Sports briefs, Oct. 11, 2011

Posted Oct. 12, 2011, at 12:56 a.m.

Bruins ink C Peverley to 3-year extension

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have signed center Rich Peverley, a key member of last season’s Stanley Cup championship team, to a three-year contract extension.

The team announced the deal on Tuesday that will keep Peverley under contract through the 2014-15 season. The 29-year-old forward was acquired by the Bruins from the former Atlanta Thrashers on Feb. 18.

Peverley had four goals and three assists in 23 regular-season games, and added four goals and eight assists in the playoffs last season.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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AD apologizes for saying TV influenced expansion

BOSTON — Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo has apologized to the presidents and ADs of the Atlantic Coast Conference for saying in a newspaper interview that ESPN told the league to add Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

Boston College released DeFilippo’s short letter on Tuesday. In it, he apologizes for “any negative effects caused by my recent interview with a Boston Globe reporter.”

He adds that he “spoke inappropriately and erroneously regarding ESPN’s role in conference expansion.”

DeFilippo also said in the story that Boston College worked to keep UConn from being invited to the ACC.

“We didn’t want them in,” he told the Globe. “It was a matter of turf. We wanted to be the New England team.”

When Boston College left the Big East for the ACC after the 2005 season, UConn was among the remaining conference members that sued BC.

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Bucs S Jackson has been reinstated to NFL

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson has been reinstated to the NFL after being suspended more than a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The Buccaneers said Tuesday that the fifth-year pro has been placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, which means the Bucs will have up to two weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster.

Jackson was a fourth round draft pick in 2007 and started 32 consecutive games to begin his career. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was disciplined again for a minimum of a year in September 2010.

The safety became eligible for reinstatement on Sept. 22.

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Notre Dame’s Abromaitis will miss first four games

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis will miss the first four games of the regular season because he played in two exhibition contests three years ago before sitting out the rest of the year.

The 6-foot-8 senior averaged 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Irish last season. He has already graduated and last year worked on his MBA.

The problem dates to his sophomore year, when he played in two exhibition games at the beginning of the 2008-09 season. Abromaitis sat out the rest of that regular season to preserve an extra year of eligibility. But the NCAA only allows freshmen to sit out exhibition games and retain a year of eligibility.

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Report: Ohio State pays players’ lawyer $142,000

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Lantern is reporting that the university has paid a Columbus law firm nearly $142,000 to represent players during recent NCAA investigations into the eligibility of several Buckeyes athletes.

The student newspaper reports that the firm of Crabbe, Brown and James LLP has been paid $141,814.30 as of mid-September. Ohio State spokeswoman Shelly Hoffman confirmed the total.

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Coaching community hit hard by Stoops firing

The firing of Arizona coach Mike Stoops wasn’t completely unexpected after the downward spiral the Wildcats had gone into.

Within the coaching ranks, news of Stoops’ firing hit hard, from his friends and famous family to coaches concerned about the lack of loyalty by universities.

Stoops was 41-50 in his eight seasons in the desert and his team had lost 10 of 11 over two seasons after a road loss to previously winless Oregon State on Saturday.

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