GEORGIA'S STAR WIDEOUT SUSPENDED FOR FOUR GAMES: Georgia star receiver A.J. Green was suspended by the NCAA for four games on Wednesday for selling a bowl jersey for $1,000 to someone who qualifies as an agent. Green sold his jersey from last season's Independence Bowl. The junior, who sat out the season-opening 55-7 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, must miss three more games before regaining his eligibility, according to the ruling from the NCAA. No. 22 Georgia (1-0) is heading into a key Southeastern Conference game against No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday without Green, who's also banished from SEC games against No. 14 Arkansas and Mississippi State. He will be eligible to return for an Oct. 2 contest at Colorado.
ALABAMA'S INGRAM STILL DOUBTFUL: Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram has not returned to practice for No. 1 Alabama and while Nick Saban said the injured running back is unlikely to play against No. 18 Penn State on Saturday, the coach isn't necessarily counting his star out. "If there is anybody in the world that can play without practicing, it's probably Mark," Saban said after Wednesday's practice. Ingram had left knee surgery last week, but Saban said he was able to do some running the past two days.
SHANAHAN: HAYNESWORTH WILL BE WITH REDSKINS SUNDAY: Albert Haynesworth isn't going anywhere, at least not for now. Addressing the latest trade reports concerning the troublesome defensive tackle, coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday said Haynesworth will be a member of the Washington Redskins when they open the season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Shanahan didn't deny the trade talks and he wouldn't say whether Haynesworth will play on Sunday. He also didn't say whether he and Haynesworth have put their differences behind them. And he wouldn't commit to having Haynesworth on the roster the entire season.
SEASON TICKETS DECLINE FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON: Third down has a new meaning in the NFL this season. Season ticket sales declined for the third year in a row as teams struggle to get fans to the stadium in a weak economy. Depending on the final numbers, season ticket sales will be down between 1 percent and 2 percent, according to Eric Grubman, the league's executive vice president for business ventures.
GOALIE SCURRY RETIRES, ANCHORED 1999 WORLD CUP TEAM: Longtime U.S. national team goalkeeper Briana Scurry is retiring from soccer. Scurry made the announcement Wednesday. She spent this season on the roster of the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer, but she played in only one game because of lingering effects from a concussion. The 39-year-old Scurry made 173 appearances for the U.S. team. She is most remembered the final save that clinched the penalty shootout against China in the 1999 World Cup final. Scurry also was the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. teams that won gold at the 1996 and 2004 Olympics.
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI OFF 2011 INDYCAR SCHEDULE: Homestead-Miami Speedway is off the 2011 Indy Racing League schedule. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard confirmed Wednesday that Homestead is not among the venues selected to host a race next year. Homestead was IRL's traditional opening site for much of the past decade, hosted the series championship-deciding finale in 2009 and will be where the final race of this year takes place on Oct. 2. The IndyCar finale is expected to move to Las Vegas for 2011. Bernard did not divulge any other schedule details. IndyCar will release the full 2011 schedule on Friday.
RUMEAL ROBINSON GUILTY OF FRAUD: Rumeal Robinson, who led Michigan to the NCAA men's basketball championship in 1989 and later played in the NBA, was convicted in federal court Wednesday of borrowing more than $700,000 for a sham business deal and then spending the money on a condominium, expensive furniture and cars. A jury found Robinson guilty of 11 counts, including bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count. A date for sentencing hasn't been set.