Panthers' Smith breaks arm while playing flag football
Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith will miss the start of training camp with a broken left forearm. Smith will be sidelined for at least the first couple of weeks of camp, but is expected to be ready for the season opener Sept. 12 at the New York Giants.
Smith's agent, Derrick Fox, initially said Monday the four-time Pro Bowl pick was injured when he slipped playing with children at Smith's camp over the weekend. Later in the day, Fox said he wasn't sure if it was a flag football game with kids or adults, raising questions if Smith may have violated his contract if he was involved in a game with adults.
"He put his arm out to brace himself. When he did he felt a sharp pain," Fox said. "He went in (Sunday) afternoon to have an X-ray, and it showed a break."
Smith had surgery Sunday night to have a small plate and screws inserted in his arm. Fox said while it's the same arm Smith broke at the end of last season, it's in a different spot and not his wrist.
■ Former Kentucky star Micah Johnson was one of five players released by the New York Giants on Monday. Johnson, an undrafted linebacker, was originally signed after a tryout at rookie camp.
College World Series
Clemson beats top-seeded Arizona State
Clemson roughed up previously unbeaten Arizona State ace Seth Blair and got strong performances from Casey Harman and Alex Frederick to stop the No. 1 national seed Sun Devils 6-3 on Monday in the College World Series at Omaha, Neb.
Clemson (44-23) is the only non-No. 1 regional seed to make it to Omaha, and had to stave off elimination three times to get this far. Now the Tigers find themselves in the winners' bracket, needing a victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday to gain control of Bracket 2.
The Sun Devils (52-9), who haven't lost consecutive games this season, will meet South Carolina in an elimination game Tuesday.
Blair (12-1), taken 46th overall by St. Louis in the major league draft, walked four of the first 12 batters he faced. He finished with five walks, and was tagged for five runs and seven hits in 41⁄3 innings.
■ Mike McGee hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the third inning and picked up the save after Florida made things interesting in the ninth, leading Florida State to an 8-5 victory in an elimination game. The Seminoles (48-19) will play Wednesday night against the loser of Monday night's TCU-UCLA game.
Florida loaded the bases against Daniel Bennett. Preston Tucker doubled into the right field corner to drive in three runs. McGee, who was playing left field, came on and gave up a single to Austin Maddox and hit Matt den Dekker, loading the bases with one out. Shortstop Stephen Cardullo caught Mike Zunino's line drive and flipped to second baseman Devon Travis for a game-ending double play.
Line of David to stand at Spendthrift
Line of David, who won this year's Grade I Arkansas Derby was retired from racing, BloodHorse.com reported. Line of David was purchased by B. Wayne Hughes, who plans to stand the son of Lion Heart at his Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
Line of David defeated eventual Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Grade I winner Dublin in the Arkansas Derby. Trained by John Sadler, the colt had three wins in seven starts and earnings of $662,000. In what was his last start, Line of David finished unplaced in the Kentucky Derby.
Goosen top winner at Telus Skins Game
Retief Goosen won five skins worth $75,000 on Monday, while Canadian Mike Weir was shut out the first day of play at the Telus Skins Game at Victoria, British Columbia. Englishman Ian Poulter captured one skin worth $15,000. Camilo Villegas and Fred Couples were also shutout.
■ The University of Louisville and Adidas announced a five-year extension to their partnership in which the Portland, Ore., based company will supply footwear and apparel for the university's intercollegiate athletic programs. The contract begins with the 2010-11 academic year and extends through the 2014-15 season.
■ Former NBA star Michael Adams resigned six weeks after being hired as an assistant men's basketball coach at St. Bonaventure. Adams said Monday he wanted to focus on supporting his son through senior year in high school. Adams spent this past season as head coach of Archbishop Carroll high school in Washington, D.C., after two seasons under Gary Williams at Maryland.
■ Redshirt sophomore forward Taylor King voluntarily withdrawn from the Villanova basketball program. The school said in a statement that King plans to remain at Villanova to complete his degree requirements. King transferred to Villanova in 2008 after one year at Duke. A McDonald's All-American at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., King sat out the 2008-09 season as a transfer and then played in 32 games for the Wildcats in 2009-10, averaging 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds.
■ Wide receiver Duron Carter left Ohio State and enrolled at a community college in Kansas. Carter is the son of former Ohio State and NFL star Cris Carter. He has had academic problems and was declared ineligible for the Rose Bowl when semester grades were released in December.
■ Connecticut basketball's Maya Moore and Penn State volleyball's Megan Hodge were named co-winners of the Honda-Broderick Cup. The two received the award given to the nation's top female college athlete during a ceremony at UCLA.
The last word
Columnist Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald:
"Ferrari has accepted an 11-year-old Canadian boy into its race-car driver academy. There's just one problem: During training drives he keeps asking, 'Are we there yet?'"