Kidd-Gilchrist signs contract with Charlotte Bobcats
The Charlotte Bobcats announced Saturday that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky signed a deal worth about $4 million for his first season, according to the union-negotiated rookie pay scale. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged nearly 12 points and more than seven rebounds in his only season with the Wildcats.
The Bobcats chose Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick. Kidd-Gilchrist's Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis was chosen first overall by New Orleans. Charlotte picked Vanderbilt forward Jeff Taylor in the second round with its only other pick in the draft. He has not signed.
Vikings' Peterson arrested outside club
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was arrested in Houston on a charge of resisting arrest after an incident early Saturday in which police said it took three officers to subdue him.
Houston Police Department spokesman Kese Smith said Peterson was at a downtown nightclub when an off-duty police officer working security asked Peterson and a group of people he was with to leave because the club was closed. The man, who Smith said identified himself as a police officer, left to tell other patrons to leave the club before returning to Peterson's group to tell them again to leave.
Smith said Peterson turned around and told the officer that he heard him the first time and pushed the officer in the shoulder, causing him to stumble. The officer told Peterson he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back, Smith said. Peterson began yelling, pulled away and "assumed an aggressive stance" so another off-duty officer came to help, Smith said, adding that Peterson continued to struggle with them both.
The 27-year-old player was handcuffed with the help of a third off-duty officer, Smith said. Peterson complained of shortness of breath after he was taken to a Houston jail and was examined by Houston Fire Department personnel, who said he was OK.
Peterson, who is from Palestine, Texas, was released from jail Saturday on a $1,000 bond. The charge is a misdemeanor.
Team spokesman Bob Hagan said Saturday the Vikings "are aware of the situation and are gathering more information."
Sutherland first female Gold Cup winner
Game On Dude carried Chantel Sutherland to victory in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, making her the first female jockey to win the 73-year-old race. They teamed to win by 11/2 lengths at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday after losing the Grade 1 race by a nose last year.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert finished 1-2 for the second straight year with Game On Dude and second-place Richard's Kid. In 2011, First Dude held off Game On Dude.
■ Turbo Compressor led wire-to-wire in the $500,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, beating Air Support by 13/4 lengths. Ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by Todd Pletcher, the 4-year-old ridgling ran 13⁄8 miles over the firm turf course in 2:12.88 and returned $7, $4.20 and $3.20. The victory in the Grade 1 race was the seventh win in 14 career starts for Turbo Compressor and earned him a guaranteed spot in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf race at Santa Anita in November.
■ Mucho Macho Man won the $350,000 Suburban Handicap Saturday at Belmont Park, beating Hymn Book by 21/2 lengths. The time was 1:46.58 for 11⁄8 miles. The 4-year-old, trained by Kathy Ritvo, has six victories in 16 starts. Mucho Macho Man, third last year in the Kentucky Derby, paid $13.60, $5.40 and $4.10.
Also at Belmont, Emma's Encore paid $80 to win for her upset victory in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes for 3-year-old fillies as Agave Kiss, the 1-5 favorite, suffered her first defeat
■ Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another paraded between races at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday, giving fans at the colt's home track a chance to cheer him one last time before he heads off to stud duty in Japan.
I'll Have Another made his way from the paddock, where jockey Mario Gutierrez got on him wearing purple-and-white silks, through the tunnel and onto the track as fans applauded. He walked briefly on the track before entering the winner's circle for the last time.
"He is the local boy made good," track announcer Vic Stauffer said as I'll Have Another bucked. "Thinks he's running again. He's all pumped up," a male fan said.
■ Archangel won the $445,592 Yonkers Trot on Saturday, beating Stormin Normand by 11/2 lengths in the first leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. Archangel, driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and trained by Peter Arrigenna, took advantage of two breaks by the heavily favored Googoo Gaagaa to win the race for 3-year-old trotting colts at Yonkers Raceway. Archangel ran the mile in 1:54.1, and paid $11.80 to win.
Franchitti wins third straight pole
Defending champion Dario Franchitti won the pole for IndyCar's race at Toronto with a qualifying session time of 59.351 seconds. That was 0.24 seconds ahead of IndyCar points leader Will Power, who will join him on the front row for the race Saturday.
Franchitti has now won three straight poles but is looking for a better finish come race day. His engine failed before the start of the race in Iowa two weeks ago. Contact forced him to a 19th-place finish at Milwaukee the previous week.
Justin Wilson, Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon qualified third through fifth. Canadian Alex Tagliani was sixth but will drop 10 spots as a result of a penalty he incurred for changing engines Friday.
Klitschko keeps titles with KO
Wladimir Klitschko stopped Tony Thompson in the sixth round to keep a comfortable hold on his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles Saturday night in Bern, Switzerland.
The 36-year-old champion, 58-3 with 51 knockouts, floored Thompson with a big right hand near the end of the fifth round at Stade de Suisse, and the 40-year-old American never recovered. The Ukrainian champion dropped Thompson again in the sixth, and referee Sam Williams gave the challenger a standing count before stopping the fight at 2:56.
"Thompson was not so easy to box. I'm satisfied," Klitschko said.
Ohio State linebacker Klein off team
Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer dismissed senior linebacker Storm Klein from the football team Saturday after his arrest on domestic violence and assault charges. Klein pleaded not guilty Saturday after being arrested by Columbus police on Friday.
Meyer said in a statement that the charges against Klein "violate the core values of the Ohio State Football Program. ... If there are any changes in the charges, we will re-evaluate his status," Meyer said.
The last word
Serena Williams followed up her Wimbledon singles title win Saturday with another title in doubles with her sister Venus. Both have battled health issues during the past two years, with Venus having been diagnosed with an energy-sapping illness and Serena overcoming blood clots in her lungs and two operations after cutting her feet on glass in 2010. This was their first doubles tournament together in two years, and they looked as if they hadn't missed a beat.
"She's such a fighter, you never say die," Venus said about her sister. "I don't think either of us believe that we can be defeated by anything. Nothing has defeated us yet, so we're going to keep that track record."