Improper anchoring caused boat accident
An agency investigating a deadly boating accident involving two NFL players and their two friends in the Gulf of Mexico concluded it was caused when the vessel was improperly anchored and the boat capsized after one of them tried to throttle forward to pry loose the anchor. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's investigation also cited carelessness and operator inexperience as contributing factors. The errors came when a storm front was moving in, making the water very rough.
Chiefs: : Running back Larry Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of disturbing the peace for separate incidents involving women at nightclubs last year. A Kansas City Municipal Court judge sentenced him to two years of probation.
Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) made three free throws and a tough layup in traffic in the final 43 seconds, capping a 43-point, 11-rebound night to lift the Denver Nuggets (47-26) to a 103-101 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks. Jason Kidd (back) missed his first game for Dallas after playing 100 straight. The Mavericks (43-29) suffered their first home loss since the All-Star break.
Other games: : Pau Gasol had a season-high 36 points and 11 rebounds, and the Lakers (58-14) clinched the top playoff seed in the Western Conference with a 103-95 victory over the host Nets (30-42). ... Boston (55-19) rested Kevin Garnett but showed off its depth as Glen Davis filled in with 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 99-93 win over the host Hawks (42-31). ... Al Harrington scored 23 points, and the host Knicks (29-43) ended a six-game skid with a 103-93 win over the Hornets (44-27). New Orleans' James Posey was ejected in the fourth quarter after throwing the ball at referee Gary Zielinski, who had called him for a foul. ... LeBron James scored 25 points, leading the host Cavaliers (59-13) to their franchise-record-tying 11th straight win, a 107-85 victory over the Timberwolves (20-53). ... Tony Parker scored 18 points to lead the host Spurs (48-24) to a 111-98 drubbing of the Clippers (18-55). ... Rashard Lewis scored 19 points to give the surging Magic (54-18) a 110-94 win over the visiting Bucks (31-42).
Et cetera: : Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott said it will be a game-time decision whether Gilbert Arenas makes his season debut against the Pistons on Saturday. ... Hornets center Tyson Chandler was fitted with a walking boot for his sore left ankle and is expected to miss an additional one to two weeks.
Pothier's goal lifts Caps over Lightning
Defenseman Brian Pothier's slap shot with 15:30 remaining proved to be the winning goal, and the host Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 10th straight time, 5-3. Pothier was in his fourth game back from a concussion that nearly ended his career. Alex Ovechkin scored his 52nd and 53rd goals - and did nothing over-the-top after the puck went in. Ovechkin, who added two assists, reached 100 points for the season. Nicklas Backstrom scored twice.
Kim sets record in short program
South Korea's Kim Yu-na won the short program at the World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles with a record score. Kim built a stunning 8.2-point lead over Canada's Joannie Rochette. Her 76.12 score was the best ever for a woman. Mao Asada of Japan was third heading into Saturday's free skate. American Rachael Flatt came in seventh, and U.S. champion Alissa Czisny was 14th.
More figure skating: : With a spectacular free skate, Evan Lysacek on Thursday became the first American since Todd Eldredge in 1996 to win the world championship.
Baseball: : The City of Frederick is pitching a 43 percent increase - from $17,000 to $30,000 - in what the Frederick Keys would pay to play in Harry Grove Stadium this season. The two-year lease of the Orioles' Single-A affiliate ends Tuesday, but the Board of Aldermen agreed to consider the Keys' counteroffer Thursday. ... Athletics right-hander Justin Duchscherer will have arthroscopic elbow surgery next week, likely causing the two-time All-Star to miss at least a month of the season. ... Angels starter John Lackey has tightness in his right forearm and might not be ready to start the season. ... Jose Tabata, a 20-year-old outfielder and one of the Pirates' top prospects, said his wife, Amalia Tabata Pereira, 43, lied to him about being pregnant with his child before she was accused of abducting a 2-month-old girl, who was returned to her parents.
Golf: : Sean O'Hair opened with three birdies and didn't drop a shot until his last hole, giving him a 5-under 65 for a three-shot lead over Jason Gore (70) after the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. Tiger Woods remained in the mix courtesy of a short game that turned a mediocre round into a 69. O'Hair was at 8-under 132. ... In-Kyung Kim shot a second straight 4-under 68 for a two-stroke lead halfway through the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International. ... David Eger opened with a 5-under-par 67 for a one-shot lead at the Champions Cap Cana Championship in the Dominican Republic.
Auto racing: : Jeff Gordon will start on the pole in Sunday's Sprint Cup Goody's 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway after rain washed out qualifying.
College football: : Scheduled to open the 2009 season against Morgan State, Towson will now play its first game at Northwestern on Sept. 5. The Tigers' game at the Bears will be played Sept. 26, and the home opener against Coastal Carolina is Sept 19.
College wrestling: : Maryland's Kerry McCoy was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. McCoy guided the Terps to their second straight ACC championship in his first year at the helm in College Park. The Terps' Brendan Byrne Jr. (125 pounds), Steven Bell Jr. (133), Alex Krom Jr. (141) and Hudson Taylor Jr. (197) were named All-ACC.
Boxing: : Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) landed solid straight punches all night, outboxing former heavyweight champion Samuel Peter to win a majority decision in Los Angeles.
Tennis: : No. 2 seed Roger Federer began his bid for a third Key Biscayne title by beating American Kevin Kim, 6-3, 6-2, in the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida. In women's play, No. 2 Dinara Safina beat Mathilde Johansson of France, 6-1, 6-3.