Replay official now allowed to overturn targeting call in college football

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel adjusted the targeting rule in college football, allowing video-review officials to overturn calls if any element of the penalty cannot be confirmed.

The adjustment to the rule announced Tuesday means there will be no option for letting the call on the field “stand” during a targeting review. It must be either confirmed or overturned.

Targeting, or illegal hits above the shoulders, still would result in a 15-yard penalty and ejection of the player who committed the foul. Players ejected in the second half would still be required to sit out the first half of the following game.

The panel also approved instituting a progressive penalty for targeting. Players who commit three targeting fouls in the same season are subject to a one-game suspension.

Overtime rules also were tweaked. If a game reaches a fifth overtime, teams will run alternating 2-point plays instead of starting another drive at the opponent’s 25-yard line. The change was made to limit the number of plays from scrimmage and to bring the game to a conclusion.

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Judge rules against

Kraft video release

A video that police say shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying a massage-parlor worker for sex should not be publicly released for now because it would ruin his chance for a fair trial, Circuit Judge Leonard Hanser ruled.

Hanser accepted arguments by Kraft’s attorneys that releasing the video likely would make it impossible to seat a jury for his trial on misdemeanor prostitution charges. He said the video shouldn’t be handed to the news media as a public record until a jury is seated, a plea agreement is reached or the state drops the case. Kraft has pleaded not guilty to the charge in Jupiter, Fla., but has issued an apology for his conduct.

College baseball: Brandon Wulff hit one of host Stanford’s five homers and drove in four runs as the second-ranked Cardinal (29-6) rolled to a 15-7 romp over San Jose State (18-23). … Cole Elvis hit two of host Cal’s four homers as the Bears (21-14) cruised to a 12-4 rout of Sacramento State (26-14).

College golf: Cal’s Collin Morikawa shot 7-under-par 64, propelling the Bears into the lead in the Pac-12 men’s championship in Eugene, Ore. Cal owns a three-stroke edge on USC, with Stanford trailing by four. Morikawa, at 11-under for the event, has a one-stroke lead in the individual competition.

Soccer: Christian Erikssen’s long-range strike in the 88th minute gave Tottenham a 1-0 win over Brighton that kept the Spurs’ bid for a Champions League spot on track.

• Shane Long scored the earliest-ever goal in an English Premier League game, netting after 7.69 seconds for Southampton. Andre Gray leveled in the 90th minute to grab a 1-1 draw for Watford.

• Barcelona is on the brink of another Spanish league title after beating Alaves 2-0 to move three points shy of clinching the championship.

• Toronto’s Jozy Altidore, a U.S. national-team forward, will be sidelined for two-to-three weeks with a hamstring injury.

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