Former Louisville basketball pledge Courtney Ramey picks Texas – The Courier-Journal


Mack talks about Luke Murray, Mike Pegues and Dino Guadio joining the Louisville basketball coaching staff.
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An April recruiting push for Class of 2018 guard Courtney Ramey turned out to be a little too late for the new Louisville basketball staff.

Ramey, a 6-foot-3 high school senior from St. Louis, pledged to sign with Texas on Friday, picking the Longhorns over Louisville, Missouri and Oklahoma State. 

Ramey’s announcement ends a twisting-and-turning recruiting saga that included a commitment and de-commitment from Louisville last year, then Louisville’s new staff saying it wasn’t recruiting Ramey two weeks ago only to jump back in the race a day later.

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It also leaves Louisville in a tough spot. Chris Mack and his staff sought guards to add to next season’s roster but missed on five prospects they have pursued this month. Four of those players were graduate transfers, while Ramey was the lone high schooler.

UNC-Asheville transfer MaCio Teague visited Louisville last weekend and is still uncommitted, but he would have to sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules. Baylor is considered Louisville’s primary competition for the 6-3 guard from Cincinnati.

Considered a four-star prospect, Ramey is ranked as high as 31st nationally, by rates the Webster Groves High senior 40th in his class, and ESPN lists him 56th.

Ramey led Webster Groves to its second consecutive state championship after returning from a broken wrist that kept him out for a portion of the season. He averaged 21 points, seven assists and seven rebounds per game as a senior and was named the All-Metro co-player of the year by the St. Louis Dispatch.

Missouri’s Mr. Basketball originally committed to Louisville in February 2017 but backed off his pledge after the FBI’s investigation into college basketball recruiting ensnared the program.

Interim coach David Padgett and his staff continued recruiting Ramey after Rick Pitino’s dismissal in September, and Ramey’s father, Terrell, said his son was still interested in playing for the Cardinals.

After the elder Ramey didn’t respond to text messages from Mack in early April, Mack made the rare public acknowledgment that Louisville wasn’t recruiting the two players previously committed to play for Rick Pitino and the Cards. He mentioned Ramey and Anfernee Simons by name.

A day later, through a mutual contact, Louisville’s coaching staff reconnected with Ramey’s father. The conversation picked up from there, leading to the Cardinals’ staff planning an in-home presentation with the Rameys last week.

That meeting was canceled after a scheduling snafu with the Iverson Classic high school all-star game’s organizers.

Ramey instead visited Louisville’s campus on Tuesday with his uncle.

The father-son duo planned to discuss schools over dinner Thursday evening, and the announcement Friday closed the book on a complex recruitment.

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On the April 26 edition of Wrestling Sheet Radio … the guys discuss criticism WWE has received for putting on an event in Saudi Arabia, Val Venis‘ odd post office incident and much more!

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Predators vs. Jets predictions: Who wins NHL second-round playoff series? – The Tennessean


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Joe Rexrode, columnist: Predators in seven. This was my pick entering the playoffs, and I had drifted to Jets in six after five games of the first round. But Nashville’s Game 6 pounding of Colorado switched me back — and if you think that’s wishy-washy, sorry but that’s what we have here. A coin flip. The Jets have everything a team needs to win it all and looked awesome against Minnesota. The Predators have the goods, too, and more experience and a coach who has won it all. Ultimately, this is about home ice. Bridgestone Arena will make just enough of a difference in Game 7 for the Preds to advance. 

Adam Vingan, Predators reporter: Predators in seven. Here’s something that I find interesting — the four remaining teams in the Western Conference are each seeking their first Stanley Cup, the third such occurrence in either conference since 1974. 

That has nothing to do with my prediction. I just thought it was neat. Anyway, if the Predators are to win this marquee series, then they must prevent the Jets from stealing home-ice advantage. 

Winnipeg has won 12 consecutive home games, last losing at Bell MTS Place on Feb. 27 to Nashville. The Predators simply can’t afford to lose at Bridgestone Arena. I envision the home team winning each game, meaning the Predators will survive and advance to the conference final in a tension-filled Game 7. 

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I-Team: Video Captures Arrest Of Youth Hockey Coach Witnesses Say Did Nothing Wrong – CBS Boston / WBZ

SALEM, NH (CBS) – Bob Andersen says he was standing between two parents who were having a verbal argument at the Icenter rink in Salem, New Hampshire, when witnesses say police came through the door, grabbed Bob, pushed him to the ground, tased him several times, and put him in handcuffs.

“I didn’t know how it was gonna end,” Andersen told the I-Team’s Cheryl Fiandaca. “I could hear my son crying and screaming. I could hear my wife screaming,” the Wilmington dad recalled.

It happened back in December. Two rival teams were playing each other and parents from one team say there were some questionable calls by the referee. “There had been a referee who was heckling our kids, and there was a little bit of verbal back and forth going on with a few of the parents,” parent Jen Hout recalled. “There was no fighting. There was no punches, nothing.”

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Salem, NH police officer arrest Bob Andersen (WBZ-TV)

When the game was over, in the lobby of the rink, witnesses say two parents got into a heated argument and Anderson tried to diffuse the situation. “He was just making a wall between our parent and the other parent that were having the argument. He just placed himself between them and he was just trying to calm the situation down,” parent witness Bill Dusablon recalled.

Witnesses who agreed to speak with the I-Team say that’s when police arrived and, without announcing themselves or asking anyone what happened, threw Andersen to the ground.

Several people videotaped the incident with their cell phones. Andersen can be heard screaming with four cops pinning him to the floor of the rink lobby. Two of them tased the 45-year-old.

Meantime, witnesses yelled “he did nothing wrong.”

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Bob Andersen being arrested by Salem, NH Police (Image from Griffin Hout)

On police dispatch recordings, one officer says, “We need more units. We just tased someone. It’s out of control here.”

The I-Team obtained police reports of the incident. In one account, an officer wrote, “I announced, ‘Salem Police, back off’.”

Dusablon told the I-Team, “I didn’t hear him say a word.”

Another officer wrote in his report that, while Anderson was on the ground, he “began to violently thrash around, attempting to escape.”

Parents we spoke with dispute that account as well. “He was already down, that’s when they started tasing him for no reason. He wasn’t going anywhere. There were four cops on him and he wasn’t fighting back or anything. There was no reason for that,” one parent said.

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Bob Andersen (WBZ-TV)

Andersen’s attorney, Chris DiBella, says the cell phone videos and witness accounts support his claim that Anderson was assaulted by police.

Andersen is charged with resisting arrest and assaulting the police. Recently, the District Attorney decided to indict Andersen in Superior Court, where he now faces up to five years in jail. “I think they’re doubling down,” DiBella explained. “They’re trying to intimidate him into resolving this matter, and it’s not something we’re interested in doing. They passed the line when my client’s been tased six or seven times in front of children.”

Andersen, who insists he did nothing wrong, is suspended from coaching while he waits for his day in court. “The other kids I coach were crying. To see them all in there crying is difficult, very difficult,” he said.

Bob is due back in court next month. Police told the I-Team that the Attorney General’s office reviewed a complaint it received and found no wrongdoing on the part of the police. The department also told us that their own review of the same complaint found no evidence that the officers did anything wrong. Just weeks ago the Salem town manager hired an outside agency to audit the police department and its internal affairs investigations.

Ulster Rugby: Has season been PR car crash? – BBC News

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Ulster have struggled on and off the pitch

The National Union of Journalists has sent an open letter to Ulster Rugby in protest at the exclusion of news reporters from press conferences.

It comes in the wake of two Ireland and Ulster players being acquitted of rape after a high-profile nine-week trial.

The NUJ said the “attempt to stifle” media coverage of the aftermath of the trial is an “unjustifiable interference with the freedom of the press”.

So, have Ulster Rugby got themselves into a scrum they can’t get out of?

Poor performances on the pitch have led to the departure of director of rugby Les Kiss, closely followed by the announcement that head coach Jono Gibbes will leave at the end of the season.

In an average year, that would keep the public relations department busy.

However, the handling of the rape trial and its aftermath have raised questions about the club’s ability to cope with a crisis.

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Both Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson were acquitted of all charges against them

But the club has struggled to contain the fallout from the trial and the subsequent termination of Jackson and Olding’s contracts. , even though Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were both acquitted of all charges..

Confining its pre-match press conferences to rugby writers since last week prompted strong criticism, not least from the NUJ.

Writing in the opinion section of Friday’s Irish News, journalist William Scholes said Ulster Rugby’s handling of the story was “bewildering”.

Ban on news reporters

He said its strategy could “appear next to ‘cack-handed’, ‘car crash’ and ‘crisis management’ in the index of The Big Book of how not to do media relations”.

He said the barring of news journalists from the press conferences was “a truly bizarre approach”.

And he pointed to “another unusual feature” around the “lack of visibility” from senior figures to answer “clearly legitimate questions” around the culture of the club.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Branch of the IRFU accused journalists of “unprofessional” behaviour at the first rugby press conference after the trial ended.

Jono Gibbes spoke to the media on 2 April, after which Ulster imposed a ban on news reporters from attending their events.

However, three journalists present at the press conference told the Irish Times this week that their conduct was respectful and professional.

Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll described the club as a “basket case” – a claim that was countered by current Ulster wing Jacob Stockdale who called the comments “ridiculous”.

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O’Driscoll (right) has been a regular media pundit at Kingspan Stadium since his retirement

Many PR firms advertise themselves as experts in crisis management so what would they have done differently?

Nick Garbutt, a former newspaper editor who now works in public relations, said: “This was one of the biggest news stories of the year, there was never going to be a soft landing.

“The best you could wish for was damage limitation, but there did not appear to be a communications strategy prepared for the end of the trial.”

Terry Prone, chair of The Communications Clinic in Dublin, believes there was a lack of preparation that put the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and Ulster Rugby on the back foot.

“A communications consultancy would have been doing scenario planning long before the end of the trial and would have been ready to move once the trial ended,” she said.

“They are paid to ask the questions journalists are likely to ask and to prepare a plan for the worst case scenario.

“The IRFU didn’t move quickly enough and once the concerned letters from sponsors became public, they lost the ability to make a moral decision rather than one seen as reacting to sponsors.”

‘Don’t hide’

The PR consultants also believe banning news journalists from press conferences was a mistake, not helped by the low profile of Ulster Rugby chief executive Shane Logan, dubbed “the invisible man” by supporters.

But both PR consultants have some sympathy for those trying to contain the crisis at Ulster Rugby.

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Willie Anderson says a return to core values will lead to future success

“The first rule of crisis communications is don’t hide from it,” said Nick Garbutt.

“Get your most senior people out there quickly and let them answer every question.

“Don’t ban journalists, as that is always counterproductive.”

Terry Prone said that once organisations are on the wrong foot they often make bad decisions.

“This usually involves looking for leaks and regarding the media as the enemy. The media is only the enemy if you don’t feed it.

“The media adore themselves so a ban just insults them and will be presented as an insult to the public, guaranteeing negative coverage.”

She added: “They should not try and spin their way out of this, but get back to rugby, reinforce their values and try to move on.”

Former Ireland international Willie Anderson is currently working with the Ulster Academy and he believes that future success will be built on a return to core values.

“I’m sure that the season can’t end soon enough for Ulster,” says Nick Garbutt.

“They’ve handled this badly but if they concentrate on rugby and get back to winning ways on the pitch the fans will remain loyal and this crisis will pass.”

Day 2 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots take a QB, Cowboys find a WR and every pick for Rounds 2 and 3 –

We saw a wild Round 1 by the time Thursday was over, and now it’s time to turn our attention to Day 2. Chris Trapasso gave you his take on the top 25 prospects remaining, and here I’m going to attempt to give you a look at how Rounds 2 and 3 could shake out.

If you want to know more about what went down on Round 1, Will Brinson shared his winners and losers from a crazy night. Plus, you can read all of Pete Prisco’s Round 1 grades right here.

Now, let’s get to the picks.

Round 2

33. Cleveland Browns

Harold Landry, DE/LB, Boston College. The Browns add some pass rush after passing on Bradley Chubb at No. 4. But wouldn’t you rather have Chubb and Josh Jackson?

34. New York Giants

Will Hernandez, G, UTEP. Might not be biggest need, but Hernandez is a first-round talent and fits what the Giants are doing on offense.

35. Cleveland Browns (from HOU)

Connor Williams, OT, Texas. The Browns get a new left tackle after the retirement of Joe Thomas, if Williams can stick at the position. 

36. Indianapolis Colts

Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa. The Colts get a first-round talent at cornerback since no linebackers are worth taking here.

37. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ)

Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State. Add another nice piece for the defense after going offense in Round 1.

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia. Running back should be the pick, and my gut says it might be Chubb over Derrius Guice and Ronald Jones II.

39. Chicago Bears

James Daniels, G/C, Iowa. The Bears get a great value to add to the offensive line after missing out on Quenton Nelson.

40. Denver Broncos

Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State. We could see the Broncos move up for James Daniels or Will Hernandez, but if they stay put, a talented tight end makes sense.

41. Oakland Raiders

Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas. This pick has to be defense after going tackle in Round 1. Jefferson is probably best available at the position.

42. Miami Dolphins

Fred Warner, LB, BYU. This fills a need, and I think Warner could go higher than we expect due to his coverage abilities.

43. New England Patriots (from SF)

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State. If someone doesn’t trade up ahead of here to take Rudolph, Pats could land him with the Jimmy Garoppolo pick.

44. Washington Redskins

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU. If the Redskins can get Guice as the fifth running back off the board, they have to like that.

45. Green Bay Packers

Lorenzo Carter, DE/LB, Georgia. The Packers landed a corner in Round 1 and get their pass-rusher here.

46. Cincinnati Bengals

Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado. This would be great value on Oliver, who could have been a late Day 1 pick. Don’t rule out another offensive lineman either.

47. Arizona Cardinals

Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M. There’s good value at corner, but why not give Josh Rosen a receiver to grow with?

48. Los Angeles Chargers

Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford. The Chargers found great value at safety in the first, and here’s where they come back and grab a defensive tackle.

49. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ/SEA)

Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. If Sutton gets out of the first few picks, I imagine the Cowboys trying to trade up. Here they just miss out as the Colts land a big receiver to replace Donte Moncrief.

50. Dallas Cowboys

D.J. Chark, WR, LSU. The Cowboys should trade up for Sutton, but if they miss out then Chark is a nice consolation prize.

51. Detroit Lions

Ronald Jones II, RB, USC. The Lions should be in a great spot to get a running back in the second round.

52. Baltimore Ravens

Donte Jackson, CB, LSU. The Eagles could look to trade back again, but if not, there should be good value at corner.

53. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from BUF)

Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn. The Bucs have the ammo to maneuver around for key targets, but if they keep all their picks, corner talent will still be there late in the round.

54. Kansas City Chiefs

Dorance Armstrong, OLB, Kansas. The Chiefs showed a lot of interest in Armstrong during the predraft process and might not want to risk missing out.

55. Carolina Panthers

Justin Reid, FS, Stanford. The Panthers would be ecstatic to get Reid here. Expect them to look at trading up for him earlier in Round 2.

56. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from BUF/LAR)

Austin Corbett, G/C, Nevada. The Bucs didn’t get Nelson in the first round, but Corbett is a solid consolation prize to play guard.

57. Tennessee Titans

Josh Sweat, DE/LB, Florida State. I thought Sweat was an option for the Titans in Round 1, so this could be a steal as an apprentice behind their impending free agents.

58. Atlanta Falcons

Braden Smith, G, Auburn. Hard to pass on Maurice Hurst, but I think medical issues could cause him to fall. The Falcons might be looking DT in a round our two, but adding a guard upgrade here makes sense.

59. San Francisco 49ers (from NO)

Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State. This figures to be where the 49ers target a linebacker, and Baker is a Round 2 talent.

60. Pittsburgh Steelers

Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State. The Steelers were unable to land their linebacker in Round 1, but Leonard is a fine consolation prize.

61. Jacksonville Jaguars

Tyrell Crosby, OT/G, Oregon. Some interesting talent is on the board at receiver and tight end, but I can see the Jags taking Crosby and kicking him inside to guard.

62. Minnesota Vikings

Uchenna Nwosu, DE/LB, USC. The Vikings could pick up Nwosu and apprentice him under Anthony Barr if they keep packing talent onto their defense.

63. New England Patriots

Rasheem Green, DE, USC. The Patriots finally go with a defensive pick, taking a pass rusher who can produce inside on third down.

64. Cleveland Browns (from PHI)

Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma. The Browns could look to trade back with no Round 3 picks, but even though they went with a tackle earlier, adding to depth at the position makes some sense.

Round 3

65. Baltimore Ravens (from BUF/CLE)

Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State. The Ravens have added a lot of receiver talent this offseason, but they still need young players who could grow into starters like Gallup.

66. New York Giants

Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh. The Giants add two offensive lineman on Day 2 after grabbing the running back at No. 2, giving Eli Manning all the help he needs.

67. Indianapolis Colts

Genard Avery, LB, Memphis. The Colts didn’t have value at the linebacker position in Round 2, but they have to address that need at some point.

68. Houston Texans

Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State. When the Texans finally get on the clock, priority No. 1 should be the offensive line.

69. New York Giants (from TB)

Duke Dawson, CB, Florida. Even focusing so much on offense earlier, the Giants have a chance to find good corner talent in Round 3.

70. San Francisco 49ers (from CHI)

Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State. Wouldn’t be surprised to see this small-school prospect sneak into Round 2.

71. Denver Broncos

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State. This is a nice value for Washington, who gives the Broncos a future at the receiver position.

72. New York Jets

Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State. The Jets found a franchise quarterback earlier, and here they give him a new favorite target.

73. Miami Dolphins

Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech. The Dolphins add to their defensive tackle rotation after parting ways with Ndamukong Suh.

74. San Francisco 49ers

Martinas Rankin, G/C, Mississippi State. The 49ers take Rankin and kick him inside to improve their talent at guard.

75. Oakland Raiders

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. The Raiders have a lot of picks on Day 3, so they can afford to gamble that Hurst’s medical red flags aren’t going to be a major issue.

76. Seattle Seahawks (from GB)

Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford. Meeks seems like he’d be a good fit in that depleted Seattle secondary.

77. Cincinnati Bengals

Arden Key, DE, LSU. The Bengals will gamble on a guy with character issues, and Key could be a devastating pass rusher.

78. Kansas City Chiefs (from WAS)

Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis. The value is too good to pass up on Miller, who brings depth behind Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins.

79. Pittsburgh Steelers (from OAK/ARI)

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn. This pick was traded twice on Thursday, and the Steelers can think about using it on a potential heir to Le’Veon Bell.

80. Houston Texans (from SEA)

Holton Hill, CB, Texas. The Texans should bring in more talent at corner, even after signing Aaron Colvin.

81. Dallas Cowboys

Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama. Harrison could go much earlier than this, so consider this a great value pick for the Cowboys defense.

82. Detroit Lions

Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest. Another great value at safety here for the Lions.

83. Baltimore Ravens

Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa. The Ravens focused on offense earlier, and here they improve their depth at linebacker.

84. Los Angeles Chargers

Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond. The Chargers pick up a young quarterback to develop behind Philip Rivers.

85. Carolina Panthers (from BUF)

Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee. Considering Gaulden can contribute right away as a slot corner, this could be a steal.

86. Kansas City Chiefs

Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama. The Chiefs have to improve their talent at corner after trading Marcus Peters.

87. Los Angeles Rams

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma. Look, it’s the Rams! With their first pick, they take a pass-rusher to add to the rotation.

88. Carolina Panthers

Chad Thomas, DE, Miami. The Panthers need to bring in young talent at defensive end with Julius Peppers on his last legs.

89. Tennessee Titans

Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M. The Titans add a quality third safety to the back end of their defense.

90. Atlanta Falcons

P.J. Hall, DT, Sam Houston State. Now’s the time to add talent at defensive tackle after going offense earlier.

91. New Orleans Saints

Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana. The Saints paid a big price for a pass-rusher earlier, and now they can add talent at tight end.

92. Pittsburgh Steelers

Kemoko Turay, OLB, Rutgers. The Steelers added an inside linebacker earlier, and here they add depth at pass-rusher.

93. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jeff Holland, DE, Auburn. The Jaguars add more pass-rush talent, and could think about trying to develop Holland as a strong-side linebacker.

94. Minnesota Vikings

Geron Christian, OT, Louisville. The Vikings pick up a new right tackle, and if he proves capable of starting, they can kick Mike Remmers in to guard.

95. New England Patriots

Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford. The Patriots grab a guy that can provide better depth behind Gronk.

96. Buffalo Bills (from PHI)

Dante Pettis, WR, Washington The Bills lost a lot of draft picks by trading up twice, and after a long wait, they finally add talent to the receiver position.

97. Arizona Cardinals

M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina. The Cardinals should look to address the corner position on Day 2, and Stewart is a good value here.

98. Houston Texans

Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan. The Texans double up at tackle, because they need all the help they can get at the position.

99. Denver Broncos

Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College. The Broncos add a solid corner here after trading away Aqib Talib.

100. Cincinnati Bengals

Will Richardson, OT, NC State. The Bengals went offensive line in Round 1, and they should add another piece to help their blocking unit on Day 2.