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Sports Briefs: July 18


Ex-Cat Miller bemoans another slow start in Pelicans' loss

Since the opening game of the NBA Summer League last week, New Orleans Pelicans second-year forward Darius Miller has been plagued by slow starts.

The ex-Cat hoped things would be different in Wednesday's inaugural game of the NBA Summer League tournament against the Denver Nuggets. But Miller couldn't get going early again in the Pelicans' 87-82 loss that put them in a losers' bracket game on Friday against the Washington Wizards.

Though he scored a team-high 23 points, Miller missed five of six shots in the first quarter when the Nuggets virtually put the game away with a 31-17 run. "We can't get off to slow starts like that, especially myself," Miller said.

 Shabazz Muhammad scored 17 points and ex-Card Gorgui Dieng chipped in four with three rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves slammed the Sacramento Kings 92-54.


Former Raider QB Culpepper loses home

Former Raiders quarterback Daunte Culpepper has lost a Florida home he owned to a bank in a foreclosure case. Broward County court records show the nearly 10,000-square-foot home was surrendered in April to SunTrust Bank. Culpepper bought the house for about $3.6 million when he was signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2006. The bank cited $3 million in debt in court papers. Records show Culpepper still owns another home in the suburb of Weston.

Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters will get nearly $2 million in a lawsuit over a rolling walker which he says broke and caused him to reinjure his torn Achilles tendon. The lawsuit says Peters was using a Roll-A-Bout knee walker in March 2012 when it broke below the handlebar, three weeks after his initial surgery. Peters then had a second operation. He missed the entire season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers place-kicker Connor Barth tore his right Achilles tendon playing in a charity basketball game with other NFL players Friday. He had surgery to repair the injury Monday but will not be on the field again until 2014, the team announced. The Bucs signed former Chiefs and Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes.

Running back Jahvid Best, who hasn't played for the Detroit Lions since October 2011 because he suffered concussions, was released Wednesday.


Olbermann making amends with ESPN

Keith Olbermann dreaded that he'd be remembered as the guy who rose to stardom at ESPN then left less than amicably. "I don't want that to be in the obituary, flatly," he said Wednesday.

So now he's returning to the company as a late-night host, insisting that, this time, a gig won't end badly.

Olbermann, 54, expressed gratitude for "this chance to put a different ending on the story of my relationship with ESPN."

Olbermann, which premieres Aug. 26, will generally air at 11 p.m. ET Monday-Friday on ESPN2. Olbermann made his name as a SportsCenter anchor from 1992-97. But his stint ended amid clashes with management over his right to do outside work.

College football

NCAA parting ways with video games

The NCAA says it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo and name in video games. The NCAA announced Wednesday it will not enter into a new contract with EA Sports and NCAA Football 2014 will be the last edition of the popular game.

The move comes as the NCAA fights a lawsuit that demands the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales, video games and in other areas. The NCAA says in a statement: "We determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA."


Ex-skier Johnson rejecting treatment

Former Olympic downhill champion Bill Johnson no longer wants to go through treatment after dealing with a life-threatening infection that has attacked his major organs.

Hospitalized since June 29, the one-time daredevil skier refuses a feeding tube, his mother, D.B. Johnson-Cooper, said Wednesday. He no longer wants supplemental oxygen or even antibiotics that could possibly help him. Johnson's wish is simply to leave the hospital and return to his room at an assisted living facility in Gresham, Ore., where the 53-year-old was living before the illness.

Johnson's health has steadily declined in recent years because of mini strokes. Three years ago, he had a major stroke. Now, hardly able to move at all, he "just wants to go to sleep," his mom said.

Meskerem Legesse, a 26-year-old Ethiopian Olympic runner who was eight months pregnant, died of a massive heart attack Monday in Hamden, Conn., but hospital personnel were able to deliver the baby. Legesse, who ran the 1,500 meters in the 2004 Olympics, leaves her husband Tom Laverty and a 2-year-old son. She was due to deliver her second child in three weeks.

Tour de France

Froome takes it easy, wins stage anyway

Even when he expects to lose, Tour de France champion-in-the-making Chris Froome cannot help but win. On a day when the British rider was planning to save some energy for upcoming mountains, Froome took his third stage win of this 100th Tour.

Alberto Contador, Froome's Spanish rival still trying to make a fight of this one-sided battle, gave his all in Wednesday's Alpine time trial. Contador shook his head and shrugged his shoulders when television flashed that Froome beat his time by 9 seconds.


Formula One boss indicted

Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone was indicted Wednesday by German prosecutors on bribery charges, raising questions about his continued leadership of the international racing series.

  Chris Xuereb, the Canadian trainer for Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, insists he didn't give the sprinters performance-enhancing drugs and says it's time for them to take "responsibility for their doping instead of looking around for a scapegoat."

The last word

Junior offensive lineman Tiny Richardson on his new coach at Tennessee, Butch Jones:

"He's always texting my phone, calling me, seeing how I am doing. That's the kind of coach you will run through a wall for, the kind that really cares about you."