PRESS BOX: Baylor women's coach suspended one game

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Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey received a one-game suspension Tuesday for criticizing officials after the Bears' loss to the Louisville Cardinals earlier this year in the national championship tournament.

Mulkey will serve her punishment during her next NCAA Tournament appearance.

Following the loss to Louisville, Mulkey said the game was too physical and that additional tournament time for the three officials would be "be sad for the game."

---Former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine is dropping his $11 million defamation lawsuit against ESPN, according to a report.

Fine, 67, had filed the suit on April 4 against ESPN. He was fired in November 2011 after alleged sexual misconduct with two former ball boys for the men's baseketball team in the 1980s and '90s,

ESPN refused to comment on the suit or indicate whether the two sides might have settled out of court. Fine's wife, Laurie, also sued ESPN for defamation and that case is pending in federal court.

NFL

While former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits in a Boston jail accused of killing Odin Lloyd, he sparked an early Saturday morning brawl at a diner in Hartford, Conn.

In what appears to be a case of mistaken identity, a fight broke out after someone shouted "Hey, Aaron Hernandez" to a man who resembled the former Patriots tight end. That man was believed to be D.J. Hernandez, the disgraced football player's older brother.

By the time police arrived at the diner, the man thought to be D.J. Hernandez had left. Police say he was not involved in the melee. Three people were arrested -- two of those arrested told police that they indeed had been sitting with D.J. Hernandez.

According to the Hartford Courant, someone in the diner yelled at the person who was shouting Hernandez's name to shut up, and the fight started. A woman was punched in the face and pushed to the floor. The two men sitting with Hernandez, an assistant at Iowa under coach Kirk Ferentz, suffered facial cuts.

---Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday on a gun-possession charge and was released on his own recognizance without bond, despite the prosecution's request.

Because Lefeged waived the hearing, where prosecutors would have the burden to show probable cause in order to proceed, Lefeged's case was automatically sent to the grand jury, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Lefeged, 25, had been in prison since early Saturday. After refusing to pull over, the vehicle was chased by police. Once the chase ended, the two were arrested and a handgun was found in the Chevy Camaro was driving, according to police. The arrest occurred in the northeast section of Washington, D.C., at 12:05 a.m.

COLLEGE SPORTS

UCLA associate athletic director Michael Sondheimer resigned amid charges of inappropriate behavior with children on the Internet, according to the CBS2 in Los Angeles.

Sondheimer spent 36 years at the school, and was most recently involved with on-campus recruiting. In a statement, a UCLA spokesperson told CBS2: "Sondheimer was placed on administrative leave June 3, immediately after the university learned of allegations that he had engaged in inappropriate conduct. The allegations were unrelated to his job at UCLA and did not involve students or any other employees."
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