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Vols charged with 18 major violations


Tennessee hopes its “exemplary cooperatio­n” with the NCAA helps the Volunteers avoid serious punishment from 18 major rules violations as easily as they dodged paying former coach Jeremy Pruitt’s multi-million dollar buyout.

The NCAA notified Tennessee on Friday of the Level 1 violations, the NCAA’s most serious, for allegation­s of providing impermissi­ble cash, gifts and benefits worth about $60,000 to football recruits and their families under Pruitt. The notice of allegation­s says at least a dozen members of Pruitt’s staff were involved in more than 200 individual violations over a two-year period.

Tennessee has until Oct. 20 to respond, according to the letter it received from the associatio­n’s enforcemen­t staff.

Pruitt and nine others were fired for cause in January 2021 after Tennessee started an internal investigat­ion following a tip on Nov. 13, 2020, and found what the university chancellor called “serious violations of NCAA rules.” The firing negated Pruitt’s $12.6 million buyout after he went 16-19 in three seasons.

Chancellor Donde Plowman had said Pruitt was responsibl­e for overseeing the football program. Tennessee also fired two assistants and seven members of the recruiting and support staff.

Cycling: Christophe Laporte ended the host’s drought of stage winners when he surged out of the peloton in the finale of the 19th stage and claimed his maiden win on the Tour de France on Friday. Just two days before the race ends in Paris, Laporte spared the blushes for French riders who had not tasted a victory all month. Only twice in race history has France not produced a stage winner, in 1926 and 1999.

MLB: A San Diego woman who alleges Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer beat and sexually abused her has denied that any of the accusation­s were “false, fabricated, or bogus,” her attorneys said in a court filing. Bauer has denied abusing the woman he met through social media. He sued her for defamation in April.

Mountain climbing: A woman from Pakistan and another from Iran appeared to be the first from their countries to scale K2 on Friday, the world’s second-highest mountain and one of the most dangerous summits, a mountainee­ring official said. A second Pakistani woman scaled the summit minutes later. Samina Baig, a 32-year-old from a remote northern village in Pakistan, was the first to hoist her country’s green and white flag atop the peak of the 28,250 foothigh (8,610 meter) K2. Iran’s Afsaneh Hesamifard followed shortly after and was hailed for her achievemen­t in Farsi-language posts on social media.

Tennis: The Big Four are forming quite a squad at the Laver Cup, with Novak Djokovic joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray on Team Europe in September. Event organizers announced Friday that Djokovic will participat­e. He won Wimbledon this month for his 21st Grand Slam title. That puts him one ahead of Federer and one behind Nadal for the most by a man in tennis history. Murray owns three major championsh­ips. That quartet has combined to win 66 of the past 76 Grand Slam trophies, and each has spent time at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.

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