Charity 3-on-3 tournament set at UMaine
ORONO, Maine — Strong Mind-Strong Body Inc. and Maine Athletes Against Violence are sponsoring the “We Run the Courts 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament” on Jan. 27 at the University of Maine field house.
The event runs 3-7 p.m. and will include men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions. The entry fee is $50 per four-player team, with a $200 cash prize awarded in each bracket. Games are 12 minutes and contests will be held for free-throw shooting and “knockout.”
Proceeds from the tournament benefit nonprofit Strong Mind-Strong Body Inc.’s free Summer Wellness and Nutrition Camp for area youngsters. For information or a registration form, visit the Strong Mind-Strong Body Inc. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Strong-Mind-Strong-Body-Inc/194002480654929?fref=ts or contact Roosevelt Boone at 202-997-6933 or R.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony receives one-game suspension
Carmelo Anthony’s pursuit of Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett will cost the New York Knicks star one game.
The NBA announced that Anthony was suspended for Thursday’s game in Indiana against the Pacers due to his actions following the Knicks’ Monday loss to the Celtics.
Anthony and Garnett got into an on-court tussle that resulted in a double technical foul in the intense fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 102-96 victory at Madison Square Garden. Anthony reportedly screamed as he headed toward the Boston locker room after the game, and he was later filmed standing beside the Celtics’ bus with coach Mike Woodson apparently trying to calm him down.
According to the New York Daily News, the Anthony-Garnett incident began after Garnett made untoward remarks about Anthony’s estranged wife, TV personality LaLa Vasquez.
The next day, Anthony said he spoke with Garnett and the two patched things up, but that wasn’t enough to prevent the NBA from acting.
“There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable for a player to confront an opponent after a game,” NBA executive vice president basketball operations Stu Jackson said in a statement. “Carmelo Anthony attempted to engage with Kevin Garnett multiple times after Monday’s game and therefore a suspension was warranted.”
The one-game ban will cost Anthony about $186,000 of his $20.5 million salary, SI.com reported.
Griffin has surgery, expected back next season
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive surgery Wednesday on his right knee to repair torn lateral and anterior cruciate ligaments.
Noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Pensacola, Fla., and he is expected to be ready for the 2013 season.
“Robert Griffin III had successful knee surgery early this morning,” Andrews said in a statement. “He had a direct repair of his LCL and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction. We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season.”
Total reconstruction, which was completed Wednesday afternoon, was deemed necessary after Andrews discovered a complete tear of the patellar graft that was used to repair the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner’s torn ACL at Baylor in 2009.
USA Today received a text from Griffin’s father, Robert Griffin II, explaining the extent of the injury. “Robert’s ACL is intact, but not enough for his profession,” he said. “You and I could be fine. But he is an athlete. So they will replace.”
Griffin reinjured the knee in the first quarter of Sunday’s wild-card playoff loss to Seattle but stayed in the game until reinjuring it in the fourth quarter.
Isner out in Sydney as withdrawals continue
SYDNEY — Top seed John Isner was knocked out of the Sydney International by compatriot Ryan Harrison on Wednesday but at least he got out on court on a day when injury withdrawals continued to ravage Australian Open warmup tournaments.
World number five David Ferrer remained on course for his fourth Auckland Open title, albeit after a tough 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 battle against Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun in his first outing of the year.
Agnieszka Radwanska, the women’s top seed in Sydney, set up a semifinal against China’s Li Na after both won their quarterfinals in much cooler conditions than the 104-degree heat which threatened to suffocate the players on Tuesday.
Sydney men’s second seed Gilles Simon pulled out before his last 16 match because of a neck injury, while Kei Nishikori and world number nine Janko Tipsarevic became the second and third players to quit the eight-man Kooyong Classic exhibition event.
All are expected to play at Melbourne Park next week.
World number 13 Isner, however, was hampered by a bone bruise to his right leg in his 6-4, 6-4 loss to qualifier Harrison and was left thinking about pulling out of the year’s first grand slam.
“It’s better. Definitely better than I thought, but it’s not 100 percent,” the American told reporters. “I don’t know. I’ve got a decision to make shortly.”
Australian Bernard Tomic confirmed his return to form by riding his improved serve to a 7-6, 6-2 win over fifth seed Florian Mayer and setting up a quarterfinal against defending champion Jarkko Nieminen.
Sydney fourth seed Fernando Verdasco was also a loser, 6-3, 6-3 to Denis Istomin, while sixth seed Radek Stepanek withdrew injured after four points of his match.
Love to miss 8-10 weeks after surgery
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves’ playoff hopes were dealt a blow as leading scorer Kevin Love will miss up to 10 weeks because of surgery to repair his fractured right hand, the National Basketball Association team said on Wednesday.
Love reinjured his hand during the team’s Jan. 3 game at Denver. The 24-year-old forward had already missed the first three weeks of the 2012-13 season with a broken right hand.
Details of the surgery, which will sideline Love for eight to 10 weeks, are expected to be announced on Thursday, the team said in a statement.
The loss of Love is a blow for the Timberwolves (16-15), who currently stand ninth in the Western Conference, one place out of a playoff berth.
The two-time All-Star, a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. team at last year’s London Olympics, leads the Timberwolves in scoring with an average of 18.3 points per game and 14 rebounds.
Reports: Kings may be headed to Seattle
The NBA could be headed back to Seattle soon.
The majority owners of the Sacramento Kings reportedly are negotiations to sell the team to two Seattle investors who have approval to build a new arena in the city.
No deal has been signed and both parties are still in the talks about the deal, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday, citing league sources.
Earlier in the day, Yahoo! Sports reported that a deal with the Maloof family to sell the Kings to a Seattle ownership group led by hedge-fund manager Chris Hanson and Microsoft chairman Steve Balmer is close to being finalized. However, the Bee’s sources said while talks are progressing, no deal has been signed.
The sale price reportedly would be approximately $500 million, the largest in NBA history. USA Today reported via sources that the NBA has told its owners not comment on any business involving the Sacramento franchise.
The new owners hope to move the Kings to Seattle’s Key Arena for the 2013-14 season. Plans are to build a new arena that would be ready after two seasons in the existing building.
The Maloofs, who are the majority owners of the Kings, would maintain a minority share in the team but have no control over the operations of the franchise, Yahoo! reported.
However, in the past two years the Maloofs have backed out of at least two deals involving the team. They held off on moving the team to Anaheim, Calif., in April 2011 when the NBA asked them to give Sacramento another year to create an arena plan. They turned down a Sacramento arena deal brokered by NBA Commissioner David Stern in March. And, reportedly, this week they broke off talks with representatives of Virginia Beach, Va., over moving the team to that city.
Seattle has been without an NBA team since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became the Thunder. The Seattle franchise, which was born through expansion in 1967 and won an NBA title in 1979, would be allowed to reclaim the Sonics nickname.
The Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985 from Kansas City.