Sports Report: Mizzou Pres And Chancellor Resign Amid Racial Tensions At The School
University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin have announced their resignations with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over what they saw as indifference to racial tension at the school.
Black student groups had complained for months that Wolfe was unresponsive to racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white main campus of the state's four-college system. Head football coach Gary Pinkel explained why he supported his players' decision to boycott team activities until the president resigned, saying they were concerned with the health of a graduate student who had not eaten for a week as part of protests against Wolfe.
J.T. Barrett is once again the starting quarterback for No. 2 Ohio State following a one-game suspension. Coach Urban Meyer announced Barrett as the starter two days after backup Cardale Jones led the Buckeyes to a 28-14 win against Minnesota. Barrett was suspended by Meyer after the quarterback was cited for driving while impaired.
Five women have joined a lawsuit filed against escort Katina Powell, saying she falsely alleges they participated in prostitution at the University of Louisville in her book. The women joined a suit previously filed by four Louisville students that accuses Powell of damaging the school's reputation in her recently-released book. Powell alleges in the book that former Cardinals men's basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
More in the NCAA:
Seniors Kyle Wiltjer of Gonzaga, Georges Niang of Iowa State and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma have been selected to The Associated Press preseason All-American basketball team. Junior Kris Dunn of Providence and freshman Ben Simmons of LSU round out the team. Wiltjer was the leading vote-getter, receiving 51 votes from the 65-member national media panel. This is the third straight preseason All-America team to have a freshman on it.
Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas as it prepares to release the final report from its investigation into mistreatment of football and women's basketball players. Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson says the report found no wrongdoing by Thomas, but a change in leadership was needed. Thomas' firing follows allegations by former football, women's basketball and women's soccer players that they were mistreated by coaches. Football coach Tim Beckman was fired over the allegations and lawsuits filed by players in the other two sports are ongoing.
On Monday Night Football, Chicago beat San Diego 22-19.
The New England Patriots have placed running back Dion Lewis on injured reserve, ending his season. Lewis hurt his left knee in Sunday's win over Washington. He had been one of the biggest surprises for the Patriots this season, with 622 combined yards rushing and receiving in seven games.
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is considering having surgery on his injured thumb on Friday, a day after New York plays Buffalo. Fitzpatrick says he won't have the procedure on the torn ligament before the game. The likely possibilities are either Friday, because the Jets would then have nine days before their next game, or after the season. The quarterback wants to be sure he doesn't miss any games.
The Philadelphia Eagles have placed rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks on season-ending injured reserve. Hicks tore his left pectoral tendon late in the fourth quarter Sunday night. The third-round pick was having an outstanding season up until that point. He intercepted Matt Cassel's pass and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown for his second pick this season during a 33-27 overtime win at Dallas.
Denver star cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended for one game without pay by the NFL for poking Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in his right eye in the loss to Indianapolis on Sunday. Talib said afterward he didn't intend to poke Allen, but was only trying to shove him away. Talib can appeal within three days.
In the NBA, Chicago beat Philadelphia 111-88, Indiana topped Orlando 97-84, Minnesota won against Atlanta 117-107, Denver defeated Portland 108-104, San Antonio bested Sacramento 106-88, Golden State trumped Detroit 109-95, and it was the Clippers over Memphis 94-92.
In the NHL, Arizona beat Anaheim in overtime 4-3.
It was a big day in Toronto for a couple of former Detroit Red Wings. Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Fedorov spent 13 of his 18 NHL seasons with the Wings and finished with 483 goals and 1,179 points in 1,248 career games. Lidstrom's 21-year NHL career was spent entirely with Detroit as he earned seven Norris trophies and the 2002 Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.
Also being inducted on Monday are defensemen Chris Pronger and Phil Housley, USA Hockey blueliner Angela Ruggiero and builders Peter Karmanos Jr. and Bill Hay. Bob McKenzie received the Elmer Ferguson Award for hockey journalism, while Nick Nickson of the Kings was presented with the Foster Hewitt Award for broadcasting.
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been voted the major league player of the year and the AL outstanding player in the annual Players Choice Awards. Washington's slugging right fielder Bryce Harper was picked as the NL outstanding player.
Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones won the Marvin Miller man of the year award, given to a player who most inspires others through his efforts on and off the field. Houston ace Dallas Keuchel was voted the AL's outstanding pitcher, and Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke the NL's outstanding pitcher.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were the top rookies, while Texas slugger Prince Fielder and New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey were the top comeback players. Balloting was conducted in mid-September by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Hall of Fame:
Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among 15 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot. Griffey was a unanimous pick for the 1997 AL MVP award. He's is a 13-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner who is sixth on the career list with 630 home runs.Hoffman is a seven-time All-Star who held the all-time record of 601 saves until it was topped by Mariano Rivera's 652. A vote of at least 75 percent from the Baseball Writers' Association of America is needed for election. Results will be announced Jan. 6.
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will miss the annual GM meetings to undergo an unspecified medical procedure. The announcement comes a week after Alderson fainted during a news conference at Citi Field. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco says Alderson does not want to make public the details.
Patrick Vieira has been hired to coach New York City FC, which finished eighth in the MLS Eastern Conference in its debut season and then fired Jason Kreis. Vieira signed a three-year contract and will begin work New Year's Day. NYCFC was 10-17-7 in its first season. The club is partly owned by Manchester City of the English Premier League and the New York Yankees. It played its home games at Yankee Stadium.
A World Anti-Doping Agency panel has accused the Russian government of complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups by its track and field athletes. It's calling for a widespread ban on Russian athletes from competition until the country cleans up its act, including in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The governing body for track and field says it will consider sanctions against Russia, including possible suspension of the national athletics federation.
Peter Malnati has his first PGA Tour title after a one-stroke win over William McGirt and David Toms at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Malnati closed with a 5-under 67 for an 18-under total in a rain-soaked tournament that wasn't completed until today. He birdied five of his final 12 holes after entering the round with a one-stroke deficit.
A lawyer for the nation's largest daily fantasy sports companies says the games rely mostly on skill and do not need to be licensed as gambling operations.
Jeremy Kudon represents DraftKings, FanDuel and the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He told a New Jersey Assembly committee Monday that chance is not a major element in the outcome but rather that the games are driven more by preparation, research and analysis. He says, however, that the industry welcomes consumer protection legislation.
Some lawmakers say the state Constitution might need to be amended if New Jersey classifies fantasy sports as gambling, or as games of chance. That would in effect spread gambling beyond Atlantic City, requiring an amendment. Numerous states are moving to regulate daily fantasy sports.
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a defeat marked by fumbles, penalties and just one touchdown, authorities say a south Florida man tried to set the team's oversized flag on fire.
Tampa police say it happened just after the New York Giants beat the Buccaneers 32-18 Sunday evening. A caller said someone was attempting to torch the $26,000 flag outside the Bucs' corporate offices, near Raymond James stadium. The red banner featuring a skull and two crossed cutlasses measures about 80 feet by 50 feet and hangs from a 15-story pole. Police say the fire-retardant flag did not actually go up in flames, but a small part of it was damaged.
They say 32-year-old Daniel Justin Raboni of North Palm Beach was charged with felony criminal mischief and marijuana possession.
The World Cup could be expanded by eight teams to 40 if Gianni Infantino is elected FIFA president.
Infantino, the face of European competition draws as UEFA's secretary general, revealed his first plans to transform FIFA in an interview with The Associated Press after making a surprising late decision to enter the election.
European football scrambled to find a candidate as a substitute for Infantino's boss, Michel Platini, after the UEFA president was provisionally suspended by FIFA. Platini is at risk of a long ban once the ethics probe into a 2011 payment from FIFA has been completed, which would make him ineligible for the Feb. 26 election.
Infantino insisted that if he is elected to lead FIFA he would not stand down if Platini later wins any appeals.
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