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Sports Log: Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says he accepted money at Tennessee


Foster accepted money at Tennessee

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee. ‘‘Honestly, I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side,’’ Foster says in the EPIX documentary. ‘‘I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling, like, ‘Man, be careful,’ but there’s nothing wrong with it. You’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.’’ Foster, who played for the Volunteers from 2005-08, expanded on his comments Friday after the Texans’ practice. ‘‘I feel very strong about the injustice the NCAA has been doing for years,’’ Foster said. “That’s why I said what I said. I'm not trying to throw anyone under the bus or anything like that. I feel like I shouldn’t have to run from the NCAA anymore. They’re like these big bullies. I'm not scared of them.’’ . . . Cornell officials say its men’s lacrosse team has been placed on temporary suspension for its fall season because of a hazing incident this month. Athletic director Andy Noel said after an investigation that coach Ben DeLuca and his team were notified that all fall competitions were canceled. A Cornell spokesman told the Ithaca Journal that the hazing involved ‘‘coerced consumption’’ of alcohol by underage freshmen players . . . Fox College Sports will air nine University of New Hampshire hockey games this season, including the opener Oct. 18 against Michigan at Whittemore Center.


Parker sparks France past Spain

France ended Spain’s reign as European champion with a 75-72 overtime victory in the semifinals behind 32 points from Tony Parker in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Two-time defending champion Spain led by 14 points at halftime, but Parker made a 3-pointer to give France its first lead of the second half, 64-63, with two minutes left. Parker and Antoine Diot scored France’s last 8 points from the line in overtime, and Marc Gasol missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. In the final, France will play Lithuania, which beat Croatia, 77-62 . . . Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points to lead the Indiana Fever to an 85-72 victory over the host Chicago Sky in Game 1 of their WNBA Eastern Conference series. In a Western opener, Seimone Augustus scored 19 points to lead the host Minnesota Lynx to an 80-64 win over the Seattle Storm . . . The Washington Mystics’ Mike Thibault was named WNBA coach of the year.


Indians’ Masterson throws in bullpen

Indians All-Star righthander Justin Masterson threw a bullpen session and said his side injury has improved. Masterson, who has been out almost three weeks with a strained oblique, threw 33 pitches and said ‘‘it went great.’’ . . . The Philadelphia Flyers signed forward Matt Read to a four-year, $14.5 million contract extension . . . Jon Jones (18-1) steps into the octagon with Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto at UFC 165 to defend his light heavyweight title . . . World downhill skiing champion Marion Rolland will have surgery after rupturing a knee ligament in a training crash. The 30-year-old was injured last Saturday in Chile. No timetable was set for her return . . . Gilles Simon defeated Sam Querrey, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) in the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. Simon will play Nicolas Mahut, who beat Benjamin Becker, 6-2, 6-4 . . . Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the semifinals of the Korea Open in Seoul with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Vera Dushevina . . . US road champion Freddie Rodriguez and Olympian Shelley Olds withdrew from the cycling world championships in Florence, Italy. Rodriguez, who said the course doesn’t suit his strengths, will be replaced by Matthew Busche. Olds withdrew because of a knee injury.