Rees pleads guilty, apologizes for May arrest

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Rees pleads guilty, apologizes for May arrest

Per multiple reports out of South Bend, Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, both misdemeanors, stemming from an incident in May. Prosecutors dropped charges of misdemeanor battery and a second charge of resisting law enforcement.
The incident occurred May 3, in which Rees attempted to flee police breaking an off-campus party and reportedly kneed an officer trying to chase him down. Reportedly, the then-19-year-old Rees had a BAC over the legal limit.
"I apologize to my family, friends, the Notre Dame community, Fighting Irish fans and the South Bend Police Department for my actions this spring," Rees said in a statement released Monday afternoon. "I made a poor decision and I accept full responsibility.
"I learned a valuable lesson and witnessed first-hand that actions have consequences. This experience will make me a better person and I will focus on being a positive role model and citizen. To those who supported me during this difficult time, I offer my sincerest thanks. To the people I disappointed, I am dedicated to winning back your trust and confidence."
The Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton reports Rees' plea agreement entails a 30-day suspended sentence, 50 hours community service and 11 months probation. Additionally, Rees will have to write a letter of apology to the officers involved in the incident, and he'll have to pay a fine for restitution, the amount will be determined at a hearing in August.
Notre Dame has yet to take any disciplinary action regarding Rees, and any further penalties will be levied by Notre Dame's Office of Residence Life or coach Brian Kelly.
How this impacts Rees' standing in Notre Dame's four-player quarterback battle won't be known until preseason practice begins in early August. Rees, a junior and the eldest member of the group, will compete with sophomores Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson as well as true freshman Gunner Kiel for Notre Dame's No. 1 quarterback job leading up to the team's season opener Sept. 1 in Dublin, Ireland against Navy.
Rees completed 65.5 percent of his passes in 2011, throwing for 2,871 yards and 20 touchdowns. Turnovers plagued Rees -- and the entire Notre Dame offense -- with the then-sophomore quarterback throwing 14 interceptions.

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The Blackhawks’ starts have been all over the map this season but their finishes have usually been strong. That was the case again on Sunday night as the Blackhawks took a lead, lost a lead and regained a lead for good in their 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

This one featured a little bit of everything. So let’s just get to the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ victory over Vancouver.

1. Jonathan Toews breaks through. If the Blackhawks captain’s confidence was a little shaken with his lack of scoring this season, it should’ve gotten a boost with his Sunday outing. Toews’ goal and three assists were as big for him as they were the Blackhawks, who needed every bit of it late against the Canucks. In his last 12 games Toews has three goals and eight assists. He’s getting there. Said coach Joel Quenneville, “it seems like he was around the puck way more and when he does that, usually good things happen.”

2. Great start. This hasn’t been written very often but it was more than evident on Sunday night. If this wasn’t the Blackhawks’ best opening period of the season it was pretty close, as they broke out to a 2-0 lead against the Canucks. The Blackhawks, outside of a 3 ½-minute sequence without a shot on goal, were tenacious and ready to shoot, taking an 18-9 shots-on-goal edge in that first.

3. Corey Crawford rebounds. Quenneville considered Scott Darling for this game, an understandable thought with Darling coming off a 30-stop shutout. But he wanted Crawford to get back to where he was prior to his appendectomy, and Crawford took a step in that direction on Sunday night. In stopping 25 of 27 shots Crawford got his 18th victory of the season and 200th of his career. Quenneville said Crawford “looked like he was in control.”

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4. Michal Kempny’s tough stretch. When Kempny has been good this season he’s been very good. When he’s been bad... The defenseman was in the penalty box when the Canucks scored their first goal and he was beaten by Bo Horvat on the Canucks’ second goal. Kempny didn’t play the final 14 minutes of the game. Quenneville, who liked what Kempny brought on the team’s road trip, said Kempny just has to work through some things. “Coverage with awareness and knowing sometimes it’s man coverage, sometimes it’s playing the puck and clearing the loose stuff,” Quenneville said. “Defenseman is a tough position as you’re growing and learning it, but the more you play the better you play and I still think he’s making progress.”

5. Brian Campbell gets to keep No. 500 this time. Campbell thought he had his 500th point against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night but it was taken away. Well he got it back on Sunday night, setting up Richard Panik’s 11th goal of the season in the first period.