Austin has Marfan syndrome
Isaiah Austin’s attempt to play in the NBA despite his partial blindness has ended because of a genetic disorder that affects his heart.
The former Baylor center, who left school early to enter this week’s NBA draft, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which affects the body’s connective tissue.
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Baylor officials made the announcement Sunday. The condition was discovered during a physical for the draft, which is Thursday.
According to the Mayo Clinic, complications from Marfan syndrome can weaken the aorta, the artery that supplies blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
“They told me that my arteries in my heart are enlarged and that if I overwork myself or push too hard that my heart could rupture,” Austin said in an interview with ESPN as he fought back tears. “The draft is four days away and I had a dream that my name was going to be called.”
The 7-foot-1 Austin declared for the draft after his sophomore season, in which he averaged 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds.
During his final season with the Bears, Austin revealed he had a prosthetic right eye after multiple operations couldn’t repair a detached retina. The eye was damaged when a previous injury was aggravated doing a routine dunk before a middle-school game.
Report: Anthony to opt out
Facing a Monday deadline to decide whether he wanted to exercise the early termination option in his contract, forward Carmelo Anthony informed the New York Knicks he was opting out so he could explore free agency, according to a person briefed on the discussions.
Had Anthony opted in, as Phil Jackson, the team’s president, publicly encouraged him to do, the sometimes uneasy marriage between Anthony and the Knicks would have been sure to extend for at least another season. By becoming a free agent, Anthony can receive offers starting July 1 from potential suitors such as the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets — two teams that could be much better equipped, at least in the short run, to contend for championships.
Opting out does not necessarily mean Anthony will leave the Knicks. In fact, they can offer him the most lucrative contract under the terms of the collective-bargaining agreement: about $129 million over five years. Rival teams can offer Anthony about $95 million over four years.
Bartoli doesn’t regret retirement
Marion Bartoli, last year’s champion, is the first woman in 17 years to decline trying to defend her Wimbledon title.
Nonetheless, Bartoli held the traditional reigning champion’s pretournament news conference Sunday. She explained she has zero lingering doubts about retiring at age 28, less than two months after winning her only major-title trophy.
Tugging down the collar of her white top to reveal strips of blue tape providing support for her right shoulder, Bartoli said: “Literally, I can’t even lift my arm every morning. It was the same last year and didn’t improve. … So definitely no regrets at all.”
Her activities these days include TV commentary, launching a shoe line and designing jewelry.
Costa threepeats in Switzerland
World road champion Rui Costa of Portugal won his third straight Tour de Suisse after taking the ninth and final stage.
The Lampre-Merida rider made his move with about 1.5 miles left in the 97.5-mile stage from Martigny to Saas-Fee in Switzerland. Costa finished the stage 14 seconds ahead of Dutch rider Bauke Mollema of the Belkin-Pro Cycling team.
In the overall race, Costa had a time of 33 hours, 8 minutes, 35 seconds. Swiss rider Mathias Frank of IAM Cycling was second, 33 seconds behind.
“What a wonderful day; stage and overall-classification victory. I could not have asked for a better end,” the 27-year-old Costa said after winning his first event this season.
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Centers Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano could also make the Hall in their first year of eligibility.
• Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, was briefly taken from a jail to a hospital Saturday for an undisclosed problem.
Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in connection with the killings of two men in Boston in 2012 and the killing of another man last year.
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Items up for sale included end-zone turf, pretzel warmers, a boxing ring, a soccer field, flat-screen televisions and scoreboards. The stadium’s copper wiring sold for more than $77,000.
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