Kevin Ware’s Broken Leg

Louisville’s Kevin Ware suffers devastating leg injury in Elite Eight game against Duke!

Louisville’s Kevin Ware being tended to. He broke his right leg after landing awkwardly while trying to defend a shot.

Louisville’s Kevin Ware being tended to. He broke his right leg after landing awkwardly while trying to defend a shot.

For Louisville’s Kevin Ware, a 6-foot-2 sophomore reserve guard originally from the Bronx, that innocuous play in the N.C.A.A. Midwest Region final ended with a gruesome injury. Ware broke his lower right leg in two places as he landed near the Louisville bench with 6 minutes 33 seconds left in the first half of the Cardinals’ 85-63 victory.


Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said that Ware was expected to have surgery Sunday, and that it would take a year to recover. “It was very difficult to look at and watch,” Pitino said. “But he’s a brave young man, because all he kept saying was, ‘Win the game.’ ”

In a first half loaded with physical play, Louisville rattled Duke with a full-court press, making the Blue Devils work for every shot. Ware, who averages 4.6 points, converted a 3-point play in a brief appearance. He returned with 8:09 to play in the half.

The Cardinals led by 21-17 when Duke’s Tyler Thornton broke free for a 3-point jump shot from the right wing. Ware dashed from the edge of the foul circle and jumped at Thornton to try to block the shot. Spinning in the air, Ware landed with all his weight on his right leg. The lower part of his leg buckled unnaturally, and he slid into the Louisville bench. He lay on his back with the lower leg dangling grotesquely, broken at the middle of the shin.

“When he landed, I heard it,” Smith said. “Then I saw what happened come out. And I just fell.”

Pitino said a broken bone punctured the skin. “I went over and was going to help him up, and then all of a sudden I saw what it was,” he said. “And I literally almost threw up. And then I just wanted to get a towel to get it over that.”

An Innocuous Play, a Gruesome Injury

An Innocuous Play, a Gruesome Injury

Thornton yelled and grimaced. “I was freaked out,” he said. “He lifted his leg in the air and I saw where his leg was broken. It was bent in a weird way it shouldn’t have been.”

As Cardinals trainers surrounded Ware and covered his leg with towels, Louisville’s Smith, Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan fell to the court, crying. Behanan, Ware’s close friend, dropped to all fours. Pitino wiped away tears. Blackshear helped Behanan to his feet, and Gorgui Dieng, himself visibly shaken, put an arm around Behanan to console him.

“When he went down, oh my God, it scared me,” Behanan said. “I never cried for nobody like that. Kevin is like a brother to me. We’re always together outside of basketball, just doing things.”

After about nine minutes, medical personnel slid a board underneath Ware. Louisville players were huddling near midcourt when Pitino called them over — Ware wanted to tell them something before he left.

“He was laying down, crying and saying: ‘Win it for me, y’all. I’m good. I’m going to get surgery and be back at it like I never left,’ ” Behanan said.

Moments later, while the crowd chanted his first name, Ware was lifted onto a stretcher and wheeled away. He was taken to Methodist Hospital. When play resumed, Smith pulled the top of his jersey across his face to wipe his eyes one more time.

“It was really hard for me to pull myself together, because I didn’t ever think in a million years I would see something like that, and it happened especially to a guy like Kevin Ware,” Smith said. “I was completely devastated.”

The former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who sustained a grisly leg fracture in a 1985 “Monday Night Football” game against the Giants, wrote on Twitter: “Watching Duke/Louisville my heart goes out to Kevin Ware.”

The halftime locker room was solemn, Behanan said. The second half was no contest. Louisville shot 59.3 percent and scored 50 points to win easily.

“I think 9/11 and the loss of a child were probably the two most difficult things in my life,” said Pitino, who lost an infant son to congenital heart failure in 1987 and his brother-in-law, Billy Minardi, in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. “This was very traumatic for us to overcome, because we all witnessed it right up close.”

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Published: March 31, 2013
A version of this article appeared in print on April 1, 2013, on page D4 of the New York edition with the headline: An Innocuous Play, a Gruesome Injury.


Rest in Peace Gary Cook founder of Cook Bros. Racing

As one-half of the infamous Cook Bros., Gary and his brother Craig produced some of the highest quality bike products during the 80’s. Was one of, if not thee, first “high quality precision” part makers. Could be credited for lighten’ing up BMX a bit His company introduced many “firsts” for BMX, such as built-in chain tensioners and a “A-Head’ish” clamp-on stem years ahead of its time. With the selling of Cook Bros. (which still exists, making mountain bike components), Gary has gone in and out of the BMX scene, with CQP (Cooks Quality Parts), maker of a 2-speed system for BMX.

Full Sheet of Complete Sanata Ana, Ca.USA Made Cook Bros. Decals

1981 Uni-Clamp Steering System

Young Robert(Bobby)Cook on Cook Bros Racing magazine ad.


Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto Ex-Navy/Ex-LAPD Cop Killer Facebook Disturbing Writings

Christopher Doren with Chief BrattonChristopher Dorner, the shooting suspect who allegedly went on a rampage shooting three officers and killing one Thursday, wrote an online manifesto on his Facebook page detailing his violent plan.

The long and disturbing writings threaten to harm police officials and their families. It also makes references to Dorner’s former position as an LAPD officer, before he was fired in 2008.He unravels how the LAPD covered up and protects its officers when they commit crimes against civilians. He names high ranking LAPD officers and officials in precincts, offices, and jails.

“The Violence of action will be HIGH,” Dorner wrote. “I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty … You will now live the life of the prey … I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving.”

More than 40 protection details were assigned to possible targets of Dorner. Police spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith said he couldn’t remember a larger manhunt by the department.

The hunt spread from California to Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, said a U.S. Marshals Service official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to publicly comment.

READ the full story here, and the entire manifesto below.

Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 rolls out to Nexus S 4G, Galaxy Nexus via Sprint

Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G owners on Sprint’s network are now getting a bite of Jelly Bean.

Thanx to Karla Berruz for screen shot

As of yesterday, Android 4.1.1, aka Jelly Bean, has been available for Nexus users through OTA an over-the-air update. Owners of the Samsung phone can follow the steps on Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus update page to download and install the latest version if they don’t already have it.

The Nexus S 4G is also getting the Jelly Bean treatment over Sprint’s network. Like the update for the Galaxy Nexus, this one is available over the air. Users will receive a message asking whether to install the update now or later. Choosing to install it later will trigger reminders once or twice each day until it’s installed.
To manually install go HERE to download image file form Android Authority site!

Jelly Bean Running On Nexus S 4G

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Apple iPhone 5


As we look back over the past few years, one might certainly get the impression that Apple and Samsung are the best example of a love-hate relationship.

On one hand, Apple is Samsung’s biggest client when it comes to display panels, memory chips and CPUs – components that made their way into several popular Apple products such as the iPhone 4S and the new Apple iPad (third generation).

On the other, the two tech giants are absolute competitors in the smartphone market and are involved in various legal disputes all over the globe. As all love-hate relationships eventuallyturn out, the love is all gone, and all we now have left is the intense competition between the two.

Now that Apple has finally announced the intensely hyped iPhone 5, tech fans all over the world started analyzing how well does the Apple iPhone 5 stack up against the two current Samsung flagships: the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2. We’ve compared the Apple iPhone 5 with the Samsung Galaxy S3 in this article here, but seeing as the Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched back in May this year (that’s before the trial,) it is much more interesting to compare the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 against the Apple iPhone 5, as these are the first smartphones announced by Apple and Samsung after that controversial decision that everyone is talking about.

The post-trial products


Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, let me bring you up to date: Apple and Samsung have been suing each other in various parts of the world for quite a while now, but up to a couple of months ago the two companies never actually went to trial in the USA. That changed back in July when lawyers from both Apple and Samsung were making their opening statements in the biggest tech trial ever. Following a very controversial decision, all U.S. models of the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 were deemed to infringe on various iPhone patents. Samsung was given a billion dollar fine and is facing an imminent U.S. ban for eight of the smartphones that were found to infringe on Apple’s patents.

After the trial was over (I can’t help noticing the huge publicity that both Samsung and Apple got out of the entire trial), both giants were bound to make a move. And so they did, as in an interval of only a couple of weeks Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note 2 and Apple has officially announced the iPhone 5.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or the Apple iPhone 5: which is better and why?” This is the question on everyone’s lips! So let’s head out and find out the answer to that question, shall we?

Display & Footprint

The Apple iPhone 5 brings the most important change ever made to the iPhone line: a bigger display. While all previous 5 models of the Apple iPhone (original, 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S) used a 3.5-inch display, the new Apple iPhone 5 uses a 4-inch display. The width of the phone is the same, but the screen is now longer just enough to accommodate an extra row of icons on the homescreen.

The width of the resolution is the same on the iPhone 5 as it is on the iPhone 4/4S: 640 pixels, but the height resolution has been increased to 1136 pixels. That gives the iPhone 5 display a PPI (Pixel Per Inch) density of 326. Apple also claims that the LCD retina display used on the iPhone 5 offers color saturation that’s 44 percent greater than on the iPhone 4S.

Apps that have not been optimized for the iPhone 5 will be letterboxed, meaning there will be 88 black pixels at the top and 88 at the bottom. The actual size of non-optimized iPhone 5 apps will remain consistent with the iPhone 4S: 960 x 640 pixels.

In the Samsung corner, the Galaxy Note 2 uses a gargantuan 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, one that natively runs a 720p resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) at a 267 PPI density. Samsung has opted to throw away the often criticized PenTile pixel arrangement and has used an RGB matrix, although it is arranged slightly different than what we’re used to. Hands-on reports claim that the Galaxy Note 2 display is probably the best display there is, perfect for viewing HD video or browsing the web.

But since the Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note 2 is 1.5-inches bigger than the Retina display used on the iPhone 5, this obviously translates into a larger footprint. The Galaxy Note 2 measures 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm and weighs in at a hefty 180 grams. The Apple iPhone 5 measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weighs 112 grams (the iPhone 5 is the lightest of all flagship smartphones at the time being).

As a very interesting side note, Apple claim that the iPhone 5 is the slimmest smartphone in the world, although the Oppo Finder is the actual bearer of the title, with a thickness of just 6.6mm. The Motorola Droid RAZR is also thinner than the iPhone 5, so I wonder where does Apple get its title belts from.

Using the Galaxy Note 2 display with just one hand can prove to be difficult for those of you with smaller hands. As expected, Apple claims that the iPhone 5 is designed to be used perfectly with just one hand.

Verdict: If consuming video content and browsing the web are your top priorities, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is obviously the right way to go. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a compact smartphone with a crisp display, the Apple iPhone 5 is a decent alternative.

Internal Hardware



The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the bearer of the most impressive specs we’ve seen on an Android smartphone this far. Samsung took the Exynos 4412 quad SoC that it has used with the Galaxy S3 and slightly overclocked the processor. This way, you get a 1.6GHz quad-core A9 processor and a Mali 400 MP GPU alongside 2GB of RAM.

The Apple iPhone 5 uses the new Apple A6 SoC. Apple claims that the A6 CPU sports double the processing power of the A5 CPU, while the GPU is twice as fast as it was on the A5 SoC. Most experts are assuming that this numbers are when compared against the A5 SoC that you can find inside the iPhone 4S, and not against the A5X SoC that you can find inside the third generation iPad.

If Apple did not lie about these numbers (as it did when it claimed that the iPhone 5 is the slimmest smartphone in the world), the A6 SoC might prove to be faster than the Samsung Exynos 4412 chip inside the Note 2. However, we’ll have to wait for benchmark results to start rolling in before we give the “fastest smartphone in the world” crown over to the iPhone 5.

Note: If the Apple A6 SoC proves to be equally as fast (both CPU and GPU wise) as the Apple A5X, this would give the iPhone 5 a small advantage over the Galaxy Note 2 when it comes to CPU speed, and a major advantage over every single other smartphone out there when it comes to graphical performance. At the Apple conference where the iPhone 5 was unveiled, officials mentioned that the iPhone 5 will feature graphics performance that is almost on par with current gaming consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox 360 or the Sony Playstation 3.

3G & LTE

Another major change that was brought to the iPhone line starting with the iPhone 5 is LTE connectivity. The iPhone 5 will arrive in three versions, and you should choose one depending on your carrier:

  • The North American GSM A1428 model for use on AT&T in the US and Bell/Virgin, Rogers/Fido and Telus/Koodo in Canada
  • The CDMA model A1429 supports Sprint and Verizon’s CDMA network in the U.S. and KDDI in Japan.
  • The Europe/Asia bound GSM A1429 model for use in Germany (on Deustche Telecom), UK (Everything Everywhere), Australia (Optus/Virgin and Telstra), Japan (Softbank), Singapore (SingTel), Hong Kong (SmarTone) and South Korea (SK Telecom and KT)

Back to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, an LTE-enabled version of the smartphone has been promised to arrive soon, although no official statement was made regarding a release time frame or LTE band compatibility. We’ll update this article with Galaxy Note 2 LTE info as it becomes official.

Internal Storage, Cameras & More

As it was expected, the iPhone 5 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants, with no SD expansion slot available. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with the same three internal storage options and also adds an SD card slot that can work with SD cards up to 64GB in size.

On to the cameras, Apple claims that the iPhone 5 will use an improved version of the 8MP iSight camera that was featured by the iPhone 4S, although we’ll have to wait for uncontrolled test photos to show up before we can make any comment on the actual quality improvements. The 8MP camera on the Galaxy Note 2 is the same camera used by Samsung on the Galaxy S3. Steve Wozniak, one of the people who helped build Apple in the ’70s has mentioned in a recent interview with Bloomberg, that he finds the camera on the Galaxy S3 to be better than that of the iPhone 4S, so it’s interesting to see how much better the camera on the iPhone 5 is (if at all).

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the iPhone 5 might be able to capture pictures of higher quality than the Galaxy Note 2, although even one of the most basic point and shoot dedicated cameras are preferable to both sensors in question here.

On to the “more” segment, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has NFC and a standard microUSB port for charging and data, while the iPhone 5 does not come with an NFC chip (I’ve seen plenty argue that NFC is still a developing technology, one that is currently not needed by most people) and a proprietary port for data and charging (why Apple, why?).

Verdict: We’ll have to wait for benchmark results to check Apple’s claims on the A6 SoC (we’ll update this section when we have some numbers), but leaving that aside, LTE compatibility with networks all over the world could mean that iPhone 5 haters will only have to grab on to the lack of a microSD slot and no NFC chip.

OS & Ecosystem

If you’re an Android fan, you surely know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was the first flagship smartphone to launch with the latest version of Android available, namely Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (as usual, Samsung has slapped its proprietary user interface – TouchWiz – on top). You can read more about how cool Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is in the previous article here. But Samsung decided not to stop here, and has added a few neat features that are unique to the Galaxy Note 2 to buttery sweetness of Jelly Bean.

The first set of features that I would like to mention as being an advantage for the Galaxy Note 2 over the iPhone are called the Smart Actions. Smart Actions are also available for the Galaxy S3, and you can read more about them in the previous article here.

The second set of software features that are unique to the Galaxy Note 2 have everything to do with the unique Galaxy Note Accessory, the S-Pen. Just to call them out by name, the S-Pen enabled Galaxy Note 2 comes with a few very interesting features such as Air View, Quick Commands, PopUp Note, Easy Clip, Enhanced Handwriting, Photo Note, and an improved version of Samsung’s S Note app.

Apple’s iPhone 5 uses iOS version 6, an operating system that was available in beta for some months. While iOS clearly represents an evolutionary step forward, it is still a walled garden, a cage that offers little room for customization. On the other hand, the Apple App Store is a bit more versatile than Google Play when it comes to apps, and a lot more diversified when it comes to movies, songs and books.

Overall, those of you with limited technical knowledge might want to use Apple’s iOS as it’s fairly bulletproof against non-techs. On the other hand, if you want complexity and the ablity to customize the hell out of your smartphone, Android is the only way to go!

Verdict: The website’s called Android Authority, so you should be able to figure this out for yourself!

Prices, Release Dates

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will launch in various markets around the world starting October. A U.S. launch is also scheduled for late 2012. We have no information regarding any actual dates, nor do we have any pricing info at this time, but we’ll update this article whenever such info becomes available.

The Apple iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order in nine countries starting with September 14. In the United States, the Apple iPhone 5 release date is scheduled for Sepember 21 and will be priced at $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. These are all on-contract prices, ones that you can sign with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T.

Other markets such as the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore will also get the iPhone 5 starting September 21, although pricing information for these countries is currently unavailable (yeah, we’ll update this too when the time comes!).

A Conclusion

To me, it’s funny how far Apple fanboys and Apple haters go when discussing the iPhone 5. It is certainly not the best smartphone for everyone, although it will surely prove to be a good smartphone for most users. It’s designed to work well for everybody. If you’re not a power user and all you really want is a compact smartphone that’s fast, sleek and responsive, get the iPhone 5.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is for those of us that want the biggest display they can get on a smartphone. It’s for those of us that want Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (and all its complexity) out of the box. It’s for those of you that draw often, those of you that are not afraid of picking up what looks like a pen (any S-Pen pun would be useless at this point, wouldn’t it?) and actually drawing things on their smartphone.

Personally, I stand by Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2. It’s a kick-ass smartphone with more personality than I’ve ever encountered on a device so far. The Galaxy Note 2 is unique. The Apple iPhone 5 isn’t!

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Samsung GALAXY Note 2



While we can’t say it was a shock, Samsung’s latest superphone has arrived — and it’s got a new stylus. The Galaxy Note II pushes the screen frontier to 5.5 inches wide, with another HD Super AMOLED display, this time at 1,280 x 720. Despite that expansion the phone is a mere 9.4mm thick, while it now houses a larger capacity (faster charging) 3,100mAh battery and a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz. As the Galaxy Note was to the Galaxy S II, so the Note II takes some design riffs from theGalaxy S III, with the same rounded edges, glossy finish and extra software piled atop its Android base. There’s also Samsung’s reliable 8-megapixel camera sensor on the back, capable of 1080p video-recording.

The great news is that the Galaxy Note II will be launching on Jelly Bean — no laborious waiting for those over-the-air updates for Google’s very latest. Software additions are understandably heavily weighted towards the phablet’s S Pen advances. The stylus itself now has a rubber nib, which Samsung reckons will offer an experience closer to pen and paper. User can add “Quick Commands” to their stylus gestures, while “Air View” allows you to peruse galleries and folders by floating the stylus just above the screen. Samsung’s also added an Easy Clip ability to crop and share from anything beaming out from the Note II’s 16:9 screen. Stylus functionality has been gifted to the calendar (S Planner) and the native email app, while the S Pen itself will now notify your phone if it’s left behind. The device will launch in Titanium Grey and Marble White, arriving internationally before the end of the year.

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NBA needs to approve Dwight Howard to L.A.!

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ESPNand other news organizations reported Thursday night that a four-team blockbuster trade that will send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is complete, pending NBA approval.

“He’s ecstatic … just incredibly happy to be moving on to the Lakers, moving out of Orlando,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said of a conversation with Howard. “He’s just anxious to put the events of the past behind him. … His attitude is this is second home to him already (because Howard has spent time in Los Angeles rehabilitating his back).

“One of the things he told me, ‘I can assure you I’m happy to be here.’ ”

The trade is set to go down like this, ESPN reports: The Lakers will receive Howard from the Orlando Magic; the Philadelphia 76ers will receive Lakers centerAndrew Bynum and Magic guard Jason Richardson; the Denver Nuggets will receive 76ers guard Andre Iguodala; and the Magic will get Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo and forward Al Harrington, 76ers center Nikola Vucevic and forwardMaurice Harkless and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.

The Lakers have a long history of acquiring elite centers:

  • They received Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 from the 76ers for three players who were not better than Wilt Chamberlain.
  • They got Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (and Walt Wesley) in 1975 from the Milwaukee Bucks for four players who were not better than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
  • They signed Shaquille O’Neal away from the Magic as a free agent in 1996.
  • They traded for Pau Gasol in 2008, sending the Memphis Grizzlies three players and two draft picks, none of whom ended up better than Pau Gasol. (Though Marc Gasol, one of the pieces of the trade, is an excellent NBA center in his own right.)

Now Howard joins the list and joins Pau Gasol in the post for the Lakers.

“Lakers did it again, getting a center. … It’s a great deal for the Lakers, obviously,” Hall of Famer Chris Mullin said on ESPN. “This catapulted the Lakers next to, if not above, the Oklahoma City Thunder.”

The trade still needs to be approved by the league. ESPN Los Angeles reports that a trade call with the league office has been scheduled for Friday.

If approved, this would drastically change the Lakers’ starting five from last season to Kobe BryantSteve Nash (acquired from the Phoenix Suns last month), Metta World Peace, Gasol, and Howard.

Howard skipped his annual camp this week in Orlando while rehabbing in Los Angeles. Campers were given refunds.

Original post by By Simon Samano, USA TODAY