Cards' Jennings, Smith facing battery, conduct charges
Louisville forward Terrence Jennings expressed remorse on Tuesday following his arrest at a southern Indiana restaurant over the weekend. Jennings and senior guard Jerry Smith were taken into custody by Jeffersonville, Ind., police following a confrontation with off-duty officers at an alumni homecoming party early Sunday morning. Police have asked prosecutors to charge Jennings and Smith with resisting law enforcement, battery and disorderly conduct.
"I want to first apologize to the police and to the organizers of the event, Jennings said in a statement released by attorney Larry Wilder. "I was minding my own business and unfortunately, was provoked by another person that I was unfamiliar with. That's where this all started."
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The police report said several off-duty officers — all of whom were wearing clearly marked T-shirts with "Police" on both the front and back — were working at the party when a fight broke out inside. Officer Tom Mitchell found Jennings, a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Sacramento, Calif., pushing and shoving people, according to his report. Jennings was eventually escorted outside and placed on the ground but "continued to fight with officers; trying to get back to his feet and refusing to place his hands behind his back."
Jennings said he wasn't aware at the time he was being confronted by off-duty police. Officers needed to strike Jennings twice with a Taser to subdue him. Police said Jennings, 20, also had a low level of alcohol in his system at the time of his arrest but is not facing any alcohol-related charges.
Police say Smith, 22, a 6-foot-2 senior from Wauwatosa, Wis., approached officers after Jennings was placed in handcuffs. Smith refused to comply with requests to back away and resisted when an officer attempted to restrain him, according to the report.
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said Sunday the matter would be handled internally. The Cardinals begin practice for the 2009-10 season on Friday.
Rondo, Wallace lead Celtics past Nets
Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo scored 18 points and had 13 assists to help lead the Boston Celtics to a 91-88 pre-season victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night in the first NBA game in the Prudential Center. Rasheed Wallace added 20 points for the Celtics (3-1). Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) had 21 points in his second appearance of the season for the Nets (0-4). Lee was 7-for-12 from the field and had four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
■ In other pre-season action, the Milwaukee Bucks' Jodie Meeks (UK) hit a game-tying three-pointer with 29.7 seconds left, but the Chicago Bulls went on to win 87-86 despite hitting just one of four free-throw attempts down the stretch. Meeks finished with six points and one rebound in just under 14 minutes. ... Tayshaun Prince (UK) had five points and four rebounds in the Detroit Pistons' 101-98 loss to the Washington Wizards.
Daly changes mind, to play in Australia
John Daly will play in the Australian Open and Australian PGA golf tournaments in December after recovering more quickly than expected from a rib injury. The two-time major winner said he was reversing a decision announced in September to withdraw from the Australian tournaments.
■ The Kentucky men's golf team placed four golfers in the top 20 and earned its first top-five finish of the year on Tuesday at the Firestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Senior Ben Fuqua, a Danville native, and freshman Joseph Barr of Versailles tied for fifth at 3-over. Senior Jordan Blann of Bowling Green was 12th at 4-over. Lexington native Derek Oldham, a senior, finished tied for 20th at 8-over. St. Mary's College won the tournament by one shot over Eastern Michigan. UK was fifth in the 11-team field. Western Carolina's Ricky Stout, who was 5-under for the tournament, won the individual title by one shot over Eastern Michigan's Marty Jeppesen.
Knee injury knocks out Roddick
Andy Roddick was forced to retire with left knee pain while leading Stanislas Wawrinka 4-3 Tuesday in the second round of the Shanghai Masters. Roddick, who limped into the post-match news conference, quit after wasting a break point.
"I just felt I pushed off, and then Michael (Novotny, ATP trainer) came on court and did some tests and advised that it probably wasn't worth the risk," Roddick said.
Austrian ski star Maier retiring
Two-time Olympic champion Hermann Maier retired Tuesday, ending a career in which he became one of Alpine skiing's most prolific racers and almost lost a leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001. Maier, 36, cited surgery on his right knee in the off-season as the main reason for his retirement.
The Austrian speed specialist won two golds at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, and earned three world championship titles. He won 54 World Cup races and four overall titles, putting him second only to Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark, who captured 86 race victories.
■ U.S. soccer national team forward Charlie Davies is recovering after suffering several broken bones and a lacerated bladder in a one-vehicle accident in which another person was killed. Davies underwent several hours of surgery Tuesday and he is listed in serious but stable condition. Davis broke two bones in his right leg and also sustained facial fractures and a fracture in his left elbow. A U.S. Soccer team doctor says such injuries "usually require a recovery period of six to 12 months," making it unlikely Davis will be able to play in next summer's World Cup. The accident took place at about 3:15 a.m. in the suburbs of the nation's capital.
■ Kohei Uchimura lived up to his favored status Tuesday, cruising to the top spot after the first two sessions of qualifying at the world gymnastics championships in London. The Olympic silver medal winner's score of 90.925 points was more than 1½ points better than anyone else, with one session left. Maxim Deviatovski of Russia, the leader after the first session, is second with 89.350 points and American Tim McNeill, competing at his first major international competition, is a surprising third with 88.775 points. U.S. champion Jonathan Horton is fifth after a fall on pommel horse. Scores start over, however, in Thursday's all-around finals.
■ Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch underwent hospital exams after feeling ill at a sports conference on Tuesday. The 89-year-old Spaniard, who headed the IOC from 1980 to 2001, was attending the Sportel international sports television festival. "It was a slight reaction to fatigue without importance, and now he's resting in his hotel," Samaranch spokeswoman Annie Inchauspe told Spanish news agency Efe, denying reports on L'Equipe's Web site that he had a mild heart attack. "He was only in the hospital for some minutes."
■ Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek will be out for what Coach Lindy Ruff termed as "weeks" after sustaining an upper body injury in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
■ A missing half-ton chain saw carving of former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas is apparently in Canada. The 81/2-foot statue disappeared from a parking lot across from Ralph Wilson stadium sometime after Sunday's Bills game against the Browns. Orchard Park, N.Y., police say an Ontario man called the organization that owns the carving on Tuesday, saying he and some friends rescued it after seeing people trying to burn it.
The last word
Kenny Perry, who has three children older than fellow golfer Ryo Ishikawa joked after losing to the 18-year-old on the final day of the Presidents Cup:
"He sent me right into retirement, that kid."
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