MARYLAND’S DURKIN IS PLACED ON LEAVE
Maryland placed head football coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave Saturday while the school scrutinizes allegations of poor behavior by the football staff, apparent misdeeds that came to light following the death of a player.
In an open letter, athletic director Damon Evans wrote: “At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program.”
Offensive coordinator Matt Canada will serve as interim coach.
Earlier Saturday, Rick Court, the head of the football team’s strength and conditioning staff, was placed on paid leave while the school investigates claims he verbally abused and humiliated players, according to a person briefed on the situation.
Maryland has also placed two athletic training staffers it did not identify on leave as it investigates the death of Jordan Mcnair. The 19-year-old offensive lineman was hospitalized May 29 after a team workout and died June 13. Dr. Rod Walters, a former college athletic trainer, has been hired by Maryland to investigate the circumstances of the death. A report is expected by Sept. 15.
Outlaws advance to title game.
MD.» Attackman Eric Law
ANNAPOLIS, had two goals and four assists to help lead the Outlaws to a 13-12 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the Major League Lacrosse semifinals, as Denver advanced to the league championship game.
The Outlaws will meet the winner of Saturday night’s Dallas-new York game for the title next Saturday at 5 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C.
Wade would play only for Heat.
FLA.» If Dwyane
LAKE BUENA VISTA,
Wade plays this season, it will be in a Miami Heat uniform.
It’s still a significant “if.” Wade, speaking during an appearance at the Jr. NBA World Championship, told reporters that he doesn’t have a timetable for when he’ll make a decision on whether to return to the heat this season.
He did make clear, however, that the Heat is the only team he’s considering.
Wade and Udonis Haslem, both of whom would be entering their 16th seasons if they continue, remain unsigned with about six weeks left before the start of training camp. Haslem has spent his entire NBA career with the Heat.
Ledecky wins 400 at Pan Pacific. TOKYO» Katie Ledecky, the Olympic and world champion and world record-holder in the 400 freestyle, won that race at the Pan Pacific Championships in 3 minutes 58.50 seconds, the sixth-fastest time at the distance. She has the 10 fastest times in the event.
The win made up for finishing third on Thursday in the 200 freestyle, a rare loss for the reigning Olympic champion in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle.
Fellow American Caeleb Dressel, who won seven gold medals last year at the world championships, won the 100 butterfly in 50.75, just 0.25 off his season’s best, which is also the best in the world this year.
Chase Kalisz picked up another victory for the United States, taking the 200 individual medley in 1:55.40.
Halep, Stephens advance to final in Rogers Cup. MONTREAL» Simona Halep beat Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final Rogers Cup final.
The top-ranked Romanian will play for the title Sunday against the thirdranked Sloane Stephens, who beat fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3.
Pique retires from Spain’s national team. SPAIN» Barcelona
BARCELONA, defender Gerard Pique confirmed he has retired from Spain’s national team.
Pique, 31, said he has told new Spain coach Luis Enrique that the World Cup was his last tournament with “La Roja.”