Dyer dismissed

at Arkansas State

•?Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer has been dismissed from the Arkansas State football team before ever playing a down for the Red Wolves.

Dyer was dismissed from the team Sunday because of an undisclosed violation of team rules.

“I am truly disappointed that it didn’t work out here at ASU for Mike,” Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn said in a news release. “I wish Mike nothing but the best in the future.”

Malzahn, the offensive coordinator who helped Dyer become a two-time 1,000-yard rusher at Auburn as a freshman and sophomore, had given the running back a new lease on life after Dyer’s off-the-field troubles at Auburn caused him to ask for a transfer.

• Iowa running back De’Andre Johnson has been suspended after two run-ins with police in the past week. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz issued a statement Sunday saying he had suspended Johnson from all team activities after learning about the sophomore’s latest encounter with police. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Johnson was ticketed for speeding and eluding arrest on Saturday. It says Johnson is accused of driving his motorcycle 60 mph in a 25 mph zone and not immediately pulling over.

• Several of the top prospects who have given oral commitments to Penn State have told the team’s coaches they will stick with the program despite the sanctions handed down by the NCAA last week. Offensive linemen Brendan Mahon of Randolph, N.J., and Andrew Nelson of Hershey, Pa., Philadelphia wide receiver Will Fuller, defensive end Garrett Sickels of Little Silver, N.J., and two of Bill O’Brien’s most anticipated commitments —tight end Adam Breneman of Camp Hill, Pa., and quarterback Christian Hackenberg of Fork Union, Va. — visited State College on Saturday and met with Penn State coaches.

•?Brad Bigler, the men’s basketball coach at Southwest Minnesota State University, was in critical condition Sunday after a two-vehicle crash in western Minnesota that killed his 5-month-old son and injured two other relatives. Bigler, 33, was hospitalized in Sioux Falls, S.D., with several broken ribs and a broken shoulder blade, SMSU athletic director Chris Hmielewski said. Drake Phillip Bigler, the coach’s young son, was killed. Bigler has been head coach of the SMSU men’s basketball program for three years.


Porter wins NABO welterweight title

•?Shawn Porter of Akron (20-0, 14 KOs) defeated Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KOs) of Mexico in a unanimous decision for the vacant NABO welterweight title Saturday night in San Jose, Calif.


Rams, Long agree on 4-year extension

•?The St. Louis Rams and defensive end Chris Long agreed on a four-year contract extension through the 2016 season before the first practice of training camp. Long was seventh in the NFL with 13 sacks last year, topping his previous best of 8.5 sacks, and had a three-sack game against the Saints. He had been entering the final year of a $56.5 million contract he signed after the Rams drafted him No. 2 overall in 2008 out of Virginia.

• Buffalo Bills receiver David Nelson was relieved to learn he will miss only a few days of practice after being diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right leg. Nelson provided the update after missing practice Sunday, a day after he was hurt. He walked with a slight limp and was wearing a wrap around his injured leg. Nelson initially feared the injury was worse after he was pushed over during a team drill and defensive end Mario Williams rolled up on his leg. Buffalo coach Chan Gailey expects Nelson to miss four or five days.


Querrey wins third Farmer’s Classic

•?Sam Querrey won the Farmers Classic for the third time in four years, routing Ricardas Berankis 6-0, 6-2 on Sunday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The second-seeded Querrey has won 13 straight matches in the event on UCLA’s campus. He won the tournament in 2009 and 2010, then missed the event last year because of a right elbow injury.