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Miami broadens its investigation into football program

The university is looking into the eligibility of players who might have accepted improper benefits from a booster.

August 22, 2011|Staff and wire reports

The investigation into Miami athletics is growing, with the university looking into the eligibility of 15 athletes who might have accepted improper benefits from a booster.

Miami President Donna Shalala did not reveal any names of the players under investigation as she released a video statement Monday. The booster, convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro, told Yahoo Sports for an article published last week that 12 current football players and one men's basketball player received money, gifts and other items from him.

Most, if not all, of the current football players Shapiro named would probably be major contributors if they get to take the field.

Citing the continuing investigation, school officials would not say Monday whether any of those players have been cleared to play, or who the additional names linked to the investigation are.

Louisiana State starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three teammates have decided to meet with Baton Rouge police at an undisclosed time and location Tuesday to discuss their alleged involvement in a bar fight.

Police Sgt. Don Stone announced Monday night that the meeting would take place. He said police are keeping details of the meeting secret to ensure the integrity of the investigation.


The 2012 Fiesta Bowl has been moved up three days to Jan. 2 and will be played right after the Rose Bowl.


Woods might add PGA Tour fall event

Tiger Woods is thinking about adding another PGA Tour event to his schedule.

Woods failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs that start this week in New Jersey for the top 125 players in the standings, meaning he is ineligible for tour events until October. He said on his website Monday that he might add a tournament in the Fall Series.

Woods also said he wants to be part of the Presidents Cup team in Australia the week before Thanksgiving, although he will to have to rely on being one of two captain's picks.


J.B. Holmes withdrew from the Barclays as he prepares to have brain surgery that will force him to miss the rest of the golf season.

Holmes has structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. He has been dealing with vertigo symptoms since May, and after going to several specialists, he recently learned that he has Chiari malformations.

The surgery is scheduled for Sept.1 at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.


Single-game tickets for exhibition and regular-season Ducks games will be about 12.6% less than last season when bought online, the club announced.

For example, a $41.50 single-game ticket this season will be $25 to $36, but those price reductions are good only at or, where 88% of Ducks single-game tickets overall have been reduced in price.

Single-game tickets bought in person at the Honda Center Box Office will be on average the same price as last season.

Regardless of where tickets are purchased, fans will pay no additional fees, a feature the team is calling "all-in pricing."

Also, the number of single-game tickets priced at less than $40 has increased from 1,300 last season to more than 6,000. Single-game tickets go on sale Saturday.

—Baxter Holmes

Forward Ethan Moreau passed his physical and is expected to officially sign with the Kings on Tuesday, a team spokesman said.

On Saturday, the 35-year-old who is expected to give the Kings veteran depth at the forward position verbally agreed to a one-year, $600,000 deal pending the results of the physical.

—Baxter Holmes

A man who said he went to the West Linn, Ore., home of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph to sell marijuana also said he was beaten with a pool cue in a dispute over the price of the pot.

The man told sheriff's deputies that at least three men assaulted him but Randolph was not among them. No arrests have been made, and authorities said none were expected Monday.

Police identified the victim as 26-year-old James Beasley of Portland.

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