Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
And the award goes to
The Week One NFC awards are in! Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes offensive player of the week after completing 27 of 35 passes for 312 yards. Brian Urlacher gets his sixth POW award for his defensive performance against Atlanta. And last but not least, Ted Ginn is awarded special-teams player of the week after a game-changing kickoff and punt return. (ProFootballTalk)
Meriweather stays uninvolved
Bears safety Brandon Meriweather declined to discuss an alleged rape that took place in his Foxboro home this summer. His past roommate, James Roberts, pleaded not guilty on all charges of rape in the July 13th incident.
Meriweather told the Tribune, Its a serious matter but that has nothing to do with me, Im going to let them handle that. (ChicagoTribune)
MLB 2012 schedule is released
Major League Baseballs 2012 schedule was announced this morning. Next years regular season will run from April 3rd until Oct. 4th. Cubs are set to open the season at Wrigley Field and the White Sox in Texas.
Fun fact: Next season there will be four full days off for the All Star break. (HardballTalk)
Will a judge let the ex-Illini pack his bags?
Former Illini basketball player Jereme Richmond is being refused by a judge to attend out-of-state basketball camps. Richmond was arrested last month outside a Waukegan home for carrying a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his car.
Richmond is on bond and currently prohibited from leaving Lake County, even for sporting events. A written request will allow another judge to reconsider. (ChicagoTribune)
An apology in 140 characters or less
Serena Williams tweeted an apology this morning for her weekend outburst on an umpire, explaining that her emotions got the best of her. Williams was set off by a call she believed was incorrect during a match against Sam Stosur in the U.S. Open final. This is not the first verbal issue she has had on the court and is now being fined 2,000. (ChicagoTribune)