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Texas coordinator disciplined for relationship with student

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite acknowledged he was disciplined by the school for an inappropriate relationship with a student during the Longhorns' trip to the Fiesta Bowl after the 2008 season.

Applewhite and athletic director DeLoss Dodds said the former Texas quarterback had his pay frozen in 2009, was ordered to have counseling and was warned that a repeat offense would have more serious consequences.

Applewhite, who is married, said in a statement he was embarrassed by what happened but took responsibility for his actions. Dodds said the relationship was "inappropriate" but happened between consenting adults. Neither Applewhite nor the school released details. "It was a one-time occurrence and was a personal matter," Applewhite said.

texas a&M: Starting junior defensive lineman Kirby Ennis was suspended from the team after being arrested on a gun charge in College Station, Texas. He was released on a $2,000 bond. No details were available.

purdue: Junior O.J. Ross, the team's second-leading receiver last season, was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. The school didn't provide details.

mississippi state: Starting offensive lineman Tobias Smith was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. The school said he hasn't decided whether to use it.

recruiting: Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 prospect, met former LSU great Shaquille O'Neal at a dinner during his visit to the school this weekend. Nkemdiche is expected to announce his school choice on signing day Wednesday.

tennis

Bryans take rare loss for U.S. in Davis Cup

Brazil's doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares upset top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6 (6-8), 6-7 (7-8), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and kept the United States from clinching the first-round Davis Cup match in Jacksonville.

It was only the third time the Bryan brothers had dropped a Davis Cup match. But Melo and Soares beat them for the third time in four meetings overall.

The United States has a 2-1 advantage heading into today's reverse singles. Tampa resident John Isner faces Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in the opening match. If Isner loses, Sam Querrey meets Brazil's Thiago Alves in the deciding match.

more davis cup: Argentina reached the quarterfinals for the 12th straight time when David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos defeated Germany's Christopher Kas and Tobias Kamke in doubles at Buenos Aries. … In the longest match in Davis Cup history, the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol beat Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 24-22 in a doubles epic lasting seven hours at Geneva. The defending champion Czechs took a 2-1 lead over the Swiss on Chiudinelli's double-fault. The previous longest match was 6 hours, 22 minutes for John McEnroe's singles victory for the United States against Sweden's Mats Wilander in 1982. … Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez helped Spain staved off elimination with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2 win over Canada's Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in Vancouver. Canada leads Spain, which is without its best players because of injury and rest, 2-1.

et cetera

soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first own goal of his otherwise stellar career to condemn Real Madrid to a 1-0 defeat at Granada in the Spanish league. … Manchester United took a 10-point lead in the English Premier League by beating Fulham 1-0 on a Wayne Rooney goal.

horses: Bob Baffert-trained Flashback made a solid case for himself as a Kentucky Derby contender, winning the $196,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 61/4 lengths in his 3-year-old debut at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

winter sports: American Hannah Kearney won the freestyle skiing World Cup dual moguls final at Park City, Utah.

AUTOS: Brian Morgan won the 25-lap Street Stock feature at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton late Friday.

Times wires

Sports in brief 02/02/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 3, 2013 12:08am]

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