Sports in Brief: Binghamton chief quits in shake-up

Joel Thirer, Binghamton University's athletic director, resigned yesterday after the dismissal of six basketball players last week.

Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben, a star player, was arraigned last Thursday on cocaine-distribution charges and kicked off the team.

D.J. Rivera (a graduate of Neumann-Goretti High School), Malik Alvin (a Simon Gratz High graduate), Corey Chandler, Paul Crosby, and David Fine also were dismissed last week. University officials would not give reasons for the dismissals.

Daniel Porter ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns as Louisiana Tech (2-2) snapped Hawaii's touchdown streak at 62 games with a 27-6 win in Ruston, La. Hawaii also is 2-2.

Tennessee forward Emmanuel Negedu's doctors were reviewing tests before making decisions about his playing future, coach Bruce Pearl said.

Negedu was revived by members of the training staff after a post-workout collapse on Monday.

A team spokesman told reporters there was no update on Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's status. The Heisman Trophy winner has missed two games after spraining a joint in his right shoulder.

John Brantley, a third-year sophomore, has taken most of the snaps for top-ranked Florida this week and will start if 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has not recovered from a concussion suffered against Kentucky.

New Mexico administrators have opened an investigation into a fight in which football coach Mike Locksley struck an assistant, the university announced.

Receivers coach J.B. Gerald told police that Locksley struck him during a staff meeting, splitting his lip.

Locksley received oral and written reprimands from the athletic department for his role in the Sept. 20 dispute. He said he accepted responsibility for his actions and should have handled the situation better.

Texas wide receiver Brandon Collins and defensive back Christian Scott have been ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA and will miss the 2009 season.

Iowa State wide receiver Darius Reynolds suffered a broken leg in practice, the school said.

The Temple men's basketball team will "turn back the clock" on Dec. 28 when it plays its first regular-season game at McGonigle Hall since Feb. 24, 1997. The Owls will host Bowling Green at 7 p.m.

NBA: The league instituted a policy regarding Twitter and other social media sites, banning players from using them during games.

Cell phones and other communication devices cannot be used from 45 minutes before game time until after players have finished their responsibilities following games, the league ruled. That includes halftime.

The rule applies to "coaches, players and other team basketball-operations personnel," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

Delonte West was absent from training camp for the second consecutive day while he dealt with personal issues, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said.

AUTO RACING: Ferrari reached a three-year agreement Fernando Alonso, the two-time Formula One world championship driver, replacing Kimi Raikkonen starting next season. Alonso won the F1 title in 2005 and '06 for Renault.

TENNIS: Rafael Nadal has recovered from an abdominal injury and made himself available for Spain's Davis Cup final against the Czech Republic in December.

BOAT RACING: The eighth annual Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the Schuylkill. The event, which will go on rain or shine, features 154 teams of 20 paddlers in 10 divisions. For information, go to www.philadragonboatfestival.com.

- Staff and wire reports