HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Longtime assistant Goodman named head coach at Bourbon
After 22 years as a basketball assistant, Rob Goodman is finally getting a chance to be a head coach. Goodman, 41, has been hired to take over the boys' program at Bourbon County.
Goodman was an assistant at Henry Clay the past six years under Daniel Brown. He was also an assistant to Brown for one season (2005-06) at Bourbon County, so he's familiar with the surroundings of his new job.
"I'm very excited because I know it's a great place, a great community, and they really support their athletics," Goodman said.
A Sayre graduate, Goodman got his first coaching experience when he was a 19-year-old assistant with the Spartans.
He also coached under Kyle Macy at Morehead State and Brian Lane at Transylvania.
Goodman said his passion is basketball, but he's also involved in the standardbred horse business. His wife Michelle's family owns and operates Kentuckiana Farms in Georgetown, and Goodman says he "fell in love" with that sport, too. He owns some horses and hopes to someday have a Hambletonian winner.
"Living in Kentucky, I've got the best of both worlds, basketball and horses," he said.
Vols player suspended after laptop theft
Tennessee suspended sophomore tight end Cameron Clear indefinitely after his arrest on a felony theft charge involving a laptop stolen from a Volunteers baseball player. Jimmy Stanton, Tennessee's associate athletic director for communications, announced the suspension Wednesday and said university officials were continuing to gather information.
Jail records show the 19-year-old sophomore from Memphis was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of theft between $1,000 and $10,000. Bail was set at $2,500. Clear posted bond late Tuesday night. Vols baseball player Jeffery Zajac reported his MacBook Pro laptop was stolen from his dorm room May 19.
Tennessee's office of information technology contacted campus police Tuesday that the laptop was accessing the university's wireless at Gate 2 at Neyland Stadium. The officer wrote in the arrest report that Clear closed the laptop once the tight end saw him, and the serial number matched Zajac's laptop.
Union claims collusion in salary cap
The players union claimed Wednesday that the NFL imposed a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season that cost the players at least $1 billion. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. The complaint claims a "conspiracy" to set a $123 million salary cap for the 2010 season, when owners did not have the authority to do so. The Cowboys and Redskins have had their future salary caps lowered for overspending in 2010, Dallas by $10 million over two seasons, Washington by a whopping $36 million. "The claims have absolutely no merit and we fully expect them to be dismissed," a statement from the NFL said.
Broncos trade for Colts' Gronkowski
The Denver Broncos traded defensive back Cassius Vaughn to the Indianapolis Colts for fullback Chris Gronkowski. Broncos boss John Elway announced the deal Wednesday on Twitter, saying: "Our team has a lot of depth in the secondary and this is an opportunity for us to add a quality fullback to our roster." Gronkowski has played in 21 games with Dallas (2010) and Indianapolis (2011). He has two brothers in the NFL: Rob, an All-Pro tight end in New England, and Dan, a tight end in Cleveland who played for Denver in 2010.
■ The Bengals signed running back Daniel Herron from Ohio State, their sixth-round pick in the draft. Herron was the Buckeyes' MVP and served as a captain last season. He joins a crowded group of running backs trying to take over for Cedric Benson, who left as a free agent.
Louisville wins Big East tourney opener
Top-seeded Louisville scored four runs in the eighth inning — all with two out — and held off No. 8 seed Pittsburgh 8-4 in the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., on Wednesday. Louisville (39-18) led 4-0 after four innings, but Pittsburgh (28-27) trimmed the lead to 4-3 in the seventh. Alex Chittenden went 4-for-4 and scored two runs for the Cardinals, and Cole Sturgeon went 3-for-5 and drove in a run. Chad Green (5-0) allowed one run over five innings for the win. Louisville will play the winner of Wednesday's late game between No. 4 seed South Florida and No. 5 seed UConn on Thursday.
■ Mike Hoekstra threw a two-hitter and Ryan Dineen hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth to give No. 4 seed Eastern Illinois a 2-1 victory over No. 5 seed Morehead State in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Jackson, Tenn. Morehead State tied it 1-1 in the top of the ninth when EIU second baseman Nathan Sopena dropped a popup, allowing pinch runner Bud Morton to score from second.
Quigley, Musialek win NCAA openers
Kentucky seniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek won their first-round matches at the Men's Tennis Singles Championship in Athens, Ga., Wednesday. Quigley, the No. 3 seed, beat No. 41 seed Andre Dome of Cal-Poly 7-5, 6-4. Musialek rallied to beat Boise State's Damian Hume 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. UK junior Anthony Rossi dropped his first-round match to No. 2 seed Mitchell Frank of Virginia 6-4, 6-4.
Alabama women lead NCAA tourney
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 in Franklin, Tenn. The Crimson Tide, ranked second nationally by GolfStat, finished with a 2-under 286 led by a 4 under by senior Brooke Pancake. But Alabama only finished with the lead after Elizabeth Brightwell of Virginia was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard about three hours after finishing her round. She signed for a 71 instead of a 72, putting down a 4 on the par-4 4th instead of a 5. "I feel bad for her, I feel bad for them, a great group of kids and coaches," Alabama Coach Mick Potter said.
Two Saudis banned from Olympics
The two leading members of Saudi Arabia's Olympic equestrian team will miss the London Games after they were banned for eight months on Wednesday. The International Equestrian Federation announced the decisions against Khaled Abdulaziz Al Eid and Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly, whose horses tested positive for anti-inflammatories at separate events in the Middle East. Al Eid was the 2000 Sydney Olympics bronze medalist. Sharbatly won silver at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
The last word
Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal, on fans at Fenway booing Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett:
"Boston is a volatile place to play and eventually turns on everybody. Had they been around today, Paul Revere and his horse would have wound up getting traded to the Marlins."