Lieberman goes from coach to assistant GM for men's team
Nancy Lieberman is moving into the front office of the NBA Development League's Texas Legends after a season in which she became the first woman to coach a men's pro team.
Lieberman — a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame — was made assistant general manager on Monday. The switch will allow her to spend more time with her son during his senior year of high school, as well as learn about the management side of the league from General Manager Del Harris and team owner Donnie Nelson, the president of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.
"I truly believe that every woman can attain both their personal and professional goals," said Lieberman, whose career has been filled with breaking gender barriers in basketball. "My position as assistant general manager allows me to balance my schedule while maintaining my professional goals."
Under Lieberman, the Legends went 24-26 and made the playoffs, becoming only the third expansion team in league history to do so. They were knocked out in the first round.
Petrino's son arrested on drug charges
Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said Monday the arrest of his son on DWI and drug charges is a family and legal matter and doesn't concern the Razorbacks football team. Police in the southern Indiana city of Huntingburg said Dominic R. Petrino, 23, of Fayetteville was arrested at 12:06 a.m. Monday. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of paraphernalia. The coach said he and his wife won't comment further about the incident. A police report said the younger Petrino was stopped after weaving off a roadway. Police said a blood test showed the presence of marijuana and prescription opiates. He was released on $1,000 bond later Monday.
USC player suspended for TMZ remark
Southern California tailback Marc Tyler was suspended from all team activities and the Trojans' season opener for comments he made to TMZ. When asked by TMZ whether he could make more money at USC or in the NFL, Tyler said, "USC, they breaking bread," making a gesture indicating a large stack of money. In a statement, the fifth-year senior says he was joking. Coach Lane Kiffin suspended his leading rusher Monday for the Sept. 3 opener against Minnesota and possibly longer. USC is entering the second year of a post-season ban during four years of NCAA probation stemming from illegal benefits provided to Reggie Bush.
WKU picked seventh in Sun Belt
Florida International was made the pre-season favorite in the Sun Belt Conference, according to a poll of the league's coaches Monday. FIU, which won the league last season and defeated Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, received five of the nine possible first-place votes. Western Kentucky was picked to finish seventh in the nine-team league.
Donovan, Beckham among MLS all-stars
Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Thierry Henry will lead the MLS roster that will play Manchester United in the league's All-Star game. New York Red Bulls Coach Hans Backe selected the 22 players for the July 27 game at Red Bull Arena. He picked all eight of the players chosen by fans who were available for the game. The picks were announced Monday. Former USA goalkeeper Kasey Keller and Dallas FC midfielder Brek Shea have CONCACAF Champions League games that week, while Mexico star Rafa Marquez (Red Bulls) and Omar Gonzalez (Galaxy) are injured.
■ Brazil's elimination from the Copa America won't derail the hosts' preparations for the 2014 World Cup, Coach Mano Menezes said Monday. Brazil exited the South American tournament on Sunday after only one victory in four matches. "Brazil will not be stumbling in 2014," he said. "It will be strong." As host, Brazil won't need to qualify for the World Cup.
■ Carlos Tevez appears set to return to the Brazilian club Corinthians after five years in England, with Manchester City saying a deal has been reached to sell the striker. The Argentina striker said earlier this month that he wanted to leave City after two seasons to be closer to his family. The club had been reluctant to sell Tevez and had reportedly been holding out for a 50-million pound ($81 million) bid from Corinthians, but now a breakthrough has been reached. The 27-year-old Tevez was the Premier League's joint-top scorer last season.
Sports in the courts
Ex-Toledo player says he aided gambler
A former Toledo running back pleaded guilty Monday to working with a Detroit gambler accused of placing bets on football and basketball games, the third ex-Rocket to be convicted in a point-shaving probe. Harvey "Scooter" McDougle Jr. of Cleveland said he accepted more than $5,000 from Ghazi "Gary" Manni in exchange for information about the Rockets in 2004-05. McDougle pleaded guilty to conspiracy to influence sports through bribery. The government doesn't allege that McDougle, now 26, altered his on-field performance to suit gamblers. But investigators have said he played a key role in recruiting basketball players to consider shaving points. "I needed the cash and the groceries at the time. It was a bad mistake," McDougle told U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr.
Paralympic thrower suspended for pot
Paralympic track and field athlete Matthew Brown was suspended Monday after he tested positive for marijuana. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banned Brown for three months starting July 12 but reduced the sanction to time served after he completed a USADA program. The agency said that in cases involving marijuana, there could be a "credible non-doping explanation." Brown's results from the 2011 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Championships last month were vacated. Brown, 35, throws the discus and shot put.
The last word
Dustin Pedroia after his RBI single in the 16th inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in a game that ended around 2 a.m. Monday:
"I just wanted to go home. I think everybody did."