Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was suspended for the upcoming season by coach Chip Kelly after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary in the theft of a pair of laptops and a guitar from a fraternity.
Masoli, who had been mentioned as a potential Heisman candidate, will remain on scholarship with the Ducks.
“He does have a redshirt season available to him if he chooses to do that,” Kelly said.
Kelly also meted out punishment for running back LaMichael James and placekicker Rob Beard.
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James was suspended for the season opener after he pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from an altercation with his former girlfriend.
Beard was also suspended for the opener Sept. 4 at home against New Mexico after pleading guilty last week to a misdemeanor harassment charge for his role in a street fight that left him injured.
Extra year for USC pair
Two Southern California football players will get an extra year of eligibility.
Cornerback Marshall Jones and defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo both had their seasons end early because of injuries in the third game against Washington State last year.
The school said they’ve been granted a medical hardship waiver from the Pacific-10 Conference, giving them an extra season of eligibility. That leaves both players with two seasons left.
A federal court upheld regulations that require cable TV companies to make sports programming and other channels that they own available to rival TV providers such as satellite companies. The rules require Comcast, for instance, to make channels that it owns — including Versus and the Golf Channel – available to rivals such as DirecTV and Dish Network. … Four-time winner Jeff King was the first musher to reach the village of Ruby, Alaska, on Friday in the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Three-time defending champion Lance Mackey was second. …
Natalie Randolph, a 29-year-old science teacher, has been hired as the football coach at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Washington, D.C. She’s believed to be the nation’s only female head coach of a high school varsity football team. … Justine Henin, playing her third tennis tournament since ending a 19-month retirement, lost to Gisela Dulko, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. …
Overall speedskating World Cup champion Shani Davis won his third title of the season at 1,500 meters on Friday in the Netherlands. … Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race in France, and Alberto Contador of Spain kept the overall lead. … Robert Hight raced to the Funny Car lead during a rain-shortened qualifying session at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
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