Ex-Rebel Lawrence enrolls at Idaho

Former UNLV basketball player Marcus Lawrence, a Bishop Gorman High School graduate, enrolled in classes Monday at Idaho.

Lawrence was dismissed from the UNLV team on Feb. 18, three days after he was charged with driving under the influence.

A backup point guard for the Rebels, Lawrence played in 23 games as a sophomore last season and averaged 1.4 points and 2.3 assists. He must sit out this season and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Idaho.

Also: Forward Chace Stanback officially became a member of UNLV’s basketball team when he enrolled in classes.

A transfer from UCLA, the 6-foot-8-inch Stanback must sit out this season. He will be eligible to play for the Rebels in 2009-10.

USC quarterback Mark Sanchez went through his first full practice Monday since dislocating his left kneecap 17 days earlier, and appears on track to start Saturday’s season-opener at Virginia.

“Oh, I think so, absolutely. Especially mentally,” Sanchez said.

Quarterback Ben Mauk lost another round Monday in his attempt to get one more season of eligibility from the NCAA, leaving him down to his last appeal.

Mauk, who led Cincinnati to a No. 17 final ranking last season, has failed to convince the association that injuries cost him significant playing time during his career at Wake Forest and Cincinnati.

Tennessee starting defensive back Brett Vinson and defensive tackle Donald Langley were suspended for the No. 18 Volunteers’ opener at UCLA on Monday.


Mavericks re-sign veteran Devean George

The Dallas Mavericks re-signed Devean George, nearly six months after the veteran blocked a trade to the New Jersey Nets.

George, a 6-foot-8-inch forward, played his first seven seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers before signing with the Mavericks in 2006.

George earned NBA championship rings in each of his first three seasons with the Lakers.

Also: The Phoenix Suns traded guard D.J. Strawberry to the Houston Rockets for rookie guard Sean Singletary.

Strawberry, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 2.2 points for the Suns in 33 games last season.


Kentucky horse racing officials ban steroids

Kentucky horse racing regulators approved a sweeping steroid ban for the state’s thoroughbred and standardbred races but dramatically toned down the proposed penalties for trainers whose horses test positive.

With a unanimous vote of confidence from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the steroid ban could take effect as early as this fall’s meet at Turfway Park and would be well under way in time for next year’s Kentucky Derby.

Also: Fidel Castro defended the Cuban taekwondo athlete who kicked a referee in the face at the Beijing Olympics, saying Angel Matos was rightfully indignant over his disqualification from the bronze-medal match.

Taekwondo officials want Matos and his coach banned for life from the sport. But Castro expressed “our total solidarity” for both Matos and his coach Leudis Gonzalez.

A Phoenix judge delayed the sentencing for a man accused of planning to kill people at this year’s Super Bowl, saying Monday she wanted him to undergo a psychological evaluation first.

U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver said Kurt William Havelock’s behavior earlier this year was uncharacteristic for him and did not want to sentence him before seeing the results of an evaluation.

Maurice Greene, once known as the world’s fastest human, will compete in ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” next month, the network announced Monday.

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