UK, Western to open '11 season Thursday, Sept. 1, in Nashville
The University of Kentucky's season-opening football game against Western Kentucky has moved from Saturday, Sept. 3, to Thursday, Sept. 1, at Nashville's LP Field.
The game was moved to accommodate Tennessee State, which has first rights at LP Field and has its home opener scheduled for Sept. 3.
The two schools are still working on a specific time and TV options, according to UK spokesman Tony Neely. Western will be the home team in the matchup.
Meeks leads '76ers with 16 in loss
Jason Terry scored 30 points, Jason Kidd had a triple-double, and the visiting Dallas Mavericks won their seventh straight game, 101-93 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points for the Mavericks, who have won a whopping 17 of 18 games to move into second place in the Western Conference. Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks led the Sixers with 16 points.
Magic 116, Knicks 100: Dwight Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds, Jameer Nelson scored 23 of his 26 points in the second half, and Orlando outlasted the visiting Knicks. Amare Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups led New York with 30 points apiece, followed by Carmelo Anthony's 25.
Raptors 96, Hornets 90: Jose Calderon had 22 points and 16 assists, DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points, and host Toronto earned just its fourth win in 24 games.
Knicks: New York, which cut former UK player Kelenna Azubuike on Monday, waived forward Corey Brewer and claimed forward Derrick Brown off waivers. Brown was waived by Charlotte on Thursday after averaging 3.4 points in 10.4 minutes a game over two seasons with the Bobcats. Brewer didn't appear in a game for the Knicks after he was acquired from Minnesota in the three-team, Carmelo Anthony trade.
Pacers 109, Warriors 100: Danny Granger scored 27 points, hitting all 16 free throws, and the hosts held off Golden State.
Thunder: Before even playing a game with Oklahoma City, center Kendrick Perkins signed an extension to stay with his new team for a while. Perkins joined the Thunder five days ago in a trade with Boston, where he spent the first seven years of his career and won the 2008 NBA title. Now, he's due to make about $36 million while staying in Oklahoma City through the 2014-15 season.
Heat: Miami cleared a roster spot Tuesday by parting ways with Carlos Arroyo, and is expected to sign Mike Bibby by Wednesday night. Bibby was traded by Atlanta to Washington last week. The Wizards and Bibby reached a buyout agreement Monday, and Bibby could be in uniform for the Heat as early as Thursday night's game against Orlando.
Celtics: Free-agent forward Troy Murphy has decided to join the Boston Celtics over the Miami Heat, ESPN.com reported Tuesday. Murphy, 30, was traded from New Jersey to Golden State last week, but was then bought out of his contract.
Kings: The NBA has granted the Sacramento Kings an extension on the deadline to file an application for relocation next season. The team will have until April 18 to decide if it plans to relocate.
Cavs: Forward Antawn Jamison has undergone surgery to fix a broken pinky that will likely sideline him for the remainder of this season. Jamison fractured his left little finger during Sunday's 95-91 home loss to Philadelphia.
Collective bargaining deadline nears
With time running out on the NFL's labor contract, one team owner — the New York Giants' John Mara — joined mediated negotiations between the league and players Tuesday, and the union won a key court ruling about TV contract money.
The sides met for six hours Tuesday. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and his group left shortly before 8 p.m. — 52 hours before the current collective bargaining agreement expires. Mediation will resume Wednesday.
The collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league runs out at midnight as Thursday becomes Friday on the East Coast, and the owners could lock out the players afterward. The union could also decertify — essentially, declare itself out of the business of representing players. The players would then give up their rights under labor law and take their chances in court under antitrust law.
Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge David Doty backed the NFL players' union over the league in a dispute over television revenue with implications for the looming potential lockout.
Doty ruled the league violated its agreement with the union in carving out $4 billion for itself in additional television revenue. The union had argued that the league was effectively stockpiling money to prepare for a lockout.
Seahawks: Kick returner Leon Washington, who tied for the NFL lead with three kickoff returns for touchdowns and averaged 25.6 yards per return, good for eighth in the league a season after suffering a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg in 2009, has agreed in principle to a new four-year contract.
Patriots: Defensive lineman Marcus Stroud, released by the Bills last month, will stay in the AFC East, signing a two-year deal with the Patriots, according to ESPN.com.
Chargers: Shawn Lee, a defensive tackle on San Diego's only Super Bowl team, has died at age 44 of cardiac arrest brought on by double pneumonia, the San Diego Tribune reported. Lee had 39 tackles and 6½ sacks in 1994, when the Chargers won their only AFC title but lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.
Redskins: A day after cutting running back Clinton Portis rather than pay him $8.3 million next season, Washington on Tuesday continued its disposal of expensive, expendable parts, releasing out-of-position linebacker Andre Carter and high-priced backup guard Derrick Dockery. Carter was a poor fit for the team's 3-4 defense, and Dockery had become a bench-sitter who was due $3.8 million in salary in 2011.
Auburn back charged before dismissal
Former Auburn running back Eric Smith was charged with third-degree domestic violence on Feb. 22, six days before the university confirmed he was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Bonds' perjury case moves forward
Barry Bonds' former personal trainer is facing prison for refusing to testify, and a judge admitted a trove of evidence while the admissibility of still more hangs in the balance after a pivotal hearing in federal court Tuesday, three weeks before the slugger's trial is scheduled to start.
Bonds also renewed his not-guilty plea, which was made necessary when prosecutors revised the charges for the third time since the initial indictment was unsealed in November 2007. Bonds is charged with four counts of making false statements to a grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice.
The last word
Adam Dunn, who signed a four-year, $56 million contract with the White Sox in December, has never played on a division winner or a team that has won more than 82 games. Dunn saw plenty of losing in his 71/2 years with the Cincinnati Reds.
"You come in, and everyone has one common goal. When that common goal that you have been working for the whole year is not obtainable, and you realize that in June or July, it's pretty deflating."