Lakers’ Bryant, 76ers’ Iverson will miss NBA All-Star Game
Guards Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers won’t play in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the league announced Thursday. Both were voted into the starting lineups by fans.
Bryant will be replaced by Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd on the Western Conference roster. Iverson’s spot in the Eastern Conference will be filled by New York Knicks forward David Lee.
Bryant missed his third straight game Wednesday with a sore left ankle. Iverson missed his fifth straight game Wednesday to be with his sick daughter.
Also: The proposal the NBA sent to the players’ association for a new collective bargaining agreement seeks cuts from the biggest superstars to players not even in the league.
First-round picks would have their salaries cut by about one-third and the minimum salary would be reduced by as much as 20 percent, a person who has seen the document said on the condition of anonymity.
The total value of a maximum contract for a veteran would drop below $60 million, as previously reported by ESPN.com. That’s less than half of what LeBron James can sign for this summer if he opts out of his contract and re-signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Negotiators will meet today to discuss a new deal to replace the one that will expire July 1, 2011.
Fred Schaus, a former Los Angeles Lakers coach and general manager who also coached Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley at West Virginia, died in Morgantown, W.Va., at age 84.
Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody was forced to leave the Irish’s 90-87 loss at Seton Hall in the second half with an injured left knee.
Harangody, who was averaging 24.5 points and 10.1 rebounds, was hurt while coming down on a rebound attempt with 8:42 remaining. He left the court, was treated and returned briefly before leaving the game again.
Harangody, who had 13 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes, said trainers told him the injury didn’t look serious.
Retired and no longer bitter, Glavine takes job with Braves
Tom Glavine made his retirement official by returning to the Atlanta Braves as special assistant to team president John Schuerholz.
Glavine was bitter after the Braves unexpectedly released him last summer. But the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner said Thursday the anger has dissipated.
Glavine, 43, will work with Schuerholz on baseball and business projects and will occasionally assist general manager Frank Wren and manager Bobby Cox. Glavine also plans to work about once a week on the team’s radio and TV crews.
Also: The New York Mets agreed to minor league contracts with first baseman Mike Jacobs and Japanese left-hander Hisanori Takahashi.
Texas Rangers minor league pitcher Danny Gutierrez has been suspended for the first 50 games next season after a positive test for an amphetamine under baseball’s minor league drug program. Gutierrez told the Rangers the positive test was caused by his failure to obtain a therapeutic-use exemption for Adderall, used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
NCAA seeks to change football rules for taunting, concussions
The NCAA wants to toughen its rules on taunting and make it more difficult for football players with concussions to return to the field. Both proposals were announced by the Football Rules Committee and must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.
Under one of the proposed rules, players who draw flags for taunting gestures on their way to a touchdown would have the penalty assessed from the spot of the foul, taking away the score. Penalties that occur in the end zone would continue to be assessed on the extra-point attempt, 2-point conversion try or ensuing kickoff.
The change would take effect in 2011, and a release on the NCAA’s Web site said the proposal received near-unanimous support.
If the proposal on injuries is approved, injured players — including those with concussion symptoms — would have to be cleared by a doctor before returning to competition.
Also: Adam Griffin, son of two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, will follow his father and play football for Ohio State. Griffin is a 5-foot-9-inch, 185-pound running back, defensive back and return specialist from Columbus’ DeSales High School. He will be a freshman this fall.
Wranglers center Justin Bernhardt and forward Andrew Orpik have been recalled to the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage. Bernhardt has scored seven points in 17 games this season for Las Vegas and Orpik has tallied 20 in 26.
The Wranglers (19-23-5, 43 points) will host the Pacific Division-leading Bakersfield (Calif.) Condors (26-15-4) at 7:05 p.m. today at the Orleans Arena in the first game of a home-and-home series. They will play at Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Also, Las Vegas recently traded forward Matt Kang (five points) to the Johnstown Chiefs for future considerations.
Prevented from bargaining face to face because of a snowstorm on the East Coast, Major League Soccer and its players agreed to extend labor talks through Feb. 25 in an effort to avoid a work stoppage.
The College of Southern Nevada softball team split a doubleheader against North Idaho in St. George, Utah, winning 9-8 and losing 8-4.