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Sports briefs for May 27, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Seahawks have players-only meeting about PED suspensions

Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor told SiriusXM NFL radio Monday that he and other leaders conducted a players-only meeting about the rash of PED suspensions affecting the team.

“We’ve got to grow up and move past that,” Chancellor said. “That’s pretty much the message right now.”

Defensive end Bruce Irvin became the fifth player on the Seahawks to get suspended since 2011 after he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.

Irvin is suspended the first four games of the season.

“Bruce is a key part of our defense,” Chancellor said. “But our team is so stacked in our depth. Everybody is so good that whoever steps into that role, they’ll do their job, so we shouldn’t miss a beat.”

Cornerback Brandon Browner, safety Winston Guy, and offensive linemen John Moffitt and Allen Barbre have also been disciplined for PED violations over the past two seasons. Cornerback Richard Sherman also tested positive, but had his suspension overturned on an appeal.

New Rutgers AD Hermann denies allegations

Newly-hired Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann told reporters during a conference call Monday that she does not plan to resign, despite allegations that she mentally abused players when she was volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee.

“I never considered withdrawing because I feel very qualified to lead Rutgers into the future and into the transition of the Big Ten,” Hermann said. “And I do feel the support of the Rutgers community.”

Hermann denied the abuse allegations, which came up after she was hired by Rutgers last week.

“I don’t know what their motivation is 17 years later,” Hermann said. “Am I an intense coach? I’m absolutely an intense coach as many coaches are. But there is a big canyon between being super-intense and abuse. And this was not an abusive environment for these women.”

Hermann also denied that she called the players “whores,” which was part of their complaint against her.

Hermann is scheduled to start in June. She was hired after former AD Tim Pernetti stepped down in the wake of a video showing then-men’s basketball coach Mike Rice yelling gay slurs and hitting players during practice. Rice was fired after the video went public.

Olazabal, Khan, Casey qualify for next month’s U.S. Open

Former European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal booked a place in next month’s U.S. Open after coming through 36-hole qualifying and a subsequent playoff at Walton Heath on the outskirts of London on Monday.

The 47-year-old was one of 12 players to clinch a spot in the second major of the season at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania from June 13-16 after rounds of 68 and 73 gave him a three-under total of 141.

The Spaniard and British pair David Howell and John Parry all advanced with birdies at the first extra hole.

Argentine Estanislao Goya and Briton Chris Doak also qualified, leaving Swede Rikard Karlberg as the only one to miss out from the playoff.

Britain’s Simon Khan, beaten by Italian Matteo Manassero in a playoff in the PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday, was the leading qualifier on seven-under 137.

British pair Paul Casey and Eddie Pepperell, South African Jaco van Zyl, Morten Madsen of Denmark, Swede Peter Hedblom and Australian Marcus Fraser will also be competing at Merion.

Blackhawks’ Mayers fined for pre-game antics

Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers hasn’t played at all in the postseason, but he still managed to get fined by the league.

Mayers was fined a half day’s pay — about $1,600 — for shooting pucks into the Detroit Red Wings goal during warmups prior to Game 5 on Saturday, TSN reported.

Mayers shot about five pucks into Jimmy Howard’s net from Chicago’s side of center.

“I was trying to get under their skin,” Mayers told ESPN. “The league fined me and took the appropriate action. I’ll pay the piper.”

Chicago won the game 4-1 but still trails in the series 3-2.

Brazil stadium roof tears weeks before World Cup warmup

RIO DE JANEIRO — A second stadium in Brazil being used for this month’s Confederations Cup, a warm-up event for soccer’s World Cup next year, has structural problems with its roof.

Images broadcast on television channel Record showed part of the roof’s covering torn as workers bailed out rainwater that had settled on the structure of the Arena Fonte Nova, one of the new stadiums built for the World Cup. Italy will train at Rio de Janeiro Joao Havelange stadium during the eight-team Confederations Cup. That stadium, built in 2007, is indefinitely shut to the public after signs of wear were found on its roof.

Local Organizing committee spokesman Saint-Clair Milesi wasn’t immediately able to comment.

“The Local Organising Committee and FIFA are aware of the partial rupture of one of the 36 membrane panels of the roof of the Arena Fonte Nova,” FIFA said Saturday in a statement. “The repairs are already underway. The causes for this rupture are currently being evaluated including a detailed assessment of all panels. The LOC is monitoring the repairs through their on-site experts.”

Brazil’s stadium preparation program for the month-long World Cup has been hurt by delays and cost overruns on several projects. The Marcana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which will host the final game of the tournament, was opened several months after a second-deadline from FIFA in December because the stadium’s roof needed to be rebuilt.

Nationals’ Harper out with knee bursitis

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was not in Monday’s lineup and will probably also be out Tuesday because of knee bursitis.

Manager Davey Johnson told reporters before Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles that an MRI showed no structural damage.

Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih told USA Today that Harper has inflammation of the bursa sac in front of his knee, but should clear up in a couple of days.

Harper could return as the designated hitter for Wednesday’s game against the Orioles.

The Nationals placed left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle. The move was backdated to last Thursday so he is eligible to return on Sunday.

UNC gets top NCAA baseball seed

North Carolina received the top overall seed in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament on Monday.

The 64-team double-elimination tournament begins Friday with four 16-team regionals.

North Carolina (52-8) opens against Canisius (42-15), which won the MAAC postseason tournament championship and will make its NCAA tourney debut.

The best-of-three super regionals will be next week, and the eight remaining teams in the tournament head to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The top national seeds after North Carolina are Vanderbilt, Oregon State, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, Florida State and Oregon.

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