August 17, 2010 in Sports

Huskies land top-rated tight end

 
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Maria Sharapova will miss the Rogers Cup in Montreal while recovering from a left foot injury sustained in Cincinnati.
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College football: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Gig Harbor’s 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end, announced he will attend Washington in front of a group of more than 100 people.

Heading into the announcement, Seferian-Jenkins had narrowed his list to Washington and Texas, crossing off programs like Florida, LSU and California.

Rated as the top tight end in the country by Rivals.com, Seferian-Jenkins caught 62 passes for 1,152 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.

Seferian-Jenkins is considered one of the top two prospects in the state with Skyline receiver Kasen Williams, who will make his college selection later this month.

• Leach joins CBS: Former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach will call games on television as he pursues a lawsuit over his firing from the school.

Cable network CBS College Sports announced that Leach will work as an analyst this season.

Texas Tech fired Leach Dec. 30, two days after suspending him amid allegations he mistreated a player with a concussion. Leach has denied mistreating the player, and his lawyers have suggested he was fired because he was due to receive an $800,000 bonus Dec. 31.

Sharapova out of Rogers with injury

Tennis: Maria Sharapova says she has pulled out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal because of a left foot injury.

The Russian star reached the final at the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday, but says she started to feel pain in her heel in the second set of the 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss to Kim Clijsters.

Sharapova says on her website that the pain “kind of scared me, so I have been forced to pull out of Montreal. I am hoping I just need a few days of rest.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion moved up three spots to No. 12 in the WTA rankings released Monday.

NBA: A passenger in Udonis Haslem’s vehicle told the Florida Highway Patrol that marijuana found after a weekend traffic stop on a South Florida highway was his. The Miami Heat forward’s lawyer believes that should vindicate the NBA veteran.

Eric Schwartzreich, Haslem’s attorney, said Monday that the State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the arrest paperwork, a process that should be completed in the coming days.

Haslem was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana, a third-degree felony, along with four counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Haslem was freed from custody late Sunday night, about seven hours after a trooper pulled him over for driving 78 mph in a 60 mph zone on the Gratigny Parkway.

Haslem’s 2008 Mercedes sedan was searched multiple times, and marijuana was eventually found in a blue nylon bag that the Heat player’s passenger, Antwain Fleming, said belonged to him.

Both were transported into police custody. Court records show Fleming faces a charge of possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana, a first-degree misdemeanor. It’s unclear why Haslem could face the stiffer charge.

Stephenson arrested on alleged assault: Indiana Pacers draft pick Lance Stephenson, after pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, grabbed her and hit her head on the bottom step, prosecutors said.

A judge released Stephenson, 19, without bail late Sunday night after his arrest on assault, menacing and harassment charges. Prosecutors had asked for $7,500 bail.

In a lengthy statement issued Monday, Pacers president Larry Bird called Stephenson’s arrest “very disappointing to the Pacers franchise and to me personally.” A defense attorney said Stephenson didn’t harm his girlfriend.

Authorities say the confrontation occurred around 5 a.m. Sunday when the woman, Jasmine Williams, was returning home to her apartment building with two friends.

Witnesses said Stephenson was waiting for her and yelled, “Are you kidding me?” before pushing her down the stairs.

A criminal complaint provided Monday by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said that as Williams lay at the bottom of the stairs, Stephenson picked up her head and slammed it on the bottom step.

When police arrived, Stephenson told them the woman had fallen down the stairs, prosecutors said.

Magic sign Robinson: The Orlando Magic have signed rookie forward Stanley Robinson. Robinson was selected by Orlando with the 59th overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. The former Connecticut forward averaged 5.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game on the Magic’s summer league team.

Hogs broadcaster fired for Gators hat

Miscellany: An Arkansas radio personality announced that she was fired, two days after wearing a Florida Gators hat to an Arkansas Hogs news conference.

Renee Gork announced on Twitter that she had been fired by KAKS, a northwest Arkansas radio station that calls itself Hog Sports Radio. Gork had worn a Gator hat Saturday to a news conference with Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino.

Petrino, whose team lost to the Gators last season 23-20 at Florida, commented on Gork’s hat after answering a question she asked. “And that will be the last question I answer with that hat on,” Petrino said.

Gork, a Florida graduate, said she grabbed the hat without thinking Saturday because it was raining outside.

She also said she sent a letter of apology to the university and Petrino.

Canadiens send Desjardins to Tampa

NHL: The Montreal Canadiens traded minor league goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goalie Karri Ramo.

In 90 games with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton, Ontario, Desjardins was 49-27-5 with 2.34 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

Ramo, who has spent parts of three seasons with Tampa Bay, played for Omsk Avangard of the KHL in 2009-10 and was 21-17-4 with a 2.11 GAA and .913 save percentage.

Soccer: Former Hull and Manchester City midfielder Geovanni has signed with Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.

The 30-year-old Brazilian had signed a two-year contract with Hull last September but was released when the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League.


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