Detroit first-round pick arrested again
May 28, 2012
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NFLLions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested in Alabama on charges of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police, his second arrest in his home state in two months. Alabama state troopers said the 24-year-old passed a state trooper early Sunday morning at 100 m.p.h. in his Cadillac Escalade in Mobile County. After initially refusing to stop for the trooper’s emergency lights and siren, Fairley pulled over and seemed impaired. He was arrested without incident. Fairly was also cited for reckless driving, no proof of insurance, and open container. Fairley, the Lions’ first-round draft pick last season, also was arrested April 3 in Mobile on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Guillen supports struggling closer Bell
BaseballBefore Sunday’s game against San Francisco, Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said Heath Bell was still his closer, even after the three-time All-Star had to be yanked in the ninth inning from consecutive games. “It’s going to be very hard for us to win if Heath Bell is not our closer,’’ Guillen said. The Marlins newcomer has four blown saves in 11 chances and an ERA of 8.47 . . . Adam Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract with the Orioles, ensuring that the 26-year-old center fielder will be with the team through 2018 . . . St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter may begin a throwing program in a week or so if he continues to progress. Carpenter has been sidelined with a nerve issue in his shoulder . . . The head of security at Dodgers Stadium, Rich Wemmer, is retiring and will be replaced by a former Los Angeles Police deputy chief. Wemmer took the job in April 2011 after San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten in the stadium parking lot.
US women’s roster set for London
SoccerSydney Leroux, who has seven goals in just nine appearances with the US women’s soccer team, is one of six newcomers on the 18-woman roster for the London Olympics. Leroux is the only player on the squad who wasn’t on the US team at last summer’s Women’s World Cup. She also is the youngest player on the team at 22. Joining Leroux as first-time Olympians are Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, key members of that World Cup team, and Kelley O’Hara, Amy LePeilbet, and Becky Sauerbrunn. Abby Wambach returns to the Olympic squad after missing the Beijing Games with a broken leg. Captain Christie Rampone is the first US player to be named to four Olympic teams, and needs to play in one more game to reach 17 and set an American record for Olympic appearances. Eleven players from the 2008 squad return, including goalie Hope Solo . . . C.J. Sapong broke a seven-match goal drought, and host Sporting Kansas City beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1 . . . Two people were being treated for bullet wounds after a shooting that claimed the life of a 21-year-old member of a gang of Argentine soccer hooligans. Soccer violence has intensified in Argentina with at least five people dying this year in soccer-related violence, according to nonprofit group Let’s Save Football.
Northwestern rules women’s lacrosse
CollegesTaylor Thornton scored the winning goal with 9:55 left and Northwestern (21-2) won its seventh NCAA women’s lacrosse championship in eight years, beating Syracuse (19-4), 8-6, in Stony Brook, N.Y. . . . In Greensboro, N.C., Mott Hyde homered and Sam Dove had three of Georgia Tech’s 15 hits as the Yellow Jackets topped Miami, 8-5, to become the first No. 8 seed to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Div. 1 tournament . . . Ross Mitchell pitched five-plus scoreless innings to help Mississippi State claim the Southeastern Conference tournament title with a 3-0 win over Vanderbilt in Hoover, Ala . . . In Oklahoma City, Blake Brown scored the go-ahead run on pinch hitter Eric Simpson’s grounder in the eighth inning and Missouri won its first conference crown since 1980 by beating Oklahoma, 8-7, in the Big 12 championship game.
Troubled boxer Tapia found dead
MiscellanyPolice say five-time world boxing champion Johnny Tapia was found dead by a family member at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. Tapia, 45, won five championships in three weight classes, but his career also was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression, and run-ins with the law. Tapia last fought in June, defeating Mauricio Pastrana in an eight-round decision for a career mark of 59-5-2 . . . Trainer Doug O’Neill has lined up retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey to mentor inexperienced Mario Gutierrez in the weeks before his Triple Crown attempt aboard I’ll Have Another in the Belmont Stakes June 9. The plan is for Gutierrez and Bailey to go around the massive 1 1/2-mile oval on horseback to help the 25-year-old rider understand the nuances of Belmont Park. Bailey won the Belmont twice, with Hansel in 1991 and Empire Maker in 2003 . . . Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win one of cycling’s three major tour races, capturing the Tour of Italy by overtaking Spain’s Joaquin Rodriguez in the final stage. Hesjedal started the 21st stage 31 seconds behind the leader, but finished 16 seconds ahead of Rodriguez in the overall standings. He completed the 17 1/2-mile individual time trial in 34 minutes, 15 seconds. Hesjedal’s total race time was 91 hours, 39 minutes, 2 seconds . . . Mark Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix from the pole while Fernando Alonso moved narrowly into the championship lead in Formula One . . . Maya Moore scored 19 points and defending WNBA champion Minnesota won its franchise-record 10th straight with an 84-71 victory over visiting Seattle . . . Reigning MVP Tamika Catchings had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the Indiana Fever beat the host Atlanta Dream, 78-62 . . . Junior Dos Santos flattened Frank Mir with a huge right hand and finished him on the ground at 3:04 of the second round late Saturday night, emphatically defending his heavyweight title at UFC 146 in Las Vegas. Cain Velasquez stopped Antonio Silva late in the first round after administering a bloody beating that both thrilled and horrified fans at the MGM Grand Garden. Roy Nelson, Stipe Miocic, and Stefan Struve also won on a pay-per-view card topped with five heavyweight fights, a first in UFC history.
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