Report: Armstrong eyes ‘redemption’
Lance Armstrong recently met with the head of the US Anti-Doping Agency to explore a ‘‘pathway to redemption,’’ according to a report Wednesday night on ‘‘60 Minutes Sports’’ dealing with the investigation that cost the cyclist his Tour de France titles. The New York Times reported last week that Armstrong and USADA CEO Travis Tygart had been meeting about a possible confession. Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, denied the meetings had taken place. During the show, Tygart detailed his mission to investigate Armstrong, calling the cyclist’s refusal to help in the probe ‘‘one of the lowest days of this investigation, quite honestly.” Tygart also said he had been subject to numerous death threats from anonymous e-mails and letters.
NBA Sale could move Kings to Seattle
Investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings, setting up the possibility of the NBA’s return to Seattle. Hansen’s interest was confirmed Wednesday by people with knowledge of the situation. They spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because no deal has been reached, but said the deal could be worth more than $500 million. The Kings’ future in Sacramento has been uncertain because the Maloofs and the city haven’t been able to come up with a long-term arena solution. Yahoo! Sports reported the sale could land the Kings in Seattle for the 2013-14 season where the team would play at KeyArena as a temporary home until a new arena is constructed . . . Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao needs surgery to repair a muscle that split near his right knee and could cause him to miss two more months, a major setback for a young Cleveland team struggling through another miserable season. The NBA’s leading rebounder, Varejao was injured Dec. 18 vs. Toronto . . . Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is expected to miss 8-10 weeks after needing surgery to repair a right hand that is broken for the second time this season, the team announced . . . Wizards guard John Wall, who has been recovering from a left kneecap injury, said he’ll make his season debut Saturday against the Hawks if he can get through the next couple of days of practice pain-free.
Clancy and Chapple win Lowe Awards
Boston College linebacker Nick Clancy and Harvard quarterback Colton Chapple will receive the 74th Bulger Lowe Award Thursday at the Gridiron Club’s annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards night at the Waltham Westin, presented to the top Division 1 defensive and offensive players in New England. Other honorees include: BC tackle Emmett Cleary and MIT guard Ethan Peterson (Swede Nelson Award, exceptional achievement in sportsmanship, academics, athletics); Middlebury QB McCallum Foote, Framingham State RB Melikke Van Alstyne, and Bridgewater State DT Paul Melicharek (Joe Zabilski Award, Division 2-3 Players of the Year); New Hampshire’s Sean McDonnell and Trinity’s Jeff Devanney (Coaches of the Year); Harvard’s Scott Larkee and MIT’s Al Pogarian (Assistant Coaches of the Year); Jeff Akers (Joseph McKenney Award, top official); and Howard Vandersea (John Baronian Award, lifetime contributions) . . . Ted Roof left Penn State after one season as defensive coordinator to take the same job at his alma mater, Georgia Tech . . . Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Tajh Boyd will return to Clemson for his senior season. The junior quarterback led the Tigers to a 21-6 record the past two seasons. Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, a first-team All-American, and Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum also announced they would return for their senior seasons . . . Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, and defensive end Darrington Sentimore are bypassing their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Also declaring for the draft was Eastern Washington receiver and two-time FCS All-American Brandon Kaufman . . . Mirko Jurkovic, a former University of Notre Dame football standout who was part of the 1988 national championship team, died of cancer in Indiana, according to the university’s athletic department. He was 42 . . . Duke announced that forward Ryan Kelly will be out indefinitely with a right foot injury. The senior is averaging 13.4 points for the No. 1 Blue Devils.
148-year-old card to go to auction
An auction house expects six-figure bids when it sells a rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a yard sale in rural Maine. Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford said a man found the card by chance in a photo album he bought in Baileyville, on the Canadian border. The card is a photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club mounted on a card. Saco River manager Troy Thibodeau says he’s aware of only two such cards in existence . . . The Pirates acquired righthander Jeanmar Gomez from the Indians in exchange for minor league outfielder Quincy Latimore . . . First baseman Jonathan Singleton, a minor league player in the Astros’ organization, was suspended 50 games after a second violation for a drug of abuse . . . John Isner has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a knee injury, leaving No. 22 Sam Querrey as the highest-ranked US man at the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.