ESPN.com, according to sources, reported that Star Lotulelei, one of the elite prospects for the 2013 NFL draft, will not be allowed to...
Utah standout Lotulelei has heart condition
ESPN.com, according to sources, reported that Star Lotulelei, one of the elite prospects for the 2013 NFL draft, will not be allowed to work out Monday at the NFL scouting combine after an echocardiogram revealed that the former Utah defensive tackle has a heart condition that requires more testing.
His agent, Bruce Tollner, told ESPN that the first team All-American had an abnormal test result as part of his physical.
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The report said Lotulelei was discovered to have an abnormally low Ejection Fraction, detecting that the left ventricle of his heart was pumping at only 44 percent efficiency, sources said. The normal range is between 55 to 70 percent efficiency.
Lotulelei, a 6-foot-2, 311-pound defensive tackle, will undergo further testing in Salt Lake City in an effort to seek more clarity with the condition, a source said. If it’s a confirmed chronic condition, medical experts consider it an indication of possible heart damage.
Lotulelei still will be interviewed by NFL teams in Indianapolis and plans to participate at Utah’s Pro Day on March 20.
Smith deal almost done?
According to multiple reports, the San Francisco 49ers have wrapped up a trade that will put quarterback Alex Smith in a new city, reportedly Kansas City.
CBS Sports reported that the 49ers have sewed up negotiations with a willing trade partner. The interested team is not yet known, though Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com says the Kansas City Chiefs have a deal for Smith that is “all but done.”
Pistorius’ brother faces charges in death of woman
The murder case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn with the news that his older brother, Carl, is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident.
Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for a 2008 road death, “in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life,” Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer said. The accident happened in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg. The charge of “culpable homicide” was dropped and then reinstated and will be challenged in court, the lawyer told The Associated Press.
Manchester City shuts out Chelsea
Manchester City kept alive its slim Premier League title hopes Sunday, beating Chelsea 2-0 on second-half goals by Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez.
In London, Swansea marked its centenary season by winning its first major trophy, outclassing fourth-tier club Bradford to win the League Cup final 5-0.
Meanwhile, David Beckham celebrated his Paris Saint-Germain debut by helping to create the second goal as the French leaders beat rival Marseille 2-0.
• Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins gave the United States its first gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Nordic world championships with a victory in the women’s team sprint in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
• Cliff Pace won the Bassmasters Classic in Tulsa, Okla., finishing with a three-day catch of 54 pounds, 12 ounces at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.
The 32-year-old Pace, from Petal, Miss., earned $500,000 for his first victory in the event.
• Tina Maze of Slovenia clinched her first overall World Cup title in Meribel, France, winning the super-combined for her eighth victory this season with nine races still to go.
Maze led the downhill section and coasted home in the slalom after Maria Hoefl–Riesch crashed out of contention. She also tied a season record with her 18th top-three finish,
• The world’s oldest marathon runner ran his last race at the age of 101.
Fauja Singh finished the Hong Kong Marathon’s 10-kilometer (6.25-mile) race in 1 hour, 32 minutes, 28 seconds.
• Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, running just his second career marathon, outlasted compatriot and defending champion Michael Kipyego to win the Tokyo Marathon in a meet record 2:06:50.
In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Aberu Kebede pulled away in a two-woman duel with compatriot Yeshi Esayias to win in 2:25:34, just six seconds off the meet record.
• Top 3-year-old Violence is off the Kentucky Derby trail after fracturing a bone in his right front leg.
The injury was detected after his second-place finish in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
• David Ferrer won his second tournament of the season by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to successfully defend his Copa Claro title in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• Kei Nishikori of Japan won his third career title and second since October, beating Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-3 in the U.S. National Indoor Championships in Memphis, Tenn.
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