Two players who recently visited Wichita State committed to other schools this week. Guard Austin Chatman, from The Colony High in Texas, gave Creighton an oral commitment, according to the Dallas Morning News. Chatman chose the Bluejays over WSU and Colorado. Sophomore guard Tyrus McGee, from Cowley College, chose Iowa State, according to the Ames Tribune.
* Oklahoma guard Cade Davis will be held out of contact drills during practice but should not miss any games after he suffered a facial fracture. Sooners coach Jeff Capel said that Davis would not need surgery and has been cleared for conditioning and shooting drills. He was injured during a team workout last Friday.
* The U.S. women will begin their quest to reclaim the world championship today when they take on Greece in the opening day of play at the tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The U.S. won Olympic gold in 2008, but placed third in the 2006 worlds. The Americans, who haven't gone consecutive worlds without winning a gold medal since 1971-75, haven't had much time as a team to prepare for the tournament. Wednesday marked the first day that the entire group practiced together because of the WNBA playoffs.
North and Southeast will be looking for their first victory of the season when the play at 7 tonight at Carpenter Stadium.
* The NCAA suspended North Carolina defensive back Kendric Burney six games and safety Deunta Williams four games on Wednesday for receiving improper benefits. Both players must also repay benefits to become eligible, though the school plans to appeal the length of the suspensions. In a news release, the NCAA said Burney received $1,333 in benefits while Williams received $1,426 in benefits. The status of 10 other players remains in question as North Carolina prepares to travel to Rutgers. Among those players are NFL prospects Marvin Austin — who has been suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules — and Robert Quinn on defense, top receiver Greg Little and tailback Ryan Houston. The NCAA visited Chapel Hill in July focused on whether Austin and Little received improper benefits from agents, but that probe expanded to include possible academic misconduct involving a tutor last month.
In a news release, the school said the benefits included trips to California, Atlanta and Las Vegas for Burney, and two trips to California for Williams. Most of the benefits associated with Burney came from someone who the NCAA said qualifies as an agent, while most of Williams' benefits were violations of a rule preventing athletes from receiving "preferential treatment."
* New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will not play against the Miami Dolphins (2-0) on Sunday night because of his strained left hamstring.
* Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended for a minimum of a year without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The fourth-year pro sat out the first four games of the 2009 season while serving a previous suspension for violating the substances of abuse policy. Despite the four-game ban last season, Jackson finished with five interceptions in 12 starts. He had 13 tackles in two games this seasons, helping Tampa Bay to its first 2-0 start in five years.
Fourth-ranked Nebraska beat visiting Kansas 3-1 (21-25, 25-13, 25-18, 25-18). Jenna Kaiser and Karina Garlington each had 11 kills for KU, and Big 12 freshman of the week Brianne Riley had 18 digs. Nebraska improved to 11-2, 3-0 in the Big 12. KU fell to 10-4, 1-2.
* Colorado beat Kansas State 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 14-25, 25-21, 15-10) in Boulder, Colo. JuliAnne Chisholm had 17 kills for K-State (7-6, 2-1).
Josh Wolff came on as a late sub and scored on a diving header seven minutes into second-half stoppage time, and the Kansas City Wizards overcame a two-goal deficit to top the Houston Dynamo 4-3. Kansas City (9-9-6) has lost just one of its past 10 and beat Houston at home for the first time in five meetings. Houston (6-14-5) lost its fourth straight.
* The Hutchinson women moved up to No. 8 in the NJCAA poll — the highest ranking in school history. Hutch (8-0) has shut out seven of its eight opponents this season. Sophomore Caitlyn Coney has 15 goals.
With barely a week to go before the Commonwealth Games begin in New Delhi, frantic last-minute preparations are verging on chaos, international sports officials are furious and the games have become an international embarrassment that could threaten plans for major sporting events in other developing nations.
Scotland and Canada said Wednesday they would delay their departures to New Delhi because of the unfinished athletes' village. Meanwhile, an official with the New Zealand swimming team said international swimming federations could quickly stage an alternative meet if the games were canceled.
Games organizers have faced a slew of troubles recently, including heavy rains, a citywide outbreak of dengue fever, fears over security after the shooting of two tourists near one of the city's top attractions, and the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at the main stadium, injuring 27 construction workers, five critically.
The athletes' village — a symbolic heart of the games — was still unfinished Wednesday. The home for more than 7,000 athletes and officials from 71 countries and territories has been called "unfit for human habitation."