Sports briefs (March 18): Reds score 2 in 9th to rally past Indians

March 18, 2014 

Minor league outfielder Steve Selsky doubled in two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Cincinnati Reds, who bounced back from blowing a three-run lead and rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Monday.

Indians minor league pitcher Tyler Guuilmet gave up singles to Argenis Diaz and Ramon Santiago, who is bidding for a bench role for the Reds.

Selsky then drove in the tying and winning runs. Tyler Holt was injured trying to field the ball in the left-field corner.

Edwin Jackson threw four scoreless innings and Darnell McDonald had two hits, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in a split-squad game on Monday.

Jackson allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six.

Kentuckian Joe Blanton pitched 51⁄3 innings for Los Angeles and was charged with three runs and four hits. The veteran right-hander has pitched well since moving from the first-base side of the pitching rubber to the third-base side before his last spring start.

NFL

Colts' Irsay arrested for DWI

Colts owner Jim Irsay is known in NFL circles as a tough businessman and eccentric billionaire who enjoys interacting with fans about his beloved team and favorite songs from bands like the Beatles and the Grateful Dead.

He may end up adding convicted felon to the mix.

Irsay was pulled over near his home in suburban Carmel just before midnight Sunday by police who said they found multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle. He was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal, and police said Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested.

The drugs weren't associated with any of the pill bottles found inside, police said. Some weren't even in bottles.

The 54-year-old Irsay, who acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago, faces preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

If Irsay is charged and convicted on the felony counts, he could face six months to three years in prison on each count.

• The Dallas Cowboys have three quarterbacks with starting experience in the NFL — at least for now. The Cowboys added free agent Brandon Weeden on a two-year contract Monday even though they expect Kyle Orton to return behind Tony Romo next season.

• The Bengals re-signed safety Taylor Mays on Monday, a week after he became an unrestricted free agent. Mays is a four-year veteran who played in the first eight games last season before dislocating his shoulder, ending his season.

High school basketball Racist tweets draw reprimands

High school officials in Howell said they reprimanded students involved in posting racist messages on Twitter after the school's predominantly white basketball team defeated a team with black and white players.

Messages were posted after Howell beat Grand Blanc 54-49 in a Class A boys' regional final near Flint at Linden High School on Thursday, The Flint Journal reported. The Twitter posts referred to Howell's team being white and included Ku Klux Klan and Hitler references.

By Friday, the newspaper reported, the messages had been changed to apologies.

Howell High School Principal Jason Schrock said that the school "responded to each instance and is moving forward." Students involved in the posts weren't affiliated with the school's basketball program, The Detroit News and WHMI-FM reported.

College sports

Suit seeks to end NCAA 'cartel'

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and its five dominant conferences are an "unlawful cartel" that has illegally restricted the earning power of football and men's basketball players while making billions off their labor, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday that seeks to paint big-time college athletics as being in blatant violation of antitrust laws.

The suit comes on the eve of the NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament, college sports' most prominent showcase. In addition to the NCAA, the lawsuit targets the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12, and seeks monetary damages as well as a declaration that the defendants' practices violate federal antitrust laws.

The suit seeks triple damages for the four plaintiffs — Rutgers basketball player Johnathan "J.J." Moore, Clemson football player Martin Jenkins, Texas-El Paso football player Kevin Perry and California football player William Tyndall — based on the economic harm they say they suffered.

Auto racing Racing pioneer Bettenhausen dies

Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway say race car driver Gary Bettenhausen has died. He was 72.

Bettenhausen was a member of a famous racing family and a veteran of open-wheel competition who drove in 21 Indianapolis 500s between 1968 and 1993. His best finish was third in 1980. He led 138 laps of the 1972 race and was the top qualifier in 1991.

Horse racing

Injured harness driver sues track Lawyers for a severely injured harness driver say Harrah's Philadelphia long ignored dangerous track conditions before their client's crash.

The allegations come in a legal complaint filed Monday over the November crash at Harrah's racetrack in suburban Chester.

Lawyers say 31-year-old Anthony Coletta of Hudson City, N.J., suffered brain damage and other injuries when a horse in front of him stumbled, throwing him from his cart.

The complaint, filed by lawyer Michael Barrett, says that Harrah's "turned a blind eye" to complaints the track was dangerous.

The last word

Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins is notoriously expressionless on the basketball court, but that's coupled with steady play. Said Coach Bill Self:

"I thought coming in that we need to try to change him, and change him the way where he was outwardly, visibly more energetic and passionate, because he is a stone-face on the court. That would have been the worst thing we could have done."

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