Indians designate Reynolds for assignment
CLEVELAND — The Indians are expected to designate struggling slugger Mark Reynolds for assignment.
Reynolds, who signed a one-year, $6 million free agent contract with Cleveland in December, has been a major disappointment this season. He's batting .215 with 15 homers and 48 RBI. But the free-swinger has struck out 123 times and he's only hit two homers since May.
Since the All-Star break, Reynolds is batting just .185 (5 of 27) with 10 strikeouts in 27 at-bats.
Reynolds started hot for the Indians, hitting 13 homers in the first two months. But his production has plummeted and the Indians have given up hope he could carry their offense the way he did in Baltimore last season, when in one nine-game stretch he hit nine homers with 17 RBI.
Big Ten commissioner praises PSU's progress
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany is praising Penn State's handling of the NCAA sanctions against the football program.
Delany in an interview with The Associated Press cited positive reports from the NCAA monitor about Penn State's progress with the landmark sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, and called attention to what school leaders and coach Bill O'Brien have done that has "moved the institution to a better place."
Delany said it was a little premature to look at the possibility of decreasing penalties, or petitioning the NCAA to decrease its sanctions. He says the focus should be kept on Penn State's progress.
Delany was visiting Penn State on Thursday as part of a league tour of preseason camps.
NCAA getting out of the jersey-selling business
The NCAA is getting out of the jersey-selling business.
On Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert acknowledged that it was "hypocritical" for the governing body to be selling jerseys of players and other college athletes on its own web site. He said it did not fit the NCAA's own model. He said all of the items would be removed as soon as possible.
The decision comes less than a week after Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel was accused of receiving money for signing autographs. That would be a violation of NCAA rules, and if proven, could jeopardize his eligibility.
USA Today reported this week that some of the items sold on an NCAA site could be searched by using the names of specific players.
Manziel family hires NCAA-tested lawyer
Johnny Manziel's family has hired an El Paso, Texas, attorney with experience in NCAA matters as the Heisman Trophy winner reportedly faces an investigation into whether he was paid to sign autographs.
The Manziel family said in a statement Thursday that Jim Darnell would be representing the Texas A&M quarterback.
ESPN has reported that Manziel is being examined for allegedly signing autographs for money before last January's BCS title game between Alabama and Notre Dame. Such a deal would compromise Manziel's status as an amateur.
The Manziels also say that, in compliance with NCAA regulations, Johnny Manziel and no other member of the family will comment publicly about the investigation.
Darnell says he has no prior relationship with the Manziels. He says he has worked on numerous NCAA cases, most notably representing Baylor when its basketball program was sanctioned in the early 2000s and former Southern California basketball coach Tim Floyd.
NCAA board to discuss governance changes
The NCAA's board of directors and executive committee held preliminary discussions on possible changes to the governance structure Thursday.
It's going to take a lot longer to find something that works for everyone.
Less than one month after the commissioners of college football's most powerful conferences unanimously called on the NCAA to change the way it does business, the two committees used their regularly-scheduled meeting to continue the discussions.
Board Chairman Nathan Hatch did not give details about what a formal proposal might look like. The two committees are expected to hold more expansive discussions during a two-day meeting at January's national convention in San Diego. No plan is expected to be voted on until at least August 2015.
Examiner says CTE had role in missing QB death
LANSING, Mich. — The father of a former college football star who died in the Michigan wilderness says only his son and God really know what happened.
Tim Finnerty spoke Thursday after a medical examiner concluded Cullen Finnerty died of pneumonia caused by inhaling his vomit. A medical examiner says he became disoriented in the woods after a fishing trip possibly because of painkillers combined with having a degenerative brain disease.
A Boston University neuropathologist who studied Finnerty's brain says it's highly unlikely the brain disease was the sole cause of death, but it possibly affected his behavior.
Tim Finnerty says it's important to keep researching chronic traumatic encephalopathy and links to sports-related head injuries. He says Cullen Finnerty loved football, though, and athletes learn "substantial" life lessons playing the sport.