In addition to Ray Rice being cut by the Ravens, the wins by the Lions and Cardinals, and the U.S. Open, here is a look at the other big sports stories you’ll be talking about today, Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Union chief disturbed by Rice video
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says the video showing Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée in February was “disturbing to watch.”
Smith says the union has an “unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included. It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today.”
Houston loses top pick to injury…Newton to start Sunday for Panthers
Sunday’s Titans win over Kansas City was costly for both teams.
Chiefs Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson and starting defensive tackle Mike DeVito will miss the remainder of the season after MRI exams confirmed that both players ruptured their right Achilles tendons. Johnson went down without getting touched near the end of the first half. Early in the second half, DeVito went down at nearly the same spot on the field.
Titans linebacker Zach Brown suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the game and coach Ken Whisenhunt says it’s a potentially season-ending injury.
Elsewhere around the league:
Weaver wins 16th…Kershaw wins 18th
Jered Weaver has become the American League’s first 16-game winner in the Angels 12-3 win over Cleveland. Weaver improved to 16-8, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. The AL West leading Angels hit four home runs in the game. Kole Calhoun and David Freese connected in the six-run fifth inning and Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer in the ninth. The Angels have won three in a row.
In other baseball:
Pac-12 punishes USC athletic director
The Pac-12 Conference has fined Southern California athletic director Pat Haden $25,000 for coming down to the field at Stanford Stadium on Saturday and confronting game officials. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement that Haden’s conduct was inappropriate.
Haden, who is also a member of the new College Football Playoff committee, jogged onto the field after getting a text message from a member of USC’s staff during the Trojans’ 13-10 win over Stanford. He held an animated discussion with officials on the sideline between the third and fourth quarters.
Penn State reinstated by NCAA
The NCAA has lifted the rest of the sanctions placed on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including immediately eliminating the postseason ban. The Big Ten school was halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. The NCAA last year rescinded some of the scholarship sanctions against Penn State.
In a news release, the NCAA says that in addition to the postseason ban being lifted, Penn State will be allowed to have the full complement of football scholarships in 2015.
Jones leaves Mustangs
June Jones has resigned as SMU’s coach after the Mustangs scored only one touchdown in losing their first two games.
Leigh Steinberg, the coach’s agent, said in a tweet that Jones had felt for some time that he had accomplished his mission to turn around the SMU program and needed a break.
Jones was in his seventh season with the Mustangs, with a record of 36-43.
Former PC, NBA, ABA star Barnes dead at 62
Marvin “Bad News” Barnes, who led Providence College to the Final Four in 1973 and starred in the old American Basketball Association, has died at 62.
Kevin Stacom, a college teammate and one of Barnes’ closest friends, told the Providence Journal on Monday that Barnes died at a home in Providence. The cause of death was not known, but Barnes had battled drug addiction for years.
“Marvin will always be remembered as one of the greatest Friars of all-time,” Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll said in a statement released by the school. “He will forever be linked with coach (Dave) Gavitt’s amazing team that reached the 1973 Final Four.”
The 6-foot-9 Barnes was the second pick in the 1974 NBA draft but opted for the rival ABA and won rookie of the year in 1975 after averaging 24 points and 15.6 rebounds.
Barnes went to the Detroit Pistons in 1976 before bouncing between the Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics and San Diego Clippers. His last season in the NBA was in 1980.