Friday, February 23, 2018
Sports

Sports in brief: Oregon football gets 3 years of probation

Colleges

Oregon Ducks NCAA's harsh penalties

The NCAA stripped Oregon of a scholarship in each of the next two seasons and placed the football program on probation for three years, opting against stiffer penalties such as a bowl ban despite issuing a show-cause order against former coach Chip Kelly, who apologized to the school, its fans and the players.

The NCAA's committee on infractions released a report Wednesday that said Kelly failed to monitor the program for its improper involvement with Willie Lyles and his recruiting service.

Kelly was hit with an 18-month show-cause order, which requires schools to go before the infractions committee should they wish to hire him. That seems unlikely now that he is coach of the NFL's Eagles.

The program he left behind faces three years of scholarship reductions, starting last year and extending through 2014-15. It also faces reductions in paid visits and evaluation days but avoided some of the harsher penalties given to other programs in recent years.

"I accept my share of responsibility for the actions that led to the penalties," Kelly said in a statement. "As I have I stated before, the NCAA investigation and subsequent ruling had no impact on my decision to leave Oregon for Philadelphia."

The NCAA had been looking into the program for more than two years after learning Oregon paid $25,000 to Lyles and his service.

Big East: Val Ackerman, the first WNBA president, was named the first commissioner of the revamped Big East and said expansion is not on the horizon. "Right now we love 10 (teams)," Ackerman, 53, said. "We have no immediate plans to go beyond it. We have so much on our plate."

Swimming

Lochte, Franklin double title haul

Former Gator Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin each won two titles at the U.S. championships in Indianapolis.

They each won the 200 freestyle (Lochte, 1 minute, 45.97 seconds; Franklin 1:55.63), then returned less than 90 minutes later and each won the 200 backstroke (Lochte, 1:55.16; Franklin, 2:05.68, best in the world this year).

Phelps return? Michael Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, said he and the 18-time Olympic gold medal winner "have talked vaguely about what he could do" if the 27-year-old decided to come out of retirement for a bid to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.

ET CETERA

Greyhounds: Kiowa Kay Dan and Mw's Alfa won semifinals to advance to the St. Petersburg Derby on Saturday night at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Other finalists: Budz Crosby, Deco Ella Lee, Flying Ignatius, Idyllic Ida, T's Hanky Panky and Tmc's Roxslide.

NFL: The Browns released Ausar Walcott, 23, a rookie linebacker who was charged with attempted murder, accused of punching a man in the head outside a club in Passaic, N.J.

Soccer: Host Brazil beat Uruguay 2-1 to reach the Confederations Cup final as antigovernment protesters clashed with police near the stadium. Brazil plays today's Spain-Italy winner Sunday.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Comments
Rays’ Honeywell has torn UCL, headed for Tommy John surgery

Rays’ Honeywell has torn UCL, headed for Tommy John surgery

The Rays got the worst-case news they were dreading, that top prospect RHP Brent Honeywell has a torn UCL and is headed for Tommy John  surgery.Honeywell said he plans to have the surgery as soon as possible to expedite his return sometime in th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs won’t tender injured LB Adarius Glanton, DB Jude Adjei-Barimah

Bucs won’t tender injured LB Adarius Glanton, DB Jude Adjei-Barimah

The Bucs have started the internal decisions that lead up to the start of free agency in three weeks, letting two restricted free agents recovering from injury —  LB Adarius Glanton and DB Jude Adjei-Barimah — know that they won't be...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays holding their breath

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays holding their breath

Rays top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell left practice Thursday after throwing a handful of pitches, and the fear (now confirmed) is he might need Tommy John surgery, ending his season before it begins.In his lastest podcast, Rick Stroud has the la...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Larry Scott’s rise from Wharton to USF to Miami and Gators

Larry Scott’s rise from Wharton to USF to Miami and Gators

GAINESVILLE – Larry Scott's first tastes of football were not glamorous.In middle school, he changed helmet studs, lined the field and hung up jerseys as a volunteer equipment manager at Sebring High.He helped build USF from the ground up as a ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays spring training info: Friday – vs. Pirates and at Orioles

Rays spring training info: Friday – vs. Pirates and at Orioles

Friday's games:Vs. Pirates1:05, Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. Pitchers: Rays – LH Vidal Nuno; Pirates – RH Taylor Eppler.Radio: raysbaseball.com, MLB At Bat app (free with mlb.com account)Tickets: raysbasebal...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Kevin Knox named in Yahoo story on potential NCAA violations

Kevin Knox named in Yahoo story on potential NCAA violations

Kentucky's Kevin Knox, a former standout at Tampa Catholic, was named in a Yahoo story about the possible NCAA violations involving prominent players and schools.Yahoo obtained documents detailing the expenditures of agent Andy Miller and his AS...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  — The Russians finally have a gold medal at the  Olympics, thanks to a 15-year-old who beat the fellow teen who inspired her to become a figure skater.Alina Zagitova won one of the Games' spotlight events Friday, edging ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosMonster Energy Cup: Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 qualifying5 p.m.FS1NHRA: Arizona Nationals qualifying7 p.m.FS1Baseball, spring trainingCardinals at Marlins1 p.m.FSFCubs at Brewers 4 p.m.MLBBasketballWorld Cup Americas qualifier: Cuba vs. U...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Winter Olympics: Friday’s viewing schedule

Winter Olympics: Friday’s viewing schedule

TV today5 a.m.-6:30 a.m. Saturday NBCSNSpeed skating (M) – 1,000m final (LIVE)Hockey (M) — Semifinal, Canada vs. Germany (LIVE, 6:30 a.m.)Curling (M) — Bronze-medal match, Canada vs. Switzerland (TAPED, 9:30 a.m.)Curling (W) —...
Updated: 10 hours ago
USA women’s hockey gives us a night to remember

USA women’s hockey gives us a night to remember

Our team.They're Americans, yes. But they are more than that.They're one of us. Adopted Floridians. Honorary members of Tampa Bay.And they gave us the signature moment of the Winter Olympics.USA! USA! USA!In the greatest moment in American hockey sin...
Updated: 9 hours ago