NBA: Oden plays for first time since ’09
WASHINGTON (AP) — Greg Oden played in his first NBA regular-season game in more than four years, coming off the bench in the second quarter of the Miami Heat’s 114-97 loss to the Washington Wizards.
He finished with six points and two rebounds in eight minutes.
Oden’s last appearance in a regular-season game was Dec. 5, 2009, when he fractured his left kneecap playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft also missed what would have been his rookie year because of a right knee injury. He has had three microfracture surgeries on his knees.
Warriors part of three-team trade
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Boston Celtics sent Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors as part of a three-team trade.
The Warriors sent guard Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat as part of the deal. The Heat moved center Joel Anthony and two draft picks and cash considerations to the Celtics in a move that creates financial flexibility for the two-time defending NBA champions.
Ex-player arrested in drug probe
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities said former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was among more than a dozen people arrested amid a metro Atlanta drug trafficking probe.
Crittenton’s attorney, Brian Steel, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution his client is innocent, adding they’ll “fight any and every false allegation” against Crittenton.
Crittenton was out on bond awaiting trial on murder charges in the August 2011 shooting death of an Atlanta woman.
Hunter suit vs. NBPA will continue
UNDATED (AP) — A judge ruled that former executive director Billy Hunter’s suit against the NBA players’ association for breach of contract can continue, but dismissed most of his claims against Derek Fisher and all of them against a publicist who used to work with the Oklahoma City guard.
Hunter contends he had a valid contract when he was ousted last February and is owed the more than $10.5 million.
The ruling in Los Angeles Superior Court allowed that part of the suit to remain, but threw out 12 of the 14 claims against Fisher.
Vonn has surgery on right knee
UNDATED (AP) — Lindsey Vonn announced on her Facebook page that she had surgery on her right knee.
The knee injury has prevented the reigning Olympic downhill champion from competing in the Sochi Games next month.
The 29-year-old Vonn posted that her surgery was “successful!”
Senior IOC member criticizes U.S.
ROME (AP) — A senior Italian IOC member criticized the United States for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month’s Sochi Olympics.
“It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established),” Mario Pescante said at an Italian Olympic Committee meeting in Milan on Wednesday, in comments widely reported by Italian media. “The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.”
The Italian Olympic Committee would not confirm or deny Pescante’s comments, but his speech was reported by the Gazzetta dello Sport and the ANSA news agency.
The 75-year-old Pescante told The Associated Press by telephone that “I just wanted to make the point not to let politics interfere with the Olympics.”
Mayweather won’t fight Pacquiao
UNDATED (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. said his next opponent will be decided within a week. One thing’s for sure, it’s not Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather Jr., who arrived in South Africa on Wednesday, named Britain’s Amir Khan and Argentina’s Marcos Maidana as contenders for his next bout in Las Vegas on May 3 but said “we don’t know. We will know within the next seven days.”
Peterhansel closing in on title
ANTOFAGASTA, Chile (AP) — Defending champion Stephane Peterhansel closed the gap on Dakar Rally leader Nani Roma to just two minutes after another all-out attack on the 10th stage along the Chilean coast.
A day after slicing more than 11 minutes off Roma’s overall lead, Peterhansel cut off another 10 to practically lie on Roma’s bumper, setting up a thrilling finish with 684 miles and three days to go in the world’s toughest rally.
Olympic workers fall from roof
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Six workers have fallen off a roof at the bobsled center for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi when the snow they were clearing slid to the ground.
Associated Press technicians who witnessed the fall early today said one of the men appeared to have injured a leg and was taken away on a stretcher, while others sustained minor injuries.
The men were clearing snow at the Sanki Sliding Center, which will host the bobsled and luge events at next month’s games in the Russian Black Sea city.
The AP technicians said the workers appeared to have been harnessed to the building, but slid down with the snow. They estimated the roof was about 30 feet high.
No comment was immediately available from Sochi organizers.
Johnson to coach at Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Larry Johnson, who spent the past 18 years as an assistant at Penn State, is joining Ohio State’s staff as an assistant head coach and defensive line coach.
Johnson was Penn State’s interim coach before James Franklin was hired for the top job on Saturday. Johnson replaces three-year Buckeyes assistant Mike Vrabel, who left his alma mater to work for former Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans.
Seven of Johnson’s Penn State defensive linemen were first-round NFL draft picks.
Ohio State still must replace co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers, who took the head coaching job at James Madison.