MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The NCAA has cleared Memphis freshman basketball player James Wiseman to return to the basketball court on Jan. 12, but he’ll have to donate $11,500 to the charity of his choice to regain his eligibility. The NCAA had ruled Wiseman was “likely ineligible” due to $11,500 coach Penny Hardaway gave the center’s family for moving expenses from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017. He played in the Tigers’ first three games and will now sit out 12 under the NCAA decision.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Browns starting defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi will have to sit out Sunday’s game against Miami after losing the appeal of his one-game suspension. Ogunjobi had his $10,527 fine rescinded by former NFL player James Thrash, who also heard Myles Garrett’s appeal of his 10-game suspension yesterday. Ogunjobi shoved Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph seconds after Garrett swung a helmet and struck the Steelers QB in the head.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says 2020 will be his final season of full-time racing. The winningest driver of his era will have a 19th season in the No. 48 Chevrolet. Johnson has 83 career victories, tied with Cale Yarborough for sixth all-time. The California native’s seven titles are tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most in the Cup Series, but he hasn’t won a Cup race since 2017.
TORONTO (AP) – Sheldon Keefe is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs following Mike Babcock’s dismissal yesterday. The 39-year-old Keefe has a long history with Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas and was in his fifth season as coach of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. The 56-year-old Babcock went 173-133-45 in his four-plus seasons with the Leafs, but the team is 9-10-4 after going 0-5-1 in its last six games.
UNDATED (AP) – Veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League. Parra was a clubhouse catalyst for the World Series champion Washington Nationals, hitting .250 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 89 games after spending the first 30 games of the season with the Giants. He’s also a two-time National League Gold Glove Award winner.