Torres’ hit on Hossa shelves both players indefinitely
CHICAGO – Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres was suspended indefinitely Wednesday for a hit that knocked Chicago’s Marian Hossa out of Game 3 in the teams’ opening-round playoff series.
Torres will face a hearing Friday with NHL officials in New York. The hearing was planned for Wednesday but was deferred at the request of the player and NHL Players’ Association.
Hossa was carried off the ice on a stretcher in the first period Tuesday night after Torres hit him with his shoulder and drove him to the ice. Hossa was carried off the ice on a stretcher and briefly was hospitalized. The team has not said if Hossa, who led the Blackhawks with 77 points this season, will return this season.
Phoenix leads the series 2-1 with Game 4 in Chicago tonight.
Clemens’ jury selection snags on Pettitte’s testimony
WASHINGTON – Jury selection in the Roger Clemens perjury case was temporarily put aside Wednesday as the two sides argued over the scope of testimony that former teammate Andy Pettitte can provide.
The detour was the latest delay in picking a jury, which U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said probably won’t be completed until next week.
The government is trying to convict Clemens of lying to Congress in 2008 when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
Jury selection has gone on for 2½ days, and Walton told some jurors to come back Monday because the questioning of individual jurors won’t be finished this week.
The court is narrowing the initial jury pool of 90 to 36 from which to select the final 12 jurors and four alternates. The extra 20 are needed because Clemens’ lawyers are allowed to strike 12 candidates and prosecutors eight without giving any reason.
By Wednesday, 24 jurors survived the first cut.
Tweak the current system? Or go to a 4-team playoff?
NEW YORK – There are no promises for a playoff, but the guys who run college football will meet next week as they inch toward making major changes to the postseason.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock said Tuesday the meetings in south Florida on April 24-26 will not result in a final decision on how major college football will determine its champions, starting in 2014.
The goal instead for the 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director is to come away with several very specific and detailed options for the leagues to consider when they begin meeting individually next month.
BCS officials are sticking to their self-imposed, midsummer deadline for having a future postseason format completed.
There are four options for the future of the Bowl Championship Series being considered.
One is sticking with the current system with some tweaks, like eliminating automatic bids; another is a traditional-looking playoff, with four seeded teams playing in semifinals and the winners advancing to a championship game.
From KU to SMU, Brown might return to college
DALLAS – Larry Brown is serious about getting back to coaching and the vacancy at Southern Methodist University.
Brown said Wednesday that he hasn’t been offered the job yet but has spoken again with SMU athletic director Steve Orsini since they first met Monday. The 71-year-old Hall of Fame coach said he expected his longtime agent, Joe Glass, to have further conversations with Orsini.
SMU, which is moving from Conference USA to the Big East in 2013, fired Matt Doherty last month after six seasons. The Mustangs haven’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 1988, the year Brown led Kansas to the national championship in his last season as a college coach.