SPORTS IN THE COURTS
Ex-NASCAR driver Mayfield faces meth-possession charge
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, barred from the association since 2009 for a failed drug test, was arrested at his western North Carolina home and charged with possession of methamphetamine, and police said Wednesday he may face more charges.
Mayfield, an Owensboro native, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with possessing 1.5 grams of meth, according to records from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Mayfield, 42, posted $3,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in district court on Wednesday. A call to the clerk's office in Newton was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.
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Detectives from neighboring Lincoln County said roughly $100,000 worth of items that belonged to businesses in that county were also found at Mayfield's home, and they plan to charge him with possession of stolen goods. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Mayfield had heavy equipment parts, welders and welding accessories, truck parts, an engraving machine and other items that they say were reported stolen from two businesses in late 2010 and early 2011.
An attorney for Mayfield said his client denies all the charges, and the search was executed based on "baseless allegations by an unreliable source."
"Mr. Mayfield has no knowledge of either stolen property or methamphetamine being present on his property and denies the accusation that he was in possession of methamphetamine or any other illegal drug and he denies any suggestion that he knowingly received or possessed stolen property," said Daniel Marino, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney.
The former Sprint Cup driver was suspended from NASCAR in May 2009 after failing a random drug test. Mayfield denied he was using an illegal drug, but NASCAR said he tested positive for methamphetamine. In unsuccessful legal challenges to his suspension, Mayfield said his positive test stemmed from a mix of an over-the-counter allergy medication and the prescription drug Adderall.
Soccer women fall in SEC tourney
Tennessee scored in the 77th minute to beat the Kentucky women's soccer team 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals in Orange Beach, Ala., on Wednesday. UK led 1-0 after Kelsey Hunyadi scored 11 minutes into the game, her 13th goal of the season. Tennessee's Emily Dowd got the equalizer two minutes later, sneaking a shot inside the left post. The go-ahead score for Tennessee (15-5) came on a set piece after a Kentucky foul outside the 18-yard box. Off the kick, Kylie Bono touched the ball over to Chelsea Hatcher, who fired inside the right post for the goal.
"We gave tremendous effort," UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said. "When you get into the postseason, little moments decide games. We made a couple mistakes and got punished for them."
UK (13-7) must now wait until next week to learn its postseason fate. Selection for the NCAA Tournament is Monday at 4:30 p.m. and can be seen on NCAA.com. The Cats were ranked 17th in the latest RPI.
Benson returns after 2-week break
Cedric Benson was back at practice on Wednesday, ready to resume his role as the Cincinnati Bengals' top running back following a two-week break. Benson was home in Texas for the last two weeks, getting some unwanted rest. The Bengals (5-2) had their bye, followed by Benson serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy. The Bengals beat Seattle without him. He's ready to take most of the carries Sunday in Tennessee (4-3).
Officials told to look for concussions
The NFL has told its game officials to watch closely for concussion symptoms in players. Ten days after San Diego guard Kris Dielman sustained a head injury against the Jets and later suffered a seizure on the team's flight home from New York, the league's injury and safety panel issued the directive Wednesday. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said if an official believes a player may have suffered a concussion, he should take appropriate steps to alert the team and get medical attention for the player.
Wade says Heat 'played off hatred'
Dwyane Wade says the Miami Heat "played off hatred" last season. That's why Wade believes the Heat failed to win the NBA title. In an interview with Mike Krzyzewski on the Duke coach's show on SiriusXM Radio, Wade says "we wanted to win to spite people" last season, the first where he had LeBron James and Chris Bosh as teammates. Wade continued, "I believe that's the reason we didn't win a championship." Krzyzewski replied by saying, "That's why I love this guy." Wade and Krzyzewski grew close during the U.S. national team's run to the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing.
Pilot error caused crash, probe finds
A Russian pilot inadvertently put the wheel brakes on during takeoff, causing a crash that killed 44 people including a professional ice hockey team, investigators said Wednesday, citing lax oversight and insufficient crew training as key reasons behind the error. The Interstate Aviation Committee said the Sept. 7 crash of the Yak-42 plane near Yaroslavl in central Russia occurred because one of the two pilots accidentally activated the brakes and then yanked a control wheel to his chest, pulling the plane up too sharply in a desperate attempt to take off. Alexei Morozov, leader of the investigation, said the crew should have aborted the takeoff the moment they realized it was going wrong. He said one possible reason the pilot obstinately still tried to take off was a fear of reprisals from his employer. Industry experts say when Russian crews abort takeoffs, make second runs or divert their planes to other airports they can risk losing their bonuses or face other sanctions as carriers focus on cutting costs.
UConn freshman investigated by NCAA
Connecticut freshman guard Ryan Boatright is being held out of competition while the school and the NCAA investigate his eligibility. UConn declined to disclose Wednesday what the issue is, but said it is not related to academics. Boatright was one of just 10 scholarship players on the roster at UConn, which lost two scholarships because of poor academic performance and another as a result of NCAA recruiting violations. The defending national champions opened their exhibition schedule Wednesday night with a 78-35 victory over American International, Coach Jim Calhoun's alma mater.
Ohio State tailback charged with assault
Fourth-string Ohio State tailback Jaamal Berry has been charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after police say he punched a man in the face and then bragged about it. Franklin County Municipal Court records show the 20-year-old Berry was charged Wednesday in the alleged Oct. 21 attack shortly before 2:30 a.m. in downtown Columbus. There were no serious injuries. Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig said in a statement that Berry had been suspended from the team "for violating the university's student-athlete code of conduct."
The last word
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