In Brief

Former Memphis basketball coach John Calipari and former Tigers guard Derrick Rose agreed last year to pay $100,000 to avoid a lawsuit over the team’s season that ended in the 2008 Final Four with the wins later vacated by the NCAA.

According to a settlement signed May 28, 2010, with attorneys representing some Memphis season-ticket holders, not only did Calipari and Rose agree to pay $100,000, but Calipari and Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson committed to repaying Final Four bonuses.

The Commercial Appeal first obtained a copy of the agreement Thursday from the University of Memphis under Tennessee’s open record laws.

The NCAA ordered Memphis in August 2009 to vacate its NCAA-record 38 wins and eliminate mentions of the Final Four and appearance in the national championship game after finding the university guilty of using an ineligible player believed to be Rose. That player had been ruled retroactively ineligible for the 2007-08 season because of questions over his SAT score.

Also: Louisville offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, the head coach at UNLV from 2005 to 2009, was not aboard team buses that departed for the airport Friday afternoon for the Cardinals’ game today at North Carolina.

Sanford’s absence raises more questions about his future on coach Charlie Strong’s staff. Sanford was not on hand after practice Tuesday or Wednesday during the Cardinals’ weekly media sessions.

The Cardinals have struggled on offense, ranking 105th of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in scoring. Sanford is in his second season at the school.

The NCAA suspended Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey for five games — leaving him with two regular-season games in his senior season — and three other Buckeyes for one game for taking too much money for a summer job.

Offensive lineman Marcus Hall, defensive lineman Melvin Fellows and last year’s leading rusher, Daniel Herron, will miss today’s game at No. 14 Nebraska. Posey, already forced to sit out the first five games, will not return until Ohio State’s home game against Penn State on Nov. 19.

Junior quarterback Riley Nelson will start for Brigham Young today against San Jose State, replacing sophomore Jake Heaps.

Both played in last week’s 27-24 win over Utah State, but Nelson was much more effective. He led the Cougars on a 96-yard drive that ended with a deflected pass for a touchdown with 11 seconds left that capped a rally from a 24-13 deficit.


Scot 14 shots back, but wins
238 pounds of ham for ace

Scottish golfer Elliot Saltman made a hole-in-one during his second round at the Madrid Masters and earned a tasty prize — his weight in ham.

Saltman made the shot from the par-3 third hole at El Encin Golf Hotel. Heavily cured and salted ham is a Spanish delicacy. “I’ve been trying to lose weight, but now I’m thinking I should have just kept it,” Saltman said.

Tournament spokeswoman Maria Madrigal said Saltman would take home about 238 pounds of ham, with organizers going by the weight listed on his official European Tour profile.

Ham was the prize offered for a hole-in-one at the third — prizes on other holes included a car and a watch.

Despite the feat, the No. 686-ranked player is well off the pace. After two rounds, he was at 3-over-par 147 and 14 shots behind leader Lee Slattery, who shot a second-round 6-under 66.

Also: Michael Allen shot a 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead over John Cook after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Insperity Championship at The Woodlands, Texas. Allen had nine birdies in his bogey-free round.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead of the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. She had 10 birdies and three bogeys to take a one-stroke lead over Chella Choi.


Augustus, Lynx sweep Dream,
win first WNBA championship

Seimone Augustus and the Minnesota Lynx completed a near-perfect postseason by beating the host Atlanta Dream 73-67 to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA championship series.

Augustus scored 16 points, and Maya Moore, returning to her Atlanta home, had 15 to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Lynx won their first WNBA title.

Minnesota closed the postseason with six straight wins, including sweeps of Phoenix in the Western Conference finals and Atlanta in the championship series.

Also: NABO lightweight champion Sharif Bogere knocked out Francisco Contreras in the third round of the main event of a boxing card at Texas Station. Bogere improved to 21-0 with 13 knockouts, and Contreras fell to 16-1.

Baltimore Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is moving on after running the front office of his childhood team for four-plus seasons. Baltimore went 69-93 during its 14th consecutive losing season, and MacPhail’s contract expires Oct. 31.

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the China Open quarterfinals in Beijing by Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (2). Wozniacki was two points from victory when leading 30-0 in the final game of the third set, but Pennetta won the game and then the tiebreaker.

Thomas Kiriakou scored the decisive goal at 6:51 of the third period as the Wranglers defeated the Colorado Eagles 4-3 in Loveland in their ECHL preseason opener. Judd Blackwater scored twice and Jeff May once for Las Vegas.

Sophomore Jose Mendoza scored his first goal of the season to lead the UNLV men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Rebels are 2-7 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

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