Report: Chapman enters substance-abuse program
Former University of Kentucky and NBA basketball star Rex Chapman has begun a 28-day substance-abuse treatment program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville, WDRB reported.
Sources told the Louisville television station that Chapman is determined to break a reliance on suboxone, a medication prescribed to help patients stop using opioid-based pain medication.
Chapman was arrested Sept. 19 for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale, Ariz., and then selling the items at a pawn shop.
Police said Chapman made it appear he was using the store's self-checkout, but left without paying.
Chapman faces nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property, all felonies.
Nicknamed King Rex, Chapman was a high school sensation for Apollo High School in Owensboro. He led UK during the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons by scoring 1,073 points before leaving for the NBA. He was inducted into UK's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
Chapman was a first-round draft pick of Charlotte in 1988. He also played for Washington, Miami and Phoenix in a 12-year NBA career that ended in 2000.
Wall, Wizards renew dormant rivalry with Cavs
Dormant for years, the rivalry between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers appears to be back.
After Wizards guard Bradley Beal proclaimed that he and John Wall were the best backcourt in the NBA, Cavs guard Dion Waiters voiced his opinion, saying he and Kyrie Irving were better.
"That's nonsense," Waiters said after practice on Tuesday. "He's supposed to say that, but I know deep down they're not messing with me and Ky. I think me and Ky are the best young backcourt."
It didn't take long for Wall to respond.
"They haven't seen a playoff game yet, so when they make one, they can start talking," Wall said, adding that Waiters hasn't been a starter.
There's a history between the Wizards and Cavs, who met in the playoffs from 2006-08. Cleveland won each series, but there was hostility between LeBron James and DeShawn Stevenson. Wizards center Brendan Haywood — now with the Cavs — was ejected for shoving James, and even rappers Jay-Z and Soulja Boy were involved.
Cleveland visits Washington on Nov. 21 and hosts the Wizards five days later.
■ The NBA 2K15 video game's top-100 overall rankings were announced and six former Kentucky standouts made the list: Anthony Davis (12th), Rajon Rondo (22nd), John Wall (24th), DeMarcus Cousins (25th), Eric Bledsoe (53rd) and Brandon Knight (79th). The top five was LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Tim Duncan and Carmelo Anthony.
Rondo hopes to be ready for Celtics' opener
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, sidelined by a hand injury suffered when he slipped in the shower, told CSN New England that he hasn't ruled out the possibility of being able to play in the team's season opener.
"Hopefully I won't miss any games this year," the former University of Kentucky star said. "Lord willing I heal correctly and I'll be back in no time. They're telling me six to eight (weeks). But that means nothing to me."
■ Boston Celtics rookie James Young told ESPN that he has been counting on teammate Jeff Green to help him get acclimated to the NBA. "I look up to him," Young said. "He had a lot of advice for me. He helps me out a lot. I follow his every move and try to be like him."
■ Utah Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey said contract extension talks have begun with both Enes Kanter and Alec Burks. "They're both valued members and we're really proud of where they're at as people and as players," he said. "We'll see if we can get something done early ... but we anticipate both of them being with the Jazz for a long time."
American women finish pool play 3-0
Nneka Ogwumike scored 18 points to lead the U.S. women's national team to a record 119-44 rout of Angola on Tuesday night and close out preliminary play at the women's world championship at Istanbul. The U.S. (3-0) will next play Friday in the quarterfinals against the winner of France and Brazil.
The Americans took it right to Angola scoring the game's first 12 points. By the time Angola (0-3) had its second basket with 3:36 left in the quarter the lead had ballooned to 24-6 and the rout was on.
Olympian Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest
Michael Phelps' comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool. The Olympic champion was arrested for the second time on DUI charges early Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, another embarrassment for a swimmer who came out of retirement this year with his sights set on competing at the Rio Games.
Phelps issued an apology that sounded very familiar to the ones he made after a drunken-driving arrest a decade ago, as well as when a British tabloid published a photograph in 2009 that showed him using a marijuana pipe.
"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility," Phelps said in a statement. "I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."
Maryland Transportation Authority police charged the 18-time gold medalist after officers said he was caught speeding and failed field sobriety tests.
Michigan apologizes for handling of QB's injury
Michigan announced changes to its injury protocol Tuesday, admitting it made a mistake in handling quarterback Shane Morris following a suspected concussion because of a "serious lack of communication" and "confusion" among the coaching staff.
Athletics director Dave Brandon said Michigan plans to have a medical professional in the press box or video booth at future football games after what happened over the weekend.
Coach Brady Hoke has been criticized for not immediately sitting Morris for the rest of the game after the sophomore took a hard hit in the fourth quarter against Minnesota on Saturday. Hoke said Monday he didn't see the hit on Morris, and that all he knew at the time was that his QB was dealing with an ankle issue.
About 12 hours later, Brandon released a statement saying Morris had eventually been diagnosed with a probable concussion.
"In my judgment, there was a serious lack of communication that led to confusion on the sideline. Unfortunately, this confusion created a circumstance that was not in the best interest of one of our student-athletes," Brandon said. "I sincerely apologize for the mistakes that were made."
The last word
European captain Paul McGinley wanted everything in the team room to be Ryder Cup colors blue and gold — the carpet, the wall paper, the fish. Yes, the fish. One of the more peculiar additions was a large fish tank occupied by blue and gold fish. McGinley still doesn't know what they were:
"Chose the colors, not breed. As long as they were fish and they swam. It was the colors I was more interested in. Yeah, it was great. It was just a small touch."