Ex-referee Donaghy apologizes for actions

Disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy was in a sorry state Thursday.

A day after coming clean about his role in an NBA gambling ring, he was back home in Bradenton, Fla., and — in his first public comments — apologizing for his disgraceful actions.

“I’m very sorry about what happened,” Donaghy, 40, told the New York Daily News outside his home.

“I’m not going to say anything beyond that. This is an ongoing case — I can’t say anything else.”

Donaghy had plenty to say in Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two gambling-related charges and telling a judge he was paid $30,000 to pass inside information on professional basketball games to his bookie buddies.

Also: The Washington Wizards traded the rights to Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future first-round draft pick.

The Wizards drafted Navarro in the second round, 40th overall, in 2002. He never joined the team, though, instead playing for FC Barcelona in the Spanish league.

The Detroit Pistons signed free-agent guard/forward Jarvis Hayes.

The 6-foot-8-inch Hayes appeared in 81 games last season for the Washington Wizards, averaging 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 20.1 minutes.

The San Antonio Spurs signed free-agent swingman Ime Udoka.

Ukoka averaged 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 75 games with the Portland Trail Blazers last season.

The Los Angeles Clippers signed guard Guillermo Diaz.

Diaz, the Clippers’ second-round pick in 2006, played in the Czech Republic and Greece last season.

Free-agent guard Robert Hite signed with the New Jersey Nets.

Hite played in 12 games for the Miami Heat last season, averaging 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11.3 minutes.

O.J. Mayo will get early season national exposure when Southern California and seven other teams play in the new Anaheim Classic over Thanksgiving weekend.

Mayo, one of the nation’s most highly touted recruits, will be three games into his college basketball career when the Trojans play San Diego on Thanksgiving night on ESPN2 in Anaheim, Calif.

Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history, filed for divorce after nearly 27 years of marriage.

Irreconcilable differences were cited in the petition filed in the Knoxville suburb of Maryville. She and husband R.B. Summit will have been married 27 years on Thursday.

The couple has one child, Tyler, 16.


Mackenzie shoots 64, leads Wyndham event

Will Mackenzie shot an 8-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead over Lucas Glover, Steve Marino, Brian Davis and Jeff Overton after the first round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Mackenzie, who spent more than a decade away from the sport, nearly made a hole-in-one and had nine birdies to offset one bogey in taking an encouraging first step toward the second victory of his career.

Also: Laura Diaz shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Canadian Women’s Open in Edmonton, Alberta, while 17-year-old Michelle Wie opened with a 75 to drop 10 strokes back.

Diaz, coming off a second-place tie Sunday in Sweden in the European tour’s Scandinavian TPC, made a long birdie putt on the par-4 first hole — her 10th hole of the day on the Royal Mayfair course.

Wie, making her first appearance in the event, closed her round with a double bogey on the par-4 ninth. She also had a double-bogey 6 on No. 12, a bogey on the par-5 third and a birdie on the par-4 first.

Mike Reid and Mark McNulty put their disappointing Champions Tour seasons behind them in the first round of The Tradition in Sunriver, Ore.

They shot 6-under 66s in the tour’s fourth major of the year, leaving them a stroke ahead of David Edwards on the Crosswater Golf Club in the high desert of central Oregon. Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw and Bruce Summerhays were two strokes behind.


Federer barely survives in Masters tournament

Roger Federer dodged a scare from Marcos Baghdatis to move into the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Mason, Ohio, a tournament that has been brutal to seeded players this week.

Federer beat Baghdatis 7-6 (5), 7-5, shortly after 16th-seeded David Ferrer ousted defending champion Andy Roddick, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Baghdatis has never beaten Federer in five matches, but he pushed the No. 1 player in the world as he did a year ago in the Australian Open, when Federer won in four sets.

Only four seeds remain, including No. 9 James Blake, who beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-4 in an evening match.

Also: Justine Henin, the world’s No. 1 player, beat China’s Peng Shuai 7-5, 6-2 at the Rogers Cup, moving three wins away from her sixth WTA Tour title of the season.

Henin, who won the French Open in June, was upset in the semifinals at Wimbledon and had to pull out of a recent tournament in San Diego with injuries to both her wrists. However, she’s playing well as she prepares for the U.S. Open.

Other seeded players to advance included No. 2 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, third-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, No. 6 Nadia Petrova of Russia and No. 12 Tatiana Golovin of France. Seventh-seeded Marian Bartoli beat No. 9 Dinara Safina of Russia 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-0 in the late match.

Henin improved to 40-4 on the season with the 1-hour, 48-minute victory and will face sixth-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia in the quarterfinals of the $1.34 million tournament. Petrova defeated Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-1.


UNLV signs $32 million endorsement package

UNLV athletics and International Sports Properties Inc. have agreed on a 10-year, $32 million deal that will go into the school’s athletics and entertainment venues while enhancing the visibility of its sponsors and advertisers.

As part of the agreement, $3.5 million will be spent on equipment upgrades, which include a new center-hung scoreboard and courtside signage system at the Thomas & Mack Center. In 2008, a new auxiliary scoreboard will be added to the south end of Sam Boyd Stadium, and Wilson Stadium will get a new baseball scoreboard.

Also: Super middleweight Lucian Bute will take on champion Alejandro Berrio of Colombia for the IBF title, promoter InterBox said.

The fight is expected to take place Oct. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The Romanian-born Bute (20-0, 16 knockouts) became the mandatory challenger for the title with a unanimous decision over Sakio Bika of Australia on June 15.

The 31-year-old Berrio (24-6, 23 KOs) won the vacant 168-pound belt on March 3 by stopping Robert Stieglitz of Germany in the third round.

The New Jersey Devils signed defenseman Paul Martin to a multiyear contract. Terms were not immediately available.

Martin, 26, had three goals and 23 assists last season while playing in all 82 regular-season games. He added four assists in 11 playoff games.

Michelle Feldman used her 32nd and final game to win the PBA Women’s Tour Trials at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y., rolled a 672 over her last three games to pass Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., by 10 pins.

Wendy Macpherson of Henderson finished 62 pins behind Feldman to place sixth and earn one of 16 exemptions for the inaugural four-event 2007-08 PBA Women’s Series.

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