ESPN sues Ohio State over public-records requests
ESPN has sued Ohio State, alleging the school violated state public records law by denying requests for items related to an NCAA investigation that has led to the loss of football coach Jim Tressel and star quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The lawsuit filed Monday in the Ohio Supreme Court asks justices to order the university to release the records and pay attorney fees and court costs. Among records sought are correspondences referring to Ted Sarniak, reportedly a mentor of Pryor in his hometown of Jeannette, Pa.
Tressel forwarded emails to Sarniak regarding accusations that players had sold game memorabilia in violation of NCAA rules.
Among its arguments, ESPN says the university cited an inapplicable federal student-records privacy law in denying records.
Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch said Monday the university believes it has followed applicable law. He said ESPN has received a "voluminous amount" of information.
Marshall starter dismissed after arrest
Marshall safety Donald Brown has been dismissed from the football team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Marshall announced the dismissal Monday in a one-sentence statement. No details were provided. The Charleston Gazette reported that Brown was arrested Monday on a domestic battery charge stemming from an incident Sunday involving his wife and 11-month-old daughter. Brown was being held Monday night at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. Brown started all 12 games last season. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions and was fourth in team tackles with 75.
Sports in the courts
3 parents charged in youth-baseball brawl
Police charged three parents — including the town prosecutor — with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct after a brawl during a youth baseball tournament put a player in a hospital, a Castle Rock, Colo., official said Monday. The fight involved at least six adults during a game for 12-year-olds, and police were still trying to sort out what triggered the brawl and who was involved, KUSA-TV reported. The defendants insisted they were trying to protect their children from attack.
"It's really unfortunate for the kids that play," said police Lt. Tim Gorman. "You're taking the whole fun part of it out."
Andrew Lee Carlson, his wife, Shannon Carlson, and Christy Ausmus, a prosecutor contracted by the town of Castle Rock, were charged after the June 26 melee, town spokeswoman Kim Mutchler said. Castle Rock is about 30 miles south of Denver.
Shannon Carlson and her son said they were trying to dispute an umpire's call when the fight erupted, according to a police report. Ausmus and her own son also were at the scene in a pavilion near a ballfield. The boys got into a dispute, and Ausmus claimed Andrew Carlson attacked her son from behind, put him in a chokehold and punched him. Ausmus said the boy, 16, eventually was hospitalized with a concussion.
"I hit (Carlson) as hard as I could, as many times as I could, to get him off my kid," Ausmus said. "He suffers constant headaches still from the concussion."
Carlson insisted he was defending his own 15-year-old son from Ausmus' son.
"This kid is assaulting my son and I pulled him off," Carlson said. "Then this lady just started attacking me. She attacked me and started punching me three or four times in the face. Then she went after my wife, punched her, pushed her over a bench."
"It's a sad day for youth baseball," Carlson said.
First positive doping test at Tour
Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia became the first cyclist at this year's Tour de France to fail a doping test, the International Cycling Union said Monday. Kolobnev was in 69th place heading into Tuesday's 10th stage, but his Katusha team issued a statement saying he is out of the Tour after deciding to "suspend himself according to UCI rules." Katusha sports director Dimitry Konyshev had earlier said "it's impossible for him to continue the race with this problem."
The UCI said a urine sample collected from Kolobnev last Wednesday tested positive for a substance called Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can also be used as a masking agent hiding the presence of other drugs. It came on the Tour's fifth stage — a flat sprint from Carhaix to Cap Frehel.
Police investigate sideswipe by car
French police are investigating the crash in which a Tour de France car sideswiped a group of riders, sending two of them flying off the road. Police began interviewing witnesses and the driver whose car swerved into Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha and Dutch racer Johnny Hoogerland during Sunday's ninth stage, Jean-Pascal Violet, the public prosecutor for the town of Aurillac, said Monday. Violet said investigators are acting quickly to interview anyone involved in the crash — if possible, the riders — before the Tour de France moves on and witnesses leave the area. Team Sky rider Flecha was hit by a Tour television car trying to pass him on a narrow road, knocking him into Hoogerland.
KFC to D-Wade: We're hiring
KFC seems to be checking Dwyane Wade's posts on Twitter. The fried chicken chain said Monday it will make a donation to its own scholarship fund in the Miami Heat guard's name — if he serves as an honorary captain at a drive-through window. A company spokeswoman said the donation offer is $250,000. KFC said it made the offer in response to one of Wade's tweets when the NBA lockout began, in which he playfully asked whether anyone was hiring. Wade worked at KFC before his NBA days. KFC U.S. General Manager John Cywinski said the company has always been proud to call Wade a former employee and looks to hire people with his skills like "teamwork and the ability to make buckets in a hurry."
Uncle Mo 'looked great' at Saratoga
After a two-month stay at WinStar Farm in Versailles to recover from a gastrointestinal disorder, Uncle Mo arrived at trainer Todd Pletcher's barn at Saratoga Race Course Monday afternoon. Uncle Mo has not raced since the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April when he suffered his first career loss with a third-place finish. The colt was scheduled to run as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby but was declared out a day before the race.
"He looked great," assistant trainer Whit Beckman said. "I hadn't seen him since April when he was shipped to Kentucky for the (Kentucky) Derby. Then, he was a little skinny. Now, he looks 10 times better. He was walking great around here. He noticed people were looking at him. So, he put up his ears, turned his head, and gave them a pose."
On Sunday, Pletcher said a possible next start for Uncle Mo is Saratoga's Grade I King's Bishop on Travers Day, Aug. 27.
First Czech to play in league dies at 71
Jaroslav Jirik, the first Czech allowed to play in the NHL during the country's communist era, died Monday in a plane crash. He was 71. Jirik died in the city of Brno, about 125 miles from Prague. His ultralight one-seater crashed shortly after takeoff from the Brno Medlanky airport and caught fire, police said. Jan Brskovsky, president of the Light Aircraft Association of the Czech Republic, said Jirik was an experienced pilot, and the exact cause of the accident is not immediately known.
The last word
Andre Agassi, who struggled with drug addiction, during his Tennis Hall of Fame induction speech:
"Rock bottom's an interesting place. I moved in and spent some time there."