The University of Oregon acknowledged committing NCAA violations in four athletic programs, including men's and women's basketball. Oregon received official notice of allegations this week and has 90 days to respond. Athletic director Rob Mullens said the school self-reported the violations, and its coaches are committed to compliance with NCAA bylaws. Men’s basketball coach Dana Altman and women’s coach Kelly Graves are accused of exceeding the NCAA limit of four coaches by letting other staff members participate in team activities at practice. A professor allegedly changed a failing grade so a woman could stay on the track team. The Register-Guard reports the NCAA labeled the violations the second-highest of four levels. The school plans to contest the severity of the violations.
UMass men top Maine
Carl Pierre scored a career-high 25 points for UMass (7-6) on 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and C.J. Anderson had a career-high 12 assists as the host Minutemen beat Maine (3-11) in men’s basketball action at the Mullins Center. Luwane Pipkins added 16 points and Malik Hines and Rashaan Holloway had 10 apiece in the win. The Black Bears were led by Ilija Stojiljkovic (11 points) and Andrew Fleming (10 points) . . . Katie-Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 33 points, Kia Nurse had 24, and No. 1 UConn (10-0) posted its biggest victory of the women’s basketball season with a 104-52 rout of Duquesne (10-3) at Toronto . . . Justine Gaziano scored a game-high 26 points to lead Brown (10-1) to its eighth straight win, 92-68, over visiting BU (5-5). Shayna Mehta had 18 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. Nia Irving led the Terriers with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Naiyah Thompson added 13 points and seven rebounds . . . UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford said freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who were suspended indefinitely along with LiAngelo Ball after a shoplifting arrest in China days before the Bruins’ 2017-18 opener, will not play the remainder of the season.
Texas suspends trio for Texas Bowl
Texas suspended sophomore receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey, freshman running back Toneil Carter, and junior tight end Garrett Gray for next week’s Texas Bowl against Missouri for violating team rules. Defensive tackle Chris Nelson will miss the game with an elbow injury . . . Louisville junior cornerback Jaire Alexander will enter the NFL draft and skip the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 30 against Mississippi State . . . Shortly after leading Wyoming (8-5) to a 37-14 win over Central Michigan (8-5) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Boise, junior quarterback Josh Allen said he will enter the NFL draft . . . Hal Bedsole, a consensus All-America receiver on Southern California's undefeated 1962 national championship team and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 76. USC said Bedsole died Friday in Arizona after being in declining health in recent years. His birthday was Thursday. Bedsole caught 82 passes for 1,717 yards and 20 touchdowns from 1961-63 at USC, all school records at the time. His 20.9-yard career average per reception remains a school record.
Matthews back at practice
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has been dealing with concussion symptoms since colliding with teammate Morgan Rielly in a game on Dec. 9. Matthews, who has missed the last six games, confirmed the nature of his latest injury after participating in his first practice in two weeks. Matthews said he feels good, but the team has not indicated when he will return . . . TSN reported that Ottawa Senators forwards Bobby Ryan (finger) and Zack Smith (shoulder) are expected to miss Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers . . . The Calgary Flames put defenseman Travis Hamonic on injured reserve. Coach Glen Gulutzan said earlier in the week that Hamonic injured his groin . . . The Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald reported Thursday that college hockey sources said the United States women’s hockey team cut 2014 Olympic silver medalists Alex Carpenter, BC’s all-time scoring leader, and Megan Bozek to trim its Olympic squad down to its final 23-player roster for Pyeongchang, South Korea. Carpenter is BC’s career leader in goals (133), assists (145), and points (278). Bozek played collegiately at Minnesota . . . Predators general manager David Poile told Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone on Thursday that defenseman Ryan Ellis (knee surgery) is on track to make his season debut against the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 2.
Minaya returns to Mets
Omar Minaya is returning to the New York Mets as a special assistant to Sandy Alderson, who replaced him as general manager after the 2010 season. Minaya, 59, was the Mets' senior assistant GM from September 1997 until February 2002, when he joined Montreal as MLB's first Hispanic GM. He returned to the Mets as GM after the 2004 season, helped put together a roster that reached Game 7 of the NL Championship Series in 2006, then was fired after consecutive seasons with losing records . . . The Arizona Diamondbacks and Japanese righthander Yoshihisa Hirano agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal. The 33-year-old spent 12 seasons with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League, the last eight as a reliever. He was 3-7 with 29 saves and a 2.67 ERA in 58 relief appearances last season. He played for Japan in this year’s World Baseball Classic, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in six relief appearances . . . Major League Baseball’s end-of-season average salary topped $4 million for the first time, according to final calculations released by the players’ association. The union said that the average finished at $4,097,122, a 3.3 percent increase from last year, when the average rose just 0.35 percent to $3,966,020, the lowest rise since 2004. The commissioner’s office said its final average was $3,955,920, up 3.4 percent from last year’s $3,825,967. The union includes a pro-rated share of option buyouts that may be earned if the option is declined, while MLB does not take those into account in its average.
Two South American officials convicted
Two former South American soccer officials, Jose Maria Marin of Brazil, and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, were convicted by a federal jury in New York on corruption charges stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations will continue next week for a third official. Marin and Napout were convicted of the top count they faced, racketeering conspiracy. Jurors were undecided on Manuel Burga, the former president of Peru’s soccer federation. The trio was arrested in 2015, accused of agreeing to take millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen seeking to lock up lucrative media rights or influence hosting rights for the World Cup and other major tournaments controlled by FIFA . . . Major League Soccer increased New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan’s suspension to two games and fined him for his actions in a fight with Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore in a stadium tunnel during a playoff match. Major League Soccer announced the additional suspension for Kljestan, who will serve the tw-game ban at the beginning of next season . . . Spanish club Sevilla fired Eduardo Berizzo a week after the Argentine coach returned from treatment for prostate cancer.
Woods to be his own coach
Tiger Woods has decided to embark on his latest comeback without a swing coach, saying he has worked hard to relearn his body and his golf swing. Chris Como has helped him the last three years but Woods says it's best he continue working on his own . . . Six-time defending overall champ Marcel Hirscher of Austria won a World Cup slalom at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, by 0.04 over Switzerland’s Luca Aerni . . . Russia lost two more Olympic medals from the 2014 Sochi Games for doping. Lugers Albert Demchenko (silvers in men’s singles and team relay) and Tatiana Ivanova (silver in team relay) were among 11 athletes disqualified by the IOC and banned from the Olympics for life.