Sports in the Courts
Mayo's father charged with attempted murder of policeman
The father of Memphis Grizzlies player O.J. Mayo was charged with attempted murder Thursday after he hit a police officer with his car and dragged him for several feet, police said. Two officers were searching for someone else at about 3:30 a.m. when they saw 39-year-old Kenneth Maurice Ziegler of Huntington, W.Va., in a vehicle trying to hide, police said. When they confronted him, he put the vehicle into gear, drove into one of the officers and dragged him, they said.
Police chased the vehicle for several miles through a Huntington neighborhood before disabling it with spike strips. Ziegler was captured after a short foot chase and charged with attempted murder, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, obstructing, fleeing in a vehicle and fleeing on foot, police said.
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According to police, about 85 grams of marijuana and several chunks of crack cocaine were found in the vehicle.
Ziegler was being held Thursday at the Western Regional Jail. Police said there also are outstanding warrants charging him with fleeing, driving on a suspended license and burglary.
Girls' High School Basketball
Scott County rolls over Letcher Central
Scott County, ranked fourth in the pre-season, opened up a 20-10 lead after one quarter and kept rolling in a 68-45 victory against visiting Letcher County Central. Senior guard Kristen Stainback scored 24 points and had six rebounds and five assists for the Cardinals. Freshman point guard Audriana Christopher added 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and senior forward Alex McKenzie had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Letcher County Central was led by sophomore guard Kelah Eldridge's 17 points.
■ Sarah Ross, a sophomore guard, hit five three-pointers and scored 26 points to go with seven rebounds in Lee County's 64-60 overtime win at Wolfe County. Nickia Combs added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Kats.
Boys' High School Basketball
Walton leads Danville past Franklin Co.
Danville outscored Franklin County 18-8 in the third quarter and went on to win 67-60 in the Whitaker Bank/Fort Harrod Classic at Mercer County. Demarcus Walton scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Admirals. Garrett Hamilton scored 21 for the Flyers.
■ Jacob Ison scored 21 points and Timmy Knipp added 16 in host Elliott County's 58-39 defeat of Morgan County. The Lions (5-0) jumped out to a 33-14 lead at halftime and the teams played even the rest of the way.
■ Zack Davis' three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation got Knott County Central to overtime and the Patriots went on to defeat host Betsy Layne 53-51. Davis finished with 13 points.
■ Austin Shearer scored 21 points and Gavin Dunagan had 16 in Wayne County's 68-48 defeat of Paintsville in the Arby's/KFC Holiday Classic at McCreary Central. Trevor Tiller scored 29 for Paintsville.
■ Sheldon Clark freshman Justin Johnson had 19 points and 19 rebounds in a 78-63 win against visiting South Point (Ohio).
■ Brandon Morrison's double-double — 13 points and 10 rebounds — helped Estill County defeat visiting Wolfe County 54-41.
■ Brandon Boyd scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter of Russell's 62-55 victory at home against Raceland.
Another sponsor to cut ties with Woods
Procter & Gamble Co. said it will not renew its endorsement deal with golfer Tiger Woods after the end of the year.
The company used Woods and dozens of other athletes as part of its three-year "Gillette Champions" marketing program. Gillette said Thursday that it is phasing out that program and in turn, not renewing the contract with Woods and several other athletes.
The golfer was once the most sought-after pitchman in sports and was the first athlete to earn $1 billion from endorsement agreements. However, many corporations cut ties or distanced themselves from Woods after revelations of marital infidelities dominated headlines for months. Accenture LLP, AT&T Inc. and Gatorade all dropped Woods in the weeks following the news.
The company is also letting its contracts with other athletes, including soccer players such as Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Ricardo Kaka, end as part of the conclusion of the marketing program. Gillette, however, is keeping some of the athletes from the program — such as the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, tennis star Roger Federer and hockey player Alexander Ovechkin.
Devils fire MacLean, bring back Lamaire
The New Jersey Devils fired rookie coach John MacLean on Thursday and brought back Jacques Lemaire to replace him. The Devils have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NHL this season. New Jersey, which has not missed the playoffs since 1997, is tied with the New York Islanders for the fewest points in the league with 20 in 33 games (9-22-2). Their 59 goals also are the fewest. The 65-year-old Lemaire retired after the Devils were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last year.
■ Detroit Red Wings star center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss at least four weeks because of a broken bone in his right wrist. Datsyuk left Detroit's 5-4 overtime win against the Canucks late in the first period Wednesday night.
Mobility-impaired hunt at Jenny Wiley
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg will be open to a select group of deer hunters on Jan. 8-9. Hunters who meet mobility-impaired eligibility requirements set forth by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife will be able to participate in the two-day hunt (limit two deer, either sex). The hunt is open to the first 15 hunters that successfully sign in at the Recreation/Ranger Station on Friday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with all licenses, tags and correct documentation. Participants may be accompanied by another person, but that person will not be permitted to hunt. Contact the park's recreation office (1-800-325-0142) with questions about the hunt and eligibility requirements.
Taurasi tests positive for banned substance
The lawyer for WNBA standout Diana Taurasi told The Associated Press that the former Connecticut star has tested positive for a mild stimulant while playing in a pro basketball league overseas. Howard Jacobs said that Taurasi's A sample came back positive from a Turkish lab and she was provisionally suspended by the Turkish league she's playing in. Taurasi requested that her B sample be tested. Jacobs said the substance "was not a steroid or recreational drug," however he refused to identify it. Taurasi has already missed the last three games with Fenerbahce, her team in Turkey.
The last word
Paul Silas' first practice as the new interim coach of the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday had one noteworthy twist. Instead of practicing with a 24-second shot clock, the Bobcats worked with a 14-second shot clock. It's all part of Silas' plan to play up-tempo basketball — a stark contrast to the style of his predecessor, Larry Brown, who was fired on Wednesday. Said Silas:
"I want to bring some energy to this ball club. I want us to get up and down and let it all hang out. If they don't want to get up and down, they can come sit down by me."