DateDecember 22, 2011

Texas A&M lineman killed in car crash

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)  Texas A&M senior offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio has been killed in a car accident, according to the university.

Witness reports say that Villavisencio swerved to avoid a buzzard and veered head-on into the path of an 18-wheeler near the town of Normangee about 40 miles from College Station, on Thursday.

Villavisencio spent part of Thursday with the team delivering gifts to families at a local shelter after the Aggies finished their last workout on campus in preparation for the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Villavisencio was heading to his home in Jacksonville, Texas, at the time of the crash.

Villavisencio saw very limited action in his career with the Aggies, but touched many involved in the program. Former coach Mike Sherman says everyone will remember him as a person “who would do anything for anybody.”

The 22-year-old was a three-year letterman whom athletic director Bill Byrne says “epitomized selfless service” to helping the Aggies improve as a team.

Ross Perot Jr. Trying to Lock Mavs and Stars Fans Out of Their Parking Spots

From Larry Brown Sports

Ross Perot Jr., a minority owner in the Dallas Mavericks, has had an ongoing feud with majority owner Mark Cuban. Perot Jr. has repeatedly accused Cuban of mismanaging the Mavs. Cuban responded by filing a briefafter the team won the NBA title as a way of saying up yours. Now Ross Perot Jr. is back for more.

Perot Jr. apparently said that a parking agreement between one of his companies and the company that runs American Airlines Center was void. He was trying to keep several season ticket holders from being able to park in their spots during one of the center’s busiest sports weeks of the year. Cuban’s lawyer was able to get the judge to file a temporary restraining order against Perot Wednesday.

The order signed Dec. 21, 2011, by Judge Martin Lowy in Dallas’ 101st District Court was issued the day after the Perot-controlled units announced the lockout plan in a letter delivered to Center Operating Company, the group responsible for operations at the American Airlines Center, home of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and NHL’s Dallas Stars.

“This order makes sure that no Grinch is going to steal Christmas for Mavs and Stars fans,” says attorney Tom Melsheimer of Fish & Richardson in Dallas, who requested the court order on behalf of COC. “Our clients have honored their agreement with Mr. Perot’s companies and we believe they should do the same.”

Look, I don’t know all the details of the agreement (you can read the suit here), but that just crosses me as a dick move. If there’s any way for Cuban to buy him out as a minority owner, he needs to do it.

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