The Penn State football program was hit hard by the NCAA this morning. The NCAA leveled a 60 million dollar fine; scholarship reductions of 10 immediately and 20 over the next four seasons, a four year bowl ban, and the program must vacate all victories from 1998 to 2011. What will really cripple the program are the scholarship reductions. Penn State will have 75 scholarship players this season and that number will fall to 65 after this coming season. The allowable limit for Division One teams is 85 scholarship players. Because of the bowl penalties Penn State players can transfer to another BCS level team and be eligible to play immediately.
The Oakland A’s swept the New York Yankees in a four game series over the weekend. With the sweep, Oakland is only a half game behind the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles for second place in the American League West. Also the A’s are in a virtual tie with the Angels and the Baltimore Orioles for the two wild card slots in the AL. The Detroit Tigers swept the Chicago White Sox to move into first place in the AL Central. The Tigers are now are 11/2 games ahead of the Sox.
The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves split a four game series and the Nationals still hold a 31/2 game lead over the Braves in the National League East. The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates are having a tight race in the NL Central. The Reds are a half game ahead of Pittsburgh and are 5-2 without star first baseman Joey Votto. Cincinnati is now tied with the Washington Nationals for the most wins in the NL with 55. The Reds should continue their hot play as they go on the road to face the Colorado Rockies and the Houston Astros both teams are in last place.
One of the hottest names in the upcoming MLB trade deadline has been taken off the market. The San Diego Padres signed outfielder Carlos Quentin to a three year 27 million dollar contract.
The United States Olympic basketball team faces a stiff test tomorrow night as they face Spain in Barcelona. It will be interesting to see how much coach Mike Krzyzewski shows in this game. The United State will have a distinct size disadvantage versus the Spaniards.
Ernie Els won the British Open as third round leader Adam Scott fell apart on the final four holes. Scott, who was the leader going into the final round bogeyed the final four holes to allow Els to win the tournament.