Hatch (Charles Dharapak - AP)
Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Hatch Attacks BCS in Hearing

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) strengthened his stance against the Bowl Championship Series, saying after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday that "the Justice Department ought to be looking at this" because it is in violation of antitrust laws.

Hatch had previously said it was his hope the government would not need to get involved with the BCS. It was unclear how, if at all, the government would take an increased role in evaluating college football's bowl system. Hatch was the lone member of the subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights to attend much of the hearing.

Barry J. Brett, an attorney representing the Mountain West Conference, said the BCS was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act because it precludes some teams from competition. The Sherman act prohibits contracts, combinations or conspiracies designed to reduce competition.

-- Mark Viera


Motive Still Lacking

Tennessee's state medical examiner said that investigators have been hesitant to conclude that Steve McNair's girlfriend killed the NFL star and herself because she didn't appear to have a motive, but that murder-suicide is the most likely scenario.

After the couple was discovered shot to death on Saturday, police were quick to label McNair's death a homicide. He had been shot twice in the head and twice in the chest, while 20-year-old Sahel Kazemi was dead from a single gunshot to the head. Under her body was a gun she had purchased less than two days before the killings. . . .

Giants linebacker Michael Boley has been suspended by the NFL for the first game of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Boley, who spent the first four seasons of his career in Atlanta before he signed with New York in the offseason, was arrested in May of 2008 and charged with battery on his wife.


Montcourt Found Dead

French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt, who was recently banned for betting on matches, has died. He was 24.

The French tennis federation said yesterday that Montcourt died overnight but the cause of death is not yet known, and an autopsy will be conducted. In May, Montcourt was handed a five-week ban and fined $12,000 for betting on other matches. That ban took effect Monday.


Costa Rica Wins

Celso Borges's goal in the 64th minute gave Costa Rica a 1-0 win over Jamaica in the first game of a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader in Columbus, Ohio. . . .

In the nightcap, Ali Gerba scored for the second straight game and Canada strengthened its hold on Group A with a 1-0 win over El Salvador.

-- From News Services


Salary Cap Decreases

The NBA announced that the salary cap will be $57.7 million for the 2009-10 season. The figure is a decline from last season's $58.68 million.

It was only the second time since the salary cap was instituted in 1984 that there was a decline. The luxury tax level for teams was set at $69.92 million, which is down from last season's $71.15 million.

-- Michael Lee

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