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Duke dismisses shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon from the team. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made this comment about the dismissal:

"Rasheed has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program," head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in the release. "It is a privilege to represent Duke University and with that privilege comes the responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner.

"After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss him from the program."

This is a significant blow to the Blue Devils. Despite his relatively pedestrian numbers, he was arguably the best defender on a team that lacks defense, and at 40% from the arc (a career 39% shooter) his absence will be felt.

This may not seem that significant, but it definitely hurts the Blue Devils in ways that will manifest themselves as soon as Saturday. It’s not an insurmountable loss, but losing a junior on a team dominated by freshmen and sophomores is usually a bad thing.

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Awesome. One of my dearest friends also had a do like that back in the day.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Coach Cal hilariously calls Andrew Harrison Andrew Wiggins:

    Hat tip: Chip Miller

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College football
  • Anchor of Gold is asking questions about how James Franklin had such unprecedented success at Vanderbilt, all the while rocketing to the top of the Fulmer Cup. When "What did he know and when did he know it?" pops up, it’s never a good thing. Consider:

    I realize there are ongoing legal matters. I realize that answers will not be immediately forthcoming. And I realize that people up north will immediately start complaining about bringing up old business and sour grapes and jilted lovers and whatnot. I. Do. Not. Care. This is not a school that exists to serve the greater needs of the football program.

    That’s going to leave a mark. Over to you, Penn St.

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  • Race car driver Jeff Gordon will retire from the sport.

  • 2015 NBA All-Star rosters, slam dunk participants, and more. Tw ex-UK players made the starting lineup. I can’t believe the Big Cuz didn’t make it. Nerlens Noel did make the rising stars challenge. But consider this:

    Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousinsone of just three players in the league averaging better than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game alongside West starter Anthony Davis and reserve LaMarcus Aldridge – and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard were the most prominent players snubbed by the coaches in the packed West. [My emphasis]

    Hat tip: Aaron’s blog.

  • How to reduce the amount of air in a football without letting out any. I kind of doubt the Patriots were smart enough to figure this out. I really appreciated this part, though, because I loathe Bill Nye:

    The biggest loser: Bill Nye, the phony-science guy

    While real scientists keep acknowledging that the move from inside to outside can cause a substantial drop in football psi, Nye went on national television to proclaim that air must have been taken out of the balls with a needle. So that’s good anyway. Half the Northeast now knows that Bill Nye is an idiot.

    I’ve always known he was an idiot, but then, science is kind of my thing. Hat tip: Schweder

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