Around the Nation (March 13): Ohio bills aimed at errors in sports safety law

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FOOTBALL

Ohio bills aim at errors in sports safety law

COLUMBUS -- State lawmakers are working to correct a new Ohio law that would allow coaches and referees in youth sports leagues to be criminally prosecuted if they don't follow requirements regarding players' head injuries.

The new law takes effect in late April. It requires coaches, volunteers and officials in youth sports organizations to have players who show concussion-like symptoms sit out games or practices until they're checked and cleared by a doctor or licensed health care provider. Coaches would also need to know more about concussions.

A bill-writing error inadvertently imposes criminal penalties for violating the law.

The Ohio House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to clarify the law before it takes effect. The Senate passed a separate bill.

Supporters say the law is intended to promote safety, not impose punishments.

COLLEGE

Cooper quits as USC women's hoops coach

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Cooper has quit as Southern California women's basketball coach after four seasons.

Athletic director Pat Haden said Cooper resigned Wednesday and a national search will be conducted for his replacement.

The Trojans went 11-20 this season and finished seventh in the Pac-12 with a 7-11 record. Cooper was 72-57 overall at USC, which has had eight coaching changes since 1976.

Haden says the women's team should be competing for NCAA tournament bids on a consistent basis.

Cooper came to USC from the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, where he served as coach for eight seasons including five Western Conference championships. He starred with the Los Angeles Lakers as a player, winning five NBA titles.

Alabama AD hospitalized for heart problems

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama athletic director Mal Moore has been hospitalized with heart problems.

University spokeswoman Debbie Lane said Wednesday that Moore has been admitted to Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham for tests and treatment "regarding pulmonary problems." She said no further information was available on the 73-year-old's status.

The AD spent two days in DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa in August with an irregular heartbeat. His doctor, James B. Robinson, said at the time that the tests came back negative and Moore was cleared to return to work immediately.

Moore has led his alma mater's athletic department since 1999 and hired Nick Saban, who has led the Crimson Tide to three national titles. The football building is named after the former assistant coach under Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings.

ICE HOCKEY

Jackets add Goloubef on emergency recall

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have added defenseman Cody Goloubef to the roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

The 23-year-old Goloubef has appeared in nine games with Columbus this season, recording his first and only NHL goal on Feb. 11 against San Jose.

The Blue Jackets' second pick, 37th overall, in the 2009 draft, the former University of Wisconsin player has 11 goals and 30 assists in 123 career AHL games.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR reinstates driver Clements

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR has reinstated Jeremy Clements following completion of stipulations set after the driver made insensitive remarks in an interview.

Clements is eligible to race this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, but will be on probation until Sept. 13.

Clements was sent to a sports diversity expert by NASCAR following his suspension for violating the sanctioning body's code of conduct. NASCAR determined Clements made an "intolerable and insensitive remark" during the course of an interview with a blogger for MTV News.

NASCAR says Clements had successfully completed an individualized program with Dr. Richard Lapchick and the staff at the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida.

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