Three University of Wisconsin students have been charged in an attack on Badgers running back Montee Ball.
Wendell Venerable, Robert Wilks and Deonte Wilson appeared in Dane County Circuit Court on Monday where a judge continued their signature bonds.
A criminal complaint says Ball was kicked and punched Aug. 1 as he walked in Madison, Wis. The complaint says a friend interrupted the attack when she threw herself over Ball on the ground.
Prosecutors say witnesses identified the three men, all 21, by looking at surveillance video from a nearby apartment building.
WKOW-TV reported that witnesses told investigators they heard the attackers say they planned to target football players in retaliation for a previous fight at a party when one of them was hurt.
TASK FORCE FORMED
A 10-member NCAA task force has been named to come up with guidelines for how to distribute the record $60 million fine that Penn State will pay in the wake of the sexual-abuse scandal surrounding retired Nittany Lions football assistant Jerry Sandusky.
The money will fund programs designed to combat child sexual abuse and help victims around the country. The task force will set policy for the endowment and hire a third-party administrator who will choose which nonprofit groups receive funding each year.
FOOTBALL IN FENWAY?
Connecticut and Notre Dame are reportedly in negotiations to play a football game at Fenway Park in Boston.
The Day of New London and the Boston Globe, both citing officials involved in the talks, said the game would be played in 2014 and would be considered a home game for the Fighting Irish.
The park has hosted 41 football games in its 100-year history, but none since the New England Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 33-14, on Dec. 1, 1968.
FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE
Officials at Tabor College in central Kansas say a football player is on life support and police are trying to determine how he was injured over the weekend.
Twenty-six-year-old Brandon Brown was found unresponsive early Sunday along a street in McPherson, a town about 25 miles away from the Tabor campus in Hillsboro. A Tabor spokeswoman told The Salina Journal on Tuesday that Brown had not regained consciousness at a Wichita hospital.
McPherson police have not released details about Brown’s injuries or the investigation, except to say he was found unconscious at 4:10 a.m. Sunday when officers responded to a complaint about loud music.
Brown, a defensive lineman from Sacramento, transferred this fall as a red-shirt junior to the NAIA Tabor Bluejays from a California junior college.
Connecticut starting defensive end Jesse Joseph has a torn left Achilles tendon, suffered Saturday in a win over Maryland, and will miss the remainder of the season. … Nebraska linebacker Zaire Anderson is out for the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, suffered last week in practice without knowing it. He played with the injury while making his first start Saturday in the Cornhuskers’ win over Arkansas State.