Charges dismissed for Iowa State’s Palo
• Prosecutors have dismissed a sexual abuse charge against Iowa State basketball player Bubu Palo.
Palo was suspended from the team in September after being charged with sexually abusing a woman he was driving home in May.
The Story County Attorney’s Office announced Monday that new forensic evidence on a blouse belonging to the woman clashed with her sworn testimony as well as sworn testimony from her mother.
Palo’s attorney Matthew Boles says his client is expected to be reinstated to the team. Iowa State athletic department spokesman Mike Green says the school has no comment on Palo’s status.
• Casey Prather is the latest Florida player on the mend. Prather will be out 10 to 14 days, including Thursday’s game at Texas A&M, after sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Saturday’s win at LSU. Prather, a junior averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds, was wearing a walking boot on his left foot and using crutches Monday. The 10th-ranked Gators (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) already are dealing with injuries to guard Mike Rosario, guard Scottie Wilbekin, forward Erik Murphy and forward Will Yeguete.
• Kevin O’Neill was fired as Southern California basketball coach on Monday after 3½ years during which he failed to turn around a program weighed down by NCAA issues that preceded his arrival and a string of player injuries. O’Neill had a 48-65 record, including 7-10 this season after going 6-26 last year, setting a school record for losses. Veteran assistant Bob Cantu will serve as interim coach while USC searches for a successor.
• Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt has suspended one of the team’s top scorers indefinitely after a bar fight. University of Wyoming athletics officials announced Monday that charges were filed against Luke Martinez over the weekend due to an off-campus incident Dec. 30. University officials are not saying more about what led to the suspension. Martinez is a 22-year-old senior who was averaging better than 14 points a game before he fractured a bone in his hand. Laramie police say a bar fight caused the injury.
• Illinois coach Tim Beckman returned to his Mid-American Conference past on Monday and hired Bill Cubit as the new offensive coordinator for the Illini. Cubit was fired last year as coach at Western Michigan. He replaces Chris Beatty and Bill Gonzales, who were co-coordinators last season and whose offense was last in the Big Ten in both points per game and total offense.
ATP Tour executive diagnosed with ALS
• Brad Drewett has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the ATP World Tour executive chairman and president is planning to step down once a successor is found. Drewett’s speech was noticeably slurred when he attended a news conference Saturday to announce a new racket sponsor for the ATP Tour. Remarks on behalf of the ATP were made by a member of the group’s marketing department. Drewett has held the top ATP position since Jan. 1 last year, but had previously led operations in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific regions since 2006. The 54-year-old Australian was a top 40 singles and top 20 doubles player before he retired in 1990.
— Associated Press