January 25, 2013

Sports Digest

From news service reports

FOOTBALL

Exodus of Seminole assistants continues with offensive coordinator's move to Miami

Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley is leaving his alma mater for the same job at archrival University of Miami.

The 39-year-old Coley is the sixth Seminole assistant leaving Jimbo Fisher's staff since the end of the season along with the school's football publicist.

Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops left to become coach at Kentucky and took D.J. Eliot with him. Running backs coach Eddie Gran went to Cincinnati as offensive coordinator, linebackers coach Greg Hudson left to become defensive coordinator at Purdue and quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig returned to Auburn in a similar role.

The Miami-based lawyer at the center of the latest developments in Miami's NCAA investigation came out firing a day after her involvement came into question.

Maria Elena Perez, who represents former Hurricane booster Nevin Shapiro, said she's the NCAA's "patsy," as the governing body launches an internal probe into its Miami investigation. A day earlier, the NCAA president, Mark Emmert, said there were major issues with their investigation into Miami recruiting and compliance based on actions taken by a member of its enforcement staff and Shapiro's lawyer.

The NCAA hired outside counsel to, in part, look into how testimony was obtained during Shapiro's bankruptcy depositions.

Perez, a Miami law school grad, said she did not work in collusion with NCAA investigators. She did say the NCAA paid her a small amount of money for her services, but did not consider herself a member of its legal team.

SOCCER

MLS: Dave Checketts, who brought Major League Soccer to Utah and won a fight to build Real Salt Lake a 20,000-seat stadium, is selling his interest in the team to a minority owner, Dell Loy Hansen.

Checketts has previously served as president of the New York Knicks, and president and general manager of the Utah Jazz. He went on to found SCP Worldwide, a company whose assets include the St. Louis Blues.

Mike Petke, who leads the New York Red Bulls in games played, was named coach after serving as interim coach after Hans Backe's contract was not renewed following the end of New York's season.

COLLEGE: Arianna Alioto, a Northern Michigan University women's soccer player who drowned during a team workout in a campus pool, had epilepsy and may have had a seizure as recently as last summer, according to newly released reports.

OLYMPICS

HOCKEY: Britain has received a $100,000 grant from the International Olympic Committee to help its men's hockey team qualify for the 2014 Sochi Games. Britain advanced to the final Olympic qualifying tournament from Feb. 7-10 in Riga, Latvia. Britain hasn't appeared in an Olympic hockey tournament since 1948 in St. Moritz.

RACING

NASCAR: Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Kyle Busch signed a long-term extension to continue driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry. In addition, JGR will field the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the Nationwide Series for at least 25 races with Busch as the primary driver.

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