Decertified The sports agent who admitted he paid college football players has been decertified by the NFL Players Association. Josh Luchs told Sports Illustrated he paid more than 30 players from 1990-96. He said in the article he had left the business. The union announced Thursday that its Committee on Agent Regulations and Discipline held a conference call Tuesday night and voted unanimously to revoke Luch’s certification.
Sidelined A freak injury to Mike Miller’s right thumb is expected to keep one of the NBA’s top 3-point shooters sidelined for several weeks. Miller was injured when the thumb on his shooting hand got tangled in a teammate’s jersey during Wednesday’s practice in Miami. The Heat have not revealed a formal diagnosis or possible recovery time.
Treated Major league home run leader Jose Bautista has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia. The Toronto Blue Jays All-Star, who hit a team-record 54 homers, was operated on in Philadelphia. The team said he will need about a month to heal. Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Bautista is welcome to play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic, but doesn’t expect him to do so.
Re-signed The Detroit Tigers and Brandon Inge agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with a team option for the 2013 season. The option year calls for a $6 million salary or a $500,000 buyout. Inge had an American League-best 97.7 fielding percentage among third baseman this year.
Sentenced A Philadelphia teenager who ran onto the field wearing a full-body red spandex suit during a Phillies game last month has been sentenced to community service. Seventeen-year-old Sean Hagan was sentenced in a Philadelphia family court to 80 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to charges that he ran onto the outfield at Citizen’s Bank Park during a game against the Atlanta Braves.
Desired NBA commissioner David Stern said there has been no quantifiable progress in collective bargaining talks over the summer, and the league has revealed it is seeking a reduction in player salary costs by about one-third. Stern also said the league wants player costs to drop by about $750-800 million. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA spends about $2.1 billion annually in player salaries and benefits.