Rose says he took SAT himself; Beasley: Rehab 'lowest hour'
On the eve of training camp, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose reiterated that he took the SAT exam to get into Memphis and dismissed the idea that someone did so in his place.
"I took it, I took it," Rose said Friday.
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Rose found himself at the center of a scandal over the summer when the NCAA ruled that Memphis must vacate its 38 wins and national championship game appearance during the 2007-08 season for using an ineligible player. The NCAA said an unknown person took the SAT for a player — with his knowledge — and that the player used it to get admitted. The governing body said the athlete played for the Tigers only during the 2007-08 season. Rose is the only person who fits that description, but he insisted no one took the test for him.
"That's for sure," he said.
■ Michael Beasley said an off-season stay in a rehabilitation facility was his "lowest hour," denied that he has a substance abuse problem and apologized Friday to the Heat organization. Beasley would not reveal any specific details of the treatment he received in Houston, other than acknowledging that he became "pretty upset" upon learning his stay would be longer than first planned. That anger, he said, sparked a wave of troubling messages posted on his now-closed Twitter feed. "Being locked down for as long as I was gave me a chance to really get my life organized," Beasley said. "I think, over this past year, I've got caught up in the NBA life, as most of us do. I think this gave me the perfect opportunity to just sit down and evaluate my life and get the good separated from the bad."
■ The Timberwolves have given veteran guard Antonio Daniels permission to seek a trade. If his agent cannot work out a deal, the team will buy out Daniels' contract.
■ The Pacers have signed Coach Jim O'Brien through the 2010-11 season. The team did not disclose terms Friday.
Pearl apologizes for KKK joke
Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl apologized for a joking remark that linked the rural home of one his players to the Ku Klux Klan. The Volunteers' fifth-year coach was caught on camera Thursday during a charity fund-raising event describing the challenge of shaping a team of players from different backgrounds. "I've got guys from Chicago, Detroit. I'm talking about the 'hood! And I've got guys from Grainger County, where they wear the hood!" Pearl said. After WBIR-TV aired the remarks, the coach issued an apology. "Unfortunately, while I was trying to excite the crowd and encourage employees to give, I made an inappropriate joke," Pearl said in a statement.
■ Binghamton University has released five more basketball players a day after star player Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben was arraigned on drug charges and kicked off the team. Coach Kevin Broadus announced Friday that D.J. Rivera, Malik Alvin, Corey Chandler, Paul Crosby and David Fine were released. No reason was given, but spokesman John Hartrick told a local newspaper that "they are not toeing the line. Their attitude and behavior ... is not what we expect from our student-athletes."
Gay finishes season with 100 win
American sprinter Tyson Gay won the 100 meters, edging Jamaican Asafa Powell at the Daegu Pre-Championships Meet in Daegu, South Korea. Gay finished in 9.94 seconds on Friday, and Powell was second in 10.00. "I'm happy to have ended my season here in Korea with a win and sub 10-second result," Gay said. "I have a long flight home tomorrow but can't wait to get there." It was Gay's third competition in less than a week.
■ Theo Fleury, who was attempting to return to the NHL six years after he was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy, was released by the Calgary Flames on Friday.
■ Danica Patrick has agreed to a three-year contract to remain at Andretti Green Racing and stay in the IndyCar Series, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star.
UK volleyball sweeps Mississippi
The 17th-ranked University of Kentucky volleyball team had a season-best .420 hitting percentage in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-11) sweep of Mississippi on Friday night at Memorial Coliseum. Junior Sarah Mendoza posted 16 kills on a season-high .500 hitting percentage for the Wildcats (12-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference).
Golf women: UK finished the opening round of the Bettie Lou Evans Fall Invitational in 15th place after shooting a 318 on Friday at the University Club's Big Blue Course. Florida State is leading the 15-team tournament at 10-over-par 298. Heather Lott, competing for UK's junior varsity squad, led all Wildcats with a fifth-place 74.
Soccer: UK lost to No. 10 Florida 2-1 on a penalty kick in the 99th minute at Gainesville, Fla. Giuleana Lopez scored her second goal of the season for UK (3-3-3, 0-1-0 SEC).
The last word
NHL defenseman Chris Pronger, now of the Philadelphia Flyers, is joining his fourth team since 2004. He has no problem answering questions about his frequent moves.
"You know who else got traded a lot? Wayne Gretzky. That's how you answer that."