North Carolina fires Davis, 9 days before practice starts
North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation.
The school issued a statement announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of pre-season practice. Chancellor Holden Thorp said the decision was not prompted by any changes in the ongoing NCAA investigation but said he "lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution." The school has scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning in Chapel Hill to discuss the change.
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■ Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier said he will transfer to San Jose State and report for training camp next week. Forcier must sit out the upcoming season under NCAA transfer rules but will be eligible to play in 2012 as a junior.
■ Marshall senior defensive end Vinny Curry was named Conference USA's pre-season defensive player of the year.
Rose gets 20 days in jail for DUI
ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose was sentenced Wednesday to 20 days in jail for a March drunken-driving crash near Detroit. When he pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in May, Rose told the judge he drank six martinis before crashing his SUV along a snowy road in West Bloomfield Township. He apologized in a brief statement after Wednesday's hearing. "I'm humbled, I'm embarrassed, and I'm very apologetic. I can assure everyone that nothing like this will ever happen again," he said. Rose is scheduled to begin serving his 20 days in jail on Tuesday, although one of his attorneys, Keith Davidson, said they might appeal before then.
■ Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony say they will consider offers to play professional basketball in China if there is no resolution to the NBA lockout. Both players are on a promotional tour of China while monitoring news from home about the NBA's labor impasse.
Blackwelder chosen for reality show
Versailles native and former University of Kentucky standout Mallory Blackwelder was named to the cast of Golf Channel's "Big Break" series. The 24-year-old is one of 12 professionals who will compete in Ireland for prizes including two exemptions on the LPGA Tour. Big Break Ireland premieres Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. Blackwelder is competing on the Futures Tour in 2011.
Durham's eagle wins Women's Open
After her closest competitor chipped in for eagle at the 17th hole to tie for the lead, Glasgow's Taryn Durham did the same thing, chipping in for eagle on the same hole and going on to win the Fifth Third Bank Kentucky Women's Open at Standard Golf Club in Louisville on Wednesday. Durham and Lewisburg's Nikki Koller, playing in the same group, each closed with a par, giving Durham a 2-stroke victory at even-par 144. Koller finished with a 2-over 146, and Martha Leach of Hebron was third at 3-over 147.
Frankel 8-0 after Sussex Stakes win
With a burst of speed in the final quarter-mile, Frankel extended his unbeaten record to 8-0 with a 5-length victory over Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, England. "He's absolutely amazing. I've said it before — he's a freak," winning jockey Tom Queally said. The 3-year-old colt is named for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who died in 2009.
Cousins gives assist to retirement farm
Former Kentucky basketball star DeMarcus Cousins is returning to Lexington to help raise money for Old Friends Farm, a retirement facility for Thoroughbred racehorses. The DeMarcus Cousins VIP Meet and Greet will be Monday, Aug. 1 at the Crown Plaza in Lexington from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include food and a cash bar. Space will be limited to 250 people. Those who would like to attend can call (502) 863-6303 or go to Bluegrassstallions.com.
UNC, Butler lead 2012 Maui tourney
Three-time champion North Carolina and first-time participant Butler headline the field for the 2012 EA Sports Maui Invitational. The rest of the teams that will play in the championship round at the Lahaina Civic Center announced Wednesday are Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, Southern California, Texas and Division II Chaminade, the host school. The 2011 tournament will be Nov. 21-23 and features Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA and Chaminade.
Phelps captures 200 butterfly at worlds
After losses in his first two events at the world championships in Shanghai, Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly for a record fifth time Wednesday. His time of 1 minute, 53.34 seconds was well off the world mark he set two years ago in Rome. "I felt like myself the last 100 of that race, especially that last 25," Phelps said. "I didn't feel like I was dying and barely able to get my arms out of the water and like there was a piano on my back."
World Series will use instant replay
In a move praised by coaches, the NCAA plans to use instant replay on an experimental basis to review certain calls at the College World Series next year. Reviewable plays would be limited to deciding if an apparent home run is fair or foul, whether a batted ball left the playing field for a home run or a ground-rule double, or whether there is fan interference on apparent home runs. "There's a lot at stake in the College World Series. If you have the technology available, then why not use it?" LSU's Paul Mainieri said.
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Man who posed as teen gets jail time
A former star athlete who posed as a teenager to play high school basketball in West Texas was sentenced to three years in prison after reaching a plea deal, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Guerdwich Montimere, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and three counts of tampering with government records. Montimere, whose trial was to begin next week in Odessa, had faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the original counts. Officials say the naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti came to Odessa as a ninth-grader using the name Jerry Joseph. Montimere was 21 when he played one season at Odessa Permian High and helped lead the Panthers to the 2010 state playoffs. The sexual assault counts accused him of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
The last word
Boise State's football players will no longer be allowed to wear all-blue uniforms for conference games on the Broncos' iconic blue turf because Mountain West Conference coaches believe it gives them a competitive edge. Boise State Coach Chris Petersen was not a fan of the decision:
"It's a tragedy of college football. I thought it was ridiculous. That's our colors."