Penn St. trustee to appeal sanctions
A Penn State trustee cited a need for due process in telling the NCAA on Monday that he intends to appeal the strict sanctions on the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Trustee Ryan McCombie said earlier in the day in a letter to fellow board members that he planned to take the action and sought an NCAA hearing. He invited other trustees to join in the appeal, and several indicated they did, said McCombie’s lawyer, Paul Kelly of the Boston-based firm Jackson Lewis. McCombie’s lawyers later sent the NCAA their intent to appeal letter, saying they also represented other trustees. The letter was sent within a 14-day window to file notice of an intent to appeal. The NCAA last week said the penalties weren’t subject to appeal after former coach Joe Paterno’s family said they also planned to file one . . . In Penn State’s first preseason practice since the scandal, new coach and former Patriots assistant Bill O’Brien said, “I want Penn State to turn the page and move forward, understanding why we are. It’s a new Penn State. It’s a new Penn State football program.’’ . . . The University of Illinois said redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki has completed his transfer from Penn State.
BC’s Spaziani announces four captains
Offensive tackle Emmett Cleary, safety Jim Noel (of Everett), tight end Chris Pantale, and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey will serve as captains for Boston College, coach Frank Spaziani said. The quartet was elected by a vote of their peers. All four players are in their senior seasons of eligibility . . . Mississippi star defensive back Charles Sawyer has a torn quadriceps and will likely miss at least a month before returning . . . Wisconsin running back Montee Ball hasn’t been cleared to practice as he recovers from a concussion sustained when he was roughed up by five men in an early morning incident near campus last week . . . An MRI revealed Oklahoma starting offensive guard Tyler Evans tore the ACL in his right knee last week.
Rockies’ Helton to have hip surgery
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. A career .320 hitter, Helton batted just .238 this season, by far the lowest average of his 15-year career in the majors. Helton, who turns 39 on Aug. 20, told The Denver Post he plans on playing next season, the final year of his contract . . . Cubs righthander Matt Garza was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will be shut down ‘‘indefinitely,’’ general manager Jed Hoyer said. Garza hasn’t pitched since he felt stiffness in his right elbow in a July 21 start at St. Louis . . . White Sox lefthander John Danks had surgery on his pitching shoulder, and Chicago said he should be ready for spring training . . . The Royals allowed lefthanded reliever Jose Mijares to leave for the Giants on a waiver claim . . . Designated hitter Jim Thome will be unavailable to the Orioles at least into September because of a herniated disk . . . The Mets said lefthander Tim Byrdak has a torn anterior capsule in his shoulder, the same injury that forced teammate Johan Santana to miss more than a year. Byrdak leads the league with 56 appearances . . . South Burlington, Vt., beat Wellesley South in a New England regional tournament game, 5-3, in Bristol, Conn. Wellesley South plays Tuesday at 1 p.m. against Bedford, N.H.
Sides feel no rush to agree on CBA
The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association agreed there’s more than enough time to reach a new labor deal even though the union has yet to submit a counteroffer with less than six weeks left before the collective bargaining agreement expires. ‘‘I don’t think time’s running out yet,’’ NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said by phone from Barcelona, where he met with about 40 players. ‘‘I still think if the parties are dedicated to it, there’s sufficient time to reach an agreement.’’ NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly concurred. ‘‘While time is getting shorter, we continue to feel there is sufficient time to reach a deal before Sept. 15,’’ Daly wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press.
Calhoun (hip) is expected to return
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun’s hip fracture could be a factor at the start of his 41st season on the bench, but likely wouldn’t prevent him from a return, orthopedic surgeon Stephen Hunt said. Calhoun, 70, was recovering Monday at the UConn Health Center after undergoing surgery Saturday for a left hip fracture suffered in a fall from his bicycle near his beach home in Madison . . . The Sacramento Kings extended coach Keith Smart’s contract through the 2013-14 season . . . Northeastern coach Bill Coen announced the addition of five players to the Huskies program. Kwesi Abakah, Derrico Peck, Zach Stahl, and David Walker will join the team as freshmen this season, while Scott Eatherton, a transfer from St. Francis (Pa.), will suit up in 2013-14 . . . Redshirt junior center Anthony Stover was dismissed from the UCLA team for failure to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.Continued...