Kentucky puts 71 athletes on SEC Academic Honor Roll
Seventy-one University of Kentucky student-athletes were named to the 2012 Spring Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced Monday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.
UK had 12 representatives from the baseball team, five from men's golf, four from women's golf, 15 from softball, six from men's tennis, five from women's tennis, 10 from men's track and 14 from women's track.
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The 2012 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2011 Summer, 2011 Fall and 2012 Spring terms. Among other qualifications, student-athletes must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution.
Chelsea captain's racism trial begins
Two weeks after playing for England at the European Championship, John Terry was in a London courtroom Monday, facing the rival player he is accused of racially abusing during a globally televised Premier League match last year.
From the dock, the Chelsea captain scribbled notes as Anton Ferdinand of west London rival Queens Park Rangers told of his anger that an on-pitch confrontation had allegedly descended into racism.
The 31-year-old Terry, who accuses Ferdinand of fabricating the racism claim, faces a maximum fine of $3,900 if he becomes the first top soccer player in England convicted of racial abuse during a game.
Terry does not deny calling Ferdinand an "(expletive) black (expletive)" following an exchange of insults in the penalty area in the October west London derby, when they were initially separated by the referee and other players.
"Watching the video ... that doesn't look good," Terry said in an interview with English Football Association officials read out in court.
But Terry claims the term was used only to deny a perceived false accusation of racism by Ferdinand — who Terry says goaded him over an alleged affair — dismissing it as a "sarcastic exclamation," according to prosecutors.
Sports in the courts
Ex-Viking's wife imprisoned in fatal crash
Amy Senser so regretted a hit-and-run crash that killed a rising young restaurant chef that she tattooed his name on her wrist and told his family she waits for the day she can meet him.
Senser, the wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, tearfully apologized to the family of Anousone Phanthavong on Monday, moments before a Minneapolis judge rejected her request for probation and sentenced her to nearly 3½ years in prison.
Hennepin County Judge Daniel Mabley said Senser's remorse rang true, but he wasn't satisfied with her account of what happened last Aug. 23, when she struck and killed Phanthavong, 38, on a freeway exit ramp.
He said the prison sentence was important to deter people from leaving the scene of crashes, saying such cases are happening more frequently.
Senser, 45, was convicted in May of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to promptly report an accident, both felonies.
Eagles backup running back Dion Lewis was arrested in Albany, N.Y., over the weekend and charged with falsely reporting a fire and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Lewis and his older brother, Lamar Lewis, were arrested at 4:40 a.m. Sunday after allegedly banging on the locked glass doors at a Hampton Inn and then pulling the fire alarm. Dion Lewis was released after his arraignment and his brother was being held in Albany County jail without bail.
Penn St. donations second-highest ever
Penn State received more than $208 million in donations for the fiscal year that just ended, the second-highest total in university history despite the upheaval after the arrest of Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges.
The school said Monday there was a slight uptick in the number of alumni who donated money or gifts in the fiscal year that ended June 30 to more than 75,500, reversing two years of slight declines.
The number of donors overall — which would include corporations and non-alumni — also rose slightly to more than 191,000. Donations included gifts for scholarships; as well as increases in giving to the football booster club and the annual student-organized dance marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer patients and research.
Only the 2010 fiscal year was more prolific for Penn State, when the school raised more than $274 million.
The last word
The Washington Nationals' All-Star pitchers, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, are both aces. How they conduct themselves before starts couldn't be more different, however. Said pitching coach Steve McCatty of Gonzalez and Strasburg, respectively:
"One's a butterfly traveling at 150 mph. And the other one's a plodder on that straight course."