Advocates want to see NFL act on domestic violence (Yahoo Sports) - Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it's time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice's suspension, the governor of Maine says he'll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient. A person familiar with the NFL's plans says the league is looking into increasing punishments for players involved in domestic violence. Celtic pay penalty for downsizing - BBC Scotland's Tom English reviews Celtic's Champions League play-off exit at the hands of NK Maribor. Hodgson set to name England captain - Roy Hodgson is set to announce his new England captain on Thursday - with Wayne Rooney favourite for the role. Boxer Jermain Taylor accused of shooting cousin (Yahoo Sports) - Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and assault in a shooting that wounded Taylor's cousin at the boxer's suburban Little Rock home, authorities said. ''Mr. Taylor was arrested for domestic battery, first-degree, and aggravated assault,'' Pulaski County Sheriff's Office Lt. Carl Minden said Tuesday. ''It was his cousin and another individual that came over to his house, an altercation ensued, he (Taylor) grabbed a weapon and opened fire.'' The cousin was hospitalized in serious condition with an apparent gunshot wound and the other man, described as a friend of the cousin, was not injured, Minden said. Cavendish back with stage win - Mark Cavendish leads the Tour de Poitou-Charentes after his first stage win since crashing out of the Tour de France. Warnock named Crystal Palace boss - Crystal Palace appoint former boss Neil Warnock as their new manager on a two-year deal after choosing him ahead of Steve Clarke. Arsenal unlikely to sign new striker - Arsenal are unlikely to sign another striker in the transfer window even if Olivier Giroud's ankle injury is long term. 'Eto'o gives Everton fear factor' - New signing Samuel Eto'o brings an unpredictable "fear factor" to Everton according to Toffees boss Roberto Martinez. Button's McLaren career uncertain - Warnock set to be named Palace boss - Crystal Palace are set to appoint Neil Warnock as their new boss after choosing him ahead of Steve Clarke.

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UNC probing report of alleged hazing incident (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 12:10 am]
''We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month,'' team spokesman Kevin Best said in a statement Tuesday. ''We take this allegation seriously and the university is conducting a thorough review.'' The statement was released in response to a Yahoo Sports report which stated that the alleged hazing involved several players and resulted in redshirt freshman Jackson Boyer being injured. The school did not identify any players it is investigating and did not confirm it was a hazing incident.

Gamecocks LB Moore won't start opener (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 11:56 pm]
South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore, the team's leading tackler last season, won't start the season opener against Texas A&M on Thursday night after missing a treatment session for a shoulder injury. Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said sophomore Jonathan Walton would start over Moore, who led No. 9 South Carolina with 56 tackles and four interceptions as a freshman. Ward said the move was to make sure that Moore does what he's supposed to in the future.

SMU adds Kevlar-fortified liners to helmets (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 10:38 pm]
DALLAS (AP) -- SMU has added Kevlar-fortified liners designed to lower the risk of concussions to the inside of its football helmets.

Stanford's Ty Montgomery will play vs. UC Davis (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 10:00 pm]
Most of the position battles are settled, and the biggest question No. 11 Stanford had entering training camp - the status of top playmaker Ty Montgomery - has been answered. Cardinal coach David Shaw said team doctors have medically cleared Montgomery to play in Saturday's season opener against UC Davis. He said Montgomery will have no limitations on where or how much he plays, not even with a big home matchup against No. 15 Southern California looming next week. Montgomery, the team's leading wide receiver and an All-America kick returner, had surgery on his right shoulder in February after playing with the injury part of last season.

Police: Drugs, alcohol not factors in Freeh crash (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 8:36 pm]
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the single-car crash in Vermont that seriously injured former FBI director Louis Freeh, state police said Tuesday. Freeh, who led an investigation into the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State and issued a scathing report, was alone in his SUV and wearing a seatbelt when he drove off the road shortly after noon Monday, striking a mailbox and a row of shrubs before coming to a stop on the side of a tree, according to state police. A preliminary investigation found no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, they said. State police on Monday said he was ''seriously injured.'' The accident happened in Barnard, a small town about 120 miles northwest of Boston.

OSU's Meyer: Surgery on Braxton Miller successful (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 8:06 pm]
Braxton Miller came through surgery just fine. The Ohio State quarterback will still miss the rest of the 2014 season after having successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder. ''Braxton and I talked this morning before he went in,'' Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference on Tuesday. ''He had surgery.

Sarkisian: USC looking into Shaw's heroic story (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 7:24 pm]
Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says the school is investigating defensive back Josh Shaw's story that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning. Sarkisian said USC has received calls contradicting Shaw's detailed claims about his two high ankle sprains. Shaw's story was told in a detailed post on the Trojans' website Monday hailing the fifth-year senior's heroism. ''We're looking at it,'' Sarkisian said after practice Tuesday.

Union talk fades as Northwestern begins season (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 6:36 pm]
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald flies around the practice field some days like he was still playing. Other days, he gets his kicks by running training camp more like a summer camp. If this is the most uptight team in major college football - as the Wildcats have been portrayed in some corners - you wouldn't know it watching them go through their paces. ''Must be Thursday,'' Northwestern assistant Jerry Brown grumbled after a recent practice, ''because all I heard out there was country and western.

Lions announce name, sponsor of college bowl game (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 5:23 pm]
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have announced a name and sponsor for its college bowl game.

Malzahn: Johnson will start for Auburn at QB (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 5:14 pm]
Jeremy Johnson will be No. 6 Auburn's starting quarterback against Arkansas, and Nick Marshall will play in the game. He had previously said Marshall and cornerback Jonathon Mincy would not start in the game after legal issues over the summer. The dual-threat Marshall led Auburn to the Southeastern Conference championship and national title game last season.

Former FBI director Freeh injured in car crash (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 1:20 pm]
Former FBI director Louis Freeh was seriously injured in a single-car crash in Vermont, authorities said. State police said Freeh was taken by helicopter to a New Hampshire hospital following the crash Monday in Barnard, a small town about 90 miles northwest of Boston. His name was not on a list for which patient information was available, according to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Freeh apparently drove his SUV off the road shortly after noon and struck a mailbox and a row of shrubs before coming to a stop on the side of a tree, state police said.

Oklahoma St defensive backs ready for FSU (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 7:41 am]
Oklahoma State's defensive backs like the idea of facing the best of the best. The Cowboys say they won't be intimidated on Saturday night when they open the season against No. 1 Florida State in Arlington, Texas. Florida State will surround returning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston with plenty of NFL potential, but Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson said the Cowboys are excited about the possibilities. ''Conditioning is what it's going to come down to.'' Peterson is the only returning starter in Oklahoma State's secondary.

Michigan shrugs off bad memories of Appalachian St (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 7:39 am]
Michigan fighting for its life at home against a Division I-AA team. Then a player named Corey Lynch blocked Michigan's field-goal attempt and sealed a 34-32 win for Appalachian State and one of the biggest upsets in college football history. ''I was like, 'Oh, no.''' Oh yes, Appalachian State. The stunner put Appalachian State on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the front page of sports sections from coast to coast - and beyond.

Slow down! Refs want to hit pause on up-tempo play (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 7:38 am]
Caught in the middle are the officials, who have to find a balance between spotting the ball quickly for the offense and allowing the defense time to set up - something that's increasingly been a problem since fast-paced offenses have cropped up more frequently in college football. ''From the officiating standpoint, we kind of got caught up in this thing and allowed ourselves to sort of get overwhelmed by it,'' NCAA coordinator of officials Rogers Redding said. "Too much rushing around, hurrying and trying to be speedy about getting the ball in play and it sort of put the defense at a disadvantage.'' Now, the officials are taking the pace back. ''It's not revolutionary, but it sort of calls attention to the need for the officials not to make the ball ready for play until all the officials are in position,'' said Redding, a referee in the SEC from 1994-2004.

USC's Shaw jumps from second floor to save nephew (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 26, 2014, 12:16 am]
Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool. With no one around, Shaw told USC's website that he instinctively jumped from the balcony onto the concrete below and crawled to the pool, where he pulled Carter to safety.

No word from Andersen on Wisconsin QB for LSU (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 11:51 pm]
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is staying quiet when it comes to his quarterback for Saturday's season opener against No. 13 LSU, while at least one of his best players says Tanner McEvoy will get the start for the 14th-ranked Badgers. ''At the end of the day, we're right where we were,'' Andersen said Monday. ''We've got two quarterbacks that I think are going to help this football team throughout the year. We've got two kids who want to compete and will continue to compete and that's where we're going to stay with it.'' When standout running back Melvin Gordon was asked about the quarterback situation, he said McEvoy would start the first game over incumbent Joel Stave.

Meyer says No. 5 Buckeyes are ready without Miller (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 10:04 pm]
A week after the loss of three-year starting quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is going through final preparations for the Buckeyes' opener on Saturday against Navy. ''But I can tell you this: I think we got a good team.'' Meyer disclosed that Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year and on the short list of Heisman Trophy frontrunners, will have surgery on the torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder on Tuesday.

Miles says No. 13 LSU will play 2 QBs vs Wisconsin (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 10:03 pm]
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU coach Les Miles says sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings and freshman quarterback Brandon Harris both will play in Saturday's season opener against Wisconsin.

Alabama QBs Coker, Sims still vying for No. 1 spot (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 9:37 pm]
Nick Saban is keeping Alabama's quarterback situation shrouded in as much mystery as possible. The second-ranked Crimson Tide's coach said Monday that no decision has been made on whether Jake Coker or Blake Sims would start Saturday against West Virginia in Atlanta, or if both would play. Saban did employ a baseball analogy involving Yankees manager and friend Joe Girardi to indicate that the starter won't be guaranteed of going the distance whatever the plan going into the game. ''I mean, Joe Girardi tells (Masahiro) Tanaka he's starting in the game, he's not telling him he's going to pitch nine innings,'' Saban said.

Meyer not kidding when he says Buckeyes are good (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 9:17 pm]
A week after the loss of three-year starting quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is going through final preparations for the Buckeyes' opener on Saturday against Navy. ''I like where we're at, especially after today's practice, and I like how they responded to Braxton's injury,'' he said.

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