Mavs suspend G West for 2nd time in 10 days
DALLAS — Mavericks guard Delonte West was suspended Thursday for the second time in as many weeks for conduct detrimental to the team, putting his future in Dallas in doubt.
The first suspension lasted about a day, but a series of tweets by West soon after the team announced the latest suspension raised questions about whether he would return this time.
“Just dont kick me … on the way out the door,” West tweeted. “I didn’t do anything to deserve that.”
The last of several tweets in just a few minutes said, “I’m just sittin here across from the arena wit tear in my eyes.”
West has bipolar disorder and addressed that topic in another tweet, saying “no I’m not off my meds.”
After practice Thursday, coach Rick Carlisle refused to elaborate on West, referring to the release from the team announcing the suspension but disclosing no specifics about his conduct.
Donnie Nelson, the team’s president of basketball operations, said only that the suspension was effective immediately and no other statements would be issued. The reason for the suspension was the same as the first one that came following an outburst in the locker room after a preseason game Oct. 15.
Auriemma’s suggestion has coaches talking
STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma says he wants people in women’s basketball to start talking about how to make the game more exciting and attractive to fans.
He is trying to start the conversation by suggesting the rims be lowered by at least 7 inches for the women’s game.
Auriemma likens the move to having women’s tees in golf, and lower nets in women’s volleyball.
But there was a mixed reaction to his suggestion from his colleagues. Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale said Thursday she believes a uniform rim height is one of the things that makes basketball a great sport and she would not want that changed.
Others, such as Tennessee’s Holly Warlick, say the cost of changing rim heights from elementary schools to the WNBA would be prohibitive.
Margaret duPont, US tennis great, dies at 94
LUBBOCK, Texas — Margaret Osborne duPont, the winner of more than 30 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles spanning three decades, has died, She was 94.
DuPont died late Wednesday in El Paso while in hospice care, Mary Skinner of VNA Hospice said Thursday. Other details were not released.
DuPont won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1947, the U.S. National Championship (now the U.S. Open) singles title from 1948 to 1950 and the French singles title in 1946 and 1948.
She won 31 doubles and mixed doubles titles at three Grand Slams between 1941 and 1962. DuPont never played the Grand Slam tournament in Australia.
In 1967, five years after winning her last Grand Slam title, DuPont was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.
In a story last year in the El Paso Times, duPont spoke about her love of the game.
“It was always just tennis, tennis, tennis, tennis,” she said. “I’m not sure why I loved the game so much. But I did. I just did. And I always have.”
DuPont played an aggressive game, serving and volleying, that suited her well for doubles. Her contemporaries included Pauline Betz, Doris Hart, Althea Gibson, Maria Bueno and Maureen Connolly.
Mathieu among 4 ex-LSU football players arrested
BATON ROUGE, La. — Police say they arrested four former LSU football players, including one-time Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu, after finding them with marijuana at Mathieu’s apartment.
Baton Rouge police on Thursday said they also arrested ex-LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, and former defensive backs Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher.
Police say Mathieu, Jefferson and Hatcher were booked on charges of marijuana possession while Bryant faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute.
Police say they were called to the apartment complex after receiving a complaint about a man forcing his way through the security gate before going to Mathieu’s apartment.
Mathieu is a cornerback known as the “Honey Badger.” He had been dismissed from the Tigers in August for failing a drug test.
Williams beats No. 1 Azarenka at WTA Championships
ISTANBUL — Serena Williams extended her dominance over the top-ranked player in the world on Thursday, defeating Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-4 at the WTA Championships.
Williams improved to 11-1 overall against Azarenka, winning the last nine matches. Williams beat Azarenka in the semifinals of Wimbledon and at the London Olympics.
“Maybe I’m doing the right things at the right time,” said Williams, who also beat Azarenka to win the U.S. Open title before taking six weeks off.
Despite the loss, Azarenka can secure the No. 1 position with another victory in the round-robin tournament, which features the top eight players.
Williams, who is projected to finish the year at No. 3, won her third match at the event when Azarenka served a double-fault. Azarenka also lost the first set on a double-fault and finished with nine.
“I had a lot of opportunities and I didn’t use them. I couldn’t keep up,” Azarenka said. “It’s one of these days, I am a little said because I broke her a lot and I had a lot of chances.”
The Belarusian squandered a 3-0 lead in the second set as Williams won the next four games.
Former Detroit pitcher Leslie Mueller dead at 93
BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Leslie Mueller, known for taking the mound for more than 19 innings in one game, has died at age 93.
George Renner and Sons Funeral Home announced Mueller died Thursday, but no cause of death was given. Mueller resided in a nursing home in the southern Illinois city of Belleville.
Mueller signed with the Detroit Tigers out of high school in 1941. After military service during World War II, Mueller returned to the Tigers, going 6-8 during the team’s 1945 World Series championship season.
Mueller is best known for pitching 19 2/3 innings during a game against the Philadelphia Athletics, which ended after 24 innings in a 1-1 tie.
After baseball, he operated a furniture store in Belleville.