Rising NBA star charged with battery in Vegas

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Rising NBA star charged with battery in Vegas

From Comcast SportsNet
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Houston Rockets guard Kyle Lowry is facing a misdemeanor battery charge amid accusations that he threw a basketball at a referee and threatened her during a game in Las Vegas. The criminal complaint says the 25-year-old NBA player was taunting Infini Robinson while she was officiating a game between NBA players Sept. 22. Police say he threw the ball at her torso and cursed at her when the game ended. Robinson was hit by another basketball while she was changing her shoes in an area designated for officials. The report says Lowry later apologized, saying he let his emotions get the best of him. Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey says he is aware of the complaint but is not commenting on the legal matter.

John Fox, Vic Fangio nix report of rift in Bears coaching ranks

John Fox, Vic Fangio nix report of rift in Bears coaching ranks

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was game-planning for the Detroit Lions on Wednesday morning when he got a visit from his boss. A story had appeared that Fangio and coach John Fox were at odds to the point where Fangio was planning on leaving the Bears at the end of this season.

“I wasn't aware of [the story] and he told me about it because he was all nervous about it,” Fangio said. “So I said 'Don't worry about it… . [Fox was nervous] because it wasn't true and thought I might take it the wrong way.”

The Bears have more than enough to worry about, taking their 3-9 record to Detroit to face the streaking Lions. A looming staff upheaval could send the remainder of the season into a total collapse given that in this case, for instance, Fangio is very popular with his players.

Fangio said expressly that he plans on being back for 2017. Fox added his own staff statement.

“Well, I think when you spend as much time as we do as coaches, I think we get along great,” Fox said of Fangio and himself. “I want our whole staff back. Now, whether that proves to be a reality or not, things happen.”

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The surprise would be if the Bears 3-9 situation were without some tension. Linebacker Pernell McPhee verbally went after quarterback Jay Cutler earlier this season after the latter threw a costly interception. And whole units have had reason to harbor unkind thoughts about each other.

Fangio’s defense has maintained respectability through its injuries and even improved through the season. Their efforts have not always been rewarded by complimentary success or apparent game plans by the offense.

Conversely, the offense gave the defense a 13-point lead to start the fourth quarter against Jacksonville and the Jaguars won 17-16. The Bears led the Indianapolis Colts 23-19 midway through the fourth quarter and lost. The Bears led Houston 14-10 after three quarters and lost.

Still, “I think our staff is tremendous,” Fox said. “I think right now, if you flashback two years ago this defense was 32nd in the league; right now it is seventh. I think you even look at offensively, similar numbers even from a year ago. We were 24th. This offense is 16th. So with going on our fourth quarterback, I couldn’t be more proud of our staff. I’ll just leave it at I am very, very pleased with our staff.”

Lyons Township QB Ben Bryant verbally commits to Wisconsin

Lyons Township QB Ben Bryant verbally commits to Wisconsin

Lyons Township junior three-star ranked quarterback Ben Bryant (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process early and gave Wisconsin his verbal commitment.

"I feel like Wisconsin would be a great fit for me," Bryant said minutes after posting his decision via his Twitter account. "The coaches at Wisconsin really want me there. Wisconsin is a Top 10 program. I love the campus, plus it's really close to home. Honestly I have a lot of reasons why I decided on Wisconsin."

Bryant took part in a Wisconsin satellite camp at Homewood-Flossmoor and received his offer from the Badgers shortly after his camp appearance.

Bryant, who also had an early offer from Central Michigan, was drawing increased recruiting attention from several Big Ten schools this late fall and made unofficial visits this fall to both Iowa and Indiana along with Wisconsin.