Sports of The Times: Triple Jeopardy in College Sexual Assault Case Ends an N.F.L. Career

This is a story of a rape accusation that would not die and a misshapen version of college justice meted out in three chapters. Let’s begin with two Michigan State students looking to hook up in March 2015, mess around and perhaps have sex. Soon after, the woman accuses the man, Keith Mumphery, who would become a pro football receiver, of sexual assault in her dorm room. The police investigate. Mumphery turns over the text messages from his phone and provides a DNA swab. Prosecutors conduct interviews. The accuser does…

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Bill Mallory, Coach Who Lifted Indiana Football, Is Dead at 82

Bill Mallory, who led Colorado to the Orange Bowl and became the winningest football coach in Indiana history, died on Friday in Bloomington, Ind. He was 82. Indiana University announced his death a day after his son, Indiana State coach Curt Mallory, posted on Twitter that his father was in hospice care following emergency brain surgery earlier in the week. Curt Mallory said his father suffered a brain injury in a fall on Tuesday. Indiana had had only five winning seasons in almost 40 years before Mallory arrived. He went…

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When Tim Tebow Comes to Town

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Before the minor league season started here, a local news anchor asked a sports reporter if one of the new players on the Binghamton Rumble Ponies was a good baseball player. “No, not really,” the reporter said. The player in question is an anomaly. His talent on the field is beside the point. He is Tim Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner and N.F.L. quarterback whose celebrity transcends sports. A lot of people seem interested in whatever he’s doing, whether it’s football, baseball, canasta or pick-up sticks.…

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Earle Bruce, Winning Football Coach at Ohio State, Dies at 87

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Earle Bruce, who embraced the unenviable task of following his mentor, the revered Woody Hayes, as Ohio State’s head football coach and then compiled an impressive record of his own beginning in 1979, has died in Columbus. He was 87. His death was announced by his four daughters on Friday in a statement released by Ohio State. He had Alzheimer’s disease. Bruce had a record of 81-26-1 as head coach in Ohio from 1979-87. He took over under unusual and challenging circumstances, hired after Hayes was…

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On College Football: On National Signing Day, Football Recruits Discover a New Tactic: Patience

Brock Purdy was a good enough high school quarterback to attract attention through the fall from several well regarded, if not top-tier, college programs. During his senior season at Perry High School outside Phoenix, Purdy received scholarship offers from New Mexico State and U.N.L.V., which compete in so-called Group of Five conferences — in the same Football Bowl Subdivision as the major powers, but a rung below power leagues like the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten. In December, Boise State, the most successful Group of Five team of the…

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Tyler Hilinski of Washington State Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Tyler Hilinski, a Washington State quarterback who played in eight games for the Cougars last season, was found dead in an apartment on Tuesday with what the authorities said was apparently a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The police in Pullman, Wash., where the university is, said that officers had responded to the apartment complex around 4:30 p.m. to check on Mr. Hilinski after he did not show up for practice earlier Tuesday. They found Mr. Hilinski, 21, dead in the apartment, and they recovered a rifle and a…

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A Sports Rodin Works in Bronze, and in Volume

After sculpting the clay around the armature, Hanlon paints it with several layers of rubber, followed by coats of plaster and fiberglass. This forms the mold into which molten metal is eventually poured. Forcing open that mold after it settles can be like ripping apart two ice cubes frozen as one. For a statue of St. Peter, Hanlon once hooked a rig to his pickup, attached a line to one side of the mold, which was also attached to a wall, and floored the gas pedal. Other reveals involved ratchets…

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Remembering Keith Jackson: A Visit to Michigan With the Broadcaster

The voice, a sound of the South like Mel Allen’s and Red Barber’s, retains its pop, its lyricism, its wit. “You always know it’s a big game when Keith’s there,” said Penn State Coach Joe Paterno. But Jackson, who is originally from Carrollton, Ga., will leave TV without remorse. As evidence that he can drop a sport and not look back, he said he has not attended a baseball game since calling the 16-inning, epic Game 6 of the Mets-Houston National League Championship Series in 1986. And when his career…

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How Tua Tagovailoa Stepped Up, Dropped Back, and Saved Alabama

ATLANTA — While some of the Alabama players were gasping for oxygen on the sideline, others were committing unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and at least a couple were trying to prevent a teammate from punching an assistant coach, a teenager was saving the Crimson Tide from the brink of a public collapse. The freshman, Tua Tagovailoa, a 19-year-old backup quarterback from Honolulu, had stepped into a dire situation Monday night. Alabama trailed by 13 points at halftime of the national title game when Tagovailoa took over the offense and calmly engineered…

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Alabama 26, Georgia 23 | Overtime: Alabama Wins National Championship With a Halftime Twist

ATLANTA — After watching a frustrating and unproductive first half of football in the biggest game of the year, Alabama Coach Nick Saban came into the locker room and pulled aside his top two quarterbacks. He informed them that the sophomore Jalen Hurts, who had started the game — and 28 of the 29 others that he had played in with Alabama — was coming out, and Tua Tagovailoa, a freshman who had never started in a college game, was going in to try to save Alabama’s season. Hurts had…

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