Wyoming coach Dave Christensen has been suspended for one week and fined $50,000 for his actions after an Oct. 13 loss to Air Force.

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Wyoming suspends,

fines coach Christensen

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen has been suspended for one week and fined $50,000 for his actions after an Oct. 13 loss to Air Force.

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Athletic director Tom Burman said Monday it is important to send the right message to the team about taking responsibility for one’s actions.

The 51-year-old Christensen was formerly on the Washington Huskies’ coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

Last week, the Mountain West Conference reprimanded Christensen for his postgame conduct, saying it violated its sportsmanship rules. Christensen has apologized.

Christensen confronted Falcons coach Troy Calhoun on the field after Air Force’s 28-27 victory. He accused the Falcons of faking an injury to their starting quarterback in the fourth quarter so they could set up the next play without taking a timeout. Air Force took the lead on the next play when backup quarterback Kale Pearson scored on a bootleg.

University president Tom Buchanan said in a written statement he supported Burman’s decision to fine Christensen over his “unacceptable and inappropriate behavior.”

Assistant coach Pete Kaligis will serve as interim coach this week and will lead the Cowboys against No. 21 Boise State on Saturday.

Kaligis, a former Washington Huskies offensive lineman, has been an assistant coach at Western Washington and was Washington’s head strength and conditioning coach from 2002 to 2004.

TV deal doesn’t thrill Brown

Texas coach Mack Brown once welcomed the Longhorn Network. Now he sounds as though it has become a headache and a window for opposing coaches to get an unfair peek into his program.

“I didn’t ask for it,” said Brown, noting he is worried the six hours a week he spends taping three television shows and the network’s access to the first 30 minutes of daily practice might tip opposing coaches to injuries, tendencies and schemes.

Brown said he and Baylor coach Art Briles discussed the topic before Texas (5-2) beat Baylor 56-50 Saturday.

“It’s in Waco. Baylor sees every practice,” Brown said. “We’re a little overexposed.”

Brown has to cope with the cameras and crews that come with the school’s 20-year, $300 million partnership with ESPN.

Thompson’s season ends

Florida State running back Chris Thompson is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left knee in the Seminoles’ 33-20 victory at Miami on Saturday.

It is the second straight season the 5-foot-8, 187-pound speedster has suffered a season-ending injury, this one a torn ligament.

“A very big blow to us,” said Jimbo Fisher, coach of the 11th-ranked Seminoles. “He may be our most dynamic offensive player.”

Thompson finished the season with 687 yards rushing, averaging 7.5 per carry.


Oilers’ Eager faces charges

Edmonton Oilers forward Ben Eager, 28, has been charged with assault after a disturbance in a Toronto bar last weekend.

Police said Eager and his 31-year-old brother, Michael, have been charged with threatening bodily harm, causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.


Fan is jailed for attack

A fan has been sentenced to four months in jail for assaulting a goalkeeper during an English-league match after an all-day drinking binge.

Aaron Cawley, 21, told police he was so intoxicated after drinking a mix of beer, cider and vodka that he doesn’t remember going onto the field and shoving former England keeper Chris Kirkland in the face during Sheffield Wednesday’s match against Leeds on Friday.


• Fans of a Cypriot soccer team threw a powerful firecracker at one of its players while he was receiving medical treatment during a match. Anorthosis Famagusta team officials said no one was seriously injured.

Trainers were tending to forward Ricardo Laborde on Sunday. Video shows the trainers and Laborde writhing on the ground after the firecracker exploded near their faces.

• NBA superstar Kobe Bryant skipped the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice to rest his aching right foot.

Bryant injured the foot in the third quarter of a 99-92 exhibition loss to visiting Sacramento on Sunday but stayed in the game and finished with 21 points.

• Workers are removing the Fighting Sioux sign from outside the University of North Dakota’s hockey arena after a years-long conflict that involved the NCAA.

Large letters reading “Home of the Fighting Sioux” were being taken down at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.

It is one of six signs that must be removed under an agreement with the NCAA in a controversy about whether the school’s nickname and logo were insensitive to local American Indian tribes.

UND’s logo depicts an American Indian warrior.

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