Sports briefs: Jan. 31

January 31, 2013 

NBA

Prince reportedly traded to Memphis; Gay Toronto bound

Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto in the latest and most dramatic move in the Memphis Grizzlies makeover.

The Grizzlies agreed to trade their star swingman to the Raptors on Wednesday, parting with the leading scorer on a team that has aspirations of making a run in the powerful Western Conference.

The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis in the deal, with Calderon heading to Detroit in the three-team trade. The Pistons will send ex-Cat Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to Memphis.

Prince, 32, is the last holdover from the Pistons' title team in 2003-04. He is averaging 11.7 points and 4.6 rebounds this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and rookie Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets headline 18 players selected for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge to be played Feb. 15 at Houston.

Irving was the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year and Davis was the overall No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The ex-Cat is tied for the rookie lead in rebounds (7.6 per game) and ranks first in blocks (1.8).

Among those joining Irving from the Sophomore class are ex-Morehead State star Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) and ex-Cat Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons)).

Davis leads a group of rookies that includes ex-UK teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats).

The draft is scheduled for Feb. 7. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will again serve as the general managers of Team Chuck and Team Shaq. Last year, Irving netted a game-high 34 points and MVP honors as he led Team Chuck to a 146-133 win.


TENNIS

Knee still sore, Nadal to return anyway

One week ahead of his expected return to tennis, Rafael Nadal says his left knee is still causing him pain. The 26-year-old Spaniard is scheduled to play next week in Chile before heading to tournaments in Brazil and Mexico.

Speaking Wednesday, Nadal says that although his knee is looking better, "sometimes it still hurts ... but I have to start sooner or later." Nadal says playing at the three Latin American tournaments "will be very useful," adding he is "fine, enthusiastic," after not playing since losing to Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon.

The NCAA has put Southern Mississippi on four years of probation and given the men's tennis program a one-year post-season ban after citing the school with failure to monitor the tennis program. Two former Southern Miss tennis coaches were cited for unethical conduct after the NCAA said they promised impermissible benefits to athletes — including offering $5,000 and the use of a car to one athlete — and engaging in academic misconduct. The NCAA also ruled that one of the coaches asked a player to lie during the investigation. The NCAA said the coaches refused to cooperate during its investigation and withheld information during the school's internal investigation.


GOLF

Oh deer: Singh used banned substance

Vijay Singh has admitted he used deer-antler spray, saying he wasn't aware that it may contain a substance banned by the PGA Tour. The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The magazine said Singh paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids' owners $9,000 last November for the spray.

"While I have used deer antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may contain a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy," Singh said in the statement. "In fact, when I first received the product, I reviewed the list of ingredients and did not see any prohibited substances. I am absolutely shocked that deer-antler spray may contain a banned substance and am angry that I have put myself in this position."

PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said the tour is "looking into the matter." Singh won the last of his 34 PGA Tour titles in 2008.


SPORTS IN THE COURTS

Sandusky's bid for new trial denied

Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict. Judge John Cleland, who presided over Sandusky's high-profile trial last year, said lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy.

"The defendant's attorneys subjected the commonwealth's witnesses to meaningful and effective cross-examination, presented evidence for the defense and presented both a comprehensive opening statement and a clearly developed closing argument." Cleland wrote. Sandusky's lawyer indicated he would appeal.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and kept her in his home in Issaquah, Wash., against her will. Hill was charged with unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence and third-degree assault-domestic violence. Both charges are felonies. It's the second time Hill, 30, has been accused of domestic violence.


ETC.

Vandy coach apologizes for 'Nicky Satan'

Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin has apologized to Alabama Coach Nick Saban for calling him "Nicky Satan" at a high school banquet in Georgia. Franklin spoke Monday night at a sports banquet for Central High in Macon, Ga., where linebacker Nigel Bowden is one of his top commitments. According to videotape from WMAZ-TV, Franklin said, "There's this guy in Alabama. I think his name is Nicky Satan. You guys have probably heard of him before. I'm going to outwork him. I'm going to outwork him. And that's kind of our plan every single day."

Franklin told The Tennessean his comment was meant strictly as a joke about a coach who has won four national championships.

Saturday's doubleheader in Louisville featuring UK recruits Karl Towns, Jahlil Okafor and Skal Labissiere has been canceled, the event's organizers announced Wednesday.

Organizers for the Red State Blue State Series said all tickets purchased will be refunded immediately, according to the release. The organizers did not immediately return a request for comment.

Brett Favre is returning to the NFL — to work for the NFL Network. The retired three-time MVP quarterback will join the network's crew for daylong coverage of Sunday's Super Bowl.

Favre has kept a relatively low profile since retiring after the 2010 season. Favre said in an email to The Associated Press that he doesn't miss the "grind and stress of day-to-day football, but I do miss my teammates and coaches." He also said it will "be great to reconnect with NFL fans around the Super Bowl."

Shaun Marcum wanted to sign with the New York Mets because they offered him an opportunity to pitch every five days. As for replacing R.A. Dickey, that will take a team effort.

Marcum said his goal is to pitch "200-plus innings." That's been tough for the oft-injured right-hander. He's only reached that mark once in his six seasons in the majors. Marcum's one-year contract will pay him $4 million and performance bonuses.

In 21 starts for Milwaukee last year, he was 7-4 with a 3.71 ERA. Overall, he is 57-36 with a 3.76 ERA.


The last word

Masters champion Bubba Watson, reacting to Vijay Singh saying he took deer-antler spray:

"It sounds like something I would never want near me. ... I don't even know how you take deer-antler spray. ... I think we should check them for mental problems if they're taking deer-antler spray. That's kind of weird."

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