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Meyer’s contract could provide grounds for firing...Alabama is unanimous No. 1 in coaches poll...Titans’ Cyprian out for the season

August 2, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A contract extension given to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in March could provide grounds for the university to fire him over the handling of a longtime assistant accused of domestic violence. The extension signed March 27 added a requirement that Meyer immediately report any “known violations” of Ohio State’s sexual misconduct policy. Meyer has been placed on administrative leave while Ohio State investigates claims that Meyer’s wife knew about 2015 allegations of abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was fired last week.

UNDATED (AP) — Defending national champion Alabama is a unanimous No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll, with Clemson No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3. Alabama won its fifth national championship under coach Nick Saban last season, beating Georgia in overtime of the College Football Playoff national title game. The Bulldogs were ranked fourth by the coaches and Oklahoma was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Washington, Wisconsin, Miami, Penn State and Auburn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans safety Johnathan Cyprien will miss the season with a torn ACL. Cyprien left practice yesterday after grabbing at his left knee. Coach Mike Vrable announced today that Cyprien tore his left ACL. Vrabel says veteran Eric Reid is among the safeties the Titans want to look at as a potential replacement.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have placed cornerback Jason Verrett on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon. The Chargers also put rookie tight end Austin Roberts on injured reserve and signed receiver Marcus Peterson and cornerback Channing Stribling. Roberts injured his knee on the first day of training camp.

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — Minjee Lee leads the Women’s British Open by one stroke after the first round. The No. 8-ranked Australian shot a 7-under 65, including a right-to-left putt for eagle from 25 feet on the par-5 15th hole. Mamiko Higa was a shot behind after a 66. Five players were an additional stroke back.

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