Cuban apologizes to Martin's mother
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized to the mother of Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin. Cuban made a crack after a Mavs loss in Dallas on Saturday in their NBA playoff series. According to Cuban, a fan called the Nuggets "thugs." Cuban looked at Martin's mother, Lydia Moore of Dallas, and said, "That includes your son." Martin's agent told the Denver Post that Cuban told Martin's mother that her son is a "punk." In a Tuesday post on Cuban's blog titled "An Apology to Kenyon Martin's Mom," Cuban wrote that he shouldn't have said anything. He added that the matter had gotten out of hand.
Pacers: : Danny Granger was selected the NBA's Most Improved Player. He edged Nets guard Devin Harris, 364-339, in voting from a panel of 121 journalists. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant was third with 83 points. Granger averaged a career-best 25.8 points this season, made his All-Star team debut and accepted an invitation to train with USA Basketball in July. That all happened after he signed a five-year, $65 million contract extension.
Celtics: : Forward Glen Davis apologized for bumping a 12-year-old boy while celebrating his game-winning shot against the Magic on Sunday. Davis said he got emotional and didn't see the boy as he turned and ran to Boston's bench to celebrate his 21-foot jumper that gave the Celtics a 95-94 win over the Magic. It tied the second-round playoff series at 2-2.
League considers adding second overseas game in '10
The NFL is considering adding a second regular-season game overseas for the 2010 season. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the success of the games at London's Wembley Stadium the past two seasons has fueled the discussions. Goodell said the second game would be held on a different weekend and could be in London or another location in the United Kingdom. The first two NFL regular-season games in London produced sellout crowds. Fans have also gobbled up tickets quickly for this season's New England Patriots-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in London on Oct. 25.
Bills: : Terrell Owens will have even more TV cameras in tow when he arrives in Buffalo this weekend for the start of the team's series of voluntary minicamps. VH-1 confirmed that filming of the Buffalo portion of Owens' reality show will begin Sunday, a day before the Bills open minicamp. The footage is being gathered for a series that follows the day-to-day life of the high-profile star receiver. It is scheduled to premiere on the cable network in late July. Owens reached the deal with VH-1 in January. Owens was released by the Cowboys on March 5, and signed with the Bills two days later.
Jets: : Tight end Bubba Frank re-signed with the New York Jets. The 10-year veteran got a one-year contract.
Players union: : New executive director DeMaurice Smith said in Minnesota his contract has been completed. Smith worked for several weeks without one after his election in March.
Jurisprudence: : Former Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter is free on bond after his arrest in Abilene, Texas. Abilene police say Carter was arrested Sunday night on a probation-violation warrant. The violation arose from a February arrest in South Texas for drunken driving. Carter now plays for the Abilene Ruff Riders of the Indoor Football League. In 2003, he led the Cowboys to a 10-6 season and the playoffs in their first season under coach Bill Parcells.
Goins to become second Terps player to transfer
Maryland center Steve Goins, who injured an ankle last season and played little, is expected to transfer. The freshman suffered the injury and wore a protective boot during Maryland's early-season nonconference schedule. He began practicing in January but played in only four games and scored two points. The 6-foot-10 center from Chicago was considering transferring to a smaller school, according to an official close to the basketball program who asked that his name not be used because the transfer was not completed. Maryland said it has not yet officially granted Goins' release. Several Maryland fan Web sites reported that Goins was leaving. Earlier this month, Braxton Dupree, a 6-8 sophomore from Calvert Hall, received his release. Maryland is hoping to upgrade its inside game next season with the additions of Jordan Williams, a 6-10 power forward from Torrington, Conn., and James Padgett, a 6-8 power forward from Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. JEFF BARKER
Southern California: : A former associate of NBA star O.J. Mayo told Yahoo Sports that basketball coach Tim Floyd paid in 2007 to help get Mayo to play for the Trojans. In a story posted Tuesday night at Yahoo Sports, Louis Johnson said Rodney Guillory told Johnson that Floyd had given Guillory "a grand."
Louisville: : A woman accused of trying to extort money from men's basketball coach Rick Pitino was indicted. A federal grand jury indicted Karen Cunagin Sypher on charges of extortion and lying to the FBI.
Maine: : Associate men's basketball coach Mike Burden resigned Monday after being charged with making sexual advances to a student athlete. Orono, Maine, police said Burden, 36, was charged with unlawful sexual contact against a 21-year-old woman, who is on the soccer team, and assault against a second woman who stopped to help her early Sunday.
Arkansas: : Michael Washington has decided to pass on the NBA and return to Arkansas for his senior season.
Wesleyan: : Longtime coach Norm Daniels died at 102. The university said he died Monday morning. Daniels coached five sports in almost 40 years at the Connecticut school. His longest assignment was baseball, which he coached for 33 seasons beginning in 1941.
Benoit's doctor sentenced to 10 years in prison
The doctor to a professional wrestler who killed himself, his wife and their 7-year-old son was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs to patients. Dr. Phil Astin, 54, had pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to a 175-count federal indictment. Prosecutors said Astin prescribed painkillers and other drugs to known addicts for years. They said at least two of Astin's patients died because of his lax oversight of what medicines they were taking. However, the indictment was unclear about whether Chris Benoit, a wrestler for Stamford, Conn.-based World Wrestling Entertainment, was one of the two. Police said Benoit strangled his wife and son and then hanged himself in their suburban Atlanta home.
Tennis: : Third-ranked Venus Williams was beaten, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, by Alisa Kleybanova at the Madrid Open. Fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic overcame a stubborn challenge from Daniela Hantuchova to win, 7-5, 6-2. On the men's side, Roger Federer beat Robin Soderling, 6-1, 7-5, while new No. 3 Andy Murray scored a tough 7-6 (9), 6-4 win over Simone Bolelli.