NCAA investigation falls
on him, UNC’s Davis says
North Carolina football coach Butch Davis said Monday he has never thought of quitting amid an NCAA investigation, adding that he takes responsibility “fully and completely” for a year of turmoil in Chapel Hill.
Speaking at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s preseason media day, Davis said it has been “reassuring” to have the support of athletic director Dick Baddour and Chancellor Holden Thorp as the NCAA investigated improper benefits and academic misconduct. It was his first extensive comments since the NCAA outlined numerous potentially major violations last month.
Davis was not linked to any allegations, but he said the burden falls on the head coach.
In all, 14 players missed at least one game and seven were forced to sit out all last year.
Also: Tennessee senior linebacker Austin Johnson allegedly tried to start a fight and hit cars while walking in a Knoxville parking lot before being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
Johnson, 22, was arrested after 3 a.m. Sunday and released on $1,000 bond. He has an Aug. 4 court date.
Ex-NBA star Mourning
cited for leaving crash
Former NBA star Alonzo Mourning was cited for leaving the scene of a traffic crash in Miami Beach last week.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Mourning was issued a notice to appear in court for the second-degree misdemeanor of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. Mourning was also issued a citation for failure to leave information at the scene.
Mourning and his wife were heading home early July 17 when they came upon a wreck. Police said Mourning was unable to avoid hitting one of the cars, but left the scene but returned 40 minutes later.
Also: The brother of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard made his first court appearance on charges stemming from his brother’s overdose death in May.
Aaron Boogaard, 24, did not enter a plea during before Hennepin County District Judge Regina Chu in Minneapolis. Boogaard is next due in court Aug. 17.
A Canadian sports doctor’s assistant who cooperated with prosecutors on her role in bringing unapproved drugs, including human growth hormone, into the U.S. to treat athletes received probation for lying to border agents about supplies she was transporting.
Mary Ann Catalano worked for Anthony Galea, a healing specialist from Toronto who was sought out by the biggest names in sports, including Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez. Galea pleaded guilty July 6 to bringing mislabeled drugs into the U.S.
Taylor Hoagland hit a two-run home run, Valerie Arioto and Megan Langenfeld had RBI singles and the United States beat rival Japan 6-4 in Oklahoma City to win its fifth straight World Cup of Softball championship.
Jordan Taylor (1-0) retired the first eight batters she faced and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, never letting the Americans fall behind after they grabbed a 2-0 lead without needing a hit in the first inning.
Michael Phelps got through the preliminaries of the 200-meter butterfly at the world championships today in Shanghai.
Phelps won his heat in 1 minute, 56.77 seconds, putting him 11th among the 16 swimmers.
The third night of competition will be Phelps’ busiest yet. He’ll face Germany’s Paul Biedermann, American teammate Ryan Lochte and Park Tae-hwan of South Korea in the 200 freestyle final before swimming the semis of the fly.