NCAA hits Bruce Pearl with three-year penalty

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The NCAA said it wanted to send a clear message by slapping Bruce Pearl with a three-year show-cause penalty: Coaches are responsible for their programs.

The sanctions announced Wednesday make it harder for the former Tennessee men's basketball coach to get another college job anytime soon. Pearl is prohibited from recruiting during the next three years, and a school would have to convince the NCAA to change its mind if it wanted to hire him during that time.

The NCAA said Wednesday it had punished Pearl for lying to investigators about improperly hosting recruits at his home and urging others to do the same. Former Pearl assistants Tony Jones, Jason Shay and Steve Forbes face the same sanctions, except they were only given one-year show-cause penalties for their own roles in misleading the NCAA.

The NCAA also concluded there wasn't enough evidence to prove 12 recruiting violations committed by Kiffin and his staff were any more than secondary violations. Those charges included 16 improper recruiting phone calls and impermissible contact between football staff interns and recruits.

Beaten Giants fan has slight recovery setback

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium suffered a slight setback in his recovery over the weekend, according to his family.

Bryan Stow's family members posted on their website that a spinal fluid test came back positive for urinary tract and staph infections. Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital have been giving him antibiotics and an ice vest to cool him from a high fever, they said.

Doctors and relatives have described Stow's recovery as filled with ups and downs since the March attack in the stadium parking lot after the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener. The 42-year-old Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two was upgraded from critical to serious condition in June.

Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have been charged in the attack, which police describe as the culmination of a string of confrontations they allegedly had with randomly selected Giants fans at the stadium. Both pleaded not guilty to mayhem, assault and battery in Los Angeles County Superior Court earlier this month.

NFL, players' union meet to discus testing for HGH

The NFL and the players' union remain at an impasse on HGH testing with just two weeks remaining before the season kicks off.

NFL lead counsel Jeff Pash told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency, which would conduct the testing, "demonstrated to our satisfaction that there is very sound science and very thoughtful testing protocols" during a meeting in Montreal.

But a person familiar with the talks said the union was not satisfied with WADA's information on the procedures it uses and the reliability of the blood test. WADA handles drug testing for the Olympics and is largely accepted as the gold standard for worldwide drug testing.

The NFL would be the first American professional sports league to implement human growth hormone testing.

Compiled from wire reports

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