New Rutgers AD allegations backed
A former Tennessee volleyball player has written a blog post backing up her teammates’ accusations that incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann abused them verbally and emotionally during her coaching tenure in the 1990s. On her blog (www.erinzammettruddy.com), Erin Zammett Ruddy wrote Wednesday that the players held a meeting after the 1996 season to figure out why they were miserable, and ‘‘we quickly realized Julie was the common denominator.’’ Zammett Ruddy also wrote of Hermann, ‘‘Our intention today is not to see her suffer or to take her down in any way. None of us wants that. It is simply to tell the truth because we were asked.’’ However, Tamala Brightman, who played under Hermann at Tennessee from 1990-93, praised her former coach and said she never saw Hermann act abusively toward any player . . . The conference commissioners who put together the College Football Playoff system that will start in 2014 will not be allowed to serve on the committee that selects the teams that will play in it. Executive director Bill Hancock says that they are not eliminating the possibility that active athletic directors could serve on the committee, but the focus has been on using former administrators, coaches, and even media members to make up the panel . . . The estate of late Penn State coach Joe Paterno, several university trustees, and former players plan to sue the NCAA over the landmark sanctions against the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, Wick Sollers, attorney for Paterno’s family, told Bob Costas on NBC Sports Network’s “Costas Tonight.” A suit had not been filed as of Wednesday afternoon . . . Jallen Messersmith, a 6-foot-7-inch shot-blocking specialist from tiny Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., is believed to be the first openly gay active player in US men’s college basketball. Messersmith told the Associated Press he revealed his sexual orientation to his coach last summer and his teammates before the season. He said he wanted to come out to help other gay athletes. feel comfortable about who they are
Teixeira, Youkilis on rehab stints
The Yankees’ Mark Teixeira (right wrist) and Kevin Youkilis (back) began two-game rehab stints with the Trenton (N.J.) Thunder, the Yankees’ Double A affiliate, as they work their way back from injuries. Both could rejoin the Yankees to start a series against the Red Sox Friday . . . The Blue Jays placed third baseman Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain . . . Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow and miss the rest of the season . . . University of Illinois-Chicago trustees agreed to a deal in which Yankees star Curtis Granderson will pay for most of a new $7 million baseball stadium at his alma mater. Granderson will donate $5 million to the project, which is estimated to cost $7 million.
Ireland, England have peaceful draw
At least this time England and Ireland managed to complete their match. A scrappy, but peaceful, 1-1 draw left both teams at Wembley Stadium in London breathing a huge sigh of relief. This was the first time the rivals had faced each other on a football pitch since hooliganism forced the abandonment of a game between them after 28 minutes, 18 years ago. England fans, who rioted during the 1995 game in Dublin, heeded the warning of England coach Roy Hodgson by mostly refraining from anti-Irish chanting . . . Tickets for 2014 World Cup matches in Brazil will go on sale Aug. 20. FIFA says the first sales phase will begin when ‘‘fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets via www.fifa.com.’’ . . . Despite failing to win European football’s top prize, the Champions League championship, Barcelona came out as the top team this season in the Associated Press global soccer poll. And with 60 goals in all competitions, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi earned 66 votes more than Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo to top the season-end player rankings.
Olympic hopes still alive for wrestling
Everyone connected with wrestling exhaled as the IOC said the sport was one of three selected to compete for the last provisional spot in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. Wrestling, squash, and a combined bid from baseball/softball will be presented for a final vote by the IOC general assembly Sept. 8. Only one of those sports will make the cut . . . Floyd Mayweather will fight young Mexican star Canelo Alvarez Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather, 36, the WBC welterweight champ, is unbeaten in 44 fights. The 22-year-old Alvarez (42-0-1) is the WBC and WBA super welterweight champ . . . Cycling federation president Pat McQuaid is waiting for a visit and an apology from Lance Armstrong. McQuaid said Armstrong should travel to UCI headquarters in Switzerland to tell all about his doping history and offer to help clean up the sport. Armstrong repeated a previous promise to speak to a ‘‘truth and reconciliation’’ commission as long as it addressed multiple generations in the sport and not just him and his former US Postal Service team . . . Former Godolphin trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni has withdrawn an appeal against his eight-year worldwide ban for doping race horses at his stables in Newmarket, England. Al-Zarooni was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses in his care at a hearing on April 25 . . . Hall of Fame basketball player Oscar Schmidt, 55, is recovering from a second brain operation to treat cancer. Doctors say the former Brazilian star is undergoing chemotherapy to try to contain a malignant brain tumor. Schmidt led Brazil to an improbable gold medal in the 1987 Pan American Games, stunning the US in the final.