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Sports news briefs — Aug. 23

Compiled from wire reports

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college football

Ex-Roosevelt star loses scholarship

• Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst released troubled freshman quarterback Tra’Von Chapman from his scholarship on Friday, less than a month after Chapman pleaded guilty to assaulting a former girlfriend.

Chryst said in a statement it’s in “everyone’s best interest” for Chapman to continue his career elsewhere.

The 19-year-old Chapman from Kent, enrolled in Pittsburgh in January after a standout career at Roosevelt High School. He was arrested in Kent on April 26 and charged with one count of assault and one count of unlawful restraint.

Chapman pleaded guilty on July 29 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 40 hours of community service and a $200 fine. He spent three days in jail, with the remaining 87 days suspended. Chapman had been suspended indefinitely prior to his dismissal.

• No. 10 Florida will be without two offensive starters in the team’s season opener against Toledo. Coach Will Muschamp ruled out running back Matt Jones and right guard Jon Halapio, eight days before the opener. Jones has missed all of fall practice following a viral infection. Halapio, a senior who has started 27 consecutive games at right guard, has been limited in camp with a partially torn pectoral muscle.

• Appalachian State suspended two players, including last year’s Southern Conference player of the year Sean Price. In a release Thursday night, the school suspended Price “for an undetermined number of games” for violating the team rules. No details were given about the violations, but the news comes after the wide receiver was arrested Sunday by Boone, N.C., police for being intoxicated and disruptive.

• The Liberty Bowl reached a six-year deal with the Big 12 that will take effect in the 2014 season. Under the agreement announced Friday, the Liberty Bowl will match a Big 12 team against a representative from the Southeastern Conference.

Soccer

MLS suspends 
Montreal coach

• Major League Soccer suspended Montreal Impact coach Marco Schallibaum an additional game and fined him another $5,000 for repeated misconduct. Schallibaum was ejected against D.C. United on Aug. 17. That brought an automatic one-game suspension and $500 fine. The latest punishment means he will miss two games and be fined $5,500. He has been dismissed from three games this season. MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Friday also rescinded the automatic one-game suspension and fine D.C. United coach Ben Olsen received for his dismissal Aug. 17. Separately, MLS fined Chicago Fire assistant Leo Percovich an additional $500 for conduct leading to his ejection Aug. 17.

• Robert Lewandowski scored to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen in Berlin in the Bundesliga. Lewandowski scored in the 55th minute. Marco Reus crossed from the right to give the Poland striker an easy finish from close range.

other SPORTS

Van Garderen adds to lead in bike race

 Tejay van Garderen raced to a 4-second victory in the individual time trial in Vail, Colo., to extend his overall lead after five stages in the USA Pro Challenge. Van Garderen, the BMC rider from Bozeman, Mont., who took the overall lead with a second-place finish in the fourth stage, completed the 10-mile uphill time trial in 25 minutes, 1 second. Van Garderen, 4 seconds ahead at the start of the stage, opened a 1:30 lead over teammate Mathias Frank of Switzerland.

• Dean Meminger, a former Marquette guard who played a reserve role on the New York Knicks’ 1973 NBA championship team, was found dead Friday in a Manhattan hotel room. He was 65. New York City police said staff at the Hamilton Heights Hotel found Meminger unconscious and unresponsive inside a room, and emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead. Police said there were no signs of trauma and that the cause of death hadn’t been determined. They said an investigation is ongoing.

• The Washington Capitals signed Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year, $3 million contract, giving the team another candidate for second-line center after the departure of Mike Ribeiro. Grabovski, 29, spent the last five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

— From wire reports


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