President Barack Obama called John Calipari on Tuesday to thank the Kentucky coach and his players for their help in raising more than $1 million in the “Hoops for Haiti” telethon.
Calipari and his players crowded around a white phone at the Colonial Life Arena in Lexington when the president called.
The University of Kentucky raised more than $501,000 during the “Hoops for Haiti” telethon. Matching funds pushed that total past $1 million.
Also: No. 12 Brigham Young will wear pink in support of Coaches vs. Cancer when the Cougars host rival Utah on Saturday.
The Cougars’ white and blue home uniforms will include pink trim, and the players will wear pink basketball shoes. The coaches also will leave their dress shoes in the locker room and wear sneakers. BYU coach Dave Rose is a cancer survivor.
Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley had what was described as minor arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist. The university said the surgery was intended to relieve stiffness in Barkley’s wrist and clean up inflammation.
Barkley is expected to recover within four weeks and be ready to participate in spring practice in late March.
Vonn, Miller, Mancuso, Ligety lead U.S. ski team
Hardly a surprise, Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller lead a list of U.S. skiers earning spots for the Vancouver Games.
The announcement of the team was delayed to see if any extra spots opened up.
Some did, and the Americans received four extra spots, bringing the total on the men’s and women’s teams to 22 skiers.
Vonn is rolling into Vancouver having won five straight World Cup downhill events this season. She also leads the overall standings. Vonn could be a five-medal threat in Vancouver.
Miller made his fourth Olympics. He captured two silver medals at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City.
Reigning Olympic champions Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety also made the team. Mancuso won the giant slalom at the Turin Games in 2006 and Ligety captured gold in the combined.
Also: World Cup moguls champion Hannah Kearney and four-time Olympian Daron Rahlves highlight the U.S. freestyle team for the Vancouver Games.
Kearney will be joined in women’s moguls by 2002 silver medalist Shannon Bahrke, Michelle Roark and Heather McPhie on the squad that was announced Tuesday. Patrick Deneen headlines the men’s moguls team, along with Bryon Wilson, Nate Roberts and Michael Morse.
Two-time Olympian Jeret Peterson leads the men’s aerials. Peterson is joined by world champion Ryan St. Onge, Matt DePeters and Dylan Ferguson. Lacy Schnoor, Emily Cook, Jana Lindsey and 16-year-old Ashley Caldwell made the women’s aerials team.
WBA champ Haye to defend title vs. Ruiz
David Haye will make the first defense of the WBA world heavyweight title against Las Vegas’ John Ruiz in Manchester, England, on April 3.
The 29-year-old British fighter, also a former world cruiserweight champion, captured the heavyweight crown from Russia’s Nikolai Valuev in November in Germany.
Haye will face Ruiz, the WBA’s No. 1 contender and former champion, at Manchester’s MEN Arena.
Also: Mexico City police identified a suspect in the shooting of Paraguay soccer star Salvador Cabanas, who was “showing favorable signs” Tuesday after being shot in the head in a bar in a fashionable neighborhood.
Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Angel Mancera identified the suspect as Jose J. Balderas Garza – known also as “El JJ” or “El Modelo.” Mancera said surveillance videos showed the suspect entering the bathroom with his bodyguard moments before the player was shot.
Mancera said the suspect spoke with an accent from the northern state of Sinaloa, a center of Mexico’s drug trade. But he said there is “no indication of organized crime,” suggesting instead an argument involving a Cuban woman might have set off the violence.
New York Islanders defenseman Jack Hillen was taken to a hospital after being bloodied by a shot to the face from Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin.
The Islanders said Hillen was being evaluated. He had skated off the ice with assistance after being hurt during the first period of New York’s 7-2 loss in Uniondale, N.Y.
Bode Miller will trade his skis for a tennis racket after the Olympics and World Cup season.
Miller will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open through a new national playoff system announced by the U.S. Tennis Association.
Tennis aficionados around the country can compete for a spot in the Grand Slam. The winner of the men’s and women’s championship will receive a wild-card entry into the U.S. Open qualifying tournament.
Miller is no stranger to tennis. He won the 1996 Maine state singles title in high school.