Sports in Brief: Report: Ex-LSU star enters a drug rehab

Posted: August 19, 2012

A New Orleans television station is reporting that former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu has entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston since being dismissed from the Tigers.

Fox 8 has reported that Mathieu's adoptive father, Tryone Mathieu, said that the 20-year-old star cornerback and punt returner known as the "Honey Badger" has been at the Right Step recovery center and is being counseled by former NBA player John Lucas.

The Idaho State Board of Education approved a plan, letting the University of Idaho begin scheduling and playing college football as an independent and exploring membership in the Big Sky Conference. The Vandals were a member of the WAC.

Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee was suspended indefinitely for what coach Bob Stoops called a violation of university rules.

Michigan defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins was hospitalized for precautionary reasons and evaluation after injuring his neck.

Iowa defensive lineman John Sawhill is leaving the team because of an injury during preseason practice.

TRACK AND FIELD: Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross was pushed to the limit by Botswana's Amantle Montsho but won the 400 meters at the DN Gala Diamond League event in Stockholm.

Also, American Michael Tinsley defeated Olympic champion Felix Sanchez in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking 48.50 seconds.

DIVING:Anna James and Jessica Parratto led the women's 10-meter synchro preliminaries at the U.S. national diving championships in Greensboro, N.C.

NHL: NHLPA head Donald Fehr said the players are prepared for the eventuality of an owners' lockout if a new collective-bargaining agreement can't be reached. Fehr said it's no surprise for players to hear about the possibility of a lockout, especially since both the NFL and NBA have recently weathered shutdowns.

SOCCER: Two goals within a six-minute span in the second half catapulted the La Salle women's squad past 20th-ranked West Virginia, 2-1, in Morgantown, in the Explorers' season opener. The win extends La Salle's regular-season win streak to 20 games, dating back to Oct. 29, 2010.

The New York Red Bulls and defender Babajide Ogunbiyi have agreed to part ways. The Red Bulls cited undisclosed concerns about the player's physical condition.

Starting this weekend, the U.S. television rights to Spain's La Liga will switch from GolTV to the new beIN Sport USA network, launched this week by the Al-Jazeera Sport Media Network and available in only about 8 million homes to viewers of DirecTV and DISH Network.

Italy's Serie A, France's Ligue 1, England's second-tier League Championship and England's League Cup also have moved to high-spending beIN Sport, which is taking over all of them from News Corp.'s Fox Soccer.

AUTO RACING:Mark Martin posted the top qualifying speed of 199.706 m.p.h. on Michigan International Speedway's still-new surface. It was the fourth pole of the year for the 53-year-old Martin. Carl Edwards qualified second, followed by points leader Jimmie Johnson.

- Staff and wire reports

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