College football: Suspended TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility.
Coach Gary Patterson made the announcement Tuesday, five days after the junior starter was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in his second brush with the law in the past eight months.
Patterson said most of the inpatient programs like the one Pachall will enter are 30 to 60 days. If Pachall completes the treatment, the door remains open for him to come back to school and the team.
“Hopefully, what our plan is that he (Pachall) gets himself right and keeps the door open for us as far as an opportunity for him to be able to come back here and enroll in the spring,” Patterson said.
Pachall was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after running a stop sign near the TCU campus last Thursday. That came eight months after Pachall admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a team-administered drug test just two weeks before former linebacker Tanner Brock, his roommate and teammate then, was arrested in a drug sting with three other players and other TCU students.
Pachall threw for 948 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception in TCU’s first four games this season.
Filling in for Pachall, redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin was 23-of-40 passing for 270 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in Saturday’s 37-23 loss to Iowa State. That ended the Frogs’ BCS-best 12-game winning streak and knocked them out of the Top 25.
Injured Donovan will miss qualifiers
Soccer: Landon Donovan will not play for the U.S. national team in a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifying matches because of an injured left knee, adding to what will be a pressure-filled few days for the Americans.
U.S. Soccer said that Donovan – who has more goals, assists and starts than any player in program history – will likely not be replaced on what was a 24-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers, first on Friday on the road against Antigua and Barbuda, then in Kansas City on Oct. 16 against Guatemala.
Armstrong lawyer slams process
Cycling: With U.S. anti-doping officials set to issue their report on the Lance Armstrong case, a lawyer for the cyclist again criticized the process which led to Armstrong being banned from the sport for life.
In a five-page letter to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said the agency should send the International Cycling Union its entire evidence file in the Armstrong case, not just a limited report packaged to support the sanctions.
USADA officials have said they expect to send their “reasoned decision” report to UCI this week.
Herman’s letter accused USADA of acting as “prosecutor, judge, jury, appellate court and executioner” in issuing a “biased, one-sided and untested version of events.”
McIlroy, Woods lose openers
Golf: The anticipated matchup between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods today may not count for much after both lost their opening matches at the eight-player World Golf Finals.
McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar by six shots and Woods fell to Charl Schwartzel by one shot in the $5.2 million event at the Sultan course in Antalya, Turkey.
In the other group of the medal match-play format, Lee Westwood beat Webb Simpson and Justin Rose defeated Hunter Mahan.
McIlroy and Woods – ranked No. 1 and No. 2 – face each other today in the last of their three group matches, but both could already be eliminated by then. The top two in each group will advance to the semifinals.
Texas Southern teams banned
Colleges: The NCAA banned the Texas Southern football and men’s basketball teams from the postseason, saying it came close to levying the so-called “death penalty” against the school for repeated rules violations and for lying about imposing sanctions.
The Division I Infractions Committee said it found a lack of institutional control and outlined problems spanning 13 sports over a seven-year period, including booster-related recruiting violations, academic improprieties, the use of ineligible athletes and exceeding scholarship limits. The basketball team, coached by former Indiana coach Mike Davis, was banned from the 2012-13 postseason and the football team in 2013 and 2014.