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Press Box: NHL fines Blackhawks coach $10,000 for comments

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The NHL fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $10,000 on Thursday for public comments he made that were critical of the officiating in Tuesday's Game 3 of the series against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

"The refereeing (Tuesday night) was a disgrace," Quenneville told reporters after the Coyotes recorded a to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Hawks to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Quenneville was upset no penalty was called when a hit by the Coyotes' Raffi Torres on Chicago's Marian Hossa resulted in Hossa being carried off the ice on a stretcher.

"It was a brutal hit," Quenneville said. "You can have a multiple-choice question (as to what penalty should have been called), it's 'All of the Above.' I saw exactly what happened, it was right in front of me, and all four (officials) missed it."


--- Baylor junior Brittney Griner said she will not be a member of the women's U.S. Olympic basketball team.

"Because of a family illness and my school schedule during the summer, I have told USA Basketball Women's National Team Director, Carol Callan, that I will be unable to participate this summer," Griner said in a statement released by the school. "I am disappointed that I will be unable to participate, but I want to stay involved in USA Basketball and hope to again have the opportunity to represent my country in future international competition."

USA Basketball announced 11 of the 12 roster spots late last month, and the 6-8 Griner, who was named national player of the year, seemed like a logical choice for that 12th spot for this summer's Olympics in London.

---Displaying grace and humor, Pat Summitt calmly stepped away from 38 years of coaching the Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball team.

With her son, Tyler, at her side, Summitt read from prepared notes, as many of her players watched from the front row.

"It was a great ride for me," Summitt said. "I learned from my parents about the work that we have to do and the work you must love to do. I have loved my work at the University of Tennessee. It's has been awesome. For almost four decades, it has been a privilege to make an impact on the lives of 161 women who have worn the orange."

Summitt explained her decision to transition to a "head coaching emeritus" position during a Thursday afternoon press conference. She leaves with an NCAA Division I record 1,098 wins.

Assistant coach Holly Warlick has been promoted to replace Summitt.

The 59-year-old Summitt revealed in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, and lessened her role this past season, her 38th as coach.


---Former Florida basketball player Erving Walker likes tacos, but this much?

Walker was ordered to pay a $301 fine on Thursday, as punishment for steal a $3 taco from a Gainesville street vendor. Walker pleaded no contest Thursday morning to misdemeanor petit theft charges.

Judge Walter M. Green withheld adjudication and ordered Walker to pay the fine by Sept. 27. As part of an agreement, the state dropped an additional misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence.

Walker was arrested March 30 after Gainesville Police Department officers arrested him after a foot chase that also involved several police cars. He ordered and received a taco from a vendor, then ran without paying.

--- SMU announced announced Thursday that Larry Brown will become the Mustangs' next men's basketball coach.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to coach at SMU," Brown said in a statement released by the university. "I've built so many relationships in the basketball world and my success has been due to the coaches I've played for and the players I've coached. ... I always thought of myself as a college coach and this gives me a wonderful chance to get back where I started."

The hiring of Brown had been widely reported earlier in the week.

---After meeting with redshirt freshman basketball player Jarrod Uthoff on Thursday, Wisconsin officials have agreed to lift all transfer restrictions for him except for Big Ten schools.

Uthoff had requested a transfer from Wisconsin, but he had told Iowa-based high school sports website,, that Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has placed every Big Ten and ACC school, plus Iowa State and Marquette, on the list of schools that he can't contact.

According to Wisconsin officials, Uthoff requested "permission to contact" 16 schools, four of which were denied, and then appealed three of the four denials.

He met with associate athletic director Justin Doherty and athletic director Barry Alvarez, as part of the appeal process on Thursday.

Doherty and Alvarez subsequently met with Ryan, and they decided to lift "permission to contact" restrictions on any school outside of the Big Ten Conference, the school said.

Uthoff can appeal the "permission to contact" denial to Big Ten schools if he chooses.


--- Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White was hospitalized overnight after apparently sustaining a concussion during an altercation early Thursday morning near the Alabama campus, the Birmingham News reported.

University police apprehended two men -- Ryan Javaris Hamilton, 22, and Quamayne Rakesh Tolbert, 22 -- for firing handguns in the air during the altercation, allegedly to disperse the crowd, the News reported.

There has been no comment from Alabama officials yet, and no details as to how White sustained his injuries.

White caught 14 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman.

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