Sports News, 08-12-17

The University of Louisville has formally appealed its punishment handed down by the NCAA for a sex scandal that was uncovered two years ago. The school claimed in its 68-page appeal that the NCAA abused its authority, imposed “draconian” penalties and ignored the school’s self-imposed discipline. The NCAA vacated up to 123 victories in which ineligible players received improper benefits, suspended head coach Rick Pitino and could strip the program of its 2013 national championship.

Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama were clubhouse leaders when the second round of the PGA Championship was suspended by darkness at Quail Hollow. Kisner shot a second consecutive 4-under 67, while Matsuyama tied the day’s best round with a 7-under 64.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has received a six-game suspension from the NFL following allegations of domestic abuse in three separate incidents last summer. If the decision by commissioner Roger Goodell stands, Elliott will go on the suspended list the first week of the regular season and be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 23. The 22-year-old Elliot has three days to appeal the ruling, which his legal team said he would do.

The Chicago Cubs stayed one game ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central as John Lackey won his fifth straight start by working into the sixth inning of an 8-3 trouncing of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cardinals were able to keep pace with an 8-5 win over Atlanta. Milwaukee dropped to three games back of Chicago after an 11-10 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Brad Keselowski has won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Keselowski has registered eight top-10 finishes at Michigan but is winless in 16 career Cup races at his home track. Joey Logano qualified second, followed by Kevin Harvick.

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Miami Marlins have told Major League Baseball they intend to sign an agreement to sell the team to a group that includes former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter. Jeter would a limited partner in the group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman.