Friday Sports Briefs

Canadian Prosecutors Consider Charges Against Chara

Canadian prosecutors are reportedly considering charging Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins with assault after his check on the Canadians’ Max Pacioretty left Pacioretty hospitalized.  According to Richard Weir of the Boston Herald, charges against Chara would be unlikely, at least under US law.  Typically, tort actions arising from in-game conduct require intentional conduct well beyond acceptable norms for the particular sport.  There is precedent in Canada for prosecution.  In 2000, Marty McSorley was found guilty of assault after slashing Donald Brashear with his stick.

Ohio State’s Tressel Suspended

Jim Tressel, head football coach at Ohio State University has been suspended for two games and fined $250,000 for failing report information that he received concerning potential NCAA violations last April.  Tressel’s contract can reportedly be voided for his failure to report the violations, although that appears unlikelyPete Thamel of the New York Times asks whether there are real deterrents for cheating, ironically noting that Tressel’s book tour was interrupted by the report of his suspension.

More Fiesta Bowl Financials

Following the story that UConn lost $1,663,560 by participating in the Fiesta Bowl, the Hartford Courant’s Desmond Conner reports that Oklahoma, UConn’s opponent, made $9,350 –  but not until the Big 12 absorbed 10,403 tickets at $1,884,250 (Oklahoma absorbed 1,530 tickets at $337,080).   The Big East does not have a similar policy.  Of course, the  fact that the BCS bowls are not profitable for other schools doesn’t make the current system any more palatable.

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