Graham Watson

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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday. Graham had a brief collegiate soccer career, but traded that in for the life of a journalist and hasn't looked back. Graham has worked for the Dallas Morning News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as ESPN.com and AOL. She is forever striving to be the cool mom to two boys.

  • Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall making players earn their numbers

    Virginia players will have nothing handed to them this offseason, not even their jersey numbers.

    Players will go through spring drills without numbers on their jerseys or helmets as new coach Bronco Mendenhall tries to instill an appreciation by the players for being able to play for the Cavaliers.

    “To be able to play for this school and this program,” Mendenhall told The Daily Progress, “it ought to be something they cherish. I don’t intend to skip over the foundational elements of really driving that point home.”

    Players have been fighting for their numbers since winter conditioning. They took the field for spring practices Tuesday wearing plain black jerseys and tape on their helmets with their name. Mendenhall said he doesn’t anticipate players having jersey numbers until the Cavaliers kick off against Richmond on Sept. 3.

    “If you start from the beginning of the offseason program and you take the body of work from the offseason program through spring practice, through the summer

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  • Ed O'Bannon plaintiffs ask Supreme Court to hear case against NCAA

    The plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit led by Ed O'Bannon have asked the Supreme Court to hear the antitrust case against the NCAA.

    Last fall, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a decision by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, which called for college football and men's basketball players to be paid up to $5,000 per year in deferred money. However, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said that the NCAA’s rules restricting payments to players violated antitrust laws.

    The entire case stems from O’Bannon’s original claim that college athletes should be paid for use of their names, images and likenesses.

    “The more we saw how the NCAA was attempting to diminish the significance of the decision, avoid its consequences and its rational outcome, it became evident that the situation of college athletes would benefit considerably by a Supreme Court decision,” O'Bannon attorney Michael Hausfeld said.

    The Supreme Court doesn’t make a habit of hearing petitioned cases. In fact, less

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  • EA Sports settles lawsuit with college athletes for $60 million

    College football and basketball players who appeared in the EA Sports video game franchises from 2003 to 2014 have been awarded a $60 million settlement.

    According to ESPN.com, 24,819 players are eligible for payment. However, the awards will be issued on a weighted scale. If a player appeared in an earlier version of the game, they will receive less money than a player who appeared later in the franchise.That's because there was more specificity in the likenesses of players during the later versions of the games. Also, lawyers are entitled to 30 percent of their client's settlement.

    UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart and former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller, the lead plaintiffs in the case, are expected to receive the biggest shares of the money, which is estimated to be $15,000. Twenty-one other players will receive approximately $5,000 for being class action representatives.

    O’Bannon brought the original suit against EA

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  • Pitt RB James Conner practices one day after cancer treatment

    Running back James Conner opened spring practice with Pitt on Tuesday, just one day after completing his eighth of 12 scheduled chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkins lymphoma.

    Conner, who has remained active since his treatments began in December, participated in warmups and handoff drills.

    Conner was diagnosed with the disease toward the end of last season. He has been receiving treatments at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the school’s athletic department has helped pay for Conner’s medical care.

    This isn’t the first time Conner’s been working out with teammates. In February, coach Pat Narduzzi posted a video of Conner participating in winter conditioning.

    Both oncologist Dr. Stanley Marks and Narduzzi have said they expect Conner to play in 2016.

    Conner was an All-American and ACC Player of the Year in 2014 after rushing for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns, but

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  • Mo Claiborne's LSU championship game ring listed on eBay (Update)

    Mo Claiborne's LSU championship ring has been listed on eBay.Mo Claiborne's LSU championship ring has been listed on eBay.Update: 3/15 1 p.m. ET

    Claiborne issued a statement via LSU athletics claiming he had no knowledge his ring was on eBay.

    “I was not aware that my LSU ring from the 2011 season was being auctioned on eBay until I saw a post about it yesterday afternoon on social media. I love LSU and treasure all of my LSU possessions. I would never sell any of my LSU memorabilia as the time I spent on the LSU campus are some of my most special memories. The ring was taken from me without my knowledge and I’ve taken the necessary steps to get it back. I truly apologize to all LSU fans, teammates, coaches and supporters for this unfortunate situation. I am forever an LSU Tiger.”

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    The championship season ring belonging to former LSU cornerback Mo Claiborne has been listed on eBay with an opening price of $100,000.

    There is no real description of the item, but there are four pictures, including one of the side of the ring that bears Claiborne’s last name.

    LSU won the SEC title,

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  • Kicker Austin Hardin transfers from Florida, star recruit arrives

    Embattled Florida kicker Austin Hardin has decided to transfer.

    Hardin was the Gators’ starting kicker last season, but his powerful leg kicked the accuracy needed to be successful at Florida. Hardin made just 5 of 14 attempts this past year and connected on 16 of 36 field-goal attempts during his three seasons with the program. He had four kicks blocked.

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    Hardin’s move isn’t exactly unexpected, especially with the signing of Eddy Pineiro, a former high school kicker who became an Internet sensation after kicking a 77-yarder and posting it on his Twitter account.

    Pineiro spent the past two years at ASA, a junior college in Miami Beach, but will enter Florida as a freshman with four years of eligibility remaining.

    Pineiro has already made an impression on his new team by

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  • USWNT defeats Germany 2-1 in SheBelieves Cup de facto championship

    The U.S. women’s national team is the champion of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup, but coach Jill Ellis won’t care about that.

    What’s more important to the women’s head coach as the months tick down until the Rio Olympics was how her team played against some of the world’s best squads.

    And what they need to do moving forward.

    While each of the tournament’s three games offered different challenges to scrutinize, Wednesday’s 2-1 result gave the U.S. women an opportunity to play from behind, something that hasn’t happened this calendar year.

    German midfielder Anja Mittag tagged a shot from about 25 yards out that skipped on the uneven field at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, and past an outstretched Hope Solo. It was the first goal the United States had allowed since Dec. 16, when China defeated the U.S. 1-0 in Abby Wambach’s final contest.

    But it was a good test of the USWNT’s mettle.

    About six minutes later, U.S. forward Alex Morgan brought an initial pass into the box from Meghan

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  • SDSU coach wants Maxwell Smith to return as player/coach

    San Diego State coach Rocky Long would like to see quarterback Maxwell Smith return, but noted that if he did, Smith would not regain his spot as the team’s starting quarterback.

    Instead, Long wants Smith to coach.

    Smith, a graduate transfer, suffered a torn MCL during the first half of the regular season finale against Nevada. San Diego State already has applied to the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility, but Long said sophomore Christian Chapman is the starter and Smith’s return would not change that.

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    Long is hoping Smith comes back to provide maturity to the quarterback position and learn the coaching side of the game.

    “Since graduate students only take a couple classes, we’d let (Smith) sit in staff meetings and offensive meetings and he would sit in all the quarterback meetings,” Long said.

    “He says he wants to be a coach, so that would help him to his goal of being a coach someday. He hasn’t

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  • Illinois benefits from Lovie Smith hire while Bill Cubit moves on

    Illinois is already reaping the benefits of the Lovie Smith hire.

    Jason Heggemeyer, Illinois associate athletic director, tweeted there were 1,400 new season ticket buyers by the end of day Monday and $370,000 in new ticket revenue.

    Not a bad for a program that went 5-7 a year ago and averaged just under 41,342 per game, which was nearly 20,000 less than capacity.

    However, not everyone is feeling the joy of Smith’s hiring.

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    Former coach Bill Cubit, who was unceremoniously fired Saturday on athletic director Josh Whitman’s first day, told the Chicago Sun-Times he was hurt by the move, “but I’m not going to wallow in sorrow or self-pity.”

    Cubit was hired as the interim head coach last August after the school was forced to fire coach Tim Beckman. In November, the interim tag was dropped and Cubit was given a two-year deal. However, before he could coach his first game as the Illini’s new head coach, he

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  • Louisville QB Reggie Bonnafon can jump higher than most humans

    Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon has mad hops.

    Like crazy mad hops.

    During the Cardinals’ offseason physical testing, Bonnafon showed off his vertical jumping ability much to the delight of teammates.

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    From a stand-still, Bonnafon jumped 43.5 inches, which would have been the best mark at this year’s NFL combine by two full inches (Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey and Cal running back Daniel Lasco both jumped 41.5 inches). According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the next closest Louisville jump was receiver Jamari Staples, who jumped 40 inches.

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    Now, coach Bobby Petrino has to find a way to get Bonnafon’s athleticism on the

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