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Sports briefs: Sept. 15

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Louisville announces dates for Red-White scrimmages

Louisville announced it will conduct a pair of Red-White intrasquad scrimmages in the KFC Yum Center on Oct. 14 and Oct. 22. Both games will start at 7 p.m.

The first scrimmage coincides with the first official day of practice for college basketball. The Oct. 22 scrimmage is in concert with U of L's Homecoming on Main festivities.

Tickets are $10 for lower arena seats and $5 for upper arena seats. They will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Sept. 23.

Coach Rick Pitino's Cardinals will have back three starters and 10 lettermen from last season's team that won 25 games and reached the Big East Tournament championship game.

Western Kentucky adds 2 to staff

Western Kentucky men's basketball coach Ken McDonald announced Wednesday the additions of Brian Bidlingmyer and Brandon Kuhn to his staff. Bidlingmyer, who spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will serve as a director of player development focusing on academics for the Hilltoppers. Kuhn replaces Ryan Johnson as strength and conditioning coach. Kuhn spent the past four seasons at Texas Tech.

Auriemma says UConn won't win title

Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma says he doesn't think his Huskies will win an eighth national title this season. Auriemma told a group of business leaders Wednesday that while fans have come to believe UConn should play for a championship every year, those expectations are not realistic for a team that no longer includes two-time national player of the year Maya Moore, the top pick in the WNBA Draft last spring.

"I wouldn't want to lower the expectations," Auriemma said. "But I will say, I don't think we're going to win a national championship this year. Sorry, I would like to, but I don't think we are. Now if the other guys screw up, which they are capable of doing, then we've got a chance."

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Buckeyes booster says he paid players

A booster says he's responsible for envelopes containing $200 in cash given to three Ohio State football players that led the NCAA to suspend them for two games apiece, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Robert "Bobby" DiGeronimo told the newspaper he was behind former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor giving the three players the envelopes. Says DiGeronimo: "I handled it wrong."

The NCAA suspended the players — tailback Jordan Hall and cornerback Travis Howard, both set to start Ohio State's opening game, and backup safety Corey Brown — for accepting improper benefits. They were reinstated on Tuesday and could play in the 17th-ranked Buckeyes' game on Saturday at Miami. Pryor, the focus of an NCAA investigation, left the team this summer and is now with the Oakland Raiders.

Auburn mascot OK after hitting window

The director of an Alabama raptor center says Auburn's beloved eagle mascot, Spirit, is doing fine after crashing into a stadium luxury box in front of thousands of fans. Jamie Bellah, director of AU's Southeastern Raptor Center, told The Opelika-Auburn News he's not sure why the bald eagle careened into the luxury box window. He said the routine for the pre-game flight, a ritual at home games, was very normal for Saturday's game against Mississippi State. The 14-year-old eagle circled high above Jordan-Hare Stadium before colliding with the window, continuing its flight and descending to a handler on the field.

SOCCER

Egypt to hire former U.S. coach Bradley

The Egyptian Football Association said Wednesday it has reached a deal with former United States coach Bob Bradley to take over the national team, two weeks after Egypt failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in three decades. EFA spokesman Azmy Megahed said Bradley is expected to arrive in Cairo this weekend to finalize the deal. "All is good. Bradley will be here on Sunday to sign the contract," Megahed said. Bradley was fired from the U.S. team in July and replaced by Jurgen Klinsmann.

NBA

Nuggets guard Smith to play in China

Nuggets free agent J.R. Smith signed a one-year contract with a team in the Chinese Basketball Association, meaning he won't be able to return to the NBA if the lockout ends. Smith's agent, Leon Rose, said the 26-year-old shooting guard signed a one-year contract with Zhejiang because "J.R. really wants to play basketball this season." Even if the lockout is resolved in time for there to be a 2011-12 NBA season, Smith won't be able to return to play in the NBA until the end of the Chinese season, which runs through March. Last month, Smith's teammate, Wilson Chandler, signed with the Chinese league.

SPORTS IN THE COURTS

Ex-QB Schlichter settling slew of charges

Former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter is resolving multiple state and federal theft and fraud charges with plea agreements that will allow him to leave jail temporarily before beginning a multi-year prison term. Schlichter was expected to plead guilty to state theft charges Thursday, and to plead guilty soon to federal charges of bank and wire fraud and filing a false tax return, according to court documents and one of Schlichter's attorneys. Schlichter was arrested earlier this year on allegations that he had promised sports tickets at low prices based on his contacts, then failed to deliver despite taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients, according to state and federal court records. In fact, Schlichter didn't have contacts and used the money he got for tickets for personal expenses, to gamble and to repay older debts, the court documents said.

The last word

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, on the special glove he wears in practice that is designed to increase blood flow to his bruised index finger:

"Everyone says I look like Michael Jackson. I'm not really sure what it does. They say it works and obviously my hand feels better, so I trust them."

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