NFL LOOK­ING AT WAYS TO SPEED UP GAME VIA OF­FI­CI­AT­ING

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new york» The NFL is mak­ing plans to speed up the pace of games, in­clud­ing chang­ing how video re­plays are han­dled and us­ing a time clock for ex­tra points.

The league also is dis­cussing with the TV net­works how to make com­mer­cial breaks less in­tru­sive.

For of­fi­ci­at­ing re­plays, the ref­eree no longer would go un­der a hood to watch a play. In­stead, a tablet will be brought to him on the field and he will con­sult with league head­quar­ters in New York. The fi­nal call will be made in New York.

Sup­port by 75 per­cent of the 32 team own­ers would be needed at next week’s an­nual meet­ings for pas­sage of the pro­posal.

Also, to im­prove the flow of games on the field and for tele­vi­sion au­di­ences, com­mer­cial breaks would be re­duced from 21 per game to 16, al­though each would last 30 sec­onds longer.

“Pac­man” has felony charges dropped B

cincin­nati» Cincin­nati Ben­gals cor­ner­back Adam “Pac­man” Jones faces three mis­de­meanor charges, in­clud­ing as­sault, but no longer is charged with a felony.

Hamil­ton County Pros­e­cu­tor Joe De­ters an­nounced that a felony charge of ha­rass­ment with a bod­ily sub­stance was dis­missed at the pros­e­cut­ing at­tor­ney’s re­quest.

De­ters said the mis­de­meanors also in­clude dis­or­derly con­duct and ob­struct­ing of­fi­cial busi­ness.

USA Hockey de­lays women’s train­ing camp. USA Hockey has

post­poned the start of the women’s national team’s world cham­pi­onship train­ing camp amid an on­go­ing wage dis­pute.

USA Hockey said the camp orig­i­nally sched­uled to be­gin Wed­nes­day in Tra­verse City, Mich., won’t hap­pen. The or­ga­ni­za­tion “an­tic­i­pates” a train­ing camp in Ply­mouth, Mich., site of the up­com­ing In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion Women’s World Cham­pi­onship.

The tour­na­ment be­gins March 31.

McGre­gor’s fine re­duced

B las ve­gas» Ne­vada ath­letic of­fi­cials have sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the penalty they im­posed on UFC star Conor McGre­gor fol­low­ing a pro­fan­ity­laced, bot­tle-throw­ing fra­cas with a ri­val dur­ing a pre-fight news con­fer­ence in Las Ve­gas.

The Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion ap­proved an agree­ment with McGre­gor that set­tled the dis­ci­plinary ac­tion with a $25,000 fine, 25 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and the state’s legal costs.

FAU and Kif­fin faces law­suit

B columbiana, ala.» For­mer Alabama re­ceiver An­to­nio “A.C.” Carter has filed a fraud suit against Florida At­lantic, coach Lane Kif­fin and the state of Florida.

The law­suit ac­cuses Kif­fin and the school of of­fer­ing him a job to get him to help sign a “cov­eted prospect,” and then go­ing back on re­peated as­sur­ances that the job was his.

The suit, filed Tues­day in Shelby County Court, says Carter be­lieves Kif­fin and other coaches knew that he and his fam­ily had a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with the prospect. It says he later was told that two “mi­nor mis­de­meanor” charges dis­qual­i­fied him.

Foot­notes.

A for­mer Bay­lor foot­ball player was ar­rested af­ter a grand jury in­dicted him on three sec­ond-de­gree felony sex­ual as­sault counts aris­ing from a 2013 in­ci­dent. The Waco Tri­bune-Her­ald re­ported that for­mer tight end Tre’Von Arm­stead was ar­rested near Port Arthur, Texas. … NASCAR has sus­pended the crew chiefs for Brad Ke­selowski and Kevin Har­vick for vi­o­la­tions at Phoenix Race­way. Ke­selowski’s car failed post-race in­spec­tion on Sun­day and NASCAR sus­pended crew chief Paul Wolfe three races. Wolfe was also fined $65,000 and Team Penske was docked 35 driver and owner points. … Pete Hamil­ton, win­ner of con­sec­u­tive Day­tona 500s, died. He was 74.

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