NCAA FOOTBALL: Crimson Tide suspend CB
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban suspended cornerback Geno Smith for the season opener with Virginia Tech after a weekend drunken driving arrest.
Smith, a projected starter at nickel back, was arrested Sunday morning and charged with DUI. The sophomore was at practice Tuesday for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, and Saban said Smith has some “in-house” things to do in order to return in time for the Sept. 14 game against Texas A&M.
• AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is teaching a fall semester course at the University of Akron.
Tressel, who has an administrative position at the school, will teach “General Principles of Coaching” this fall with former Zips coach Jim Dennison. The three-credit course will be open to Akron students and the general public. Dennison was Akron’s coach when Tressel was hired as an assistant in 1974.
Bucks, Sanders agree on deal
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have rewarded center Larry Sanders for his breakout season with a multiyear contract extension.
General manager John Hammond announced the deal Tuesday in a statement. Terms were not announced.
The 6-foot-11 Sanders had career-highs of 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds last season. His 2.8 blocks per game ranked second in the NBA, and he had a stretch of 40 straight games with a block.
Sanders, the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, is considered part of the core for the retooling Bucks, who traded Brandon Jennings (17.5 points) to the Pistons last month for point guard Brandon Knight (13.1 points).
Serena garners top seed
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open as she tries to do something she’s never done: win a second consecutive title at Flushing Meadows.
Williams is a four-time champion at the U.S. Open, including in 2012. Only Chris Evert, with six, and Steffi Graf, with five, have won the tournament more times in the Open era, which began in 1968.
The U.S. Tennis Association stuck to the WTA rankings in announcing the 32 seeded women, including Victoria Azarenka at No. 2, and Maria Sharapova at No. 3.
Demand high for World Cup tickets
SAO PAULO (AP) — It was a frenzied start to FIFA’s attempt to fill the stands for next year’s World Cup in Brazil as fans applied Tuesday for more than 1 million tickets in just seven hours.
But it will be some time before they know whether they’ll be among those lucky enough to get seats to soccer’s signature event. Applicants won’t hear back until October, after FIFA holds a random selection draw on all the requests.
More than 163,000 people requested the tickets online in the first seven hours.
At the end of the first day of sales, the website of soccer’s governing body, FIFA, showed that there were more ticket applications than the number of seats available in all four price categories for 12 of the 64 matches, including the opener in Sao Paulo and the final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.
FIFA said the highest amount of applications so far has come from Brazil, Argentina, the U.S., Chile and England.
Pistorius, Steen family reps ‘talking’
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The families of Oscar Pistorius and his slain girlfriend are in contact, a lawyer for Reeva Steenkamp’s parents said.
The communication between the two families is over a possible out-of-court settlement that would compensate the Steenkamps for the killing of their daughter by the double-amputee Olympian, according to South African press reports.