Kentucky’s Davis, Thunder’s
Harden named to U.S. roster
The United States on Thursday added college player of the year Anthony Davis of Kentucky and James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder to its pool of finalists for its Olympic men’s basketball roster.
After losing Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls to injuries, the Americans are back to 18 healthy players in the pool, allowing for a 12-man roster and six alternates. The final roster must be selected by June 18.
The U.S. team will play the Dominican Republic in an Olympic tuneup July 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Also: Indiana University officials said they will not renew the contract to play Kentucky because of a disagreement over where to hold the games. The schools have met in the regular season every year since 1969, with all but one of those games played in December.
Indiana prefers to play the games on campus, and Kentucky wants them on neutral sites.
Northern Arizona hired Palo Verde boys basketball coach Jermone Riley as an assistant coach under new head coach Jack Murphy. Riley, a former assistant coach and player at Northern Arizona, has been head coach at Palo Verde the past four seasons, leading the Panthers to the Sunset Region final last season.
Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith said his ailing left knee was feeling better, and he hasn’t ruled out playing tonight against the host Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, a series that is tied 1-1. Smith, who has a strained tendon, played in all 66 regular-season games despite lingering tendinitis in his knees.
C-USA will add five schools
after losing four to Big East
Conference USA is restocking its league and about to add more schools than it is losing to the Big East.
Texas-San Antonio’s move to Conference USA was approved by University of Texas System regents, the same day people familiar with the league’s plans said North Texas, Charlotte, Louisiana Tech and Florida International also would be joining C-USA. Announcements are expected today.
Those five additions in July 2013 will come at the same time Big East-bound Houston, Southern Methodist, Memphis and Central Florida are scheduled to leave Conference USA. That will give C-USA 13 schools, one more than its current membership.
There could be even more additions to the incoming five and the eight remaining Conference USA schools: Southern Mississippi, Marshall, East Carolina, Tulane, Tulsa, Rice, Texas-El Paso and Alabama-Birmingham.
Those schools, along with the schools remaining and heading to the Mountain West Conference, announced plans this year to form a new conference, with as many as 24 teams located in five time zones. The leagues still are working through details of such a move that had been planned to begin in 2013.
Also: Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby was named commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. The 60-year-old will take over for interim commissioner Chuck Neinas – who replaced the ousted Dan Beebe in September – on June 15 after six years as Stanford’s AD.
After losing four schools in the past two years, the league heads into this fall with 10 members, including new additions Texas Christian and West Virginia. The conference also is working on a new TV deal that could reshape revenue similar to the Pac-12’s lucrative contract.
UNLV’s football team will make three national TV appearances, including its first home game on ESPN since 2003, this season.
UNLV opens at home against Minnesota on Aug. 30 on CBS Sports Network. The Rebels will play Washington State on Sept. 14 on ESPN. On Oct. 20, they will play at Boise State on NBC Sports Network.
An announcement on the remaining 10 games is expected within 10 days, athletic director Jim Livengood said. He said eight to 10 of the 13 games will be televised.
Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees, who started 12 of 13 games last season, was pepper-sprayed and arrested early Thursday after he allegedly ran from an off-campus party and knocked the wind out of a police officer who caught up to him.
Rees, 19, was charged with one count of battery, two counts of resisting law enforcement and one count of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. He was released on a $250 cash bond.
Shaun Micheel shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the 100th Spanish Open in Seville. Micheel, ranked 608th, is competing on the European Tour under a 10-year exemption after winning the 2003 PGA Championship, his last victory.
Andrew Ganigan, a former lightweight champion boxer from Hawaii, died at his Las Vegas home early Wednesday of end-stage liver cancer. He was 59. Dubbed the “Hawaiian Punch,” the 5-foot-6-inch Ganigan won NABF and WAA titles and was 34-5 with 30 knockouts from 1972 to 1983.