April 24, 2018
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US government investigating NBA players’ union

NEW YORK — The federal government is investigating the business practices of the NBA players’ association.

The union confirmed Friday it has received a subpoena for documents from the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and says it will cooperate with the investigation.

The NBPA also says in a statement that it has appointed a special committee to oversee an internal inquiry, including a financial audit.

Recent reports have questioned the NBPA’s finances and spending practices, largely having to do with the hiring of family members and firms that employ relatives of executive director Billy Hunter. Hunter says he will cooperate with the internal inquiry, but will not be in involved in the effort so it remains independent.

The NBPA says in the statement it looks forward to putting the matters to rest.

University of Texas allowing fight at Sun Bowl

EL PASO, Texas — The University of Texas System chancellor announced Friday he will allow a high-profile boxing match to be held on the school’s El Paso campus if law enforcement can ensure a safe environment, reversing a 3-day-old ban that had upset city leaders.

Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa had earlier canceled the June 16 fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee at the Sun Bowl, citing only a “higher than normal” security risk. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Friday that a federal risk assessment had warned that leaders of warring Mexican drug cartels would attend.

Cigarroa set several conditions for the fight to go forward: State, local and federal law enforcement must promise they can handle any security measures, the contract with the promoter and the security plan must be approved by system officials in advance, and no alcohol can be served.

The chancellor said he met by teleconference with local and federal law enforcement and city leaders and they assured him they can provide proper security.

Judge weighs dismissing Boeheim defamation suit

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A judge says he expects to announce a decision in two weeks after hearing arguments on a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University and men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY’-hym).

Former team ballboys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang claim Boeheim slandered them when he said they were out for money by claiming former assistant coach Bernie Fine sexually abused them.

Boeheim wasn’t at the hearing Friday where a lawyer for the men said the dismissal motion was baseless.

Boeheim’s lawyer cited the coach’s constitutional right to express his opinions.

Boeheim called Davis a liar and opportunist looking to exploit publicity surrounding the Penn State sex-abuse scandal when the allegations surfaced in November. He later apologized.

Fine has denied wrongdoing and hasn’t been charged. He was fired in November.

Angels move Jordan Walden out of closer’s role

CLEVELAND — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia says Jordan Walden has been moved out of the closer’s role and will be replaced by Scott Downs.

Walden blew a save in Thursday’s loss 4-3 to Tampa Bay when he allowed a two-run, game-ending home run to Brandon Allen.

Walden has converted one of two save chances this season. The right-hander is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in six appearances.

Downs, a left-hander, has pitched seven scoreless innings with no record.

Scioscia made the announcement before Friday night’s gamea at Cleveland. He said Walden will be used earlier in games but wasn’t specific about his role.

The Angels, who added free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in the offseason, began the night 6-13 and last in the AL West.

Se Ri Pak sidelined by shoulder injury

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Hall of Fame golfer Se Ri Pak said Friday that she will be sidelined indefinitely after injuring her left shoulder when she slipped on stairs Tuesday.

The 25-time LPGA Tour winner has a slight tear in the labrum in the shoulder.

“Right now, there is no timeline for my return to the LPGA, but I know the next two months of rehab will be important for my recovery,” said Pak, from South Korea. “I have a positive outlook and I fully expect to return to the LPGA Tour as soon as the time is right.”

QB Phillip Sims leaving Alabama program

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims is transferring after the spring semester.

Sims said in a statement released Friday by the university that supporting his family in Virginia “needs to be my priority right now.” Sims says he hopes to continue his playing career but didn’t mention a possible destination.

The third-year sophomore was one of the nation’s most highly touted quarterback prospects out of Chesapeake, Va., but lost a battle with A.J. McCaron for the starting job early last season. McCarron led the Crimson Tide to a national title and has two more years of eligibility.

Sims played in eight games, completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 163 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

His departure leaves sophomore Phillip Ely and incoming freshman Alec Morris behind McCarron.

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