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Carroll is selected for USC’s hall

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is going back to USC — as a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Carroll, 62, coached USC from 2001 through the 2009 season and left to accept the job as coach of the Seahawks in January 2010. He is among 16 people who have been selected to the hall’s 11th class, which will be introduced at halftime of USC’s home game against Oregon State on Sept. 27 and honored at an induction dinner May 16, 2015.

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The hall class was selected by a 75-member panel of media, previous hall members, USC head coaches and athletic-department senior staff.

USC’s Bigelow to miss season

USC defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow, a redshirt freshman who was expected to compete for a starting position, will miss the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee during noncontact drills in a voluntary workout.

Miami dismisses 2 linebackers

Miami officials reacted swiftly after sexual-battery charges were brought against two 20-year-old sophomore linebackers, immediately dismissing both from the football program and suspending them as students.

JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa are accused of getting a 17-year-old Miami student drunk Saturday night and repeatedly sexually assaulting her at an on-campus residential hall. Each is charged with sexual battery on a physically helpless victim.

“We have zero tolerance for sexual assault and gender-based violence,” said Donna Shalala, university president.

Blue and Figueroa were jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail each.


Washington blogger resigns

A blogger hired by the Washington Redskins to defend the team’s name has quit after two weeks.

Ben Tribbett announced his resignation on Twitter, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction because of personal attacks directed toward him.

Tribbett is known in Virginia politics as an advocate for liberal issues. He tweeted that he supports the team name but doesn’t “see eye to eye with some friends” on the issue.

Team owner Daniel Snyder has vowed not to change the name; he is facing increasing opposition from those who consider it a racial slur.


Watson has his eye on Woods

Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson said Tiger Woods will be on the U.S. team if he is healthy and playing well.

“I’ll be watching Tiger as he plays,” Watson said of the former No. 1 player who is ranked seventh in the world and is 209th in FedEx Cup points this season. “He’ll be playing at The Open Championship. Hope to get together with him there and tell him my feelings. … Right now, he’s way down the list as far as points. But who wouldn’t pick Tiger Woods to be on your Ryder Cup team? That is the question to everybody: Who wouldn’t pick him?”

Woods, who had back surgery in March, returned to the PGA Tour on June 26 but missed the cut in the Quicken Loans National.

The British Open starts July 17 at Royal Liverpool. The Ryder Cup begins Sept. 26 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Meanwhile, American Steve Stricker has decided not to play in the British Open for the second consecutive year. Ryo Ishikawa of Japan will take his place in the field.

Auto racing

NASCAR penalizes Busch, team

NASCAR penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a postrace inspection after the Coke Zero 400 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000 because the track bar on Busch’s Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation. Busch finished third in the rain-shortened race.

Busch was docked 10 driver points, dropping him from 24th to 26th in the Sprint Cup standings, and Gene Haas was docked 10 owner points.


• The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius moved closer to a verdict when the defense ended its case. In early August the judge will hear final arguments that will highlight opposing portraits of the South African double-amputee runner — a gun-obsessed egotist who shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a rage or a vulnerable figure with a disability who pulled the trigger in a tragic case of mistaken identity.

The trial has transfixed those who recall Pistorius competing on carbon-fiber blades at the 2012 Olympics in London. The triumphant image of Pistorius racing alongside able-bodied athletes contrasts with the anguished spectacle in the Pretoria courtroom, where the 27-year-old faced blistering interrogation by the prosecution and sometimes wailed and retched in apparent distress.

• In mixed martial arts, the UFC 176 card scheduled for Aug. 2 in Los Angeles was canceled because of Jose Aldo’s neck injury. Champion Aldo was to meet Chad Mendes in a featherweight-title bout.

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