Sports briefs: May 1

May 1, 2013 

NBA Faried leads Nuggets' charge

Kenneth Faried brought the energy and the Denver Nuggets rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off elimination Tuesday night with a 107-100 win over the Golden State Warriors.

The Nuggets slowed down Golden State's guards, jumpstarted their transition game and got under Andrew Bogut's skin in Game 5, jumping out to a 22-point lead before weathering the Warriors' frenetic fourth quarter rally.

Game 6 is Thursday in Oakland. Golden State leads the series 3-2.

Andre Iguodala had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Ty Lawson had 19 points and 10 assists and Morehead State product Faried had 13 points and 10 boards.

• New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd has become the first player to win back-to-back NBA sportsmanship awards. Kidd received 91 first-place votes from league players and 2,474 total points Tuesday to claim the Joe Dumars Trophy in his first season in New York.


NFL Tebow offered Omaha Beef contract

The Omaha Beef have a job waiting for Tim Tebow if he wants it — and the Nebraska indoor football team will even pay him $75 a game.

A day after Tebow was cut by the New York Jets, the Beef called the office of Tebow agent Jimmy Sexton to offer a standard player contract. Beef assistant general manager Andrew Mather said Tuesday that he doesn't expect to hear back, but he thought it was worth asking.

The Beef's current quarterback, James McNear, has led the team to a 5-1 start. He's completing 70 percent of his passes and has thrown for 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions.

McNear is anything but insulted by the Beef's wooing of Tebow. McNear said, "I think Tim can learn a lot from me."


UK sports Men's tennis earns NCAA Tourney bid

The eighth-ranked University of Kentucky men's tennis team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday and will host first- and second-round matches May 10-11.

This marks Kentucky's 24th NCAA appearance and 19th in the past 20 years. For the fifth straight year, the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center has been selected as a host site. Kentucky (20-11) will be the top seed in the Lexington Regional.


College football

Pittsburgh suffers slew of player losses

Pittsburgh football coach Paul Chryst has dismissed two players and suspended another indefinitely after they were charged with possession of drug paraphenalia. Another player was suspended after he was charged with assault.

Tight end Drew Carswell and defensive back Eric Williams, both juniors, have been removed from the team. Carswell, Williams and defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith were all suspended last week after police made a drug raid on their house. Mosley-Smith remains suspended.

Chryst has also suspended freshman QB Tra'Von Chapman indefinitely. Chapman was arrested in Ohio over the weekend on charges of assault and unlawful restraint. He has pleaded not guilty.


College basketball No wrongdoing in Duke jewelry purchase

Duke says the NCAA did not find any wrongdoing after looking into a jewelry purchase of nearly $100,000 by a basketball player on the Blue Devils' most recent national championship team. The school issued a statement Tuesday saying the NCAA and the university found no evidence of a rules violation based on the information available.

Former player Lance Thomas was sued in a Texas court for failing to pay a balance of nearly $68,000 for jewelry he purchased from a New York jeweler in December 2009.

• A University of New Mexico official says former Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford is willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving the Albuquerque school to take a job at UCLA but he won't pay the $1 million payment that New Mexico wants.

Alford on March 18 signed a term sheet agreeing to a new 10-year contract with New Mexico that included a $1 million buyout. It was to take effect April 1, two days after Alford announced his resignation. New Mexico contends it's owed the $1 million buyout because the previous contract required a 30-day notice of termination.


Auto racing

Mann back and racing in Indy 500

British driver Pippa Mann will run in next month's Indianapolis 500 for Dale Coyne Racing, her first race since she was injured in the 2011 IndyCar season finale that killed Dan Wheldon. The team said Tuesday the 29-year-old Mann will join fellow Briton Justin Wilson and Brazilian Ana Beatriz to complete three Honda-powered entries in the race.


The last word

A few hours after the longest game in the majors this season, Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss and his 3-year-old son sat together and stayed awake to watch television replays. Not of the game, and not Moss' two-run home run in the 19th inning Monday night to end tit. Young Jayden Moss preferred to watch his father throwing a pie in his own face — and made Brandon replay it 18 times. Dad said:

"He's into all the baseball stuff but he didn't want to watch the home run. He just wanted to watch the pie. That was his favorite."

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