NCAA will cut ties with video game company
The NCAA said Wednesday it will bar Electronic Arts Inc. from using its logo and name beginning next year. The move ends a lucrative, eight-year business deal with the gaming industry giant and it comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.
The NCAA said it won’t seek a new contract with EA Sports, which manufactures the popular NCAA Football game, beyond the current one that expires in June 2014. However, that won’t stop EA Sports from producing a college football video game depicting powerhouse schools such as Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon, and the Redwood City, Calif.-based company made that clear.
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Rick George, 53, resigned from his role as a Texas Rangers executive to become Colorado’s athletic director, effective Aug. 12. He’s returning to the campus where he served as the Buffaloes’ assistant athletic director for football operations from 1987 to 1991 during Hall of Fame coach Bill McCartney’s tenure.
George will make $700,000 a year over five years, plus incentives that could push his annual pay well over $1 million, pending approval by the board of regents.
Johnson fighting infection
Former Olympic downhill champion Bill Johnson no longer wants to go through treatment after dealing with a life-threatening infection that has attacked his major organs. Hospitalized since June 29, the one-time daredevil skier refuses a feeding tube, even though it hurts to swallow, his mom said. He no longer wants supplemental oxygen or even antibiotics that could possibly help him.
His mom said Johnson’s wish is simply to leave the hospital and return to his room at an assisted living facility in Gresham, Ore., where the 53-year-old was living before the illness.
Federer rallies to win
Roger Federer of Switzerland rallied to beat Daniel Brands of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg, Federer’s first match since his second-round loss at Wimbledon.
Michigan extends Beilein
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said men’s coach John Beilein has signed a three-year extension that replaces his previous contract and keeps him with the Wolverines through the 2018-19 season. The 60-year-old Beilein will make $2.45 million a year in total compensation.
The Wolverines lost in the NCAA title game last season to Louisville.
Olbermann returns to ESPN
Keith Olbermann announced he was returning to ESPN to be the host of “Olbermann,” a late-night sports program on ESPN2. It has been 16 years since he left ESPN, where he was the popular anchor of “SportsCenter” between 1992 and 1997.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone was charged by German prosecutors with paying a $44 million bribe, placing his future as head of the motor sport series in doubt.
The British billionaire has been under investigation since a German banker was convicted of taking the payment from him in connection with the sale of a stake in F1.
Dalembert to Dallas
The Dallas Mavericks reached a verbal agreement with free-agent big man Samuel Dalembert to be their new starting center, ESPN.com reported.
“It’s not signed, signed, but it’s agreed upon,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban told the TrueHoop Network at the Las Vegas Summer League.
Sparks unbeaten at home
Kristi Toliver scored 15 points, and Lindsey Harding and Alana Beard each added 13 to help the Los Angeles Sparks remain unbeaten at home with a 77-73 win over the Atlanta Dream.
Nneka Ogwumike scored 12 points for the Sparks (11-4), who won their sixth straight overall and improved to 9-0 at home. Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points for Atlanta (10-4).
• The Toronto Raptors agreed to buy out center Marcus Camby’s contract and place him on waivers. Camby, acquired in the trade that sent Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks, was owed $7.5 million over the final two years of his contract.
• The Milwaukee Bucks signed free agents Carlos Delfino and Zaza Puchulia.
• The Los Angeles Lakers signed point guard Jordan Farmar to a one-year, $1.1 million deal after agreeing to a buyout with his team in Turkey.
• Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic beat Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-6 (16-14) in the second round of the Claro Open in Bogotá, Colombia.
• The Nashville Predators signed left wing Rich Clune to a two-year, $1.7 million contract, extending his deal through the 2015-16 season.
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