Mayo gets new agent after recent allegations

O.J. Mayo has new representation — LeBron James’ agent, Leon Rose.

Mike Woelfel, a Huntington, W.Va., lawyer for Mayo’s family, confirmed the signing, which was first reported Friday by The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington.

Mayo, who played one season at Southern California before declaring for this month’s NBA Draft, and agent Calvin Andrews of Bill Duffy Associates parted ways last month over allegations first revealed in an ESPN report.

Former Mayo associate Louis Johnson told ESPN that Rodney Guillory received money from the agency BDA Sports and funneled cash and gifts to Mayo.

Also: North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson was charged with driving after consuming alcohol following an early morning traffic stop.

Lawson was stopped in downtown Chapel Hill because of the loud music coming from the car, Police Capt. Jackie Carden said. The car smelled of alcohol and a field sobriety test led the officer to file charges, she said.

Because Lawson is not 21, he was charged with driving after consuming alcohol.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for the Dec. 22-23 Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena.

Prices are $118, $86, $65 and $44 and are sold as two-day packages only. Tickets can be purchased at the Orleans Arena box office or at


Coughlin sets American record in 200-meter IM

Natalie Coughlin won the 200-meter individual medley in American-record time at the Janet Evans Invitational in Los Angeles, a tuneup meet for the U.S. Olympic Trials later this month.

Coughlin touched in 2 minutes, 9.77 seconds, lowering the mark of 2:10.05 set by Katie Hoff.

Coughlin is aiming at making her second Olympic team. She won five medals at the 2004 Athens Games.

Also: In an unprecedented move to keep illegal gambling and match-fixing out of the Olympics, the IOC is setting up a special unit to check for suspicious betting patterns during the Beijing Games.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said agreements have been signed with major betting companies for the first time to monitor any irregular gambling during the Aug. 8-24 Olympics.

If any suspect activity is detected, the IOC disciplinary commission will question those involved, Rogge said.


Ex-champ Hearns owes feds for unpaid taxes

Former boxing champion Thomas “Hitman” Hearns owes the federal government more than a quarter-million dollars in unpaid income taxes.

The Detroit News reported on its Web site that liens filed in Oakland County (Mich.) state Hearns, 49, and wife Renee owe nearly $268,000 in federal taxes from 2004 to 2006.

Attorney Michael J. Smith told the newspaper that Hearns disputes the debt.

Also: Landon Donovan was put back on the roster for the United States’ exhibition soccer game against Argentina in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday and can become the fourth-youngest player in the world to make 100 international appearances.

Donovan missed the last two national team matches because of a groin strain. He will be 26 years, 3 months, 4 days Sunday.

The United States kept its No. 1 spot in the FIFA women’s soccer rankings.

The Americans took over the No. 1 slot from two-time world champion Germany in March. Germany stayed in second place.

Teams invited to the Tour de France will be fined up to $155,000 if a rider tests positive for doping.

Eric Boyer, head of the International Association of Professional Cyclist Groups, said the teams recently signed contracts accepting the new rule. Teams needed to agree to the fines to compete in the July race.

Brigham Young freshman heptathlete Chelsi Petersen was killed in a car crash in Provo Canyon. She would have turned 21 next month.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Petersen was a passenger in a car that was making a left turn on the winding canyon road when it collided with a car coming the other way.


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