Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sports

Sports in brief: Football players among 17 arrested for allegedly selling drugs at Texas Christian University

College Football

Drug sting snares four TCU players

FORT WORTH, Texas — Authorities arrested 17 students, including four football players, at Texas Christian University on Wednesday as part of a six-month drug sting.

Arrest warrants included reports of players who allegedly arranged marijuana sales after class or around practice and who told police that most of the team had failed a drug test just two weeks ago. According to police, players sold undercover officers marijuana in season and as recently as last week.

"As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I'm mad," coach Gary Patterson said.

The 17 people arrested were caught selling marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs, police said. The arrest affidavits raise the possibility that other players were involved.

Three prominent defensive players were arrested: linebacker Tanner Brock, defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey and cornerback Devin Johnson. The other player is offensive lineman Ty Horn.

Documents show Patterson sprung a surprise drug test on the team on Feb. 1, national signing day. Patterson ordered the test after a prize recruit reportedly told him he wouldn't attend TCU because of drug use by players. During a drug buy, an undercover officer asked Johnson about the surprise drug test. "What can they do? Eighty-two people failed it," Johnson said.

More colleges: Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings, a starter in all 14 games as a junior, will sit the first two games after he was arrested Jan. 21. He was charged with simple battery and domestic violence after an incident with a girlfriend.

Tennis

Wozniacki falters

Caroline Wozniacki failed to convert three match points in the third set and lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to Lucie Safarova at the Qatar Open in Doha. Wozniacki was playing her first match since losing the No. 1 women's ranking after the Australian Open. Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, in her first match ranked No. 1, beat Mona Barthel 6-1, 6-0.

World Tennis: Top-seeded Roger Federer moved into the quarterfinals after beating Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

SAP Open: American Ryan Harrison, 19, rallied from a 3-1 third-set deficit to upset eighth-seeded Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in San Jose, Calif.

ET CETERA

Horses: Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, will not race in the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes on Feb. 25 at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar as first planned. Instead, he will run in an optional claiming allowance turf race Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, using the $60,000 event as a prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.

AUTOs: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone dismissed an antigovernment protest as "a lot of kids having a go at the police" and said the Bahrain Grand Prix is still on for April.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Comments
Florida boosts NCAA resume by beating No. 12 Auburn 72-66

Florida boosts NCAA resume by beating No. 12 Auburn 72-66

GAINESVILLE — KeVaughn Allen finally got the message. It took a scoreless game and long chats with coach Mike White and two teammates to sink in.Allen bounced back from his worst game in more than three years with 24 points, including a 60-foot...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Winter Olympics: Sunday’s viewing schedule

Winter Olympics: Sunday’s viewing schedule

TV Sunday5 a.m.–7 p.m. NBCSNHockey (M) — Gold-medal game, athletes from Russia vs. Germany (replay)1968 — A 90-minute documentary, narrated by four-time gold medalist and 23-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion Serena Willia...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Chad Reed sets Supercross mark; Eli Tomac wins 450SX main event

Chad Reed sets Supercross mark; Eli Tomac wins 450SX main event

By JIM TOMLINTimes CorrespondentTAMPA — Chad Reed is having a down season by his standards. At Saturday's Monster Energy Supercross event at Raymond James Stadium, his home track, he needed a second chance just to make the main event.But the Da...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Ondrej Palat skating, likely mid-March return

Ondrej Palat skating, likely mid-March return

MONTREAL — It is an encouraging sign for the Lightning that wing Ondrej Palat (right) is back on the ice, even if he is doing just light skating.Palat is arguably the team's best two-way forward, someone who plays in all situations, so Tampa Ba...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning tops Canadiens in shootout, looks ahead to trade deadline

Lightning tops Canadiens in shootout, looks ahead to trade deadline

MONTREAL — There's no guarantee general manager Steve Yzerman will be able to pull off a big move by Monday's trade deadline, though indications are the Lightning and Senators are working hard on a potential Erik Karlsson blockbuster.And the Li...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Tulane avenges USF’s only conference win

TAMPA — Samir Sehic had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench and Melvin Frazier added 16 points and five assists to lead Tulane over USF 79-68 on Saturday to snap a six-game losing streak.Caleb Daniels added 13 points and Jordan Cornish 1...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Winter Olympics: Norway sets Winter Games medal mark

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Surpassing its own lofty expectations, Norway has delivered the greatest performance in the history of the Winter Games, winning a total of 38 medals, 13 of them gold. A nation of only 5 million people has crushed all comer...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosMonster Energy Cup: Folds of Honor QuickTrip 5001 p.m.Fox;102.5-FMNHRA: Arizona Nationals (taped)6 p.m.FS1Baseball, spring trainingRays at Twins1 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMYankees at Phillies1 p.m.MLBBowlingPBA: Players Championship1:30 p.m.ESPNCo...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Inside the Rays’ plan to prove the tanking truthers wrong

Inside the Rays’ plan to prove the tanking truthers wrong

PORT CHARLOTTE – The Rays know tanking."We tanked in 2006 and '07, if you want to call it that," principal owner Stuart Sternberg said. "We were the original tankers. Or tankees. It seems to be all the fad now."In losing 101 and 96 games in the...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka first woman to win two golds in different sports at one Games

Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka first woman to win two golds in different sports at one Games

BONGPYEONG, South Korea — Don’t ask Ester Ledecka if she is the best athlete at the Olympics. She’ll stare through her polarized goggles and recoil at what she considers a preposterous notion."Uh, what?" she responded Saturday.No, seriously."I don’t ...
Updated: 4 hours ago