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Sports briefs: Sept. 13


Slive: Southeastern Conference still has Texas A&M in its plans

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive said he remains hopeful Texas A&M will join the league by next season and that the SEC has started to look at schedules for next year involving 13 teams. In a statement Monday, Slive also said the SEC was not currently looking to expand beyond Texas A&M.

The SEC has no "immediate plans" to add a 14th team, he said. Slive said the conference isn't "thinking in terms of numbers" and that the league only considers the strength of the SEC and the "attractiveness of Texas A&M as an institution."

SEC presidents voted to accept Texas A&M last week, but the invitation was contingent on Texas A&M being free of legal issues regarding its departure from the Big 12. Several Big 12 schools, including Baylor, have said they have not waived their right to consider litigation.

Slive was once again adamant Monday that Texas A&M approached the SEC about membership and that the league was not trying to poach schools from other conferences. But his statement is more proof that conference realignment is closer to reality.

"In the 78 year history of the SEC, the conference had accepted the membership applications of only two institutions — Arkansas and South Carolina," Slive said. "Texas A&M is now the third ... As I said over the past year or so, the SEC has had no particular interest in expansion. We were, and are, happy with 12 teams.

"If Texas A&M's President, Dr. Bowen Loftin had not called me in late July, we had no plans to explore adding an institution."


Kurt Busch apologizes to reporters

NASCAR said Monday it does not plan to take disciplinary measures after driver Kurt Busch's confrontations with two media members — NASCAR.com's Joe Menzer and The Associated Press' Jenna Fryer — following Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway, the USA Today reported.

"No disciplinary action is planned," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told the newspaper. "But we will be following up and discussing with Kurt this week."

The USA Today also reported that the Penske Racing driver contacted the reporters individually Monday, and that both reporters confirmed that Busch had apologized.

Busch shouted several expletives at Menzer on pit road after the reported tried to ask about Busch's ongoing rivalry with five-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and Busch had to be physically restrained by his crew members.

Later in the media center, he denied saying he thought he was in Johnson's head. When Fryer showed him the transcript that confirmed he had said that 30 minutes earlier on national television, Busch walked up to her and tore the quote sheet in half.


Report: Adelman to coach Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing in Rick Adelman to try and turn around one of the NBA's most downtrodden franchises, sources told The Associated Press. Adelman will replace Kurt Rambis, who lasted just two seasons on the job. Adelman is 945-616 in 20 seasons as a head coach of the Trail Blazers, Kings, Warriors and Rockets. He parted ways with the Rockets in April.

Michael Jordan was fined by the NBA for making comments about the league's ongoing collective bargaining process. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty for the Charlotte Bobcats owner, but said the league doesn't comment on the total. ESPN.com reported the fine was $100,000.


Only player to survive plane crash dies

The only member of a top Russian hockey team to survive a plane crash that killed 44 people died Monday of his injuries in a Moscow hospital, a final bitter blow to all those who mourned the team's loss. The Vishnevsky hospital said 26-year-old Alexander Galimov died of the severe burns that covered about 90 percent of his body, despite the best efforts of doctors in its burn unit, considered one of the best in Russia.

The crash Wednesday of a chartered Yak-42 jet outside the western city of Yaroslavl took the lives of 28 players, two coaches and seven other staff of the local Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey club. The only other person to survive, flight crew member Alexander Sizov, remained in intensive care at Moscow's Sklifosovsky hospital.

Sports in the courts

Ex-World Series MVP Ramirez arrested

Police said former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez was arrested in a domestic dispute at his Weston, Fla., home and he was charged with battery.

The last word

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was sacked three times and hit 11 in his team's win Sunday. He also absorbed added punishment on his 10 runs. Coach Andy Reid said Vick still won't slide, but has learned to minimize the big hits and lean away from hits after he releases the ball. Reid said:

"Do I like it? I hold my breath every time he does it."