The Boz was never getting into the College Football Hall of Fame.

"My name was on the ballot, but I wasn't accepted," Brian Bosworth said Tuesday.

But the controversial former Oklahoma linebacker turned his life around and is part of a class of 15 former players and two coaches who were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

"I've lived my life so impatiently, and I fought to hurry things up and not allow God to let things happen in God's time. And I wanted it to happen more in Brian's time," Bosworth said. "As long as I continued to try to fight that battle, I knew my life was always going to be in a sense of frustration and high anxiety."

The players heading into the hall with Bosworth were Trev Alberts from Nebraska, Bob Breunig from Arizona State, Sean Brewer from Millsaps College, Ruben Brown from Pittsburgh, Wes Chandler from Florida, Thom Gatewood from Notre Dame, Dick Jauron from Yale, former Viking Clinton Jones from Michigan State, Lincoln Kennedy from Washington, Michael Payton from Marshall, Art Still from Kentucky, Zach Thomas from Texas Tech, Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams from Texas and the late Rob Lytle from Michigan.

The coaches were Jim Tressel, who led Ohio State to a national championship in 2002, and 76-year-old Bill Snyder, who has won 193 games in 24 seasons with Kansas State.

... Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley won the Broyles Award, becoming the youngest (32) winner ever to take home the honor for the nation's top assistant coach. ... Oklahoma center Ty Darlington won the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to college football's top scholar-athlete.

boxing

Fury coming under fire

New world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was the subject of a police investigation Tuesday following the outspoken boxer's comments about homosexuality that have been heavily criticized in Britain.

Greater Manchester Police said they have received a report of a "hate crime" regarding Fury's comments, which were published in an interview before his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight Nov. 28.

Fury, who is fiercely religious, said that among the things that need to happen "before the devil comes home ... is homosexuality being legal in countries."

"Greater Manchester Police take every allegation of hate crime extremely seriously," the police said, "and we will be attending the victim's address to take a statement in due course."

in the courts

Pistorius will try to appeal

Oscar Pistorius will try to appeal his murder conviction in South Africa's highest court, possibly extending a legal battle that began nearly three years ago when the double-amputee Olympian shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to death in his home. If the Constitutional Court chooses not to hear the case, Pistorius will be back in a lower court April 18 for the start of a sentencing process, meaning he will remain under house arrest.

AROUND THE HORN

Soccer: FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout agreed to be extradited to the United States to face charges in the soccer bribery case. Napout is said to have received bribes worth millions of dollars from broadcasting rights to the Copa America and Copa Libertadores tournaments.

Sailing: America's Cup racing will return to New York for the first time since 1920 when the America's Cup World Series is sailed off the southern tip of Manhattan on May 7-8.

Tennis: Serena Williams won the WTA's Player of the Year award for the fourth consecutive time and seventh overall. Her older sister Venus was Comeback Player of the Year. Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza were the Doubles Team of the Year, and Daria Gavrilova was Newcomer of the Year.

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