EUGENE, ORE. Running back LeGarrette Blount won’t play for Oregon again this year. The school suspended him on Friday for the remainder of season after he slugged Boise State defensive end Byron Hout. Blount threw the punch Thursday night following the 16th-ranked Ducks’ 19-8 loss to No. 14 Boise State.
As Boise State began celebrating on their famous blue turf, Hout yelled in Blount’s face and tapped him on the shoulder pad. Before Broncos head coach Chris Petersen could pull Hout away, Blount landed a right to Hout’s jaw, knocking him to his knees. Blount also had to be restrained by police officers from fans heckling him on the way to the locker room.
“Football at the University of Oregon is a privilege, and with that privilege goes responsibilities,” said coach Chip Kelly.
Blount’s suspension includes any bowl games. He will remain on scholarship, however, and will continue to practice with the team.
Hout will not be suspended for taunting Blount. Boise State spokesman Max Corbet told The Associated Press in an e-mail that Petersen planned to spend time with Hout this week to help him learn from what happened.
After the game, Blount apologized for his actions. On Friday, he was seen having lunch with his teammates following practice.
Chiefs release McIntosh
Kansas City, Mo. — A poor preseason cost offensive tackle Damion McIntosh his job Friday when he was released along with seven other players by the Kansas City Chiefs.
McIntosh, drafted in the third round in 2000 by San Diego, was Kansas City’s starter at right tackle last year but did not play well this preseason. He was beaten several times in Thursday night’s preseason loss to St. Louis.
Also released were linebacker Corey Smith, fullback Jed Collins, center Eric Ghiaciuc, cornerbacks Travis Daniels and Londen Fryar and offensive linemen Herb Taylor and Tavares Washington.
Favre fined $10,000
Minneapolis — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was fined $10,000 by the NFL on Friday for his crack-back block on Houston defensive back Eugene Wilson in a preseason game.
Stricker, Furyk share lead
Norton, Mass. — Steve Stricker birdied his first two holes, and Tiger Woods could see what was coming. Walking to the next tee Friday at the TPC Boston, Woods said to his caddie, “He’s going to shoot 62.” Woods’ instincts were off by one. Stricker shot 63.
Stricker shared the first-round lead with Jim Furyk in the Deutsche Bank Championship. They were two shots clear of a group that included Masters champion Angel Cabrera, Justin Leonard, Retief Goosen and Scott Verplank. Woods shot a 70.
Kim, Pettersen tied at top
Priddis, Alberta — South Korea’s Song-Hee Kim shot a tournament-record 9-under 62 for a share of the second-round lead in the Canadian Women’s Open with Suzann Pettersen, while Michelle Wie missed her first cut of the season.
Sluman leads First Tee
Pebble Beach, Calif. — Defending champion Jeff Sluman shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 at Del Monte Golf Course to take a one-stroke over lead Loren Roberts and Olin Browne in the Champions Tour’s Walmart First Tee Open.
Memphis intends to appeal
The University of Memphis filed notice Friday of its intent to appeal the NCAA’s ruling forcing the school to vacate all 38 wins from the Tigers’ 2007-08 season.
Williams sisters advance
New York — Serena and Venus Williams both advanced to the fourth round Friday at the U.S. Open. By beating serve-and-volleying Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 6-3, 7-5 on Friday, Serena Williams improved to 28-1 over the past five majors. No. 3 Venus Williams, the 2000-01 Open champion, defeated 46th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, 6-2, 7-5. Next up for the elder Williams: a fourth-round match against Kim Clijsters, who recently came out of retirement and is playing in the tournament for the first time since 2005.
Harwell, 91, has cancer
Detroit — Ernie Harwell, the 91-year-old Baseball Hall of Fame honoree and longtime broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers, said Friday that he has inoperable cancer. Harwell said he began feeling ill this summer. He had surgery last month for an obstructed bile duct. Doctors found a cancerous tumor and several days ago advised him against further surgery. Harwell spent 42 of his 55 years as a broadcaster calling Tigers games.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Player’s mother testifies
Louisville, Ky. — Michelle Crockett dabbed her eyes. Her voice cracked with emotion. A year after her 15-year-old son Max Gilpin died from complications of heat stroke suffered at football practice, it’s still a struggle to recall the way her son looked when she arrived at Pleasure Ridge Park High on that muggy August evening.
Crockett testified Friday in the trial of former Pleasure Ridge Park High School coach David Jason Stinson, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment in the death of Gilpin. The sophomore collapsed while running in 94-degree heat in August 2008 and died three days later.