The Big Ten commissioner is calling disparaging remarks by the president of Ohio State aimed at Notre Dame and other universities "inappropriate...

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Ohio State president apologizes for remarks

The Big Ten commissioner is calling disparaging remarks by the president of Ohio State aimed at Notre Dame and other universities “inappropriate.”

Big Ten commissioner James Delany said the recorded comments by Gordon Gee don’t represent the opinions of the conference.

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Gee told a university committee in December that Notre Dame wasn’t invited to join the Big Ten because its priests aren’t good partners and joked Catholics can’t be trusted. He also questioned the academic integrity of Southeastern Conference schools.

Gee apologized, saying his comments were “just plain wrong.”

Buffs AD defends record

Mike Bohn said he was blindsided by Colorado’s decision to make a change at athletic director.

He was shocked by the recent conversation he had with chancellor Philip DiStefano, who made it clear the school wanted to head in another direction and that a switch might trigger better opportunities to raise money.

Bohn vigorously defended his track record, saying, “The insinuation that we don’t have a plan is offensive at best.”


RG3 continues rehab

Robert Griffin III has switched from a long-sleeved black shirt to a white one, but his role in Washington’s organized team activities at Redskins Park remained the same from a week ago.

Last year’s offensive rookie of the year again threw in a quadrant of the practice field to fellow rehabbing Redskins Pierre Garcon, Fred Davis, Jordan Reed and Roy Helu as Griffin continued his recovery from Jan. 9 surgery on his right knee.

“It’s been a journey,” said Griffin, who ran two miles earlier this week for the first time since he was injured in the Jan. 6 playoff loss to the Seahawks. “Everyone gets to see the flowers and roses side of it out here throwing and running with a little bounce in your step. I’ve had to be patiently aggressive this whole time, let my body heal and be aggressive where I can.”

Richardson says he’s not injury prone

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson did not practice again because of a strained muscle in his lower right leg that could sideline him for an extended period. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious, but Richardson’s history of injuries has some wondering if he can stay healthy.

“It’s not going to be like last year, being hurt and injured,” he said. “Injury prone is not going to be me. I just can’t wait to get back out and running.”


Roma to play MLS All-Stars

Italian club AS Roma, led by U.S. star Michael Bradley, will play a team made up of the best players in Major League Soccer in the league’s annual All-Star Game on July 31 in Kansas City, Kan.

The MLS All-Stars are 6-2-1 against international clubs, including Manchester United, Everton FC, Chelsea FC and Club Deportivo Guadalajara.

Chivas has interim coach

Sacha van der Most will be Chivas USA’s interim coach for Saturday’s match against Sounders FC.


• The Brazil-England friendly on Sunday is set to go ahead after all following a judge’s overruling of a previous court order that had suspended the match on safety grounds at renovated Maracana Stadium. The Rio de Janeiro state government issued a statement confirming the new ruling.

Bill Austin, a Pro Bowl lineman for the New York Giants and a member of their 1956 NFL championship team, has died at his home in Las Vegas. He was 84.

• The Southern Conference added East Tennessee, Mercer and Virginia Military Institute as new members. The conference has been one of the most plundered leagues recently with five of its 12 members choosing to leave since November.

• Defenseman Robyn Regehr agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings, passing up a chance at free agency.

• The NBC Sports Network said Game 7 between Detroit and Chicago was its highest-rated NHL broadcast ever. The cable channel had a 2.07 national rating with 3,354,000 viewers for Wednesday night’s game, which the Blackhawks won 2-1 in overtime.

• A new date (Nov. 17), a reconfigured course and improved security were among changes that Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon organizers outlined for an evening race that they say drew more than 30,000 entrants last year to the neon-lit Las Vegas Strip.

• Panther Racing parted ways with Indy-car driver JR Hildebrand after his third major mistake since joining the team in 2011.

Art Shell was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame as a member of its divisional college class, which honors coaches and players who competed outside the top level of college football. Shell played tackle for Maryland Eastern Shore from 1964 to 1967.

• Minnesota State, Mankato, right-hander Jason Hoppe set the NCAA season record with 55-1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. Hoppe pitched 3-1/3 scoreless innings in the Mavericks’ 6-5 victory over St. Edward’s in Cary, N.C., to help them advance to the school’s first Division II national-championship game.

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