BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Brian Butch banked in a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left, the last of Wisconsin's 11 3s, and the 15th-ranked Badgers held on for a 68-66 victory over No. 13 Indiana on Wednesday night.
Butch finished with 13 points and four rebounds in a game the Badgers guards dominated. Jason Bohannon scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, and Michael Flowers added 15, hitting three more 3s for Wisconsin (20-4, 10-2 Big Ten).Indiana (20-4, 9-2) was led by Eric Gordon with 23 points and D.J. White with 17 points and eight rebounds, but it wasn't quite enough on a night basketball was overshadowed by coach Kelvin Sampson's alleged off-the-court transgressions.
Sampson misled Indiana about calls
Kelvin Sampson's future at Indiana was in doubt Wednesday following the release of an NCAA report that says he committed five "major" violations.
According to the report released Wednesday, the basketball coach and his assistants provided false and misleading information to university and NCAA officials.
The allegations stem from a phone-call scandal that occurred while Sampson was still under recruiting restrictions following a similar episode at Oklahoma. The NCAA ruled in May 2006, less than two months after Sampson took the Indiana job, that the Sooners coaches made 577 illegal calls between 2000 and 2004.The NCAA banned Sampson from calling recruits and making off-campus visits for a year.
Jarrett could miss final 500
Tucked away in the back corner of the garage, far from the overwhelming attention surrounding NASCAR's biggest stars, a world-class group of drivers went overlooked in their quest to make the Daytona 500.
It was a surreal scene: A former NASCAR champion, a two-time Daytona 500 winner and a Formula One star.
Dale Jarrett, Sterling Marlin and Jacques Villeneuve were fighting to make the 500 field. None were guaranteed a spot in the season-opening race, and all must race their way into the 500 field in one of Thursday's two qualifying races.Only four spots are available. And for all of them, it could be their last chance for the Daytona 500. Jarrett will retire next month, Marlin is running a partial schedule and Villeneuve needs sponsorship to run a full season.
NFL: Goodell has nothing to hide
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Sen. Arlen Specter face to face that he doesn't regret destroying the Spygate tapes.
"I think it was the right thing to do," Goodell said Wednesday after meeting for more than an hour with Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary committee. Goodell noted that "we were the ones that disclosed" the New England Patriots' illegal taping of the New York Jets' defensive signals.
"I have nothing to hide," Goodell said.Specter, R-Pa., requested the meeting so Goodell could explain his decision to destroy the tapes and notes from the case, which go back to 2002.
USC likely to stay at Coliseum
The University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission tentatively agreed Wednesday to keep Trojans football at the venerable stadium for another 25 years.The letter of intent requires both parties to negotiate a binding lease agreement within 60 days. If no final lease is signed, USC retains the rights to play the 2008 season elsewhere or to sign a one-year extension at the Coliseum.<
Tennis: 2 upsets in Marseille
Nicolas Mahut upset Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (1) to reach the quarterfinals of the Open 13 on Wednesday in Marseille, France.
Also, Mario Ancic of Croatia, in his first match of the year after a stomach illness, stunned Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6 (3). Ancic earned the only service break at 5-5 in the first set.Top three seeds Novak Djokovic, Richard Gasquet and Mikhail Youzhny won in straight sets to advance to the second round.
Blake advances in Florida
James Blake reached the second round of the Delray Beach International on Wednesday with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Robert Kendrick on Tuesday night in Delray Beach, Fla. The New York Racing Association will continue to run thoroughbred racing in New York for the next 25 years under a deal that ends years of uncertainty in the racing world.
In exchange for the franchise to operate the Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga race tracks, NYRA will give up its disputed claim to ownership of the tracks, an issue it used as leverage in the talks that ended hours before a temporary franchise extension was set to expire, state leaders and NYRA officials said Wednesday.
NYRA will receive $105 million from the state to get out of bankruptcy and the state will forgive millions of dollars more in loans that were part of previous bailouts. The state now plans to pick a gaming operator to open up video slot machines at Aqueduct.