NCAA president Mark Emmert says the sanctions levied on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal dealt with the behavior...

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NCAA president Emmert

defends Penn State sanctions

NCAA president Mark Emmert says the sanctions levied on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal dealt with the behavior of university leaders and whether or not the school handled the allegations appropriately.

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Emmert, the former UW president, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday in Chicago that the “fact that there was criminal activity is not the NCAA’s issue.”

The landmark penalties handed down by the NCAA in July included a four-year bowl ban and strict scholarship cuts.

Ohio State quarterback

Miller says he’s OK

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, helped off the field and taken to a hospital during Saturday’s game, says he is fine and will be ready to go against Penn State.

Miller has practiced with the Buckeyes all week. He has been receiving daily rehab of massage, stretching, ice and anti-inflammatories for a sore neck. Other than that, he says he’s 100 percent.

Horse racing

Class Included nominated in

two Breeders’ Cup races

As expected, Class Included, the Emerald Downs horse of the meeting, has been nominated to both the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic and the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, to be run Nov. 2 and 3 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

Eight Breeders’ Cup champions are among the 180 horses that have been pre-entered. Final entries will be taken Monday.

Class Included owner Mike Feuerborn said he might swing for the fences and run his sensational 4-year-old filly in the Ladies Classic. “I was 50-50 yesterday, and I’m still processing it every day, but I’m leaning slightly toward the (Ladies) Classic,” he said. “I’m thinking about it morning, noon and night.”

Factors, according to Feuerborn, are that only nine horses are pre-nominated to the Ladies Classic while 14 runners are nominated to the Filly & Mare Sprint.

The $2 million Ladies’ Classic is shaping up as one of the top races of the two-day event, with defending champion Royal Delta expected to be challenged by unbeaten My Miss Aurelia, last year’s Juvenile Fillies winner, and unbeaten Awesome Feather, the 2010 Juvenile Fillies winner.

Game On Dude, a multiple Grade I winner trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, leads the candidates for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic that will be the last of 15 races featuring purses of more than $25 million.


U.S. will host Copa America in 2016

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) will celebrate its centennial in 2016 with a 16-team tournament to be held in the United States. Possible sites for the tournament were not revealed.

The tournament, called the Centenary Copa America, will also mark 100 years since the South American championship as it was formerly named was first played.

Upsets abound in

Champions League

There were shocks galore in the Champions League as Real Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal and Manchester City all suffered defeats in their group games.

Real Madrid lost its Group D game against the Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund 2-1, while City slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Ajax Amsterdam in the same group.

Sporting KC again wins Eastern Conference

C.J. Sapong scored the go-ahead goal off an assist from Kei Kamara, and Sporting Kansas City beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Wednesday night to win its second straight Eastern Conference regular-season title.


Jeff Blatnick, who overcame cancer to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics and went on to a career as a sports commentator and motivational speaker, died Wednesday in New York state at age 55. Officials at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., said he died of heart failure.

• New York center Tyson Chandler left on crutches and said he would have an MRI exam Thursday, but said he didn’t have much concern about his injury, which occurred when he fell to the court after a collision with the Nets’ Gerald Wallace in a 97-95 exhibition victory over Brooklyn. The game was played in Uniondale, N.Y., one-time home of the Nets.

• A person familiar with Cleveland’s decision said the Cavaliers have exercised the option on coach Byron Scott’s contract for the 2013-14 season.

The team decided to pick up the option less than a week before Scott begins his third season with the club, said the person who spoke to on condition of anonymity.

Martell Webster, a former Seattle Prep star, scored 23 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 101-94 exhibition victory over Miami in Kansas City, Mo.

• UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad injured his right shoulder during practice. A team spokesman said Muhammad was scheduled to undergo an MRI in the evening, and would be re-evaluated Thursday.

Serena Williams beat 2011 French Open champion Li Na of China 7-6 (6-1), 6-3 for her second win in round-robin matches at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

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