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Tennessee fires Pearl

In college basketball, Tennessee has fired Bruce Pearl after a season that saw the coach charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators during a probe into recruiting, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.

The person spoke with the Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the university has not announced the firing.

"We have no comment at this time," UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said Monday night at a Lady Vols basketball game. No other Tennessee officials returned messages seeking comment.

In six seasons, Pearl, 51, led the Volunteers to their first No. 1 ranking in 2008 and first NCAA tournament regional finals appearance, missing out on a trip to the 2010 Final Four by a single point.

Pearl acknowledged in a tearful news conference on Sept. 10 that he had given investigators false information when asked about a cookout at his home attended by high school juniors. The NCAA has since charged the Tennessee basketball and football programs with a dozen violations.

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Floyd faces charges

Notre Dame star wide receiver Michael Floyd was pulled over by campus police after he ran a stop sign and was charged with drunken driving after failing three field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test indicated he had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal driving limit, court records show.

Floyd was driving a white Cadillac at 3:18 a.m. Sunday when he ran a stop sign about a block from the school's main entrance, according to a probable cause affidavit from St. Joseph County deputy prosecutor Chris Daniels filed Monday.

Floyd failed three sobriety tests that consisted of a standing on one leg, walking and turning around, and a finger count, Daniels said. The breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, well above Indiana's legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent.

Floyd was booked into the county jail in South Bend at 4:06 a.m. Sunday and was released about seven hours later on $500 bond, Sheriff's Sgt. William Redman said.

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PGA Tour ponders change

The PGA Tour is considering a change to the end of its season in which players who don't make the FedEx Cup playoffs would compete for their cards in a series of tournaments against top Nationwide Tour players.

PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw says the policy board has given preliminary approval, although a number of steps remain. The tour informed the players by memo Monday.

Another change being contemplated is Q-school at the end of the year providing access only to the Nationwide Tour.

The Nationwide Tour is looking for an umbrella sponsor of the developmental circuit. Nationwide's contract expires after 2012.

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Tracy has ride for Indy

Paul Tracy has found a ride for the Indy 500.

The longtime open-wheel driver will pilot the No. 23 car for Dreyer & Reinbold racing for the 100th anniversary of the iconic race.

This marks the fourth time Tracy will team up with Dreyer & Reinbold. The 42-year-old Canadian has been one of the most successful open-wheel drivers during his 21-year career, including winning the ChampCar Series championship in 2003.

From News Staff and wire service reports

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