South Carolina commit accused of stealing iPods and iPads from elementary school

Michael Bowman, a member of South Carolina’s 2015 recruiting class, was arrested Friday on 16 counts of misdemeanor larceny.

According to the Havelock News, Bowman, a three-star wide receiver from Havelock, N.C., allegedly stole six iPads and two iPods that belonged to Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School. Additionally, Edwards allegedly stole “eight other iPods belonging to an employee from the school.”

According to a release from the Havelock Police Department, the thefts occurred over a period of five weeks “from June 9 to July 16.” Bowman was working for a company hired to clean the school over the course of the summer, the release said. (Rivals photo)

Since Bowman was allowed to be in the school because of his employment, no breaking and entering charges were filed against him, said District Attorney Scott Thomas.

Thomas said that since each item had a value of less than $1,000, the district attorney’s office opted to charge Bowman with “separate misdemeanors for each alleged theft.” In the state of North Carolina, stolen items that are valued at more than $1,000 “can carry felony charges.”

Bowman, who committed to South Carolina in March, did not suit up for Havelock High School in its first two games this season.

For more South Carolina news, visit GamecockCentral.com.

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Listen to Phil Mickelson and Jim Mackay discuss shots during the Deutsche Bank Championship

If there is one relationship in golf that young players should attempt to emulate, it’s that of Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay. The two have been working together since 1992, taking the caddie-player relationship from something professional to something incredible.

Mackay seems to “get” Phil more than anyone out there, and the PGA Tour posted a cool video of the two discussing golf shots during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Any golf fan will enjoy this, just hearing one of the greats of the game talking with one of the great caddies in all of golf during a big golf tournament. Hopefully the PGA Tour will continue to roll out some of these type of videos because I am not the only one that really enjoyed listening to Phil and Bones just go over what they plan to do with each shot.

h/t Eye on Golf

Tennessee’s young team proves to be better than expected

Tennessee was the youngest team in the country this season, but it didn’t look like it in its season opener against Utah State.

The Vols jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back trouncing the Aggies 38-7.

It was a result no one who wasn’t a Tennessee fan saw coming. Utah State was returning a veteran quarterback and a strong defense while more than half of Tennessee’s roster was new. But coach Butch Jones’ recruiting appeared to pay off as Tennessee was faster, more efficient and even coached better than their Utah State counterparts.

The way Tennessee played in its season opener makes the Sept. 13 contest against Oklahoma far more intriguing than it was even a day ago. Oklahoma had its way with Louisiana Tech 48-16 on Saturday.

The Vols have to get past Arkansas State next weekend and Oklahoma has Tulsa, but that Sept. 13 contest, if both teams stay undefeated, could have some meaning later in the season, especially for Oklahoma, which might need a quality win to offset the fact that the Big 12 doesn’t play a conference championship game.

But Tennessee is no longer a gimme and this game might have raised expectations for the Vols. Jones’ team looked ready to compete and appeared to be — albeit against a Mountain West team — a better squad than it was during his first season.

We’ll see if that’s the case as the year treks on the opponents get more difficult.

For more Tennessee news, visit VolQuest.com.

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Tony Stewart’s return to racing ends in quiet, disappointing night

HAMPTON, Ga. – After three weeks of pain, sorrow, and horribly misinformed speculation, the Tony Stewart story returned to where it belonged: the race track. But for Stewart, the night ended early, and perhaps that’s for the best.

This marked Stewart’s first race since the accident in upstate New York that resulted in the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. Stewart has remained in seclusion since the incident, not speaking publicly and missing three races. His return to race in Atlanta brought with it many questions, questions that Stewart himself was not willing or able to answer.

Certainly, Stewart didn’t race to lose, or to leave the track more than 150 laps early. But this weekend almost surely wasn’t about victory, or qualifying for the Chase, or satisfying sponsors, or anything else other than just allowing Stewart to spend some time in the one place where he’s still in control.

The weekend began with an emotional press conference, and ended with Stewart’s wrecked No. 14 being loaded onto a hauler, the result of a blown right front tire and a collision with the wall. Along the way, Stewart received the support of both NASCAR, which granted him a waiver into the Chase should he qualify, and fans, who showed their support with cheers, signs, and scrawled messages on the white paint of the wall in front of his pit stall.

Stewart’s first true public appearance since the tragedy came when he stepped out onto the narrow catwalk of the drivers’ stage at Atlanta, and while he looked downcast, he entered to the loudest cheers of the afternoon:


Stewart started 12th, and raced as high as third before sliding back into the pack. On lap 122, Kyle Busch collided with Stewart, sending the No. 14 into the wall. A few dozen laps later, Stewart’s right front tire gave way, ravaging Stewart’s car and ending any chance of a reasonable finish.

After driving the car to the garage, Stewart dodged the horde of waiting media and disappeared inside his hauler. He’ll presumably race again at Richmond, and from a purely competitive perspective, that race would be his last opportunity to make the Chase this year.

However, Stewart’s reps have said the Chase is the last thing on Stewart’s mind. Racing for racing’s sake, as grief therapy and a return to whatever will now pass for normalcy, is all that’s on the table right now.

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The Can-American doubles team of Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil roll into 3rd round at the U.S. Open

The Can-American pair throw a little chest bump into the mix during their second-round doubles match Saturday. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)

NEW YORK – There was something (see above) that looked suspiciously like a chest bump between Canadian Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock towards the end of their second-round doubles match at the U.S. Open Saturday.

Perhaps an homage, or a message, to the chest-bumping No. 1 Bryan brothers that they’re coming again.

Just like at Wimbledon.

There were injury questions at the outset for Pospisil and Sock, who are gunning for their second consecutive Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open after winning a surprise Wimbledon title as an unseeded, and first-time pair.

The Canadian Pospisil injured his shoulder a few days before his first-round singles match against SImone Bolelli of Italy, and ended up losing in five sets. The American Sock had to retire in his own first-round match against Pablo Andujar of Spain with a calf injury that, in the end, seems to have been not much more than a cramp.

They were determined to give it a go. And through their first two rounds, they look like the same enthousiastic pair of puppy dogs who soaked up the Wimbledon experience – and the post-victory champagne.

After taking care of the Finnish team of Jarkko Nieminen and Henri Kontinen  6-4, 6-4 in the first round on smaller Court 4, a non-TV court that was as full as it could get, Pospisil and Sock – or Pospisock – were promoted to the much larger Court 17 for their second-round encounter with Martin Draganja of Croatia and Florin Mergea of Romania.

Here are some pics from the match.

That’s a good team – on clay. They reached the semi-finals of the French Open in June and won the Hamburg event a few weeks later. On a hard court, they weren’t quite as able to stay in the backcourt and pound their groundstrokes, and so Pospisil and Sock made fairly short work of them, winning 6-4, 6-2 to advance to a third-round match against Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.

Sock looked a little ginger on that calf in their first-round match. On Saturday, he looked a lot more like his regular self.