Men's college basketball
Alleged violations could cost Memphis its 2007-08 wins
Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson defended the men's basketball program Thursday, saying the school checks out all potential players. He would not confirm that Derrick Rose, who led Memphis to the 2008 national title game, is at the center of an NCAA investigation of major violations during that season. In a letter to the school the NCAA says an unknown person took the SAT for a player, with his knowledge, and then the player used that test to get into Memphis. The NCAA said the athlete in question played for the Tigers in the 2007-2008 season and the 2008 NCAA tournament. The only person who played just that season was Rose. "We wouldn't play anybody if we hadn't checked it out pretty thoroughly," Johnson said. The alleged violations occurred under John Calipari, who left March 31 to take over at Kentucky. Calipari, who's cooperating with the investigation, was told by the NCAA in a letter that he was not at risk of being charged with any violations in the case. Memphis faces the loss of its 38 wins that season.
Kentucky: : The university countersued fired men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie, claiming it doesn't owe him pay because he never signed a contract. The employment dispute escalated when the university filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court in Kentucky, one day after Gillispie filed his own claim in Dallas, asking for $6 million in lost salary and undisclosed punitive damages, attorneys' fees and court costs. Gillispie, who was fired March 27, was working under a seven-year memorandum of understanding but hadn't signed a contract during the two years he coached the Wildcats.
Louisiana moves closer to ensuring Saints stick around
The Louisiana House has approved a central piece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's deal to keep the New Orleans Saints in the state. The measure, sent to the Senate with a 70-23 vote, would allow team owner Tom Benson to act as the state's landlord by letting the state lease office space from Benson for up to two decades. Jindal agreed to rent office space from the Saints owner in a deal to funnel money to the NFL team while limiting direct cash subsidies, which have reached $23.5 million a year. For his part, Benson agreed to keep the Saints in New Orleans through 2025.
Jurisprudence: : Former Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith pleaded not guilty to several charges, including possession of cocaine and marijuana, stemming from an incident in Jacksonville, Fla., on April 23, when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found crack cocaine, marijuana and a business card with powder cocaine residue in Smith's car. Smith retired from the Jaguars in 2006. He finished with 862 receptions and 12,287 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns.
Chargers: : San Diego rejected a developer's proposal to build a $1 billion stadium as part of a redevelopment of the land surrounding Qualcomm Stadium.
Obituary: : Former Lions defensive back and wide receiver Terry Barr, a rookie on Detroit's last championship team in 1957, died. He was 73. Barr died Thursday at his Bloomfield Hills home after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, team spokesman Tim Pendell said. Barr played nine seasons with Detroit and ranks 12th among Lions receivers, with 227 catches, 3,810 yards and 35 touchdowns.
Half-marathon to be held Sunday in Timonium
The Maryland Half-Marathon will be held Sunday in Timonium, with the proceeds to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. There also will be a Kids One-Mile Fun Run and a post-race festival with live music at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at 2200 York Road. More than 1,700 people have signed up to run the 13.1-mile course. The half-marathon will start at 7:30 a.m. at the fairgrounds, with the festival starting at 10 a.m. Admission to the festival is free. For a map of the course, go to http://mdhalfmarathon.com/about/the-course.
Soccer: : D.C. United will play Spanish power Real Madrid in an exhibition match Aug. 9 at FedEx Field in Landover. The teams met in Seattle two years ago, playing to a 1-1 draw.