Connors arrested outside basketball game
Tennis great Jimmy Connors was arrested outside the campus arena where UC Santa Barbara and top-ranked North Carolina were playing a men's basketball game. The eight-time Grand Slam champion was taken into custody Friday night after refusing to comply with an order to leave an area near the entrance of the Thunderdome after a confrontation, police Sgt. Dan Massey said in a statement. A police dispatcher said Connors was arrested at the beginning of the game. A Santa Barbara County jail employee said Connors was booked and released but did not have details. Connors lives in the Santa Barbara area and attends a handful of the Gauchos' games each season. Connors was ranked No. 1 for five consecutive years in the 1970s and had a fiery temperament on the court. This year, he resigned as Andy Roddick's coach after the two worked together for nearly two years.
Davis Cup: : Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco sent a chill through Argentine tennis, winning their doubles match to give Spain a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. Lopez and Verdasco defeated David Nalbandian and Agustin Calleri, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-3, boosting Spain's hopes of winning the best-of-five championship on the road despite the absence of ailing Rafael Nadal. Spain could be in good position for its third Davis Cup crown if Argentina's leading player, Juan Martin del Potro, cannot play reverse singles today because of injury. Today's schedule has del Potro meeting David Ferrer, then Nalbandian playing Lopez at Islas Malvinas Stadium.
Creamer hospitalized, uncertain for ADT final
Hours after becoming one of eight qualifiers for the final round of the LPGA ADT Championship and its $1 million first-place prize, Paula Creamer - who has been sick since Wednesday night - was admitted to Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla., because of severe abdominal distress. She was to stay there overnight, and "a decision as to whether or not she plays [today's] round will be made early [this] morning," said Jay Burton, the senior vice president of IMG, which represents Creamer. Provided she can play, Creamer will have a chance to be the first American to win the LPGA's season money crown in 15 years. All eight players will start tied at par when they embark on an 18-hole shootout, and if Creamer cannot play, it will be a seven-woman field. Suzann Pettersen put together the best round yesterday with a 4-under-par 68, shaking off a triple bogey at the par-4 fourth with almost flawless golf the rest of the way. Angela Stanford shot a 69 to earn her spot in today's dash for the cash. Creamer and Seon Hwa Lee shot 70s. Ji-Yai Shin and Jeong Jang were one more shot back. A three-way playoff decided the final two spots: Karrie Webb and Eun-Hee Jee advanced when Sun Young Yoo three-putted the par-3 17th.
Sorenstam: : LPGA general counsel Jill Pilgrim said there was nothing odd about Annika Sorenstam's being selected to take a drug test after missing the cut in the ADT Championship, her final LPGA tournament. Pilgrim, the administrator of the drug-testing program, said Sorenstam was randomly selected. "We followed our protocol," Pilgrim said. She said exempting a player for special circumstances affects the integrity of the program and creates potential legal issues. "We never take into consideration anything that is not within the four corners of our protocol," Pilgrim said. "Nobody is treated differently or special."
Pebble Beach Invitational:: Defending champion Tommy Armour III birdied the final two holes, holing a 30-footer on the 18th, to take a five-stroke lead over Rich Beem in Pebble Beach, Calif. Armour, 49, a two-time PGA Tour winner, shot a 7-under 65 at Pebble Beach en route to a 14-under 202 total. He had six birdies, an eagle and a bogey. Beem, the 2002 PGA Championship winner, shot a 68, also at Pebble Beach. He had four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys.
Ballesteros:: Seve Ballesteros is recovering well from surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor and doctors are upbeat about his progress, fellow Spanish star Jose Maria Olazabal said at the Hong Kong Open.
Teixeira wants to have team by Christmas
During Thursday's telecast of the Georgia Tech-Miami football game in Atlanta, free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira told ESPN he wants a baseball team for Christmas. "I don't want to put a timetable on it, but Christmas morning, I want to know where I'm going to be for the next couple of years," he said. "So hopefully, by Christmas, it will be done." The Orioles have had discussions with agent Scott Boras about Teixeira, who grew up in Severna Park.
Dodgers: : Pitcher Chad Billingsley had surgery after fracturing his leg in a fall at his Pennsylvania home. Team spokesman Josh Rawitch said Billingsley, 24, slipped on ice outside his house in Reading, Pa., and suffered a spiral fracture of the fibula in his left leg Friday. Rawitch said the surgery went as expected and Billingsley, who was 16-10 with a 3.14 ERA last season, should be ready to throw by spring training.
Yankees: : General manager Brian Cashman said outfielder Hideki Matsui will skip next year's World Baseball Classic after undergoing knee surgery at the end of last season. Matsui would have played for Japan.
Two-time Vezina Trophy finalist Roberto Luongo hurt his groin less than five minutes into the Vancouver Canucks' 3-1 win over the host Pittsburgh Penguins. Luongo left the game after collapsing to the ice after what appeared to be a routine save on a shot from the point by Philippe Boucher. The goalie was helped off the ice without putting weight on his left leg. "We're not exactly sure the severity of it," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, adding that Luongo would be evaluated today after making the trip with the team back to Vancouver last night.
NFL: : The Tennessee Titans bolstered their injury-depleted secondary, signing 13-year veteran cornerback Tyrone Poole and promoting Tuff Harris from the practice squad. Cornerbacks Eric King (broken arm) and Reynaldo Hill (hip) were placed on injured reserve. ... The Pittsburgh Steelers will play on a new field during their final two regular-season home games. ... Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders will miss Sunday night's game in San Diego because of his ailing right knee.
Boxing: : Ricky Hatton dominated the fight from the second round in Las Vegas before Paulie Malignaggi's trainer came into the ring 28 seconds into the 11th round to stop the lopsided bout. Hatton stunned Malignaggi early and dominated him the rest of the way in a fight that was never really in doubt. He was ahead by wide margins on all three ringside scorecards in staking his claim as the best 140-pound fighter in the world.
Soccer: : The United States will open the final round of regional qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup at home against Mexico and finish its run against Costa Rica. The other three teams in CONCACAF'S qualifying tournament, played between February and October, are El Salvador, Honduras, and Trinidad and Tobago. The top three advance to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and the No. 4 team meets South America's fifth-place nation in a home-and-home playoff for another berth.
Cross country: : Johns Hopkins junior Laura Paulsen earned NCAA All-America honors after leading the Blue Jays to 13th place in the NCAA championship in Hanover, Ind. Paulsen finished in 31st place at 21:37.36.