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Sports briefs: July 16

UK RecruitingKennard gets scholarship offer

Luke Kennard and his family spoke glowingly of the University of Kentucky basketball program Friday afternoon, recounting the top recruit's childhood spent as a Wildcats fan.

A little more than 48 hours later, Kennard and his parents were on the phone with John Calipari. The UK coach was calling with a scholarship offer.

"Luke was excited," Mark Kennard, the player's father, told the Herald-Leader on Monday. "It's a great school. The tradition is unbelievable. Coach Calipari is a great coach, the way he develops players. It's just an unbelievable opportunity."

Luke Kennard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Franklin, Ohio, is considered the No. 18 overall prospect in the class of 2015.

Kennard and his family also talked to Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo, Louisville Coach Rick Pitino and an assistant from North Carolina on Sunday. Krzyzewski and Izzo were also calling to offer scholarships. U of L and UNC have yet to offer.


Tour de France

Froome's performance raises eyebrows

There appears to be little to stop Chris Froome from reaching the Champs-Elysees on Sunday in the yellow jersey and becoming the second straight British cyclist to win the Tour de France.

After another brutal attack in the mountains on Sunday, Froome leads Bauke Mollema and Alberto Contador by more than four minutes with only six stages left — four of them suited to him. But winning looks like the easy part.

The 28-year-old Froome's physical superiority at the 100th Tour has raised eyebrows, practically inevitable in the climate of suspicion that haunts cycling after Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles for serial doping.

Froome understands the tone of the questions. His news conference on Monday's rest day followed his stage win on Mont Ventoux, a mammoth climb in Provence that he tamed with two blistering attacks and where he left Contador lagging behind.

"I just think it's quite sad that we're sitting here the day after the biggest victory of my life ... quite a historic win, talking about doping," Froome said.


College footballManziel pleads guilty in bar fight case

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor stemming from a 2012 bar fight near campus, closing a case that had dogged his Heisman Trophy-winning season.

Manziel admitted he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.

Brazos County Attorney Rod Anderson says Manziel was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, about $230 in court costs and was credited with the overnight jail time he served following his arrest.


NFL

Broncos suspend 2 executives

The Denver Broncos have suspended two executives who are facing drunken driving charges. Director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely without pay Monday, and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month without pay.

On July 6, Russell hit two vehicles, including a police SUV in Breckenridge, injuring an officer. Russell registered a 0.246 percent breath alcohol content, three times the legal threshold for a DUI violation in Colorado, according to the arrest affidavit.

Heckert's blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.162 percent upon his release seven hours after his June 11 arrest in Parker, according to a Douglas County Sheriff's Office report.

Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey has apologized for wearing a baseball cap supporting former college teammate Aaron Hernandez. Pouncey and his twin brother Mike, a center for the Miami Dolphins, were photographed wearing hats that read "Free Hernandez" during their co-birthday party in Miami on Saturday night. Maurkice Pouncey posted on his Twitter account that he regrets making light of the situation and apologized if he offended anyone.

A former University of Florida and NFL player was arrested after authorities say he left a 3-year-old girl alone in a car while he went into a Clearwater strip club. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reports that 41-year-old Monty Ray Grow was charged with child abuse Sunday night. He was later released on $5,000 bail.


College basketball

Hairston to face 'serious consequences'

North Carolina coach Roy Williams says leading scorer P.J. Hairston will face "serious consequences" after being arrested last month on a drug charge.

In a statement Monday, the Hall of Fame coach says he hasn't yet determined a punishment for Hairston. Hairston was arrested at a license checkpoint while driving a rented vehicle and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

West Virginia forward Aaric Murray has left the Mountaineers after one season. Coach Bob Huggins announced Murray's departure Monday but didn't give a reason. He says it was a mutual agreement that it would be in Murray's best interest to finish his college career elsewhere. The 6-foot-10 Murray averaged 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds last season as a junior.


NBA

Kings sign Landry to $26 million deal

The Sacramento Kings signed free agent Carl Landry. Landry signed his four-year, $26 million deal Monday. The 29-year-old power forward averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench for Golden State last season.

The Atlanta Hawks signed free agent Elton Brand. The 34-year-old Brand averaged 7.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season with the Dallas Mavericks. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The Memphis Grizzlies have officially announced the signings of guard Tony Allen and forward Jon Leuer. Allen agreed on July 3 to a four-year contract worth $20 million, keeping the nine-year veteran with Memphis. The 6-foot-4 Allen scored 10.3 points and had 6.1 rebounds with 2 steals in the playoffs.

Metta World Peace is coming home to play for the New York Knicks. The Knicks said the contract has not been signed but an agreement has been reached.

Knicks guard J.R. Smith has had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy on his left knee that likely will keep him from joining the Knicks when they open training camp in late September. The team said Smith will need 12-16 weeks to recover.


Minor League Baseball

Stingy Legends' pitchers blank Delmarva

Lexington starter Matt Murray and relievers Aroni Nina, Chas Byrne and Mark Peterson combined to shut out Delmarva 1-0 on three hits Monday night.

The Legends scored the game's only run in the sixth inning. Yowill Espinal led off with a single, moved to second on a walk to Mark Threlkeld and then scored on Mark Donato's one-out single.


The last word

Miguel Cabrera has the kind of numbers — 44 homers last season, for one — that draw attention from fans and peers alike. Said Washington slugger Bryce Harper during All-Star festivities:

"That's just like, video game, and let's just go out and have some fun and smile and laugh when we strike out. It's just, Miggy is going up there and ... going 'Hey, if I don't hit a homer, I shouldn't be playing today.'"

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