Urban Meyer: ‘I should have done a better job’

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer returned Sunday after serving a three-game suspension over his handling of domestic abuse allegations against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith. Meyer reiterated his stance he did not consider the allegations to be domestic violence because the authorities did not when asked multiple times by reporters at a news conference Monday whether he believed the allegations made by Courtney Smith against her ex-husband, who was an assistant to Meyer both at Florida and Ohio State. Meyer admitted he handled the situation at Ohio State poorly in a statement posted on Twitter. ‘‘It’s clear I could have done a better job. I should have done a better job, and I’ll always regret that I didn’t.” Four-star linebacker Kane Patterson from Tennessee rescinded his commitment to Ohio State after Meyer was suspended. To mitigate further damage, Meyer wrote letters and talked with families of players to assuage concerns he turned his back on domestic violence allegations. ‘‘The damage, I believe, is that we just went through a really hard time, and I made a mistake in helping a troubled employee, went too far in trying to help someone,’’ said Meyer, who will be back on the sideline for Saturday’s home game against Tulane.

South Dakota St. coach apologizes

South Dakota State head football coach John Stiegelmeier expressed regret that he allowed his team to pile up 90 points and 926 yards of total offense in a 90-6 rout over Arkansas-Pine Bluff . . . Cary Angeline, a 6-foot-7-inch redshirt sophomore tight end who transferred last year from Southern Cal, was cleared to play for North Carolina State in this week’s game at Marshall.


Wawrinka advances in St. Petersburg

Stan Wawrinkaadvanced to a second-round matchup against fourth-seeded Karen Khachanov in the of the St. Petersburg Open by beating Aljaz Bedene 7-5, 7-6 (5). A three-time Grand Slam champion, Wawrinka missed the end of the 2017 season and much of 2018 with a knee injury. He is now ranked 88th in the world and made the third round at the US Open . . . Carlos Ramos, the umpire who made headlines for penalizing Serena Williams during the U.S. Open women’s singles final, was back in the chair again Sunday and issued a code violation to Croatia’s Marin Cilic for slamming his racket to the ground during his Davis Cup match against Sam Querrey of the United States in Zadar, Croatia. Unlike the US Open, this time there was no controversyCilic had been unnerved and angry after committing a series of errors in the third set of a four-set loss to Querrey, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4.

. . . Sixth-seeded Garbine Muguruza advanced to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday, beating Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-4.


Spurs make Barry VP basketball ops

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The San Antonio Spurs hired television analyst and 14-year NBA veteran Brent Barry to their front office, naming him vice president of basketball operations Monday. Barry, who won titles in 2005 and 2007 with the Spurs, had been considering a move into an NBA front-office role for several years. Barry, 46, replaces Monty Williams, who left to become an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers. . . .The Edmonton Oilers ended a lengthy stalemate with one of their top defensemen by signing Darnell Nurse to a two-year contract. . . Aleksander Barkov, 23, of Finland, was named the Florida Panthers captain. Barkov, who was coming off the best of his five NHL seasons (27-51—78 points), takes over for forward Derek MacKenzie, who indicated this could be his final season as a player . . . Albania coach Christian Panucci, 45, of Italy, filed a civil lawsuit seeking $116,000 in damages against the country’s former president, Bujar Nishani, for calling him a ‘‘charlatan’’ after losing a friendly soccer match vs. Kosovo, 3-0.

. . . Cristhian Stuani scored in each half as Girona ended Celta Vigo’s three-game unbeaten run in Spanish League play with a 3-2 win . . . Glenn Murray converted a penalty in injury time for Brighton to recover from two goals down to draw with Southampton 2-2 in an English Premier League match.

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