Rosters set for 'Big Blue All Star' exhibitions against NAIA teams
The rosters for the State Farm Big Blue All-Star Tour, a set of exhibition games between former Kentucky players and NAIA teams in the state, were announced Monday by former Cat and event organizer Jeff Sheppard. The Big Blue All Stars will play against five NAIA college teams from Saturday through Oct. 13. In addition to the former UK players, the teams will include former Morehead State star and all-time NCAA leading rebounder Kenneth Faried and former Bryan Station standout Shelvin Mack, who played in the past two NCAA title games for Butler before being drafted this past year by the Washington Wizards. Faried was drafted by the Nuggets.
The All-Stars will play at Pikeville, Alice Lloyd, Georgetown, Union and Mid-Continent. Former Cats DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are still making their final decisions on which games they will be playing in, according to Sheppard's release. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. Go to BigBlueAllStars.com for local ticket availability.
The rosters are as follows:
Pikeville, Oct. 8: Brandon Knight, Chuck Hayes, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack
Alice Lloyd, Oct. 9: Brandon Knight, Chuck Hayes, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Eric Bledsoe, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack
Georgetown, Oct. 10: Brandon Knight, Jodie Meeks, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Eric Bledsoe, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack
Union, Oct. 11: Brandon Knight, Jodie Meeks, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Eric Bledsoe, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack
Mid Continent, Oct 13: Brandon Knight, Jodie Meeks, Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, Eric Bledsoe, Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack
NBA talks headed for 'very huge day'
After a lockout that has lasted more than three months, whether the NBA season starts on time could come down to one "very huge day" in labor talks. NBA owners and players will be back Tuesday for a full bargaining session, knowing if they fail to produce results, there might not be enough time left to avoid canceling regular-season games.
"A lot of signs point to tomorrow being a very huge day," players' association president Derek Fisher of the Lakers said. "There will be a lot of pressure on all of us in the room, and we'll accept that responsibility and go in and see what we can get worked out."
The sides met in small groups Monday for about five hours, a session that Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said was mainly about "setting the table" for Tuesday. While careful not to put too much pressure on Tuesday's talks, he and Commissioner David Stern made clear there had to be signs of compromise. The regular season is scheduled to open Nov. 1. Players would have reported to training camps Monday, but they were postponed, and 43 pre-season games scheduled for Oct. 9-15 were canceled last month.
Bryant, Italian club working 'intensely'
Kobe Bryant's representatives and Virtus Bologna are "working very intensely" to bring the Los Angeles Lakers' star to Italy during the NBA lockout. Bologna President Claudio Sabatini had said on Friday that he reached a tentative deal with agent Rob Pelinka for a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million. The Italian team and Bryant's management said in a joint statement Monday they are "working very intensely to try and create this important deal. Reaching such a complex deal requires both sides' maximum attention for every little detail."
The deal hinges on other clubs changing their schedules to ensure Bologna has five home games during Bryant's 10-game contract.
■ Pistons center Ben Wallace waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of drunken driving and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon. Police in Bloomfield Township near Detroit said the 37-year-old Wallace was arrested during a traffic stop about 3 a.m. Sept. 24. Police said they found an unloaded pistol in a backpack.
Doping fight might use spies in London
The organizers of next year's London Olympics may use security guards and cleaning people working at the event for tips to find potential drug cheats.
"There will be targeted testing at the Games based on the intelligence received," Jonathan Harris, medical services manager anti-doping at the organizing committee of the London Olympics said at a conference in the British capital today. Personnel working at next year's Games — such as cleaning people and security guards — will be "educated," so that "if they come across behavior that is untoward, they will come to us," Harris said at the Science and Ethics in Sport Symposium Monday.
A record 5,000 drug tests will be collected from 10,000 athletes competing at the London Olympics, Harris said.
■ A new test that can detect the use of human growth hormone for up to 21 days has been endorsed by international anti-doping officials, moving a step closer to a potential breakthrough against doping at next year's London Olympics. U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said Monday the "biomarker" test for HGH won strong consensus among doping scientists and experts from around the world who attended a London symposium on detecting growth factors. The test would also be valid for the NFL, whose players' union has yet to agree to introduction of any HGH testing.
The last word
Andy Roddick lost to South Africa's Kevin Anderson 4-6, 5-7 in the first round of the China Open on Monday, a defeat the sixth-seeded American called "unacceptable." The 29-year-old Roddick, winner of the 2003 U.S. Open, has dropped in the rankings to 15th after several early round losses this year. He was asked after the match how close he might be to retiring, and he rolled his eyes before replying:
"I think you should retire."