March 18, 2010 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Approved The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the bid by Michael Jordan to buy a controlling interest in the Charlotte Bobcats. NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement that he was pleased the $275 million purchase was “closed in such a smooth and expeditious fashion.” Jordan is the sole investor in the ownership group, but he’s expected to try to find local partners.

Back Florida coach Urban Meyer is back at practice after his leave of absence. Citing health concerns three weeks after he complained of chest pains, Meyer announced his resignation in late December. He changed his mind the following day, deciding instead to take an indefinite leave.

Returning Rutgers coach Fred Hill is getting another year to turn around Rutgers’ basketball program and will return for a fifth season. Rutgers posted a 15-17 record this season, giving Hill a mark of 47-77. Rutgers’ 5-13 record in Big East play was its best under Hill.

Sued Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies star Lenny Dykstra has sued JP Morgan Chase & Co. Inc. for $100 million, saying he didn’t get the loan he needed when he bought the home of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. The lawsuit said he and his wife bought the property in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in March 2007 for $17.4 million, but the bank reneged on a pledge to refinance.

Sidelined Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street will likely miss the season opener after experiencing tightness in his right shoulder. Street has been hampered by inflammation in his pitching shoulder and has yet to throw in an exhibition game.

•Vancouver Canucks winger Mikael Samuelsson will be out up to three weeks after suffering an undisclosed upper body injury during Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

•Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal said he will pull out of the Masters next month because he is suffering again from rheumatism. Olazabal has pain in his shoulder, forearms and hands and is unable to swing properly.

Arrested Prosecutors in Northern California are waiting for a police report before deciding whether to file drunken-driving charges against Green Bay Packers tight end Spencer Havner. Havner was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing at about 2:45 a.m.

Died American Wayne Collett, a silver medalist in the 400 meters at the 1972 Munich Olympics who starred in the hurdles, sprints and relays at UCLA, died in Los Angeles. He was 60. At the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials, Collett ran the fastest 400 time in history at sea level before finishing second in Munich.


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