Cop video shows Oregon star going 118 mph

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Cop video shows Oregon star going 118 mph

From Comcast SportsNet Wednesday, August 17, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Video taken by a police dashboard camera shows Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas was a passenger in the car when cornerback Cliff Harris was cited for driving 118 mph in June. Also in the video, obtained by KATU television in Portland, officer Ray Stallsworth asks Harris if there is marijuana in the car, and someone is heard responding what sounds like, "we smoked it all," which the officer repeats. But Harris denies there are any drugs in the car and later indicates it was another passenger -- not Thomas -- who was smoking the marijuana. Harris passed a field sobriety test and ultimately was cited for driving with a suspended license in a car rented by a university employee. No one else was cited in the traffic stop. Harris' family paid 1,620 in fines for the citation earlier this month. Oregon coach Chip Kelly suspended Harris indefinitely following the incident. Harris will not play in the Ducks' season opener on Sept. 3 against LSU. Harris has been practicing with the team during fall camp. Kelly has said his status would be dependent on adherence to the football program's rules. The school's compliance office was looking into the matter to see if any NCAA rules were broken when the employee allowed Harris to use the rental car. In the police video, Harris said he borrowed the car from a girlfriend. As a sophomore last season, Harris had six interceptions and set an Oregon record with four punt returns for touchdowns. He became known not just for his explosive speed, but for his colorful personality. Harris used the term "The Natty" when describing the BCS national championship game. Harris was driving the rented Nissan Altima when he was pulled over about 4:35 a.m. on June 12 near Albany, Ore., north of Eugene. When the Oregon State Police first reported the citation, Thomas was not identified as a passenger in the car. Kelly said Tuesday that Thomas would not be disciplined. "I'm not punishing someone for being a passenger," Kelly said. It's not the first time Thomas has been a passenger in a car driven by an Oregon player who has faced trouble. Thomas was also with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli when he was pulled over last summer for a traffic infraction and marijuana was found in the car. Masoli, who had earlier pleaded guilty on an unrelated burglary charge, was dismissed from the team by Kelly. Kelly said he believes Harris, who told the officer in the dashboard video that the marijuana was his cousin's. "I saw (on video) Cliff go through a sobriety test that the OS officer let him go on," Kelly said. "He wasn't charged with that."

Cassidy: 'Trying to set a standard' of being one of the NHL's better teams

Cassidy: 'Trying to set a standard' of being one of the NHL's better teams

BOSTON – The Bruins have won seven of eight games under interim coach Bruce Cassidy and are fortifying their position as the third playoff team in the Atlantic Division with each passing victory.

The 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden on Tuesday night probably shouldn’t be all impressive based on the Yotes standing as the second-worst team in the NHL, but it was a classic trap game coming off a long West Coast road trip. Instead of falling for the trap the Bruins exploded for three goals in the second period, energized by a shorthanded Riley Nash strike, and continue to extend the winning stretch they need in order to punch their playoff ticket.

The postseason clincher is still a long way away from reality, but Cassidy said the B’s are starting to achieve the elevated level of play they’re aiming for while finally getting the full potential out of their team.

“I just want the guys to make sure that they play confident, solid hockey and believe in themselves. And play to a [higher] standard,” said Cassidy. “We’re trying to set a standard where we’re one of the better teams in the National Hockey League. They’ve been there before, the leadership group here. That’s where we’re striving to get through in the end.”

They haven’t exactly shied away from the competition either, twice beating the first-place San Jose Sharks and shutting out the first place Montreal Canadiens in the final straw that saw Michel Therrien axed in favor of Claude Julien.

The B’s have now opened up a three-point cushion over the Maple Leafs for their playoff spot and they’ve averaged 4.13 goals per game (33 goals in eight games) while allowing just 2.13 goals per game (17 goals in eight games) in the eight games going from Julien to Cassidy. 

The challenge now is to maintain that level of play over the final 19 games of the regular season to drive home their playoff bid and finish strong at a point where in each of the past two seasons they’ve utterly imploded.


 

Wednesday, March 1: Bruins okay with not dealing

Wednesday, March 1: Bruins okay with not dealing

Here are all the links from around the hockey world as NHL trade deadline day is upon us with no promise of fireworks in Boston.

*As referenced above, there’s a good chance the Bruins won’t be doing much today and they’re perfectly okay with that.

*Craig Custance grades every move made ahead of the trade deadline with plenty of action out of the way early.

*The Vancouver Canucks will not be trading Ryan Miller, which is smart given the normal market for No. 1 goaltenders.

*The New York Rangers lost out on the Kevin Shattenkirk rental sweepstakes at the deadline, so they’ve opted for Brendan Smith instead.

*The Florida Panthers may make a move at the deadline (which they did in acquiring Thomas Vanek) but they will not make or break their team with deadline deals.

*Doug Armstrong says that Shattenkirk was frustrated by his role with the St. Louis Blues, and that played into his trade to the Capitals.

*For something completely different: It’s a national holiday in Canada as Jay and Dan will be returning to their natural habitat.