Six get invite to NBA combine
Six former University of Kentucky players were among the 60 named by the NBA on Tuesday who have been invited to the league's annual pre-draft combine June 7-8 in Chicago.
Senior Darius Miller, sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb, and freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague were all on the list. The NBA Draft is June 28.
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■ Former UK football player Daylen Hall was arrested on felony assault charges after allegedly punching a law enforcement official in the face, a Louisville television station reported Tuesday. Hall, who was kicked off UK's team in February for an unspecified violation of team rules, allegedly attacked a deputy sheriff at a high school lacrosse game between his alma mater, St. Xavier, and rival Trinity. According to a police report obtained by WDRB-TV in Louisville, Hall was asked to leave the field after the game and refused. Police said the deputy sheriff grabbed Hall by the shirt to get him off the field and the former defensive back responded by punching the official in the face, damaging his glasses and scraping his face. Hall fled the scene. He later was identified by school officials and was taken into custody early Tuesday and charged with third-degree assault. Hall played in 10 games last season for the Cats and assisted on one tackle.
■ University of Kentucky men's tennis senior Eric Quigley has received the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Quigley is one of two players nationally to receive the Osuna Sportsmanship Award with Daniel Nguyen of Southern California being the other. The ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award is the ITA's longest-running award and goes to a Division I men's player who displays sportsmanship, character, excellent academics and has had outstanding tennis playing accomplishments.
I'll Have Another 'a very happy horse'
Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another is recovering well from Saturday's Preakness victory.
The colt arrived at Belmont Park on Sunday to prepare for the June 9 Belmont Stakes, where I'll Have Another will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
Jack Sisteron, an assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill, says "he looks great, fantastic." Sisterson said Tuesday that I'll Have Another is "a very happy horse."
Rick Dutrow Jr., who trained Big Brown to a win in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, is urging a New York court to reject his 10-year ban from the sport. Dutrow argues that a top state racing official appeared biased as a member of the industry organization that first suggested revoking his license.
Dutrow is currently working thanks to temporary court intervention.
His license was revoked in October by the New York Racing and Wagering Board. The board cited infractions including syringes found in Dutrow's desk and an analgesic found in the urine of his horse Fastus Cactus in November 2010 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Thigh, knee pads now mandatory
The NFL made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, something the players' union was not pleased with.
Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said Tuesday at an owners meeting that because this is a playing rule, the league can apply it unilaterally. "We have a vote of the membership and can implement," McKay said. "Some of us felt we were remiss that we took it out of the rule book — high school and college makes it mandatory — and in our mind that is how it should be and will be in 2013.
"We have some work to do with the union."
McKay said the league will meet with NFL Players Association representatives on the issue, something they have discussed in the past.
But the NFLPA argued that the move should be negotiated.
Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson is the latest former player to sue the National Football League and seek compensation for head injuries.
Dickerson is the lead plaintiff among 15 men named in the suit filed Monday in federal court in Houston. Other plaintiffs include former Minnesota Vikings player John Randle and the estate of Ernie Stautner, a longtime Dallas assistant coach and former player in Pittsburgh.
Paterno's pension $13.4 million
Joe Paterno earned a state pension of $13.4 million for his 61-year coaching career at Penn State. Paterno's family announced Tuesday through a spokesman that Paterno's widow, Sue, would receive an initial payment of $10.1 million by the end of May, with the rest to be paid out over the next two years.
Andrew Luck's name will be a part of Stanford football for a long time. The university announced Tuesday that its offensive coordinator position has been endowed by a "very generous gift" from an anonymous donor in honor of the graduating quarterback. The position will now officially be called the Andrew Luck Director of Offense.
Clijsters to retire after U.S. Open
Kim Clijsters says this year's U.S. Open will be her last tournament before retiring.
The former No. 1 had already announced that this would be her final season and said Tuesday that she expects to quit after Flushing Meadows, where she is a three-time champion. Clijsters said at a news conference that "I will end my career at the U.S. Open."
Clijsters initially retired in 2007 because of injuries, but returned to the sport in 2009, winning her second U.S. Open that year.
Lauren Embree and Alex Cercone won their singles matches to help Florida take its second straight national title with a 4-0 victory over UCLA on Tuesday The Gators (27-1) were up 3-0 when Embree sealed the championship with a backhand that McCall Jones had no chance to reach. Embree, selected the tournament's most outstanding player, beat Jones 6-4, 6-0.
Cercone knocked off Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-2, 6-0. UCLA won a program-best 26 matches this season.
Alabama leads in women's golf
Alabama finished the opening round by grabbing a two-stroke lead over Virginia, and Portland Rosen shot a Cavaliers' school-record 6-under 66 in near-perfect conditions in the morning to lead the individual standings Tuesday at the NCAA Division I women's golf championship.
Toyota will use a re-designed Camry for NASCAR's 2013 Sprint Cup season.
All four NASCAR manufacturers will go to updated or new cars next season. Toyota is sticking with its Camry model, which has been the best-selling car in America the last 10 years.
A person familiar with the decision says Texas-Arlington has accepted an invitation to become a non-football playing member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because no public announcement has been made about the decision. A conference call is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
The last word
Six losses in seven games have left the New York Yankees last in the AL East, and even when they hit the ball, it's right at someone in the infield. Said captain Derek Jeter:
"At times, it looks like there's 20 people out there playing defense."