Brandon Roy scored 13 points in his first game action in two seasons as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Indiana Pacers 84-70 on Wednesday...
Roy scores 13 for Wolves
Brandon Roy scored 13 points in his first game action in two seasons as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Indiana Pacers 84-70 on Wednesday night in Fargo, N.D., in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Roy, the former Huskies star, was a three-time All-Star for Portland before chronic knee problems forced him to retire before last season. After rehabbing for a year, he opted to launch a comeback.
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In another game, the Portland Trail Blazers capitalized on the absences of Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard for a 93-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Ontario, Calif. LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers in their opener under new coach Terry Stotts.
NCAA upholds Boise State scholarship sanctions
The NCAA rejected an appeal from Boise State and is standing by its decision that the program must reduce the number of scholarships it hands out this season and the next.
As part of the penalty, the NCAA ordered the school to cut scholarships from 85 to 82 for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. The school had already self-imposed the scholarship reduction for last season.
Sandusky may lose pension
Pennsylvania’s public employee pension system said it will revoke Jerry Sandusky’s $59,000 annual pension in the wake of his conviction and sentence in the child sexual-abuse scandal.
Sandusky’s lawyer, Karl Rominger, contended the agency has no legal grounds for revoking the pension and said Sandusky will fight any attempt to do so.
Defenders to miss qualifier
Defenders Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo will miss the United States’ World Cup qualifier at Antigua and Barbuda on Friday, the latest in a string of injuries and illnesses that have weakened the American roster.
Johnson is recovering from the flu and plans to join the team ahead of Tuesday’s game against Guatemala in Kansas City, Kan., the finale match of the semifinal round in the North and Central American region.
Castillo has a foot injury and will miss both matches, the U.S. Soccer Federation said after he had an MRI.
Lysacek out of Skate America
Olympic champion Evan Lysacek withdrew from Skate America in Kent next week because of a groin injury. Skate America, set for Oct. 19-21 at ShoWare Center, was to have been his first competition since he won gold at the Vancouver Games.
Labor board in Canada rules lockout can continue
The Alberta Labor Relations Board ruled the NHL’s lockout of players from the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames can continue. The board said declaring the lockout illegal in the province wouldn’t help the league and its players reach a settlement.
The NHL and the players union met Wednesday in New York and are set to meet again Thursday.
Coach accused of hitting boy
A coach struck a 13-year-old player from an opposing team near the sideline during the fourth quarter of a tied game, giving the boy a concussion and outraging parents and spectators, a Utah police sergeant said.
Police arrested Nathan Harris for investigation of felony child abuse after watching grainy video and talking to witnesses about Saturday’s incident in Payson, about 60 miles south of Salt Lake City.
• A Texas men’s basketball team spokesman said sophomore guard Myck Kabongo has talked with NCAA investigators about questions concerning his relationship with Rich Paul, who is LeBron James’ agent. Yahoo! reported Paul called NBA front offices on behalf of Kabongo before the 2012 draft. Kabongo chose to stay with Texas instead of entering the draft.
• The anticipated showdown between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at the World Golf Finals in Belek, Turkey, was pushed back a day because of thunderstorms at the Sultan course.
• Roger Federer of Switzerland ignored recent death threats from a Chinese blogger and won his opening match at the Shanghai Masters, beating qualifier Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan 6-3, 7-5 in the second round.
• Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus started off her last tournament before the season-ending WTA Championships by beating Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria.
• Samantha Stosur of Australia moved into the quarterfinals of the Japan Open in Osaka, beating Virginie Razzano of France 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
• Bode Miller is skipping the opening race of the World Cup season to rest his surgically repaired left knee. The two-time overall World Cup champion won’t compete until the speed races Nov. 24-25 in Lake Louise, Alberta.
• A Nashville, Tenn., judge has delayed a public-intoxication and vandalism case against two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White.
• Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, 33, said he is going to China to play for the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association.
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