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Sports briefs: June 5

NBA

Cousins gets invitation to Team USA's minicamp

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told Yahoo Sports that he has put concerns about Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins behind him and has invited the former Kentucky standout to USA Basketball's minicamp in late July.

Colangelo had said that Cousins had "some growing up to do" when he was a member of a select team practicing against USA Basketball's Olympic team last summer, Yahoo Sports reported.

"You bury the past and go forward," Colangelo was quoted on the website. "He's invited and he's definitely on the list. New year, new summer, new opportunity."


Sports Administration

Transylvania picks new athletics director

Transylvania named Holly K. Sheilley as its athletics director effective July 1. Sheilley, currently the assistant director of championships for the NCAA, previously worked at the University of Louisville for Athletics Director Tom Jurich. She received her doctorate in sports administration from Louisville and her master's in health education from Eastern Kentucky. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Asbury, where she played softball and volleyball.

She coached both sports at Lindsey Wilson.

"I am committed to continuing the long-standing history of academic and athletic excellence by raising the bar and moving us forward as contenders in Division III," said Sheilley, who will be the first female AD in Transy's history.


French Open

Tsonga routs Federer in quarterfinals

By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past nine years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses — he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.

"I'm pretty sad about the match and the way I played," Federer said. "He was in all areas better than me today."

Serena Williams narrowly averted Federer's fate. She came from behind in the third set and advanced to the French Open semifinals for the first time since 2003 when she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Williams had been beaten the last four times she reached the Roland Garros quarterfinals, most recently in 2010. The 15-time Grand Slam champion, who is ranked No. 1, won her only French Open title in 2002.

"I just got tired of losing in the quarters," she said. "I was so determined to get through that, and I really, really, really, really wanted it more than I think anyone. So I think that kind of helped."


College basketball

Sophomore Price leaving Louisville

Louisville sophomore center Zach Price is leaving the Cardinals' program after two seasons. Price expressed appreciation for Cardinals fans on his Twitter account Tuesday, tweeting, "It was truly a pleasure playing for this university."

Cardinals Coach Rick Pitino confirmed at a fan event Tuesday evening that the 6-foot-10 Cleveland native was departing. Earlier Tuesday, Pitino pointed out that Price had not been attending summer classes and that the player had tweeted about his intentions. The coach said the two have exchanged text messages but haven't talked.

Price averaged just under six minutes and one point in 35 career games with Louisville.

■ Former Auburn point guard Varez Ward was arrested for allegedly trying to fix games and offering money to teammates to help during the 2011-12 season. U.S. Attorney George Beck Jr. said that Ward was arrested Monday on counts of bribery relating to a sports contest and conspiracy for allegedly trying to fix the point spread for the Tigers' game against Arkansas on Jan. 25, 2012. Ward came off the bench in the 56-53 loss to the Razorbacks but crumpled to the floor after playing only 19 seconds with an apparent leg injury.


Obituary

Hall of Famer Deacon Jones dies

David "Deacon" Jones, the original sackmaster, has died. The Hall of Fame defensive end, credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. Because sacks didn't become an official statistic until 1982, Mr. Jones' total is uncertain.

"Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant," said Redskins GM Bruce Allen, whose father, George, coached Mr. Jones with the Los Angeles Rams.

Mr. Jones was the leader of the Rams' Fearsome Foursome unit from 1961-71 and then played for San Diego for two seasons before finishing his career with the Redskins in 1974. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and made the league's 75th anniversary all-time squad. Mr. Jones made the Pro Bowl every year from 1964-70 and played in eight overall. He combined with fellow Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy on a defensive line that at times was unblockable.


NASCAR

Keselowski docked 6 points after Dover

NASCAR penalized Brad Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe for failing a post-race inspection at Dover. Keselowski and car owner Roger Penske were each docked six points, and Wolfe was fined $25,000. He was already on probation until the end of the year because NASCAR found illegal parts on the No. 2 Ford at Texas in April. Penske Racing said a broken part led to the front end of the car being too low.


Minor-League baseball

Legends drop series opener at Savannah

The Savannah Sand Gnats scored six runs in the second inning on their way to a 9-2 win over the visiting Lexington Legends in the opener of a three-game series. The Legends had scored two runs in the top of the first on a single by Ethan Chapman, a triple by Raul Mondesi and a groundout by Bubba Starling.

■ Legends pitchers Christian Binford and Alec Mills were chosen to represent the Southern Division in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 18. Binford is 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 571⁄3 innings. Mills made 15 relief appearances before moving into the starting rotation. He is 1-2 with six saves and a 1.59 ERA.

■ Former University of Kentucky pitcher Taylor Rogers, who plays for the Twins' Class A Advanced affiliate, was named to the Florida State League's South Division All-Star Team. Rogers is 5-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 462⁄3 innings at Fort Myers.


Softball

Sooners defeat Vols for national title

National player of the year Keilani Ricketts homered and drove in four runs, Michelle Gascoigne pitched a three-hit shutout and top-seeded Oklahoma won the NCAA softball championship by beating Tennessee 4-0 in Game 2 of the Women's College World Series finals.


The last word

Tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after defeating Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the French Open:

"Sports, it's beautiful, because you can always do something. Even if you play, you know, the best player in the world ... you have a chance. Because the guy in front of you (has) two legs, two arms, one head."

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