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Capital Murder Charge Pressed Against Alabama Basketball Player Darius Miles

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A shooting on Sunday morning near the University of Alabama’s campus led to the capital murder charges of two individuals, including the men’s basketball player Darius Miles. This tragic incident claimed the life of a 23-year-old woman.

Alabama has made these statements: “We were made aware of the recent charge against student-athlete Darius Miles, and he is no longer a member of the Alabama men’s basketball team,” the University of Alabama athletics department said in a statement Sunday.

At approximately 6:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, Miles was taken into custody at the Tuscaloosa County Jail, according to an official from the jail who spoke to ESPN. The university then issued a statement that same day, announcing that the junior reserve forward from Washington, D.C. was no longer a member of the team.

Jack Kennedy, a captain of the Tuscaloosa police force, reported that an incident of gunfire erupted in the Strip, situated close to the university, in the early hours of Sunday. He further stated that Jamea Harris, hailing from the Birmingham region, was fatally wounded.

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Miles, 21, and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, both hailing from Charles County, Maryland, were indicted for capital homicide. This charge was triggered due to shots being fired into a vehicle, as reported by Kennedy.

Kennedy declared at a press conference Sunday night that the only possible motivation for this crime seemed to be a minor disagreement between the criminals and the victim that had occurred while they had been on the Strip. Furthermore, the individuals involved had no prior relationship.

According to him, a car, which had Harris as one of its passengers, drove up to the campus police near Bryant-Denny Stadium at approximately 1:45 a.m. The driver reported that shots had been fired at the vehicle and that he had returned fire. One of the suspects was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and Kennedy declined to reveal who had fired or who was injured.

Kennedy noted that neither the driver of the car nor either of the two individuals, Harris nor Davis, appeared to be connected to the university.

Darius has been blamed for being part of this calamity, however, he has proclaimed his purity and awaits his day in court. Our company’s inquiry is still taking place and no other comment will be issued currently.

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On Saturday, it was declared by Alabama that Miles would be absent for the remainder of the year due to an ankle injury. His biography has been taken down from the athletic department’s website, and the university stated in its announcement that he “has been taken away from campus.”

At a press conference on Monday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s head coach Nate Oats addressed reporters, though he stated that he was restricted in what he could say regarding Miles.

He began his remarks by expressing his sympathy for the family and friends of Jamea Harris, a young woman and mother who was tragically taken away. He said that it is an incredibly sad situation and their thoughts and prayers are with those grieving her loss. As the investigation remains ongoing, there is no further information to share.

Miles’ absence last month was due to a personal issue, followed by an ankle injury that eventually led to the conclusion to terminate his season on the same day the shooting took place. Coach Oats indicated this was the reason for the decision.

According to Coach Oats, he had gone back to his Washington home for a private matter and then sustained an ankle injury, which had been a lingering issue. He explained that these events were not connected to the incident on Sunday morning.

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On Sunday morning Coach Oats was awakened to the news of the shooting and quickly contacted the Alabama athletic director, Greg Byrne. His thoughts were with Harris, her family, and the team. Coach Oats said the tragedy had a personal connection due to his own daughters and the fact that he had to speak to Miles’ mother as well.

Miles was declared to be the only individual from the Alabama team related to the shooting, according to Coach Oats. He further reported that his team had gathered on Sunday evening and exchanged “many embraces”.

In a video shared by AL.com, Miles is shown being taken to a law enforcement vehicle while expressing his love to someone with a passionate declaration of, “I swear … I love you more than you imagine.”

Miles had taken part in six contests this season. The most recent time he represented the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide was on December 20th, where he scored two points in Alabama’s 84-64 victory over Jackson State.

This report was made possible through contributions from the Associated Press.

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Kansas State Triumphs 28-19 Over NC State in Pop-Tarts Bowl Clash

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Kansas State emerges victorious with a 28-19 win over NC State in the highly anticipated Pop-Tarts Bowl, setting Orlando abuzz with excitement.

Despite a valiant effort in the Pop-Tarts Bowl on Thursday night, the Wolfpack fell short in overcoming an early deficit, succumbing to Kansas State with a final score of 28-19.

The Wolfpack concludes their season with a 9-4 record, narrowly missing the chance to etch their name in school history with only the second 10-win campaign. The elusive feat was last achieved in 2002 with Philip Rivers at the helm, guiding the team to an impressive 11-3 record.

Facing the challenge without their All-America linebacker Payton Wilson, who opted to sit out the game in preparation for the draft, the No. 19 NC State struggled to contain the running game early on. The Pack found themselves in a tough spot as Wildcats quarterback Avery Johnson connected with DJ Giddens for a 37-yard score on fourth down, establishing a 7-0 lead.

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With Wilson absent from the lineup, Kansas State exploited the gap, amassing 258 yards on the ground, with Giddens contributing 151 yards. Despite NC State quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s 31-yard touchdown run against Kansas State on Thursday night, the Wolfpack was unable to seize control, never holding an advantage and only narrowing the gap to a two-point margin.

At the close of the second quarter, Kansas State maintained a lead of 21-7, with the halftime score standing at 21-10. NC State injected some intrigue into the game in the third quarter with a bit of trickery. Trent Pennix’s 60-yard touchdown run off a fake punt reduced the deficit to 21-19 with 1:50 left in the period.

The Wolfpack’s attempt to level the score was thwarted as Armstrong was taken down during the two-point conversion attempt. In his inaugural game as a freshman, quarterback Johnson, stepping in after Will Howard’s departure, threw for 178 yards, ran for an additional 71 yards, and orchestrated a decisive 15-play, 72-yard drive in the fourth quarter.

The game-clinching moment came as Jayce Brown secured an 8-yard TD pass from Johnson with a mere 2:48 left on the clock. Any hopes of a Wolfpack comeback were dashed when Parrish intercepted Armstrong on their subsequent offensive play.

Armstrong’s performance in the final game included running for 121 yards, scoring one touchdown, and passing for 164 yards. The Wildcats of Kansas State concluded the season with a commendable 9-4 record.

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USF Bulls Secure Bowl Glory: Crush Syracuse 45-0

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In a spectacular display of prowess, the USF football team, under first-year head coach Alex Golesh, ended its season on a high note with a resounding 45-0 victory over Syracuse in the Boca Raton Bowl. The win marked USF’s first bowl victory since 2017 and a significant turnaround, securing a winning record for the first time since 2018.

The Bulls’ defense played a pivotal role in the triumph, forcing four turnovers, including two scoop-and-score touchdowns, and orchestrating their first complete game shutout since 2009. Defensive MVP Daquan Evans led the charge with five tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble returned for a touchdown. Special Teams MVP Aamaris Brown-Bunkley contributed by returning a botched field goal attempt for a touchdown and adding three tackles.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Byrum Brown, named Offensive MVP, delivered a stellar performance, completing 19 of 26 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns. Brown also showcased his versatility by rushing for a team-best 64 yards on 14 carries and even catching a 21-yard pass from Sean Atkins. Brown became only the second Bull to surpass 4,000 total yards in a season, finishing with 4,101 yards.

Atkins, the Bulls’ first 1,000-yard receiver, secured six passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulls’ offensive prowess propelled them to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Brown’s connection with Atkins and a 31-yard touchdown pass to Khafre Brown highlighted the offensive dominance. John Cannon’s 40-yard field goal further extended the lead to 24-0.

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The defense continued its relentless performance, with Evans forcing another fumble, and Tramel Logan returning it 61 yards for a touchdown, making it 31-0 at halftime. USF’s defense held Syracuse to just 159 yards, 10 punts, and a mere nine first downs throughout the game, limiting them to 1-of-17 on third downs.

The second half saw Tavin Ward intercepting Syracuse’s first possession, setting up Brown for a 35-yard touchdown pass to Atkins, further widening the gap to 38-0. Nay’Quan Wright’s two-yard touchdown plunge in the early fourth quarter sealed the deal at 45-0.

The victory marked USF’s largest margin of victory in a bowl game and its fourth bowl win against an autonomous “power” conference program. The Bulls outgained Syracuse 407 to 159, with notable individual achievements from Brown, Atkins, and Logan.

Looking ahead, USF has already welcomed 25 new recruits on the first day of the NCAA Early Signing period, securing a top-class ranking in The American and among non-autonomous “power” programs. The Bulls will shift their focus to spring practice in March, building on the momentum gained from their outstanding Boca Raton Bowl triumph.

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USF Bulls Secure Bowl Berth with Dominant Victory Over Charlotte

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In a triumphant display on Senior Night at Raymond James Stadium, the USF football team (6-6; 4-4 American) punched their ticket to the postseason, securing a resounding 48-14 victory over Charlotte (3-9; 2-6 American). The Bulls celebrated not only the achievements of 16 seniors but also the program’s 11th bowl berth, marking the end of a drought since 2018.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Byrum Brown led the charge with another stellar performance, throwing for 253 yards and four touchdowns. Brown’s remarkable day also included 43 yards rushing and a touchdown, making him the first Bull to surpass 3,000 passing yards in a season, with his 2023 total reaching an impressive 3,078.

A standout throughout the season, wide receiver Sean Atkins continued his impressive run, logging his seventh-straight game with seven or more receptions. Atkins made seven grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown. Notably, he also showcased his versatility by throwing a 62-yard touchdown pass, becoming the first Bull since 1998 to both catch and throw a touchdown in a single game.

Running back Michel Dukes contributed significantly to the offensive prowess, running for a career-best 104 yards on 15 carries. The Bulls’ offensive excellence was complemented by a robust defensive effort that saw Logan Berryhill securing his third interception of the season, while Mac Harris and Daquan Evans notched their first interceptions.

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Jhalyn Shuler and D.J. Harris led the defensive charge with nine tackles each, playing a crucial role in holding Charlotte to less than 300 yards of offense and forcing three turnovers.

The turning point in the game came just 20 seconds into the second half when Brown connected with Jaden Alexis on a deep pass. Alexis, in a spectacular display of skill, spun his defender around and zigzagged for a 60-yard touchdown, giving USF a commanding 28-7 lead.

Although Charlotte managed a response with a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jairus Mack, the Bulls remained undeterred. Brown orchestrated a drive resulting in a field goal and followed it up with a daring onside kick, which USF successfully recovered at their own 46. Brown then capped off the drive with a 35-yard touchdown run, extending the lead to 38-14.

As the Bulls continued to dominate, John Cannon added his second field goal of the day, and USF entered the fourth quarter with a commanding 41-14 lead. The victory marked a five-win turnaround from the previous year, the largest in program history, and a return to the bowl season for the Bulls.

Reflecting on the game and the historic season turnaround, USF fans began to celebrate a bright future for their football program. The Bulls now eagerly await the official announcement of their bowl destination on December 3, savoring the prospect of postseason action for the first time in five seasons.

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