Sports shorts: UA's Rodriguez to make rounds at ESPN studios

2013-07-24T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: UA's Rodriguez to make rounds at ESPN studiosStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Rich Rodriguez is going to be a busy man this week with football season just more than a month away.

The Arizona Wildcats coach will travel to ESPN studios to go through their famed "car wash" on Thursday.

In one day, Rodriguez will make nine appearances. Some of the highlights of Rodriguez's schedule are: a 9:15 a.m., appearance on "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd, a 10:20 a.m. hit on "SportsCenter," an interview at 10:45 a.m. on "College Football Live" and an 11:15 a.m. appearance on the "SVP and Russillo" radio show. "The Herd" and "SVP and Russillo" air on the radio in Tucson (1490-AM) on a three-hour delay. Rodriguez's interview with Cowherd should air at 12:15 p.m., and the later interview should air at 2:15 p.m.

All 12 coaches from the league will travel to ESPN over a two-day span today and Thursday for interviews. The coaches from the North Division will be featured today. Rodriguez and the rest of the coaches from the South will get their turn Thursday.

Rodriguez and the Wildcats begin practice the week of Aug. 5 and open the season Aug. 30 against NAU.

• The Arizona Wildcats' 2014 recruiting class finally includes a defensive lineman.

Glendale Junior College defensive end Jerod Cody committed to the UA on Tuesday afternoon. He's the 13th known commitment for 2014 and the first defensive lineman to pledge to the UA.

Cody prepped at Centennial High School in Las Vegas before spending the 2012 season with Glendale. He'll play this upcoming season in Glendale, likely enroll at the UA in January and be with the team for spring practice.

He's rated as a two-star recruit by the Scout.com recruiting service. He also had offers from Hawaii, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Soccer

US to take on Honduras in Gold Cup semis

ARLINGTON, Texas - Jurgen Klinsmann wants to get a better picture of what his squad will look like for its likely trip to Brazil next year.

If the U.S. national team's current form continues through July, he will have some tougher decisions to make than previously anticipated.

As the Americans prepare to take on Honduras in the semifinals of the Gold Cup tonight at Cowboys Stadium they bring with them a national-team-record nine-match winning streak and a bevy of second-teamers looking to impress.

"It's an opportunity for us to see players coming through the system, and you want to evaluate them and see them in every training session," said Klinsmann, who took over the team after a second-place finish in the 2011 version of the CONCACAF championship. "You want to see them every minute they are on the field in order to get a better picture of them toward the World Cup in 2014."

The United States has won all four of its games in the biennial tournament, outscoring opponents 16-3. The only close game the United States has played in the tournament was a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica to close out group play in first place.

• Players, team officials and referees in Nigeria were banned for life and four amateur clubs for 10 years after Nigeria's soccer federation found they fixed two lower-league playoff games that ended with scores of 79-0 and 67-0.

In findings of an investigation sent to The Associated Press on Tuesday, the Nigerian Football Federation ruled that there was "a fraudulent conspiracy among the teams" to fix the games after Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine figured out that they needed to boost their goal tallies to beat the other to promotion to the lowest tier of Nigeria's professional league.

MISCELLANEOUS

Tucson's Cunningham in 14th place

Tucson's George Cunningham shot a 3-over 75 Tuesday in the second round of the boys U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in Truckee, Calif., and was tied for 14th place, eight shots out of the lead.

Salpointe Catholic High School's Krystal Quihuis shot an 80 in the second round of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind., and failed to make the cut.

• The Florida State Attorney's Office has dropped misdemeanor charges against Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison. Morrison was arrested Sunday and charged with barking at a police dog and resisting arrest.

• NASCAR will return to NBC in 2015, ending its eight-year partnership with both ESPN and Turner Sports. The 10-year deal with NBC Sports Group announced Tuesday begins in 2015 and gives the network the final 20 Sprint Cup Series races of the season and final 19 Nationwide races. NBC last broadcast races in 2006 before ESPN took over its portion of the schedule.

Daniel Berk

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