Friday’s Sports In Brief
DALLAS (AP) Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder were selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams of Texas and Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth were also selected to the latest Hall of Fame class of 15 players and two coaches announced by the National Football Foundation.
Tressel’s greatest fame came at Ohio State, where he was 106-22 in 10 seasons, including a national championship in 2002. Snyder turned the Wildcats into a Big 12 power and a national title contender and is 187-94-1 in 23 season at Kansas State.
Williams won the Heisman in 1998 and left Texas as the leading career rusher in FBS with 6,279 yards. He currently ranks second behind Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne. Bosworth was a two-time Butkus Award winner (1985 and 1986) as the nation’s best linebacker, helping the Sooners win three straight Big Eight titles and the 1985 national title.
DALLAS (AP) – Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington is suspended for the national championship game after testing positive for marijuana during an NCAA drug test, according to a person with direct knowledge of test results.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of student privacy rules. Team spokesman Andy McNamara confirmed that Carrington is not with the team but would not indicate why.
The Ducks play Ohio State for the national championship on Monday.
DALLAS (AP) – Roy Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star center whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, died Friday. He was 50.
According to a Tarrant County medical examiner’s report, Tarpley died at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, near Dallas. No cause of death was given in the online report.
The 7-foot Tarpley was the seventh overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft out of Michigan. He played for the Mavericks until October 1991, when he was kicked out of the NBA for using cocaine.
After the first ban, Tarpley played in Greece until the NBA reinstated him in 1994. He signed a six-year, $20 million contract with the Mavericks but was permanently banned from the NBA in December 1995 for using alcohol and violating the terms of a court-imposed personal aftercare program.
Tarpley averaged 12.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in 280 regular-season games.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Bucks signed 37-year-old Kenyon Martin to replenish a depleted frontcourt, reuniting the forward with former New Jersey Nets teammate and current Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd.
Martin signed a 10-day contract. The team waived guard Nate Wolters to make room on the roster.
Martin played 32 games last season for the New York Knicks before becoming a free agent. He worked out for the Bucks last week. Martin has averaged 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds over 14 seasons.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) – Russell Henley made four birdie putts outside 20 feet on his way to an 8-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Bae Sang-Moon in the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Henley made his debut last year in the winners-only event that starts the year and never broke 70. The Plantation Course offered up far better scores without the typical wind off the west coast of Maui.
Bae was in Honolulu practicing last week when he learned the South Korean government had denied an extension of his overseas travel permit. Bae has deferred his mandatory military service, and there are questions over how much time he spent at home during this deferral. He has hired a legal firm to sort out the problems.
Bae, who won the season-opening Frys.com Open in October, opened with six birdies in eight holes, was slowed by a bogey on the 11th hole and picked up two more birdies for a 66.
Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed led a group at 67 that included Scott Stallings, Robert Streb and Ben Martin. Matt Kuchar was among those at 68.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – The rowdiest event on the PGA Tour landed golf’s biggest attraction when Tiger Woods said he would play the Phoenix Open for the first time in 14 years.
The tournament starts Jan. 29 and ends on the Sunday of the Super Bowl, which also is in Phoenix.
Woods, who has not played the Phoenix Open since 2001, also announced on his website he will play the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines a week later.
Woods played only nine times worldwide last year because of surgery to his back and lingering issues. In his return after four months off, he tied for last in the Hero World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A veteran referee accused of making an ethnic remark at a Wake Forest booster will not work any further Atlantic Coast Conference games this season, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the conference does not publicly discuss personnel matters.
The decision came days after Mit Shah, a prominent booster of Indian descent, accused official Karl Hess of aiming the remark at him during Sunday’s Louisville-Wake Forest game.
Hess did not immediately return a phone message from the AP seeking comment at his office in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he also works as a psychologist. In an interview with ESPN, Hess said he was joking when he made the comment.
TORONTO (AP) – The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year, $29.7 million contract extension through the 2018-19 season.
The 26-year-old Bobrovsky won the 2013 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie. He was acquired from Philadelphia for second- and third-round picks in the 2012 draft and a fourth-round pick in 2013.
Bobrovsky, who is 15-11-2 with a 2.80 goals against average and .915 save percentage and one shutout in 28 games this season, is seen as a cornerstone of the franchise.