NCAA FOOTALL: PSU transfer rule expires today
STATE COLLEGE (AP) — The NCAA rule connected to Penn State’s sanctions that had the earliest impact on the football program is set to expire today.
School officials say the rule allowing Nittany Lions to transfer without having to sit out a year lapses Aug. 1. On that front at least, Penn State is back on a level playing field with other FBS schools a year after the NCAA levied its landmark penalties for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Eagles’ Cooper sorry for racial slur
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Saying he was “ashamed and disgusted” with himself, Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized repeatedly for making a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert that was caught on video and led to him getting fined.
The video of Cooper using the N-word surfaced on the Internet. Cooper issued a statement of apology then met with reporters outside the team’s practice facility.
“This is the lowest of lows,” Cooper said. “This is not the type of person I want to be portrayed as. This isn’t the type of person I am. I’m extremely sorry.”
Denver lures Lilja out of retirement
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Ryan Lilja will step out of retirement to reunite with Peyton Manning.
The veteran offensive lineman agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos, who are desperate for a starting center following a season- ending knee injury to Dan Koppen.
Lilja, who turns 32 in October, played guard for six seasons in Indianapolis when Manning was the Colts’ quarterback.
• UNDATED (AP) — An analysis of NFL injury data shows that players with concussions missed an average of 16 days last season, up from only four days in 2005.
The study by Edgeworth Economics, based on information collected by the league, shows that the average time out for other types of injuries has been more steady.
Severe injuries — causing a player to miss at least eight days — increased every season from 2009-12.
• UNDATED (AP) — Seventeen Pro Football Hall of Famers, and Dave Robinson, who will be inducted this weekend, signed a letter telling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell they are concerned about medical care for former players and the league’s “continued denial of the link between repeated head impacts and permanent brain damage.”
• NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Pro Bowl rosters for next year will be selected in a draft by team captains, with Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice assisting as alumni captains.
The league said Wednesday that fan voting will determine the players in the draft pool.
Wall gets extension from Wizards
UNDATED (AP) — Point guard John Wall agreed to a contract extension with the Washington Wizards and two people familiar with the deal say is worth about $80 million over five years.
• PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones was arrested after he was seen stomping on a homeless man’s leg, a police spokesman said.
A police sergeant making sure people remained orderly while they left a downtown night club shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday saw the 6-foot-9 Jones walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping and yell “Wake Up!” before lifting his foot and stomping on one man’s leg, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman.
MLS to add four expansion teams
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Major League Soccer plans to add four expansion teams by the 2020 season.
MLS commissioner Don Garber announced the league’s plans during halftime of its annual All-Star game. The location of the teams has yet to be decided, but Garber said the league has already had discussions with potential owners.
The news came one day after Hunt Sports Group announced it was selling the Columbus Crew to investor Anthony Precourt, and with the league set to add a 20th franchise in New York in 2015.
• KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Italian powerhouse AS Roma scored in the opening minutes, then added two second-half goals to finish off a 3-1 rout of Major League Soccer’s All-Stars.
Kevin Strootman and Alessandro Florenzi each had a goal and an assist, and Junior Tallo also scored for Roma, the three-time Serie A champions.
Omar Gonzalez, of the Los Angeles Galaxy, scored the only goal for the MLS side in second-half stoppage time.
Franklin wins gold in 200 meters
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Missy Franklin gave up her bid for eight gold medals — and it paid off.
She’s now 3-for-3 at the world swimming championships.
Franklin held off hard-charging Federica Pellegrini to win the 200-meter freestyle, claiming a title the recent high school graduate really wanted and justifying her decision to cut back on the program in Barcelona.
The 18-year-old American Olympian had entered eight events, giving her a chance to match Michael Phelps as the only swimmers to win that many events at a major championship.
But Franklin and her coach, Todd Schmitz, decided to scratch the 50 backstroke — a non-Olympic event that she swims mainly for fun.