NBA: With a lucky charm from the franchise’s best days, the Washington Wizards won the NBA’s draft lottery in Seacaucus, N.J.
Washington moved up from the No. 5 spot to earn the top pick in next month’s draft, when it will likely choose between Kentucky freshman John Wall and national player of the year Evan Turner of Ohio State.
The Wizards were represented by Irene Pollin, who wore the 1978 Bullets championship ring of her late husband, longtime owner Abe Pollin. When the Wizards pulled off the surprising win, Irene Pollin’s jaw dropped and appeared to mouth ‘Oh my God!!’ with wide eyes.
The lottery victory is one of the rare things that went right in a disastrous year for the Wizards, marred by the suspension of Gilbert Arenas for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room.
The Philadelphia 76ers, another disappointment this season, moved up to grab the No. 2 pick. The New Jersey Nets continued the run of failure by teams with the best chance of winning, falling to the third.
•Karl recovers: Nuggets coach George Karl has started showing up at work on occasion and getting out more as he slowly recovers from throat cancer and its complications.
Karl’s life partner Kim Van Deraa wrote in her blog that Karl’s energy level is slowly rising and that he is still using a feeding tube for most of his nutrition.
Seahawks cut Reilly, add Losman at QB
NFL: Seattle released former Central Washington University record-setting quarterback Mike Reilly, two weeks after the team claimed him off waivers from St. Louis. Reilly broke most of the passing records set by former Seahawks starter Jon Kitna while with the Division II Wildcats.
Meanwhile, former Buffalo starting quarterback J.P. Losman and the Seahawks agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract
Losman’s only full season as a starter was 2006. He threw 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for Buffalo.
U.S. in medal hunt at hockey worlds
Hockey: The U.S. will have a chance to play for a medal at the 2011 ice hockey world champions after TJ Oshie scored three times in the penalty shootout for a 3-2 victory over Italy in Cologne, Germany.
The U.S. swept its demotion group, winning all three games.
USC leads early at NCAA tourney
Golf: USC shot 6-under-par 282 to take a two-stroke lead over Purdue after the first round of the NCAA women’s golf championships at Wilmington, N.C.
Crash rocks fourth day of Indy practice
Auto racing: Venezuela’s E.J. Viso ended the fourth day of Indianapolis 500 practice with a hard crash coming out of the first turn.
He was taken off the track on a stretcher and transported to a hospital for examination. He was later released.
•87-year old man dies from crash: Officials say an 87-year-old man has died from injuries sustained after the car he was in crashed into the wall at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth over the weekend.
Farrar wins 10th stage of Giro d’Italia
Cycling: Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee won his second stage of the Giro d’Italia at Bitonto, Italy, while Alexandre Vinokourov held onto the overall leader’s pink jersey.
•Zabriskie moves into lead: David Zabriskie won the third stage of the Tour of California by inches over Michael Rogers and took over the race lead at Santa Cruz, Calif.
Canadian doctor indicted in New York
Miscellany: A Canadian doctor whose high-profile clients have included Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez was charged with bringing unapproved drugs into the United States and unlawfully treating pro athletes.
Dr. Anthony Galea of Toronto, who is known for using a blood-spinning technique designed to speed recovery from injuries, is accused of injecting at least one current National Football League player with Actovegin, a calf’s blood derivative that is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and providing a retired player with human growth hormone after his playing days had ended.
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Buffalo charges Galea with smuggling, unlawful distribution of HGH, introducing an unapproved drug into interstate commerce, conspiring to lie to federal agents and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
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