High School Basketball
Top-level summer team moving to Kentucky
A prominent summer basketball team will relocate to Kentucky in 2013, giving the state a Nike-sponsored program that is eligible to compete at the circuit's highest levels.
Tennessee Travelers director Andy Rines said Tuesday that the program would begin practicing in Lexington next spring. The Travelers are one of 40 teams sanctioned to participate in the EYBL, which has become the premier summer basketball league for high school players. They will be the only EYBL-affiliated team in Kentucky.
This year's EYBL made stops in Virginia, Texas, Minnesota, California and South Carolina, and included Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, James Young, Aaron Gordon and several other University of Kentucky recruiting targets.
The Travelers had teams in the under-17 and under-16 divisions. By rule, all but three players on the team must be from Kentucky.
Rines said the Travelers would "recruit the best players in Kentucky" and singled out UK target D'Angelo Russell, U of L commitment Quentin Snider and Henry Clay standout Jordan Green as players the program will go after.
Jags to play 4 home games in London
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be England's team. The NFL and the Jags announced Tuesday the team will play one home game in London for four years in a row. The small-market franchise will play the games at Wembley Stadium, one every season beginning in 2013.
Clinton Portis is announcing his retirement, nearly two years after he played his last NFL game. The Washington Redskins said Tuesday that Portis and owner Dan Snyder will hold a retirement news conference Thursday. Portis played two seasons with the Denver Broncos and then seven with the Redskins. His 1,516 yards rushing during the 2005 season set a franchise record.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are giving Jordan Shipley a chance to revive his NFL career just a few days after the 26-year-old wide receiver was waived by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Zvonareva withdraws from U.S. Open
Two-time Grand Slam runner-up Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from next week's U.S. Open because of a viral illness. The 16th-ranked Russian lost in the finals at Flushing Meadows in 2010 to Kim Clijsters. She retired in her third-round match against Clijsters at Wimbledon this year because of illness.
Roger Federer will be the top-seeded men's player at the U.S. Open. The 17-time Grand Slam champion was ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings released Monday. Defending champ Novak Djokovic is seeded second and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray third.
A professional tennis referee from Los Angeles was arrested Tuesday in New York City on a felony warrant charging her with killing her elderly husband in April.
Prosecutors said 70-year-old Lois Ann Goodman, a longtime top referee on the tennis circuit, was taken into custody as she prepared to work at the U.S. Open tournament.
She was charged with murdering her 80-year-old husband, Alan Goodman, in their home in Woodland Hills, Calif. Prosecutors allege she bludgeoned him to death with a coffee mug on April 17. The couple had been married for several decades and had three children.
Texas Tech linebacker dismissed
Texas Tech has dismissed linebacker Daniel Cobb from the team after he was arrested and charged with felony burglary. Red Raiders spokesman Blayne Beal said Tuesday that Cobb was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules. Online records show the junior was arrested Sunday and charged with burglary of a habitation.
Illinois linebacker Henry Dickinson is out for the season with fractures in his leg and ankle. Dickinson had been competing for a starting spot. Illinois spokesman Kent Brown says the 6-4, 215-pound Dickinson was injured during a scrimmage last week.
Notre Dame cornerback Lo Wood will miss the season with an Achilles tendon injury. Wood was a starter in a secondary that is short on experience. Fighting Irish Coach Brian Kelly says Wood ruptured his Achilles while backpedaling and turning to run Monday in practice.
Storms, jellyfish thwart Nyad
Diana Nyad ended her fourth attempt to swim across the Straits of Florida on Tuesday, her decades-old dream thwarted, more than anything else, by jellyfish.
Storms brewing around her and repeated jellyfish stings forced her out of the water at 12:55 a.m., her crew said. She traveled by boat close to a rocky shoreline in Key West on Tuesday afternoon, just over 72 hours after setting out from Cuba. She made a final short swim to a waiting crowd.
Nyad turns 63 on Wednesday and, all told, logged 41 hours and 45 minutes of swim time. Her team acknowledged at 8 a.m. that she had to be pulled from the water, but said it had been about 20 minutes earlier, not nearly seven hours earlier as was the case. She also spent time out of the water during a stormy Sunday night, though that was not acknowledged until Tuesday afternoon.
NASCAR has reinstated Aaron Fike, the Truck Series driver who was suspended in 2007 following an arrest on drug charges. NASCAR announced the news Tuesday, saying Fike has completed the stock car racing governing body's substance abuse road to recovery program.
SE Lexington finishes pool play 3-1
Southeastern Lexington suffered its first defeat Tuesday in the Babe Ruth World Series for 13-15-year-olds at Van Buren, Ark., falling to St. Paul, Minn., 8-4. Southeastern finished 3-1 in pool play, good enough to advance to the single-elimination portion of the tournament beginning Thursday.
The last word
Distance swimmer Dana Nyad after her fourth failed attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida:
"I'm not a quitter, but the sport and this particular ocean are different than they used to be. These jellyfish are prolific. And, you know what? To me, there's no joy in that. This isn't swimming."