Oregon dismisses 3 players
Three Oregon players who were investigated but not charged in an alleged sexual assault have been dismissed from the team.
Damyean Dotson, 19; Dominic Artis, 19; and Brandon Austin, 18, were suspended after the school received a police report concerning allegations made by a student who said she was assaulted by the players in March.
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“When you read the police report, it’s very clear it was conduct that isn’t befitting of an Oregon student-athlete,” athletic director Rob Mullens said Friday. “I don’t want to get into specifics, but it was very clear to us those were individuals we didn’t want representing our organization.”
Eugene police made public a 24-page report Monday detailing the accusations, in which the athletes said sexual relations with the student were consensual.
Arizona adds BC’s Anderson
Ryan Anderson will transfer from Boston College to Arizona for his senior season. The 6-foot-9 forward, who averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds last season for BC, will be eligible for the 2014-15 season.
Harvick to start from pole
Kevin Harvick set a track record of 194.658 mph to win the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
Joey Logano will start second in the 5-Hour Energy 400. Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start in 10th and Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will start in 17th.
Meanwhile, in the IndyCar Series, Sebastian Saavedra will start from the pole in Saturday’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Tressel to run Youngstown State
Trustees at Youngstown State voted to offer the president’s job to former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who started his college coaching career at the Youngstown, Ohio, school.
Tressel, 61, has accepted the offer but the appointment will not be official until a contract is signed. Tressel has been an administrator at Akron for two years.
Tressel was forced out at Ohio State after a scandal in which players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos, leading to an investigation resulting in sanctions against the team and Tressel.
Nadal reaches semifinals
Defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain reached the clay-court Madrid Open semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Nadal faces countryman Roberto Bautista Agut on Saturday. In the other semifinal, David Ferrer of Spain will play Kei Nishikori of Japan.
Injured Williams withdraws
Two-time defending champion Serena Williams withdrew from the Madrid Open because of a left-thigh injury suffered in her first-round victory over Belinda Bencic on Sunday.
The American said the injury would not keep her out of the French Open, which starts May 25.
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Chicago beat Indiana 73-66 and defending league champion Minnesota defeated Phoenix 72-64 in games Friday.
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