Roundup: Urban Meyer vs. James Franklin, High Schooler Shatters Backboard & Watch a Driver Texting Crash Their Car

maria_menounos_Maria Menounosman shot and killed for texting his daughter during movie previews … maker of Jim Beam sold for $13.6 billion – to a privately held company in Japan … Kaley Cuoco took a nice Golden Globes photo … why Sunday night is the best night for TV … caffeine may improve your memory, study says … “America is still a deeply racist country” … when conjugal visits come to an end … is thug a racist term? … the case for hiring ‘outlier’ employees … very sad and tragic death in San Diego … “Police shoot barricaded suspect who used woman as human shield” …

“Since 2001, the Patriots are 81-0 at home when leading by at least eight points at any time in the game.” [Football Outsiders]

Kansas 77, Iowa State 70 in Ames. The Cyclones couldn’t make 3-pointers (4-of-23), and Naadir Thorpe scored 23 points. [Star]

ESPN is going to get $1.30 per subscriber to the SEC Network. But it’s only for 11 states. Outside of the SEC, it’s only $.25. [SBD]

Penn State is going to lose a top assistant coach to … Urban Meyer and Ohio State? Oh boy, this should be fun. [SI]

Denver cornerback Chris Harris suffered a torn ACL Sunday. His season is over. [Denver Post]

Duke topped UVA, 69-65 on a late 3-pointer. Afterward, Coach K briefly touched on the death of his older brother. [News & Observer]

Why have Americans stopped moving to the richest states? [The Atlantic]

Jeremy Hill, the LSU RB, has declared for the NFL draft. Big-time talent, but buyer beware, given his history. [The Advocate]

Syracuse could be getting a new stadium – partially funded by taxpayer money – that would seat 40k, and may have a retractable roof. [Syracuse.com]

Why did Mike Tomlin say ‘obviously’ 322 times in 2013? [Post Gazette]

This one is odd: Bo Davis was named an assistant coach at USC last week. This week? He decided to leave for Alabama to join Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban. [AL.com]

Daniel Negreanu, poker player of the decade? [Cards Chat]

I have a feeling we’ll be talking about this column in March: Experience trumps one-and-done in college hoops. [Washington Post]

Austin Rivers didn’t get the foul call here, somehow. Yeah, I’d say the refs blew that one.

When it’s cold and snowy in Russia and you open a window, this happens.

Reminder not to text and drive. Watch what happens to this driver after the 1-minute mark.

Awesome: A high schooler shattered a backboard on an alley-oop. [via Hot Clicks]

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