HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Jeffersontown fined, Morrow punished for criticizing ref
Jeffersontown boys' basketball coach Jeff Morrow and his program have been penalized by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association for violation of sportsmanship rules by Morrow.
After Jeffersontown was upset by Bullitt East 56-54 in the Louisville Invitational Tournament on a controversial last-second shot two weeks ago, Morrow criticized the officials, going so far as to name one of the referees via Twitter.
KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said in a statement Wednesday that a coach using a referee's name in that way "crosses the line."
Tackett announced that Jeffersontown's program has been fined $1,500 and that Morrow will be be required to make a public apology at the next meeting of the Kentuckiana Basketball Officials and take part in discussions in public forums about "negative media relations and improper or inappropriate use of social networking."
Morrow must also keep his seat on the bench for three games.
Noble just misses quadruple-double
Junior guard Kendall Noble was two assists away from a quadruple-double in Perry County Central's 79-44 win over Morgan County Wednesday night in girls' basketball. A Miss Basketball contender who transferred from Breathitt County this summer, Noble had 21 points, 12 rebounds, 10 steals and eight assists for the Commodores (16-3), ranked No. 13 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State.
Goodell to get paid $1 if stoppage occurs
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will cut his salary to $1 if there is a work stoppage after the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. Goodell, who makes about $10 million a year including bonuses, said in a memo to his staff Wednesday that chief negotiator Jeff Pash will do the same. Pash makes nearly $5 million a year. Goodell also has asked the league's compensation committee to delay any bonus payments to him until after a deal is reached with the NFL Players Association.
Union chief DeMaurice Smith has predicted the owners will lock out the players after the March 4 expiration of the contract with the league. Smith posted a response to Goodell's pledge on Twitter: "NFL executives reducing salaries in the event of a lockout? If we have a deal by Super Bowl, I'll go down to 68 cents."
Reed's brother tentatively identified
A body pulled from the Mississippi River has been tentatively identified as the brother of Ravens safety Ed Reed, authorities said Wednesday at a news conference attended by the NFL star. St. Charles (La.) Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said tattoos on the body recovered late Tuesday appear to match those belonging to Brian Reed, 28, who jumped into the river after an encounter with a sheriff's deputy. An autopsy was planned for Thursday.
Ed Reed said his brother was driving another brother's car on Jan. 7 and was suffering "mental issues" that day. The family reported the car as being driven without authorization to "basically slow my brother down and just bring him in, bring him home," Reed added.
Superdome getting big makeover
The 36-year-old Louisiana Superdome is getting its biggest overhaul since Hurricane Katrina tore away a lot of the roof and flooded the arena with millions of gallons of water. It comes as America's oldest domed stadium still called home by an NFL team gets ready to play host to college football's BCS Championship in 2012, the men's college basketball NCAA Final Four that year and the Super Bowl in 2013. The ground level will have a new rectangular configuration. Workers are also adding thousands of larger leather seats with cupholders, new concession stands and other upgrades as part of an $85 million makeover.
■ Linebacker Nick Barnett, tight end Jermichael Finley and the rest of the Packers' injured players will be in the team's Super Bowl photo after all. A team spokesman said the much-discussed photo has been scheduled for next Friday, a timeline that will allow injured players to take part. The photo originally was expected to happen next Tuesday, causing Barnett and Finley to express disappointment through their Twitter accounts that they weren't going to be included. The Packers' 16 injured players are not scheduled to join the team in the Dallas area until next Thursday.
Aikman announces divorce
Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and his wife have separated after more than a decade of marriage. Aikman, in a statement published Tuesday by The Dallas Morning News, confirmed the separation from his wife, Rhonda, in what he calls "a difficult decision" for both. The couple married in 2000. Rhonda Aikman had a daughter from a previous marriage. The Aikmans have two daughters together. Aikman is scheduled to be part of the Fox broadcast team for the Super Bowl.
Woods says he's 'balanced,' ready to play
Coming off a year he would just as soon forget, Tiger Woods says this is the first off-season in about six years during which he wasn't trying to recover from either an injury or damage to his personal life. Woods says he has heard talk about how his game will never be the same. He says he has a good record after going through slumps and will stick to his plan. Woods makes his debut this week in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, a course where he has won seven times as a pro.
"I think, in order to play this game at a high level, it helps to have a clear mind," Woods said before going out for his 11 a.m. pro-am time on the South Course Wednesday. "I've played at the high levels before in the past without a clear mind, but it helps to be consistent. It helps having your life in balance. Certainly, my life is much more balanced than it was in the past."
Spanish want Contador banned for a year
Spanish cycling officials want three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador banned for one year for failing a 2010 Tour doping test. Contador confirmed the proposed sanction Wednesday in a statement released by his spokesman. If banned, Contador would lose his third Tour title because of the positive clenbuterol result he blames on contaminated meat. The Spanish cyclist also would be ineligible to compete in this year's Tour. Contador has 10 days to challenge the proposal by presenting new evidence or material.
■ Senior Kentucky catcher Megan Yocke was named to the pre-season All-Southeastern Conference softball team, the league announced Wednesday, the first such pre-season accolade of Yocke's career. Yocke, who is the lone representative at catcher, has started in all 170 games in her UK career.
■ Hurricanes rookie Jeff Skinner and Avalanche center Paul Stastny were chosen Wednesday for this weekend's NHL All-Star game, replacing injured Pittsburgh stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for the game Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. The 18-year-old Skinner, the league's youngest player, leads all rookies with 40 points and 22 assists while ranking second with 18 goals.
The last word
Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson says he got on President Barack Obama's bandwagon a few years ago. So, as far as Woodson is concerned, there's no reason the world's best-known Bears fan can't back the Packers in the Super Bowl. Obama was in Wisconsin to give a speech on the economy Wednesday and was given a Packers jersey signed by Woodson with the message, "See you at the White House. Go Packers."
"I jumped on his bandwagon a couple years ago and voted for him. So for him to only go to the Super Bowl because Chicago's there, I thought it's not fair to me. I'm a voter, I'm a taxpayer. So I wanted him to root for the Packers, as well."