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POSTED July 23, 2013 1:54 a.m.

• MEYER DISCIPLINES 4 BUCKEYES: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has disciplined four players for legal problems, including suspending leading-scorer Carlos Hyde from all team activities in the wake of an alleged assault against a female over the weekend in Columbus. In addition, star cornerback Bradley Roby, who was arrested in Indiana for an altercation with a security guard at a bar this past weekend, will not represent the Buckeyes at this week’s Big Ten media days. He was one of the players initially selected to speak to reporters at the annual event. Freshmen recruits Marcus Baugh, a tight end, and defensive lineman Tim Gardner were also disciplined on Monday.

• BIG 12’s BOSS SAYS NCAA CHANGES NEEDED NOW: DALLAS (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday there is “unanimity” among leaders from five power conferences that significant changes are needed now in the NCAA. Bowlsby and the commissioners of the SEC, Big Ten, Pac 12 and ACC met about six weeks ago to discuss issues, including an NCAA legislative system that makes it difficult to enact substantial changes or enforce the rules in place. There are also huge gaps in resources between schools in the same divisions. ACC Commissioner John Swofford also addressed the issue Monday, saying significant changes could be put in place when the NCAA has its annual convention in January. Bowlsby even indicated the possibility of a special convention. A real consideration could be a separate division for the top football-playing schools, for which Bowlsby said he is listening and learning about many different models.

• SOURCES SAY NUGGETS DEAL FOR ROBINSON: DENVER (AP) – The Denver Nuggets just quickened an already speedy backcourt by bringing in Nate Robinson. The veteran point guard agreed to a two-year deal on Monday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been officially announced. Robinson joins Ty Lawson to give the Nuggets a tandem that can fly up and down the floor. The 5-foot-9 Robinson averaged 13 points a contest for the Chicago Bulls last season. He stepped up his game in the postseason, scoring 34 points in a triple overtime win in Game 4 against Brooklyn and playing through the flu later in that series.

• WNBA ROOKIES LIFT VIEWERSHIP, ATTENDANCE, SALES: NEW YORK (AP) — Midway through their first WNBA season, Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins are already leaving their mark. Television household ratings have doubled on ESPN2 as compared with last season. The three rookies were all featured in a Memorial Day doubleheader to start the season, and the game pitting Griner against Delle Donne drew the league’s highest regular-season ratings in nine years. “A lot of people are tuning in and watching our games and coming to our games,” Griner said. That awareness is carrying over to stores. There’s been a huge upswing in sales of merchandise this season, with Chicago, Phoenix and Tulsa leading the way. The Shock are No. 1 in the league in sales at the WNBA online store in no small part due to Diggins despite not being able to buy her signature headbands there. To no surprise, the three rookies are the league’s top selling jerseys, with Griner No. 1.

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