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LONDON -- Nick Kyrgios will miss the rest of the season after being suspended by the mens tour and fined an additional $25,000 on Monday for tanking a match and insulting fans in the mercurial Australians latest run-in with tennis authorities.The ATP said Kyrgios was sanctioned for conduct contrary to the integrity of the game following an investigation into his behavior during a second-round loss to German qualifier Mischa Zverev last week at the Shanghai Masters.Kyrgios gave little effort during the 6-3, 6-1 defeat, patting easy serves over the net and turning away before his opponents serve had crossed the net.The 21-year-old Australian had already been fined a total of $16,500 for failing to give a full effort, unsportsmanlike conduct and verbal abuse of a spectator.The ATP said Monday that, in addition to the extra $25,000 fine, Kyrgios was handed an eight-week suspension lasting through Jan. 15 -- a day before the start of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of 2017.However, the tour said the suspension will be reduced to three weeks if Kyrgios agrees to enter a plan of care under the direction of a sports psychologist or an equivalent plan approved by the ATP. That means he would eligible to return Nov. 7.There are no regular tournaments on the schedule after Nov. 7. The only event in November is the ATP Finals in London from Nov. 13-20. The 12th-ranked Kyrgios has not qualified for the eight-player finals, so he will have to wait until next year in any case to return to the tour.Kyrgios issued a statement Monday offering another apology for his conduct in Shanghai and saying he will be back in 2017. He did not say whether he would enter the treatment program mandated by the ATP.I regret that my year is ending this way and that I will not have a chance to continue chasing the ATP finals, Kyrgios said. This was an important goal for me. I do understand and respect the decision by the ATP and I will use this time off to improve on and off the court. I am truly sorry and look forward to returning in 2017.Kyrgios outburst in Shanghai came only days after he had won his third title of the season in Tokyo.During the match, Kyrgios was cautioned by the chair umpire about his conduct as a professional and booed and jeered by the crowd. Her responded angrily to the taunt of a fan by shouting, You want to come here and play?In a postmatch interview, Kyrgios said he didnt care about the crowd reaction because he didnt owe them anything. It was a day after his opening win, when he said he was tired and bored and didnt really get time to savor his title-winning run in Tokyo.After the loss, Kyrgios posted an apology of sorts on Twitter: Not good enough today on many levels, Im better than that. I can go on about excuses but there are none. Sorry #StillAWorkInProgress.In the statement issued on his website Monday, Kyrgios offered further contrition.The season has been a long one as I battled several injuries and other challenges towards the end of the summer, he said. The Asian circuit was particularly tough after the long week and win in Tokyo and with the travel throughout the continent, my body finally just gave out in Shanghai both physically and mentally.This is no excuse, and I know very well that I need to apologize to the fans in Shanghai and in other parts of the world. ... I of course know how important the fans are to the success of our sport and I personally love the interaction with fans in the many different cities throughout the world on the tennis circuit.Kyrgios was a minus-600 favorite against Zverev and attracted the vast majority of the bets on the match at William Hills sportsbook.There was nothing untoward betting-wise, just simply Nick letting his own head get the better of him again, William Hill spokesperson Jon Ivan-Duke told ESPN in an email. Actually 96 percent of the bets were on Kyrgios, so I cant imagine the punters are all too pleased with his antics.This isnt the first time that Kyrgios has run into trouble with tennis authorities. Last year, he insulted Stan Wawrinka with crude remarks during a match in Montreal. He received $12,500 in fines, as well as a suspended 28-day ban and a potential further $25,000 fine if he picked up any other major offenses over the following six months. His probation for that ended in February.Kyrgios attracted criticism for his performances at Wimbledon and the US Open, for deciding not to play at the Olympics because of a spat with an Australian team official, and for firing back at retired players who have offered advice.ESPN staff writer David Purdum and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Roberto Clemente Jersey . Despite dominating possession, Schalke needed an own goal from Nicolas Hoefler for the breakthrough a minute before the interval. The Freiburg midfielder misjudged Jefferson Farfans corner and bundled the ball into his own net. Willie Stargell Jersey .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. http://www.pittsburghpiratesprostore.us/Customized/ . Supported by three-run homers from Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos, the young right-hander went seven strong innings in the Washington Nationals 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. 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Then the day before the game, answered it was worth more money to me to have [Royal] look for ghosts.Switzers dismissive response further exasperated Royal, who blurted out to AP reporter Robert Heard, Why those sorry bastards, I dont trust em on anything.The rancorous exchange, between legendary coaches in their final clash against one another, set the stage for one of the bitterest battles in college football history.Darrell made it known he didnt care much for us, Oklahoma and our staff, Switzer said. And I understood it. Darrell had every reason to be upset.But the reason he was upset was because he was getting beat.Turned out, Royal had good reason to believe the Sooners were spying on his practices.Because they were. Four years earlier.But first, the charactersIn 1957, after a 1-9 finish, which included a 45-0 loss to Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, Texas called on a Sooner to save its floundering football program.Born and raised in Hollis, Oklahoma, Royal arrived in Norman in 1946, the same year as Bud Wilkinson. With Royal becoming an All-American and one of his first key players, Wilkinson rapidly whipped Oklahoma into a juggernaut, highlighted by a famed 47-game winning streak through the 50s.Royal followed in the footsteps of his mentor to become a coach, which brought him back to the other side of the Red River Rivalry. In his second season, Royal stunned Wilkinsons Sooners with a two-point conversion, which proved to be a turning point in the rivalry.With Royal at the helm, the Longhorns returned to dominating in Dallas.For Oklahoma, following two mediocre seasons under Wilkinsons right-hand man Gomer Jones and eight consecutive losses to Texas, the Sooners were on the hunt for a coach again in 1966. After an unsuccessful attempt to lure Royal, Oklahoma settled on Arkansas assistant Jim Mackenzie, who brought with him a promising offensive coach named Barry Switzer.Behind Switzers speed-oriented version of the wishbone offense that Royal assistant coach Emory Bellard had invented, the Sooners reclaimed control over Texas.In 1972, with Chuck Fairbanks leading Oklahoma following the death of Mackenzie, both squads entered the season with national championship aspirations. Texas boasted a terrific team headlined by the backfield duo of Alan Lowry and Roosevelt Leaks. The more-talented Sooners countered with star halfbacks Greg Pruitt and Joe Washington and a defense anchored by the venerable Selmon brothers.And a little-known tackle named Derland Moore, who came to Oklahoma as a shot-putter, but would go on to produce the play at the center of the controversy between Switzer and Royal four years later.The undercover agentRoyal understood that, though talented, his offense would have a difficult time moving the ball on the stalwart Sooners that season.We werent quite on the level they were then, said Spike Dykes, then an assistant on Royals staff. They were a little more pronounced.So the week of the 1972 game, Royal installed a quick kick. If Texas ran into a third-and-long, Royal would call for Lowry to punt the ball way, eliminating the possibility of a turnover or return while giving the Longhorns an upper-hand in field position.Turned out, the Sooners were watching.And waiting.Darrell four years later in 76 accuses us of spying, Switzer said. There are semantics involved here. When I said me and my staff never spied on Texas, I was telling the truth. Because the spying actually happened in 72 when Chuck Fairbanks was the head coach.That week of the 1972 game, Lacewell, the Sooners defensive coordinator, suggested to longtime friend Lonnie Williams that he go to Austin and report back on the Longhorns. Posing as a construction worker, the perfect disguise with Texas stadium under renovation, Williams covertly took note of everything the Longhorns practiced -- including the quick kick.During a Friday walkthrough before traveling to Dallas, Lacewell brought the defense together to briefly practice one last thing.Coach Lacewell said, in case Texas tries a quick kick, this is how were going to line up, Moore recalled. We hadnt practiced against the quick kick in years. Then [Lacewell] walked by casually and said to me, Derland, move to the gap between the ttackle and guard.dddddddddddd... You might have a chance to block it.As Royal had predicted, the game turned into a defensive struggle. Trailing 3-0 in the third quarter and facing a third-and-long, Royal called for the quick kick.But as the Longhorns broke the huddle, the Oklahoma defenders began hollering quick kick to Royals disbelief.Lacewell already knew they were working on that because he got it from Lonnie Williams, Switzer said. Well, we had our tackles, Raymond Hamilton and Derland Moore, inside the B-gaps to rush the punt. We had our 9-techniques hold their ends, who were going to be covering from a tight formation. And we had our safety run back to be able to return. So were holding up coverage and we put a block on. When they came out and shifted to quick-kick formation in the end zone, well, our guys told everybody what the hell to do.We looked like the best coached team in the world. ... But we wouldnt have known about the quick kick unless Lonnie Williams had seen the practices and told Larry about it.At the final second, Moore remembered what Lacewell had told him, and took a step to the inside. Moore barreled through the Texas line to block the punt, end Gary Baccus cleared out Lowry, and Lucious Selmon pounced on the ball for a touchdown.Whether Derland had an inside secret, I dont know, Selmon said. But I was sure glad he did what he did.The defensive touchdown catapulted the Sooners to a 27-0 rout, which proved to be Texas only loss of the season. And cost Royal the shot at a fourth national title. Instead, USC captured the national title, and the Longhorns finished third in the polls, a spot behind the Sooners.It seemed like one of those freak things that happen in a game, Leaks said.Royal was dumbfounded by the block. I know a lot of folks who paid $7 will question the quick kick, he said afterward. I didnt think it would be expected.Moore, however, began to get curious when he said Oklahoma defensive line coach Jimmy Johnson instructed him to say nothing about the quick kick to reporters.Something felt kind of suspicious about it, Moore said, but you really didnt have much time to dwell on it because here came the reporters.Moore only confirmed his suspicions much later while reading about it in a book.Royal, however, would find out much sooner.The spy comes in from the cold cocktail barFor years, Royal has been suspicious that Oklahoma had been spying on his practices. But he never had any proof -- until the fall of 1976.Tony Herry, a Houston businessman and Texas booster, was having drinks one night in Houston in December of 1975 with Lonnie Williams. As Herry told it, Williams, after a few cocktails, began boasting of the time when he pretended to be painter working on Texas stadium to spy on the Longhorns practicing on the quick kick.Herry relayed the account to Texas assistant David McWilliams, who passed along the information to Royal.It took three years for this to get back to Darrell that had happened because Lonnie Williams kept bragging about it, Switzer said.Royal believed he finally had his proof. And the week of the 1976 game, he charged Switzer with spying, bringing the rivalry to an unprecedented level of animosity not even the leader of the free world could smooth over.Moments before kickoff, President Gerald Ford, who was there for the coin toss, stood between Royal and Switzer in the tunnel.[Ford] was trying to carry on a conversation, and Darrell and I werent having it, Switzer said.As the three walked out to the south end zone, one Sooner fan cut the tension. Or maybe added to it.This damn redneck from Oklahoma, Switzer recalled, stood up and screamed, Who are those two a--h---- with Switzer? Of course, everybody started dying laughing. It wasnt funny to me, though. It made me feel like two inches tall.Fittingly, perhaps, that game ended in a 6-6 tie, as Oklahoma flubbed what wouldve been the game-winning extra point.The best defensive game Ive ever seen, Dykes said. Just an all-out fight.Afterward, Royal said the game felt more like a loss than anything.I wouldnt be sitting here with my belly about to throw up if I thought we had won, he told reporters. I dont feel too good.The spying controversy didnt die after the game.Lacewell joked that he would take the polygraph for $300,000, which didnt amuse Royal, who said that was Lacewells price to get out of coaching.Because thats what hed have to do. Ill tell you what, Id quit coaching if theyd take it and pass it.Instead, Royal wound up retiring after the season.I never felt as sick about a game as I did that one, he would later say.I wanted that game more than any I competed in or coached in. ' ' '

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