsen’s knotty Peer Gynt
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2008

The enforcer

Once upon a time, the washed-up hulking athlete didn’t have very many employment opportunities.
Sports blotter: "Real-life Rocky" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 13, 2008


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We're not going to talk about it

We start off this week with a crime that occurred some place other than Arizona, a/k/a the place we do not mention, where the sports tragedy that did not happen did not take place.
Sports blotter: "Super Bowl? What Super Bowl?" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 06, 2008
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Keep on truckin'

No messing around with those long-ass crime-story write-ups this week.
Sports blotter: "A busy week" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 30, 2008
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The Bucket List

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman do a lot of mugging in Rob Reiner’s new comedy.
Doesn't kick it soon enough
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  January 09, 2008
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A leafy, green substance

Just when you thought the “supernaturally large quantity of marijuana” sports bust was a thing of the past.
Sports blotter: "Copious amounts of pot" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 31, 2007
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Silver spokes of justice

This past Wednesday, Lee Peters spotted a man and a woman attempting to steal his bike near the Christian Science Plaza.
Cyclist foils heist
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  September 26, 2007


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Duck season

No one knows what got into Offerman — he’d never been arrested before.
Sports blotter: "Somewhere, Izzy Alcantara smiled" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 22, 2007
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Tiger traps

Baseball players steal bases, basketball players steal basketballs, and that’s all acceptable behavior within the confines of the game.
Sports blotter: "What are they teaching at Clemson?" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 11, 2007
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Texas trouble

Some college-football positions just seem to be cursed, arrest-wise.
Sports blotter: "When's he going to talk about Michael Vick?" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 06, 2007
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Stay classy, Florida

Class act Elijah Dukes has at least five kids by at least four different women.
Sports blotter: "Blunt text message" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 30, 2007
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Goodell-y two-shoes

In trouble once again this week is former Justin Miller Award winner . . . Justin Miller.
Sports blotter: "Commish got his work cut out for him" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 23, 2007


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Triple double

Several big-time D-1 sports schools have found themselves enmeshed in complex multi-arrest imbroglios this week.
Sports blotter: Incriminating phone evidence edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 18, 2007
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Low-flying Hawk

It has always surprised me that Seattle Seahawk tight end Jerramy Stevens didn’t figure more heavily in the sports-crime industry after he turned pro.
Sports blotter: "A different sort of 'making it rain'" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 21, 2007
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Quaking in their cleats

America’s leading health-fad-and-campaign-dreck news mag named Guilford College, a Quaker school in North Carolina, the “hottest for social conscience” in 2006.
Sports blotter: "Bad timing by Newsweek " edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 31, 2007
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Soft on Crime?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kerry Healey has made much of her Democratic rival Deval Patrick’s efforts to free a Worcester-area rapist from prison, but it turns out that under her administration, few rapists have been jailed to begin with.
Arrest rates for violent crimes have plummeted under the Romney-Healey administration
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 18, 2006