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Sports briefs: Southern Illinois coach calls his players 'bunch of mama's boys'

Published December 18, 2013 8:25 pm

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College basketball • Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson said he regretted singling out one of his players in a postgame diatribe that went viral.

And that's about it.

Hinson said at a news conference in Carbondale, Ill., on Wednesday that he apologized to starting point guard Marcus Fillyaw for calling him "absolutely awful" in a 73-65 loss at Murray State on Tuesday night.

Hinson, however, said he wouldn't take back calling his players "uncoachable," "a bunch of mama's boys" and comparing the disciplining of his young team to housebreaking a puppy.

"If that ruffles your feathers, or ruffles somebody else's feathers, then you know what, you're going to have to deal with it," Hinson said. "And here's the other thing, I'm going to have to deal with it."

Fillyaw said he wasn't surprised with the way Hinson voiced his displeasure.

"Everything he said was true," Fillyaw said.

"Right now our team is playing soft. That's a big part of our identity right now ... It wasn't so much him calling me out personally. I was just as upset with my performance. His statement about me was accurate."

Olympic medalist Rogers tests positive

Cycling • Olympic bronze medalist and three-time world time trial champion Michael Rogers of Australia has tested positive for clenbuterol after racing in China.

The International Cycling Union said Wednesday that Rogers is provisionally suspended while his national federation investigates the case.

Rogers tested positive for clenbuterol, which helps build muscle and burn fat, at the Japan Cup on Oct. 20.

From wire reports