In Brief


Crittenton gets second chance
with invite to Bobcats’ camp

The Charlotte Bobcats will bring Javaris Crittenton to training camp with a nonguaranteed contract, giving the former Washington Wizards point guard a chance to return to the NBA following his infamous gun altercation with Gilbert Arenas.

Crittenton didn’t play last season because of an ankle injury, and he then served a 38-game suspension after he and Arenas acknowledged bringing guns into the locker room following a dispute stemming from a card game on a team flight.

Crittenton, 22, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge Jan. 25 and received probation. He wasn’t re-signed by the Wizards.

Agent Mark Bartelstein said Wednesday he has had discussions with Bobcats coach Larry Brown and general manager Rod Higgins throughout the summer about the 6-foot-5-inch Crittenton, who has recovered following left ankle surgery.

“He had surgery to remove a bone spur, and he’s completely healthy now,” Bartelstein said. “He’s excited about the opportunity.”

Also: The NBA and its players’ association completed another negotiating session and said they will continue meeting in smaller groups as they try to complete a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league and union met for three hours in New York and issued a joint statement, calling the talks “cordial and constructive.” It was the second meeting this summer and fifth since August 2009.

The current CBA expires June 30, 2011, and the sides remain far apart on talks toward a new deal that would head off a work stoppage.

The NBA is rolling out new uniforms, a lighter model tested during the All-Star Game. The new uniforms, called the NBA Revolution 30, were introduced by the league and Adidas at the NBA Store. The company said the uniforms are 30 percent lighter and will dry twice as fast as previous uniforms.

The old uniforms became so heavy once wet that some players changed uniforms at halftime. In the new model, Adidas changed the numbers from a dense material to a breathable mesh.


Close friend of Armstrong
testifies before grand jury

A longtime friend of Lance Armstrong testified in Los Angeles before a federal grand jury hearing evidence connected to allegations of doping in professional cycling, people familiar with the case told The Associated Press.

The people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing, said Stephanie McIlvain appeared before the panel, which met all day. Her attorney, Thomas Bienert, was also seen outside the area where the grand jury met. He didn’t return phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.

McIlvain is important to the case because she was present in the hospital room where Armstrong was being treated for cancer in 1996, when former teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife, Betsy, claim the cyclist told doctors he had used performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong vehemently denies that he cheated — or that he made such a statement — and McIlvain has previously testified in a civil case that she didn’t hear the seven-time Tour de France champion admit to doping in that conversation.


Pavin: Mickelson’s wife will
travel to Wales for Ryder Cup

U.S. captain Corey Pavin said the wife of Phil Mickelson is planning to make the trip to Wales next week for the Ryder Cup.

Amy Mickelson has been to the golf course one time since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2009. She showed up in the final hour at Augusta National this year to watch her husband win the Masters for the third time.

The United States begins defense of its Ryder Cup title Oct. 1 at Celtic Manor.

Also: European captain Colin Montgomerie told his players who their partners will be in the first series of matches against the United States in the Ryder Cup.

Montgomerie would not reveal his pairings for the fourballs and foursomes, but said that he will use all 12 members of the team on opening day.

He did disclose two likely pairings. Brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari will play a match together, as will Northern Irish pair Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

The United States will travel to Chile in the first round of World Group play in the 2011 Davis Cup, its second South American opponent in a row.

The U.S. or Chile will face the powerful Spaniards or outsider Belgium in the quarterfinals.

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina said he will return to tennis next week in the Thailand Open, ending eight months on the sideline after wrist surgery. The 2009 U.S. Open champion expects to travel to Bangkok this week.

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