Demoted point guard Drew stuns Tar Heels with departure
Junior point guard Larry Drew II abruptly quit the North Carolina basketball team Friday.
In a statement issued by the school, Drew said he was leaving because "it’s in my best interest to continue my education and basketball career elsewhere." The announcement came four games after Drew lost his starting job to freshman Kendall Marshall.
Coach Roy Williams said he was "shocked" by the news and that it was a "major blow" to lose Drew, who was averaging 4.4 points and 3.9 assists this season for the No. 23 Tar Heels.
Also: Mississippi State senior guard Ravern Johnson, who is averaging 17.7 points a game, has been suspended for today’s game at Louisiana State because of "inappropriate tweets" sent after a loss Wednesday to Alabama.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward-center Kevin Love was named to the Western Conference roster for the NBA All-Star Game as the injury replacement for Houston Rockets center Yao Ming. Love is averaging 21.4 points and a league-leading 15.5 rebounds per game, with 34 straight double-doubles.
Orlando guard Gilbert Arenas was served with child support and custody papers as he left the court during halftime of the Magic’s home game against the Miami Heat on Thursday. The petition was filed in California by a woman seeking $109,000 in monthly support payments and $1.3 million annually. She says Arenas is the father of her three children and an unborn child.
New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson was fined $25,000 for improper conduct toward an official during a game Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The New Orleans Hornets signed forward Sasha Pavlovic to a 10-day contract. The eight-year veteran has career averages of 5.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 16.5 minutes.
Guerrero to get one-year deal worth $8 million from Orioles
Free-agent slugger Vladimir Guerrero agreed to a one-year contract worth $8 million with the Baltimore Orioles. The deal won’t be completed until Guerrero passes a physical.
Guerrero, 36, has 436 home runs and 1,433 RBIs in 15 major league seasons. He hit .300 with 29 homers and 115 RBIs for the American League champion Texas Rangers last season and will probably become Baltimore’s designated hitter.
The Orioles also signed right-hander Justin Duchscherer to a one-year contract that guarantees him $700,000 and allows him to make up to $4.5 million.
Also: The San Francisco Giants exercised their contract options on general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. Sabean, 54, is the longest-tenured GM in the majors, entering his 15th season with San Francisco. He hired Bochy, 55, away from the San Diego Padres in 2007, and last year the Giants won their first World Series title since 1954.
Outfielder Jim Edmonds, 40, agreed to a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals that included an invitation to big league spring training.
Highly touted prep quarterback gives commitment to Florida
Jacoby Brissett, the nation’s top uncommitted quarterback recruit, announced he plans to enroll this fall at Florida, revealing his decision during his senior-night basketball ceremony at Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer High School.
The 6-foot-5-inch, 225-pound Brissett was wooed by countless schools, including Wisconsin and Miami, and was also recruited by North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams. He completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,743 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2010.
Also: New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro will miss four to six weeks because of broken bones in his face caused by a punch from Pittsburgh Penguins counterpart Brent Johnson in Wednesday’s NHL game. DiPietro has played in only 21 games this season because of trouble with his surgically repaired left knee and a groin injury.
Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup after missing five games because of a left knee injury and a sinus infection, but he was knocked out of Pittsburgh’s 3-2 home victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the second period with a lower body injury. The Penguins said Malkin would be evaluated today.
UNLV won five of six singles matches in a 5-2 men’s tennis victory over New Mexico State at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. Mehdi Bouras, Johannes Markel, Tamas Batyi, Rene Ruegamer and Alex Bull posted wins for the Rebels (4-2).
The College of Southern Nevada baseball team was held to five hits in a 3-0 loss to Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College at Morse Stadium. Cameron Harper went 2-for-4 for 22nd-ranked CSN (2-3).
The College of Southern Nevada softball team finished 2-1 at the Great Western Shootout in Yuma, Ariz. CSN (6-6) defeated Eastern Arizona 5-4 and Golden West (Calif.) 10-6 and lost to Central Arizona, 12-4. A.J. Woodward went 7-for-9 with three home runs and 10 RBIs for the day.