SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Report: Ex-Cat Walker arrested for failure to pay off debts
Former University of Kentucky and NBA forward Antoine Walker was arrested Wednesday night in Harrah's Casino in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., NBC Sports has reported.
This came a day after a warrant was issued stemming from Walker's $822,500 in gambling debts. He is accused of three felony counts of writing bad checks. County prosecutors say he failed to make good on 10 checks totaling $1 million written to Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort.
Prosecutor Bernie Zadrowski told the Las Vegas Sun that Walker has repaid $178,000 of the debts incurred last July to January.
Suit filed over I Want Revenge
A group that owns a share of one-time Kentucky Derby favorite I Want Revenge has sued the colt's other owner, claiming he didn't disclose an injury that caused the horse to scratch the morning of the race. IEAH Stables accuses David Lanzman of fraud, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty for failing to let his ownership partners know about an ankle injury and various efforts to treat it. Inflammation was detected in the ankle hours before the Derby and Lanzman decided to pull him from the race. But Lanzman's attorney, Michael Meuser, said Lanzman wasn't hiding anything and that he was as surprised as anybody when the injury was discovered on Derby morning. "We had the same amount of information they had about the treatment this horse was receiving," Meuser said. IEAH claims in its lawsuit filed Tuesday in Fayette Circuit Court that an injury to the same ankle was discovered three weeks earlier, days after the colt won the Wood Memorial with an impressive last-to-first charge to establish himself as a top Derby contender.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Armstrong still in third place
Lance Armstrong remained in third place at the Tour de France on Thursday, scrambling back to the main pack following a punctured tire with about 37 miles left. Teammate and rival Alberto Contador of Spain stayed in second place and Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy kept the yellow jersey on a day Nicki Sorensen of Denmark won the 12th stage. Armstrong, the seven-time champion, rejoined the main pack after his mishap during the 131-mile ride from Tonnerre to Vittel. He pulled over to the side of the road while his team repaired a punctured back wheel. After a few moments, four teammates helped him catch up.
UK announces youth campsKentucky Coach John Calipari and his staff will travel around the state in August for a series of basketball day camps. The tour will include five sessions in four cities, beginning with an Aug. 14 stop in Maysville. The tour will head to Pikeville for two sessions on Aug. 15, followed by a stop in Hazard on Aug. 16 and will conclude Madisonville on Aug. 17. Each camp, which will include instruction from the UK basketball coaching staff, will cost $75 per child. Registration is available at www.ukathletics.com.
Lady Card headed for Hilltoppers
Owensboro native Janae Howard is leaving the University of Louisville women's basketball team after one season to join Western Kentucky. Howard will sit out the 2009-10 season do to NCAA transfer rules, and will have three years of eligibility remaining. A 6-foot-1 forward, Howard played in 33 games during her freshman season at U of L. She averaged 3.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
New PRP coach dropped from suit
The new head football coach at a Louisville high school has been dismissed as a defendant in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by a player who died during pre-season practice last year. Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry signed an order dropping new Pleasure Ridge Park head coach Jason Hiser from a suit over the death of 15-year-old Max Gilpin. Former head coach David Jason Stinson has been charged with reckless homicide in the case.
Bengals set on new punter
The Cincinnati Bengals have signed punter Kevin Huber, who grew up in Cincinnati and led the nation in net punting the past two seasons while at the University of Cincinnati. The Bengals released two punters, Kyle Larson and Ryan Plackemeier, after drafting Huber in the fifth-round of the NFL Draft in April. Larson had been the Bengals' punter the past five seasons.
QB Harrell signs with CFL team
Record-setting Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL on Thursday. Harrell is the NCAA Division I career leader in touchdown passes but wasn't taken in the NFL Draft. His workout with the Browns did not result in a contract.
17-year-old sails around the world
A 17-year-old Californian has become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. Zac Sunderland docked Thursday in Marina del Ray, completing a 28,000-mile trip that began last year. But the shaggy-haired sailor might not have the record for long. Britain's Mike Perham is a few months younger and is sailing a bigger, faster boat. Sunderland was 16 when he left Marina del Ray on June 14, 2008.
The last word
Anthony Kim blamed an uneven game on his disappointing 3-over 73 in the first round of the British Open:
"That's the best I've hit the ball all year. That's why I'm so frustrated. I hit it great, and I putted like a donkey."