College football

NCAA infractions chairman addresses Bowlsby

The chairman of the NCAA’s infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement program “broken.”

Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, chair of the Committee on Infractions, on Wednesday listed reforms and restructuring in the enforcement system and expansion of the committee as possible reasons.

He also noted the NCAA enforcement director changed in the aftermath of two investigators and two key leaders leaving in less than a year after an internal investigation uncovered problems with the NCAA’s investigation of the University of Miami.

At Big 12 media days Monday, Bowlsby said “cheating pays” and that anyone who conspired to bend the rules could do so successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions.

“They’re in a battle with a BB gun in their hand. They’re fighting howitzers,” Bowlsby said of NCAA enforcement officials, while also saying he didn’t believe cheating was rampant.

WNBA

Hammon will retire after 16 seasons in league

Becky Hammon knew the timing was right. After a thrilling victory by the San Antonio Stars on Tuesday night, the veteran guard, in her 16th WNBA season, told her teammates that she was going to retire at the end of the season.

The team announced her decision Wednesday.

“It was emotional for me. I was so glad I got to do it after a win not a loss,” Hammon said in a phone interview. “With college and professionally and overseas, I’ve given 20 years of my life to a high level of basketball. I worked a tireless amount of hours. The overwhelming support I got back from the little press release that the Stars put out has been incredible.”

Hammon is the Stars’ all-time leader in assists, points per game and three-pointers made. The 37-year-old Hammon is a six-time All-Star who ranks seventh in WNBA history in total points (5,756), second in three-point field goals made (817),

Charles leads Liberty

Tina Charles had 31 points and 15 rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket as the New York Liberty earned a 66-64 victory in Los Angeles, spoiling Penny Toler’s coaching debut.

In another WNBA game, Ivory Latta scored 23 and Monique Currie had 17 as host Washington beat Connecticut 89-75.

Tennis

Robredo advances in Croatia Open

Defending champion Tommy Robredo beat fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open.

Robredo, seeded second, converted only two out of 11 break points on his way to victory.

Soccer

Dynamo acquires Beasley

The Houston Dynamo signed DaMarcus Beasley — one of the greatest names in U.S. national team history — after trading Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC.

Beasley, 32, who made U.S. soccer history last month in Brazil as the first American to play in four FIFA World Cups, had indicated he wanted to return to the MLS.

To sign Beasley, the Dynamo sent midfielder Creavalle to Toronto FC to acquire the top spot in MLS’ allocation order.

In an MLS match, Yannick Djaló had a goal and two assists and the San Jose Earthquakes routed the visiting Chicago Fire 5-1.

ELSEWHERE

Daring Dancer won the Grade 2 $200,000 Lake George by a head at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Trained by Graham Motion for owner Sagamore Farm, the 3-year-old Empire Maker filly saved ground along the rail in the early going and swung three wide in mid-stretch to catch A Little Bit Sassy a jump from the wire.

Under regular rider Alan Garcia, Daring Dancer ran 11/16 miles in 1:40.92 on a firm inner turf course and paid $8.30, $4.10 and $3.40.

Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers agreed on a two-year deal shortly before going to arbitration. The 23-year-old Kreider made a deal with an average salary of $2.475 million moments before the scheduled hearing. He will receive $2.35 million next season and $2.6 million during 2015-16

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