Alumni tickets on sale Friday; game added for 1996 champs
The University of Kentucky will bring back members of its 1996 national championship team as part of the Alumni Charity Game festivities in Rupp Arena on Sept. 15.
The 1996 players confirmed to attend are Derek Anderson, Anthony Epps, Walter McCarty, Jared Prickett, Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner and Antoine Walker. They will play against an all-star team from John Calipari's Fantasy Experience before the alumni game for current NBA players begins at 2 p.m.
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Tickets go on sale Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. All seats are reserved and priced at $100 (premium lower level), $40 (lower level) and $20 (upper level).
Tickets will be available at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
There is a four-ticket limit per person. Online and phone orders will have additional fees attached. Fans must be 16 or older to buy tickets. Children under 2 get in free with a paying adult.
All proceeds from the game will go to charity.
New rule allows injured reserve callback
The NFL players' union has approved a rule change on the eve of the season that will allow one designated player from each team to return from injured reserve instead of sitting out the entire year.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the change announced Thursday is the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. They have three players whose status is uncertain because of injuries suffered in training camp, with the most obvious being cornerback Terrell Thomas. He aggravated his surgically repaired right anterior cruciate ligament in late July and has yet to practice.
Under the new rule, one "marquee player" placed on injured reserve will be able to return to practice after the sixth week of the schedule and to the lineup after the eighth week. That player must be on the 53-man roster after the final pre-season cut, which comes Friday. The player's injury must be one that prevents him from practicing or playing football for six weeks.
Hamilton renews Armstrong allegations
Tyler Hamilton says Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster before the 1999 Tour de France and that the teammates took blood transfusions together during the cycling race the following year.
Hamilton makes the allegations in his book, The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs, set to be published Sept. 5. The Associated Press purchased a copy Thursday. The book covers much of what Hamilton said in a 2011 interview with 60 Minutes.
Hamilton and Armstrong rode together on the U.S. Postal Service team from 1998 to 2001.
Armstrong has long denied doping but last week chose not to fight drug charges by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. USADA has erased 14 years of Armstrong's competitive results, including his seven Tour de France titles.
In a statement Thursday, the French Cycling Federation said it "welcomes the perseverance of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency" in its actions against Armstrong. It added that "Armstrong's refusal to contest USADA's accusations sounds like an admission of his guilt."
Minor league baseball
Legends' ninth-inning rally falls short
Homers by Zach Cone and Drew Robinson accounted for all three Hickory runs as the Crawdads defeated the visiting Lexington Legends 3-1 Thursday night.
Down 3-0 in the ninth with just two hits to that point, the Legends tried to rally. Ruben Sosa led off with a walk and moved to third on Nolan Fontana's one-out double. Chan Jong Moon walked, loading the bases, and Zach Johnson delivered a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Sosa to cut the Hickory lead to two at 3-1. Fontana moved to third after the catch. But Matt Duffy's grounder up the middle was fielded by shortstop Nick Urbanus, who threw to second for a force play on Moon to end the game.
Johnson's run batted in was his 108th of the year, which leads the South Atlantic League. Jonas Dufek (6-5) worked the first seven innings for the Legends and took the loss. He struck out 11 batters, a season high, and walked one while allowing seven hits.
The Legends return home for five games against the Rome Braves to close the 2012 regular season. The final home stand will open with a doubleheader Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The first of two seven-inning games will begin at 5 p.m.
Women's team's victory tour extended
The U.S. women's soccer team is going to savor its gold medal from the London Olympics a little longer.
The Americans said Thursday they will play two exhibitions against Germany in October as part of their post-Olympic "victory tour." The first game will be Oct. 20 in Bridgeview, Ill., with the second game three days later in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S. is 17-4-4 against the two-time World Cup champions, winning their last three meetings.
The Americans begin their tour Saturday against Costa Rica in Rochester, N.Y., Abby Wambach's hometown. They then host Australia on Sept. 16 in Carson, Calif., and Sept. 19 in Commerce City, Colo.
The U.S. women won their third straight Olympic title in London, beating Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last year's World Cup final.
Track and field
Bolt sets meet record; Gay disqualified
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake have set Weltklasse meet records despite rain and cold wind at the Diamond League event in Zurich on Thursday. Bolt playfully shivered for the television cameras at the start of the 200 meters then timed 19.66 seconds in the fastest half-lap race seen in Zurich.
Earlier in the 100, Bolt's Jamaican teammate Blake blazed to a dominating victory in 9.76. Bolt did not run the 100. Lafayette graduate Tyson Gay of the United States was disqualified for a false start.
There was a major surprise in the 800 when Olympic champion David Rudisha lost to Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia. Rudisha was targeting the world record he set in London, but said he was unsettled by the poor weather.
Sports in the courts
Ex-Virginia lacrosse player sentenced
A former University of Virginia lacrosse player who killed his ex-girlfriend in a drunken rage received a 23-year prison sentence Thursday. George W. Huguely V had three years trimmed from a jury's recommended sentence of 26 years for the May 2010 slaying of Yeardley Love. Huguely, 24, could be released in less than 20 years.
Asked by the judge if he wanted to address the court before sentencing, a shackled and tearful Huguely turned to Love's mother, Sharon Love, and sister Lexie and said, "I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope you find peace."
The last word
Two-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade begins a book tour next week to promote his parenting treatise, A Father First: How my life became bigger than basketball. In it, Wade tells how he turned to watching television alongside his grandmother during his darkest days as a child.
"I actually told David Hasselhoff how he helped me get through the tough times in childhood."