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Messenger Sports Briefs for June 18

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 18

Latest scramble at Pop
decided via scorecard

Poplar Meadows Country Club held its weekly scramble Wednesday with the winning team shooting 10-under par.
The winning team, in a scorecard playoff, included Clint Damron, Kyle Alexander, Alan Knapp, Jay Bowin, Brett Campbell and Shorty Alexander.
Also finishing at 10-under par was the team of Randy Chism, David Sturkie, Chris Tidwell, Mike Revell and Gary Gill.
The weekly scramble begins at 5:30 p.m. each week. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. The fee includes dinner.
Anyone interested in participating should call 885-3650 by 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Alabama plans appeal
for NCAA infractions

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama plans to appeal a ruling by the NCAA Committee on Infractions that forced the football program to vacate 21 wins.
University President Robert Witt, who announced the decision on Wednesday, said the penalties were excessive.
Alabama’s football program and 15 other sports were placed on three years probation after 201 athletes were found to have used their scholarships to get free textbooks or other materials they weren’t entitled to, including 22 who obtained more than $100 in supplies for other students. The NCAA labeled those 22 “intentional wrongdoers.”
licy in effect at that time.”
The football program sustained the biggest blow from the sanctions. The team had to vacate 21 wins from 2005, 2006 and 2007 involving any of seven players who were involved in the violations, including the 2006 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas Tech.
The university has until June 26 to file the appeal to the Infractions Appeals Committee. The NCAA cited Alabama for failure to monitor in imposing the penalties.

SEC hoops tourneys
returning to Nashville

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will return to familiar venues over the next five seasons.
The league announced Wednesday that the men’s tournament will be held at Nashville’s Sommet Center in 2013 and in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome the following season.
The men’s tournament will be played in Nashville, Atlanta and New Orleans over the next three seasons. It has been held in Atlanta a dozen times, the latest in 2008. It was played in Nashville for the fifth time in 2006.
The women’s tournament will return to the Sommet Center, which hosted in 2008, 2011 and 2012. The women’s event will be played in 2010, 2013 and 2014 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

Knoxville in running
for World Cup match

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Knoxville is one of 37 cities hoping to host some World Cup matches should the soccer’s top event come to the U.S. in either 2018 or 2022.
The bid committee that will make the United States’ pitch to host the World Cup says a final list of host cities will be announced by the end of the year.
Knoxville is among the smallest metropolitan areas being considered, but its venue, the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, is the third largest on the list.
The bid committee is requesting more information from remaining cities such as climate, security, transportation and promotion capabilities.

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