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Notre Dame bars 4 football players from practice, games

Notre Dame barred four players from practice and games, announcing an investigation into “suspected academic dishonesty” after allegations surfaced someone had done course work for them. Junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell, a graduate of Mariner High in Everett, is among the four player


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College football

Mariner High graduate Russell is among 4 barred by Notre Dame

Notre Dame barred four players from practice and games Friday, announcing an investigation into “suspected academic dishonesty” after allegations surfaced someone had done course work for them.

Standout junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell, a graduate of Mariner High School in Everett, is among the four players. The others are leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore.

The Fighting Irish are facing the possibility a second straight season could be affected by academic-misconduct issues.

Last year, quarterback Everett Golson missed the season after being suspended from school for what he called he called poor academic judgment. He has returned to the team.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said coach Brian Kelly was “devastated” by the allegations against the four players.

The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, and Swarbrick expressed support for Kelly.

Jenkins said Notre Dame has notified the NCAA about the inquiry. Because of potential violations, the four players can’t compete until the conclusion of the investigation and the university honor-code process.

Jenkins said during a news conference no student has been judged responsible for “academic dishonesty.”

“Nobody has been dismissed,” Jenkins said.

The university also is investigating if other students are involved. Jenkins said it was too early to say if the four players acted together.

Mixon is charged with assault

Oklahoma freshman Joe Mixon, rated the top prep running-back prospect in the nation by some recruiting services last season, was charged with misdemeanor assault. He is accused of knocking a 20-year-old woman unconscious with a punch that also broke several bones in her face.

Mixon has not participated in team activities since July 25, when Norman, Okla., police say the incident occurred at a local restaurant.

Oklahoma officials have not made a decision on Mixon’s status.

WNBA

San Antonio earns playoff berth

Jia Perkins scored 23 points and the host San Antonio Stars beat the defending league champion Minnesota Lynx 92-76 to secure a Western Conference playoff berth — and eliminate the possibility of postseason play for the Storm.

Washington earned an East playoff berth by winning 71-67 at Connecticut and Atlanta defeated visiting Tulsa 92-76.

NBA

George describes his leg injury

Two weeks after a gruesome compound fracture of his right leg, Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George said he remains hopeful he can make it back onto the court late in the upcoming season — even though it is a longshot.

George, 24, was injured Aug. 1 during a U.S. national-team scrimmage in Las Vegas when his right leg collided with the basket stanchion.

“When I looked down and saw bone sticking out, I knew it was bad,” said George, later describing the feeling as having his leg lit on fire. “I’d felt pain before, but I have never felt pain like that.”

Pacers officials have said they do not expect to have George available for the 2014-15 season.

“The last thing I want to do is feel like I’m not part of this team because I’m out,” George said. “I’m holding out hope, just personally, because I want to be back.”

Warriors’ Livingston has surgery

Golden State guard Shaun Livingston, 28, is expected to be out from six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot Wednesday.

ELSEWHERE

Roger Federer of Switzerland and Serena Williams of the United States were among the quarterfinal winners at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.

Federer, who has won the tennis tournament five times, beat Andy Murray of Britain 6-3, 7-5. He will face Milos Raonic of Canada on Saturday.

Williams beat Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-3 and will meet Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the semifinals.

Tony Pulis has left his position as Crystal Palace manager, plunging the soccer team into turmoil before it starts the English Premier League season Saturday.

Will Bruin scored his ninth goal of the season and the Houston Dynamo was aided by a late own goal in a 2-0 Major League Soccer victory over visiting Philadelphia.

• Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, voted the NHL’s most valuable player last season, said he is pleased with the way his injured right wrist has responded to treatment.

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