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U.S. soccer ties Mexico, 1-1, in coach’s debut

August 11, 2011

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— Jurgen Klinsmann’s debut is out of the way. All he needs now is a win.

Klinsmann’s debut coaching U.S. soccer was bolstered by Robbie Rogers’ tying goal late in the second half to help the Americans salvage a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Wednesday night.

Oribe Peralta scored for Mexico in a rematch of the Gold Cup final.

Klinsmann kicked off a new era in American soccer less than two weeks after he was hired.

He needs more time to make his mark. Klinsmann only held three practices since he took over a program that needed a clear jolt after years of mediocre results.

The Americans, with a revamped midfield, need to develop a feel for each other and an understanding of what to expect out of Klinsmann.

College Football

A.D.: NCAA probe has cost $800K

Columbus, Ohio — The NCAA investigation into Ohio State’s football program has cost the school’s athletic department about $800,000 so far.

Athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the figure on Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press.

The Buckeyes football program has been embroiled in a memorabilia-for-cash scandal that broke late last year and resulted in coach Jim Tressel losing his job after 10 years. Star quarterback Terrelle Pryor also has left the school.

Ohio State goes before the NCAA’s committee on infractions Friday. The NCAA can either accept Ohio State’s self-imposed penalties, which include two years of probation and vacating last year’s 12-win season and share of the Big Ten championship, or it can add to them.

MLB

Two plead not guilty in fan attack

Los Angeles — Two men accused of brutally beating a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium pleaded not guilty Wednesday even though prosecutors said they had made admissions in the case.

Louie Sanchez, 28, and Marvin Norwood, 30, entered their pleas during a brief arraignment to charges of mayhem and assault and battery in the March 31 attack of Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz paramedic who suffered severe brain injuries and remains hospitalized.

NFL

Parcells, Jerry Rice joining ESPN

Bristol, Conn. — Bill Parcells and Jerry Rice are joining ESPN as NFL analysts.

This is Parcells’ third stint with the network. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach was a studio analyst in 2002 and ’07 between NFL jobs. He will make his debut Monday before the Jets-Texans preseason game and will appear on “Sunday NFL Countdown” and other shows.

Rice, the Hall of Fame wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, will serve as an analyst on shows such as “NFL Live” and “SportsCenter.”

Mankins gets 6-year deal with Pats

Foxborough, Mass. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wanted to keep Logan Mankins with the team for a long time. It looks as if he got his wish.

The three-time Pro Bowl left guard who missed the first seven games last season because of a 41⁄2-month contract holdout has agreed to a six-year deal with the team, according to ESPN.

The Patriots had no comment on the report. Mankins’ agent, Frank Bauer, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Earlier Wednesday, Kraft indicated that a long-term deal with Mankins, entering his seventh season, was imminent.

“Probably you’ll see our good friend Logan Mankins will be signed up soon, hopefully to be a Patriot for life,” he said. “That couldn’t have happened if we didn’t do our planning before we went into the lockout.”

Eagles sign ex-Giants receiver

Bethlehem, Pa. — The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with former New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith on a one-year deal Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Smith had 220 catches for 2,386 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Giants. In his 2009 Pro Bowl season, he caught a franchise-record 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns.

Smith sustained a season-ending left knee injury in the Giants’ victory over the Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 13 and had microfracture surgery eight days later.

NCAA

Rulebook, penalties eyed

Indianapolis — NCAA leaders are ready to give college sports a complete overhaul.

They want to simplify the massive 439-page Div. I rulebook, enforce stronger penalties for rule-breakers, increase academic standards and link academic performance to possible postseason bans. And if NCAA President Mark Emmert gets his way, all of this would be approved in the next 12 months.

It’s a far cry from the stodgy, deliberative days of past NCAA administrations.

“What’s different is a lot of things have reached a boiling point,” Penn State president Graham Spanier said after Emmert’s two-day presidential retreat wrapped up Wednesday. “The board of directors has the authority to make some decisions that it has been reluctant to do before, but I think the presidents have reached a point where they’re saying too many things are not working well. So the board needs to take stronger actions from the top.”

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