Floyd Mayweather released from jail | A.M. Briefing
Floyd Mayweather was released from a Las Vegas jail early Friday after serving two months of a three-month sentence in a misdemeanor domestic-battery...
Floyd Mayweather was released from a Las Vegas jail early Friday after serving two months of a three-month sentence in a misdemeanor domestic-battery case.
The undefeated boxer walked out of the Clark County Detention Center in darkness to resume a career that his lawyers and personal physician warned in court documents might be at risk. They said jail food and water didn't meet Mayweather's dietary needs, and lack of exercise space in a cramped cell of fewer than 98 square feet threatened his health and fitness.
Mayweather, 35, pleaded guilty last year to reduced charges stemming from a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on his former girlfriend. The plea deal allowed him to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison.
Paterno family wants to appeal NCAA sanctions
Joe Paterno's family said it planned to appeal the sanctions imposed by the NCAA against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. The governing body's response: Don't bother.
Family lawyer Wick Sollers, in a letter sent to the NCAA, said the Paternos would like to appeal the "enormous damage" done to Penn State and the late Hall of Fame coach who died in January at age 85.
But the NCAA quickly rejected their plan.
"The Penn State sanctions are not subject to appeal," spokesman Bob Williams said.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported that Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki will transfer to Illinois.
Boise State receiver out
Boise State receiver Geraldo Boldewijn will miss the first four games of the season for violating NCAA rules about players getting extra benefits. Team officials said Boldewijn accepted help from his high-school host family when he booked a plane trip home to the Netherlands last December.
The Madison Police Department has not ruled out the possibility that Wisconsin tailback Montee Ball was the target of a premeditated attack early Wednesday.
The website TMZ reported police received a tip that Ball and several teammates were involved in a fight within the past week and the assault on Ball was in retaliation.
Ball, who suffered a concussion and facial injuries, denied the TMZ report via Twitter.
Clemson star suspended
Clemson will be without star receiver Sammy Watkins for its season-opening showdown with Auburn after Tigers coach Dabo Swinney suspended the All-American for two games after an offseason drug arrest.
TCU QB failed drug test
Texas Christian starting quarterback Casey Pachall admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a drug test in February, two weeks before his roommate was arrested during a drug sting. The revelation was in a Feb. 15 police report obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. There was no indication if Pachall had or would be punished.
UCI tries to block USADA charges against Armstrong
Cycling's international governing body is trying to block the case American anti-doping officials filed against Lance Armstrong, saying there may be a lack of due process and that witnesses were promised "advantages" for incriminating statements against the seven-time Tour de France winner.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought charges of performance-enhancing drug use against Armstrong in June, threatening to strip him of his victories. A federal grand jury investigation of the cyclist ended four months earlier without any indictments.
Armstrong repeatedly has proclaimed his innocence and sued in federal court in Austin, Texas, claiming USADA rules violate athletes' constitutional right to a fair trial.
In a testy exchange of letters made public as part of the court case, the International Cycling Union (UCI) proposed that it appoint an independent panel to determine whether the charges against Armstrong have merit. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency responded there should instead be a "Truth And Reconciliation Commission to clean up the sport of cycling once and for all."
Dynamo beats Red Bulls
Jermaine Taylor and Calen Carr scored in the first half to lead the host Houston Dynamo to a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls, extending Houston's winning streak to five games. Houston (11-5-7) took over first place in the East from New York (11-6-5).
Also, midfielder Ricardo Clark is returning to Houston after his release from Germany's Eintracht Frankfurt.
• Dan Raudabaugh completed 15 of 21 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns to help the host Philadelphia Soul advance to the ArenaBowl with an 89-34 victory over the Jacksonville Sharks.
• Minnesota's contract extension with men's basketball coach Tubby Smith runs through the 2016-17 season. His annual pay structure is $2 million.
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