The University of Maryland placed football coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave on Saturday while the school investigates allegations of poor behavior by the program’s staff, apparent misdeeds that came to light following the death of a player on the practice field. Rick Court, the head of the football team’s strength and conditioning staff, was also placed on paid leave while the school investigates claims he verbally abused and humiliated players. Two athletic training staffers the school did not identify were placed on leave as an investigation begins into the death of Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman who was hospitalized May 29 after a team workout and died June 13. A report is expected by Sept. 15. In an open letter, athletic director Damon Evans wrote: ‘‘At this time, the best decision for our football program is to place Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program.’’ Durkin is in his third season at Maryland and is 11-15 in two seasons after receiving a five-year, contract worth $12.5 million in December 2015.
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Ohtani throwing again
Los Angeles Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani threw a light bullpen session. He threw 23 pitches, mixing in fastballs, sliders, and curveballs. It was the first time Ohtani had thrown off a mound since he last pitched on June 6. It’s uncertain whether the two-way player will pitch again in the majors this season after being sidelined by a sprained right elbow. Ohtani was put on the disabled list on June 8. He has returned to the lineup as a designated hitter and done well, batting .273 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs . . . Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion was examined because of discomfort in his left biceps and there wasn’t a decision yet on whether to put him on the disabled list. Manager Terry Francona said the AL Central leaders were awaiting the results of an MRI . . . Colorado Rockies power-hitting third baseman Nolan Arenado was held out of the starting lineup because of a right shoulder strain. The Rockies remain hopeful the injury won’t result in a trip to the disabled list. Manager Bud Black said Arenado will suit up for games and could be called on to pinch hit if needed. But he remains day to day as far as returning to the infield . . . Barry Bonds had his No. 25 jersey retired by the San Francisco Giants, 11 years after he broke Hank Aaron’s home run record in his 22nd and final major league season. The Giants held a ceremony at AT&T Park before a game against his other team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Giants great Willie Mays, Bonds’s godfather, was on hand. Mays called for Bonds to get into the Hall of Fame . . . The Chicago White Sox paid tribute to Hall of Fame slugger Jim Thome, who was presented his several gifts, including an 8-foot bat with his name and images on it, in a pregame ceremony.
Halep, Stephens reach final
Top-ranked Simona Halep reached the Rogers Cup final for the third time in four years after defeating Ashleigh Barty, 6-4, 6-1, in the semifinals in Montreal. Halep will play for the title on Sunday against the third-ranked Sloane Stephens. Stephens, preparing for her US Open title defense, beat fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 6-3, to advance. On the men’s side, Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas, 19, became the youngest player to beat four straight top-10 players in an event since the ATP World Tour was established in 1990, outlasting Kevin Anderson, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-0), to reach final in Toronto.
Teen wins 5,000 meters
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, 17, won the men’s 5,000 meters at the European Athletics Championship in Berlin, beating his older brother, Henrik, who finished second ahead of France’s Morhad Amdouni. Ingebrigtsen finished in 13 minutes, 17.06 seconds. Belgium won the gold in the men’s 4 x 400 relay and Poland won the women’s event. Germany’s Mateusz Przybylko took the men’s high jump by clearing 2.35 meters to equal his personal best. British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith successfully defended her 200-meter title ahead of Dutch sprinters Dafne Schippers and Jamile Samuel in a world-leading time of 21.89. Iceland’s golfers — Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, Birgir Hafthorsson, Axel Boasson and Olafia Kristinsdottir — won the inaugural mixed team competition at Gleneagles, edging Britain 3 by one stroke. Russia won the men’s team gymnastics final in Glasgow with a score of 257.260. Britain finished second and France third.
US women in softball final
Pitcher Rachel Garcia drove in the winning run in the eighth inning lift the US to a 4-3 win over Japan and into the final of the women’s world softball championship in Makuhari, Japan. The winner of the tournament will be awarded an Olympic spot. Canada will face Japan Sunday with a chance to advance to the final . . . Justin Allgaier passed rookie Austin Cindric with four laps left and held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Allgaier used the sixth restart to squeeze by Cindric, then held off a challenge on the 72nd lap for his third series win of the year . . . American swimmers Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel had a better day at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo after unexpected losses during the first two days of the event. Ledecky won the 400-meter freestyle and Dressel took the 100 butterfly. Japan’s Rikako Ikee won the women’s 100 butterfly in the best time of the year (56.08 seconds) . . . Dwyane Wade said the Miami Heat are the only team he’s considering playing for, if he plays, this seaaon. Speaking at the Jr. NBA World Championship in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wade told the media that he doesn’t have a timetable for when he’ll make a decision on whether to return.