North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis
yesterday. The school issued a statement announcing Davis’s dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice. Chancellor Holden Thorp
said the decision was not prompted by any changes in the ongoing NCAA investigation into possible improper benefits and academic misconduct in the football program. Rather, Thorp says he “lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution.’’ . . . The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its preseason all-conference squad and two Boston College players - running back Montel Harris
and linebacker Luke Kuechly
- were the top-vote getters as they were named on 49 of the 51 ballots cast. Of the 25-member squad, Florida State and Miami placed four players each . . . UMass announced it will play its first home football game at Gillette Stadium against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent Sept. 8, 2012 when the Minutemen host Big Ten foe Indiana . . . The NCAA plans to use instant replay on an experimental basis to review certain calls at the College World Series next year. Reviewable plays would be limited to deciding if an apparent home run is fair or foul, whether a batted ball left the playing field for a home run or a ground-rule double, or whether there is fan interference on apparent home runs. The rule must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.
Basketball NBA players, owners to meet Monday
An NBA source confirmed to the Globe that the NBA Players Association and owners will meet in a full bargaining session Monday in New York. The sides have not met since the owners implemented a lockout July 1. The sides are far apart on several key issues, including revenue sharing, a hard salary cap, and percentage of basketball related income. The league has stated that 22 teams are currently losing money while the players association disputes that. Commissioner David Stern
and NBPA executive director Billy Hunter
are expected to attend the session.
Rose sentenced to 20 days in DUI case Former NBA guard Jalen Rose was sentenced to 20 days in jail for a drunk driving crash along a snowy suburban Detroit road in March. Bloomfield Hills District Court Judge Kimberly Small sentenced the former University of Michigan standout to 93 days overall, with all but 20 suspended, and a year of probation . . . The Milwaukee Bucks and franchise icon Sidney Moncrief are discussing his return to the team as assistant coach. The deal was reported by multiple media outlets, including Yahoo Sports and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bucks coach Scott Skiles has an opening on his staff after Kelvin Sampson left to join Kevin McHale as an assistant with the Houston Rockets.
Swimming Phelps captures 200-meter butterfly Michael Phelps
redeemed himself after losses in his first two events at the world championships in Shanghai, winning the 200-meter butterfly for a record fifth time. His time of 1 minute, 53.34 seconds was well off the world mark he set two years ago in Rome, but he was satisfied. “It was one and a half seconds faster than last year,’’ he said. “I felt like myself the last 100 of that race, especially that last 25. I didn’t feel like I was dying and barely able to get my arms out of the water and like there was a piano on my back.’’ Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda
earned the silver at 1:54.01, while China’s Wu Peng
took bronze at 1:54.67. Italy’s Federica Pellegrini
made history in the event, winning the 200 freestyle in 1:55.58 to become the first woman to sweep the 200 and 400 at consecutive worlds, joining Australian great Ian Thorpe
Miscellany UFL considers dropping Hartford team
The United Football League is considering contraction as it struggles to survive for the 2011 season, Hartford Colonials coach Jerry Glanville
said. Glanville expects to find out within a week whether his team will play or be folded by the UFL as a result of its heavy debt . . . Steve Flynn
(5 RBIs) hit a grand slam in an 11-1 win in the opener, and Ysander Figueroa
had three hits and four RBIs in a 10-5 clincher as East Side Post 201 of Worcester won the American Legion state baseball title, sweeping Lowell Post 87 (22-7) at Riverside Park in Hudson. East Side (27-8) advanced to the Northeast Regional tournament, Aug. 4 in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
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