December 30, 2009 in Sports

In brief: Leach turns to court to allow him to coach

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has been suspended while the school investigates the alleged mistreatment of a player.
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College football: The lawyer for Mike Leach says the suspended Texas Tech coach did nothing wrong in how he treated a player with a “mild” concussion, and Leach wants a court’s help to allow him to coach in Saturday’s Alamo Bowl.

The motion for a temporary restraining order was filed Tuesday in Lubbock, Texas. An in-chambers hearing was set for this morning in the 99th District Court.

University officials suspended Leach on Monday while the school investigates a complaint from receiver Adam James and his family. James is the son of former NFL player Craig James, now a television sports analyst for ESPN.

Saints defensive end charged with DWI

NFL: Saints defensive end Bobby McCray was arrested early Tuesday in New Orleans and charged with driving while intoxicated and other counts, police said.

Police spokesman Gary Flot said McCray, 28, was stopped by an officer who saw him speeding about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was booked into Orleans Parish Prison on charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding, careless operation of a motor vehicle and not having his vehicle registration with him. He was released on his own recognizance.

•Stafford’s knee surgery goes well: The Detroit Lions said QB Matthew Stafford has undergone successful surgery on his right knee.

Roloson guides Islanders to victory

NHL: Rob Schremp scored the only goal in the shootout and Dwayne Roloson made 41 saves to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Uniondale, N.Y.

Schremp beat Steve Mason off a forehand deke after Jeff Tambellini and Frans Nielsen shot wide.

West Virginia wins in waning seconds

College men: Da’Sean Butler’s 20-foot jumper with 2 seconds left lifted sixth-ranked West Virginia to a 63-62 victory over Marquette (9-4, 0-1) in Morgantown, W. Va.

The Mountaineers (11-0, 2-0 Big East) overcame a five-point deficit in the final minute and their lowest point total of the season to improve to its best start since a Jerry West-led team won 14 straight to begin the 1957-58 season.

Bulls GM won’t discuss Del Negro

NBA: Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman said he won’t discuss reports that coach Vinny Del Negro’s job is in jeopardy or go into detail about internal evaluations of staff, players or coaches.

Forman commented after an ESPN report late Sunday said the Bulls had decided to eventually fire Del Negro, who is in his second season.

“Vinny is our coach. Our goal is to get better each and every day,” Forman said, adding that everyone, including fans, is disappointed by the 11-17 start that has included some embarrassing losses.”

•Rockets seek McGrady trade: The Houston Rockets acknowledge they are trying to trade Tracy McGrady, after the two-time scoring champion’s representatives asked the team to deal him.

General manager Daryl Morey said the two sides have had “multiple conversations” and that the Rockets “have agreed to look into trade opportunities and have granted him an indefinite leave from team activities.”

•Police probe firearms at Verizon Center: D.C. Police say they are investigating a report that weapons were found inside a locker room at the Verizon Center, where the Washington Wizards play.

Last week, the Wizards said that guard Gilbert Arenas stored unloaded firearms in a container in his locker there and that the NBA is looking into the situation.

•Kings will retain Petrie: Geoff Petrie signed a three-year contract extension to remain the Sacramento Kings’ president of basketball operations. Petrie’s contract was set to expire after this season.

•Durant, Thunder stay hot: Kevin Durant had 35 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Green added 18 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Wizards 110-98 in Washington for the franchise’s first four-game winning streak in 31/2 years.

Richardson grabs U.S. speedskating title

Miscellany: Heather Richardson clinched a spot in her third Olympic event by winning the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Speedskating Championships in Kearns, Utah.

Richardson won with a time of 1 minute, 56.22 seconds. Chad Hedrick won the men’s race with a time of 1:44.00 and Trevor Marsicano was second.

•Schild wins World Cup slalom: Marlies Schild won the World Cup slalom in Lienz, Austria, while American Lindsey Vonn finished 18th after bruising her left arm.

The Austrian led after the opening run and finished in an aggregate time of 1:57.65.

Vonn, the overall World Cup champion, crashed during the giant slalom Monday and injured her arm.

•Slovenia’s Jerman wins downhill: Andrej Jerman of Slovenia won the knee-jarring downhill on the Stelvio course in Bormio, Italy.

Jerman clocked 2:00.32 for his second World Cup victory.

•Ishida defends WBA title: Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida retained his WBA interim super welterweight title by beating Colombia’s Oney Valdez by unanimous decision in Osaka, Japan.


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