Guards Lawson, McKee to work out for Wizards
Former North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson of Clinton will attend a pre-draft workout with the Washington Wizards today at Verizon Center. Lawson averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 2.1 steals his junior season in helping lead the Tar Heels to a national championship. Former Coppin State standout Tywain McKee will also attend. McKee averaged 18.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists his senior season and was named to All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference first team. Also scheduled to participate in the workout are Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt of Gonzaga, Taj Gibson of Southern California and Patrick Beverly of Arkansas.
Diversity: : A new study shows that 43 percent of the professional positions in the NBA's league offices are held by women, giving the league its highest grade for gender. The report issued by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport showed an increase of 2 percent of women from last year in the league office. That's higher than any other men's pro league in any previous study.
Investigation of ex-Alabama football star Smith dropped
Alabama Attorney General Troy King found there were no violations involving former Alabama Crimson Tide star Andre Smith and a sports agent and closed his office's investigation into the matter. "We do not continue to pursue allegations of wrongdoing when a thorough review of a matter finds no evidence that would establish a case for probable cause," King said. Tides coach Nick Saban suspended the All-America left tackle and Outland Trophy winner days before Alabama's Sugar Bowl game against Utah amid allegations that Smith or a person representing him had had improper contact with an agent. Smith left after his junior season and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the sixth overall pick.
Washington football: : Nick Montana, the son of former Notre Dame and NFL great Joe Montana, gave a verbal commitment to play at Washington. He will be a senior at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Calif., this fall. Montana is considered one of the top prep quarterbacks for the class of 2010, rated by Scout.com as the No. 13 quarterback prospect in the country. ... Huskies quarterback Jake Locker was picked by the Los Angeles Angels in the 10th round of baseball's amateur draft, the second time he has been taken by the Angels in the draft. He was a 40th-round selection by them after his senior season at Ferndale High. While Locker didn't sign with the Angels then, the possibility is much greater now. Locker and his family plan to talk with the Angels in the coming weeks to see if a deal can be struck.
Kansas State: : The university suspended two longtime athletic administrators but declined to say why. Speculation immediately arose whether the suspension with pay of Jim Epps and Bob Cavello had anything to do with the controversial and allegedly secret agreement to funnel $3.2 million to fired football coach Ron Prince, which the school has challenged in court.
Nebraska: : Former football coach Tom Osborne is sticking around as athletic director. Osborne, 72, had indicated he would step down when his contract expires in summer 2010. But the university said Osborne has agreed to stay. Osborne became athletic director in 2007 on an interim basis after Steve Pederson was fired.
Illinois: : Authorities said former basketball standout and 2001 Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Williams was arrested on drug charges. The 29-year-old Williams and his 24-year-old brother, Aaron, were arrested after agents for the Multi-County Enforcement Group executed a search warrant at a Peoria home. Agents seized 78 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and a .40 caliber handgun. Frank Williams, of Vernon Hills, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Aaron Williams is charged with unlawful possession and not having a firearm ID card.
U.S. soccer team might play Iran for first time since 2000
The U.S. soccer team might go to Iran in November for the first match between the nations in a decade. USSF president Sunil Gulati said the game could be held in Tehran on Nov. 14 or 18. The United States was upset, 2-1, by Iran at the 1998 World Cup in France, then played a 1-1 tie against the Iranians in an exhibition at Pasadena, Calif., in January 2000.
More soccer: : David Beckham started his first competitive game for England in two years, a World Cup qualifier against Andorra.
Tennis: : Tommy Haas defeated fourth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3 7-6 (3), to advance to the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany. In an earlier upset, Mischa Zverev rallied to defeat fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8).
NHL: : A Canadian cable sports channel is reporting that the Dallas Stars have fired coach Dave Tippett after seven seasons. Stars spokesman Rob Scichili says in an e-mail to the Associated Press that the Stars had nothing to release at this time. TSN, on its Web site, quoted unidentified sources as saying the Stars had asked for permission to talk to former Los Angeles Kings coach Marc Crawford. ... Goaltender Ray Emery agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. Ottawa waived Emery, 26, last year after he was repeatedly late to practice and squabbled with teammates. With the Senators, Emery had a 71-40-14 record with a 2.71 goals-against average in parts of five seasons. ... Three Molson brothers confirmed they have made an offer to buy the Montreal Canadiens, the Gillett Entertainment Centre and the Bell Centre. Geoff, Andrew and Justin Molson say the bid was delivered to George Gillett, who owns the Bell Centre and about 80 percent of the team.
WNBA: : Alana Beard scored 15 points, Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) added 14 and the Washington Mystics improved to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 75-69 victory over the host Detroit Shock. Rookie Marissa Coleman (Maryland) added 13 points to help Washington end a six-game losing streak against the Shock (1-2).