National briefs: Mizzou coach Pinkel suspended after DWI

November 18, 2011


— Missouri suspended football coach Gary Pinkel without pay for the final home game of the season Thursday and froze his salary for a year following his overnight arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

Athletic director Mike Alden said Pinkel would miss Saturday’s game against Texas Tech, and the coach will donate a week’s worth of his base salary and guaranteed incentives — approximately $41,000 — to a campus alcohol-awareness program when he returns.

The disciplinary measures include a total of approximately $306,000 in penalties and 50 hours of community service by next summer. If Missouri (5-5) makes it to a bowl game, Pinkel won’t get the $75,000 bonus his contract stipulates. He forfeits a $100,000 annual payment for meeting certain team academic and social goals. And he loses an automatic $50,000 raise at the end of the year.

Pinkel issued two written statements Thursday. In the first, Pinkel said he “accept(s) full responsibility for my actions and will abide by whatever course of action our leadership deems appropriate.”

In the second statement, Pinkel said, “I recognize that I’ve let everyone down and fully accept the terms of this suspension.”

Cubs hire Sveum as manager

Chicago — The Chicago Cubs have hired Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum as their new manager.

The Cubs announced the move Thursday and said he would be introduced at a news conference today at Wrigley Field.

Sveum replaces Mike Quade, who was fired after the season by Theo Epstein, the team’s new president of baseball operations. The Cubs finished 71-91 after a disappointing season that extended their infamous championship drought to 103 seasons.

Kershaw wins NL Cy Young

New York — Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL Cy Young Award in a runaway Thursday.

Kershaw received 27 of 32 first-place votes, five seconds and two thirds for 207 points in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay, last year’s winner, was second with four first-place votes, 21 seconds and seven thirds for 133 points. Phillies teammate Cliff Lee was third with 90 points.

Woods struggling in Presidents Cup

Melbourne, Australia — Tiger Woods finally won a hole. He still doesn’t have a point.

The rest of the Americans were making up for it in the Presidents Cup, as Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson won for the second straight day, and Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk also won their second straight match.

Woods had a new partner in Dustin Johnson for the fourballs session, and it didn’t help. Aaron Baddeley holed a short par putt on the 18th, and he and Jason Day held on for a 1-up victory, making Woods the only American without a point at Royal Melbourne.

Former ball boy accuses Syracuse coach of molestation

Syracuse, N.Y. — ESPN is reporting that two former Syracuse University ball boys say they were molested for years by an assistant basketball coach at the school.

Syracuse has placed longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave “in light of the new allegations and the Syracuse City Police investigation,” the school said.

Syracuse police say they are investigating allegations of child molestation and that the inquiry is in the early stages.


Jayhawk1963 6 years, 5 months ago

You should look at the schadenfreude of the Mizzou posters on various articles !!!

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