The Sports Xchange
Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams was suspended Friday and will miss the Cornhuskers' first four games of the season after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. Williams is suspended without pay through Aug. 31 and not allowed to coach or attend the Huskers' first four games, the school announced.
Angelique Kerber moved closer to becoming the No. 1-ranked women's tennis player in the world by ousting Barbara Strycova 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open at Mason, Ohio. The second-seeded Kerber would overtake Serena Williams for the top ranking by winning the event near Cincinnati. The German took another step in that direction by fighting off Strycova to win a first-set tiebreaker and then finishing off the Czech in the second set.
The NBA has reportedly chosen New Orleans to replace Charlotte for the 2017 All-Star Game. A source told the Associated Press on Friday of the league's decision on the condition of anonymity. The NBA last month announced it was pulling the 2017 marquee midseason event out of Charlotte in response to the league's objection to North Carolina House Bill 2, a state law that mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, all implicated in a report by Al-Jazeera, agreed to meet with the NFL regarding allegations they used performance-enhancing drugs. Harrison also took a verbal swipe at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, calling him, "that crook." He said he wants his interview videotaped so the public can witness it.
Minnesota cornerback Marcus Sherels returned an interception 53 yards for the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter, lifting the Vikings past the Seahawks 18-11 Thursday at Seattle in a rematch of last season's dramatic NFC wild-card game. Sherels picked off a pass from Seattle rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin. Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater warmed up and was in uniform but did not play. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters it was a coach's decision to keep Bridgewater out. Backup Shaun Hill completed 10 of 17 passes for 129 yards in the first half.
Case Keenum holds a considerable edge over rookie No. 1 pick Jared Goff in the ongoing quarterback competition with the Los Angeles Rams. "Case is still clearly ahead," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "Jared's getting better." Goff is unlikely to play with the first team this week and left the preseason opener early after taking a hit on his shoulder. The opportunity exists for Keenum to widen his advantage and be the starter on "Monday Night Football" on Sept. 12, when the Rams play the San Francisco 49ers.
The Miami Dolphins have sold their stadium naming rights to Hard Rock International. Sources told SportsBusinessDaily that the Orlando-based Hard Rock company has signed an 18-year deal to rename the building Hard Rock Stadium. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the overall value reportedly places it among the top three deals in the NFL. The 29-year-old stadium is home to the Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes and Orange Bowl game. The facility is currently undergoing a two-year, $500 million renovation and will play host to Super Bowl LIV in 2020.
First-team All-Southeastern Conference cornerback Jalen Tabor was suspended for the season opener against UMass for "behavior that is not acceptable" along with tight end C'yontai Lewis. Tabor, currently the No. 1-ranked cornerback in the 2018 NFL Draft according to NFLDraftScout.com, had claimed a previous suspension opened his eyes and Florida was using him to mentor Tyrie Cleveland, who was involved in BB gun incident.
Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians became ill during the team's practice with the Chargers in San Diego on Tuesday night, and he was taken to a hospital by ambulance. The Cardinals announced that Arians experienced stomach pain. He underwent tests and was expected to stay overnight in the hospital. A team source told AZcentral.com, "He'll be fine." AZCentral.com reported that Arians wasn't feeling well ahead of the practice at Qualcomm Stadium and that team physician Wayne Kuhl accompanied him to the hospital before later returning to the joint practice.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday were selected as contributor finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2017. The Hall of Fame selection committee will vote on Jones, Tagliabue and safety Kenny Easley, the seniors committee nominee, and a contingent of 15 other finalists prior to the Super Bowl. Jones and Tagliabue still need to be affirmed by 80 percent of the full voting committee to earn entry into the Hall of Fame.