Chosen Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson has been chosen the NBA’s Most Improved Player. Anderson, 23, is in his fourth season. He started 61 of 66 games during the shortened regular season and led the league in 3-pointers made (166) and attempted (422). He joins Rashard Lewis as the only other power forward to lead the league in 3-pointers made. He averaged career highs in points (16.1) and rebounds (7.7).
Suspended Jockey Robby Albarado has been suspended from racing after his arrest on a charge of accosting a woman who says she was breaking up with him. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports Albarado was suspended indefinitely by Churchill Downs stewards and will have to go before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s license review committee before he can ride again. The action means the loss of Albarado’s Kentucky Oaks and Derby Day mounts at Churchill.
Died The wife of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial, Lillian Musial, has died at the age of 91. The team said Lillian Musial died on Thursday. Lillian Labash was one of eight children whose parents owned a grocery store in Donora, Pa. Lillian and Stan Musial were high school sweethearts who married in 1940. Stan Musial, who is 91, has been in poor health the last few years.
Arrested Clemson All-America receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested by university police and charged with possession of marijuana and a controlled substance. Watkins and soccer player Amadou-Tidiane Daniel Dia were stopped after an officer saw their car scrape a curb and the temporary license tag was not lit. The police report said an officer smelled marijuana in the car and a subsequent search found two pills for which Watkins did not have a prescription. Dia was charged with marijuana possession.
Receives Kentucky coach John Calipari is getting a raise following the Wildcats’ NCAA basketball title. The school says it awarded an 8.3 percent increase annually in compensation from media rights and endorsements over the remaining seven years of his deal for a guaranteed $36.5 million. He will receive $5.2 million annually from salary, endorsements, and retention bonuses for the next six years. The deal increases to $5.3 million in 2018-19. He can also earn up to $850,000 annually in performance bonuses.
Announced The expanded Women’s World Cup soccer tournament in 2015 will be played in six Canadian cities: Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Moncton.