Twitter video of prank irks Giants' coach Coughlin
Tom Coughlin talked about the usual pros and cons after watching the video of the Giants' pre-season win over the Jets, and the report on injuries to running back Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley seemed OK.
What the Giants coach had a problem with Sunday was a video of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul throwing second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara into an ice bath at training camp at the University at Albany. It was tweeted by punter Steve Weatherford before Saturday's 26-3 win over the Jets, and it contains some inappropriate language.
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The incident also could be considered hazing — although that's odd for a second-year player — or even bullying. Some might explain it as camp bonding, but Amukamara doesn't look amused.
Neither was Coughlin. "I'm learning about that today," Coughlin said. "I really didn't have any information about that until maybe an hour ago, an hour before this conference call. I'm going to look into it; I'm going to talk to the parties involved."
■ The Tennessee Titans have yet to decide whether Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker starts in their third pre-season game, and coach Mike Munchak says he could go all the way to opening week before picking his starting quarterback for the season.
■ Greg Jennings was back on the practice field Sunday after sitting out more than two weeks after a concussion apparently suffered Aug. 3 during the Family Night Scrimmage. Jennings revealed Sunday that he had been suffering from headaches after a hit in practice two days before the scrimmage, and that might have been the reason it took him so long to get back on the field. Jennings said he will play Thursday night at Cincinnati in the team's third pre-season game.
Hornets coach gets contract extension
Monty Williams took his first NBA head coaching job with the Hornets at a time when the franchise was defined by uncertainty. Star players were looking to leave, and no one knew who the next owner would be, or even whether the team would remain in New Orleans long-term. Williams kept his focus on coaching and has been rewarded with a four-year extension through the 2015-16 season.
"The problems we have in the NBA are really good problems to have," Williams said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, the day the club announced his extension.
The new deal comes as Williams, 40, heads into the final year of the first head-coaching contract he signed in 2010. The Hornets didn't release contract terms. Williams confirmed the length of the extension but declined to discuss his pay other than to say, "It's more than I deserve."
Williams took the Hornets to the playoffs in his first season with a 46-36 record. Last season, the club went 21-45 after trading star Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal that helped New Orleans build for the future with the acquisition of 23-year-old shooting guard Eric Gordon and an additional first-round draft choice. The Hornets then won the NBA's draft lottery, selected Kentucky star Anthony Davis first overall and added Duke's Austin Rivers with the 10th pick.
■ LeBron James wants to step inside the Olympic rings a fourth time. Fresh off winning a gold medal in London with the U.S. men's team, the NBA's reigning MVP said Sunday that if he's healthy — and if the rules allow — he would like to play again at the Rio Games in 2016. James said he's "done the math, and I'll be 31," but he'd love the opportunity to represent his country again. James is one of just three players to be on three U.S. Olympic teams.
Stephanie's Kitten takes Lake Placid
Favored Stephanie's Kitten rallied to beat Centre Court by a half-length Sunday in the $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course.
Stephanie's Kitten, ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Wayne Catalano, ran 11⁄8 miles on the inner turf course in 1:48.51 and paid $4.20, $3.10 and $2.20 for her second victory in four starts this year. The winner earned $120,000 for owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey.
Diving team succeeds in national contest
The Kentucky diving team posted multiple top-5 finishes in competitions Sunday afternoon at the 2012 AT&T National Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. The full team, coached by Ted Hautau, took fourth, with the women's squad earning the a bronze medal and the men's team taking a fifth-place finish. Christa Cabot and Lindsay Keahey earned a bronze in the women's 3 meter synchronized springboard, and finished fourth in the women's 10 meter platform synchronized finals. Zack Peterson and Corey Cowger finishing sixth in the men's 3 meter synchronized finals.
NCAA considers rules changes
A new NCAA proposal could change the way college tennis is played, and current players aren't happy about it.
The move is intended to shorten matches with a new tiebreaker format and modify the NCAA tournament in hopes of giving the sport more exposure. The governing body's Championships
Sports Management Cabinet will consider the proposal at next month's regularly-scheduled meeting in Indianapolis.
Stanford's Nicole Gibbs, the reigning NCAA women's champ, wrote on Twitter: "I play tennis for tennis, not for tv coverage and frat boy attendance. Playing a tb for a third set compromises the integrity of the sport!"
Transfer to start at QB for Wisconsin
Danny O'Brien will start at quarterback when No. 12 Wisconsin opens its season. Badgers coach Bret Bielema announced the decision on his Twitter account Sunday evening. O'Brien, a transfer from Maryland, came into camp as the favorite to win the job, and beat out redshirt senior Curt Phillips and redshirt freshman Joel Stave.
Bielema posted, "Both Curt and Joel had great camps as well, we are very fortunate that we have 3 QB's that can play winning football for us."
Wisconsin opens the season Sept. 1 against Northern Iowa.
■ Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando has resigned because of "unforeseen personal issues" less than two weeks before the season opener against Jackson State.
Mirando was a graduate assistant under head coach Dan Mullen for two seasons before becoming a full-time assistant in 2011.
SE Lexington tops Harrison, Ark.
Southeastern Lexington was outhit for a second straight game, but benefitted from four Harrison, Ark. errors to get a 6-5 victory in their second pool-play game of the Babe Ruth World Series for 13-15-year-olds in El Segundo, Calif. Lexington continues pool play at noon CDT Monday against Brazoswood, Texas.
The last word
Outfielder Carlos Beltran made no excuses for the St. Louis Cardinals after their 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 19 innings Sunday. It was the longest game in the majors this season.
"Twenty innings or nine innings, a loss is a loss. We had the opportunities. It just didn't happen."