Around the Nation (Aug. 15): Notre Dame looking at 4 football players in academic probe

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COLLEGE

Notre Dame looking at 4 football players in academic probe

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame says it is investigating "suspected academic dishonesty" involving several students, including four members of the football team.

The school released a statement Friday saying it has notified the NCAA and that because of potential NCAA violations the four players are being held out of practice and completion until the conclusion of the investigation and the university honor code process.

The four football players were not identified by the school.

A 6 p.m. ET news conference is scheduled on campus.

California Lt. Gov wants AD jobs tied to academics

SAN FRANCISCO -- California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the jobs of athletic directors at the state's public universities to be tied more to the academic performance of athletes.

Newsom outlined his plan in letters sent this week to University of California President Janet Napolitano and California State University system Chancellor Timothy White. He wrote that there should be aggressive benchmarks and penalties in the contracts of athletic directors depending on the department's academic performance.

Newsom's notes come at a time when there are three public schools in the state -- California, Berkeley; Fresno State; and Sacramento State -- searching for new athletic directors.

BASKETBALL

WNBA's Griner, Johnson engaged

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has proposed to the Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson and posted it on social media.

Griner showed a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account.

In the post, Griner wrote: "Last Night was a Night to Remember(,) I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!"

Johnson also had a photo on her Instagram account of Griner lying in bed with an engagement ring resting on her shoulder.

Griner has embraced her role as a prominent gay athlete since finishing a record-breaking career at Baylor.

Johnson played at Tennessee.

Toe surgery to keep Warriors guard Livingston out

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston is expected to be out six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on the big toe of his right foot.

The Warriors said Friday that Livingston's toe will be in a splint for the first three weeks of his recovery. The team says the procedure was performed Wednesday by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys.

Golden State signed Livingston to a three-year contract worth about $16 million in July. The team says he was diagnosed with a sprained right big toe at the time and his foot was placed in a cast. The Warriors say Livingston was re-evaluated last week and it was determined that surgery was needed.

ICE HOCKEY

Penguins Sidney Crosby says aching wrist is 'good'

ESTERO, Fla. -- Pittsburgh Penguins star center Sidney Crosby says his aching wrist is doing well and he's ready for training camp.

The reigning NHL MVP has been undergoing treatment on his right wrist after injuring it sometime last season. Crosby told reporters Friday while working out in southwest Florida that the wrist is "good" and he's "happy with the way it's gone."

Crosby added he's itching to get back to Pittsburgh, which underwent significant front office changes after losing to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero and coach Dan Bylsma and brought in former Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford before hiring the well-traveled Mike Johnston as the new coach.

Crosby said he's looking forward to meeting the new faces as the franchise regroups.

TENNIS

Federer, Serena reach semifinals

MASON, Ohio -- Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5 on Friday night and advanced to the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open.

The Swiss star has won the Masters event an unprecedented five times already. He'll face Canada's Milos Raonic.

Federer and Murray have won 11 games apiece in their career series, with Federer also winning in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open this year.

Serena Williams also reached the semifinals in a tournament she has never won, needing only 58 minutes to beat Jelena Jankovic on Friday.

She'll face Caroline Wozniacki, who reached the semifinals for the first time by beating Agnieszka Radwanska.

In the men's bracket, Julien Benneteau and David Ferrer also advanced.

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