The NCAA's plan to give athletes a $2,000 stipend may be in trouble. The legislation, passed in October, faces an override challenge at January's annual NCAA convention, a decision that could create an unusual discrepancy between recruits who have already signed national letters-of-intent and those who have not.
David Berst, the Division I vice president of governance, said Wednesday that about 1,000 players signed with schools in November. Those players who were promised an additional $2,000 toward the so-called full cost of attendance would still get their extra money, he said.
"We would honor the agreements that have taken place," Berst said. But those athletes who did not received the $2,000 promise, could be out of luck. In any case, players who sign after the ban would be barred from receiving the additional $2,000, and that would put the NCAA in the position of having to impose two sets of rules.
Berst said 97 schools have signed onto the override measure, more than the 75 needed for the NCAA board to reconsider the stipend. If that number hits 125 by Dec. 26, the legislation would be suspended.
Some critics contend $2,000 is not enough and cite studies that show that athletes pay $3,000 to $4,000 out of their own pocket in college costs.
SOCCER: South American champion Santos beat Japan's Kashiwa Reysol, 3-1, in Toyota, Japan, the semifinals of the FIFA Club World Cup, setting up a possible showdown in the final between Barcelona star Lionel Messi and 19-year-old Brazilian sensation Neymar. Barcelona, the 2009 world champion, plays Qatar's Al-Sadd on Thursday at Yokohama, the site of Sunday's final.
HORSE RACING: Four jockeys and two owners were given bans of up to 14 years after being convicted in London of race-fixing as a result of the British Horseracing Authority's biggest corruption inquiry.
Jimmy Quinn, Kirsty Milczarek, Greg Fairley, and Paul Doe were found to be in breach of various rules following an investigation into 10 races in 2009 in which large bets were placed on horses to lose.
Doe and Fairley received 12-year bans after being convicted deliberately ensuring horses did not run on their merits. They were found to have conspired with owners Maurice Sines and James Crickmore, who were each banned for 14 years. Quinn and Milczarek were found guilty of conspiracy. Quinn was banned for six months and Milczarek for two years.
Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold has been euthanized after injuring his left front leg while in his paddock at a stud farm in Turkey. The Turkish Jockey Club said the stallion had battled laminitis lately but was in good health before injuring a leg between the fetlock and the top of the hoof. Strike the Gold was 23.
In 1991, Strike the Gold, trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, won the Blue Grass, then rallied from far back to win the Derby by 13/4 lengths over Best Pal. The chestnut son of Alydar was retired in 1993 after winning six of 31 starts and earning $3.45 million.