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Sports briefs for Feb. 10, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Tennessee players cited at party

Two current Tennessee players were arrested and seven others were cited for alcohol-related offenses at a party over the weekend, the Associated Press reported.

Linebacker A.J. Johnson was arrested for purchasing alcohol for a person underage and resisting arrest, and defensive tackle Danny O’Brien was arrested for criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol.

Other current Vols players cited for providing alcohol to underage people were linebackers Jakob Johnson, Curt Maggitt and Jalen Reeves-Maybin. Cited for underage consumption were offensive lineman Dontavius Blair, defensive lineman Malik Brown, cornerback Justin Coleman and defensive end Dimarya Mixon.

The police report stated that Johnson and former Vols player Dontavis Sapp provided marijuana to underaged individuals at the party. No one was arrested on any drug charge.

Johnson, who led the Vols in tackles last season, and Coleman, who started all 12 games he played last season, were the only 2013 starters in the group.

Poile will not join U.S. team at Olympics

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile, the architect of the American Olympic team, will not travel to Sochi to see the U.S. team compete for a medal because of facial injuries suffered last week.

Poile had surgery after taking a puck to the face during a morning skate last Thursday. At that time he said he would not travel to Sochi with Team USA as planned but hoped to join the team later in the week.

Now that will not happen either.

“Huge disappointment,” said American head coach Dan Bylsma, according to ProHockeyTalk.com.

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero, who worked with Poile in selecting the American team, will serve as Team USA’s general manager in Sochi in Poile’s absence.

According to the Predators’ twitter account, Poile is resting comfortably in Nashville after having two procedures on Friday on his nose and eye areas.

Lakers’ Nash may retire after this season

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash, who turned 40 this month and has been sidelined by injuries much of the season, has told friends he plans to retire after this season, the New York Daily News reported.

Nash has another year remaining on his contract that would pay him $9.7 million next season. But he may not collect it.

Nash has played in just nine games this season because of back and leg ailments and is averaging 8.2 points and 5.0 assists.

He returned to action February 4, but had to leave the February 9 game with a leg injury.

Nash said he missed the camaraderie with his teammates when he was out for three months with a nerve injury in his back, according to the Daily News report.

He added that he wants to experience that team companionship for the last part of this season before he retires.

Whether Nash, a two-time league MVP, will actually retire at the end of the season remains to be seen. He has said nothing publicly on the issue.

Twins GM Ryan has cancer

The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that general manager Terry Ryan was diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer.

Ryan will not be with the team for the start of spring training so he can focus on treatment and recovery.

The club said a lump in Ryan’s neck was discovered by the team physician during a routine annual physical. The subsequent biopsy revealed squamous cell carcinoma.

Ryan said in a statement that further tests showed the cancer appeared to be confined to his neck and has not spread. He said he was told the cancer is treatable and he is optimistic about returning to good health “in the near future.”

Syracuse unanimous No. 1 in men’s basketball poll

Syracuse remained the unanimous No. 1-ranked team in the Associated Press top 25 poll for the second straight week.

The poll was released Monday.

Also, Southern Methodist moved into the top 25 for the first time since 1985.

The Orange (23-0) received all 65 first-place votes. Arizona (23-1), Florida (21-2), Wichita State (25-0), San Diego State (21-1) and Villanova (21-2) stayed in the Nos. 2-6 spots. Syracuse and the No. 4 Shockers are the only unbeaten Division I teams.

Kansas (18-5) moved up one spot to No. 7 and Duke (19-5) leaped three places to No. 8. Michigan State (20-4) and Cincinnati (22-3) round out the top 10.

No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 22 Ohio State returned to the rankings after dropping out for a week.


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