A rape investigation involving Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane took a bizarre turn Wednesday when the attorney for the accuser said an empty paper bag that once held the woman's rape kit had been secretly placed in the doorway of her mother's home.

Kane's attorney said both sides in the case have been told that none of Kane's DNA was found "from the waist down" on the woman.

Police officials responded that no packaging is missing from the rape kit.

"Something seriously has gone amiss," attorney Thomas Eoannou told reporters during a news conference, where he held up the wrinkled brown bag that he said pointed to the possibility of evidence tampering.

He said the woman's mother discovered the bag Tuesday when she came home from work for lunch. She found the bag folded up between a storm door and her front door, he said.

Eoannou said the bag is authentic, labeled with personal identifying information, details on where the rape kit was used and the initials of the nurses who administered the kit.

... Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie suffered a broken bone in his right hand and is expected to miss three to six weeks.

college football

Jones keeps Buckeyes' QB job

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced that junior Cardale Jones will remain the team's starting quarterback. Jones has started the first three games of the season, all wins by Ohio State. In those games, Jones has completed just 56.5 percent of his passes for 334 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

He had two interceptions against Northern Illinois on Saturday and was pulled from the game after just three series. He was replaced by redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, who has appeared in every game this season.

prep football

Coach admits ordering hit

A Texas high school football coach has acknowledged he directed two of his players to hit a referee during a game earlier this month, according to the school's principal.

In an internal school district statement, John Jay High School principal Robert Harris said that assistant coach Mack Breed told him he directed the students to hit the referee because the ref had used racial slurs and had missed calls.

The referee, Robert Watts, has denied using any slurs.

auto racing

Boyer's team penalized

Clint Bowyer's slim shot at winning the Sprint Cup championship in Michael Waltrip Racing's final season took a huge hit when NASCAR penalized the team for an infraction in the opening playoff race.

Bowyer was docked 25 points, dropping him to last in the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. 'Crew chief Billy Scott was fined $75,000. MWR immediately appealed.

wnba

New York beats Indiana

Tina Charles had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to lead New York to an 84-67 victory over Indiana in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Rookie Kiah Stokes scored 21 points and Epiphanny Prince added 17.

AROUND THE HORN

Cycling: Vasil Kiryienka topped a surprising podium in the men's time trial at the world championships, while three-time world champion Tony Martin and heavy favorite Rohan Dennis missed out on medals entirely. Taylor Phinney was the top American finisher in 12th place and was relatively pleased by his performance considering he is only a few months into a comeback from a serious injury.

Volleyball: The United States won its first men's volleyball World Cup in 30 years with a 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20 win over Argentina.

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