Former Wildcat Harrellson released by Rockets
Former University of Kentucky standout Josh Harrellson was waived by the NBA's Houston Rockets on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Harrellson, who was acquired by the Rockets on July 11 in a trade with the New York Knicks, was let go to make room for free-agent acquisition Carlos Delfino, the team announced.
Harrellson played in two Summer League games with the Rockets.
He averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 37 games with the Knicks as a rookie last season. New York traded Harrellson as part of a deal to bring in Marcus Camby.
Harrellson's contract was not guaranteed although it would have become guaranteed on Thursday, the Chronicle reported.
The 6-foot-10 Harrellson averaged 12 points and eight rebounds in eight Kentucky post-season games in 2010-11 in helping lead the Wildcats to the Final Four.
Bodemeister in Kentucky for evaluation
Bodemeister, winner of the Grade I Arkansas Derby and runner-up in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, was shipped to WinStar Farm on Wednesday and will be evaluated by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, majority owner Ahmed Zayat posted on his Twitter account. "Bode arrived at Winstar for diagnostic procedure. He has an appointment tomorrow at Rood n Riddle to tell us what's wrong with him," Zayat posted. The Bob Baffert-trained colt has not started since his second-place finish behind I'll Have Another in the Preakness Stakes and has not had a published workout since July 8. The son of Empire Maker missed an expected start in the Grade I Haskell when he spiked a temperature at Santa Anita Park in mid-July. "No one here in Ca (California) knows what's wrong with him," Zayat said in another Twitter post.
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Legends fall to Sand Gnats
Brian Harrison homered, drove in three runs and scored three runs to lead the host Savannah Sand Gnats past the Lexington Legends 8-2 on Wednesday night. Marcos Camarena (7-4) pitched five innings for the win and didn't allow an earned run. Zachary Johnson drove in the Legends' two runs with a fifth-inning double.
U.S. men get first win at Mexico
Michael Orozco Fiscal scored in the 80th minute, giving the United States its first-ever win at Mexico with a 1-0 victory in an exhibition in Mexico City on Wednesday night. Brek Shea, who entered two minutes earlier, went down the left flank and around Severo Meza. Shea, back with the national team after being dropped for six months, crossed to Terrence Boyd. He made a quick backheel pass to Orozco Fiscal, who kicked the ball past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for his first international goal. The U.S. had been 0-23-1 against El Tri in 75 years of games at Mexico.
Witten injures spleen, out for pre-season
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is expected to miss the rest of the pre-season after sustaining a "slightly lacerated" spleen in the pre-season opener Monday night against Oakland, Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. "It's a very serious injury and we're really taking this thing day by day," Garrett said. The coach said doctors will reassess the seven-time Pro Bowl selection next week "after we've had a few days of him not doing anything." Surgery would be an option if the spleen isn't healing properly by then.
Book: Paterno distraught over firing
Joe Paterno sobbed while meeting with his coaches and a former player the day after he was fired from Penn State, according to an excerpt in GQ magazine of an upcoming book on Paterno. The Hall of Fame coach was quoted in the excerpt as telling his son, Jay, that he had spent his whole life trying to make something of his name "and now it's gone." Paterno was fired in November in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He died in January at age 85. Paterno had granted access to journalist Joe Posnanski in 2011 to write a biography. The September issue of GQ features an exclusive excerpt from the biography, and the book will be available in bookstores on Tuesday.
■ Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel has a bruised shoulder blade, but Coach Will Muschamp said the sophomore won't miss any playing time.
■ Mississippi State will begin a $75 million expansion of Davis Wade Stadium, with the project expected to be finished ahead of the 2014 season. The expansion will add more than 6,000 seats to the existing stadium, pushing the capacity to 61,337.
Injured Nadal won't play in U.S. Open
Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam count will stay stuck at 11 for now, sidetracked by another knee problem. The third-ranked Spaniard withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Tendinitis has kept him out of action since his stunning loss at Wimbledon in late June. The injury already forced him out of the London Olympics. Nadal is still only 26, but the withdrawals raise questions about the future of a player who has had recurring knee problems in the past.
■ Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer won their opening matches in straight sets Wednesday at the Western & Southern Open, getting accustomed to the heat in Mason, Ohio, after spending the last two weeks in London and Canada. On the women's side, top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland advanced to the third round, and Venus Williams moved on with her second three-set victory in two days.
Hoosiers lose top basketball recruit
Ron Patterson will not play basketball for Indiana. The highly touted recruit from Indianapolis will transfer after failing to meet the school's academic requirements. Coach Tom Crean issued a statement wishing Patterson well and promised to be "supportive" of whatever he chooses to do. Patterson can now sign with another four-year school, enter prep school or attend junior college. He averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season at Broad Ripple High School and was chosen to the Indiana All-Star team.
■ Alabama self-reported 27 secondary rules violations to the NCAA over the past 13 months, including six by the men's basketball staff and four involving football. The university posted the violations involving 10 sports on its Web site Tuesday, dating from July 4, 2011. Five of the violations in men's basketball involved impermissible text messages to recruits, a restriction that was overturned in June.
■ Alabama backup point guard Ben Eblen is skipping his senior season. Eblen said Wednesday his time on the team has been "the best three years of my life." He's on track to graduate in December with a degree in consumer affairs. Eblen played in 92 games over the past three seasons, averaging 8.2 minutes.
The last word
Comedy writer Gary Bachman, via Facebook, on Alex Rodriguez putting his Miami mansion up for sale for $38 million:
"The home boasts nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 426 mirrors."