Julie Hermann, who was hired as athletic director by Rutgers to help clean up the scandal-scarred program, was accused 16 years ago by her volleyball players at Tennessee of emotional abuse, according to a report by The Star-Ledger of Newark Saturday. Hermann, 49, took over at Rutgers May 15, replacing Tim Pernetti, who quit after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them. Hermann quit her coaching job at Tennessee following the 1996 season after all 15 of her players submitted a letter to the school complaining Hermann ruled through humiliation and fear, calling them ‘‘whores, alcoholics, and learning disabled.’’ The Star-Ledger asked Hermann about the players’ grievances. ‘‘I never heard any of this, never name-calling them or anything like that whatsoever,’’ she told the newspaper. ‘‘None of this is familiar to me.’’
Golson takes blame for suspension
Quarterback Everett Golson is out for at least the fall semester at Notre Dame, saying he has been suspended by the university for what he called poor academic judgment. He did not specify what he did to get suspended. ‘‘I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches, and the entire Notre Dame community,’’ Golson wrote in a letter released Sunday by the university. Golson was officially no longer enrolled at Notre Dame as of Friday, university spokesman Dennis Brown said Saturday. As a redshirt freshman, Golson helped the Irish reach No. 1 last season before losing the national championship game to Alabama . . . Basketball guard Antonio Barton is transferring from Memphis to Tennessee. Since Brown will have graduated before the start of the fall semester, he can play for the Vols right away.
Mishap washes out Kennedy’s start
Diamondbacks righthander Ian Kennedy will miss his scheduled start in Monday’s doubleheader with the Rangers after cutting his right index finger while doing the dishes last week. Kennedy threw a bullpen session Saturday wearing a Band-Aid on the finger, but the team decided to skip Kennedy to not to interfere with the healing process. Lefthander Tyler Skaggs will start instead . . . The Angels designated righthander Billy Buckner for assignment one day after he earned his first big league victory since 2009. The team also activated righthander Kevin Jepsen from the 15-day disabled list.
Red Bulls extend unbeaten streak
Defender Jamison Olave blasted home a shot in the opening minute of injury time and the New York Red Bulls tied the Columbus Crew, 2-2, in Harrison, N.J., to extend their unbeaten streak in Major League Soccer to seven games (5-0-2), their longest such run in 10 years. Thierry Henry also scored for the first-place Red Bulls (7-4-4). Frederico Higuain gave Columbus (4-4-4) the lead on a penalty kick in the 74th minute . . . Kei Kamara scored his first goal since returning from a loan to England and host Sporting Kansas City got a 1-1 draw against Houston. The Dynamo (6-4-3) avoided their third straight loss to Sporting (6-4-4) . . . Robbie Keane scored three goals — two on penalty kicks — and assisted on another as the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the visiting Seattle Sounders, 4-0, in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals. In the 77th minute, Robbie Rogers came on as a substitute for the Galaxy, becoming the first openly gay male athlete to play in a US professional league . . . Brazilian sensation Neymar played his final match for Santos and will sign a five-year contract with Spanish powerhouse Barcelona Monday. Neymar, 21, announced Saturday his decision to choose Barcelona over rival Real Madrid.
Suns closing in on Hornacek as coach
The Phoenix Suns appear close to hiring Jeff Hornacek as head coach. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the Suns are in contract negotiations with Hornacek, although no deal has been finalized. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no public announcement had been made. If all goes as anticipated, Hornacek would be introduced on Tuesday. Hornacek, an assistant with the Utah Jazz, played six of his 14 NBA seasons with Phoenix . . . Kristi Toliver scored 17 points as the host Los Angeles Sparks routed the Seattle Storm, 102-69, in the WNBA opener for both teams . . . Nico Rosberg won the crash-filled Monaco Grand Prix to give Mercedes its first victory of the season. The German finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. Rosberg’s father, Keke, won at Monaco in 1983 . . . Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali coasted to the Giro d'Italia title in the final stage of the three-week race . . . Heidi Westover of Walpole, N.H., won the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington for the second straight year and sixth time overall, finishing in 2 hours 42 minutes 1 second. Chris Zablocki of Essex, Conn., was the top men’s finisher in 2:18:25.