Texas opens camp with dismissals, suspensions

JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer Published:

AUSTIN, Texas -- New Texas coach Charlie Strong opened his first training camp Sunday by announcing the suspension of three potential starters, and confirmed the dismissal of several other players for legal troubles and team rules violations.

Strong said offensive lineman Desmond Harrison, wide receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner all will miss at least one game for rules violations.

Strong wouldn't detail the violations, but said they ran counter to his team rules of honesty, treating women with respect, no drugs and no guns,

Strong also said wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, who were suspended after being arrested on rape charges, will not be allowed back regardless of how their cases turn out.

Texas hired Strong from Louisville to replace Mack Brown after 16 seasons.

• Baseball

Browns add Bowie: The Cleveland Browns have claimed injured offensive lineman Michael Bowie off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

Bowie was a seventh-round pick a year ago and made eight starts during his first NFL season. But he needs shoulder surgery that will sideline him for four to six months, and he was cut by the Seahawks on Saturday.

Irish OC out: Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock will miss "the first few weeks of preseason camp" after having surgery last week.

Coach Brian Kelly announced in a statement Sunday that he would assume Denbrock's duties until his assistant returns.

Kelly says Denbrock is "doing extremely well," but did not give specifics about his medical condition.

UM suspends WR: Michigan wide receiver Csont'e York has been suspended indefinitely.

Coach Brady Hoke released a statement Sunday saying York failed to meet "team standards" and will not report for fall camp. Hoke says every person in the program has to represent the school and the football program the right way on and off the field.

• Elsewhere

Long rehab: Doctors say Paul George's biggest battle is yet to come, and it may take a year or more before he returns to the Pacers lineup.

After the two-time All-Star suffered a gruesome open tibia-fibula fracture on his right leg during a USA Basketball intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas, the questions began in earnest about George's recovery -- and whether he'd ever regain the form a that made him one of NBA's most complete players.

Throw first pitch: Two Michigan brothers who completed a 40-mile walk have teamed up again to throw out the first pitch at a Tigers game.

Fourteen-year-old Hunter Gandee carried his seven-year-old brother Braden on his back over two days in June. The Gandee brothers battled the elements and fatigue to finish the walk from their hometown of Temperance to Ann Arbor.

Ends drought: Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fifth win at Mid-Ohio in the last eight years, coasting in on low fuel to end Target Chip Ganassi Racing's victory drought in 2014.

The 34-year-old New Zeland driver, who started last in the 22-car field, also won on the twisty road course between Cleveland and Columbus in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Ogilvy wins: Geoff Ogilvy won the Barracuda Championship after nearly skipping the event following another disappointing finish last week in the Canadian Open.

Ogilvy won his eighth PGA Tour title and first since 2010 at Kapalua, scoring five points with a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 13th and pulling away for a five-point victory in the modified Stableford event.

Serena takes title: Serena Williams won her WTA-leading fourth title of the season Sunday, beating third-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-6(1), 6-3 in the Bank of the West Classic.

The top-ranked and top-seeded Williams won the hard-court event for the third time.

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