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Sports briefs: Sept. 24

SportShaq joins Kings' ownership

The larger-than-life figure that teased and tormented the Sacramento Kings for so long is now the biggest name to join the franchise's new ownership group.

The Kings announced Monday that Shaquille O'Neal has acquired a minority stake in the team under new owner Vivek Ranadive. The Kings will introduce the four-time NBA champion at a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento.

During the height of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, O'Neal fueled the rivalry with the Kings with his play on the court and his personality off of it.

O'Neal handed Sacramento its biggest blow by rallying the Lakers from a 3-2 deficit to win the 2002 Western Conference finals, which is still a sore spot for Kings fans. The 7-foot-1 center even labeled the franchise the "Sacramento Queens" and accused fan favorite Vlade Divac — whom he referred to as "she" at one point — of flopping.

The Miami Heat have signed guard Larry Drew II, making him the 18th person on the roster for training camp with the two-time defending NBA champions.

Drew II is the son of Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew. He finished his college career at UCLA, after transferring from North Carolina. He started all 35 of his appearances for UCLA last season, averaging 7.5 points and 7.3 assists.

College sports

Emmert: Big changes coming for NCAA

President Mark Emmert said Monday he expects "a lot of change" for the governance structure of Division I sports over the next year.

"I've said publicly on a number of occasions the only thing everybody agrees on with Division I governance is that it doesn't work," Emmert said during his opening remarks at a meeting of more than 100 Division I faculty athletics representatives. He later said NCAA directors are looking at the next six to eight months in particular.

The discussion focused on transparency and the public perception of the NCAA.

The discussion did touch briefly on whether the NCAA would consider creating a new big-school Bowl Division — in essence, splitting up the current Division I. A packet distributed at the session called "Principles and Model for New Governance Structure" suggests that FBS institutions and conferences that are more closely aligned in issues and athletics resources form a new division.

"The simpler the governance structure, the better," the packet states.


UK sportsSoftball splits doubleheader

The Kentucky softball won the first game of its doubleheader versus Ohio State University, but fell in the second game in extra innings.

The Wildcats claimed the first game against the Buckeyes with a 6-0 win behind great pitching from senior Lauren Cumbess and freshman Meagan Prince. Cumbess and Prince combined to only allow four base runners in the game.

Sophomore third baseman Nikki Sagermann had a home run in the first game and belted another solo home run to start the scoring for Kentucky in the second. The Wildcats lost when the Buckeyes plated a run in the bottom of the 12th, falling 7-6.


Auto racing

Indy road race a possibility

A May road race at Indianapolis could become reality as early as next week. With time running short to finish the 2014 schedule, Mark Miles, the CEO of IndyCar's parent company, Hulman & Co., said he expects the board to vote before the end of September.

Miles acknowledged the series has "prospects" for potential title sponsors and IndyCar drivers gave good reviews of the speedway's road course after a test earlier this month.


Etc.

EKU signs 'three-point shooter'

Daniel Norl, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard from Clarksville, Tenn., has committed to play basketball for Eastern Kentucky University.

"I just think it was a good fit for me," Norl said. "It matched my playing style. ... They shoot a lot of threes, and I'm a three-point shooter."

Norl averaged 18 points and shot 45 percent from three-point range last season.

John Stigall, Norl's coach at Kenwood High School, described Norl as "a really good shooter. He's a really good athlete. He defends really well. He's a strong, young kid and a great leader for us. ... He's a winner."

Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman will miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on his right hand. Peterman injured his hand Saturday while struggling through his first collegiate start in a 31-17 loss to No. 20 Florida.


The last word

At each first pitch, as the Washington Nationals' bench coach, Randy Knorr is standing in the dugout of a major league baseball game. Said Knorr:

"And then I realize: I got the greatest job ever."

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