NBA: Rose not sure when he’ll return
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose still isn’t sure when he’ll come back from his knee injury.
The former MVP point guard sounded like a player who just might miss the entire season, though he said he hasn’t experienced any setbacks in his recovery. He said Thursday that he’s still experiencing some soreness in his surgically repaired left knee and hasn’t set a target date for his return. Rose hasn’t played since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during last year’s playoff opener against Philadelphia, an injury that sent the top-seeded Bulls toward a first-round exit.
Harlon Hill dies at 80
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Harlon Hill, the former star receiver for the Chicago Bears whose name adorns the NCAA Division II player of the year trophy, has died. He was 80.
Jeff Hodges, chairman of the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, said Hill died at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence after a lengthy illness.
Hill, who attended North Alabama, was the NFL rookie of the year in 1954 after being drafted in the 15th round by the Bears, and became the first winner of the Jim Thorpe Trophy as the NFL’s most valuable player in 1955. In nine seasons with the Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, he had 233 receptions for 4,717 yards and 40 touchdowns.
NFL to pay $42million for using images
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.
The league will use the money to fund a “common good” trust over the next eight years that will help retired players with an array of issues including medical expenses, housing and career transition. The settlement also establishes a licensing agency for retired players to ensure they are compensated for the use of their identities in promotional materials.
Power outage due to malfunction
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A partial power outage during this year’s Super Bowl occurred because a relay device with a design defect malfunctioned, an outside expert confirmed.
Entergy, which supplies electricity to the Superdome, and the stadium’s management company hired forensic engineer John Palmer to perform an independent analysis of the Feb. 3 outage.
Entergy said it believed the outage was caused by an electrical relay device that it installed specifically to prevent a power failure at the dome.
Duper beat his son unconscious
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper was released from jail, charged after police say he beat his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home.
Duper, who starred for the Dolphins from 1982 to 1992, spent a night in jail after his arrest Wednesday on one count of felony child abuse. He was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $5,000 bail, police in Jacksonville said.
Authorities say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times and knocked him out twice.
Hurd re-indicted on drug charges
DALLAS (AP) — A federal grand jury in Dallas re-indicted former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd, who already is accused of trying to establish a drug-distribution network.
The new indictment charges Hurd with conspiracy to possess 5 kilograms or more of cocaine with intent to distribute. Hurd was first arrested in December 2011 outside a Chicago-area steakhouse after agents alleged that he accepted cocaine. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to life in prison.
Ramirez out after thumb surgery
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was scheduled to undergo surgery today on his right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, leaving Los Angeles to look for alternatives at shortstop until he’s ready to play.
An MRI indicated that Ramirez has a torn ligament in his thumb, the team said.
Sprinters banned following arrest
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two of the nation’s top sprinters were suspended by Florida State officials hours after the athletes were arrested following an early-morning poolside shooting incident.
A police report stated that Ronell J. Mance, who won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in the 4x400 relay, and Stephen Newbold, the MVP at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field championships, were arrested.
Capriati charged after punching ex
NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati was charged after police said she punched her ex-boyfriend on Valentine’s Day while he was working out at a gym.
Palm Beach County court records show Capriati was charged by prosecutors Wednesday. She was issued a summons to appear before a judge April 17 on stalking and battery charges, though she has not been arrested.