NCAA: Coach issues apology
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coach Bo Pellini offered an apology Monday night after a website posted a two-year old audio clip of him bashing Cornhuskers fans and some members of the local media.
“I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today,” Pelini said in a statement released by the school. “I take full responsibility for these comments.”
The Deadspin audio caught Pelini speaking off air with Husker Sports Network play-by-play man Greg Sharpe before his postgame radio interview following Nebraska’s win over Ohio State in October 2011. Pelini had been criticized by fans and media in the days leading to the Ohio State game for the Huskers’ performance the week before in a 31-point loss at Wisconsin.
In the audio, Pelini repeatedly uses an expletive to refer to what he calls “fair-weather” fans.
Even before the audio of his temper tantrum became public, Pelini had made a misstep that likely had many Nebraska fans upset. During his weekly news conference, Pelini responded to criticism from former Huskers quarterback Tommie Frazier, saying if Frazier doesn’t like how he’s running the program, he doesn’t need his support.
• STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State has appointed a former NCAA official to investigate alleged misconduct in the football program. School president Burns Hargis and the Board of Regents said Monday that Charles E. Smrt will lead an independent review of alleged violations first reported by Sports Illustrated.
• TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Pac-12 Conference reprimanded the officials in Saturday’s game between Wisconsin and Arizona State for their actions in the bizarre closing seconds.
The Badgers (2-1) lost 32-30 to Arizona State when officials erred in allowing the clock to expire, denying the Badgers the opportunity to attempt a possible game-winning field goal.
The Pac-12 said the officials did not act with enough urgency or properly handle the end-of-game situation when Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave awkwardly took a knee and the clock ran out in the ensuing confusion.
• TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama tailback T.J. Yeldon apologized for actions that drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the Texas A&M game. Yeldon made a money sign and a double throat-slashing gesture toward the stands after running for a 4-yard touchdown in the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s 49-42 victory. Yeldon did not speak to the media Monday but issued a statement through media relations apologizing for “my selfish action.”
Tampa Bay safety suspended
NEW YORK (AP) — Hard-hitting Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson was suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against New Orleans for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver, Darren Sproles.
• ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said tests on Reggie Bush’s left knee were “encouraging,” and his ailment isn’t a long-term injury. Bush took a helmet to his left knee in the first half Sunday at Arizona and played only briefly in the third quarter of a 25-21 loss.
Coyotes player draws suspension
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is suspending Paul Bissonnette for 10 regular-season games after the Coyotes forward left the bench to fight during a preseason game.
Bissonnette was given a game misconduct 12:09 into the first period Sunday against the Kings when he came off the bench on an illegal line change to fight Jordan Nolan after Nolan hit Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla.
Klesla was taken off on a stretcher and was released from a hospital several hours later after being diagnosed with a concussion.
The automatic 10-game suspension, given to the first or second player to leave the bench to fight, will cost Bissonnette $37,820.51 in lost salary.
Montoya going back to IndyCar
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving NASCAR for a return to IndyCar, where he’ll drive for Chip Ganassi rival Roger Penske.
The Colombian has agreed to join Team Penske next season as a teammate to current IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves and Will Power. He could also drive in some NASCAR races as part of the deal.
The move could be seen as a betrayal by Montoya against longtime team owner Ganassi. Ganassi decided in August he was not bringing Montoya back to his NASCAR program next season. But he and Penske are fierce rivals in IndyCar, and Ganassi driver Scott Dixon is currently locked in the championship battle with Castroneves.
Montoya won the 1999 CART title, the 2000 Indianapolis 500 and 11 races driving open-wheel for Ganassi. He then moved to Formula One, where he had seven wins before reuniting with Ganassi in 2006 to compete in NASCAR.
Dodgers’ Kemp comes off DL
PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers activated outfielder Matt Kemp from the disabled list for the third time this season.
Kemp did not play in the Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to Arizona on Monday night.
In 62 games, Kemp is hitting .263 with five home runs and 27 RBIs.
Seinfeld to join broadcast crew
NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Seinfeld will join the broadcast crew for the New York Mets games against the San Francisco Giants tonight.
The comic is a longtime fan of the team, which is 15 games below .500 and with little to laugh about this season. He will appear on the pregame show and then join Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling for the call of the game against the San Francisco Giants.
Seinfeld also broadcast a game between the Mets and Detroit on June 23, 2010.
Johnson moves into prime spot
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Zach Johnson won the rain-delayed BMW Championship on Monday and now has a chance to win something bigger.
Johnson rolled in two birdie putts over the closing holes at soggy Conway Farms and closed with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Nick Watney, giving him one of the top five seeds for the Tour Championship next week and a clear shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.
His first win of the year came at the expense of Jim Furyk, who endured another dose of final-round disappointment after grabbing a slice of history Friday as the sixth player in PGA Tour history with a 59.
Furyk’s victory drought is now at three years, and he has failed to win the last six times he had at least a share of the lead going into the final round. He lost the outright lead with a bogey on the 11th hole and and had two more bogeys in his round of 71. He wound up alone in third.
Watney started the week at No. 34 in the FedEx Cup. He closed with a 64, and his runner-up finish allowed him to join the 30 players who advance to East Lake next week, all of them with at least a mathematical chance at the $10 million bonus.