Friday's Sports In Brief
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Defense lawyers in Jerry Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for a delay, quickly appealing a same-day rejection from a lower court ahead of next week's scheduled start date.
Sandusky's lawyers made the appeal a few hours after a Superior Court panel issued an order denying the former assistant football coach's petition seeking its review of the matter.
Sandusky, 68, was arrested in November and faces 52 criminal counts for the alleged abuse of 10 boys over 15 years, allegations he denies. Jury selection is scheduled to begin in a central Pennsylvania courthouse on Tuesday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Documents gathered in the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints include a ledger detailing payments for plays such as ``cart-offs'' and ``whacks,'' a person familiar with the probe said.
Yahoo first reported that the NFL has the ledger, which describes $1,000 payments for ``cart-offs,'' or hits which left opponents needing help to the sideline. It noted $400 payments for ``whacks,'' or hard hits, and $100 deductions for mental errors.
The NFL has suspended four players - all of them either current or former Saints - in connection with the bounty probe.
Orlando Woolridge, the rugged forward who carved out a reputation over 13 NBA seasons as a scoring specialist and one of the original alley-oop artists, died late Thursday at his parents' home in Mansfield, La. He was 52.
Woolridge died while under hospice care for a chronic heart condition.
The 6-foot-9 Woolridge was the sixth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in 1981 after starring at Notre Dame in college and Mansfield High School in Louisiana.
Woolridge played for the Bulls, Lakers, Nets, 76ers, Nuggets, Bucks and Pistons, averaging 16.0 points in just over 28 minutes per game.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - As if breaking his right hand wasn't bad enough, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy now is getting frustrated with fans second-guessing his explanation of how he got hurt - and even bothering his wife with negative comments on social media.
Lucroy broke the fifth metacarpal in his right hand, a freak injury that he said happened Sunday night in his hotel room when his wife shifted a suitcase that fell and hit his hand. He is expected to miss approximately six weeks.
The explanation led to skepticism among some fans, some of whom have sent Facebook messages to his wife. Lucroy says, ``You don't take it to the level of bashing someone's wife or entering their personal space. That's just off limits.''
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Michael Phelps split two races in his final meet before the U.S. Olympic trials.
The 14-time Olympic gold medalist finished second to Jimmy Feigen in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 49.05 seconds to Feigen's 48.63. Phelps used his poor showing in that race as motivation in the 100 butterfly, easily winning in 52.02.
The meet, conducted by the University of Texas aquatic program as an alternative to the season's final Grand Prix event in Santa Clara, Calif., is Phelps' last competition before the Olympic trials in Omaha, which begin June 25.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. surrendered to begin a three-month jail sentence for attacking his ex-girlfriend in September 2010 while two of their children watched.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa credited the undefeated five-division champion with attending weekly domestic violence counseling sessions and with beginning to meet community service requirements she imposed in December.
Mayweather pleaded guilty in December to reduced domestic battery charges in a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children. The plea deal allowed him to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jonathan Crawford threw the seventh no-hitter in NCAA tournament history, shutting down Bethune-Cookman 4-0 in the opener of the Gainesville Regional.
Crawford, a sophomore who wasn't even part of the Gators' three-man weekend rotation this season, was nearly perfect and faced the minimum 27 batters. The only player to reach base was Bethune-Cookman's Jake Welch on a walk in the third inning, and Florida catcher Mike Zunino threw him out trying to steal.
Crawford (6-2) struck out five and walked one for the Gators' first no-hitter since 1991, by John Burke - also the last one thrown in the NCAA tournament - in a 2-0 win over Furman.
BOSTON (AP) - Tim Thomas, who has emerged as one of the NHL's top goaltenders despite an unorthodox style in hockey and in life, has told the Bruins that he is thinking about sitting out next season - apparently for family reasons, general manager Peter Chiarelli said.
A late bloomer who played in Finland before finally breaking into an NHL lineup at the age of 32, Thomas emerged as one of the league's top goalies when he won the Vezina Trophy as the in 2009. He won it again and the playoff MVP in 2011 while leading Boston to the Stanley Cup.
The 38-year-old Thomas could not immediately be reached for comment. He has a 196-121-45 record in seven-plus seasons, a 2.48 goals-against average and 31 career shutouts.