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Ex-All Star Robertson
faces child sex charges

Former NBA All-Star Alvin Robertson faces sexual assault of a child and sex trafficking charges alleging he was among seven people who kidnapped a 14-year-old girl who was forced into prostitution and made to dance at a San Antonio strip club, authorities said Friday.

Robertson was taken into custody in Bentonville, Ark., said Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Ino Badillo. Robertson lives in San Antonio.

The arrest comes as part of an investigation that began in April when a 14-year-old girl waved down a police cruiser in Corpus Christi, Texas, and told authorities she had been abducted from San Antonio, Badillo said. She told police she was driven around the city and forced to have sex with various men before being driven to Corpus Christi and forced to dance at a strip club.

Also: Michael Jordan has struck a deal to buy controlling interest of the Charlotte Bobcats, putting the former NBA superstar in charge of the money-losing team in his home state.

Traci Blunt, a spokeswoman for owner Bob Johnson, said Jordan was able to put together an ownership group late Friday to buy the team he has been a part-owner of since 2006. Jordan has been running the team’s basketball operations.

The purchase price and details of Jordan’s ownership group weren’t available.

Miami Heat point guard Carlos Arroyo was charged with resisting arrest in Coral Gables, Fla., after being pulled over for driving suspiciously.

The Coral Gables Police Department reported that a motorcycle officer made several attempts to pull Arroyo over Friday morning. After Arroyo was stopped, police said he refused to get out of his vehicle several times before complying.

Arroyo was charged with operating a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to block traffic, failure to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest without violence.

Atlanta Hawks owner Michael Gearon Jr. said the team will be “very competitive” in its pursuit of Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who was waived by the Washington Wizards.

Ilgauskas, 34, was acquired by the Wizards from Cleveland on Feb. 17 as part of the three-team trade that sent Antawn Jamison to the Cavaliers. He didn’t play for Washington but agreed to a contract buyout.


2000 Chinese Olympic
team broke age rule

China should be stripped of its bronze medal from the 2000 Summer Olympics because one member of the squad has been found to be underage, international gymnastics officials said.

Dong Fangxiao was 14 during the Sydney Games, according to an investigation by the International Gymnastics Federation. Gymnasts must be 16 during the Olympic year to compete.

A second gymnast on the 2000 squad, Yang Yun, also was suspected of being underage. But there was insufficient evidence that her age had been falsified, and the FIG said it was giving her a warning.

The FIG has “canceled” all of Dong’s results from Sydney and forwarded its investigation to the International Olympic Committee. Because the case involves the Olympics, it is up to the IOC to decide if China should lose any medals.


UNLV freshman powers baseball sweep of Owls

Freshman R.J. Arnold hit two three-run homers to highlight the UNLV baseball team’s 22-6 victory over Temple in the first game of a doubleheader at Wilson Stadium.

The Rebels won the second game 10-8 with a four-run rally in the eighth inning, keyed by Nolan Clark’s two-run single.

Arnold, Jarred Frierson and Drew Beuerlein had four hits apiece in the opener for UNLV (4-2), which scored 12 runs in the fifth inning. Frierson had a triple, a double and two RBIs, and Beuerlein had four RBIs.

Also: The UNLV women’s softball team split a pair of games on the first day of the Cathedral City (Calif.) Classic, beating Cal Poly 7-4 in the first game and losing to 19th-ranked Texas A&M 4-3 in the second.

Marissa Nichols and Alyssia De La Torre drove in two runs apiece for the Rebels in the opener. Nichols had a three-run home run for UNLV (8-4) in the second game.

Kristina Nedeltcheva won in straight sets at No. 1 singles and teamed with Jana Albers for a win at No. 1 doubles as the 30th-ranked UNLV women’s tennis team beat Denver 6-1 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Rebels improved to 9-2.

UNLV’s men won four events to extend their lead in the Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in Oklahoma City.

The Rebels, seeking their sixth consecutive conference title, have 555 points with one day of competition remaining. Second-place Brigham Young has 491.5 points.

Cody Roberts captured the 100-yard butterfly, Kyle Virva successfully defended his title in the 200 freestyle, Nick Blank won the 100 backstroke, and David Seiler, Andrew Morrell, Roberts and Virva teamed to take the 400 medley relay to lead the Rebels.

The UNLV women (275 points) are in fourth place, with BYU leading with 484 points.

UNLV’s women were in last place after the first day of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

Bailey Kuestermeyer set a school record in the 5,000 meters with an altitude-adjusted time of 17 minutes, 5.33 seconds, but the UNLV senior managed only a seventh-place finish.

The College of Southern Nevada softball team swept a Scenic West Athletic Association doubleheader from Colorado Northwestern Community College 3-1 and 10-0 at the Russell Road Recreation Complex.

Shelbie Medrano pitched a complete game for the Coyotes in the opener, striking out 11. Evelyn Terrazas hit a walk-off grand slam for CSN (9-7, 5-5 SWAC) in the nightcap.


Bonds, wife to divorce;
settlement reached

Barry Bonds’ wife of 12 years filed for divorce in Los Angeles, court records show.

Liz Watson filed to end the couple’s marriage on Thursday. She cited irreconcilable differences, and documents state the couple have reached a settlement agreement. Details of the agreement were not included in the initial filing.

Watson is seeking joint custody of the couple’s 11-year-old daughter. Watson and the former San Francisco Giants slugger were married in 1998.

Also: Defending champion Novak Djokovic edged unseeded Marcos Baghdatis 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final of the Dubai Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Djokovick will play Mikhail Youzhny, who defeated Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 7-6 (4) to reach the Dubai final for the second time in four years.

Elena Dementieva cruised past Magdalena Rybarikova 6-0, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Dementieva will play sixth-seeded Sybille Bammer, who defeated Chang Kai Chen, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Alisa Kleybanova and Ayumi Morita will meet in the other semifinal.

David Ferrer defeated Fernando Gonzalez 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-4 to set up a Mexican Open final in Acapulco against fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero. Ferrero beat Juan Monaco of Argentina, 7-5 in the first set before Monaco retired with a rib injury.

In the women’s draw, top-seeded defending champion Venus Williams will face Polona Hercog in the final. Williams beat Edina Gallovits of Romania 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, and Hercog downed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, 6-3, 7-5.

Jurors in Iowa ended deliberations for the week without a verdict in the first-degree murder trial of a former football player accused of killing his high school coach.

The jury is deciding the case against 24-year-old Mark Becker, charged in the June 24 shooting death of Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas. Becker has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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