Source: U.S. Cuts Roster To 16
New York — A person with knowledge of the details says the U.S. men’s national team has cut John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap, leaving the roster at 16 players.
With Paul George lost to a broken right leg, the Americans will have to drop four more players before the World Cup of Basketball later this month in Spain.
The Americans made the cuts Monday that had been planned for Saturday but delayed after George’s injury, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the roster moves were going to be announced today. They were first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Montreal — Sabine Lisicki upset 13th-seeded Sara Errani 6-1, 7-5 in the first round of the Rogers Cup on Monday.
Errani, the 2012 French Open runner-up, is most comfortable on clay, while the 29th-ranked Lisicki likes the faster surfaces. Lisicki, the 2013 Wimbledon runner-up, hit the fastest recorded serve in WTA history (131 mph) last week at Stanford.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova beat Roberta Vinci 7-5, 7-5. Zahlavova Strycova will face third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.
Cilic a Winner
Toronto — Croatia’s Marin Cilic defeated Usbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Monday on the opening day of the Rogers Cup.
Cilic, seeded 15th, will play the winner of a night match between Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Malek Jaziri in the second round of this U.S. Open tuneup.
Ohio State Names Band Directors
Columbus, Ohio — Two music professors will be interim leaders of Ohio State University’s celebrated marching band, with one focusing on compliance and student safety in the wake of the investigation that led to the director’s firing, the university said Monday.
The announcement, accompanied by supportive statements from the trustees’ chairman and the head of the alumni association, comes less than two weeks after the firing of director Jonathan Waters.
A two-month investigation concluded Waters knew about but failed to stop a “sexualized culture” of rituals that included students marching in their underwear and performing sexually themed stunts to get explicit nicknames — a culture that he and his lawyer say he was trying to change. He had led the band since 2012, creating popular halftime shows that drew millions of views on YouTube.
Ohio State’s director of university bands, Russel C. Mikkelson, is now overseeing the marching band, and the associate director of bands, Scott A. Jones, is responsible for student safety and compliance with Title IX sexual discrimination laws, the school said Monday. It plans a national search for the next permanent director.
The announcement shows that Ohio State has “taken a necessary step forward by doing what we must, and what is right,” the chair of the trustees’ board, Jeffrey Wadsworth, said in a statement. He said he fully backs the decision to fire Waters.
A statement from the president of the university’s overall alumni association, football great Archie Griffin, echoed that support.
A different alumni group, the powerful and well-funded alumni association for the marching band, is challenging the findings of the investigation. It has launched its own review and efforts to get Waters reinstated.
The university says it had to move swiftly on a complaint against Waters under federal sexual discrimination laws.
New Ohio State President Michael Drake has enlisted former state Attorney General Betty Montgomery to lead a task force that will advise Drake’s administration on how the band’s culture evolved to its current state and make recommendations for its future.