Friday’s Sports In Brief
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville is investigating allegations that former Cardinals men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee brought escorts into dorm parties, and paid for the women to strip and have sex with recruits, their fathers and players.
Those allegations by Katina Powell are in an upcoming book, ”Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” from a publishing affiliate of the Indianapolis Business Journal. Some details of the book were published on the Journal’s web site, noting during a four-year period many of the activities allegedly took place in the players’ dormitory.
Louisville officials say they learned of the allegations in late August and immediately notified the NCAA. McGee left Louisville in 2014 to become an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City. That school put McGee on paid leave Friday night and issued a statement saying the allegations were being taken seriously.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) – Drew Brees is expected to return as starter for New Orleans against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night in the Superdome, Saints coach Sean Payton said.
Brees missed the Saints’ 27-22 loss in Carolina last Sunday because of a bruised rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder. The injury occurred on a hit in the second quarter of New Orleans’ Week 2 loss to Tampa Bay. Brees never took himself out of that game, but did not appear to perform at his normally high standard, finishing 24 of 38 for 255 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Brees then did not throw during practice in Week 3, but started taking first-team snaps at practice again this week, saying on Wednesday that he planned to steadily expand the variety of throws he attempted as the week wore on.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is out indefinitely after revealing he had a setback with his hamstring injury last week.
McCoy spoke about the setback for the first time on Friday. He said he was making progress in his recovery from the left hamstring injury before Buffalo’s Week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins, but hurt it again on Sept. 24. McCoy attempted to play through the injury in Buffalo’s 41-14 win over the Dolphins but ran for just 16 yards on 11 carries.
McCoy originally injured his hamstring at a training camp practice on Aug. 18.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – LeBron James was at home with his three kids when news broke that a 5-month-old girl had been killed in a drive-by shooting – the third fatal shooting of a child in Cleveland in the past month.
Aavielle Wakefield’s death moved James to speak out on social media, where he used the platform to make an immediate plea for calm and change in the wake of more senseless violence.
On Friday, the NBA star went further, stating his support for stricter gun laws, saying, ”There’s no room for guns.” James, who has never shied away from stating his opinion on political issues, spoke after practice, a day after another tragedy in Cleveland as well as the mass shooting at an Oregon community college, where a gunman killed at least nine people and wounded others when he opened fire on campus.
NEW YORK (AP) – Three major league baseball games were postponed as the East Coast faced steady rain with Hurricane Joaquin swirling in the Atlantic.
In New York, the Mets’ chase for home-field advantage in their opening playoff series was put on hold when their game against the Washington Nationals was called off. They were scheduled to play a split doubleheader Saturday.
The New York Yankees’ game in Baltimore and the Marlins-Phillies game in Philadelphia also were rained out and rescheduled as part of doubleheaders Saturday.
However, that schedule may be in jeopardy as rain and wind are forecast throughout the weekend.
DOVER, Del. (AP) – Clint Bowyer hopes his one-year pit stop at HScott Motorsports is more than just a footnote on his career.
He wants to build the foundation that will shape the fledgling organization into a championship contender.
Known these days as the driver who will replace Tony Stewart, Bowyer’s whirlwind season continued with the expected announcement that he will drive for team owner Harry Scott in 2016. Then it’s on to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 to try and fill the shoes of three-time NASCAR champion Stewart.
Bowyer became available when Michael Waltrip Racing decided to cease operations at the end of this season and released him from his three-year contract.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Jordan Spieth was voted PGA Tour player of the year, giving him a sweep of all the significant awards.
The PGA Tour does not disclose how many votes Spieth received from the players, though the 22-year-old Texan removed any suspense last week with his four-shot victory in the Tour Championship to win the Fed Ex Cup.
Spieth had five wins this year, including the Masters and U.S. Open. He is the youngest player since Tiger Woods (21) to win the Jack Nicklaus Award as player of the year. Spieth also won the Arnold Palmer Award by topping the money list with a record $12 million, and the Vardon Trophy for having the lowest adjusted scoring average.
Daniel Berger was voted rookie of the year.
ZURICH (AP) – Sepp Blatter defied calls from FIFA sponsors Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Visa to quit immediately as president of world soccer’s governing body rather than cling on until the emergency election in February.
The seemingly-coordinated interventions from the long-standing corporate backers came a week after the Blatter was interrogated by Swiss investigators and placed under criminal investigation for alleged financial wrongdoing at FIFA, which he has led since 1998.
It marked an escalation in the dual American and Swiss soccer corruption investigations, which burst into public view with the arrest of seven FIFA officials at a Zurich hotel two days before the presidential election in May. They are among 14 officials indicted in the U.S. on bribery and racketeering charges.
The 79-year-old Blatter gained a fifth term only to announce resignation plans four days later. But Blatter is determined to remain in power until his successor is elected on Feb. 26.