Selig forms committee on pace of game issues

SAN FRANCISCO — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig expects to receive a recommendation in the next 30-60 days from a committee he formed to deal with the issue of pace of game.

Baseball has come under scrutiny this year for its increasingly long games, which stem from a number of reasons but in large part the addition of expanded replay this season. Selig isn’t sure what to expect from his small group in terms of suggestions. Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz is taking part.

Selig said this is an issue he wants to improve before he steps down on Jan. 25 and turns over the commissioner job to Rob Manfred.

Regarding replay, Selig acknowledges: “I was a little bit of a reluctant dragon on that. I had some concerns.” But overall he considers it a positive thing.

Sheriff: Investigation of Stewart crash done

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — An upstate New York sheriff says he has completed his investigation into the death of a driver struck by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart during a sprint car race last month. The district attorney will announce late next week whether Stewart will face any charges.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Thursday he has submitted the investigation, including enhanced video, to prosecutors for review. The statement said neither Povero nor District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo would comment further.

Stewart’s car struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. on the dirt track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9. Ward had climbed out of his car and walked onto the track to confront Stewart after he spun out while racing alongside the three-time NASCAR champion.

LSU to compete

in Rice Invitational

The LSU’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete Friday in the 39th annual Rice Invitational Cross Country Meet at Rice Intramural Fields.

The meet will begin with the 12 women’s teams running the 4K course at 6:15 p.m. Eleven men’s teams will run the 6K course at 6:45 p.m.

The Tigers will compete against Lamar, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Prairie View, Texas A&M International, Texas Southern, Texas State, Rice and UT-Brownsville. The Lady Tigers will be racing against Rice, Lamar, Stephen F. Austin, Houston Baptist, McNeese State, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Prairie View, Texas A&M International, Texas Southern and UT-Brownsville.

LSU volleyball team

at Florida State

After a week away from competition, the LSU volleyball team returns to action this weekend taking part in the Four Points by Sheraton Seminole Invitational hosted by Florida State University on Friday and Saturday in Tallahassee.

The Tigers open play Friday afternoon against Central Arkansas at 4 p.m. in Tully Gymnasium in the team’s only match of the day. On Saturday, LSU will take on Samford at noon, with the match being televised on CST with Lyn Rollins and Missy Whittemore. Later that night, the tournament ends with LSU taking on the Seminoles.

LSU soccer team

to take on BYU

LSU and BYU will renew their series Thursday night as the Tigers make the cross-country trip to Provo, Utah, to take on the Cougars at South Field with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT.

Fans can watch the Tigers in action as BYU will provide free live streaming video of Thursday’s match through its online service.

Advocate news releases.

The Tigers (3-2-1) and Cougars (1-2-2) have met three times with the series at 1-1-1.

The Cougars beat Tennessee in Knoxville on Aug. 29 and is looking to snap a two-game losing skid.

MLS Commissioner Garber extended 18

NEW YORK — Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has been given a five-year contract extension through December 2018.

MLS said Thursday that Garber’s new contract began Jan. 1.

The 56-year-old Garber has run MLS since 1999, when he replaced Doug Logan, the league’s first commissioner. Garber had spent the previous three years running NFL International.

Garber’s new deal was first reported by

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.