Missouri football coach Pinkel
suspended after DUI arrest
Missouri suspended football coach Gary Pinkel without pay for the final home game of the season Thursday and froze his salary for a year following his overnight arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
Athletic director Mike Alden said Pinkel would miss Saturday’s game against Texas Tech and the coach will donate a week’s worth of his base salary and guaranteed incentives — approximately $41,000 — to a campus alcohol-awareness program.
The disciplinary measures include a total of $306,000 in penalties and 50 hours of community service by next summer. If Missouri (5-5) makes it to a bowl game, Pinkel won’t get the $75,000 bonus his contract stipulates. He forfeits a $100,000 annual payment for meeting certain team academic and social goals. And he loses an automatic $50,000 raise at the end of the year.
Boone County Sheriff’s Office records show that deputies pulled Pinkel over in Columbia, Mo., and jailed him Wednesday night on suspicion of drunken driving. He was released from the county jail after posting a $500 bond.
Also: Sophomore middle blocker Madeline Westman was the lone UNLV representative on the Mountain West All-Conference volleyball team.
Westman led the Rebels in hitting (.323), total blocks (62) and assisted blocks (50) in conference play.
Choi fires 66, takes early lead
in season-ending LPGA event
Na Yeon Choi shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel and Karrie Webb after the first round of the LPGA Tour’s season-ending Titleholders in Orlando, Fla.
Choi, the LPGA Malaysia winner last month, birdied five of the first eight holes on the back nine before dropping a stroke with a bogey on the par-4 18th.
Defending champion Maria Hjorth and Cristie Kerr shot 68, and Anna Nordqvist was another stroke back with Paula Creamer, Sandra Gal, Mi Hyun Kim, Candie Kung, Azahara Munoz and Dewi Claire Schreefel.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 70, and Michelle Wie opened with a 71.
Also: Gary Hallberg and Jeff Freeman shot 5-under 66s to share the third-round lead in the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Hallberg and Freeman had 15-under 198 totals with one round remaining.
England’s Seve Benson and South Africa’s Jbe’ Kruger shot 8-under 64s to share the lead in the suspended first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa. Twenty-four players were unable to complete the round because of darkness.
NBA’s Wade said he’s willing
to listen to international offers
Dwyane Wade said he can still hope for NBA games by Christmas. He also knows there’s a slim chance of that wish coming true.
The Miami Heat guard said he and his agent are now willing to begin listening to any possible offers for him to play internationally if the NBA season gets completely washed out by the ongoing labor impasse.
Thursday was the 140th day of the lockout, which turned even uglier this week when talks completely broke down and the players began taking their case to courts.
Wade said he’s staying busy. He was working on a new Gatorade ad campaign that launches early next year. Today, he flies to Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. He’s also working out with teammates — just in case.
Also: Venus Williams will make her comeback in an exhibition match against her sister Serena in Colombia on Wednesday, two months after pulling out of the U.S. Open because of an immune system disease.
Venus told the Gazzetta dello Sport of Milan, Italy, that she has changed her diet to increase vegetables after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, which can cause fatigue and joint pain.
After playing Serena in Medellin next week, Venus will join her sister against Italians Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta in another exhibition match Dec. 3 in Milan.
Quebec’s prosecutor said Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara won’t face criminal charges for his hit on Montreal forward Max Pacioretty in March.
Pacioretty broke a vertebra after being shoved into a stanchion by Boston’s 6-foot-9-inch defenseman.
The provincial prosecutors’ office said in a statement that it does not believe a court would find Chara guilty of a crime and it has closed the case.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter faced calls for his resignation after saying racial abuse on the soccer field could be settled by a handshake and quickly forgotten.
The comment in TV interviews Wednesday drew outrage across soccer. British Prime Minister David Cameron called Blatter’s suggestion “appalling,” while the country’s sports minister urged Blatter to leave “for the sake of the game.”