Ohio St. fires band director after 2-month investigation
Ohio State fired the director of its marching band Thursday after determining he ignored a “sexualized” culture of rituals, including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts.
Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and previously served in lesser capacities for a dozen years.
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Ohio State President Michael Drake, on the job for three weeks, told The Associated Press he was “profoundly disappointed and shocked” by the findings of a two-month probe that began before his arrival.
The investigation determined Waters, 38, knew about and failed to stop what the university called “serious cultural issues” within the band.
In the report, Waters denies the allegations against him — including that he texted sexual limericks to band members.
The investigation was launched after a parent complained band members were asked to swear secrecy oaths “about objectionable traditions and customs,” some in place before Waters took over.
Texas suspends 2 receivers
Two Texas wide receivers are suspended from the program indefinitely after they were charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony.
Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were booked and released on personal-recognizance bonds.
Sanders, a junior, and Meander, a redshirt freshman, are accused of sexually assaulting a female student in Meander’s campus dorm room last month. Meander and the woman had consensual sex before Sanders entered the room and allegedly began sexually assaulting her. Meander allegedly joined in the sexual assault.
Brown to work for ABC
Former Texas coach Mack Brown, who stepped down in December, will serve as a studio analyst for telecasts on ABC.
Auburn QB pays fines
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid $1,100 in fines for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a window-tint violation in Reynolds, Ga.
Lampard to play in MLS
New York City FC, which begins Major League Soccer play next year at Yankee Stadium, introduced Frank Lampard after signing the 36-year-old midfielder to a two-year contract.
Lampard is a former standout for Chelsea of the English Premier League.
Meanwhile, in an MLS match Thursday, Olmes Garcia scored twice to help host Real Salt Lake beat Montreal 3-1.
Montreal had to play with 10 men after Issey Nakajima-Farran got a red card in the 65th minute with the score tied at 1.
Aguirre to coach Japan
Japan has appointed Mexican Javier Aguirre, 55, as coach of the national team.
Aguirre replaces Alberto Zaccheroni, who stepped down after coaching Japan to a disappointing group-stage exit last month at the World Cup in Brazil.
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• The South African unit of sports-car maker Porsche bought the Kyalami racetrack for $19.5 million at an auction, easing concerns among motorsports enthusiasts the winning bidder would tear up the track and build office or commercial buildings in its place.
Kyalami is on the northern outskirts of Johannesburg.
• Filly Untapable is listed as a 2-1 early favorite for Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
• Dance With Fate, a 3-year-old who won the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes in April at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., has been euthanized after suffering injuries to his right rear leg in a training accident at Del Mar, near San Diego.
The Peter Eurton-trained colt reportedly crashed into the outside rail while galloping and fell. In his last race, Dance With Fate finished sixth of 19 in the May 3 Kentucky Derby.
• In swimming, Australian women set a world record in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Campbell sisters, Bronte and Cate, combined with Emma McKeon and Melanie Schlanger for a time of 3 minutes, 30.98 seconds to surpass the 3:31.72 recorded five years ago by a team from the Netherlands.
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