Sprewell causes more disorder

And to think we had heard the last from Latrell Sprewell.

The former NBA player was arrested at his Milwaukee home New Year’s Eve for disorderly conduct. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sprewell apparently was playing music too loud, and police had received two complaints within an hour Monday afternoon.

This wasn’t the first time the cops had to come by and tell Sprewell to dial it down. The Journal Sentinel said several complaints about loud music from Sprewell’s residence had been filed in the past couple of months.

Sprewell, 42, played 13 seasons in the NBA before his career ended in 2005. He might be most noted for choking Golden State coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice in 1997. In 2004, he had turned down a three-year, $21 million contract extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves, saying it wasn’t enough money to feed his children.

Apparently he had enough money to buy a killer stereo system and show it off to the neighborhood.

■ UNWANTED DOGS – In the wake of its 31-10 loss to Florida State, Northern Illinois isn’t likely to be invited back to the Orange Bowl game anytime soon. But some game executives apparently didn’t want the Huskies there in the first place.

CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman reports a discussion grew heated at a pregame hospitality suite between an Orange Bowl executive and an NIU official. It started with the Orange Bowl member telling the Northern Illinois staffer that the Huskies were like Duke, which hadn’t been to a bowl game in ages. When the NIU staffer pointed out that the Huskies were going to a bowl game for the fifth consecutive year, it got ugly.

“You guys don’t even deserve to be here,” the Orange Bowl rep reportedly said. “We didn’t even want you here.”

Seems like the Orange Bowl executive got the last laugh.

■ OVIE FINDS LOVE – You’re a hockey player who has been locked out by your league. What to do?

If you’re Alex Ovechkin, you get engaged. The Washington Capitals star announced Monday via Twitter that he and tennis star Maria Kirilenko will be getting married.

The 27-year-old Ovechkin has been playing in Moscow during the NHL lockout. Kirilenko, 25, is 14th in the WTA rankings.

If the lockout isn’t settled soon, “The Great Eight” will have plenty of time to watch his fiancee on the court and do a little wedding planning as well.

■ WHERE’S REX? – Of the 25 NFL head coaches who still were employed Monday, Rex Ryan was the only one to take a vow of silence.

The New York Jets’ main man had an end-of-season news conference scheduled for Monday. But in the wake of general manager Mike Tannenbaum’s firing and with offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s status in limbo, Ryan decided to cancel his media availability and has been underground since.

If anyone sees a heavy-set guy in Jets gear that answers to “Rex,” tell him the New York media are looking for him and would like to know how he still has his job.

COMPILED BY STEVE CARP
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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