Sports Briefs

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Big 12 TV deals near completion

LAWRENCE, Kan. – After a long period of uncertainty, the Big 12 is poised to announce several deals in the coming weeks that should underscore its newfound solidarity.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said during a stop at Kansas on Wednesday that a multiyear television deal that could be worth as much as $2.6 billion should be finalized soon, and that progress on a TV deal and location for the newly created Champions Bowl are coming along quickly.

The recently hired commissioner is touring member schools this week, hitting nine of 10 in the coming days. Bowlsby plans to visit West Virginia in late September.

The new TV deal is expected to cover 13 years with an arrangement for FOX and ABC/ESPN to share over-the-air and cable rights. Bowlsby said the league was working within the framework of the contract when it released a schedule for the first three weeks of the season.

“The exposure for our football programs, for men’s and women’s basketball and our Olympic sports, will be unprecedented,” Bowlsby said. “We’ll be much more widely distributed.”

Harrington leads at Bethpage

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Padraig Harrington found a way to take some of the attention away from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on Thursday. He made six birdies on the tough back nine of Bethpage Black and opened the FedEx Cup playoffs with a 7-under 64 for a one-shot lead at The Barclays.

And that surely got the attention of Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

Harrington has to rely on a captain’s pick to make his seventh straight European team, and that looks to be unlikely. Not only has the three-time major champion gone four years without winning against a strong field, he and Olazabal are not the best of friends after a dispute at the Seve Trophy from nine years ago.

OSU LB Klein

is reinstated

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein, kicked off the team when he was charged with domestic violence, has been reinstated by coach Urban Meyer after pleading guilty to a lesser charge earlier this week.

Klein, a senior who started 10 games last year, will not be allowed to play until at least the third game of the season. The No. 18 Buckeyes open Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio).

Klein was involved in an altercation with the mother of his child in July.

In a statement, Meyer said, “The charges that would have violated our core values have been totally dismissed.” He said he re-assessed the situation and allowed Klein back.

Golson named ND’s starting QB

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said sophomore Everett Golson will start at quarterback in the opener Sept. 1 against Navy in Dublin.

Golson edged junior Andrew Hendrix for the position.

“After a lot of practice, lots of film, lots of evaluation, he won the job,” Kelly said Thursday. “Andrew did a great job, made great improvements. I’m really pleased with the progress of both those young men. It was a tough decision. If things go the way we’re planning it, he’ll play the whole game.”