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Sports log: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is under fire

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Hours after Bo Pelini fired back at criticism from former Nebraska great Tommie Frazier, he had to apologize for a profane rant in which he criticized ‘‘fair-weather’’ Cornhuskers fans. The sports website Deadspin.com on Monday posted the two-year-old audio of the Cornhuskers’ coach going off on fans after a game. After Frazier ripped Pelini’s staff following Saturday’s 41-21 loss to UCLA, Pelini said, “if he feels like that so be it. We don’t need him.” But after Deadspin posted his rant two years ago, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman weighed in, saying, ‘‘I’m aware of it and I’m disappointed. We are taking some time to consider it and what impact it would have on the university.’’ In a statement, Pelini apologized for the comments about fans . . . Oklahoma State has appointed a former NCAA official to investigate alleged misconduct in the program. School president Burns Hargis said that veteran NCAA enforcement officer Charles E. Smrt will lead an independent review of alleged violations first reported by Sports Illustrated. The alleged violations reported by the magazine occurred between 2001 and 2010 and include cash payments to players from boosters and assistant coaches, and sham jobs for which players were paid . . . The Pac-12 reprimanded the officials in Saturday’s game between Wisconsin and Arizona State for their actions in the closing seconds. The Pac-12 said the officials did not properly handle the situation when Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave awkwardly took a knee at the 13-yard line as the Badgers were trying to set up for a field goal. The clock ran out on the Badgers in the ensuing confusion and Arizona State won, 32-30.

Kill back at work, has school’s backing

The latest game-day seizure suffered by Minnesota coach Jerry Kill raised again the question: Could his unpredictable condition make him unable to continue with this demanding job? Kill’s boss, echoing Gophers assistants and players, answered another time with an emphatic no. ‘‘Jerry is our coach, and we are 100 percent behind him. I am 100 percent behind him,’’ athletic director Norwood Teague said. Kill was back at work as usual, Teague said, two days after a seizure struck the 52-year-old coach at halftime of Saturday’s game against Western Illinois. This was the fourth time since taking over the program in 2011 he’s had an episode on the day of a game . . . Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who missed last Saturday’s 52-34 rout of Cal with a left knee injury, is listed as probable for Saturday’s game against Florida A&M . . . Central Catholic senior defensive back/ running back D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie has committed to the University of New Hampshire, according to Central Catholic coach Chuck Adamopoulos.

AUTO RACING

Montoya heading back to IndyCar

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Juan Pablo Montoya ended his underwhelming NASCAR stint for a return to IndyCar, where he’ll drive for longtime boss Chip Ganassi’s top rival Roger Penske. The Colombian has agreed to join Team Penske next season as a teammate to current IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves and Will Power. He could also drive in some NASCAR races as part of the deal. Ganassi decided in August he was not bringing Montoya back to his NASCAR program next season. But Ganassi and Penske are fierce rivals in IndyCar, and Ganassi driver Scott Dixon is currently locked in the championship battle with Castroneves. Montoya has just two wins in 244 NASCAR starts.

BASEBALL

Tigers’ Peralta may get try in outfield

Jhonny Peralta is expected to leave for the instructional league this week so he can keep working toward rejoining the Tigers after completing his 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. If he does return it won't be to play shortstop, however. Jose Iglesias, acquired from the Red Sox after Peralta’s suspension, will remain at the position. Peralta will play the outfield in the instructional league . . . Injured Mets ace Matt Harvey was examined by Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured right elbow. Harvey, who was previously diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, hopes to avoid reconstructive surgery.

MISCELLANY

Cilic suspended for a drug violation

Former top-10 tennis player Marin Cilic was suspended nine months for a doping violation. The ban was backdated to May 1, so Cilic can return to competition Jan. 31. Cilic tested positive for nikethamide, a stimulant, at a tournament in Munich last spring . . . Croatia eliminated Greece from the European basketball championship with a 92-88 victory in double overtime, and Italy got 32 points and 15 rebounds from Marc Gasol to beat two-time defending champion Spain, 86-81, in overtime in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Despite the loss, Spain qualified for the quarterfinals thanks to Croatia’s victory.

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