Sports briefs | Southeast selling tickets for football playoff game

November 14, 2012 

Prep football: Southeast tickets on sale

BRADENTON -- Tickets for the Southeast's Class 5A-Region 3 quarterfinal against Lake Wales on Friday will be available at Southeast's front office from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

The cost is $9 for reserve and $8 for general admission. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Southeast.

College football: USF, UCF headed to East Division

The new Big East will have a West Division, and Temple, located in Philadelphia, will be part of it.

The conference revealed its divisional alignment Tuesday for the 2013 football season, when it becomes a 12-team league. The announcement came after the Big East presidents approved the plan at a meeting in Chicago.

The East will have UCF, USF, Connecticut, Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers. The West will have Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU and Temple.

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said the goal was to keep natural rivals such as Louisville and Cincinnati together and make it as simple as possible for fans to know which teams are in which division.

Motorsports: Keselowski can't tweet in car

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brad Keselowski became a social media darling after hopping on Twitter during a lengthy delay in the Daytona 500.

Keselowski was the center of attention, and NASCAR seemed trendy and hip -- a description its executives surely adored.

Turns out, tweeting from the car isn't cool with NASCAR.

Keselowski was fined $25,000 on Monday for tweeting during the red flag at Phoenix International Raceway. The punishment was confusing to fans who vented on Twitter, of course, wondering why Keselowski was punished for Sunday's tweets when he was celebrated by NASCAR for doing the exact same thing in February's season-opening race.

ELSEWHERE -- Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will formally introduce Graham Rahal as its new 2013 driver at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 23-year-old driver will be paired with his father, Bobby, the team's co-owner and winner of three championships along with the 1986 Indianapolis 500. Father and son paired together only once before in IndyCar, for a 12th-place finish in the 2010 Indy 500.

Soccer: Solo ID'd as victim in suspected assault

SEATTLE -- Former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assaulting U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo a day before their planned wedding day, according to police and court records.

A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance Tuesday, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault, according to news reports. He was arrested early Monday for fourth-degree domestic violence assault but has not been charged.

The judge determined there was not enough to hold Stevens, but the case is still under investigation, Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray said Tuesday. Charges could be brought later if prosecutors and police find other evidence, he said.

Skiing: Vonn tested for 'severe intestinal pain'

Lindsey Vonn remained hospitalized in Colorado with "severe intestinal pain" that has been affecting her for the past two weeks.

Vonn's spokesman, Lewis Kay, wrote in an email that the four-time overall World Cup champion was "awaiting results from diagnostic testing for severe intestinal pain."

Soccer: Pele recovering from surgery in Brazil

SAO PAULO -- A Brazilian hospital says Pele is in good condition after surgery.

The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo did not release details, but local media said that the soccer great had a hip operation.

Basketball: Colangelo to return as USA chairman

NEW YORK -- Jerry Colangelo has been re-elected to a second term as chairman of USA Basketball after overseeing a program that has dominated world basketball under his guidance.

Colangelo started as USA Basketball managing director in 2005 before being elected to his first term as chairman. The U.S. men and women won gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and 2010 world basketball championships, and both programs are ranked No. 1 in the world.

Tennis: Mary Laver, wife of Rod Laver, dies at 84

SAN DIEGO -- Mary Laver, wife of tennis great Rod Laver, has died after a long illness. She was 84.

Rod Laver said that Mary Laver died Monday morning at their home in Carlsbad in northern San Diego County.

They were married for 46 years and had one son, Rick, who was born three weeks after Laver won the Grand Slam in 1969. The Australian-born Laver is the only person to have won the Grand Slam twice, the first coming in 1962.

Cross country: Double duty for Stanford runner

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford's Miles Unterreiner will pull off a remarkable double Saturday that would be logistically impossible without help from his school and a huge assist by the NCAA: He will first compete in the NCAA cross country meet in Louisville, then fly to Seattle to interview for a Rhodes Scholarship that afternoon.

All that after he begins the interview process as a Rhodes finalist Friday in Seattle, then travels to Kentucky that night in time for the meet.

Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir said Tuesday the university received a waiver from the NCAA on the travel rule so Unterreiner can take a private plane -- the only way to make this happen. There were no commercial flights that could get him from Kentucky to Seattle in time for the interviews with the selection committee.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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