October 15, 2010 in Sports

Newsmakers

 

Honored Deceased basketball legend John Wooden was honored Thursday in Los Angeles on what would have been the former coach’s 100th birthday. UCLA marked the occasion with an event at the John Wooden Center on campus. An exhibit of memorabilia from Wooden’s life and career was on display, and a portrait of him was to be donated to the university.

Offered The freed Chilean miners are being flooded with invitations to visit leading European soccer teams, and even participate in the New York City Marathon. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez invited the 33 miners to visit Santiago Bernabeu stadium, while Manchester United is planning a similar reception. Upon hearing that miner Edison Pena jogged regularly in the tunnels that weren’t blocked by the collapse, New York City Marathon officials decided to invite him to participate in next month’s race.

Needed Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker needs surgery on his heart again after a tear was discovered at the site of his valve replacement. The team says Uecker will have the surgery Tuesday. It will be performed by the same doctors who did his initial procedure on April 30. Uecker’s recovery time is expected to be at least eight weeks. Uecker, 75, says he hopes to return to the team in time for spring training.

Sentenced Former All-Star pitcher Matt Keough has been sentenced to a year in jail for driving drunk near his home in Santa Ana, Calif. Keough was sentenced to a year but got 194 days of credit for time served and good behavior. He was arrested last year after running a stop sign. His blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

Denied North Korea will not be able to send gymnastics teams to the 2012 London Olympics after international gymnastics officials rejected the federation’s appeal of a ban imposed because a gymnast falsified her age. The International Gymnastics Federation ruled that North Korean explanations did not justify lifting a provisional 30-day suspension handed down last week because of Hong Su Jong’s violation of age rules. The ban prohibits North Korea from competing at any international competitions, including the world championships that begin Saturday in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and are the first step in qualifying for the London Games.


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