Report: Five SEC stars got payout
UNDATED (AP) — A report says five Southeastern Conference players received impermissible benefits during their college careers, including former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker.
Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday that text messages and financial records show former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis was a go-between for NFL agents and financial advisers for Fluker, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and defensive end Maurice Couch, and Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and wide receiver Chad Bumphis.
The three schools all issued statements Wednesday saying they are investigating the claims.
Couch is a senior at Tennessee. Fluker, Bray and Cox are in the NFL; Bumphis was recently released by the Miami Dolphins.
Yanks put Jeter back on DL
BALTIMORE (AP) — Derek Jeter began the season on the disabled list, and that’s how it will end.
The New York Yankees shortstop will miss the rest of the year after being placed on the DL with an injured left ankle.
Jeter missed the first part of the season after breaking his left ankle in the 2012 playoffs. He returned to the DL twice more and played only 17 games, batting .190 with one homer and seven RBIs.
And now, he’s been shelved for a fourth time.
Grambling fires football coach
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Grambling State fired head football coach Doug Williams after the Tigers lost the first two games of the season.
The university announced it bought out the remainder of the former NFL quarterback’s contract. Running backs coach George Ragsdale is taking over as interim head coach.
Grambling had a 1-10 record in 2012 — including going 0-9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference — under the 58-year-old Williams. Grambling lost this season’s opener to Alabama State 23-9 and was dominated by Louisiana-Monroe 48-10 last weekend.
Beasley signs deal with Heat
MIAMI (AP) — Michael Beasley’s NBA career got started in Miami, and now the Heat are hoping it can be revived in Miami.
The troubled forward is back with the Heat, signing a contract that will give him another chance to prove he belongs in the NBA. He was bought out earlier this month by the Phoenix Suns, not long after the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft was arrested in Arizona on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Beasley will be in training camp with the Heat on Oct. 1.
Sabres re-sign center Hodgson
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres re-signed center Cody Hodgson to a six-year contract a day before the team opens training camp.
The Sabres announced the signing after players reported for physicals. Hodgson was already in Buffalo and is expected to be present for the team’s first practice today.
He is a four-year NHL player who was a restricted free agent after the Sabres retained his rights by offering him a qualifying tender in June.
Hodgson centered Buffalo’s top line last season and finished second on the team with 15 goals and 34 points in 48 games.