Sports briefs: Jan. 8

January 8, 2013 

T.J. Jones

UK football

UK freshman lineman Jones arrested on weapons charge

A Kentucky offensive lineman was arrested over the winter break in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, S.C., on a weapons charge.

T.J. Jones, a freshman who redshirted this past season, is being investigated for possibly bringing a handgun onto school property on Dec. 18.

The report itself is vague, stating that "a possible incident that occurred in the locker room of the incident location."

The report, filed three days after the alleged incident, indicates the weapons violation occurred at Myrtle Beach High School and that an "investigation is ongoing."

Jones' arrest was reported first on Monday by WMBF, a television station in Myrtle Beach.

Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely said new coach Mark Stoops is out of town on business, but is aware of the report.

Stoops plans to "address the issue" after he has "an opportunity to meet with the player and gather relevant information," Neely said.

Jones, 19, is still with the team and is on his way back to Lexington, Neely said. UK's spring semester begins on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Jones won Class AAA state championships with Myrtle Beach his freshman and junior seasons. He was a three-year starter there and was rated the No. 23 prospect in South Carolina by 24/7 Sports and No. 28 by Rivals.

His UK athletics biography also includes that Jones was an honor roll student at Myrtle Beach.


NBA

Heat waive Harrellson; Rondo suspended

The Miami Heat waived former Kentucky standout Josh Harrellson on Monday, the deadline for teams to release players with non-guaranteed contracts, otherwise those contracts would become guaranteed for the balance of the season.

Harrellson went to the deadline unsure of his status.

"I never think anything is a given around here," he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "You never know what's going to happen. Just like last year, I didn't know what was going to happen, but I was blessed to get a guarantee."

Harrellson made the most of his time with the Heat.

"A total transformation," he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "From my first tryout here in August, I've lost 32 pounds and eight percent body fat."

■ Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended one game without pay for making contact with a referee and failure to cooperate with an NBA investigation. The announcement came from league discipline chief Stu Jackson.

With 3:19 remaining in the third quarter of the Celtics' 89-81 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Rondo was called for an offensive foul on a drive to the basket. He went up to referee Rodney Mott and bumped into him as the two walked back up the court. The former Kentucky star missed Monday night's game, a 102-96 win against the New York Knicks.

Celtics Coach Doc Rivers was surprised Rondo was suspended.

"I saw it when it happened. I didn't think anything of it honestly, and obviously the officials didn't either, they didn't call a tech," Rivers said before the game. "But you know the old saying is you're not given a reputation, you earn one, and I'm sure that had a lot to do with it as well."

Rivers said Rondo had a brief conversation with a league official, and wasn't sure how much that contributed to the decision.

"Usually when they call, it usually means the decision's made pretty much for the most part," Rivers said. "But listen, all of it is disappointing."

Eric Gordon scored six straight points in a fourth-quarter spurt and had 24 overall to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 95-88 victory over San Antonio. Anthony Davis added 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

■ Former Bryan Station star Shelvin Mack was released by the Washington Wizards. Mack averaged 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists after joining the team on Christmas Day.

Lakers' Howard, Gasol, Hill all sidelined

Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill all will miss the Los Angeles Lakers' upcoming road trip with injuries, leaving the struggling club without its top three big men indefinitely. Howard has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and Gasol has a concussion after taking an elbow in the face late in Sunday night's loss to Denver. Hill, a key backup to both starting big men, has a right hip injury.

The three injuries are the latest blows for the Lakers (15-18), who still haven't meshed despite a star-studded roster, a bulging payroll and an early-season coaching change. Los Angeles has lost three straight and four of five since beating the Knicks on Christmas, falling to 11th place in the Western Conference.

■ Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love met with doctors in the Twin Cities on Monday to evaluate his right hand, which is broken for the second time this season. Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said Love also will consult with a hand specialist in New York this week before determining a course of action. There is no timetable for his return, but Kahn said Love will be out for "a number of weeks."


High school basketball No. 1 Marion Co. girls rout Lex. Catholic

University of Kentucky signee Makayla Epps hit 13 of her 17 shots and finished with 27 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in top-ranked Marion County's 75-27 rout of visiting Lexington Catholic. Marion County (16-0) also got 13 points, five rebounds and six assists from Logan Powell. Rachel Blake led Lexington Catholic (7-8) with 13 points.

Larryn Brooks had 22 points, seven assists, six steals and was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in No. 6 Madison Central's 70-53 win at No. 10 Scott County. Ashton Feldhaus added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Indians. The Cardinals' Tereka Guyn also had a double-double with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

Boys' highlights:

JaVon Cotton scored 29 points, including five three-pointers, in Elizabethtown's 86-50 win at home against Fort Knox.


Golf

PGA Tour opener finally gets underway

The PGA Tour season finally got under way on Monday, and Dustin Johnson wasted no time taking control in the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, Hawaii. Johnson had not played the Plantation Course at Kapalua since Thursday. Once he got started, he didn't miss many shots. He had four putts at eagle on the back nine in the second round. He missed only three greens in regulation. And when his 36-hole day ended, Johnson had rounds of 69-66 to take the lead into the final round Tuesday.

Three days behind schedule because of high wind, the season started on the day its first tournament was supposed to finish. Johnson was at 11-under 135, good enough for a three-shot lead over Steve Stricker.


The last word

The playing surface at the Washington Redskins' stadium was a mess when Seattle Seahawks won their matchup Sunday in the NFC wild card playoffs. There were plenty of bare sports, and dirt was flying with many of the steps taken between the hash marks. Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III and Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons left the game with knee injuries. Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle:

"It was horrible. It's a horrible field. It's as bad as a field can get for being dry. It's too bad. It really is. It's too bad. We deserve better. ... It just was worn out."

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