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National briefs: Ohio State vacates 2010 football wins

July 9, 2011

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Columbus, Ohio — Ohio State’s 2010 Big Ten championship, its 12-1 season, its victories over rival Michigan and in the Sugar Bowl — all gone. Coach Jim Tressel is out, and so is star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Left behind: two years of self-imposed probation.

The question now is whether it will be enough to save Ohio State football from more severe penalties in an upcoming trip to see the NCAA committee on infractions.

In response to NCAA violations committed by football players who traded autographs and memorabilia for cash and tattoos — and by a coach who covered it up — Ohio State issued its official response Friday. Athletic director Gene Smith hoped it would appease the NCAA ethics police.

The measures taken by the school included vacating all the Buckeyes’ wins from last season, a year in which Ohio State captured a record-tying sixth straight Big Ten title and won an unprecedented seventh straight game over Michigan.

College Football

W. Virginia on two years probation

Charleston, W.Va. — The NCAA said Friday it has accepted West Virginia’s self-imposed sanctions that include two years’ probation for major rules violations under former coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart.

The report by the NCAA infractions committee said three failure-to-monitor violations occurred involving out-of-season coaching and the use of non-coaching staff to work with players.

Georgia tailback ineligible

Athens, Ga. — Georgia’s depth chart at tailback took another hit Friday when senior Caleb King was declared academically ineligible for the 2011 season.

King ended spring practice as the team’s starter. Washaun Ealey, who led Georgia in rushing last season, left school in May after two suspensions for disciplinary reasons.

NBA

Weems joins team in Lithuania

New York — Sonny Weems has joined Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania, signing a contract that will keep him in Europe all season rather than risk sitting out an entire year if the NBA lockout lasts.

NFL

Appeals court backs lockout

New York — The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a judge’s order lifting the NFL lockout, handing the league a victory as players and owners spent another day negotiating.

The ruling was issued shortly after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith opened a second straight day of labor talks at a law firm in Manhattan. The discussions lasted about nine hours before breaking up.

MLB

Report: Dodgers dismiss Garvey

Los Angeles — The Los Angeles Dodgers have fired Steve Garvey for his attempts to buy the team that he helped to the 1981 World Series title, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on personnel matters and talked to the Associated Press on Friday night on condition of anonymity, said Garvey is no longer with the team, ending a 30-year tenure in the organization. Garvey worked in marketing and community relations, making numerous public appearances on behalf of the team and its sponsors.

College Basketball

New hearing set for OSU’s Williams

Stillwater, Okla. — A judge entered a not-guilty plea and set a new court date for Oklahoma State forward Darrell Williams, who faces five felony counts alleging he inappropriately touched two women at an off-campus party. District Judge Phillip Corley granted defense attorney Willie Baker’s request Friday for a transcript of Williams’ preliminary hearing to be produced for new co-counsel Cheryl Ramsey and scheduled Williams’ next court date for July 22.

Golf

Reavie leads by 2 at John Deere

Silvis, Ill. — Chez Reavie shot a 9-under 62 Friday, relying on his putter to claim a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the John Deere Classic.

Reavie found the greens at TPC Deere Run to his liking while making an eagle and a succession of birdie putts, going 8 under during one nine-hole stretch. He went into the weekend at 14-under 128 in search of his first victory since the 2008 Canadian Open.

Lewis ahead at U.S. Women’s Open

Colorado Springs, Colo. — Going for her second major of the year, Stacy Lewis made a bogey and double-bogey shortly after a 66-minute rain delay, and the lead she held through almost the entire marathon day at the U.S. Women’s Open turned into a two-shot deficit to I.K. Kim. Kim was at 4-under par with four holes to play when the second round was suspended by darkness.

Auto Racing

Keselowski rolls at Kentucky

Sparta, Ky. — Brad Keselowski, the defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, used a light touch on the gas pedal over the final miles Friday at Kentucky Speedway to pick up his first victory of the season, needing just one tank of fuel to navigate the last 67 laps and beat Kevin Harvick by over a second.

Kyle Busch, who started 41st after crashing during qualifying, was third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler.

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