CollegesThe NCAA will ban USC’s football team from the postseason for two years and strip the program of scholarships, the Los Angeles Times and ESPN.com reported. NCAA sanctions include the loss of more than 20 scholarships, and the Trojans also will forfeit wins “from at least the 2004 season,’’ according to the reports. The penalties stem from the NCAA’s investigation of allegations of improper benefits for Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush during his time at the school. In January, USC imposed sanctions on the basketball team for recruiting violations involving O.J. Mayo, including a ban on postseason play last season.
BC, Notre Dame extend football seriesBoston College and Notre Dame have agreed to play another six football games over the next nine seasons. The schools, which are scheduled to play at BC Oct. 2, will play at Notre Dame in 2011, 2016, and 2018, and at BC in 2012, 2015, and 2019 . . . Central Connecticut and Sacred Heart universities received sanctions for failing to meet the minimum scores on the NCAA’s annual Academic Progress Rate reports. Central’s women’s basketball team got a one-year loss of a scholarship and Sacred Heart’s football team the loss of a partial scholarship. . . . The Versus network will televise at least three Ivy League football games in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, including both Harvard-Yale games . . . Suspended Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was kicked off the team, two days after a police officer cited him for marijuana possession and driving infractions.
Johnson hired to turn around NetsAvery Johnson said yesterday he has agreed to become the coach of the New Jersey Nets, the league’s worst team. Johnson said the Nets will announce the deal today. The ESPN analyst coached Dallas for three-plus seasons, going 194-70 in the regular season and 23-24 in the playoffs. He guided the Mavs to the NBA Finals in 2006, but was fired after a first-round playoff series loss to New Orleans in 2008 . . . Michigan State’s Tom Izzo told his team he has talked to the Cavaliers about their coaching vacancy, but didn’t say when he expected to make a decision.
Roethlisberger accuser felt ‘powerless’The 20-year-old college student who accused Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her said she felt powerless to stop him from having sex with her in a bar bathroom even though she told him to stop, telling investigators: “I’m a little girl and he’s a big boy.’’ The accuser’s interview is among more than 50 audio and video recordings released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The prosecutor determined there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant criminal charges . . . Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood is facing sexual assault claims made by two women following a weekend incident in Lake Delton, Wis. Police have said they do not plan to recommend pressing charges because of inconsistencies in the women’s statements . . . Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in seven months, likely sidelining him for the 2010 season . . . The Chargers signed veteran left tackle Tra Thomas to a one-year contract, insurance in case left tackle Marcus McNeill continues his holdout.
Bat used for Rose’s final hit up for saleThe black Mizuno bat that Pete Rose used for his final, record hit — No. 4,256 — is being auctioned by a New York firm that expects it to become one of the most expensive bats ever sold. The 34-inch, 32-ounce bat is the featured item in a collection being sold through Lelands.com. Lelands.com president Mike Heffner said the highest auction price for a bat was $1.3 million, paid for the one that Babe Ruth used to hit his first homer at Yankee Stadium . . . Struggling Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list to rest his ailing left thumb in the midst of his season-long slump. Ramirez is hitting .168 with five homers and 22 RBIs . . . Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun, 39, said he’ll have season-ending shoulder surgery next week, which will likely finish the veteran’s short stint in Milwaukee and maybe his career . . . Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Jake Arrieta will launch his big league career tonight against the Yankees. Arrieta, 24, was 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA with Triple A Norfolk this season . . . Holy Cross third baseman Matt Perry (Sudbury) was selected by the Tigers in the 41st round, and will become the 125th Crusader to sign a professional baseball contract.
Nadal continues dominating playFrench Open champion Rafael Nadal made a smooth adjustment from clay to grass, defeating Marcos Daniel in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to reach the third round of the Queen’s Club tournament in London . . . Left wing Scottie Upshall re-signed with the Phoenix Coyotes on a one-year contract . . . Four Boston Breakers players were chosen to play in the Women’s Professional Soccer All-Star game June 30 in Atlanta. Defender Amy LePeilbet, midfielders Kristine Lilly and Kelly Smith, and forward Lauren Cheney were selected in voting by players, coaches, media, and fans . . . Javier Morales scored in the 80th minute to lift host Real Salt Lake to a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles, stopping the Galaxy’s record-tying 12-game unbeaten run to start the Major League Soccer season. In Bridgeview, Ill., Conor Casey scored during second-half stoppage time, helping Colorado earn a 2-2 tie against Chicago.
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