Source: NCAA investigating North Carolina football program
North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said Thursday the NCAA is investigating a sports program at the school regarding possible rules violations.
Baddour declined to say which sport, but a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press the NCAA is looking at Butch Davis' football program. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the investigation is confidential.
"I was told that I could limit my comments to the fact that they had been here and they wanted me to say that we had indeed been cooperative," said Baddour, adding that the inquiry "has our full attention."
The investigation began with a phone call from the NCAA, Baddour said, though he didn't say when the call came or when investigators had visited the Chapel Hill campus.
Davis is preparing for his fourth season in Chapel Hill and has guided the program to consecutive eight-win seasons, which includes the program's first back-to-back bowl seasons since the late 1990s when Mack Brown left for Texas.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Second KU official admits to ticket scam
A second former University of Kansas athletics official admitted in court that he knew about a massive scam that allegedly involved the theft and sale of at least $1 million worth of tickets to sporting events. Brandon Simmons, the school's former assistant athletic director for sales in marketing, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kan., to one count of misprision of a felony — the same charge his former colleague, Jason Jeffries, pleaded guilty to Wednesday.
Simmons, 30, could receive up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his Sept. 29 sentencing, but he'll likely get far less, if any, prison time.
ESPN's Andrews sues hotel chains
Erin Andrews has sued several hotel chains for negligence and invasion of privacy in connection with the secret videotaping of her by an Illinois man. The videos were taken through a modified peephole while the ESPN reporter was undressed in hotel rooms in Nashville, Tenn. and Milwaukee in 2008.
Andrews filed the lawsuit Thursday in Cook County court in Chicago against Marriott International, Radisson Hotels International and other chains. Also named was Michael David Barrett, who pleaded guilty to interstate stalking. Andrews alleges Barrett called the hotels to determine if she made reservations. She claims the hotels confirmed she intended to register and revealed her room number. The Marriott and the Radisson declined to comment.
Ex-UK runner awaits ruling over medal
Seven American runners, including former University of Kentucky athlete Passion Richardson, will find out Friday if they have won back Olympic relay medals stripped from them because of doping by teammate Marion Jones. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday it is ready to issue its ruling on the appeal against the athletes' disqualification from the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The International Olympic Committee nullified their results and took back the medals in 2007 after Jones admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.
In Sydney, Jones won gold in the 4x400 relay. The squad also included Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, LaTasha Colander Clark and Andrea Anderson. Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Nanceen Perry and Richardson won bronze medals along with Jones in the 4x100 relay. All but Perry appealed to CAS.
TRACK AND FIELD
Bolt, Powell set for showdown in 100
Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell go head-to-head for the first time this year in the 100 meters at the Diamond League meet in Paris on Friday. Bolt and Powell, who share the fastest time this year of 9.82 seconds, meet in a much-anticipated showdown at the Areva meet at the Stade de France.
American sprinter and Lafayette graduate Tyson Gay, who beat Powell in Gateshead last weekend, will be missing Friday.
Powell is the last man to beat Bolt in the 100, two years ago in Stockholm. Powell was overtaken in the final meters by Gay at Saturday's British Grand Prix.
MLS wants Donovan to stay put
Major League Soccer plans to keep Landon Donovan. MLS commissioner Don Garber said Thursday the league has no intention of accepting transfer offers for the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder.
Donovan was the best U.S. player at the World Cup, scoring three goals to become the American career leader with five. He agreed in December to a four-year contract with MLS that pays him a base salary this year of more than $2 million. MLS loaned Donovan to Everton of the English Premier League for 10 weeks in January.
■ Thierry Henry is retiring from the French national team. The 32-year-old forward announced his decision Thursday before a news conference to discuss his signing with Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls. Henry had 51 goals in 123 international appearances.
Top seed falls in Germany
Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia was ousted from the Mercedes Cup in the second round by Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-6 (7), 2-6, 6-1 on Thursday. Gimeno-Traver had 12 aces and seven double-faults in defeating Davydenko in Stuttgart, Germany.
The last word
LeBron James, tweeting his prediction for NBA rookie of the year:
"Give me John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins for ROY this year. Them young cats been balling in Summer League."