White Sox, Royals shuffle rotation for their series

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White Sox, Royals shuffle rotation for their series

KANSAS CITY -- The White Sox announced Francisco Liriano as Thursdays starting pitcher against the Kansas City Royals.

Liriano, who allowed two runs and one hit in seven innings in a victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, is expected to face Jeremy Guthrie, who was pushed up one day after the Royals scratched Tuesdays starter, Luis Mendoza.

Because Mendoza, who is ill with strep throat, is out the Royals bumped their entire rotation up one day. Luke Hochevar, who was expected to start on Wednesday, now starts Tuesday against the White Sox Gavin Floyd.

Thursdays original starter, Bruce Chen, has been moved up to Wednesday night. The White Sox will counter with Chris Sale on Wednesday.

Liriano is 3-1 with 5.10 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts) since the White Sox acquired him from the Twins on July 28.

Guthrie has yielded two unearned runs in 23 23 innings against the White Sox this season.

Monster second half sends Badgers to blowout win over Oklahoma

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Monster second half sends Badgers to blowout win over Oklahoma

Wisconsin fans got a tasty appetizer to Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game, watching their Badgers grab a blowout win on the hardwood.

Wisconsin trailed by three at halftime but used a monster of a second half to steamroll visiting Oklahoma, the 17th-ranked Badgers cruising to a 90-70 win at the Kohl Center.

The Badgers shot a scorching 63.3 percent from the field in the second half, outscoring the Sooners by 23 after halftime. Wisconsin was 19-for-30 from the field and 8-for-14 from 3-point range over the game's final 20 minutes.

The Badgers didn't own their first lead of the game until Zak Showalter hit a 3-pointer not four minutes into the second half, and it was a Bronson Koenig 3 that put them ahead for good with 11 and a half minutes to play. That shot was the start of a jaw-dropping 20-2 run for Wisconsin that featured two Koenig triples and was finished off with back-to-back 3s from Nigel Hayes and D'Mitrik Trice to give the Badgers their biggest lead to that point at 17. That gap never got smaller than 12 and grew as big as 20 by game's end.

Hayes had a huge day with a season-high 28 points and six assists, but he was hardly alone. Koenig, Trice and Ethan Happ each scored 16 points, Koenig and Trice splashing home four 3-pointers apiece and Happ adding nine rebounds.

Wisconsin reaped the benefits of a sloppy day by Oklahoma. The Sooners turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 24 points for the Badgers.

After losing to North Carolina in the Maui Invitational championship game, Wisconsin has three straight wins, including back-to-back victories at home over Power Five conference opponents Syracuse and Oklahoma by a combined 37 points. The 7-2 Badgers have four more non-conference games — including a matchup with in-state rival Marquette next Saturday — before the start of Big Ten play.

Report reveals details behind Kevin Wilson's departure from Hoosiers

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Report reveals details behind Kevin Wilson's departure from Hoosiers

Indiana athletics director Fred Glass was vague during a Thursday press conference announcing the resignation of head football coach Kevin Wilson, citing "philosophical differences" between the two as the primary reason for Wilson's departure from the football program and refusing to get into specifics.

But new reporting from the Indianapolis Star's Zach Osterman revealed Saturday that multiple investigations and allegations of player mistreatment played a role in Glass' actions Thursday that led to Wilson no longer being the Hoosiers' head coach.

Reports throughout the day Thursday indicated this might be the case, suggesting a similar situation to what played out last year at Illinois, where Tim Beckman was fired a week prior to the start of the season after an investigation found support for claims that Beckman forced his players to play through injuries and held too much influence over the training staff.

Osterman's reporting revealed an investigation into the Hoosiers' football program in the spring of 2015 after a student-athlete left the program and his parents complained to the athletics department. The player, Nick Carovillano, sustained a back injury that the Indiana training staff did not take seriously enough, and it took an evaluation by Carovillano's hometown doctor to determine that he shouldn't be participating in football activities while injured.

Carovillano also said that Wilson's treatment of injured players was demeaning, not unlike some of the allegations at Illinois, where Beckman was said to have belittled injured players.

From Osterman's report:

"(Wilson) would come over and yell at us, saying, 'I’m paying $70,000 a year for you to sit on your ass,'" Carovillano said. "That happened about halfway through the season and carried on to the end of it. If you were injured, he just wanted to make you feel like crap. He just wanted to make you feel bad, so you basically would stop being injured."

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"It just seemed like I wasn’t welcome there, and I was kind of considered a disappointment to them. I injured myself playing for them. I wasn’t starting at all. Everything I was doing was for the betterment of the team. You get injured, and the whole attitude changes toward you."

After Carovillano's parents made their complaints, Indiana launched an investigation into the program and found that there was no "inadequate" medical care. But Glass felt the need to tell Wilson to change his approach anyway, instructing the coach and his assistants to take a different attitude toward injured players. Glass also ordered the implementation of several changes involving the medical attention given to injured players.

Osterman reported that Glass was pleased with the changes Wilson made and considered the issues to be resolved. Wilson received a six-year contract extension in January, less than a year removed from the investigation into Carovillano's departure from the program.

But new issues popped up last month, according to Osterman's interview with Glass. This prompted another investigation, the results of which are not yet public knowledge. But given that this was not the first time such issues arose in Wilson's program, Glass felt it was enough and that a separation was necessary, that separation being Wilson's resignation.

Wilson resigned rather than getting fired, leaving an eyebrow-raising amount of money on the table. He will be paid his base salary of about half a million dollars for one year, but there was approximately $11 million left on his contract.

Tom Allen, who just completed his first season as Indiana's defensive coordinator, was named Wilson's permanent replacement Thursday evening.

Check out all the details in Osterman's report.