More allegations of college football players receiving improper benefits, the Tampa Bay Rays continue to lose and another week of the NFL starts in our Thursday Sports News and Notes…
** Yahoo Sports is reporting that at least five former and current SEC players received improper benefits during their college careers. The players named are Alabama’s D.J. Fluker, Mississippi State’s Chad Bumphis and Fletcher Cox, Tennessee’s Tyler Bray and Maurice Couch; Couch is still in school. All the schools involved say they are investigating the allegations.
** Week 2 of the NFL season starts tonight when the New England Patriots host the New York Jets; the Jets learned quarterback Mark Sanchez could be lost for the season which means rookie Geno Smith could be the starter for the foreseeable future.
** New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is gone for the season because of another injury. He hit less than .200 in 17 games in an injury riddled season; he is under contract for next season.
** In the baseball pennant races, Tampa Bay again loses to Boston 7-3; the Rays have gone 4-13 in their last 17 games and their second wild card lead has been reduced to one game over the Yankees, who beat Baltimore 5-4. The Orioles, Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals are all within two games of the Rays as well.
** The 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame class for the University of Florida has been announced. Baseball star Mike Stanley, softball pitcher Jenny Gladding, men’s tennis player Justin O’Neal, soccer player Sarah Yohe and women’s track star Colleen Rosensteel are among those to be honored in a ceremony next March.