UFL’s Nighthawks to decide
today whether to sign Clarett
The United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks will decide today whether to sign Maurice Clarett to a contract, the team’s general manager said Sunday.
The team put Clarett through a private workout and physical, and general manager Rick Mueller said the former Ohio State star running back looked good.
Mueller said he, coach Jeff Jagodzinski and UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue would meet to discuss whether to give the 26-year-old Clarett a chance to make a comeback in the second-year league.
Clarett ran into trouble after leading Ohio State to the 2002 national championship. He served 3½ years in prison for having a hidden gun and holding up two people outside a Columbus, Ohio, bar, then spent 4½ months in a lockdown dormitory.
Also: Brad Pitt is the NFL’s voice for its upcoming documentary on the New Orleans’ Saints Super Bowl victory.
Pitt narrates NFL Films’ documentary, “America’s Game: 2009 New Orleans Saints,” about the team’s win over the Indianapolis Colts last February. The film debuts on the NFL Network on Sept. 8, the night before the Saints begin their defense of the Super Bowl title.
The NFL traditionally seeks out a celebrity narrator for its annual Super Bowl documentary. Pitt was chosen because of his humanitarian work in New Orleans in the five years since Hurricane Katrina, the NFL said.
Southern California freshman safety Patrick Hall was suspended indefinitely for failing to meet standards set by coach Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin said the punishment was not the result of an isolated incident but rather a “combination of everything coming together.”
Hall, a member of the 2009 recruiting class, did not see action last season because of injuries and academic issues. He had been limited during the current training camp as he recovered from a torn ACL.
UNLV defensive tackle Isaako Aaiuti has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Tom Wiesner Award and will wear the Wiesner jersey in games this season.
The Wiesner Award is named in honor of the late Tom Wiesner, a former player for the Wisconsin Badgers who became a big supporter of UNLV football upon moving to Las Vegas in 1963.
The award goes to the Rebels senior player who best exemplifies Wiesner’s courage, enthusiasm, dedication and toughness, the school said.
Aaitui is a three-year starter for the Rebels who has recorded 73 totals, including 11½ for loss.
Kenya’s Rudisha sets second
world record in 800 meters
Kenya’s David Rudisha set a world record in the 800 meters for the second time in a week and Jamaica’s Nesta Carter ran 9.78 seconds in the 100 meters at the Rieti Grand Prix in Reiti, Italy, tying American Tyson Gay for the fastest time this year.
Rudisha clocked 1 minute, 41.01 seconds in the two-lap race, shaving 0.08 seconds off the mark he set last weekend in Berlin.
Also: Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings was named the WNBA’s defensive player of the year for the second straight year and fourth time overall.
Catchings received 30 of 39 votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. She beat out Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles (seven votes), Minnesota’s Nicky Anosike (one) and Connecticut rookie Tina Charles (one).
Catchings, the first to receive the award four times, also won in 2005 and 2006.
Senior forward Ashleigh Shoughro continued her hot streak, scoring a pair of goals to lead the UNLV women’s soccer team to a 4-0 shutout of Louisiana-Monroe in the Las Vegas Invitational at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
The two goals gave Shoughro a total of six for the weekend after she scored four in a tourney victory over Albany on Friday. The Rebels improved to 3-0.