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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Black eye for Buckeyes

By Whitney Holtzman

College football: Anytime a head coach resigns in the midst of a scandal, it's not really surprising. But the finality of Jim Tressel announcing that he was leaving his post as head coach of the Buckeyes on Monday was still a shock to the system. Tressel, who led Ohio State to its first national title in more than 30 years, stepped down amid mounting revelations stemming from a tattoo-parlor scandal, where some of Tressel's players traded memorabilia for tattoos or cash. Luke Fickell, who had already been selected to replace Tressel during his five-game suspension, will take over as the Buckeyes interim coach for the 2011 season. Under the terms of Tressel's contract, which was worth about $3.5 million a year through 2014, Ohio State does not owe him any money or benefits upon his resignation.

French Open: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal improved to 42-1 at Roland Garros and advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Ivan Ljubicic in straight sets. Nadal remained on course to equal Bjorn Borg's record of six French Open titles. ... No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic moved on to the semifinals without even having to play in the quarterfinals. Djokovic was set to face Fabio Fognini in the final eight but Fognini had to withdraw because of a torn thigh muscle.

Men's college lacrosse: Colin Briggs scored a career-high five goals to lead the seventh-seeded Virginia Cavaliers to their fifth Division I national title with a 9-7 victory over Maryland. Briggs, who earned the most outstanding player award, wasn't even sure he'd get a chance to play in the game. Briggs was suspended for Saturday's semifinal game against Denver for committing a team infraction. However, Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia, who is the Division I all-time leader with 329 career victories, reinstated Briggs for the national championship game.