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Documents: Oregon proposed two-year probation
PORTLAND, Ore. – The University of Oregon proposed a self-imposed two-year probation and the loss of a scholarship for three years because of possible recruiting violations involving the Ducks’ football program.
The university released documents late yesterday that included a proposed summary disposition from September which discusses the violations and characterizes at least one as “major.” The contents of the documents were first reported by KATU television in Portland.
The NCAA began looking into possible violations following reports about payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including a $25,000 payment to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2010. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.
Oregon and the NCAA failed to come to an agreement on the matter and the case is expected to go before the infractions committee this year.
Browns owner: Family company under criminal probe
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A truck stop company owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said it is under criminal investigation after an FBI raid.
Jimmy Haslam, the CEO of Pilot Flying J, said yesterday in Knoxville that the investigation appears to involve what he called a small number of trucking customers who were owed rebates that weren’t paid.
Jimmy Haslam, who owns the Cleveland Browns, said the company disputes that.
Bill Killian, the U.S. Attorney in Knoxville, told the Associated Press that four search warrants have been served on Pilot. He said the reasons for the warrants are sealed.
FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents locked down the Pilot Flying J headquarters Monday and ordered employees out of the building as they conducted their search.
Packers sign WR Cunningham
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers signed rookie wide receiver Sederrik Cunningham.
The Packers announced the signing yesterday. Terms were not disclosed.
Cunningham played in 44 games at Furman, a Football Championship Subdivision team, from 2008-11 and caught 95 passes for 1,196 yards and seven touchdowns.
The 5-foot-11, 192-pounder added 238 rushing yards on 29 carries and returned 66 kickoffs for 1,549 yards and a TD.
Source: Montana’s son to work out for 49ers
SAN FRANCISCO – A person with knowledge of the workout said the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is set to participate in the San Francisco 49ers’ local pro day today.
Nate Montana will take part in the afternoon session for draft-eligible players at team headquarters, the person said yesterday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the list of players hadn’t been announced.
The 23-year-old Montana played college football for four different schools – Pasadena City College, Notre Dame, Montana and Division II West Virginia Wesleyan, where he concluded his career. At West Virginia Wesleyan, Montana started nine games last season and completed 225 of 436 passes for 2,480 yards and 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions and 12 sacks.
Many draft experts don’t expect the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Montana to be selected.
Bengals sign TE Smith from Browns
CINCINNATI – The Bengals signed tight end Alex Smith as an unrestricted free agent from Cleveland.
The ninth-year player spent the last three seasons with Cleveland. He played in 12 games last year, starting two, and had 13 catches for 47 yards. He missed three games because of a concussion.
Smith was Tampa Bay’s third-round draft pick in 2005. He played for the Buccaneers through 2008 before moving to Philadelphia. He has started 55 games through his career, catching 160 passes with 12 touchdowns.
Source: Rutgers and Jordan working on deal
NEWARK, N.J. – While Eddie Jordan and Rutgers worked to make him the head of the university’s scandal-marred basketball program, there was more bad news for the Scarlet Knights.
A person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press yesterday that the parties were hoping to get a contract agreement for the 58-year-old Jordan by the end of the week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been finalized despite two days of talks over the weekend.
Jordan, an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers and Rutgers’ career assists leader, was in California on Tuesday, helping the NBA team prepare for its regular-season finale. If the Lakers win, they will make the playoffs.
Lonnie Cooper, Jordan’s agent, did not return a telephone call left by the Associated Press seeking an update on the talks. Rutgers spokesman Jason Baum had no update on the talks to replace Mike Rice, who was fired two weeks ago after a video was released that showed him kicking and grabbing players while uttering anti-gay slurs at them in practice over the past 2½ seasons.
Spurs sign F McGrady
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs signed veteran forward Tracy McGrady, adding depth and experience as the playoffs arrive.
The 33-year-old McGrady is a seven-time NBA All-Star drafted ninth overall in 1997. In 938 career NBA games, McGrady has averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.21 steals per game. In 44 playoff games, he has averaged 25.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.16 steals.
He has played for Toronto, Orlando, Houston, the New York Knicks, Detroit and Atlanta in his career. He most recently played for Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball League, averaging 25 points and 7.2 rebounds in 29 games.
Terms were not disclosed by the team yesterday.
Obama honors NASCAR champion Keselowski
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama honored NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski and his crew for winning the Sprint Cup Series championship.
Obama said the team’s friendship and teamwork helped them pull off their victory. He said Keselowski is, in his words, “a heck of a driver,” and that those who know him aren’t surprised by his success.
The president also honored Keselowski’s efforts to give back to the community through the Race to Recovery program, which helps wounded service members and their relatives.
Keselowski’s blue race car was parked on the driveway of the South Lawn of the White House for the ceremony yesterday. Obama joked that Keselowski offered to let him take it for a spin but that the Secret Service nixed the idea.
Brewers’ Gallardo cited for drunken driving
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was cited for drunken driving after authorities said he drove with a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit.
Milwaukee County sheriff’s spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said deputies responded yesterday about 2 a.m. to a report of a possibly intoxicated driver. She said Gallardo was driving alone down a Milwaukee freeway at 40 mph in a 55-mph zone.
McLaughlin quotes the arrest report as saying Gallardo had red glassy eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol. The report said Gallardo acknowledged having a few beers.
The report said his blood-alcohol level was 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.
McLaughlin said Gallardo faces nearly $800 in fines. Messages left with the Brewers yesterday were not immediately returned.
Arizona 2B Hill out four to six weeks with broken hand
NEW YORK – Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is expected to miss from four to six weeks because of a broken left hand.
The Diamondbacks put Hill on the 15-day disabled list before last night’s game against the New York Yankees. Infielder Didi Gregorius came off the DL to take Hill’s place.
Martin Prado started at second base in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.
Hill was hit in the hand by a pitch from Pittsburgh’s James McDonald a week ago. He made his first start since the injury on Sunday, and left in the fourth inning with soreness.
Hill is batting .306 with two home runs and six RBIs.
Gregorius made his major league debut last year with Cincinnati and was acquired in an offseason trade. He’s been slowed by a sore elbow this year.
A’s second baseman Sizemore has left knee surgery
OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland Athletics second baseman Scott Sizemore underwent a second reconstructive surgery on his left knee as planned.
The A’s say Sizemore had a procedure to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., was an ACL reconstruction using a patellar tendon graft, the team said.
Sizemore is scheduled to return to the Bay Area on Saturday and begin rehab. He hurt the knee last Tuesday on the road against the Angels when hustling to shallow right field on a bloop single by Mike Trout that fell between Sizemore and Chris Young.
The 28-year-old Sizemore was hurt 14 months ago during the first full-squad workout of spring training in 2012 and missed the season with the same injury.
Blues’ Oshie undergoes ankle surgery
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie underwent surgery on his left ankle and the team listed him as week to week.
The procedure was done yesterday before the Blues played the Vancouver Canucks. Oshie had missed the previous eight games.
The 26-year-old Oshie has seven goals and 13 assists in 30 games this season.