National sports briefs: Floyd resigns from Southern Cal
LOS ANGELES ó Tim Floyd resigned as basketball coach at Southern California on Tuesday following allegations that he gave $1,000 in cash to a man who helped steer O.J. Mayo to the Trojans.
Floyd submitted a one-paragraph letter to USC athletic director Mike Garrett saying he was quitting because he no longer had full enthusiasm for his job.
* VILLANOVA, Pa. ó Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds will return to school for his senior season. He averaged 15.2 points last season.
* PROVO, Utah ó BYU coach Dave Rose had emergency surgery to remove his spleen after experiencing internal bleeding over the weekend.
* AUBURN, Ala. ó Auburn coach Jeff Lebo his hired former South Carolina assistant Ken Potosnak, who began his career as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. ó The Army-Navy football game will be held in Philadelphia for five of the next eight years, beginning in 2010.
The teams will play at FedEx Field in 2011. Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium will host the event in 2014 and 2016.
METAIRIE, La. ó Sean Payton said he was caught a little by surprise when veteran linebacker Dan Morgan retired for a second time since signing with the Saints in 2008, but Payton added the team has no immediate plans to seek an additional linebacker.
Morgan’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, announced Morgan’s retirement on his Web site Monday and said this time the former pro bowl player’s decision is final.
Morgan, a first-round draft choice by Carolina in 2001, spent seven seasons with the Panthers, during which he was sidelined off and on by multiple concussions. Shortly after signing with the Saints as a free agent, he retired and missed all of last season.
He decided to come back this winter but went out with a calf strain at minicamp last weekend.
* GREEN BAY, Wis. ó Brett Favre’s family is ready for his return to Green Bay if he winds up playing for the Minnesota Vikings.
Favre’s family and friends have booked 25 to 30 rooms at the Midway Motor Lodge near Lambeau Field for the weekend of the Nov. 1 Vikings game at Green Bay, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The quarterback’s family and friends often stayed at the hotel during Favre’s final years with the Packers, Midway manager Doug Warpinski told the newspaper.
* PITTSBURGH ó The Pittsburgh Steelers have gotten their Super Bowl rings four months after beating the Arizona Cardinals for the franchise’s record sixth championship. The rings were presented at a private ceremony Tuesday night at Heinz Field.
* PHILADELPHIA ó Former Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon is expected to work out for the Eagles in hopes of being selected in the supplemental draft.
Jarmon acknowledged in May he had been declared ineligible for his senior season by the NCAA because he tested positive for a banned substance. He said the result came from a dietary supplement.
* INDIANAPOLIS ó Colts owner Jim Irsay expects recently retired assistants Tom Moore and Howard Mudd to be back on the field when the team reports to training camp in August.
Irsay said the team has worked out the details to bring the two back as consultants.
* NORFOLK, Va. ó A judge who rejected Michael Vick’s first bankruptcy plan warned the suspended NFL star’s lawyers that they have just one more chance to file a workable proposal for repaying the millions he owes to creditors.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Santoro set a July 2 deadline for submission of a revised Chapter 11 plan.
* BILLINGS, Mont. ó The U.S. Attorney’s office says Travis Henry will remain in jail pending his July 15 sentencing on drug trafficking charges.
* CHICAGO ó Former Chicago Bear Roland Harper was sentenced to a year of house arrest for acting as a front man in a $1.5 million fraud involving a landscaping contract for Chicago public schools.
NEWARK, N.J. ó A homesick Brent Sutter resigned as the coach of the New Jersey Devils after just two seasons, citing family reasons and saying the loss to Carolina in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series had nothing to do with it.
* PHOENIX ó A relocation fee imposed by the NHL could ruin Jim Balsillie’s bid to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Hamilton, Ontario.
JACKSON, Miss. ó Pro golfer Ken Green’s brother and girlfriend were killed in an accident in which Green also was hurt.
Green, 50, was driving on Interstate 20 near Hickory, Miss., on Monday when the right front tire of his RV blew out. Green was unable to control the vehicle and ran off the road and down an embankment before hitting a large oak tree.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar said that passengers William Y. Green, of Indiantown, Fla., and Jean Marie Hodgin, of Greensboro were killed in the wreck. William Green is Ken Green’s brother and caddie. Hodgin was the golfer’s girlfriend.
LONDON ó Andy Roddick opened his bid for a fifth Queen’s Club title by beating Kristof Vliegen 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.
* HALLE, Germany ó Roger Federer has pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open, his usual grass-court warm-up for Wimbledon, saying he is “overwhelmed” and “exhausted” after his French Open win.
* MADRID ó Rafael Nadal will travel to London next Tuesday in hopes of defending his Wimbledon title despite having played with pain in his knees for months.
Dr. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro said Nadal has tendinitis in both knees.
* LONDON ó Ana Ivanovic has split with coach Craig Kardon.
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