SI report puts ex-Cat Davis as Olympic team finalist
According to SI.com, sources list former Wildcat and projected No. 1 NBA Draft pick Anthony Davis as a finalist for an Olympic team replacement.
Twenty finalists were named to Team USA in January, but injuries have culled the pack. Derrick Rose (knee), Dwight Howard (back), Chanucey Billups (Achilles) and LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) will all be unable to play.
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The latest injury, Rose's ACL tear, prompted Coach Jerry Colangelo to reconsider his options.
"We've said that the strength of the team is going to be athleticism, wing players, the backcourt, but we'll see," Colangelo told SI.com on Saturday. "We're going to have to consider a lot of things. The good news is that so many people wish and desire to play that we will be very deep regardless of what happens here — unless there's another rash of things happening here. I pray that it's over."
The NCAA has turned down Notre Dame star Tim Abromaitis' request for a sixth year of eligibility. The school confirmed the decision Wednesday and said there were no plans to appeal.
Abromaitis was lost for the season on Nov. 25 when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice. The 6-foot-8 fifth-year senior had played in two games.
Ohio State Coach Thad Matta has confirmed he has signed 6-foot-4 shooting guard Amedeo Della Valle to a letter of intent.
The signing had been expected ever since Della Valle, who played high school ball at powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., visited campus recently and then verbally committed to the Buckeyes. Della Valle will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2012-13 season.
North Carolina State will play in the Jimmy V Classic that honors the Wolfpack's former coach.
N.C. State will face Connecticut and Texas will take on Georgetown in the doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 4. It is the second time the Wolfpack will play in the event, which benefits the V Foundation for Cancer Research founded by Jim Valvano and ESPN.
Ex-coach Shannon sues Miami
Former Miami coach Randy Shannon is suing his alma mater, saying the university is not paying him all he is owed.
Shannon was fired in November 2010. He was under contract through Jan. 31, 2014, a deal that said Shannon would receive a guaranteed amount per year if he was fired.
Shannon's lawsuit says Miami reduced that guarantee because he was fired less than one year into the deal. The lawsuit says nothing in the contract authorizes Miami to lower the guarantee, and further alleges that the school withheld the bonus Shannon should have received for the Hurricanes making the Sun Bowl in 2010.
A university spokesman said the school is not commenting.
South Carolina spent more than $535,000 to defend itself in its recent infractions case with the NCAA.
The school said Wednesday it spent $535,667.50 in connection with the NCAA investigation. The governing body last Friday placed South Carolina on three years of probation and said it failed to properly monitor its athletic department. But the NCAA did not impose additional penalties outside those the school placed on itself in its December response to the NCAA's allegations.
Korir heads to Chicago Marathon
Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir of Kenya plans to run his fifth straight Chicago Marathon. Korir, a graduate of Louisville who lives in the United States, endured record temperatures in the mid-80s to win in Boston last month. He was the runner-up in Chicago last year. This year's race is scheduled for Oct. 7. The marathon announced Wednesday that Korir is in the field.
Nabors won't sing at Indy 500
An Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman says heart surgery will prevent Jim Nabors from performing Back Home Again in Indiana at this year's Indianapolis 500.
Doug Boles says the 81-year-old Nabors will have surgery later this month.
Boles told The Indianapolis Star on Wednesday that a Speedway video crew is set to record Nabors singing the song in Hawaii next week for playback during the pre-race festivities. The race is scheduled for May 27.
Nabors began performing Back Home Again in Indiana in 1972 and since 1987 has performed it every year but one: He missed the 2007 race because of health reasons.
Butler, the school that was the NCAA men's college basketball national runner-up in 2010 and 2011, will leave the Horizon League and join the Atlantic 10 beginning with the 2013-14 season. Butler president James Danko made the announcement in a news conference Wednesday.
The Atlantic 10 has had 41 at-large NCAA selections the past 20 years, more than any conference outside of the Big Six, and has had at least three NCAA Tournament teams each of the past five years.
Texas State is going to the Sun Belt Conference, a move that will be made after only one season in the WAC.
The Sun Belt Conference said Wednesday that Texas State will join the league in July 2013 and begin conference play for the 2013-14 academic year.
Lionel Messi broke the 39-year record for most goals in a single season in a major European league, scoring for the 68th time to eclipse former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Mueller. The Barcelona forward scored his third goal on Wednesday against Malaga. Messi has 46 league goals this season, also a record.
Scotland's Paul Lawrie is passing up a spot in the U.S. Open, citing his poor performances in the major championship. The 1999 British Open champion, ranked 43rd in the world, automatically qualified for the June event at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
The last word
Anthony Kim is in the second year of a slump that has put him in jeopardy of losing his PGA Tour privileges if he doesn't finish the year among the top 125 money winners. His mother had something to say about that. Said Kim:
"My mom goes, 'Hey, there's a caddie that said he made $60,000 caddying at my club.' She said the caddie stays at home and works four days a week. 'He's made $60,000 and you've only made $30,000.' I couldn't do anything but laugh."