in brief


Lakers’ Bryant ready, willing
to play on 2012 Olympic team

Mike Krzyzewski has a commitment from another top recruit: Kobe Bryant.

Bryant told the U.S. basketball coach that he would play in the Olympics in 2012 if the Americans want him there.

The Lakers guard was a guest on Krzyzewski’s SIRIUS XM radio show Tuesday when the Duke coach asked Bryant about London.

“You guys want me there, I am there, and I’m ready to defend,” Bryant said. “And then when you guys need me to put some points on the board, I’ll do that, too.”

Bryant was a starter on the U.S. team that won the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. He sat out the world championships this summer after offseason knee surgery.

Also: The Memphis Grizzlies signed point guard Mike Conley to a contract extension. The Commercial Appeal reported the deal is worth $40 million over five years, with Conley able to make more through incentives.

Conley, the fourth overall pick in 2007, becomes only the fourth player from that draft to receive such an extension, joining Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City, Al Horford of Atlanta and Joakim Noah of Chicago.

The guard is off to the best start of his career, averaging 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists. He is leading the NBA with 3.67 steals per game.


Featherweight champion Aldo
to face Grispi on UFC 125 card

Jose Aldo will defend the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s new featherweight title in a New Year’s Day bout against Josh Grispi.

Aldo was added last week to the UFC 125 card at the MGM Grand Garden.

Aldo (18-1) is generally considered the most dominant fighter in World Extreme Cagefighting, the lighter-weight promotion owned by the UFC. When the UFC announced plans last week to merge the WEC into the parent promotion, Aldo was named the UFC’s first 145-pound champion.

In the main event, Frankie Edgar will defend his UFC lightweight title against Gray Maynard.

Also: A casting call for Season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter” will be at Red Rock Resort’s Summerlin Ballroom at 8 a.m. Thursday. The call is open to 170- and 185-pound fighters who are at least 21 years old and have at least three professional mixed martial arts fights.

Interested fighters should fill out the application at or


UNLV women’s soccer places
two players on All-MWC team

The UNLV women’s soccer team placed two players on the All-Mountain West Conference squad.

Senior forward Ashleigh Shoughro made the first team for the second time, as she was also a 2008 honoree. Shoughro led the league in goals (13) and points (29), setting school records in both categories.

Senior midfielder Amanda Forrester made the second team after totaling six goals and three assists for 15 points in the regular season.

The Rebels, seeded fifth, will meet fourth-seeded Utah today in San Diego to open the MWC tournament.

Also: The UNLV men’s golf team remained in eighth at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate after the final round was washed out in Dallas. The Rebels took eighth in the 12-team field with a two-round total of 4-over-par 572.

Iowa won the team title at 17-under 551, led by medalist Vince India (10-under 132). Derek Ernst paced UNLV, tying for 11th at 3-under 139 in the team’s final event of the fall. The Rebels will return to action Jan. 31 at the Arizona Intercollegiate.

Driver Jeff Russell remained in critical but stable condition after crashing in practice Saturday for a Supermodified race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bullring.

According to Russell’s website,, he suffered severe injuries when a front spindle broke in his suspension, sending the car into a concrete guardwall. He is being treated at University Medical Center.

Russell, 46, of Boise, Idaho, is in a medically induced coma and had part of his skull removed Sunday to relieve swelling on his brain. He also has a broken arm, leg, jaw, cheek bone and eye socket, and has three broken vertebrae in his neck.

The United States overpowered Kazakhstan 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 to remain undefeated in group play at the women’s volleyball world championships in Matsumoto, Japan. Defending champion Russia and Olympic champion Brazil also moved to 4-0.

New Jersey Devils left wing Zach Parise will be sidelined three months with a knee injury. He underwent exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus.

Former three-time world surfing champion Andy Irons was found dead in a hotel room in Dallas. Phil Irons, the father of the 32-year-old surfer from Hawaii, confirmed his son’s death. The cause of death was not immediately known.

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