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OSU announces game times

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Buckeyes will have to be awake early.

Ohio State’s first three home games to start the 2012 season — the Buckeyes’ first under Urban Meyer — will all kick off at noon.

The games on Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio), Sept. 8 against Central Florida and Sept. 15 against California each will start at noon.

Four Ohio State start times had already been announced, including consecutive night games vs. Nebraska (Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.) at Ohio Stadium and at Indiana (Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.). Ohio State will play under the lights a third time at Penn State on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The rivalry game with Michigan will kick off at noon on Nov. 24 at Ohio Stadium.


C-USA sets tournament sites

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Conference USA has announced plans to hold its postseason basketball tournaments in Tulsa in 2013 and in El Paso, Texas, in 2014.

The league announced Monday that both the men’s and women’s conference tournaments will be held in Tulsa next season. The men’s games will all be played at the BOK Center downtown, where the women’s semifinals and championship game will also be played.

The earlier rounds in the women’s tournament will take place at the Tulsa Convention Center.

Tulsa last hosted the Conference USA tournaments in 2010, and El Paso hosted them in 2011.

Bengals, Sanu OK contract

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have reached a deal with receiver Mohamed Sanu (suh-NOO’) of Rutgers, leaving 10 of their 11 draft picks under contract before the start of their minicamp.

Sanu was the first of the Bengals’ two picks in the third round. He’s competing for a starting outside receiver spot across from A.J. Green.

Sanu had 115 catches last season, setting a Big East record. He also holds the conference’s record for career catches with 210.

Defensive tackle Brandon Thompson of Clemson, the Bengals’ other third-round pick, is the only one unsigned. Cincinnati opens its minicamp Tuesday.


Woman suing Auriemma

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who works as an NBA security official has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit saying she was removed from an assignment to the 2012 Summer Games in London after she spurned an advance from Connecticut and women’s national coach Geno Auriemma.

Kelley Hardwick is suing Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball. The suit was filed Monday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

Hardwick is a former detective with the New York police department who started working for the NBA in security in 2002. She says in the suit that as part of her job duties, she managed security for the U.S. women at international basketball events, including the Olympics in 2004 and 2008.

It was at one of these tournaments, a 2009 trip to Russia, that she says she met Auriemma. According to the lawsuit, one night after Auriemma wedged his way into a conversation with Hardwick and a co-worker in a hotel lounge, he followed her to the door of her room and tried to kiss her.