Federal authorities are investigating suspended Auburn point guard Varez Ward
for alleged point shaving in at least two games this season, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday. The report cited anonymous sources and said the FBI began an investigation in late February centering on losses to Alabama Feb. 7 and Arkansas Jan. 25. NCAA officials are “very concerned’’ by the allegations and have been in contact with the school and federal investigators since the issue arose last month. Ward and guard Chris Denson
were suspended before a Feb. 25 game against Arkansas, but Denson returned for the next game. Denson was questioned and cleared of involvement in point shaving, the report said. The report said a player reported concerns to an assistant coach in late February. Yahoo Sports reported that other Auburn players were questioned about whether Ward tried to get them to participate in the alleged point shaving. Ward, a Texas transfer, has averaged 9 points and leads the Tigers in assists. Ward scored 3 points and had six turnovers in the 68-50 loss to Alabama, playing 17 minutes. Vegas Insider said Alabama was favored by 5 points . . . Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Corbett
said he wishes former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno
had done more after telling university officials about child molestation accusations against one of his assistant coaches. Corbett also said he and his fellow Penn State trustees were right to fire Paterno, even though the coach met his legal obligation to report the allegation against Jerry Sandusky
. “I wish he would have followed up after he made that report,’’ Corbett said.
NCAA clarifies Syracuse self-reporting
The NCAA issued a statement clarifying the timing of Syracuse’s self-reporting of possible violations of its internal drug policy. “The NCAA enforcement staff received a self-report from Syracuse University on October 27, 2010,’’ the NCAA said. Coach Jim Boeheim had been asked how long he had been aware of the alleged failure to adhere to the drug policy and possibly playing ineligible players over the past decade, reported by Yahoo Sports after a three-month investigation. “This was reported 5 years ago, and we’re waiting for them to finish the process,’’ Boeheim said . . . Almost all the evidence gathered in the fatal police shooting of Pace University football player Danroy Henry Jr. of Easton, Mass., can be made public, a federal judge ruled. A lawyer who represents the student’s family said he plans to release evidence that includes video, 911 calls, police communications and “hundreds of witness statements.’’ Henry, 20, was shot and killed as he drove away from a disturbance that spilled out of a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., after the Pace University homecoming game on Oct. 17, 2010. A Pleasantville policeman, Aaron Hess, said he was hit by Henry’s car and thrown onto the hood and had to shoot through the windshield to stop the driver.
Blackhawks’ Smith out for the season
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Blackhawks forward Ben Smith
, a former star at Boston College, will undergo season-ending surgery next week to repair a right hip tear and hernia. Team physician Michael Terry
said the recovery would take approximately four months. The 23-year-old Smith has two goals in 13 games . . . Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews
skated for the first time since he was injured nearly three weeks ago. He has not played since Feb. 19 because of an upper-body injury that has been reported as a concussion.
Pacquiao has tax trouble in Philippines
Philippine tax officials filed a criminal complaint against boxing champion and lawmaker Manny Pacquiao
for failure to submit documents to investigators looking into his tax returns. Prosecutors will decide if there is enough evidence to bring the case to court, where Pacquiao could face up to two years in jail if convicted . . . Nikola Pekovic
is ready to return to the Timberwolves lineup after missing the past two games with a sore right foot. Minnesota hosts the Lakers Friday night. Guard J.J. Barea
is not expected to play because of a sprained left ankle . . . The Nets signed former Celtic Gerald Green
to a second 10-day contract . . . Ivan Ljubicic
of Croatia will retire from tennis after the Monte Carlo Masters in April . . . Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten
was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame . . . Zenyatta
, the Horse of the Year who won 19 of 20 races during her stellar career, has given birth for the first time to a dark bay colt at Lane End’s Farm in Versailles, Ky. The colt weighed 130 pounds and has a white star on his forehead and some white on his feet.