Fanfare-Colleges: A look at Thursday's college and other sports news

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 04:53 PM

Colts cut ex-Riverside star

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have cut tight end Weslye Saunders one week after he was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the performance enhancing drugs policy.

Saunders, who starred at Riverside High School, signed with the Colts in October and played in 11 games (four starts), making two receptions for 15 yards. He served a four-game suspension for violating the same policy earlier in 2012 while with the Steelers, who subsequently released him.

While at South Carolina, he was questioned by NCAA investigators about possible contact with an agent, later getting suspended by coach Steve Spurrier for violations the coach said were not related to the NCAA probe. Then Saunders was kicked off the team.

Karmanos, Weight honored

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  — Doug Weight, Bill Guerin, Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason and Cindy Curley are headed for the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

USA Hockey made the announcement Thursday.

Guerin was a two-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time NHL All-Star during. He and Weight, a member of the Carolina Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup champions, helped the U.S. win silver at the 2002 Olympics. Weight was a four-time NHL All-Star who joined the Hurricanes via trade on Jan. 30, 2006 and left as a free agent prior to the 2006-07 season.

Karmanos owns the Carolina Hurricanes and the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers. Mason led Michigan State to the 1986 national championship and won 924 games with the Spartans, Lake Superior State and Bowling Green.

Curley had a record 23 points in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s first world championship for women in 1990.

Biogenesis official speaks out

BRISTOL, Conn. — A former associate of Biogenesis head Tony Bosch said he turned down a $125,000 offer from Major League Baseball for documents said to implicate players in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

In an interview broadcast Thursday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Porter Fischer also said an additional dozen athletes from different sports — whose names have not been made public — were involved in the now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic.

Fischer, 49, admitted giving documents to the Miami News Times, which published a story in January detailing the alleged purchase of performance-enhancing drugs by Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon and 2011 AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz.

DC United to get new stadium

WASHINGTON — DC United and city officials have signed an agreement that would keep the Major League Soccer franchise in the District of Columbia with a new, $300 million soccer-only stadium.

The city and the team would split the cost of the stadium, tentatively scheduled to open in 2016 in an industrial area of southwest Washington known as Buzzard Point.

DC United has played in aging RFK Stadium since MLS’ launch in 1996.

The new stadium will seat 20,000 to 25,000 people. The city will pay $150 million to acquire land and improve infrastructure, raising money for the deal through land swaps. The team will spend $150 million to build the stadium.

Texas finally gives Mo the boot(s)

ARLINGTON, Texas — The way Mariano Rivera helped kick the Texas Rangers out of the playoffs, their parting gift was appropriate.

The Rangers honored Rivera before his final regular-season game in Texas, presenting baseball’s career saves leader with a pair of cowboy boots inscribed with the New York Yankees logo, his name and No. 42. He was also given a cowboy hat before Thursday’s series finale, and the team donated a $5,000 check for the Mariano Rivera Foundation that helps needy children.

The boots were presented by John Wetteland, who before becoming the Rangers’ career saves leader was the Yankees closer and was set up by Rivera during a 1996 World Series title season.

Dallas calls up new stadium name

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys announced a multi-year branding deal Thursday that will immediately change the name of billion-dollar Cowboys Stadium to AT&T Stadium.

Jerry Jones, the team’s owner and general manager, said he wants “this building to be more familiar than the White House.”

The name change for the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium takes effect immediately.

Usain Bolt addresses doping issue

LONDON — Usain Bolt believes the recent doping scandals in sprinting hurt the sport and insists he’s running clean.

The world’s fastest man stopped short of condemning fellow Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson or American rival Tyson Gay, whose failed doping tests have left the sport in turmoil ahead of worlds.

“Definitely, it’s going to set us back a little bit,” Bolt said Thursday in London before a Diamond League meet — his first competition in the city since his three gold medals at last year’s Olympics. “But as a person, I can’t focus on this.”

Bolt said it won’t affect his preparations for the upcoming world championships In Moscow.