NCAA denies waiver request for Smith; forward to redshirt
UNLV’s legislative relief waiver request for basketball player Roscoe Smith was denied Friday by the NCAA.
Smith, a 6-foot-8-inch forward who transferred from Connecticut this summer, will redshirt in the 2012-13 season and be eligible for the 2013-14 season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"We are disappointed for Roscoe and our team, but we understand and accept the decision," Rebels coach Dave Rice said.
Smith was a starter on Connecticut’s 2011 national championship team. In two years at the school, he started 47 of 74 games. He averaged 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman and 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds as a sophomore.
Also: UNLV opened its volleyball season with a 3-0 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in the UNLV Invitational at Cox Pavilion. Daryn Glenn (nine kills), Kinsey Caldwell (28 assists) and Allison Davies (17 digs) led the Rebels, who won by scores of 25-22, 32-30 and 25-19.
The UNLV men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to UC Davis in its season opener at Davis, Calif. Alex Aguiar scored the only goal, at 85:14 of the second half against Rebels goalie Joe Vitale.
The UNLV women’s soccer team played to a 0-0 double-overtime tie with South Dakota State in the Kansas Invitational at Lawrence, Kan. Goalie Kylie Wassell posted her second shutout of the season for the Rebels (1-1-1).
Landis must pay back almost $500,000 to avoid charges
Cyclist Floyd Landis agreed to repay donors almost half a million dollars that he raised to challenge doping allegations in an agreement with federal prosecutors that may spare him criminal charges of lying to supporters about his drug use.
As part of his "deferred prosecution" agreement in San Diego, Landis, 36, admitted that he defrauded 1,765 donors out of $478,354. If he fails to repay them in three years, federal prosecutors may pursue a single count of wire fraud, exposing him to up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Landis won the Tour de France in 2006, but was stripped of the title after an arbitration panel upheld the results of a positive test for synthetic testosterone. After strenuous denials and a protracted fight in courts around the world, Landis acknowledged using performance-enhancing substances and has alleged widespread doping on his U.S. Postal Service team, which included Lance Armstrong.
Dominant Logano finally solves Bristol, wins Nationwide race
Joey Logano used an early pit stop and a dominant car to win at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., for the first time in the Nationwide Series. Logano chased down Kevin Harvick, then held on over a series of late cautions for his sixth victory of the season.
Logano had five top-10 finishes in seven previous Nationwide starts at Bristol. He led 119 laps but finished fourth in March. A year ago, he was second after leading 12 laps.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second and Kyle Busch third. Danica Patrick took ninth, the third-best finish of her career and the fifth top-10 in Nationwide.
Also: Saint Louis basketball coach Rick Majerus will take a leave of absence for at least the 2012-13 season. The 64-year-old is undergoing treatment at a California hospital for an ongoing heart condition. Assistant Jim Crews has been named interim coach.
Marquette basketball coach Buzz Williams announced the dismissal of assistant Scott Monarch, and Williams will serve a one-game suspension as part of the school’s self-imposed sanctions for recruiting rules violations it reported to the NCAA. Monarch gave team-issued apparel and provided transportation to an unnamed recruit.
Boise State will make the Big West Conference its new home for all nonfootball sports starting July 1. The university had been searching for a new league since the football program joined the Big East beginning next season, a move that brought an end to its membership in the Mountain West.
Lydia Ko, a 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander, shot her second straight 4-under-par 68 for a share of the lead with Chella Choi after the second round of the Canadian Women’s Open in Coquitlam, British Columbia. They were at 8-under 136, three strokes better than a group of four that included Inbee Park, a Bishop Gorman High School graduate.
Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia eagled the par-5 eighth hole to finish with a 7-under 65 and three-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash.
Mark Foster (68) and Richard Finch (67) are tied for the second-round lead of the European Tour’s Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, Scotland. They are at 8-under 136, one stroke ahead of Brett Rumford and Paul Lawrie.
The ECHL’s Wranglers signed forward Locke Jillson and defenseman Eric Springer, who both completed their college eligibility this year. Jillson played at Cornell and Springer at Wisconsin.