National Sports Briefs
NEW YORK ó Two league officials say NBA Commissioner David Stern makes less than baseball’s Bud Selig or the NFL’s Roger Goodell, leaving his salary far below the more than $20 million that’s been reported.
Some reports had Stern’s salary at $23 million, angering locked-out players being asked to accept pay cuts in a new collective bargaining agreement.
Selig makes more than $18 million annually. Goodell receives about $10 million in salary, bonus and incentives.
The officials confirmed an ESPN.com report that Stern has declined to accept a pay check during the work stoppage, as he said he would when asked during the All-Star break about Goodell’s plan to lower his salary to $1 during the NFL’s lockout.
NEW YORK ó Michael Beasley shoved a heckler in the face with his hand during a playground game, but the Minnesota Timberwolves forward later sought out the fan shook his hand.
In the second half of a summer league game at Dyckman Park in Washington Heights, Beasley was jawing back and forth with a fan who was getting on his case. Then Beasley shoved the fan’s face and security intervened. A guard and teammates led the former Kansas State star away from the fan, though Beasley later shook the fan’s hand.
ST. LOUIS ó Former NBA player Darius Miles was arrested after guards found him trying to take a loaded gun through security at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó The woman convicted of trying to extort Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has asked a federal appeals court to overturn her conviction and seven-year prison sentence.
Attorneys for 51-year-old Karen Cunagin Sypher filed a brief with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday night, claiming a broad conspiracy involving Pitino, the federal trial judge and Sypher’s former attorney to ensure she would be found guilty.
BLAINE, Minn. ó Jay Haas aced the fourth hole and finished with four straight birdies en route to an 8-under 64 Friday to share the lead with John Huston after the first round of the 3M Championship.
BATON ROUGE, La. ó LSU assistant coach Steve Kragthorpe has been diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease and is relinquishing his duties as offensive coordinator, but is remaining on the Tigersí staff.
The 46-year-old Kragthorpe is the former head coach at Louisville (2007-09) and at Tulsa (2003-06).
STANFORD, Calif. ó Jessica Hardy outraced Ann Chandler over the final lap to win the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. national championships Thursday night.
She touched in 1 minute, 6.81 seconds, well off her world and American record time. Chandler finished at 1:07.17 and Ellyn Baumgardner was third at 1:08.20.
The legal team for welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao filed a motion for default and dismissal this week in the boxerís defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
They are seeking a default judgment because Mayweather has steadfastly refused to appear during any of the 24 dates that heís been sought for deposition.
LOS ANGELES ó New York Rangers player Sean Avery is out on bail after he was arrested in California on allegations he shoved an officer at his Hollywood Hills home. A neighborís noise complaint sent police to the home at around 1 a.m. Friday.