National Sports Briefs
BRISTOL, Conn. ó ESPN will have its fourth annual 24-hour marathon and this year it will include two womenís games, one with Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.
The cable network announced Thursday that the around-the-clock coverage will include 17 menís games and the two womenís games starting at midnight EST Nov. 15.
Summitt announced Tuesday that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia ó the Alzheimerís type. The Naismith Hall of Famer will start her 38th season with the Lady Volunteers, who host Miami in the State Farm Womenís Tip-Off Classic in the marathon.
The featured menís games are Duke-Michigan State and Kentucky-Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The marathon starts with Northern Iowa at Saint Maryís and that will be followed by South Alabama at Hawaii.
The popular 6 a.m. slot will be Drexel at Rider and that will be followed by morning games of Morehead State at College of Charleston and Kent State at West Virginia.
Capping the marathon will be a first-round game in the NIT Season Tip-Off that Stanford will host against an opponent to be determined.
SALT LAKE CITY ó Brigham Young University has reinstated junior center Brandon Davies after a six-month suspension from the basketball team and university.
WINSTON-SALEM ó In the all American semifinal of the Winston-Salem Open, fourth-seeded John Isner upset top-seeded Andy Roddick 7-6 (7), 6-4 Friday in the Winston-Salem Open, a final tuneup before the U.S. Open.
Isner won the first set in a tiebreaker by breaking Roddick’s serve to go up 8-7. He ended the set with a 107-mph serve.
“I was flat out just luckier than he was in the first set,” Isner said about advancing to his third finial of the season.
The 28th-ranked Isner will play qualifier Julien Benneteau, who defeated 10th-seeded Robin Haase 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (6) in the other semifinal that took nearly 3 hours to complete.
The 21st-ranked Roddick had been 8-0 in his career in Winston-Salem.
EDISON, N.J. ó What once looked to be a long week at The Barclays suddenly has turned into a sprint.
Matt Kuchar heard the news from his walking scorer when he reached the eighth green Friday that the PGA Tour’s opening playoff event would be reduced to 54 holes on Saturday because of Hurricane Irene. By then, the defending champion had already left his mark on Plainfield Country Club with a 6-under 65.
MIRABEL, Quebec ó Angela Stanford and Ai Miyazato took advantage of soft greens and calm conditions to top the leaderboard after the second round of the Canadian Women’s Open.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. ó Russ Cochran shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Jeff Sluman after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic.
ATLANTA ó Police said late Friday that former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who was once suspended by the league over guns in the locker room, has been charged with murder after a woman was shot on an Atlanta street.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos said police have secured a murder warrant for the arrest of Crittenton, who played at Georgia Tech, in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Jullian Jones on Aug. 19. Campos said Crittenton is not in custody and is wanted.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. ó The fate of eight Miami players is now in the hands of the NCAA.
Miami coach Al Golden said Friday that the university has asked the NCAA to decide the eligibility of a number of football players.
BALTIMORE ó Former Cy Young award winner Mike Flanagan died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, the Maryland medical examiner ruled.
A police investigation revealed the 59-year-old pitcher was upset about financial issues. He left no note.
Flanagan’s body was found Wednesday afternoon about 250 feet behind his home. An investigation showed he was home alone when he took his life.
CLEVELAND ó Jim Thome accepted a trade from Minnesota to return to the Indians, the team he started with and one hoping its career home run leader can help them run down the first-place Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
SAN FRANCISCO ó A federal judge declined to rule on home run record-holder Barry Bonds’ request to toss out his obstruction of justice conviction.