National briefs: Krzyzewskiís son-in-law receives promotion
DURHAM ó Duke has named its new director of basketball operations.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday announced that his son-in-law, former Army player Chris Spatola, has been promoted. Spatola was a graduate assistant and head team manager last season for the Blue Devils, and before that he was a battery commander and executive officer in the U.S. Army.
Spatola is taking over for Mike Schrage, who followed longtime Krzyzewski assistant Johnny Dawkins to Stanford.
Spatola is married to Krzyzewskiís daughter Jamie.
n AUBURN, Ala. ó Tony Neysmith is transferring from Oklahoma to Auburn.
Neysmith played in 22 games for the Sooners as a freshman last season and started four. He averaged less than one point and one rebound per game.
n LEWISBURG, Pa. ó Dave Paulsen was hired as Bucknellís head coach after leading Division III Williams the last eight years.
GREENVILLE ó Three East Carolina players have claimed individual awards from Conference USA.
Catcher Corey Kemp is the player of the year, pitcher Seth Maness is the freshman of the year and pitcher Justin Bristow is the newcomer of the year.
Kemp led C-USA with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs in helping push the Pirates to a 39-17 record, a 13-11 mark in league play and the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament that starts today in New Orleans.
Maness (9-1) became the second freshman in school history with nine victories, and he ranks third in the conference with a 2.79 ERA.
Bristow transferred from Auburn and is 8-2 with a 3.05 ERA.
n SPARTANBURG, S.C. ó Georgia Southern outfielder Chris Shehan has been named the Southern Conference player of the year, and Elonís Steven Hensley won the leagueís top honor for pitchers.
Other honors went to Furman designated hitter Wade Reese for freshman of the year and to Elonís Mike Kennedy for coach of the year.
LAS VEGAS ó Charles Barkley has retired his debt to a Las Vegas Strip casino that sued him after he failed to pay $400,000 in gambling loans.
But the civil lawsuit remains open, and itís going to cost Barkley $40,000 more to get out of the legal doghouse.
Barkley, a TNT analyst, said during a pre-game show Monday that he was to blame for the outstanding gambling debt. He also said he would stop gambling, at least for a while.
iFor right now, the next year or two, Iím not going to gamble,î he said. iJust because I can afford to lose money doesnít mean I should do it.î
n SECAUCUS, N.J. ó Commissioner David Stern wants to have a talk with Tim Donaghy after the disgraced referee is sentenced in July for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and betting on games he officiated.
iWe just thought to close it out, if he has things that heíd like to say,î Stern said. iWe thought it would be in the interest of completeness that we would conduct that interview.î
Stern said the league has already asked Donaghyís lawyer, John F. Lauro, for a sit down and been rebuffed.
ATLANTA ó The NFL and its playersí union are on the clock. As it counts down, the games will go on.
Owners voted unanimously to end their labor agreement with the union in 2011, opting out of a deal that could have gone through 2013.
iAll this means is that we will have football now until 2010 and not until 2012,î Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the NFL Players Association said.
Both Upshaw and commissioner Roger Goodell were reasonably optimistic that an agreement could be reached before the start of the 2010 free-agent season. If there is none, that would be the first season without a salary cap since the year after the 1993 labor contract was signed.
n ATLANTA ó Indianapolis was awarded the 2012 Super Bowl, the fourth time a cold-weather city will host the NFLís championship game.
The new retractable-roof Lucas Oil Stadium was runner-up to Dallas last year. This time, Indianapolis beat out Houston and Arizona.
n BLAKELY, Ga. ó Saints defensive end Charles Grant has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a February altercation at a nightclub.
Grant, who was stabbed in the neck during the fracas, was charged by an Early County grand jury that also charged Laquient Macklin with felony murder and feticide in the shooting death of Korynda Reed, 23.
n ATLANTA ó Matt Ryan, the No. 3 pick in last monthís draft, has signed a six-year, $72-million deal with Atlanta.
Ryan is guaranteed $34.75 million. His guaranteed money is $4.75 million more than received by Jake Long, the No. 1 pick who also is represented by agent Tom Condon.
n IRVING, Texas ó Dallas signed running back Marion Barber and cornerback Terence Newman to extensions.
Newmanís deal is a six-year extension to the final year left on his initial contract. Itís worth more than $50 million, with a $12 million signing bonus and $22.5 million guaranteed over the first three years.
Barber, a restricted free agent, received a $45 million, seven-year deal that includes $16 million in guaranteed bonuses. Itís worth $21 million over the first three years, all of which puts him in the salary range of LaDainian Tomlinson, Edgerrin James and Larry Johnson.
n ST. LOUIS ó One of the new owners of the Rams says he has been approached by iseveral peopleî about selling the team and there is ievery intentionî of keeping it in St. Louis.
Chip Rosenbloom issued a statement, denying a report by Yahoo Sports that the team was on the market and being shopped for up to $900 million, with a sale raising the possibility of a return to Los Angeles.
PARIS ó Former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport has pulled out of the French Open, the only Grand Slam singles event that she hasnít won.
Tournament organizers said the 31-year-old Californian withdrew for ipersonal reasonsî without elaborating.
MOSCOW ó Manchester United and Chelsea are making history with the first all-English Champions League final ó and the one with the latest starting time. Kickoff today is at 10:45 p.m. ó 2:45 p.m. EDT.
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