Update on the latest sports
Fournette’s 1-game suspension upheld, will miss Colts game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette’s appeal of a one-game suspension for fighting has been denied, meaning he will sit out Sunday’s game against Indianapolis.
Fournette was suspended without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and punching Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson during Sunday’s loss at Buffalo. Fournette appealed, but retired NFL receiver James Thrash affirmed the one-game punishment that will cost Fournette close to $100,000. The NFL and NFL Players’ Association appointed Thrash to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan handed down the penalty Monday, saying “sportsmanship is the cornerstone of the game and the league will not tolerate game-related misconduct that conveys a lack of respect for the game itself and those involved in it.”
Fournette and Lawson were ejected in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 24-21 victory and continued jawing at each other as they exited the field and entered the tunnel to the locker rooms.
Fournette will be eligible to return to the team’s active roster Monday.
NBA in deal to provide official data to sport bet operators
NEW YORK (AP) – The National Basketball Association has reached a deal to provide official league data to licensed sports betting providers.
In a pact announced Wednesday morning, the NBA is partnering with Sportradar and Genius Sports to distribute NBA betting data to sports betting providers in the U.S.
Sports leagues that once vehemently fought against the prospect of sports betting are increasingly seeking to get in on it now that it’s legal.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball partnered with MGM Resorts to become an official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan. MGM Resorts previously reached similar deals with the NBA, WNBA and NHL.
FanDuel joined with the NHL and its New Jersey Devils franchise this month for sports betting and fantasy sports play.
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Bowling Green hires Boston College OC Loeffler as head coach
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) – Bowling Green has hired Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler as its new head coach.
The 44-year-old Loeffler has done recent stints as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Temple, Auburn and Virginia Tech. The former Michigan quarterback was the Wolverines’ quarterbacks coach from 2002-07, working with Tom Brady and Chad Henne among others.
He spent the last three seasons at BC, where the Eagles have won seven games each of the last three years. His teams have played in bowl games 15 of 16 seasons.
Bowling Green is coming off a 3-9 season in which it fired coach Mike Jinks after seven games. The Eagles are 9-27 since winning the Mid-American Conference twice in three seasons from 2013-15.
Inquiry closed for doctor who resigned amid Nassar probe
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan State University doctor who resigned last year after learning the school was considering firing her because she didn’t disclose that USA Gymnastics was investigating disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been cleared in a state licensing inquiry.
The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Tuesday it couldn’t substantiate a violation by Brooke Lemmen and closed its investigation into her.
Aaron Kemp, Lemmen’s attorney, told the Lansing State Journal his client is happy to be cleared in the investigation. He says it’s “very good news.”
Lemmen was among several current or former Michigan State doctors or trainers who had been under licensing investigation by LARA.
Nassar worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He is imprisoned for molesting athletes and possessing child pornography.