Washington State suspends star WR Wilson
SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State has suspended star receiver Marquess Wilson for an unspecified violation of team rules. Team spokesman Bill Stevens could not say Monday how long the suspension would last or specifics about why Wilson was punished by first-year coach Mike Leach.
Wilson has caught 52 passes for 813 yards and five touchdowns this season. Washington State plays No. 17 UCLA in Pullman on Saturday.
Andy Murray wins opening match at ATP finals
LONDON — Andy Murray won his first match in Britain since winning his first Grand Slam title, beating Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Monday in the opening match of the ATP finals.
Murray wasted 10 break points before finally converting to take a 3-1 lead in the second set. He won his only other break point in the third set to take a 2-1 lead.
After losing in the Wimbledon final, Murray won the gold medal at the London Olympics and then won the U.S. Open for his first major title.
Later Monday, top-ranked Novak Djokovic was to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other Group A match at the season-ending tournament for the top eight players in the world.
Group B, which includes Roger Federer, will play Tuesday.
One down, one to go for Oregon
The Ducks moved up a spot and passed Notre Dame in the BCS standings on Sunday, moving into third place behind Alabama and Kansas State.
Oregon is coming off its biggest victory of the season, winning 62-51 at Southern California on Saturday night. That result, combined with Notre Dame’s overtime victory against a middling Pittsburgh team, helped nudge the Ducks by the Irish this week.
Alabama (.9957) is a rock solid No. 1 in both the polls and the BCS computer ratings this week. The Tide needs only to win out to reach the BCS title game for the third time in four seasons.
Kansas State (.9318) is third in the polls and in the computers, but second overall.
The Ducks (.9166) are a solid No. 2 in both polls, but still fifth in the computers.
But the Ducks have a stronger schedule than Kansas State from this point forward, making Oregon a strong bet to pass the Wildcats if it keeps winning and earn a spot in the BCS title game in Miami on Jan. 7.
The Ducks play at California on Saturday before finishing their regular season against two teams in the BCS top 15, Stanford and Oregon State. If they get to the Pac-12 title game, UCLA or USC would be the likely opponent. Both are in the BCS top 20.
Kansas State is at TCU and Baylor the next two weeks, before finishing with Texas on Dec. 1. The Longhorns are 17th in the BCS standings.
Notre Dame (.9050) is in fourth place with only two opponents with a winning record left on its schedule. The Fighting Irish are at Boston College on Saturday, then come home to face Wake Forest before a finale at USC.
Behind the Irish in the standings are four Southeastern Conference teams — Georgia, Florida, LSU, South Carolina.
Bolt, Merritt, Rudisha vie for World Athlete award
MONACO — Usain Bolt, Aries Merritt and David Rudisha are the finalists for the World Athlete of the Year award.
Track and field’s governing body said Monday that they had the most votes in a three-week poll. The winner will be announced during the IAAF’s centenary celebrations in Barcelona on Nov. 24.
Bolt became the first man to retain both 100- and 200-meter titles at the London Olympics.
Merritt won the 110 hurdles at the Olympics. The American set a world record of 12.80 seconds at the Van Damme Memorial in Brussels in September.
Rudisha of Kenya won the 800 in London in a world record of 1 minute, 40.91 seconds.
K-State coach Snyder hopes Klein plays vs TCU
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is hopeful injured quarterback Collin Klein will be available for next Saturday’s game at TCU.
The Heisman Trophy candidate was hurt during the third quarter of the No. 3 Wildcats’ 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Snyder did not discuss the nature or severity of the injury, but all indications point toward a possible concussion.
Klein lay on the turf for several seconds after scoring his 50th career rushing touchdown. He spent several minutes talking with trainers before his helmet was taken away, which usually signals that a player has sustained some type of head injury.
When asked about Klein on Monday, Snyder replied: “Seems fine to me.” And when asked whether he’ll play against the Horned Frogs, Snyder said: “Hope so.”
LSU-Ala. ticket scalpers arrested
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU Police have arrested six people for scalping tickets on campus before the LSU-Alabama football game.
Three of those arrested are from Houston, two from Georgia and one from Mississippi.
LSU Police spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde said officers were actively patrolling campus looking for ticket scalpers.
Lalonde said the arrest number was higher than usual for a game day.
According to Louisiana law, it is illegal to sell tickets for more than the face value and those convicted of violating the law can be fined up to $500 and imprisoned up to 90 days.
Undercover officers approached Rodney Lavon Brown after noticing he was selling tickets on campus, according to an affidavit of probable cause for Brown’s arrest.
Brown was selling two tickets for $225 each. Face value for the tickets is $70 each.
Brown had already been banned from campus after attempting to scalp tickets Nov. 6, 2010, which is the last time LSU played Alabama in Tiger Stadium before Saturday’s game.
Brown, 46, of Clinton, Miss., was booked on two counts of ticket scalping and one count of remaining after being forbidden.
Plainclothes officers approached Lorenzo Williams, 32, and Martin Jimmerson, 48, both of Houston, around 1:30 p.m. on Fieldhouse Drive.
Williams asked one of the detectives how many tickets he wanted to buy, and the detective responded by asking how many Williams had.
Williams said he had tickets for four seats, two of which were paired together and two were separate, the arrest affidavits say.
Williams told the detectives the tickets were $250 each, or $1,000 for all four.
Detectives took the two men into custody and searched them, finding $145 on Williams and $541 on Jimmerson.
A plainclothes officer approached Korey Fitzgibbons, 36, of Houston, and asked him how much he was selling his tickets for. Fitzgibbons said he had four tickets for $250 each.
An officer approached Jacob Moore, 26, of Dacula, Ga., about 6:30 p.m. and asked for his ticket price. Moore said he was selling tickets for $175.
Around the same time, another officer approached Dexter Shorter, 28, of Duluth, Ga., about tickets for sale. Shorter said he was selling his tickets for $150 each.
LSU Police took Shorter into custody and found six LSU-Alabama tickets and $1,733 in his possession.
Williams, Jimmerson, Fitzgibbons, Moore and Shorter were all booked on counts of ticket scalping.
New chairman says Memphis really owns Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The new chairman of the Grizzlies says he “fully understands” that Memphis really owns the NBA team, even though he’s the controlling owner.
Robert J. Pera introduced himself Monday morning along with the new chief executive officer of Memphis Basketball, LLC, the group that bought the Grizzlies from Michael Heisley for $377 million in a sale finalized last week.
Pera says they plan to put together a competitive team while also building a great brand and product. He says the Grizzlies organization will be very involved with the city.
He made his first big move Sunday, naming Jason Levien as the CEO and managing partner of Memphis Basketball, LLC. That puts Levien in charge of the ownership group operating both the Grizzlies and FedExForum.
Jets coach Ryan still has no power
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is one of thousands of New Jersey residents still without power in his home in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Ryan says Monday as the team returns from its bye week that his home in Summit has yet to get power back. He recognizes he is in the same situation as many others in the area recovering from the hurricane and its aftermath.
Ryan stressed to his players in a morning meeting that “taking care of family comes first, yourself second and the team third.” He isn’t concerned about the Jets being focused on getting back to football, adding “our players aren’t any different than anyone else in the community in this situation.”