Sports Briefs

Published 12:37 am Tuesday, October 25, 2011

OSU center honors Spielman’s wife

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University is naming its breast cancer center in honor of the late wife of NFL and Ohio State star linebacker Chris Spielman.

Stefanie Spielman was 42 when she died nearly two years ago after a lengthy and public battle with breast cancer.

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University President E. Gordon Gee announced on Monday that the breast cancer facility that opened earlier this year at Ohio State will now be called The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.

Gee says in a statement that Spielman’s bravery, grace, and compassion continue to have an impact through her legacy.

The center offers a full array of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection and treatment.

Media vote favors Kentucky in SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky is a heavy favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball title.

The Wildcats received 18 of 23 first-place votes from SEC and national media in balloting released by the league Monday. Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones is the preseason league player of the year.

Vanderbilt got four first-place votes and Florida one.

The Wildcats are coming off a 29-9 season when they advanced to the Final Four.

Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year with 12 votes. Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins picked up nine votes and Alabama’s JaMychal Green and Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis each received one vote.

Jones, Jenkins and Green were joined on the preseason first-team All-SEC by Mississippi State’s Dee Bost and Vanderbilt’s Jeffery Taylor.

Oregon’s Harris faces several charges

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris was cited Monday for several infractions, including driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance.

Eugene police say that Harris was stopped on a city street Monday afternoon after an officer noted he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, for which he was also cited.

Harris faces fines in excess of $952. The car he was driving, which police say belongs to a relative, was impounded.

Harris was cited in June by Oregon State Police for driving 118 mph on Interstate 5 on a suspended license. He missed the first two games of the season while suspended for that infraction.

Sumo coach warned over golf club beating

TOKYO (AP) — A sumo coach has been warned by the Japan Sumo Association for beating three of his wrestlers with a golf club.

Sumo coach Kasugano visited the JSA after it was revealed he hit three of his wrestlers for ignoring his instructions to wear kimonos when going out.

The wrestlers were reportedly beaten in the abdomen and the back last Friday, Kyodo news agency reported. A golf iron with a broken grip was found at Kasugano’s training facility.

The 49-year-old Kasugano is a former wrestler who reached the third-highest rank of sekiwake, competing under the name Tochinowaka.