Sports briefs: Nov. 29

November 29, 2012 


Eastern Kentucky goes to 6-0 with rout of Delaware State

Glenn Cosey scored 21 points to help Eastern Kentucky dominate visiting Delaware State 84-51 Wednesday and stay unbeaten.

Delaware State (3-5) led 2-0 early, but that would be its only lead as Eastern Kentucky would dominate the remainder of the half.

Eastern Kentucky (6-0) made eight of 18 three-pointers in the first half, with Cosey going 4-for-5 on threes to help the Colonels lead at halftime 43-23.

Eastern Kentucky then used a 15-0 run to go up 74-39. Marcus Lewis came off the bench to score 15 points for the Colonels, and Mike DiNunno and Eric Stutz added 11 points apiece. Eastern Kentucky is 6-0 for the first time since the 1946-47 season.

Centre (3-2) used an 8-2 run at the end of overtime to hold off Transylvania 70-64 at Danville. The Pioneers fell to 2-2.

D.D. Scarver scored 17 points and Dennis Tinnon posted 13 points and 16 rebounds to lead host Marshall over Morehead 70-67.

Sisters Jude and Shoni Schimmel scored 12 points each and No. 7 Louisville beat visiting Eastern Kentucky 76-42.

No. 1 Indiana (7-0) had something to prove Tuesday night in Bloomington — that it could play defense. "Our guys had an edge to them tonight, and it was on the defensive end as much as anything else," Coach Tom Crean said after the 83-59 victory over No. 14 North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

The Tar Heels (5-2) shot 27.8 percent from the field and went 0-for-5 from three-point range. Cody Zeller led IU with 20 points.

In high school play Wednesday, Gabby Bowie had a triple-double (25 points, 20 rebounds and 12 blocks) as Sayre beat visiting St. Patrick 44-37. Bowie is the daughter of ex-Cat Sam Bowie.


AD on leave pending gambling probe

Officials at the University of Tulsa said Wednesday they notified the NCAA immediately after learning that Director of Athletics Ross Parmley was linked to a criminal gambling case, said school spokeswoman Kayla Acebo. "We understand the serious nature of this, and that's why we are investigating this," Acebo said.

She declined to elaborate on the nature of the investigation. NCAA officials also said they cannot comment but said they oppose all forms of "legal and illegal sports wagering because it threatens the wellbeing of student-athletes and can undermine the integrity of college sports. NCAA rules do not allow student-athletes, athletics staff members, university staff with athletics department responsibilities or conference office staff to engage in sports wagering on any level — college, professional or otherwise — in which the NCAA holds a championship," the statement said.

In a recently unsealed FBI affidavit that accuses Teddy Mitchell of running an illegal gambling operation, Parmley is described as an "admitted gambler" who wrote a $1,782 check to Mitchell in late 2009. Parmley, who is not charged in the case, was hired as Tulsa's AD in January after serving as an associate athletic director at the school since 2007. Parmley, 39, was placed on paid leave Tuesday.


Rondo ejected; assist streak ends

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was ejected in the second quarter of Wednesday night's game against Brooklyn when he shoved Kris Humphries after the Nets forward knocked Kevin Garnett to the ground with a hard foul. Humphries was given two technical fouls and ejected. Rondo finished the night with three assists, ending his streak of 37 consecutive games with at least 10 that dated to March 11 of last season.

The Washington Wizards earned their first victory after starting the season with 12 straight losses, getting 19 points from Jordan Crawford in an 84-82 win over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

Chauncey Billups returned to the court for the Clippers against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night in Los Angeles after being sidelined for more than nine months because of injury.


49ers to stick with Kaepernick at QB

Colin Kaepernick has earned himself a third straight start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that Kaepernick would go Sunday at St. Louis over Alex Smith after the second-year pro led the NFC West-leading Niners (8-2-1) to victories in the past two games, his first two NFL starts.

"The rationale is we have two quarterbacks that we feel great about as a starting quarterback," Harbaugh said. "Both have earned it, both deserve it — Alex over a long period of time, Colin by virtue of the last three games. ... Colin we believe has the hot hand."

The NFL fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $30,000 for unnecessary roughness because he kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, but the league didn't suspend him because it couldn't reach a judgment on his intent.

For the first time Wednesday, Suh tried to explain what happened. "I didn't even realize it until the end of the game, when I see my Twitter feed, I see my friends telling me about it. ... I was being dragged to the ground and my foot inadvertently hit the man."

Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden was cleared to practice Wednesday, three days after sustaining the first concussion of his football career. The 29-year-old was limited during the workout but he will start this week when the Browns (3-8) visit the Oakland Raiders and try to snap a 12-game road losing streak.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has been fined $21,000 for a hit on Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis on Sunday. Allen hit Louis after an interception. Louis didn't see Allen coming, and his leg stuck in the turf and tore the ACL in his left knee.


Truck racers to revisit dirt roots

NASCAR will go back to the dirt for the first time since 1970 when the Truck Series visits Eldora Speedway in Ohio. The July 24 event is at the Tony Stewart-owned track in Rossburg. Stewart says the Wednesday night race would attract drivers from all three NASCAR national levels and maybe even other series.

Next season's 22-race schedule also includes the series' first international stop. The Camping World Truck Series will visit Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario in September.


New long-putter rule to take effect in '16

Golf's governing bodies, worried that players will turn to long putters as an advantage instead of a last resort, proposed a new rule Wednesday that would ban the putting stroke used by three of the last five major champions.

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association said the rule would not outlaw belly putter or broom-handle putters, only the way they are currently used. The proposed rule would make it illegal for golfers to anchor the club while making a stroke and not take effect until 2016. "More players are using it, and instructors are saying this is a more efficient way to putt because you don't have to control the whole stroke," USGA executive director Mike Davis said. "The game has been around for 600 years. Fundamentally, we don't think this is the right way to go."

The last word

UConn president Susan Herbst after Louisville was picked over the Huskies to join the Atlantic Coast Conference:

"I know this may seem like a tough moment for our fans, but we need to focus on the fundamentals of academic success across the university and in our athletic program as well. We are winners. We win, we like to win and we will continue to play the best possible opponents. We will be athletically successful, regardless of our conference, because of our successes in NCAA competition."

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