GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida expects to know what will happen with its postponed season opener in the next two days.
The Gators don’t need nearly as much time to decide what to do about the suspensions of receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick.
Florida coach Will Muschamp reinstated Robinson, Cummings and Bostwick on Monday, saying they would play Saturday against Eastern Michigan (1-0). So their punishment essentially lasted 10 seconds.
The game was postponed Saturday night after Florida Field became unplayable after hours of downpours. The season opener for both teams started after a nearly three-hour lightning delay – and then stopped after 10 seconds.
Valdez Showers returned the opening kickoff 64 yards, giving Florida’s offense the ball on the 14-yard line. But more lightning was detected around the stadium, and the game was halted for good.
Game officials, athletic directors and the Southeastern Conference offered four possible outcomes:
The teams could resume the game at a later date. They could end the game with a determined final score. They could forfeit the game. Or they could declare a “no contest.”
In Clermont, Alexis DeJoria raced past John Force to win the Funny Car division at the NHRA’s U.S. Nationals on Monday. DeJoria crossed the finish line in 4.038 seconds at 310.34 mph in a Toyota Camry. She became the fourth female winner of the U.S. Nationals and the first woman to win three Funny Car races in a single season. Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were first-time winners at the event.
A small auction house that’s becoming known for selling rare baseball memorabilia has come across a collection from 1909, 1910 and 1911 that features more than 1,400 cards including famous players like Cy Young and Ty Cobb. Troy Thibodeau from Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford, Maine, says the collection is composed of tobacco cards that were included in cigarette packs.
Spain beat Brazil in a battle of unbeatens to take the lead in Group A, while Greece also improved to 3-0 in a Group B that Senegal shook up with the big upset of Croatia on Monday at the Basketball World Cup in Spain. The U.S. was off, a night after rallying from a halftime deficit to beat Turkey, and play New Zealand today.
Texas quarterback David Ash, who missed most of last season with concussion symptoms, will not play this week against BYU after getting headaches and feeling dizzy in the hours following the Longhorns’ season-opening win over North Texas. Ash took several hard hits to the head in the 38-7 win, but head coach Charlie Strong said Monday that Ash showed no symptoms during the game. Strong would not speculate whether Ash, who has 22 career starts, could or should try to play again.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty has two cracked small bones in his back, according to an MRI on Monday, a day after taking an early shot to his back and playing only the first half of the 10th-ranked Bears’ season-opening 45-0 win over SMU. The diagnosis was two cracked transverse processes, small bones that stick out from each side of a vertebra.
Former NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais, a six-time all-star, has died at 68. The New York Rangers reported on their website that Vadnais, who spent seven seasons with the team, died Sunday. A cause of death was not given. Vadnais made his NHL debut in 1966-67 with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and played 17 seasons, winning Stanley Cups in 1968 with Montreal and 1972 with Boston. He also played for the California Golden Seals and New Jersey Devils.
Diego Maradona and Roberto Baggio were among a host of former soccer stars who played in an interreligious charity match in Rome backed by Pope Francis. The Argentine pope, an avid soccer fan, did not attend but had an audience with both teams before the match. As well as promoting peace, the game benefited at-risk kids.
Delroy Facey, a 34-year-old former Premier League soccer player, has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery as part of an ongoing investigation into the fixing of lower-league soccer matches in England. He will appear in court today.