Urban Meyer’s fate at Ohio State may come down to meeting on Wednesday

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer will be the subject of a private meeting scheduled by the school’s trustees on Wednesday.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer will be the subject of a private meeting scheduled by the school’s trustees on Wednesday.(Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

Ohio State trustees set a private meeting for Wednesday in Columbus to discuss the future of coach Urban Meyer as the university seeks to quickly move past a scandal that has consumed the football program for nearly a month. Meyer has been the subject of an investigation into the handling of domestic-abuse allegations against former assistant Zach Smith. The university said factfinders briefed the board Monday. The panel will convene in a public session Wednesday morning before going behind closed doors to discuss the next steps. President Michael V. Drake will have final say on whether Meyer keeps his job or faces other consequences. The trustees hired an outside law firm for $500,000 to do the investigation, which took two weeks. The investigation centers on what Meyer knew and did about allegations of abuse against Smith, who was fired July 23 after his wife sought a protective order. Smith hasn’t been charged or convicted of abuse, but his ex-wife Courtney Smith alleged her husband shoved her against a wall and put his hands around her neck in 2015. . . . Wisconsin suspended Quintez Cephus after authorities in Madison, Wis., charged the receiver with two felony counts of sexual assault. The Dane County District Attorney's Office charged Cephus with third-degree sexual assault and second-degree sex assault of an intoxicated victim.

He has denied wrongdoing tied to the April incidents.



Jansen activated by Dodgers

Dodgers All-Star closer Kenley Jansen was activated off the disabled list after being cleared by a cardiologist. Jansen hasn’t pitched since Aug. 7 and was on the 10-day DL after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat on Aug. 9 in Denver while the team was playing the Rockies . . . White Sox manager Rick Renteria was taken to a Minneapolis hospital after complaining of lightheadedness before Monday night’s game against the Twins. A team official said tests didn’t show any problems . . . Doc Edwards, a major league catcher who went on to manage the Cleveland Indians for three seasons, has died at age 81. His death in San Angelo, Texas, was announced by his family. Edwards spent more than a half-century in baseball. He succeeded Pat Corrales as manager of Cleveland, where in 1962 he began his major league career as a player. He managed the Indians for the 1987-89 seasons.


Joe Landrum, who pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers for two years and was Clemson’s first All-American, has died at age 89. His son, Bill Landrum, also pitched in the big leagues for eight years during the 1980s.


Halep withdraws in Conn.

Top-ranked Simona Halep withdrew from the Connecticut Open, citing a sore right Achilles’ tendon. The Romanian was scheduled to play Tuesday in New Haven, but said in a statement her Achilles’ is sore from ‘‘two weeks of many matches and I need to recover in time for the US Open.’’ Halep won the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Aug. 12 and advanced to the finals in Cincinnati, losing in three sets Sunday to Kiki Bertens at the Western & Southern Open. In a first-round match, fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic lost to Ekatereina Makarova of Russia, 6-1, 6-3 . . . Former top-10 player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled out of the US Open because of an injured left knee. The Frenchman will be replaced in the field by James Duckworth of Australia . . . The International Tennis Hall of Fame is going to let fans vote to help select its next inductees. Anyone will be able to submit an online ballot starting in late August for the Class of 2019. The votes will become part of the overall tally that determines which players are elected. Members of the Hall of Fame, journalists, and tennis historians will continue to be the primary selectors. The fan vote results will be released in October, and the list of inductees will be announced in January. Michael Stich and Helena Sukova were the 2018 inductees.



Ronaldo among 3 nominees

Three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo was joined by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as finalists for the UEFA award for the best Europe-based soccer player last season. The award, which will be announced Aug. 30 in Monaco, is selected by Champions League coaches and journalists across Europe . . . FIFA’s longtime legal director who was a key link to its American lawyers during federal investigations of corruption has left soccer’s world body. Marco Villiger, now the deputy secretary general for administrative matters, left the organization, FIFA said in a statement announcing the exit of its highest-ranking official to stay in office during recent years of turmoil . . . IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday night in Allentown, Pa., for a spinal injury suffered in a crash Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Wickens suffered injuries to his lower extremities, right arm, and spine and a pulmonary contusion. His car sailed into the fence when he and Ryan Hunter-Reay made slight contact. Hunter-Reay’s car spun and Wickens’s car launched over it and into the fence . . . The New Jersey Devils signed first-round draft pick Ty Smith to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 18-year-old defenseman was the 17th overall pick in this year’s NHL draft.


The rebuilding Atlanta Hawks signed guard-forward Daniel Hamilton and forward Alex Poythress. Poythress was signed to a two-way contract, so the former Kentucky player will split his time with the Hawks’ G League Erie team. Hamilton was on a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season