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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Ravens cornerback Aaron Ross tears Achilles’, is out for the season


(Associated Press)

Veteran cornerback Aaron Ross, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens last month to give them depth in the secondary, will miss the 2014 season after tearing his Achilles’ tendon during a conditioning test on Thursday morning, the first day of training camp.

Ross, 31, spent last season with the New York Giants, his second stint there after New York selected him with the 20th overall pick of the 2007 NFL draft. He played only four games in 2013 before being placed on injured reserve with a back injury. Ross previously played for the Giants from 2007 to 2011, helping lead New York to two Super Bowl titles. In 2012, Ross played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has 11 career interceptions in seven seasons.

Ross starred in college at Texas, where he was part of the 2005 BCS national championship team and won the 2006 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back.

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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 07/24/2014

Texas football players Kendall Sanders, Montrel Meander charged with felony sexual assault


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UPDATE 12 P.M.: Sanders and Meander have been suspended indefinitely by Texas Coach Charlie Strong

ORIGINAL POST:

Texas football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were charged with felony sexual assault on Thursday over an incident that happened early on the morning of June 21, the Austin American-Statesman is reporting. Sanders also was charged with improper photography.

Here’s the American-Statesman’s Brian Davis and Tony Plohetski with more:

According to court documents obtained by the American-Statesman, UT police officers found the victim under a desk crying. She was barefoot and had disheveled hair.

Bail has been set at $75,000 for Meander and $95,000 for Sanders. Brian Roark, Sanders’s attorney, proclaimed his innocence and said “that will be proven.”

Texas Coach Charlie Strong said the two players will be suspended if they are indicted.

Sanders started seven games last season, grabbing 37 receptions for 361 yards and a touchdown. He previously missed the 2013 season opener because of a DUI arrest, Burnt Orange Nation reported.

Meander, also a wide receiver, redshirted last season and did not play.

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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 07/24/2014

Suspended Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon may be out of chances after latest arrest


(Associated Press)

Justin Blackmon, the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver who was suspended indefinitely in November after repeated violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, was arrested for marijuana possession Wednesday night after a traffic stop in Edmond, Okla., NewsOn6.com is reporting.

Blackmon’s troubles with the law began before he even suited up for the Jaguars. While at Oklahoma State, he was arrested on DUI charges that were later reduced to underage possession of alcohol. Then, two months after Jacksonville made him the No. 5 pick of the 2012 NFL draft, he was was arrested on aggravated DUI charges in Oklahoma “stemming from a police stop in which he had triple the legal limit of alcohol in his system. His blood-alcohol level was tested twice and he registered a .26 and .24,” the Florida Times-Union reported.

Because of that second DUI arrest, Blackmon was placed in the NFL’s drug-testing program. He had a solid rookie season for the Jaguars in 2012, with 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns, but was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for his first violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. He returned to play in four games before he was suspended indefinitely without pay for another violation.

Blackmon reportedly was eligible for reinstatement before the 2014 season, though it’s unclear whether Blackmon or the Jaguars made any effort to begin that process. According to a Florida Times-Union story published in June, the team has had little contact with Blackmon since his suspension was announced. Jacksonville drafted wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round of the NFL draft in May, which is perhaps a sign that it’s prepared to move on without him.

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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 07/24/2014

Watch Cristiano Ronaldo impersonate Michael Jackson on Japanese TV


Cristiano Ronaldo stays pretty in Japan. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Leave it to the nation who brought the world “Tore,” a Japanese game show that asks its contestants to answer trivia questions WHILE BEING MUMMIFIED, to bring us a clip of Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo imitating Michael Jackson. (Make sure to turn the sound on.)

Why the Real Madrid star impersonated the King of Pop remains a mystery, but why he did a lot of things on television while in Japan the last couple of days is also dumbfounding.

Take this 12-minute clip, for instance. Ronaldo looks simultaneously amused and terrified while the hosts give him flowers, tote out a life-size cutout to talk about his abs in a language he doesn’t understand, demonstrate some strange fitness equipment, including a facial exerciser that looks like a seagull flapping around in a dude’s mouth and… well, it’s better to just watch it.

Is this real life? Yes. Ronaldo is in Japan being promoted as the new face of healthcare brand MTG, Daily Mail reports.

“I think Japan is a fantastic country, fantastic people,” the star said via the British newspaper. “I had the opportunity to be here before and I know the fans here. They are amazing.”

Ronaldo’s latest trip may have been awkward, but apparently it was a lot of fun.

(H/t: SBNation)

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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 07/24/2014

Watch Frank Caliendo read LeBron James’ letter in Morgan Freeman’s voice


 (Reuters)

When it comes to impressionists, Frank Caliendo may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he stopped by “Mike and Mike” this morning as he made the rounds at ESPN and read LeBron James’ letter announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers using Morgan Freeman’s voice.

It’s pretty terrific.

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