Rutgers Video Scandal, Knicks win 10th straight, Football News and Notes, MLB + Wednesday Recap: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Rutgers fires Mike Rice after abuse video becomes public

Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice was dismissed on Wednesday after a tape showing him abusing his players became public. The clip shown on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” shows Rice shoving, kicking, grabbing, throwing balls at and using homophobic gay slurs in practice. The clip had become known by the Rutgers administration in November and Rice was suspended for three games, fined $50,000 and mandated to take Anger Management classes.
Rutgers was forced to act after the clip became public. You can read all about the scandal and follow the events as they happened in a timeline by clicking here.

This clip of Rutgers coach Mike Rice abusing his players got him fired

Former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice in an impromptu interview in front of his house on Wednesday

Richard Pitino replaces Tubby at Minnesota

Richard Pitino, the 30-year-old son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino has agreed to terms to become the new head coach at Minnesota. In his first year as a head coach at Florida International, Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record and a runner-up finish in the Sunbelt tournament. It was the school’s first winning season in 13 years. Terms of the contarct will be worked out this week and the younger Pitino is supposed to be introduced by the school on Friday.

Iowa vs Baylor meet in tonight’s NIT final

The Iowa Hawkeyes meets the Baylor Bears in tonight’s NIT final at Madison Square Garden in New York. The game opened at pick and 141 but Iowa has taken money and has been bet to -2 while the total is up a tick to 142.

NBA News and Notes

Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points Wednesday night as the surging New York Knicks won their 10th straight game with a 95-82 win at Atlanta. New York used a 19-5 fourth quarter run to seal the deal. Melo followed up Tuesday’s career tying high of 50 points against the Heat on Tuesday with 40 vs the Hawks on 17-27 shooting. That’s 90 points on 35-53 from the field in back-to-back games for Carmelo.

Just a week after surgery to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee, Metta World Peace is off crutches and excited about returning to the Lakers. MWP was expected to miss a minimum of six weeks but his rehab is going well and he could return sooner.

The Grizzlies, Clippers and Nets all set records in their wins Wednesday night. The Grizz won a franchise record 51st game with their blowout of Portland. The Clippers won their 50th game, a franchise record, blowing out Phoenix 126-101. The Nets posted their franchise record 21st road win in handing Cleveland its 10th straight loss 113-95.

NFL and College Football News and Notes

The Washington Redskins have signed backup quarterback Rex Grossman to another year. Grossman did not take a snap last year and is expected to compete with ex-West Virginia Mountaineer Pat White for the clipboard job behind RGIII and Kirk Cousins.

Buffalo Bills live-wire wide out Stevie Johnson caused a sensation on twitter yesterday when he jokingly wrote that if North korea had to bomb somebody, bomb Foxboro first. Johnson set twitter abuzz with that one and later issued an apology. Lighten up people.

Reigning Defensive POY J.J. Watt says his elbow is back to 100% and that he expects to have an even bigger year next year. Watt managed to record 20.5 sacks last year after dislocating his elbow in training camp.

DBacks edge Cards 10-9 in 16 innings

Cliff Pennington’s RBI single in the bottom of the 16th gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10-9 win over St Louis in a game that lasted 5 hours and 32 minutes. Pennington had started the season 0-11 before picking up three hits in the extra innings. It was the longest game ever played at the Bob, breaking the previous long of 5 hours and 14 minutes.

Free Play

(NCAAB) Iowa -2 over Baylor (Thursday, April 4, 7:35 PM EST )