Boston College AD apologizes for comments about ESPN
Boston College Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo apologized Tuesday to the presidents and ADs of the Atlantic Coast Conference for saying in a newspaper interview that ESPN told the league to add Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Boston College released DeFilippo's short letter on Tuesday. In it, he apologizes for "any negative effects caused by my recent interview with a Boston Globe reporter."
He adds that he "spoke inappropriately and erroneously regarding ESPN's role in conference expansion."
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Last month, Syracuse and Pitt announced they will leave the Big East to join the ACC, pushing membership in that conference to 14 and leaving the Big East scrambling to replace two of its oldest members. In the Boston Globe article, DeFilippo said: "We always keep our television partners close to us. You don't get extra money for basketball. It's 85 percent football money. TV — ESPN — is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball."
DeFilippo, a former associate athletics director at UK, also said in the story that Boston College worked to keep UConn from being invited to the ACC: "We wanted to be the New England team." When Boston College left the Big East for the ACC after the 2005 season, UConn was among the remaining league members that sued BC.
NCAA considers agent registry
The NCAA will consider adding an agent registry and sports counseling panel to help athletes make decisions about pro careers. No formal proposals are on the table. But the NCAA said Tuesday it is considering moves to address sports agents, who have been tied to recent scandals in college sports. Anybody seeking to represent players would have to provide contact information and employee lists to the NCAA. The registry would provide that information, along with disciplinary actions against individual agents, to players and schools.
Dunbar senior takes bronze at Worlds
Paul Dunbar senior Lee Kiefer won bronze at the World Fencing Championships in Catania, Italy, Tuesday, becoming the second American to medal in women's individual foil at a world or Olympic tournament and first since 1999.
Kiefer, 17, advanced to the semifinals, where she lost 15-10 to eventual champion Valentina Vezzali of Italy, the three-time reigning Olympic gold medalist. Kiefer was one of two semifinalists to win bronze, along with Nam Hyun-Hee of South Korea. Vezzali defeated fellow Italian Elisa Di Francesco in the finals. Kiefer, a two-time Pan American champ, was competing in her third Senior World Championships and is now ranked No. 13 in the world.
Vezzali had beaten Kiefer 15-4 at the Gdansk Grand Prix in Poland in February.
"Oh, she destroyed me," Kiefer said with a laugh, according to USA Fencing.
This time, Kiefer held her own against Vezzali, who won the first of her 19 World Championship medals in 1994 — when Kiefer wasn't even a month old.
"We pretty much had two game plans," Kiefer said in a news release. "I could either go out there and do a low-scoring bout ... . Or I could just do what I want and control the distance. And I really don't like slow fencing, so I just wanted to fence my style. ... If I keep improving, eventually I'm going to beat her."
Irish's Abromaitis must sit four games
Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis will miss the first four games of the regular season because of a misunderstanding over an NCAA rule, the school announced Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 senior was second on the team last season with 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The problem dates to his sophomore year, when he played in two exhibition games at the beginning of the 2008-09 season. The Irish then sat him for the rest of the exhibition season to preserve an extra year of eligibility. But the NCAA allows that only for freshmen, so Abromaitis technically used a season of eligibility when he participated in the two exhibition games. The school appealed to the NCAA, and Abromaitis was granted a fifth year of eligibility.
Indiana reports secondary violation
The Indiana men's basketball program has committed a secondary recruiting infraction with a prospect from the Class of 2012, the school. According to university documents, the infraction occurred Oct. 6 with an unnamed player. Indiana plans to count the contact as one of its two permissible contacts, will disallow a second contact with the recruit and will give up two recruiting days.
Giants fan transferred to rehab center
The San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodgers Stadium was transferred to a rehabilitation facility Tuesday after nearly seven months in hospitals, doctors said. Bryan Stow's move into rehab is a step forward in his recovery after he suffered serious brain injuries in the March attack that had left him barely clinging to life. Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital, where he had been treated since May, predicted a long and rocky road ahead for the 42-year-old Santa Cruz paramedic. Dr. Geoff Manley said Tuesday that Stow is "starting to get up but not quite walking."
■ Former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal fraud charges stemming from a million-dollar ticket scheme. The 51-year-old appeared before a federal judge Tuesday in a Columbus courtroom. Plea agreements that call for him to serve about 10 years behind bars still need the judge's approval.
Johnson not worried about SI jinx
Jimmie Johnson doesn't go in for superstitions or curses or hexes. The five-time defending NASCAR champ now enters black-cat territory. He's on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The magazine goes on sale Wednesday, and it's the second time he's on the cover — the other in 2008 after his third title. This is only the 10th time the magazine has featured NASCAR nationally on the front of the magazine. Johnson said Tuesday he was unaware of the so-called SI cover jinx.
"There's nothing to worry about. If I lose the championship it has nothing to do with being on the cover of a magazine," he said. "... I didn't realize there was a curse. I thought it was being on the cover of a video game, that was the curse."
The last word
Golfer Ernie Els on using a belly putter:
"As long as it's legal, I'll keep cheating like the rest of them."