Two Tennessee football players suspended amid rape probe

Two University of Tennessee football players have been suspended from the team amid allegations of a sexual assault.

A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams have been suspended, according to the school. On Monday, Knoxville police confirmed they are investigating reports of rape and sexual assault by two Tennessee students involving two female victims in off-campus housing.

Football coach Butch Jones declined to identify the two players at a noon press briefing, but The Tennessean has identified the suspects as Johnson, a senior linebacker, and Williams, a sophomore defensive back.

The two players were suspended Monday afternoon, according to the school’s Twitter account.

The Tennessean said the incidents allegedly occurred about 3 a.m. Sunday. One 19-year-old victim — a current Tennessee student — told police she was raped by two male students.

Another 19-year-old female — a student visiting from an out-of-state college — told police she was a victim of sexual assault.

It’s unknown if the incidents are related.

Blackhawks send ex-UMaine goalie back to AHL

The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Stephen Johns and goaltender Antti Raanta from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL and reassigned forward Joakim Nordstrom and goaltender Scott Darling to Rockford on Monday.

Darling, 25, went 2-1-0 with a .933 save percentage and a 1.98 GAA in three games with Chicago this season. He is 5-2-0 with a .935 save percentage and 1.83 GAA in seven games with the IceHogs. He played two seasons at Maine (2009-11).

The Blackhawks also placed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on injured reserve.

Johns, 22, a second-round pick in 2010, has five assists in 16 games with Rockford this season.

Raanta, 25, is 1-2-0 with a .933 save percentage and 2.03 goals-against average in three games with Chicago this season.

Nordstrom, 22, saw his first action with Chicago this season on Sunday in a 6-2 win over the Dallas Stars. He has eight points (five goals, three assists) in 14 games with Rockford this season.

The Blackhawks play the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Arkansas fined $25,000 by the SEC

Arkansas was fined $25,000 by the SEC on Monday after fans stormed the field Saturday to celebrate the school’s first SEC victory after a 17-game losing streak.

It is at least the sixth celebration fine this season by the SEC, which instituted the ban in 2004. LSU, Mississippi and Kentucky all have been punished as well.

The Razorbacks’ 17-0 win over LSU in the Battle of the Boot on Saturday was the first conference win for coach Bret Bielema since he was hired from Wisconsin after the 2012 season. He had lost 13 straight SEC contests.

“Celebration of a victory is understandable and appreciated but should be exhibited in the appropriate manner,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “We cannot forget that significant risk of injury for student-athletes and fans alike can result from incidents such as this.”

Colts’ Bradshaw suffers broken ankle

Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw suffered what appears to be a broken ankle against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, according to multiple reports.

The team said Bradshaw suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the 42-20 loss and was taken for X-rays. Further testing was scheduled Monday with an MRI planned.

Initial results Sunday night indicated a fracture, The Indianapolis Star and ESPN reported.

Bradshaw left the stadium in a boot on his left foot and on crutches after gaining 4 yards on seven carries. He also caught four passes for 7 yards.

Bradshaw is the team’s leading rusher with 425 yards.