College football

Ohio State suspends Tressel

Ohio State suspended football coach Jim Tressel for two games Tuesday and fined him $250,000 for violating NCAA rules by failing to notify the school about information he received involving two players and questionable activities involving Buckeye memorabilia.

Tressel also will receive a public reprimand and must make a public apology. "Wherever we end up, Jim Tressel is our football coach," athletic director Gene Smith said at a news conference. "He is our coach, and we trust him implicitly."

Notre Dame ends hydraulic lifts

Notre Dame is halting the use of hydraulic lifts to film football practices and will install remote-controlled cameras instead after an October accident in which a student filmmaker was killed after his lift toppled over, university officials said. The Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, said the new system fulfills a pledge made after junior Declan Sullivan died.

nbaConcussion policy for league?

The NBA is consulting with an independent neurologist and may establish a league-wide policy for handling concussions by next season, The Associated Press has learned. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the discussions.

"The NBA Team Physicians Society has been studying the issue of concussion management for several years and each team follows its own treatment and return-to-play protocols," he said. "In addition, the league is working with a consulting neurologist concerning the possible adoption of a league-wide protocol." The move would bring the NBA more in line with both the NHL and the NFL. In just the last four weeks, at least six NBA players have missed games because of concussions or concussion-like symptoms.

soccerMessi leads Barcelona over Arsenal

Lionel Messi scored twice and host Barcelona took advantage of Robin Van Persie's ejection to beat Arsenal, 3-1, and reach the Champions League quarterfinals on 4-3 aggregate. In last night's other game, Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk beat visiting Roma and advanced on 6-2 aggregate to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

-- AP

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