Friday’s Sports In Brief
CANTON, Ohio (AP) Junior Seau’s daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8.
Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney Seau’s comments to a video presentation about the former linebacker who killed himself in 2012. Seau is one of seven men being inducted this year.
In a statement from Hall executive vice president Joe Horrigan, a 2010 policy was referenced Friday.
”The policy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2010 regarding individuals enshrined posthumously provides for an expanded presenting video (longer than the videos of living inductees) followed by the traditional unveiling of the bronzed bust and no additional comments made from the podium,” Horrigan said.
The 2011 induction used such a format when former Los Angeles Rams star Les Richter was inducted posthumously.
In a New York Times story Friday, Sydney Seau said: ”It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful. I just want to give the speech he would have given.”
TOUR DE FRANCE
LA TOUSSUIRE, France (AP) – Vincenzo Nibali won an exhausting Alpine stage of punishing ascents and steep descents Friday to rescue the otherwise disappointing defense of his Tour de France title.
Behind the Stage 19 winner at the La Toussuire ski station, Nairo Quintana launched his most sustained and telling attack against race leader Chris Froome, and this time got the better of the 2013 champion.
Showing for the first time at this Tour that he’s not untouchable, Froome couldn’t stay with the Colombian, his closest rival, on the long final climb and saw his overall race lead shrink.
Froome’s lead of 2 minutes, 38 seconds over Quintana, down from 3:10 at the start, should be enough to get the British rider through the last competitive day in the Alps on Saturday. Still, he cannot afford a bad day.
Nibali rode away from Froome when the Team Sky leader was having a problem with his chain on the stage’s toughest climb. Froome pulled up by the side of the road to deal with the mechanical issue. When he looked back up, Nibali had ridden away.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – FIFA says the corruption crisis is hindering the search for new sponsors.
FIFA sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Visa have questioned the organization’s handling of the allegations of wrongdoing that led to soccer officials being indicted in the United States.
Ahead of Saturday’s qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup, FIFA has not replaced Emirates airline and Sony since they opted not to renew deals after the 2014 tournament.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says ”the current situation doesn’t help to finalize any new agreements – that is a fact. And I’m sure until the (presidential) election on Feb. 26 there will not be any major announcements.”
He also says the governing body will gather concerned sponsors at a summit next month.
The NCAA has outlined serious violations committed at Southern Mississippi, finding multiple violations in the men’s basketball program during former coach Donnie Tyndall’s tenure.
The charges, which include arranging fraudulent academic credit, impermissible financial aid and obstructing the governing body’s investigation, were outlined in a notice of allegations released by the university on Friday.
There were seven alleged Level I violations – which are judged the most serious by the NCAA – in the 43-page notice.
Though things could be worse.
The NCAA notably did not include the dreaded lack of institutional control charge, instead placing most of the blame on Tyndall and his staff during their two-year tenure.
Tyndall went 56-17 at Southern Miss, advancing to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament in both seasons. The school has 90 days to respond to the NCAA’s notice.
NEW YORK (AP) – ESPN says radio host Colin Cowherd won’t be on the air again before leaving the network after his remarks about major league baseball players from the Dominican Republic.
Cowherd said Thursday that he didn’t believe baseball was complex, saying a third of the sport was from the Dominican Republic, which had ”not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities.”
The network said Friday that ”Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.” The statement said Cowherd’s comments ”do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees.”
ESPN said earlier this month that Cowherd was leaving the network amid reports he’s going to Fox Sports 1.
Cowherd said Friday that he didn’t intend to offend anyone with his remarks.
”I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry,” he said.
Major League Baseball and its players’ union issued statements Friday calling Cowherd’s comments ”offensive.”
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape.
The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement Friday saying it had terminated its contract with him.
WWE did not give a reason, but issued a statement saying it is ”committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”
On Friday, a joint report from RadarOnline.com and The National Enquirer said that Hogan had used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex video that is the subject of an invasion of privacy lawsuit.
In a statement, the 61-year-old Hogan apologized for using ”offensive language” in a conversation eight years ago.
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) – Robert Allenby has withdrawn from the Canadian Open after splitting with his caddie in the middle of the first round, with a fan carrying his bag the rest of the way.
Allenby shot a 9-over 81 Thursday at Glen Abbey Golf Club and finished his round with the fan on his bag because, according to Canadian golf outlet Score Golf, Allenby and caddie Mick Middlemo had a blow-up over club selection.
Score Golf reported that Allenby and Middlemo got into a heated exchange at the 13th hole, the Australian’s fourth of the day, and at the 18th the caddie walked off the course.
Earlier this year, Allenby was involved in a strange off-course incident in Hawaii. In January, after missing the cut at the Sony Open, Allenby said he was robbed and beaten and needed help from a homeless woman.
”You think … that happens in the movie, not real life,” Allenby told The Associated Press at the time. ”I’m just happy to be alive.”