Three ex-Cats, Faried in U.S. national team camp
Former University of Kentucky standouts DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and John Wall have accepted invitations to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men's National Team mini-camp later this summer. The trio of former Cats will be joined by former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried and 23 other young NBA players.
"This year is an important first step in the rebuilding of the USA National Team roster for the 2014-16 international competitions, and we believe we have compiled a roster of not only outstanding basketball talents, but individuals who will represent the United States in the manner we expect," said USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.
The players will assemble in Las Vegas on July 21 and conduct daily training sessions July 22-24 before closing out the mini-camp with the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase, a blue-white intra-squad game July 25 at Thomas and Mack Arena on the campus of UNLV.
Nets name Jason Kidd coach
The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach Wednesday, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success. Kidd retired earlier this month after one season with the New York Knicks, his 19th in the NBA. The Nets decided to hire him to replace P.J. Carlesimo despite his absence of coaching experience. "Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York," Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "He has the fire in the belly we need."
Kidd led the franchise to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002-03, when they played in New Jersey. He spent 6½ seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds, and is their career leader in numerous statistical categories.
Kyle Busch to attempt 'Kentucky triple'
Kyle Busch will join Brad Keselowski in trying to win all three NASCAR races at Kentucky Speedway later this month, the track announced Wednesday. Keselowski, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, said last week he would attempt the feat for the second year in a row. "Having two of our most successful drivers square off for all three of our races certainly ratchets up the intensity for our weekend," Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said. "Both Kyle and Brad won't be satisfied unless they win them all." The tripleheader in Sparta begins with the Camping World Trucks UNOH 225 on Thursday, June 27. The next night features the Nationwide Feed the Children 300. The weekend concludes with the Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 on Saturday, June 29.
Waltrip car to honor U of L's title
For the second year in a row, a Michael Waltrip car will carry the colors of college basketball's national champion during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway.
Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota, which will be driven by Brian Vickers, will sport University of Louisville colors and a paint scheme honoring the school's 2013 NCAA title, for the Quaker State 400 on June 29 in Sparta.
Last year, Michael Waltrip drove a University of Kentucky-themed car in honor of the Wildcats' 2012 national championship.
This year, the Cardinals' bird mascot on the hood and Vickers' red, black and white fire suit will pay tribute to U of L.
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said he enjoyed the chance to see the Cardinals' colors circling Kentucky Speedway. "I know how many Louisville basketball fans are NASCAR fans, and like them I'm looking forward to seeing the car on the track," he said.
Jason Leffler dies in dirt car event
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway. The 37-year-old was a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series. "NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening," NASCAR said in a statement. "For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Legends eliminated; All-Star Mills hurt
Four Rome pitchers combined to hold the Legends to two hits as the Braves took a 3-2 victory in Lexington on Wednesday. The loss eliminated the Legends from the South Atlantic League Southern Division first-half race. Legends starting pitcher Alec Mills had to leave the game with an injury after making a throw to second on a pickoff attempt in the fifth inning. There was no immediate report on the extent of the injury to Mills, who had pitched 19 consecutive scoreless innings through the fourth inning Wednesday. Mills is scheduled to take part in Tuesday's South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Bowling Green star commits to WKU
Bowling Green High wide receiver Nacarius Fant said on his Twitter account Wednesday that he has committed to play football at Western Kentucky University. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior-to-be also had a scholarship offer from Illinois and expected one from Kentucky. Fant, a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and a three-star by Scout.com, helped lead the Purples (15-0) to the Class 5A football state championship last fall. Fant had three catches for 85 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, in the title game.
Messi facing tax fraud allegations
A Spanish prosecutor filed a fraud complaint Wednesday against Lionel Messi, alleging the Barcelona and Argentina star owes $5.3 million in back taxes. Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, are accused of defrauding millions on income tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009. "We are surprised," Messi said on his Facebook account, "because we have never committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations."
■ The U.S. men's soccer team met the midway point of its World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over Panama Tuesday, vaulting them into first place in the six-team regional standings.
The last word
Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra on Wednesday after his team's 36-point loss to San Antonio in the NBA Finals Tuesday night.
"You usually get what you deserve in this league."