An attorney for the 17-year-old accused gunman in the killing of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor wants to work with prosecutors to resolve the case. Sawyer Smith, who along with his father Wilbur is representing Eric Rivera, said Wednesday his client was admitting no wrongdoing yet. “When the State Attorney’s Office is ready, we would like to sit down and begin discussion with them so we can…
Jason Kidd was sick — not “on strike” — when the eight-time All Star missed New Jersey’s game against the New York Knicks, Nets president Rod Thorn said Thursday. Thorn said did not believe reports in newspapers and on the Internet that Kidd boycotted the game to force the team to give him a new contract or trade him.
A standing-room-only crowd packed the funeral for Stephon Marbury’s father on Thursday, including famous basketball players and residents who considered “Mr. Don” Marbury the mayor of their close-knit, hardscrabble Brooklyn neighborhood. “Everyone knew him and loved him,” said James Jones, 40, a construction worker who grew up playing ball with the Marbury family.
The Phoenix Coyotes traded goaltender Alex Auld to the Boston Bruins on Thursday in exchange for a minor league player and a fifth-round pick in the 2009 NHL draft. The Coyotes get Nate DiCasmirro, a 29-year-old forward who has played 20 games this season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.
Backup infielder Aaron Boone agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract Thursday with the Washington Nationals, who also avoided arbitration with outfielders Wily Mo Pena and Ryan Langerhans. Pena agreed to a deal that would pay him $4 million over two years if he picks up a mutual option for 2009, or $7 million if the team exercises its option.
New Dodgers manager Joe Torre had knee replacement surgery this week. Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Thursday that the operation took place Wednesday. The 67-year-old Torre, a former major league catcher, had said for several years that he needed the operation. He had limped more noticeably during the past year.
Rookie Kevin Durant led five Seattle players in double figures with 18 points, and the SuperSonics beat the Los Angeles Clippers 95-88 on Wednesday night, extending the Clippers’ longest losing streak in nearly three years.
Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson scored 20 points apiece and the Golden State Warriors regained their outside shooting touch in a 120-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Watch as Francisco Elson soars through the air to make an amazing block on Jason Terry to help seal the win on Wednesday.
NBA Properties 2005
Sion E. Bebb shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to lead by one stroke after the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship. The Welshman had six birdies and one bogey at the European Tour event after an early start allowed him to avoid the 104-degree heat. Omar Sandys of South Africa and Craig Lee of Scotland each shot 68 at the Leopard Creek Country Club.
Gwladys Nocera shot a second straight 3-under 69 Thursday for a five-stroke lead after the second round of the inaugural EMAAR-MGF Ladies Masters. Nocera totaled 6-under 138 at the Eagleton Resort, with Trish Johnson (71), Marta Prieto (70), Titiya Plucksataporn (71) and Lee Bo-ri (72) tied for second.