Sports Briefs: April 12

April 12, 2013 

NBA

Knee injury ends season 3 games early for ex-Cat Davis

The New Orleans Hornets say they will sit Anthony Davis for their final three games because of his left knee injury. The 6-foot-10 rookie forward, the top overall draft pick out of Kentucky, was hurt when he collided with Marcus Thornton during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's loss at Sacramento.

The Hornets say Davis was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise in his knee.

Davis averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 28.8 minutes this season.


High School Sports

Lafayette, Woodford anglers on to state

Anglers from Lafayette and Woodford County were among the 13 boats to qualify for the first KHSAA state bass fishing tournament to be held April 26-27 at Kentucky Lake.

Nathan Taylor and Terry Hager of Woodford County finished 10th in the Region 2 Tournament at Taylorsville Lake on Sunday. Riley Cobb and Ben Marshall of Lafayette placed 11th. Luke Miller and David Ryan Brewer of St. Xavier won the regional with 10 pounds, 1 ounce of fish caught.


NHL

League adopts policy backing gay players

Amid heightened speculation that a male athlete in one of North America's four major professional leagues will soon publicly declare his homosexuality, the National Hockey League and its players announced Thursday what appears to be the most comprehensive measure by a major men's league in support of gay athletes.

The NHL said it had formed a partnership with the You Can Play Project, an advocacy group pledged to fight homophobia in sports, and planned training and counseling on gay issues for its teams. Other major leagues — the NFL, the NBA and MLB — have policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, and various officials have spoken in support of gay athletes. But no league seems to have taken such a strong public stance on the issue.

Patrick Burke, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers and a founder of You Can Play, said the demographics of the NHL, with so many players from Canada and Northern Europe, were part of the reason the league had taken such a step. "We have players from around the world, and a lot of those players are from countries that are seen as more progressive on LGBT issues," Burke said.


College Basketball

Rutgers' lawyer steps down from post

A Rutgers University lawyer resigned Thursday amid growing anger that he was still employed after approving a decision in December to suspend rather than fire basketball coach Mike Rice, even though he was aware of a video showing the coach hitting, kicking and taunting players.

The university had announced last week that lawyer John Wolf had resigned from his leadership position. School officials at first would not clarify what that meant, but then this week acknowledged that he was remaining at Rutgers as a lower-level lawyer. Some state lawmakers felt deceived and were calling for his resignation.

New UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford has apologized for the way he handled a sexual assault charge involving a player on his team in 2002 when he coached at Iowa.

Alford says he "instinctively and mistakenly" came to the defense of Hawkeyes player Pierre Pierce before he knew all the facts. Pierce pleaded guilty to a charge of assault involving injury. He was kicked off the Iowa team in 2005 after another incident involving an ex-girlfriend. Alford says he's learned and grown from that experience, and he wants the UCLA community to know that he would handle the situation differently today.

It will be some time before a decision is made on whether Kentucky All-Star Becca Greenwell will redshirt her freshman year at Duke. Greenwell was recovering at home this week from her second reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. The Owensboro Catholic senior underwent surgery in Louisville on Tuesday to repair the ACL. She will start her rehab on Friday.

Shooting guard Andre Dawkins says he will be return to Duke next season. He redshirted this past season and his father has said he was still dealing with his sister's death in a car wreck in 2009 while she was traveling to one of his games.


NFL

Browns acquire Lewis from Eagles

The Browns have acquired backup running back Dion Lewis from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade for linebacker Emmanuel Acho. Lewis played 24 games in two seasons with the Eagles, who selected him in the fifth round in 2011. He rushed for 171 yards on 36 carries and scored two touchdowns. The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Lewis also returned kickoffs for Philadelphia as a rookie.

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation for assaulting a police officer outside a Lincoln, Neb., bar last year.

New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam no longer has a stake in the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team announced that Haslam's minority share has been bought by existing stockholders and new investors Scott and Russ Swank. Haslam purchased the Browns in October and directed Steelers President Art Rooney II and Morgan Stanley to find suitable buyers for the shares he acquired in 2008.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct in connection with his New York City gun arrest in February. Authorities say a handgun was found during a search of his carry-on bag as he prepared to board a U.S. Airways flight to Raleigh, N.C.

The Detroit Lions have signed Havard Rugland, the Norwegian Internet kicking sensation. He posted a trick-shot video in September that has more than 2.7 million views. He'll give newly acquired kicker David Akers some competition.


etc.

Legends rained out, to play two today

Thursday's game between the Legends and Greenville Drive was rained out in Lexington. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Friday. The first of two seven-inning games will begin at 5:05 p.m.

Ryan Briscoe will return to the Indy 500 this year in a car fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing. The long-rumored pairing wasn't completed until last weekend. Briscoe won the pole for the 500 last season with Penske Racing. He split with the team at the end of the season, and AJ Allmendinger will drive his old car in the 500 this year.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong sold his estate in Austin, Texas, but plans to continue living in the city. Al Koehler, founder of a company that purchases oil and gas royalties and mineral rights, took out a $3.1 million loan to buy Armstrong's 1.7-acre property, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The house was listed at $10 million; in 2012, the property was listed on the Travis County tax roll for $3.9 million. "I didn't pay anything close to that (listing)," Koehler said.


The last word

Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia played just one group apart Thursday and were only one shot apart on the leader board at the Masters. That wasn't confusing, though their shirts were. Viewers around the country had to be doing double takes as the cameras switched between the two players. That's because both were wearing the same garish shirt. Said Johnson:

"Well, we are not wearing the same outfit because we want to. This is Adidas; they script our clothing this week. We are wearing the same outfit because they told us to."

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