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Audio of Nebraska Coach’s Rant Surfaces

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday he doesn’t know if he’ll be disciplined for his profane rant about Cornhuskers fans two years ago, adding that he expects most will continue to support him.

An audio of Pelini’s tirade leaked to the sports website Deadspin has Big Red fans buzzing.

Pelini issued an apology in a statement Monday night and reiterated it during the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference on Tuesday. Chancellor Harvey Perlman has expressed disappointment in Pelini but declined to comment when asked if the coach would be disciplined. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was “disheartened.”

Pelini said he has met with Eichorst and spoken on the phone with Perlman about the audio. He did not elaborate.

Pelini told reporters he was shocked by the release of the audio, though he indicated he knew a potentially damaging audio existed. Pelini said he might lose some fan support, but that he was confident many would understand that his comments were made during what he thought was a private conversation before his radio show after the Huskers’ 34-27 win over Ohio State in October 2011.

“I think I’ve built up enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I’ve conducted myself, how I’ve run this program and what we’ve done with this program to earn some forgiveness for something that was made in a private setting,” Pelini said. “People will understand this isn’t how I feel about the fans. I’ve said it over and over.”

The Deadspin audio caught Pelini speaking off air with Husker Sports Network play-by-play man Greg Sharpe and associate athletic director for community relations Chris Anderson. Pelini criticized fans who left the stadium in the third quarter, when the Huskers trailed 27-6. Nebraska’s comeback was the biggest in program history.

Pelini also used profanity while ripping two Omaha World-Herald sports writers. Pelini had dressed down one of the writers in his postgame news conference that night for writing what he thought was an overly critical column about quarterback Taylor Martinez. In the days before the Ohio State game, Pelini faced withering criticism for the Huskers’ performance the week before in a 31-point loss at Wisconsin.

Pelini repeatedly uses expletives while talking about “fair-weather” fans and how the day is coming that he’ll be gone and that he wonders how the team will fare without him.

The Deadspin audio surfaced two days after the Huskers squandered a 21-3 lead and lost 41-21 to UCLA. The Huskers play FCS South Dakota State this week in Lincoln.

Sailing

America’s Cup Races Postponed

San Francisco — Strong wind blowing in through the Golden Gate Bridge and a strong tide flowing out to sea forced organizers to postpone two America’s Cup races Tuesday between Emirates Team Zealand and defender Oracle Team USA.

Lighter wind is expected on San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, when organizers hope to complete Races 11 and 12. The schedule is four races behind.

Team New Zealand leads 7-1 and needs two wins to claim the America’s Cup for the second time in 18 years. Oracle Team USA, owned by software mogul Larry Ellison, was penalized two points in a cheating scandal so it needs eight more victories to keep the Auld Mug.

The wind limit of 23 knots was reduced to 20.3 knots because of an ebb tide flowing out at 2.7 knots. Regatta director Iain Murray said it was the strongest current day of the summer.

The wind gusted just above 24 knots right before the races were called off.

Soccer

Ronaldo’s Trick
Leads Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second Champions League hat trick to lead Real Madrid over Galatasaray 6-1 Tuesday night, and Manchester United, Manchester City and title holder Bayern Munich all opened with victories.

Ronaldo scored in the 63rd and 66th minutes of the Group B game, then added a goal in stoppage time in Istanbul. It was the 22nd club hat trick for Ronaldo, his first in Europe’s top club competition since Oct. 3 last year at Ajax.

Wayne Rooney scored twice to reach the 200-goal mark for Manchester United in a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen, the three-time champions’ first match in the competition since David Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson as manager. Robin van Persie also scored for the Red Devils in the Group A match, and Simon Rolfes and Omer Toprak had goals for the visitors.