Sports Briefs

Published 2:09 am Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Marshall annual

pep rally sold out

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University’s annual athletic pep rally in Charleston is sold out.

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The 15th Paint the Capital City Green event will be held Thursday night at the Charleston Embassy Suites.

Scheduled speakers at the pep rally include football coach Doc Holliday, athletic director Mike Hamrick and President Stephen J. Kopp.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association.



Irish lose starting

CB Wood to injury

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame cornerback Lo Wood will miss the season with an Achilles tendon injury.

Wood was a starter in a secondary that is short on experience.

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly says Wood ruptured his Achilles while backpedaling and turning to run Monday in practice.

The junior is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday and isn’t expected back until spring practice.

Freshman KeiVarae Russell, a converted running back, had been practicing behind Wood. Sophomores Josh Atkinson and Jalen Brown also split time at corner.

Junior Bennett Jackson is penciled in as the other starting corner. Also vying to replace Wood will be freshman Elijah Shumate, who moved from safety this spring.



Kentucky, U of L

monitor athletes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s two largest universities use software to monitor what student-athletes post in social-media accounts.

The Courier-Journal ( reports most athletes at the University of Louisville and all athletes at the University of Kentucky must agree to have their accounts monitored as a condition of playing sports. The software sends an email to coaches if it finds a word that has been flagged by the university.

Many of the 406 words flagged by U of L are slang expressions connected to drugs, sex, or alcohol. UK has a similar policy, though 370 words it flags are the names of sports agents.

Although some advocates questioned whether the practice violates the students’ free speech, school officials and students who spoke to the newspaper said they had no problem with it.



Illinois’ linebacker

out for the season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois linebacker Henry Dickinson is out for the season with fractures in his leg and ankle. Dickinson had been competing for a starting spot.

Illinois spokesman Kent Brown says the 6-4, 215-pound Dickinson was injured during a scrimmage last week.

Dickinson was competing with Houston Bates for a starting job. Dickinson played in 11 games as a freshman, primarily on special teams.

Illinois expects him to redshirt this season and return in 2013 with three years of eligibility remaining.