Barkley pleads guilty to DUI, gets jail time
Charles Barkley will serve time in jail after pleading guilty Monday to charges of driving drunk.
According to Scottsdale, Ariz., court records, the 45-year-old former NBA star pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to the same drunken driving arrest.
Barkley, who works as a TV analyst, is set to begin a five-day jail sentence on March 21. The Hall of Famer must pay more than $2,000 in fines and attend an alcohol treatment program. Under Arizona law, he’ll also be forced to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicles.
Barkley was stopped by police Dec. 31 shortly after leaving a Scottsdale nightclub. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. He had a blood-alcohol level of .149 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent in Arizona when he was pulled over.
Also: Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady will have season-ending surgery on his left knee today in Chicago.
McGrady has been bothered all season by soreness and finally said last week he had decided to have the risky microfracture surgery.
A Chicago judge has denied bail for an attorney accused of killing New York Knicks player Eddy Curry’s ex-girlfriend and her infant daughter.
Fredrick Goings is charged with first-degree murder in the January shooting deaths of 24-year-old Nova Henry and her 10-month-old daughter, Ava.
Pittsburgh returned to No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll following a week in which the top three teams all lost.
Connecticut, Oklahoma and North Carolina — Connecticut lost to then-No. 4 Pittsburgh last week — each dropped one place in the poll, with Memphis remaining at No. 5.
Wranglers’ struggles mount with 2-1 loss
The Wranglers extended their winless streak to seven games in a 2-1 ECHL loss to the host Phoenix RoadRunners.
Las Vegas (26-23-6) fell behind 2-0 after two periods in dropping to 0-5-2 during its current slide.
Tyler Mosienko scored in the third period for his 54th career goal, tying him with Dan Tudin for first on the franchise’s all-time list.
Also: Tom Renney was fired as coach of the New York Rangers and replaced by John Tortorella in an attempt to save a season that has spiraled out of control.
The Rangers opened 10-2-1, but 10 losses in the last 12 games have knocked the team out of contention for the Atlantic Division title and placed it in danger of missing the playoffs.
Tortorella led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup title in 2004 and was let go after last season.
American Andy Roddick withdrew from the Dubai Tennis Championships to protest the Emirates’ decision not to grant Israeli player Shahar Peer a visa to compete in last week’s women’s event.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the top two players in the world, pulled out with injuries, leaving Britain’s Andy Murray as the most notable name remaining.
Former Miami football coach Larry Coker is among three finalists to become the first head coach of the new Texas-San Antonio program.
Coker, who led Miami to the BCS championship in 2001, hasn’t coached since the Hurricanes fired him after a 6-6 season in 2006.
The UNLV women’s golf team is in 13th place out of 17 teams after two rounds in Arizona’s Wildcat Invitational in Sonora, Mexico.
The Rebels trail first-place and top-ranked UCLA by 39 strokes heading into today’s final round.