Sports in the courts
Former Cat Dodson charged with burglary at Southern Miss
Former University of Kentucky basketball player Darnell Dodson has been dismissed from the Southern Mississippi team after his arrest for allegedly stealing items from a USM fraternity house, the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American reported. Dodson played one season at Kentucky in 2009-10 before leaving the team last summer. He was arrested in Lexington on a disorderly conduct charge in October. He joined Southern Miss in January. USM police told the newspaper that Dodson was arrested along with Cory Markell Smith, a former member of the Southern Miss team. The two face charges of auto burglary and residential burglary, which are felonies.
USM Coach Larry Eustachy announced Thursday night that Dodson was dismissed from the team with no mention of the reason. Bond was set at $20,000 for both Dodson and Smith.
Dodson, a 6-foot-7 guard, averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 35 games for Kentucky in the 2009-10 season.
■ A grand jury has indicted former Ohio State and NFL player Art Schlichter on 13 felony counts. The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday that the indictment for 12 counts of theft and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity is linked to a million-dollar ticket-selling scheme. The charges allege the 51-year-old and unnamed associates bilked people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Schlichter surrendered in February and remains in jail. Schlichter played at Ohio State between 1978 and 1981 and in the NFL for the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills. His career was derailed by a gambling addiction, and he went to prison for gambling-related crimes.
Ex-Brave Smoltz last place in Nationwide
John Smoltz had a lot tougher time on the golf course than he did on the mound. The former Atlanta Braves pitcher struggled in his debut on the Nationwide Tour, completing a 12-over 84 Friday that left him in last place after the opening round of the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta.
"Well, I'm disappointed. Like anyone would be," Smoltz wrote on a PGATour.com blog. "I don't think I've shot 84 in the last five months, or maybe even the last five years."
Smoltz started on Thursday and got in only seven holes because of stormy weather. He never found his swing at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, resigning himself to missing the cut but hoping he could put up a decent score in the second round Saturday.
"I'm playing the weekend. It's a different way than I was hoping for, but I'm playing on the weekend," he said.
Teater trails Watson by one stroke
Bubba Watson shot a 4-under 68 in shifting wind conditions Friday, but Henry Clay graduate Josh Teater was just one shot back after the second round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana near New Orleans. Teater shot a 66 and could have been leading if he hadn't dropped two strokes with a double bogey on the par-5 18th. His approach shot with a 6-iron from 177 yards sailed right and bounced into the water guarding the green. His fifth shot ran 22 feet past the hole, and he two-putted for the double bogey.
"It was kind of on an upslope," Teater said about his third shot. "And I don't know if my club just got stuck, but I was trying to hit it left of the flag and middle of the green, and it shot out right on me."
The long-hitting Watson eagled the par-5 11th — his second hole of the round — for the second time, holing a 20-footer to get to 8 under. He added a 4-foot birdie putt on 13 and a 13-footer on 14, but bogeyed the 18th when he hit his third shot over the green from a bunker. He also birdied the seventh with a 3-footer.
Westwood stays in contention
Lee Westwood shot a 4-under 68 in the second round of the Ballantine's Championship on Friday in Seoul, South Korea, bouncing back from a rough first day to stay six strokes off the pace. Brett Rumford posted a 63 to get to 10 under, putting the Australian three strokes clear of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Soren Kjeldsen.
Westwood's opening round included a final-hole double bogey at the Blackstone Golf Club at Icheon. But the world No. 1 had a solid performance Friday, finishing with a birdie. The Englishman, who won the Indonesian Masters last weekend, had a chance to move closer to the top but had three bogeys in his round.
■ Sandra Gal birdied five of the final eight holes Friday for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Amy Yang in the Avnet LPGA Classic, the tour's only event in a six-week stretch. Gal, the German star who won the Kia Classic last month in California for her first LPGA Tour title, had a 7-under 137 total on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex in Mobile, Ala.
Lightning beat top seed Caps in Game 1
Sean Bergenheim scored early, Steve Downie had a goal and an assist, and Steven Stamkos netted the go-ahead goal on a power play, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the top-seeded Washington Capitals 4-2 on Friday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay's 41-year-old goalie, made 26 saves. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was held without a point and limited to two shots.
LSU whips Bat Cats 12-4
Louisiana State chased Kentucky starter Corey Littrell with a five-run second inning and went on to pound the Bat Cats in a 12-4 victory, clinching the series with a second straight win. Two of the five runs Littrell gave up were earned, and he allowed five hits and three walks in 12⁄3 innings. UK finishes the series in Baton Rouge at 2 p.m. Saturday.
■ Junior Keith Hayes led the way for the Kentucky track and field team Friday, qualifying for the finals of the 110-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Hayes will compete for the title Saturday in front of an expected capacity crowd of more than 10,000. Kentucky will have four other athletes in action on the final day of the meet: Precious Nwokey, women's long jump; and Keenan Hall, Steve Crouse, David Banks, men's triple jump.
Herbstreit shuns Twitter abuse
ESPN analyst and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit is taking a timeout on Twitter because of criticism from fans of his alma mater. In an interview with WGFX 104.5 The Zone in his new hometown of Nashville on Thursday, Herbstreit said it was "asinine" he had to defend his allegiance to the Buckeyes. Herbstreit has questioned how Coach Jim Tressel can keep his job amid allegations of lying to the NCAA. Herbstreit said he won't interact with fans through social media "for a while." His Twitter account has been taken down.
■ The NCAA has upheld its punishment for former Southern California assistant Todd McNair for his role in the Reggie Bush case, the organization announced Friday. McNair was punished for what the NCAA claimed was his role in the scandal surrounding the Heisman Trophy-winning tailback. USC was hit with a two-year bowl ban and severe scholarship restrictions, and McNair was prohibited from contacting recruits.
The last word
The Titans took UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers with their second-round pick Friday, adding a guy with size, versatility and jet lag. Ayers spent Thursday in New York but flew home to Los Angeles on Friday after being passed over in the first round. He wasn't happy:
"All the teams that passed on me, I'm going to make them wish that they didn't."