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Welcome to Ed and Doug's web page. Here the Two Bulldogs (both graduates of Fresno State University) will give you a weekly update on their favorite teams and also their opinions on the hot topics in the world of sports. Hopefullly you will be informed and entertained by what we have to day.
|FSU Football Update
Fresno State football coach Pat Hill announced Monday he will permit Bryce McGill to play in the season opener against Tennessee provided the senior linebacker completes an alcohol awareness program before Aug. 5, when the Bulldogs report to training camp. McGill currently faces misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from a one-vehicle accident while driving home early July 7 from the Chukchansi Gold Casino in Coarsegold. He is scheduled to appear in court July 30. Sophomore quarterback Paul Pinegar (pictured left), a passenger in McGill's 2001 Ford Explorer, also will complete the alcohol awareness program by attending 10 sessions of approximately 90 minutes each. "Bryce McGill made a mistake in judgment, and he took full blame for that," Hill said during a news conference. "In return, he is going to be very proactive and educate himself and really zero in on what happened. Hopefully, this educational process will prevent this from happening in the future." Hill said both players signed their names to a contract alongside his. Pinegar was not cited by police but volunteered to join McGill in the program. "If they fulfill the obligations of the contract, we're going to be right back on stride," Hill said. "If they don't, they'll be suspended from practice until they complete it, and they'll be suspended from the first game." Fresno State, ranked No. 21 by the Sporting News in its preseason poll, opens the season Aug. 30 at Tennessee. A projected four-year starter who already has received his degree in mass communication and journalism, McGill is a consensus preseason All-Western Athletic Conference pick and generally regarded as the team's hardest hitter. Pinegar started 12 games last season as a redshirt freshman. Since signing the contract 11 days ago, McGill said he has attended eight alcohol awareness sessions and expects to complete the program this week. A preliminary accident report indicated that McGill's blood-alcohol level was 0.13, according to police. California's legal limit is 0.08. "It's been a real eye-opener to me listening to alcoholics talk about their problems, how they got started [drinking] and how alcohol has affected their lives," McGill said Monday evening. "Listening to all these stories, I feel really lucky. It could have been a lot worse. ... We got out of this real easy." During Hill's seven-year tenure at Fresno State, he said this is the first time a Bulldogs football player has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The more things change, the more they stay the same in the Western Athletic Conference. Despite significant player losses, Hawaii, Boise State and Fresno State remain the heavy favorites in the WAC's preseason football media poll released Thursday. Hawaii, led by quarterback Tim Chang, received 227 points and 12 first-place votes from the 25 ballots submitted. Defending champion Boise State was a close second with 223 points and nine first-place votes, followed by Fresno State with 212 votes and the remaining four first-place votes. Nevada finished a distant fourth, followed by Louisiana Tech, San Jose State, Southern Methodist, Rice, Texas-El Paso and Tulsa. None of the favorites return intact. Hawaii lost three offensive linemen to the NFL and lost all of its linebackers. Boise State lost 14 starters, including WAC players of the year Brock Forsey (offense) and Quintin Mikell (defense). Fresno State brings back all of its skill players on offense but lost three first-team all-conference defenders. Although he believes Fresno State will win the conference championship, Bulldogs coach Pat Hill said he wasn't bothered by being picked third. Fresno State is coming off consecutive 6-2 conference seasons, all four losses coming against Hawaii and Boise State. "I don't worry too much about these things -- there's been years where we're picked to win it and didn't," Hill said. "I know Hawaii has a lot of returning players, and Boise is going to be good as long as they have a quarterback. I think we're right in there."
|The Big Story
Kobe Bryant has been charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a case bound to tarnish the career of one of the NBA's brightest young superstars. Bryant denied the charge, fighting back tears at a news conference in Los Angeles and saying he was guilty only of adultery. ``I didn't force her to do anything against her will. I'm innocent,'' he said, with his wife, Vanessa, at his side. ``I sit here in front of you guys furious at myself, disgusted at myself for making a mistake of adultery.'' The 24-year-old Los Angeles Lakers' guard faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation if convicted of the single felony count, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said. Hurlbert said Bryant forced the woman into ``submission'' through physical force but refused to disclose other details. The woman worked the front desk at the exclusive spa where Bryant was staying while in the state for knee surgery. Hurlbert said she would not be made available for comment. Bryant, free on ,000 bail, must return to court in Eagle on Aug. 6 for a hearing. Bryant's attorney, Pamela Mackey, said he will plead innocent. Speaking at Bryant's news conference at the Lakers' arena, Mackey said the defense will be that the sexual encounter was ``between two consenting adults.'' Bryant needed several seconds to compose himself before speaking, and his voice quivered once he started. His wife, who had their first child in January, held his right hand. ``I love my wife with all my heart. She's my backbone,'' he said, turning to her. Earlier, Vanessa Bryant released a statement, saying she stood by her husband. ``He is not a criminal,'' she said. The case has riveted the sports world for nearly two weeks because it involves one of the NBA's most magnetic stars.
Updating Ed and Doug's baseball teams
Ed's Pirates have decided to give up on the season so he has as well. No updates on the Pirates will appear the rest of the season unless a miracle happens and the team somehow starts winning. Don't hold your breath on that one.
Doug's Angels won their season finle over the A's on Monday winning 2-1. Anaheim is 52-52 on the season, is 10 1/2 games back of Seattle in the AL West and 10 games behind Boston in the AL Wildcard race. They open up a series vs. the New York Yankees starting Tuesday. Ed and Doug plan to be at the game on Wednesday.
Ed has picked a new Good Dog and Bad Dog of the Week. See who he picked!