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Sports briefs: Sept. 12


Ali fan purchases champ's childhood home in Louisville

A fan of Muhammad Ali has acquired an important piece of memorabilia: the boxing great's boyhood home. Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss closed on the property earlier this week, a Louisville realtor told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Realtor Dave Lambrechts said Weiss paid $70,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang in a western Louisville neighborhood of neat, modest homes. "The guy's a huge Ali fan, and that's what kind of spurred this," Lambrechts said.

The home already has a state historical marker out front recognizing the residence as the home of Ali when he was a boy named Cassius Clay.

"I am delighted that a fan of the champ is in control of the home, and the city looks forward to helping make this residence a place that spreads the message of Muhammad Ali's legacy," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement.

Lambrechts said the new owner wants to restore Ali's boyhood home to how it looked when the future champ lived in it. He estimated the restoration would take about $50,000. Lambrechts said Weiss hasn't finalized his plans but won't use it as rental property. Among the options being considered are turning the home into a museum or using it for some charitable function.


Upgrades OK'd for soccer, softball

The UK Athletics Committee approved more than $9 million in upgrades planned for the softball and soccer complexes. The upgrades include a $7 million renovation and expansion of UK's soccer facilities and an additional $2.2 million for improvements to the softball facility. UK will play host to the SEC Softball Tournament next spring. The additional money will come from reserve funds raised through private donations, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said.

Women's golf team 3 shots out of lead

The UK women's golf team shot 6 over par for the second consecutive day and was three strokes behind leader Arkansas on Tuesday after two rounds at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational in West Point, Miss. The final round of the 11-team tournament is Wednesday. Freshman Cylia Damerau led the Cats with a 1-under 71. Senior Ashleigh Albrecht was tied for sixth place overall after a 2-over 74. She is 1 over for the tournament, six shots behind leader Gemma Dryburgh of Tulane.


Seattle council backs arena deal

The Seattle City Council has agreed to a deal that would build a $490 million arena that could host NBA and NHL teams. The King County Council previously approved the plan that calls for $200 million in public money. Seattle has been without an NBA team since new owners moved the Sonics to Oklahoma in 2008.


Murray guard charged with assault

Murray State point guard Zaveral "Zay" Jackson was suspended by the team on Monday after being accused of hitting two people with his car in a Walmart parking lot in southwestern Kentucky. Police say the 20-year-old sophomore was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and spent Sunday night at the Calloway County jail. Police arrested Jackson following an altercation in which he allegedly hit two people with his white Monte Carlo, causing minor injuries. "I was disappointed and surprised to learn of the incident on Sunday involving Zay," Murray State Coach Steve Prohm said. Jackson was a reserve who averaged 4.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman. He was expected to start this season.


Kiraly named U.S. women's coach

Karch Kiraly, one of the most decorated volleyball players of all time, has been chosen as head coach of the U.S. women's national volleyball team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Games. Kiraly, the only athlete to win Olympic gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball, takes over for Hugh McCutcheon, who led the women's team to a silver-medal finish at the London Olympics. As a player Kiraly helped lead the U.S. men's national team to indoor golds at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, before winning the gold in the debut of beach volleyball at the 1996 Atlanta Games.


NHL lockout appears certain

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said owners and players are both to blame for their failure to reach a new collective bargaining agreement before the Saturday deadline for a work stoppage. Daly wrote in an email to The Associated Press that he hoped both sides would meet before Saturday. "But to this point, we have received no indication that the union has anything new to say to us. And right now, we have nothing new to say to them," he wrote Tuesday. "It's unfortunate, but it's the reality of the situation."


U.S. sprinter accepts ban for doping

The United States Anti-Doping Agency said sprinter Debbie Dunn accepted a two-year suspension after testing positive for a prohibited substance. USADA said lab tests of a sample provided by the 34-year-old Dunn at the U.S. Olympic trials resulted in an "adverse analytical finding for an anabolic agent." Dunn finished fourth in the 400 meters at the trials in June. She was selected for the American relay pool, but took her name off the team roster before the London Games after her positive test for excessive testosterone.

The last word

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco helped his case for a lucrative new contract by throwing for 299 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-13 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. After the game, Ravens Coach John Harbaugh weighed in on the negotiations between the team and his quarterback:

"Pay him whatever he asks for. Pay the man."