Sports Briefs

Published 1:05 am Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ohio State expects to play UCF in 2012

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State will likely host Central Florida at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 8, 2012.

The Buckeyes also announced Monday the game initially set for that date against the University of Cincinnati will probably be moved to 2018 in Ohio Stadium.

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The announcements were made even though agreements between the schools have yet to be finalized.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday that UCF athletic director Keith Tribble said the Knights were on the verge of signing an agreement to play at Ohio State in 2012. UCF was originally slated to play Pittsburgh next season, but the Panthers asked to be released from the agreement. Tribble said UCF agreed and began searching for a high-profile road game, eventually reaching a one-game verbal agreement with Ohio State.

Torn calf muscle sidelines Hardesty

BEREA (AP) — Browns running back Montario Hardesty has a torn calf muscle and is expected to miss some games.

Hardesty, who missed his rookie season following knee surgery, got hurt on Cleveland’s second series in Sunday’s 20-10 loss to San Francisco. Coach Pat Shurmur said Hardesty is wearing a protective boot. Shurmur does not know how long Hardesty will be sidelined. The second-year back was starting because Peyton Hillis missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury.

With Hillis and Hardesty out, Chris Ogbonnaya had 11 carries Sunday. He’s only been with the Browns for two weeks after being signed off Houston’s practice squad.

Shurmur said the Browns will work out running backs on Tuesday. Hardesty is the third Browns running back to sustain a serious injury. Brandon Jackson suffered a season-ending toe injury in the exhibition season.

La Russa announces he is retiring

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three days after winning the World Series, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is retiring.

The 67-year-old manager announced his retirement at a news conference Monday at Busch Stadium.

The World Series win over Texas was the third of La Russa’s 33-year career. The manager guided the Cardinals to the championship despite losing ace starter Adam Wainwright for the season in spring training and despite being 10 1/2 games behind Atlanta on Aug. 25.

La Russa retires third on the all-time wins list, just 35 behind John McGraw. In addition to this season, he won championships in Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006.

Kardashian to divorce Humphries

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The producers of Kim Kardashian’s reality show say the reality TV starlet will file for divorce Monday from NBA player Kris Humphries after two months of marriage.

Kardashian wed Humphries on Aug. 20 in a star-studded wedding that was made into a television special.

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” Executive Producer Ryan Seacrest in a Twitter post confirmed a report that the reality starlet will file divorce papers Monday in Los Angeles.

A news story on the website of E! Entertainment Television, which airs Kardashian’s show, also confirmed a divorce is imminent.

The divorce, if finalized, would be Kardashian’s second. Humphries last played as a forward for the New Jersey Nets.

NBA fines Heat owner for comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Heat owner Micky Arison has been fined by the NBA, three days after he made references to the locked-out league’s ongoing collective bargaining process on his Twitter account.

The NBA did not disclose the amount of the fine, or say publicly why Arison was sanctioned.

Arison posted several tweets Friday night, including a reply to someone who referred to those involved with the lockout as “greedy … pigs.” Arison replied by saying “Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner.”

That tweet was deleted a short time later.

The NBA typically prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the labor situation. Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was fined in September after he told an Australian media outlet the NBA’s current business model was “broken.”

Manning stays on Colts’ active roster

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts will keep Peyton Manning on the active roster so he can practice later this season, though it remains unlikely Manning will play in a regular-season game.

Bill Polian, the team’s vice chairman, told radio listeners Monday night that he would not necessarily want Manning playing behind their banged-up offensive line. Injuries have decimated the line, forcing the Colts to insert three new starters and move a fourth starter since opening day.

Polian wants Manning to practice so he can determine whether he’s recovered from September’s neck surgery.

WVU files lawsuit against Big East

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University filed a lawsuit Monday seeking an immediate divorce from the Big East so it can become a member of the Big 12 before the 2012 football season.

The Big 12 announced West Virginia’s acceptance on Friday, but the Big East said it would hold the Mountaineers to a provision in the conference bylaws that requires notice of 27 months before a school can withdraw.

The lawsuit asks the Monongalia County Circuit Court to declare the bylaws invalid, claiming that the Big East breached its fiduciary duty to West Virginia by failing to maintain a balance between football-playing and non-football members.

The complaint, which asks for a jury trial, also alleges that the Big East agreed to West Virginia’s immediate withdrawal by accepting a $2.5 million down payment on its $5 million exit fee.