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Joe Paterno, out of hospital, plans to return to practice Wednesday

The university has not revealed the nature of the injuries suffered by the 84-year-old coach, who was taken to the hospital Monday after colliding with a player.

August 09, 2011|Staff and wire reports

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno was released from the hospital Tuesday, two days after getting blindsided at practice by a player and injuring his right shoulder and pelvis.

The school said in a statement the 84-year-old coach was looking forward to returning to practice Wednesday.

"It's time for everyone to turn the attention to the team," Paterno said in the brief statement. "We have a lot of hard work ahead in order to be as good as we think we can be."

Penn State confirmed that no surgery was required for Paterno, and that "precautionary measures" were complete. The team did not offer any more details about the injuries.

Paterno is major college football's career leader with 401 victories in 45 seasons as Penn State coach. His contract expires after the season, though he hasn't offered any clues as to when he might finally step down.

Oklahoma defensive captain and leading tackler Travis Lewis will miss up to eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot, leaving the Sooners without one of their best defensive player for a few crucial early season games.

Athletic trainer Scott Anderson said Lewis' injury will not require surgery, and will be treated with rest and immobilization. Lewis, chosen as the Big 12's preseason defensive player of the year by the media, was injured Monday during Oklahoma's first practice in pads of training camp.

Jim Tressel made $21.7 million as Ohio State football coach over his decade-long tenure before being ousted for breaking NCAA rules, records from the publicly funded school show.

Tressel earned more than $3.5 million in 2010, the year he covered up an improper benefits scandal that has led to Ohio State being forced to appear before the NCAA's committee on infractions this Friday.

The figures, released Tuesday to the Associated Press by Ohio State, show that almost a quarter of Tressel's pay — $4.6 million — came from an exclusive deal under which Ohio State directed a portion of its exclusive deal with apparel-maker Nike to the coach.

During his career with the Buckeyes, Tressel was provided football game tickets valued at $104,800, more than $10,000 in Ohio State basketball tickets and over $21,000 in bowl tickets. His contracts also called for him to receive a $200,000 signing bonus in 2003, national-championship game bonuses worth a total of $835,000 (the Buckeyes played for the BCS title after the 2002, 2006 and 2007 regular seasons) and another $155,000 in bonuses for OSU players hitting certain academic standards.

In Tressel's second season, Ohio State won the 2002 national championship — its first in 34 years.

Presidents of NCAA institutions are meeting this week in Indianapolis to discuss a number of issues, possibly including expensive coaching contracts.

Tressel was forced to resign on May 30 for failing to tell his bosses at Ohio State that he had learned players were trading memorabilia for cash and tattoos, breaking NCAA rules. Tressel was required under his contract and NCAA bylaws to alert his superiors to any rules violations by his athletes.

Former assistant coach Luke Fickell, selected to take Tressel's place as interim head coach, is being paid around $700,000 — roughly $3 million less than Tressel made a year ago.

Yao Ming could enter Hall of Fame next year

Retired Houston Rockets center Yao Ming could enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as early as next year — not as a player, but as a contributor to the game.

John Doleva, the president and chief executive of the Hall, said Yao has been nominated by a member of the Chinese media and his credentials will be considered by an international panel. As a contributor, Yao would bypass the usual five-year waiting period for retired players.

The 7-foot-6 Yao retired in July after leg and foot injuries ended his eight-year NBA career. The eight-time All-Star averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds in the NBA.

He'll also be remembered for his global impact on the league, almost single-handedly expanded its reach throughout Asia.

Serena Williams wins at Toronto

Serena Williams beat Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko, 6-0, 6-3, in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, and second-seeded Kim Clijsters withdrew from her second-round match while leading 6-3, 1-2 against China's Zheng Jie.

Clijsters shook her head after hitting a forehand and left the match with a reported stomach muscle problem.

Despite winning the Australian Open, Clijsters has been hampered this year by injuries. She injured her right ankle in April and then withdrew from tournaments in Rome and Madrid due to right shoulder and wrist injuries.

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic breezed past Chinese qualifier Shuai Zhang, 6-1, 6-1. The 2006 champion hasn't advanced past the second round of the tournament since 2007.

Two-time defending champion Andy Murray was upset, 6-3, 6-1, by Kevin Anderson in the second round of the Rogers Cup.

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