From news services The University of Alabama is investigating the distribution of textbooks to athletes on scholarship in all sports after five football players were suspended for violating rules covering free books for course work. The internal probe, announced in a news release Monday, is to determine if any scholarship athletes violated NCAA rules by obtaining more textbooks than they were allotted for their own classes. The Alabama case surfaced just days after the NCAA put Ball State on probation for two years because of misuse by athletes in several sports of a textbook loan program. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Alabama starting offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Marlon Davis, tailback Glen Coffee and defensive backs Marquis Johnson and Chris Rogers were suspended for Alabama’s 41-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday. University officials said the suspensions involved impermissible receipt of textbooks. Coach Nick Saban said Monday the players used “poor judgment,” but that the university’s textbook distribution system for athletes also failed the players. “No one at the university wants me to say it, but it’s true,” Saban said in a speech to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. Athletic Department officials said the length of the suspensions for the five football players has not been determined. All five players will be permitted to practice with the football team, which is off this week. ETC.: One of two men accused of shooting at five Duquesne University basketball players after a school dance pleaded guilty to attempted homicide and other counts in Pittsburgh. Derek Scott Lee, 19, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to five counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, plus one count of conspiracy and a weapons count. … British boxer Amir Khan was found guilty of careless driving, banned from the road for six months and fined $2,050. He was accused of running a red light and knocking down a pedestrian last year. McLaren filed an appeal in an effort to get four driers disqualified from last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix and give the Formula One title to British rookie Lewis Hamilton. The four drivers were investigated for fuel irregularities following Sunday’s race, but governing body FIA said several hours later that there was not enough evidence to penalize them. Hamilton, who had been leading the drivers’ standings before the final race of the season, finished seventh and wound up in second place overall, one point behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. After the race, FIA opened an investigation into possible fuel irregularities involving BMW-Sauber and Williams, whose drivers finished fourth, fifth, sixth and 10th in the race. Three of the four drivers who were investigated finished ahead of Hamilton. If two of them were disqualified, Hamilton would move up and claim the title ahead of Raikkonen. ETC.: A dirt track racer died after a crash during weekend qualifying at the Abilene (Texas) Speedway. Ryan Bard of Farmington, N.M., died early Monday at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where he was being treated for burns, according to the International Motor Contest Association. The 23-year-old Bard, a competitor in the association’s Southern SportMod division, was injured Sunday when his car rolled over and caught fire during a qualifying race for the Southern Challenge. Roger Federer avoided a rare second straight loss, holding on to beat Michael Berrer of Germany, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in the first round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel. Federer lost to David Nalbandian on Sunday in the Madrid Masters final. The last time the top-ranked Swiss player lost two straight ATP Tour matches was in May 2003. ETC.: Second-seeded Andy Murray defeated Max Mirnyi, 6-2, 6-2, and advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open. … Benjamin Becker of Germany had 19 aces in defeating Arnaud Clement of France, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) in the first round of the Lyon (France) Grand Prix. … Karin Knapp rallied to defeat Michaella Krajicek, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4), in the first round of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Ousted U.S. women’s coach Greg Ryan said he was proud of his team’s accomplishments during his tenure. A day after U.S. Soccer officials announced Ryan’s contract wouldn’t be renewed, Ryan said winning the bronze medal at the 2007 Women’s World Cup was a nice achievement. “I am pleased with what we achieved over the past three years,” Ryan said in an e-mail. “It is amazing that this `new’ team lost only one game during this period. “I am very proud of the bronze medal that we won in the 2007 World Cup. Playing in the most difficult group and on foreign soil, these players earned third place, matching the finish our team had in 2003 playing at home.” Ryan was widely criticized for his decision to bench goalie Hope Solo in favor of Briana Scurry for a semifinal match against Brazil that the top-ranked U.S. team lost. The U.S. was 45-1-9 in three years under Ryan, but the 4-0 loss to Brazil was seen as a failure to win his only major tournament. ETC.: Injured Chivas USA forward Ante Razov has vowed he will return to participate in this year’s playoffs. Cal State Dominguez Hills has been selected to host the 2007 California Collegiate Athletic Association men’s and women’s soccer championships, Commissioner Robert J. Hiegert announced. The CCAA Championships are scheduled for Nov. 2-4 at Toro Stadium. The event will feature four men’s and four women’s teams competing over three days with the winners claiming the conference title. … Marika Domanski-Lyfors resigned as the national coach of the China women’s team. … Arsenal and Manchester United moved closer to a place in the next round of the Champions League with big victories that extended the perfect starts for the English clubs. Arsenal beat visiting Slavia Prague, 7-0, to equal the biggest margin of victory in the competition’s history. English champion United won, 4-2, at Dynamo Kiev. … Former FC Barcelona and Spain midfielder Josep Guardiola was cleared of doping charges in Brescia, Italy and his seven-month suspended prison sentence was overturned on appeal. … Ireland manager Steve Staunton was fired following his team’s failure to qualify for next year’s European Championship. Cycling’s governing body denied that Spanish rider Iban Mayo had been cleared of doping allegations related to the 2007 Tour de France, and called for a new test of his backup sample. Anne Gripper, anti-doping chief for the International Cycling Union, took issue with the Spanish cycling federation’s announcement Monday that Mayo’s “B” sample had come back negative. “It wasn’t a negative `B’ sample – it was an inconclusive `B’ sample,” Gripper told The Associated Press at a two-day Paris conference on doping in cycling. ETC.: American Levi Leipheimer will join Astana, reuniting with former colleagues Johan Bruyneel and Alberto Contador from the now-defunct Discovery Channel team. North Carolina State women’s coach Kay Yow has resumed chemotherapy in her fight against breast cancer. The 65-year-old Hall of Fame coach had stopped chemotherapy for five months during the offseason in favor of less demanding hormonal treatments. Motorsports Tennis Soccer The original prognostication of his sprained knee called for Razov’s recovery to take four to six weeks, just in time for the MLS Cup final. “No, no, clearly before that,” Razov said. “I can’t give you a date but it will be before that. We’ve talked maybe Nov. 10 for the semifinals but possibly for the second game against Kansas City.” … Cycling College basketball Boxing Jermain Taylor has exercised the rematch clause in his contract with Kelly Pavlik, Taylor’s promoter said. Pavlik (32-0) stopped Taylor (27-1-1) in the seventh round Sept. 29 to win the middleweight title. Lou DiBella, Taylor’s promoter, said the rematch would likely be at 166 pounds, six pounds higher than the middleweight limit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!