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Ohio State trustees deliberate Urban Meyer’s coaching future


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio State trustees have begun discussing the future of football coach Urban Meyer.


Board Chairman Michael Gasser briefly called a meeting to order Wednesday before the board went behind closed doors plans to decide whether Meyer should be punished for his handling of domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant coach.


The investigation centers on what Meyer knew and did about allegations of abuse against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired July 23 after his ex-wife sought a protective order.


A decision isn’t expected Wednesday. No timetable has been given for final resolution of the saga that has overshadowed the team’s preparation for its 2018 season, which begins Sept. 1.


Ohio State President Michael V. Drake will have the final say on whether Meyer is fired or faces other consequences.




Report: Former Texas A&M LB alleges possible violations


UNDATED (AP) – Texas A&M says it is reviewing allegations of possible NCAA violations by football coaches made by a former player who transferred to Arizona.


Santino Marchiol, a linebacker who signed with the Aggies in 2017 when Kevin Sumlin was coach, told USA Today that Aggies assistant Bradley Dale Peveto gave him cash on two occasions to entertain recruits on unofficial visits to campus. Schools are allowed to pay expenses for recruits on official visits and NCAA rules allow student hosts to be paid $40 per day to entertain recruits.


Marchiol also claimed new A&M coach Jimbo Fisher’s staff possibly violated NCAA rules by running mandatory team activities at impermissible times.


In a statement, Texas A&M says it is reviewing the situation with the NCAA and the SEC Office.




Murphy joining the Cardinals


UNDATED (AP) – Daniel Murphy could join the Cubs for Wednesday night’s game at Detroit, a day after Chicago acquired the three-time All-Star in a trade with the Washington Nationals.


The Cubs have scored just one run in five straight games, all via solo homers, and they’re hoping Murphy can help string together some hits. The 33-year-old was the NL Championship Series MVP when the Mets swept the Cubs in 2015, hitting .529 with four homers and six RBIs.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Matt Adams is expected to join the Cardinals after being acquired Tuesday from the fading Nationals. St. Louis has charged back into playoff contention, and they’re hoping a reunion with the lefty-swinging slugger can push them over the top. Adams hit .257 with 18 home runs and 48 RBIs in 249 at-bats after signing with Washington in the offseason. Adams should be activated prior to the Cardinals’ series finale at Dodger Stadium.


– Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman is likely to have an MRI after he experienced pain Tuesday in the same left knee where he dealt with tendinitis earlier this season. Chapman was pulled in the 12th inning of a win over Miami after averaging just 96 mph on his fastball, the lowest of any outing for him since 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Chapman has 31 saves and a 2.11 ERA this season. New York held reliever David Robertson out of Tuesday’s win because of a sore right shoulder, though manager Aaron Boone did not anticipate Robertson would be out long.


– Giants catcher Buster Posey is expected to play against the Mets Wednesday night in New York, but the season might soon be coming to an end for the six-time All-Star. Posey says he’s considering surgery to fix a hip problem that’s been hobbling him all year. The 31-year-old hasn’t homered in a span of 166 at-bats since June 19, the third-longest homerless drought of his career in terms of days. San Francisco is 62-65 and behind several teams for the second NL wild-card spot.


– Stephen Strasburg returns to Washington’s rotation after being sidelined by a cervical nerve impingement. His start at home against the Phillies will be his first outing since July 20. He’s 10-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 21 career starts vs. Philadelphia.




Li Na, Ivanisevic, Martinez on Tennis Hall of Fame ballot


UNDATED (AP) – Li Na, Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez are among eight Grand Slam title winners who are candidates for the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.


China’s Li could become the first player from Asia picked for the Hall.


Jonas Bjorkman, Sergi Bruguera, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Thomas Muster and Mary Pierce are also on the slate for the first election that includes a fan vote.


The Hall is revealing the nominees on Wednesday.


The online ballot for fans will be posted Monday. The top three vote-getters will get boosts to the support they receive from the main panel of Hall of Fame members, journalists and tennis historians.


The inductees will be announced in January.



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