Around the Nation (Aug. 25): USC's Shaw jumps from second floor to save nephew

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COLLEGE

USC's Shaw jumps from second floor to save nephew

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool.

Shaw was named a team captain on Saturday and later that night was attending a family function at a cousin's apartment in his hometown of Palmdale when he saw his nephew, who can't swim, struggling in the pool.

With no one around, Shaw told USC's website that he instinctively jumped from the balcony onto the concrete below and crawled to the pool, where he pulled Carter to safety. Unable to step out of the pool because of the pain in his ankles, Shaw lifted himself up the ladder with his upper body.

Shaw was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with two ankle sprains. He said Carter was traumatized, but physically in good shape.

Ewing, Falk donate $3.3M to center at Georgetown

WASHINGTON -- Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing and sports agent David Falk are donating $3.3 million to Georgetown's new athletics center.

The school said Monday the amount of the gift reflects the uniform No. 33 that Ewing wore at Georgetown and in the NBA.

Ewing played on the Georgetown's only NCAA championship team in 1984. The center will be named for his coach at Georgetown, John Thompson Jr., who led the Hoyas for 27 years.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the $62 million project is scheduled for September. It will include practice courts, meeting rooms, coaches' offices and weight rooms.

Kentucky suspends two for college football opener

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has announced the suspensions of senior offensive tackle Darrian Miller and junior receiver Rashad Cunningham for Saturday's season opener against Tennessee-Martin.

Miller, a 6-foot-5, 292-pounder who had started the past 24 games for the Wildcats, was disciplined for an unspecified violation of team rules. Said Stoops during Monday's news conference that the violation "happened some time ago and we've addressed the situation. He'll be back in good standing after one game."

Stoops also said that Cunningham will sit but the coach did not say what violation the receiver committed.

The coach says that senior wide receiver Demarco Robinson has "paid his price" and will play after being suspended for the final two games of last season for an unspecified violation.

TENNIS

On edge of default, Kyrgios advances

NEW YORK -- Nick Kyrgios came back from three code violations -- just one outburst away from default -- in a 7-5, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (1) opening-round U.S. Open victory Monday against Mikhail Youzhny.

Kyrgios, a 19-year-old Australian who stunned then top-ranked Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, had 26 aces to advance to a second-round meeting with 49th-ranked Andreas Seppi of Italy.

The 60th-ranked Kyrgios overcame a sore arm, 85-degree heat and his temper to get through the match.

Frustrated during stretches of sloppy play, he slammed a ball out of the court to earn his first code violation in the second set. He got two more when he uttered audible obscenities in the third and fourth sets. Another would have resulted in an automatic default.

GOLF

Four players withdraw from Deutsche Bank

NORTON, Mass. -- The Deutsche Bank Championship now has a smaller field than the Masters.

Even though the top 100 advanced to second FedEx Cup playoff event, six players either did not enter or withdrew. That leaves a 94-man field at the TPC Boston.

The Masters, the smallest of the majors, had 97 players this year.

Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are getting some rest during a hectic month that ends with the Ryder Cup. Graeme McDowell withdrew because his wife gave birth to a girl on Monday, and Paul Casey withdrew because his wife is due with their first child next Monday.

Jason Dufner withdrew with a neck injury. Dustin Johnson is on a "voluntary leave" for "personal challenges."

FOOTBALL

NFL meets with officials to discuss concucssions

NEW YORK -- Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions.

The "think tank," funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was held Sunday and Monday at league headquarters in New York. Dozens of scientific and medical personnel, representing contact sports such as football and rugby to noncontact competitions such as equestrian, took part.

Dr. Rich Ellenbogen, chairman of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee, says the various sports organizations "need to look at all variations of what is being done around the world."

FIFA's chief medical officer, Dr. Jiri Dvorak, insists that the team doctor has final say over players returning to action after an apparent head injury. FIFA was criticized during the World Cup for not effectively policing concussions.

Hill confident he can replace Bradford

ST. LOUIS -- Shaun Hill has been here before.

A career backup quarterback, Hill is certain he will be able to successfully run the St. Louis Rams' offense after Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury during the weekend.

Hill has been forced into an extended relief role for the second time in his 13-year career. He replaced Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford for 10 games in 2010 when Stafford went down with a shoulder injury.

St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher has the utmost confidence in Hill, who Fisher said looked good handling the offense in practice on Monday.

Hill admits he is a little rusty as he attempted just 36 passes as a backup in Detroit the last three seasons. However, he is ready to embrace his new role since he was signed to a one-year deal by the Rams in March with this scenario in mind.

BASEBALL

Pair of Yankees minor leaguers susp. 50 games

NEW YORK -- Two minor leaguers in the New York Yankees' system have been suspended for violating baseball's drug program.

The commissioner's office announced Monday that right-hander Andy Beresford and first baseman Leonard "Bo" Thompson were each banned 50 games without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine.

The 6-foot-7 Beresford is 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 13 games (seven starts) for Class A Charleston of the South Atlantic League this season.

Thompson, drafted in June out of The Citadel, is hitting .209 with a homer and 10 RBI over 22 games in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

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