Ex-Rebel Amundson signs contract with Suns

The Phoenix Suns have signed former UNLV forward Louis Amundson to a free-agent contract, the club announced Thursday.

The 6-foot-9-inch Amundson, 25, is a two-year NBA veteran who has appeared in 27 career games with the Utah Jazz and the Philadelphia 76ers.

He played in 16 games with Philadelphia last season, averaging 1.1 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.

Also: The Los Angeles Lakers signed free-agent forward Josh Powell. Terms of the contract weren’t released.

The 6-9 Powell, a three-year NBA veteran, spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 64 games.

Ex-NBA player Vincent Askew posted bond in Miami after his arrest on charges that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl.

Askew played for eight NBA teams in nine seasons. Police said he approached the victim three months ago and told her that he was recruiting players for a Miami-Dade County prep school. Authorities said the 43-year-old and the teen later met at a hotel and had sex.

Askew was trying to get a coaching job at the school, police said.


Ex-Cincinnati QB Mauk files suit against NCAA

Quarterback Ben Mauk filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, less than a week after the association rejected his final appeal for another year of eligibility at Cincinnati.

Hardin County (Ohio) Judge William Hart granted a temporary restraining order that says the NCAA cannot prevent Mauk from practicing with the Bearcats.

The judge set an Aug. 22 hearing on Mauk’s request for a permanent injunction against the NCAA.

Mauk says he should get another season because of playing time lost to injury while he was at Wake Forest.

Also: Senior Stephen McGee was named Texas A&M’s starting quarterback by new coach Mike Sherman, ending the competition with sophomore Jerrod Johnson.

McGee, who started the past two seasons, threw for 2,311 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007. He has a 16-11 record as the Aggies’ starter.

Michigan running back Kevin Grady has pleaded guilty in Wyoming, Mich., to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

Police arrested Grady, 22, on July 2 and measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.281 percent, about 31/2 times the state’s legal limit.

Pro football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. was hired as the athletic director at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.


IRS raids business office of drag racing’s Knoll

Internal Revenue Service agents raided the business office of Evan Knoll, president and chief executive of Torco Racing Fuels Inc. and one of drag racing’s biggest names.

IRS spokesman Stephen Moore said the agents executed a search warrant at the office in downtown Decatur, Mich., about 150 miles west of Detroit.

Knoll and his businesses have been hit with three federal lawsuits since April 2007 that allege contract breaches and seek millions of dollars.

Also: The Philadelphia Flyers signed coach John Stevens to a two-year extension that will keep him with the team through the 2010-11 season.

Stevens, 42, led the Flyers to a remarkable turnaround that included an appearance in the Eastern Conference finals in his first full season as coach.

The Flyers posted a 42-29-11 record last season — a 20-win improvement over the 2006-07 season.

Run Away and Hide won the $150,000 Saratoga Special for 2-year-olds, beating Break Water Edison by 11/4 lengths at Saratoga.

Run Away and Hide, ridden by Robbie Albarado, is unbeaten in three starts and is now the favorite for the Sept. 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, the season’s first open Grade I race for 2-year-olds.

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