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Sports briefs: Sept. 27

NBA

Jay-Z concert will open Nets' new arena in Brooklyn

Nets part-owner Jay-Z will open the team's new Brooklyn arena by performing there next September.

"Maybe one, maybe two, maybe three" concerts, he said at a news conference Monday across the street from the construction site.

The hip-hop mogul paused then added, "I sound like LeBron."

James made a proclamation he might later rue when the Miami Heat's Big Three were introduced in 2010, saying of the championships they would win: "Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven."

The Nets' owners say their arrival at Brooklyn's Barclays Center will help vault the team into title contention. The club is scheduled to move from New Jersey for the 2012-13 season.

And it will be officially called the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z said.

Source: Sides to meet again this week

A person familiar with the plans says representatives for NBA players and owners will meet Tuesday and perhaps Wednesday. The players' association has canceled a regional meeting with players Tuesday in Miami so its negotiators can meet with league officials in New York instead, the person told The Associated Press on Monday. The bargaining session, first reported by CBSSports.com, comes just days after the league canceled 43 preseason games scheduled for Oct. 9-15.

auto racing

Wheldon to race at Sparta this weekend

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon will race this weekend at Kentucky Speedway as a warmup for his bid to win $5 million in the IndyCar season finale. Wheldon will drive for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in both Sunday's race at Kentucky and the Oct. 16 finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He will replace Alex Tagliani at Kentucky.

College basketball

Buckeye recruit doesn't make grades

Acclaimed Ohio State recruit LaQuinton Ross will not play for the team after the NCAA ruled he had not qualified academically. Ross, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, is from Jackson, Miss., and played in high school at Life Center Academy (N.J.). The Buckeyes play their opener on Nov. 11 at home against Wright State.

UK Sports

First round in Toledo rained out

The first day of the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational was canceled because of rain, meaning the men's tournament in Toledo, Ohio, will be played Tuesday and consist of 18 holes. Kentucky is among the 11 teams in the field at Inverness Club along with East Tennessee State, Florida, Kent State, Liberty, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, South Alabama and host Toledo.

sports in the courts

Schlichter might face more prison time

Former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter is facing additional time behind bars as he prepares to plead guilty to federal fraud charges. An amended plea agreement filed in federal court in Columbus on Monday calls for him to serve nearly two more years for violating his probation from a conviction in Indiana. Marion Superior Court Judge Grant Hawkins in Indianapolis had refused to cancel Schlichter's arrest warrant in Indiana until the extra time was added. The 51-year-old Schlichter has said he'll plead guilty to federal charges of bank and wire fraud and filing a false tax return linked to a million-dollar sports ticket scheme.

Hockey

Flyers to host fifth Winter Classic

The Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers in the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park. The 45,000-seat ballpark is the setting for the fifth classic. The game is not held on its traditional Jan. 1 date because it conflicted with the final week of the NFL's regular season.

Etc.

Snowboard master has cancer

The snowboard innovator who helped take the sport from the back hills to the Olympics says he is undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Fifty-seven-year-old Jack Burton says he has three months of treatment ahead but his cancer is "as curable as it gets." In the late 1970s, Burton quit his job in Manhattan with the idea of promoting snowboarding at mountain resorts.

The last word

Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman and former Kentucky player Corey Peters, after he jumped offsides on fourth-and-inches when the Buccaneers did not plan to snap the ball, allowing Tampa Bay to run out the clock and win 16-13 Sunday:

"It was stupid. It was my fault. I take 100 percent of the blame for that. We went over it over and over again."

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