Messenger Sports Briefs for July 1
Posted: Friday, July 1, 2011 6:27 pm
’Bama RB not hurt,
is victim in accident
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa police say Alabama running back Trent Richardson was the victim in an early-morning hit-and-run.
Officers received a call about 1:30 a.m. Thursday about an accident in which Richardson was the victim. The player wasn’t hurt, and it’s not clear whether Richardson was in a vehicle or whether he was a pedestrian.
A police statement says Richardson declined to sign a warrant on a menacing charge after the incident, and the case is now closed. A spokesman says police won’t release any more information about what happened.
Police did issue a ticket for leaving the scene of an accident, but they won’t release the person’s name.
Douglas party goers
facing some charges
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Florida say four people have been charged with allowing underage drinking at a house party where a University of Alabama football player died.
Fernandina Beach Police said Thursday at least 16 people under 21 years old either drank or used illegal drugs while attending the May 12 party.
Police say 21-year-old Aaron Douglas was found dead on a balcony of the home. He had been vacationing in the area and apparently was invited to the party.
Those charged include 22-year-old Neal Clements, 21-year-old Nathanial Flanders, 24-year-old Daniel Stouter and 23-year-old Dana Luberto.
Douglas was a former player for Tennessee and played last season at Arizona Western Community College. He transferred to Alabama in January.
An autopsy showed multiple drugs in his system.
Cardinals ink deal
with first round pick
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have signed second baseman Kolten Wong, their first-round pick in the draft in June.
The 5-9, 180-pound Wong was the 22nd overall pick out of Hawaii and had told the franchise he was eager to sign. The team said he would report to Class A Quad Cities.
Wong batted .378 last season as a junior with seven home runs and 53 RBI in 57 games.
Griz extend offer
to center Haddadi
MEMPHIS (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent center Hamed Haddadi.
He just completed his third NBA season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds.
The qualifying offer means the Grizzlies can match any offer sheet he signs with another team.
Cal word on Lamb
tells of more duties
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari says Doron Lamb should carry more playmaking responsibilities next season after he skipped the NBA draft to return as a sophomore.
Calipari told The Courier-Journal that Lamb can play point guard at times and has some things to get better at. Calipari also referred to Lamb as “a terrific talent.”
Lamb had 62 assists to 50 turnovers playing alongside Brandon Knight last season. With Knight gone to the NBA as the No. 8 pick by the Detroit Pistons, Calipari would like to see Lamb expand his game.
Calipari liked what he saw from Lamb during the Wildcats’ loss to Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament semifinals. Calipari says Lamb “just played” against Connecticut and summer workouts are important for him to build on that game.