Texas Southern gets postseason ban
The NCAA banned the Texas Southern football and men’s basketball teams from the postseason Tuesday, saying it came close to levying the so-called ‘‘death penalty’’ against the Houston school for repeated rules violations and for lying about imposing sanctions on its own. The Division 1 Infractions Committee said it found a lack of institutional control and outlined problems spanning 13 sports over a seven-year period, including booster-related recruiting violations, academic improprieties, the use of ineligible athletes, and exceeding scholarship limits. The basketball team, currently coached by ex-Indiana coach Mike Davis, was banned from the 2012-13 postseason and the football team in both 2013 and 2014. Other penalties include five years of probation, scholarship limitations in football and basketball, and the vacating of all team records from 2006-10 in all sports, as well as the 2010-11 records for football and women’s soccer. In 2010, Texas Southern won its first Southwestern Athletic Conference football title since 1968 . . . Tennessee’s Derek Dooley, recovering from hip surgery, will coach from the press box Saturday at No. 19 Mississippi State.
TCU’s Pachall will enter rehab facility
Suspended TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Coach Gary Patterson made the announcement, five days after the junior star was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in his second brush with the law in eight months. Patterson said if Pachall completes the treatment, the door remains open for him to come back to school and the team. Last season, after replacing Andy Dalton, Pachall set single-season school records with 2,921 yards passing and 228 completions . . . UConn running back Lyle McCombs apologized for his arrest last week on a breach of peace charge, saying it created a distraction that hurt the Huskies in their 19-3 loss to Rutgers. McCombs was arrested with his girlfriend on Friday after an altercation outside a residence hall in Storrs, Conn.
Hasek gives up hope of NHL comeback
Dominik Hasek appears to be done with hockey after giving up hope of returning to the NHL. The 47-year-old goaltender hoped to sign with an NHL club, but told Czech daily Sport that it is ‘‘very unlikely’’ he would play again after no team offered him a contract amid the current lockout. Known as the ‘‘Dominator,’’ he was twice named the NHL’s MVP, and took home the Vezina Trophy six times . . . Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger is returning to his alma mater during the lockout as a volunteer assistant under Ohio State coach Mark Osiecki . . . Budd Lynch, 95, a veteran radio broadcaster who spent more than 60 years working for the Red Wings and became the team’s public address announcer, died at a Detroit-area rehabilitation center.
Lakers’ Howard cleared to go 5-on-5
Dwight Howard was cleared for 5-on-5 scrimmages with the Lakers as he recovers from offseason back surgery, but the six-time All-Star center won’t play in Wednesday’s preseason game against Portland . . . A swollen right knee kept Dirk Nowitzki out of the Mavericks’ 99-85 loss at FC Barcelona Regal, with Pete Mickeal and Juan Carlos Navarro each scoring 19 points for the 17-time Spanish champions. Chris Kaman led Dallas with 15 points . . . The Magic signed free agent forward Chris Johnson . . . Donnie Butcher, who played five seasons in the NBA and later coached the Pistons, died at age 76.
McIlroy-Woods matchup loses steam
The matchup between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on Wednesday may not count for much after both lost their opening matches at the eight-player World Golf Finals in Antalya, Turkey. McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar by six shots and Woods fell to Charl Schwartzel by one shot in the $5.2 million event. In other matches, Lee Westwood beat Webb Simpson by one shot and Justin Rose defeated Hunter Mahan by four strokes. McIlroy and Woods — ranked No. 1 and No. 2 — face each other in the last of their three group matches, but both could be eliminated by then . . . Rafael Nadal, rehabbing from a torn patella tendon in his left knee, hopes to resume practice soon and didn’t rule out playing next month in the ATP World Tour Finals or Davis Cup final. Nadal hasn’t played since losing in the second round of Wimbledon in June . . . The Nevada State Athletic Commission temporarily suspended boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after the former middleweight champion failed a drug test. Chavez, who tested positive for marijuana use last month, will have a disciplinary hearing within the next two months.