November 20, 2011 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Declined Former coach Urban Meyer isn’t interested in answering questions about Ohio State. Meyer declined comment to The Associated Press on Saturday morning, then said he hasn’t been offered or accepted any job during ESPN’s broadcast of the Nebraska-Michigan game. Former Buckeye Chris Spielman is well aware of the building speculation that Meyer will end up leading Ohio State, but said it is just a rumor at this point. The 47-year-old Meyer is an Ohio native. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach for the Buckeyes in 1986.

Apologized ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso always ends the “College Gameday” show in outrageous fashion. On Saturday, he accidentally added a profanity. On set for the SMU-Houston game, Corso got tangled up with his SMU prop, a cheer- leader’s megaphone, prompting a two-word vulgar outburst as he tried to make his pick for the game. He later came back on air during ESPN’s Nebraska-Michigan game to apologize.

Died South African-born England cricketer Basil D’Oliveira, who became a pivotal figure in the sport’s battle against apartheid, died after a long illness. He was 80. His death in England was announced by Cricket South Africa.

Accepted BYU formally accepted its invitation to play in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Cougars, playing an independent schedule this year, had been granted a provisional invitation in April. BYU was already bowl eligible going into its home game Saturday night against New Mexico State. BYU will play a Conference USA team in the Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl that will be played on the SMU campus. It will be the Cougars’ seventh consecutive bowl appearance under coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Accused Former tennis great Yannick Noah accused Spanish athletes of widespread doping in an interview, adding the only way to level the playing field would be to allow everyone to use banned drugs. The 1983 French Open champion told Le Monde newspaper that French athletes no longer had a chance against their Spanish opponents. He said Spanish athletes were consistently beefier than French ones and said the only conclusion was that they must be doping. He offered no other proof.


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