Report: NCAA Investigating Manziel Autographs
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2012, file phot, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs past Mississippi State defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls (92) and other defenders for a touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss. Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney are providing the star power in the Southeastern Conference's drive for an eighth straight national title not those millionaire coaches. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
Bristol, Conn. — ESPN says the NCAA is investigating whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs in January.
Citing unidentified sources, ESPN’s Outside the Lines said the Heisman Trophy winner signed items in exchange for a five-figure fee during his trip to Miami for the BCS championship game.
ESPN said sources told Outside the Lines that Manziel signed photographs, footballs, mini football helmets and other items at the request of autograph broker Drew Tieman.
Reached at his home Sunday night in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Tieman declined to make any comment or take any questions from The Associated Press.
ESPN reported that a source said James Garland, the NCAA’s assistant director of enforcement, contacted Tieman and at least one person associated with the signings in June.
“We cannot comment on current, pending or potential investigations,” NCAA spokeswoman Emily Potter told the AP in an email statement Sunday night.
Texas A&M also declined to comment.
It’s unclear what level of involvement the NCAA has at this point. When a player is believed to have broken rules, it’s not uncommon for a school to declare that player ineligible, then ask the NCAA to investigate and reinstate the athlete’s eligibility.
Stosur Conquers Carlsbad
Carlsbad, Calif. — Sam Stosur won the Southern California Open on Sunday for her first title in nearly two years, beating top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3.
The fifth-seeded Stosur had lost all of her previous eight matches against Azarenka, winning only two sets.
The title was Stosur’s third in her career and the first since she won her only major, the 2011 U.S. Open.
Rybarikova, Del Potro
Win in D.C.
Washington — Magdalena Rybarikova is unbeaten at the Citi Open: two years, two titles.
The seventh-seeded Slovakian turned things around after a slow start and beat unseeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (2) in Sunday’s final to improve to 10-0 at the hard-court tournament.
Half of her four career trophies came at the Citi Open.
Eventually solving John Isner’s big serve, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro won his third Citi Open title and 14th consecutive match at the hard-court tournament by winning hiss final 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Getting his game in shape ahead of the U.S. Open, the Grand Slam tournament he won in 2009 and which starts in three weeks, del Potro broke Isner four times in all, including three in a row while winning seven consecutive games to take control.
Isner had not even faced a break point over any of his previous three matches. Del Potro also limited Isner to six aces, after the eighth-seeded and 20th-ranked American pounded 29 in the semifinals.
Kimball Speeds to Victory
Lexington, Ohio — Charlie Kimball slipped by Simon Pagenaud with 18 laps remaining and pulled away to win the Indy 200 on Sunday at Mid-Ohio.
Racing in a backup car after wrecking in practice Saturday morning, Kimball beat Pagenaud to the finish line by more than 5 seconds for his first career IndyCar victory.
Pagenaud held on for second. Dario Franchitti was third, followed by Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Points leader Helio Castroneves rallied from 15th to sixth. Scott Dixon’s bid to win a fourth straight race never materialized. He finished seventh.
Kimball, a diabetic in his third season with Chip Ganassi Racing, had only led 15 laps in his IndyCar career before dominating after taking the lead from Hunter-Reay a third of the way through the 90-lap event.