Indiana plans to immediately begin guaranteeing four-year scholarships to athletes and will agree not to reduce the amount of money students on partial scholarship receive year to year based on illness, injury or ability, athletic director Fred Glass said Friday.
The changes are part of a plan announced by the school that Glass calls a "student-athlete bill of rights. It will include significant financial support to former athletes who wish to return to finish their degrees and increased health care commitments, he said.
Glass said in an interview with The Associated Press that the changes were not in response to the lawsuit by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and others over the NCAA's use of their images in broadcasts and video games without compensation or the push by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter to form the first union for college athletes.
"But we're all products of our environments and I think rightfully there's more attention being placed on what benefits do these student-athletes get for the recognition and attention they generate for a university. So I can't tell you that if all this wasn't going on we would have done this. Maybe it wouldn't have been on our radar screen," he said. "But I can tell you it wasn't a reaction to any one thing."
Reds ink pitcher: The Cincinnati Reds are hoping for more success with a Cuban pitcher.
The team signed right-hander Raisel Iglesias to a seven-year contract Friday. Several media outlets reported the deal is worth $27 million.
The 24-year-old Iglesias will join the Reds organization once his visa problems are resolved.
Iglesias pitched for Isla de la Juventud in Cuba's National Series for three years, compiling an 8-12 record with a 3.47 ERA over 88 appearances, all but five in relief.
Jocketty said Iglesias, a converted shortstop, can throw the ball up to 96 mph.
Holland pitches: Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, sidelined following micro-fracture knee surgery in January, completed a simulated game early Saturday but isn't scheduled to be sent out for a rehab pitching assignment.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Holland did what he was asked to do during the 67-pitch session, which was designed primarily to test his Holland's ability to field his position.
Lease put off: A planned vote on a 10-year lease that would keep the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum was put off after representatives from the City of Oakland did not show up for the meeting.
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority was expected to vote on the stadium deal Friday. But four of the authority's eight board members were not present.
• Auto Racing
Kenseth staying with JGR: Joe Gibbs Racing has announced a contract extension for driver Matt Kenseth and Dollar General's expanded sponsorship of his No. 20 Toyota Camry.
The discount store chain will sponsor the car for 30 races in 2015 including the season-opening Daytona 500. That's up from 27 events this year and 17 in 2013.
Dollar General chairman Rick Dreiling said Saturday that Kenseth's success with JGR and his appeal made it easy to expand the company's involvement, calling him "great for our brand." Both announcements pleased Kenseth, who said his relationships with the team and sponsor "has been a great fit for me."
Colombians 1-2-3: Moments after Colombia wrapped up its victory over Uruguay in the World Cup, a trio of Colombian drivers headed to the rain-soaked podium at the Grand Prix of Houston.
One by one, Carlos Huertas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos Munoz unfurled their yellow, blue and red flags in a celebratory Saturday for their country. It was the first all-Colombian podium in IndyCar history.
Huertas, a 23-year-old rookie, used strategy to grab his first career victory. He was followed by Montoya, in his highest finish in this year's return to IndyCar, and then Munoz, who was moved to third-place when Graham Rahal wrecked Tony Kanaan on an aborted final restart.
No problem with Redskins: Count former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs among those who has no problem with the team's name.
The NFL team that Gibbs led to three Super Bowl titles in the first of two stints as coach has been heavily criticized for its nickname that's viewed as derogatory toward Native Americans. A group of U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have suggested it should be changed, which team owner Daniel Snyder vehemently refuses.
Asked about the controversy before the NASCAR race Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, the Hall of Fame coach and racing team owner called the Redskins name "prideful" and said, "everything about that name has been positive for me."
Jacket signs extension: The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Dalton Prout to a two-year contract extension.
Prout was a restricted free agent who could have received offers from other teams beginning on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Prout has three goals and 10 assists in 82 career NHL games, all with Columbus. He has a rating of plus-9 with 62 penalty minutes.
Sets record: Gwen Jorgensen became the first woman to win six career ITU World Triathlon Series events, topping the field Saturday at Grant Park.
Jorgensen, the Olympian from St. Paul, Minnesota, completed the 1,500-meter swim, 38.1-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 33 seconds.
Jorgensen, also the winner this year in Yokohama, Japan, and London, broke a tie with Australia's Emma Moffatt and Canada's Paula Findlay for the series record.