Antonio Brown faces rape accusation

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is facing rape accusations by a former trainer.

According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida, Britney Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her on three occasions.

Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue. Heitner said Brown and Taylor had “a consensual personal relationship.”

OSU donor T. Boone Pickens dies

T. Boone Pickens was known as one of the world’s richest men.

He also was known as the ultimate Oklahoma State superfan, a man whose choice to generously spend his wealth on his alma mater fueled the football program’s return to national prominence. Pickens died Wednesday in Dallas at age 91, his spokesman, Jay Rosser, said.

Pickens said last month in his annual letter to Oklahoma State fans that he checked with the school and learned he had donated $652 million over the years, with much of it going to athletic facilities.

Oklahoma State’s football stadium was named for Pickens in 2003 after he made a $70 million donation, including $20 million specifically for stadium expansion.

Vols’ CB Thompson to return to practice

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson has been cleared to return to practice less than three weeks after his arrest on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.

Thompson was arrested Aug. 24 and suspended indefinitely a day later.

Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday in a university release that he believes “Bryce can grow by following the plan the university has put in place for him.”

The statement didn’t release any specifics on the university’s plan. The statement also didn’t indicate whether Thompson would be available to play Saturday when Tennessee (0-2) hosts Chattanooga (1-1).

Chargers tight end suffers knee injury

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry will be placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

Henry fractured the upper part of his left tibia during Sunday’s 30-24 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts. He was injured during the second half but returned to the game and played in overtime. He had four receptions for 60 yards, including a 17-yard catch in overtime.

This is the second straight season that Henry has been seriously injured.

California ‘fair pay’ bill goes to governor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Athletes at California colleges could hire agents and sign endorsement deals under a bill the state Legislature sent to the governor Wednesday, setting up a potential confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of powerhouse programs like USC, UCLA and Stanford.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has not said whether he will sign the bill. But the NCAA Board Of Governors is already urging him not to, warning that if he does California colleges and universities would eventually be banned from NCAA competitions because of their “unfair recruiting advantage.”

The state Assembly and Senate sent the bill to the governor without a dissenting vote in what Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley said was “a loud and clear message to the NCAA.” Several Republican senators noted they had planned to vote against the bill but changed their minds after listening to the debate and, in some cases, intense lobbying from their children.

4-time Super Bowl champ Sam Davis dies at 75

PITTSBURGH — Sam Davis, the guard who helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win four Super Bowls in the 1970s, has died. He was 75.

Davis was found dead Tuesday at New Life Personal Care in McKeesport southeast of Pittsburgh. Davis, who suffered from dementia and was legally blind, had been reported missing from the facility earlier in the day. There was no evidence of foul play according to the McKeesport Police Department’s Facebook page.