Big Ten won't penalize those who play vs. FCS
If all goes according to plan, the possibility of an FCS wins over one of the big boys of college football won't exist much longer in the Big Ten.
The College Football Playoff is coming next season, and strength of schedule is part of the criteria the selection committee will use to determine the four teams. Playing FCS opponents wouldn't help the cause.
That's only part of the reason Commissioner Jim Delany is encouraging Big Ten schools to keep FCS schools off non-conference schedules. He said recently that games against FCS foes don't create enough excitement for players, fans and television networks.
Every Big Ten team except Michigan and Penn State is playing an FCS opponent this season.
Serena wins U.S. Open quarterfinal 6-0, 6-0
NEW YORK -- From an ace on the first point to a stinging return on the last, Serena Williams was close to perfect in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
The score said it all: 6-0, 6-0.
Yes, Williams is looking better and better with each match at the year's last Grand Slam tournament. With two more wins -- no matter the exact scores -- she'll earn a fifth title at Flushing Meadows and 17th major championship overall.
The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams shut out 18th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, winning 53-of-71 points. In Friday's semifinals, Williams will play Li Na.
Celts' Sullinger arrested after assault call
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Prosecutors say Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger has been arrested on domestic violence-related charges.
A spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney's office says Sullinger is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Waltham District Court.
Police did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press. They tell the Boston Herald that officers were called to Sullinger's residence over the weekend for a domestic assault call. He was gone by the time they arrived and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Sullinger then turned himself in at about 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Suns, Beasley agree to terminate contract
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns and Michael Beasley have reached an agreement to terminate the contract of the troubled power forward.
The move on Tuesday will cost the franchise $7 million, a $2 million savings from what Beasley would have been due had he simply been waived. It also represents a significant reduction in what the hit on the team's salary cap would have been.
Beasley was arrested a month ago in suburban Scottsdale on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was the latest in a series of incidents involving the drug that have plagued his NBA career after he was selected as the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Kansas State in 2008.
Cowboys acquire DE Rayford from Colts
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have acquired defensive end Caesar Rayford from the Indianapolis Colts.
In the deal announced Tuesday, the Cowboys sent an undisclosed draft pick to Indianapolis.
The 27-year-old Rayford, a veteran of the Arena and Canadian leagues, signed with the Colts in May. He had five sacks and 11 tackles in the preseason.
Broncos' Miller among 20 suspended by NFL
NEW YORK -- Denver All-Pro linebacker Von Miller is among 20 NFL players suspended for the beginning of the NFL season.
Miller will be out for six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He will miss Thursday night's opener between Super Bowl champion Baltimore and the Broncos.
Two players are suspended for eight games: Ravens defensive back Asa Jackson and Cincinnati defensive end DeQuin Evans, under the performance-enhancing drugs policy.
None of the 20 players have been suspended for violating the personal conduct policy, although Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested in New Jersey in May on drugs and weapons charges and will miss four games for substance abuse. His case was sent to a grand jury.