Around the Nation (April 7): Ohio State football to pay $2 million to three visiting teams

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COLLEGE

Ohio State football will pay 3 visitors over $2 million

COLUMBUS -- Ohio State will pay more than $2 million in total guarantees to bring Virginia Tech, Kent State and Cincinnati to Ohio Stadium to play the Buckeyes in football this fall.

The university disclosed the payouts on Tuesday at the request of The Associated Press.

Cincinnati, located a couple of hours away, will receive the most money -- $888,246 -- to come play the Buckeyes on Sept. 27. Kent State, also located about 2 hours away, gets $850,000 to appear in Columbus on Sept. 13. Virginia Tech, which comes to Ohio Stadium on Sept. 20 as the first of a home-and-home series with the Buckeyes, will receive a $350,000 guarantee.

The Buckeyes get an $850,000 guarantee to open against Navy on Aug. 30 at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.

Rutgers AD bashes ailing newspaper

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers University's athletic director has told a class that it would be "great" if New Jersey's largest newspaper went out of business.

The university says Julie Hermann's remarks to a media ethics and law class in February came before she knew about deep layoffs that were announced at The Star-Ledger last week.

The Star-Ledger reported on her remarks Monday, citing a recording provided by a student.

In a statement, Rutgers says her statements were "intended to give the students some understanding of the challenges she has faced" and were not expected to be made public.

The Newark newspaper was the first to report in May after Hermann was hired that she was accused of being verbally and emotionally abusive to volleyball players she coached at Tennessee in 1996.

BASKETBALL

Mourning, Williams, Richardson make Hall of Fame

DALLAS -- Alonzo Mourning and NCAA championship-winning coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams have been voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Richardson was chosen 20 years after he coached Arkansas to a national championship. Williams won a title with Maryland in 2002.

Former NBA star Mitch Richmond also was part of the class that was announced Monday. They will be inducted at a ceremony Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass., along with members who were already announced, including retired NBA Commissioner David Stern.

Richardson's Razorbacks beat Duke for the 1994 title and made two other trips to the Final Four. Williams and the Terrapins beat Indiana for the title 12 years ago.

Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis was among several candidates already selected by various committees.

Kevin Johnson to lead search new for NBPA leader

NEW YORK -- Sacramento Mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson will lead a search committee to find a new executive director for the NBA Players Association.

The union has been seeking a replacement for Billy Hunter since ousting him in February 2013. The NBPA says Monday it hopes to have one in place by the start of next season.

GOLF

Rains washes out first day at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The first day of The Masters didn't last long.

Storms moved into the area just two hours after the gates opened at Augusta National for the first full day of practice. Players had to get off the golf course. Fans made a steady stream for the exit.

A few hours later, the club said the forecast for even heavier rain meant the course would be off limits the rest of the day.

Masters chairman Billy Payne said fans who had Monday tickets will be sent refunds in May and will be guaranteed a chance to buy tickets for next year's practice round.

It was the first time in 11 years that the Monday practice was a washout.

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