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Sports in brief: Notre Dame suspends top receiver Michael Floyd indefinitely after DUI charge


Irish suspend wr after dui charge

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame suspended star WR Michael Floyd indefinitely Monday, a day after he was cited for drunken driving and authorities said his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the threshold at which impairment is presumed.

Coach Brian Kelly said the suspension will not be lifted until Floyd, 21, changes his behavior and the legal and university discipline procedures run their course. It was Floyd's third run-in with the law over alcohol since 2009.

"I've spoken to Michael Floyd and his mother and, in light of what took place this past weekend, I let him know he has been suspended indefinitely from football team-related activities," Kelly said. "Football needs to take a backseat at the moment while Michael gets his life in order."

Floyd, who is considered Notre Dame's best offensive player, apologized and said he accepted the punishment.

"I understand the gravity of the decision I made and how it could have had catastrophic effects on myself and others," he said in a statement released by the university.

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Two Georgia high schools will remove logos that depict a design similar to the Seminole used by FSU under terms of a settlement with the university.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Salem High School and Memorial Middle School must stop using the Seminole head and spear design.

Tennessee: S Brent Brewer has reached a plea agreement and been reinstated to the football team. Brewer, who played in every game for the Vols in 2010, has been placed on diversion on a misdemeanor charge of offensive touching.

USF: Coach Skip Holtz said junior WR T.J. Knowles, who had three catches for 13 yards last fall, "will probably transfer."


Kanaan set to race in St. Petersburg

Tony Kanaan is back in IndyCar. The 2004 series champion will drive the No. 82 KV Racing Technology-Lotus in 2011. The deal ends Kanaan's quest to find a new home after splitting with Andretti Autosport last fall.

Kanaan, 36, will join E.J. Viso and Takuma Sato in KV Racing Technology-Lotus' three-car lineup when the season begins in St. Petersburg this weekend.

Indy 500: Veteran open-wheel driver Townsend Bell will be back at the Indy 500. He finished 16th last year while driving the No. 99. His career-best mark is fourth while driving for KV Racing Technology in 2009. Meanwhile, Paul Tracy has found a ride for the Indy 500. The longtime open-wheel driver will pilot the No. 23 car for Dreyer & Reinbold racing.


Soccer: American midfielder Stuart Holden will miss June's CONCACAF Gold Cup because of a knee injury that will require surgery and sideline him six months. Holden hurt his left knee in Bolton's 1-0 loss Saturday at Manchester United in the English Premier League and needed 26 stitches to close a gash near his knee. Defender Jonny Evans drew a red card for the tackle.

Golf: France's Raphael Jacquelin ended a four-year wait for his third European Tour title by winning the weather-delayed Sicilian Open in Ragusa, Sicily. He finished at 12 under. … The PGA Tour is considering a change in which players who don't make the FedEx Cup playoffs would compete for their cards in a series of tournaments against top Nationwide Tour players. … Annika Sorenstam, who retired from the LPGA Tour at the end of the 2008 season, says she gave birth to a boy. Sorenstam and husband Mike McGee also have a daughter.

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao's defamation lawsuit against longtime rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. and others can continue, a Nevada federal judge said in a court order that denied a motion to dismiss the case.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in brief: Notre Dame suspends top receiver Michael Floyd indefinitely after DUI charge 03/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 10:43pm]
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