There was a point this season when Ja’Quan Newton — the only senior on the Miami Hurricanes roster that has logged significant playing playing time — was coming off the bench.He struggled offensively and his younger teammates were making plays, and headlines, for Miami during a tumultuous season that had the Hurricanes rise as high as No. 6 in the AP Top 25 before a spate of losses in ACC play knocked them out of the rankings.It wasn’t exactly the senior year Newton — once touted as one of the top sixth men in the nation as a youngster in Coral Gables — had expected.Then magic came on Wednesday night in North Carolina.Seconds after the Tar Heels battled back to tie a crucial conference game the Hurricanes needed to bolster their NCAA Tournament resume with 4.1 seconds left, Newton ran across midcourt and let a shot fly just before the buzzer sounded.The ball sailed through the net, officials determined the shot had gotten off in time and Newton … [Read more...] about After up-and-down senior season, UM’s Ja’Quan Newton gets moment, shot to savor
Steven Wine, Ap Sports Writer Updated 1:34 pm, Friday, March 2, 2018 Photo: Gerry Broome, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Miami's Ja'Quan Newton (0) shoots the game-winning shot as time expires while North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C. Miami won 91-88. Newton has watched replays of his desperation shot to beat North Carolina countless times on screens large and small. It always goes in. less FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Miami's Ja'Quan Newton (0) shoots the game-winning shot as time expires while North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) defends during the second half of an NCAA college ... more Photo: Gerry Broome, AP Hurricanes' Newton goes into career home finale as hero 1 / 1 … [Read more...] about Hurricanes’ Newton goes into career home finale as hero
We took Thandie Newton for granted for too long. The British actress was one of the first homegrown Nineties stars to take that big leap into the American unknown, quickly finding work stateside alongside A-listers like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith. But we knew little about her, or how much she had to say. Only in recent years have we've learnt that much of Newton's slight blankness was a result of industry pressure, a wall of publicists and advisers dictating how the actress should talk, how she should behave, and controlling the kind of work she put out in the world. But by sharing her own personal history and providing horrifying insight into the ugly underbelly of Hollywood,... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Thandie Newton tells the truth about the ugly, abusive side of Hollywood
Apologies for this being such a short post today (wait, was that cheering I heard?) because I spent too long working on this column for Thursday’s print editions about former 49ers coach Bill Walsh and the way he continues to cast a shadow on Sunday’s game and the NFL as a whole. Bill Walsh The best part about reporting the column was phoning up George Seifert, who succeeded Walsh as 49ers head coach, and spending about 20 minutes picking his brain about Walsh and football today. In retrospect, I’m realizing that George was one of the best men I’ve covered over the years. He was never overly buddy-buddy with the media but always honest and tried to answer questions as best as he could. He also had that cool NorCal outdoors vibe and spent a lot of time fishing in the offseason, often on his boat that was docked in Bodega Bay. At age 76, he’s now enjoying retirement as much as anyone I know. The most interesting thing that didn’t make … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 50 Countdown-Four Days To Go: Does Anyone Remember The San Francisco Demons Of The XFL? One Carolina Coach Does. Also, Is The Super Bowl Media Crush Getting To Cam Newton? Christopher Walken & Liam Neesen
You knew we couldn’t get through a Super Bowl week without some law enforcement activity involving a player on one of the rosters. So after today, you can check that box. Ryan Murphy, a practice squad defensive back for the Denver Broncos, was questioned in connection with a Tuesday prostitution sting at a motel not far from Mineta San Jose International Airport. The Broncos are staying a few miles away at the Santa Clara Marriott. Murphy was not arrested but his brother was, along with a female suspect. Nevertheless, the Broncos sent Murphy back to Denver for the rest of the week. Here’s our complete story: http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_29466910/san-jose-broncos-safety-detained-questioned-sheriffs-prostitution Other players are being more circumspect. The most amusing sighting occurred at a downtown San Jose taqueria, La Victoria, where a twitter user with the handle of @soadman posted a photo of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton standing … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 50 Countdown-Five Days To Go: Cam Newton Visits A Taqueria, The Panthers Won’t Pose For Pictures, An Attempted Theft Of A Giant Foam Finger . . . And More!