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James has broken nose, might miss Bulls game
MIAMI – LeBron James has a broken nose, and his availability for the Miami Heat tomorrow against Chicago will be a game-time decision.
The Heat announced the diagnosis after James’s injury was evaluated yesterday. He missed the final 5:50 of Thursday’s game at Oklahoma City when he was struck inadvertently by defender Serge Ibaka on a drive to the basket.
James finished with a dunk but then crumpled to the floor, blood gushing from his nose. He left the court with a towel over his face.
Redskins’ Davis charged with DWI
VIENNA, Va. – Authorities in northern Virginia said Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged with driving while intoxicated a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation.
The Fairfax County Police said the 28-year-old Davis was stopped in Tysons Corner around 4 p.m. Thursday and arrested.
The NFL announced Wednesday that Davis was suspended indefinitely without pay. Davis, who will become a free agent next month, said in a statement Thursday that the suspension resulted from taking a supplement that contained a banned substance, not recreational drug use, which prompted his 2011 suspension.
Court records show more than two dozen traffic-related charges against Davis in recent years.
Giants, Coughlin agree on contract extension
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants have given Coach Tom Coughlin a one-year contract extension.
The Giants confirmed the extension yesterday. It will allow the 67-year-old Coughlin to go into the season under contract through the 2015 season and not as a lame duck.
The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach and the Giants had wanted to get the deal done earlier, but it was delayed while Coughlin reshaped his offensive staff. Coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired after the Giants (7-9) missed the playoffs and two other longtime assistants, running backs coach Jerald Ingram and tight ends coach Mike Pope, were fired.
Man charged in death of fan at Arrowhead Stadium
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Missouri man was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Kansas City Chiefs fan in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot.
Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the charge yesterday against 23-year-old Joshua T. Bradley of Independence. He was arrested early yesterday and is being held on $75,000 bond.
Smithville resident Kyle Van Winkle died after being confronted by a group of fans Dec. 1 when he was found in the wrong vehicle in the parking lot. The police said the Jeep looked like one that Van Winkle rode in to the game.
An autopsy found that Van Winkle died from a blow to the head.
Detroit’s Zetterberg has back surgery; return unknown
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had back surgery yesterday, and the team expects him to be evaluated again in about eight weeks.
Zetterberg played through pain and scored a goal in Sweden’s opening victory over the Czech Republic last week at the Sochi Olympics, but that was his only appearance before he left because of a herniated disk.
Zetterberg has 16 goals and 32 assists in 45 games for the Red Wings this season. Detroit is fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and it now seems the Red Wings will be without the 33-year-old center for most if not all of the stretch run.
Dodgers great Koufax hit by foul ball
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Los Angeles Dodgers great Sandy Koufax was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Andre Ethier during batting practice.
Koufax was standing in the bullpen down the third base line when he was hit yesterday. The 78-year-old was struck on the forehead, but told reporters as he walked off the field that he was fine.
Koufax is in camp in Arizona as a special adviser to the chairman of the Dodgers.
Kwasniewski wins pole at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dylan Kwasniewski led a Turner Scott Motorsports sweep of the top three spots in qualifying for the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.
The 18-year-old rookie will make his series debut today starting from the pole. He topped the speed chart with a lap at 192.078 mph to grab the top starting spot in the rain-shortened qualifying session.
Kyle Larson qualified second with a lap at 192.074 and Danica Patrick was third.
The qualifying session was the first for NASCAR’s new multicar, knockout-style format. All cars were on track for the opening 25-minute segment, but it was interrupted twice by rain. The fastest 24 cars were scheduled to advance to a second, 10-minute round, but it was rained out.
Elliott, Labonte nominated for Hall of Fame
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte are among the first-year eligible nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Mark Martin failed to make the ballot in his first year of eligibility.
NASCAR announced sweeping changes to the Hall of Fame election process last year, making drivers eligible if they have competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR or turned 55 in the calendar year before nominating day. Previously, drivers were not eligible until they had been retired for three years, so drivers can continue to compete and still reach the hall.
The ballot will also include only 20 nominees, down five from the first five classes.
Serena upset by Cornet in Dubai semis; Venus wins
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Alize Cornet scored her first career victory over a No. 1 player when she upset Serena Williams, 6-4, 6-4, in the Dubai Championships semifinals yesterday.
The 26th-ranked Cornet’s win ruined the chances of a first all-Williams final anywhere since 2009.
Venus Williams defeated eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-2, earlier.
Cornet is looking for her fourth career title.
Gasquet beats Dodig to reach Open 13 semifinals
MARSEILLE, France – Top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both advanced to the Open 13 semifinals yesterday.
After Gasquet beat fifth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia, 7-5, 6-3, Tsonga followed up with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2 win against sixth-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin in an all-French match.
Gasquet, ranked ninth, next faces third-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who won, 6-3, 7-6 (1), against No. 8 Nicolas Mahut of France to reach his second consecutive semifinal.
Tsonga, who improved to 4-0 against Roger-Vasselin, next faces Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, who continued his run toward a first career final with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Frenchman Michael Llodra.
Snowboarder dies in air ambulance stop
MELBOURNE, Australia – Paralympic snowboarder Matthew Robinson died during a refueling stop while being transported in an air ambulance to Australia from Spain with neck and spinal injuries from a race accident.
The Australian Paralympic Committee announced Robinson’s death late yesterday.
Robinson was hospitalized for eight days in Barcelona after being injured on Feb. 12 while competing at the IPC World Cup finals in La Molina, Spain. He was then cleared by medical staff to be transported by Air Ambulance to Melbourne.
The APC said Robinson went into cardiac arrest during a scheduled refueling stop in Kuwait and couldn’t be revived.