Sports briefs: Oct. 9

October 9, 2012 


Ex-Cat Davis featured in new show on NBA rookies

Top draft pick Anthony Davis and former No. 1 choices LeBron James and Dwight Howard are featured in a program detailing life as an NBA rookie.

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Clippers teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and a number of other top players are included in "My Life as an NBA Rookie," debuting Oct. 29 on Disney XD.

The program features footage of Davis' time with the U.S. Olympic basketball team after the college player of the year from Kentucky was selected by the New Orleans Hornets. It also shows players going through the draft process and preparing for training camp, along with some of the entertaining duties veteran teammates require of them.

Davis was the first collegian to play with the U.S. Olympic team since Christian Laettner in 1992.


Labor talks expected to resume this week

The NHL and the players' association are expected to resume labor negotiations this week in New York.

The sides are likely to meet Wednesday and Thursday in New York, a union spokesman told The Associated Press in an email. The plans and the agenda are expected to be worked out Monday.

On Friday, the sides held an unannounced meeting in Toronto to discuss where they were and how to move the process forward. The lockout reached its 22nd day Sunday.

Horse racing

Trainer Brown takes rescheduled races

Trainer Chad Brown swept both $150,000 turf stakes for 2-year-olds with heavy favorites in races run over a yielding course Monday at Belmont Park. Both the Pilgrim and the Miss Grillo for fillies were rescheduled from Sunday to the Columbus Day card to avoid inclement weather. The two stakes guaranteed the winners spots in the Breeders' Cup next month at Santa Anita.

Noble Tune beat Notacatbutallama by 2½ lengths in the Pilgrim to remain unbeaten in two starts. He ran the 1 1-16 miles in 1:47.81 with Ramon Dominguez aboard, paying $4.60 to win.

Watsdachances extended her winning streak to three with a 2¼ length victory over Sustain in the Miss Grillo. Javier Castellano rode as she ran the same distance in 1:47.90, paying $4.40 to win.

Also on the card, trainer Todd Pletcher sent out the 1-2 finishers in the $150,000 Pebbles Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the grass as Peace Preserver rallied past Channel Lady by 6½ lengths. She paid $6.60 to win the mile run in 1:38.40 with John Velazquez in the saddle.


Sandusky to speak at sentencing

Jerry Sandusky and at least some of his victims plan to address the judge at his sentencing, a proceeding that may last less than two hours, lawyers said after a closed-door meeting to iron out logistics ahead of the Tuesday hearing.

Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said "it's as certain as certain can be" that the former Penn State assistant football coach will speak to Judge John Cleland and assert his innocence.

Given the number of charges, the serious nature of his crimes and his age, the 68-year-old Sandusky faces the likelihood of a sentence that will send him to state prison for the rest of his life. Sandusky was convicted in June of abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

• The NCAA has hired its first chief medical officer.

Dr. Brian Hainline currently serves as the CMO for the United States Tennis Association and will join the NCAA in January. He calls his new job "an extraordinary opportunity to emphasize that our first and foremost obligation is to student-athletes."

Hainline played tennis for Notre Dame and served as the chief medical officer for the U.S. Open tennis tournament for 15 years.

College basketball

Final Four floor to be sold for charity

John Calipari-signed pieces of the 2012 Final Four floor Kentucky won its eighth national championship on will be available for purchase in an online public auction that starts Thursday.

Northwestern Mutual, which donated part of the 2012 Final Four to Kentucky for use in its renovated Rupp Arena locker room, is making 300 additional pieces of the UK championship floor available for the auction.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward the fight against pediatric cancer throughout the state of Kentucky. The proceeds will benefit Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville and Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington.

• The star of the Long Island University Brooklyn basketball team and three teammates arrested in a campus brawl had their suspensions lifted Monday and were instead put on school probation and will be suspended for two games each.

Julian Boyd, a forward who was named the Northeast Conference player of the year last year, and three other players, Jamal Olaswere, Troy Joseph and C.J. Garner, were suspended from school after the brawl last month.

The last word

A Belgian soccer player, Jonathan Legear, drove his speeding Porsche through the glass doors of a gas station convenience store, injuring a customer at the cash register. Court spokesman Michel Zegers said there is no reason to prevent Legear from rejoining his team.

"As long as he does not drive there himself."

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