U of L plots revenge vs. Orange
Riding a two-game losing streak and with a grueling schedule ahead, Syracuse (2-2) begins ACC play on Friday night at home against Louisville (4-1, 2-1 ACC). Though the series is tied 6-6, the Cardinals have been knocked for a loop more than once by the Orange in the past seven years.
In 2007, Syracuse beat the 18th-ranked Cardinals, 38-35, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium as Andrew Robinson threw for 423 yards, the third-best total in school history, and four touchdowns. The next year, running back Curtis Brinkley broke Syracuse's single-season record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games, getting his fifth straight against the Cardinals as he logged 166 yards. Cameron Dantley's late TD pass gave the Orange a 28-21 victory.
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And in Louisville's last trip to the Carrier Dome two years ago, Ryan Nassib passed for 246 yards and three TDs in a 45-26 victory over the Teddy Bridgewater-led Cardinals. It was the first loss of the season after nine wins for 11th-ranked Louisville.
Hall of Famer Calhoun joins ESPN
Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun will join ESPN's college basketball coverage this season. The 72-year-old Calhoun won three national championships at Connecticut in 1999, 2004 and 2011. He retired in 2012 after 26 years with the Huskies. Calhoun will make his debut Nov. 18 for the Champions Classic, the doubleheader featuring Michigan State, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky.
Butler men's basketball coach Brandon Miller is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons. Athletic director Barry Collier said in a statement Thursday that assistant Chris Holtmann will serve as interim coach until Miller returns.
Man pleads guilty to scamming 3 Heat
A man who portrayed himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family and was often seen driving luxury cars including a Ferrari pleaded guilty Thursday to a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself.
The government alleges that Haider Zafar defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and Rashard Lewis in 2013 by promising to invest millions in various business opportunities. He also received a $1 million, three-season Heat ticket package he never paid for, according to the government.
Ex-Legend makes Royals' roster
Former Lexington Legend Terrance Gore is on the Kansas City Royals roster for the American League Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Gore, who stole 68 bases in 76 attempts for the Legends in 2013, made his major league debut for the Royals Aug. 31. He has stolen six bases in six attempts for Kansas City, including one steal in the Royals' 12-inning victory over Oakland Tuesday night.
Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has undergone a medical procedure to address a nerve problem near his right thumb.
McIlroy 'isn't disastrous' at Alfred Dunhill
Rory McIlroy found himself nine shots off the lead after a 1-over-par 73 in the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Thursday. Four days after celebrating a third straight European Ryder Cup victory, McIlroy could manage just one birdie against two bogeys at Carnoustie, one of the three courses.
"A 73 isn't disastrous," McIlroy said.
Oliver Wilson of England, ranked 791 places below the top-ranked McIlroy, equaled the Carnoustie course record with an 8-under 64. It's the second straight year he's shot an opening 64 to lead the Dunhill Links. Last year, he finished tied for 59th.
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis birdied five of her final seven holes Thursday for a 7-under 66 and the first-round lead in the Reignwood LPGA Classic. Lewis leads the tour with three victories and earnings of $2,214,143. Sweden's Caroline Hedwall was second after a 67.
Cowboys standing behind Spillman
C.J. Spillman practiced Thursday with the Dallas Cowboys a day after his name surfaced in a sexual assault investigation. The Cowboys are standing behind Spillman, with coach Jason Garrett saying the special teams player will remain active because he hasn't been arrested or charged in a police investigation into his role in an alleged assault last month at a suburban Dallas hotel.
Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones has been appointed to hear Ray Rice's appeal of the indefinite suspension handed down by the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the appointment Thursday after consulting with DeMaurice Smith, the players' union executive director.
Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly. Goodell originally had suspended Rice for two games.
Women's soccer match postponed
The Kentucky women's soccer match against Missouri scheduled for Thursday night was postponed until Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Columbia, Mo., due to inclement weather.
Bidding still closed after Oslo drops out
The IOC will not reopen the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics, even though only two cities are left in the troubled race following Oslo's withdrawal.
Oslo became the fourth city to drop out of the bidding on Wednesday after the Norwegian government declined to provide financial support, citing concerns over the cost of hosting the games.
The move leaves Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the only two remaining candidates. Neither are established winter sports countries, and both are targets of human rights critics.
The last word
The excitement is palpable, the tickets are nearly all sold and the stadium is a technological marvel. With the temperature hovering at around 90 degrees, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman only needs one more thing for the league's second outdoor game ever in California — on Feb. 21 when the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings at the $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium — to be a success:
"We're going to need it about 40 degrees cooler on the day of the game."