UNC Players Suspended for Selling School-issued Shoes
Thirteen North Carolina players face early season suspensions for selling teamissued shoes.
UNC said Monday nine players received four-game suspensions for the secondary NCAA violations. Two players will sit two games and two others will be sidelined for one contest. The NCAAapproved a school request to delay two suspensions affecting multiple players at one position, while the other 11 suspensions start with the Sept. 1 opener at California.
The list of players include sophomore quarterback Chazz Surratt, who is suspended the first four games. Surratt started seven games last season and was competing with Nathan Elliott for the starting job.
Bruins nab O’Neal
UCLAhas landed forward Shareef O’Neal.
The son of retired NBA great Shaquille O’Neal signed a grant-in-aid to attend UCLA this fall. He will enroll in summer school this month.
The 6-foot-10, 220-pounder from Los Angeles played the last two seasons at Crossroads High in nearby Santa Monica. As a senior, O’Neal helped the school win the CIF Division II state title for the first time since 1997. He had 29 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in the title game. O’Neal averaged 27 points as a senior while Crossroads finished with a 25-9 record.
Happ back after illness
New York Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ is on track to start Thursday against Texas after being sidelined by hand, foot and mouth disease.
Manager Aaron Boone says Happ is no longer contagious.
Assuming everything goes well, Boone says Happ will be in line to start against the Rangers in the opener of an 11-game homestand.
Cano kicks off rehab stint
Robinson Cano began a rehab assignment with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate on Monday night as he prepares for his return from his 80game suspension for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. The Mariners said Cano is expected to play two games with Tacoma against Colorado Springs on Monday and Tuesday. He may play in some games for Single-A Everett later in the week. Cano is eligible to rejoin the Mariners on Aug. 14 while the team is in Oakland. Cano is expected to play first, second and third base during his rehab assignment, Seattle manager Scott Servais said.
Venus Williams advances
Venus Williams advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup after a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Caroline Dolehide on Monday.
The 14th-ranked Williams made quick work of her 19-year-old fellow American in the second set after coming from behind to win a back-andforth first set.
It looked like an upset was in the cards in the early going.
The 124th-ranked Dolehide, who was making her Rogers Cup debut, jumped to a 3-1 lead in the first set after breaking Williams’ serve. Dolehide used her heavy service game and aggressive play to challenge Williams on every point.
She finished the match with three aces. Williams had none.