Ex-NBA All-Star Roundfield drownsFormer NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield drowned while swimming off the Caribbean island of Aruba. Aruba police spokesman John Larmonie said Roundfield and his wife were caught in strong currents Monday while swimming beyond a protected reef area on the southeastern tip of the island. Roundfield helped his wife to safety but then the current swept away the 59-year-old former player. Roundfield was named to All-Star teams in 1980, 1981 and 1982, when he played for the Atlanta Hawks . . . The Utah Jazz named former San Antonio Spurs executive Dennis Lindsey the team’s new general manager, and longtime Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor will continue to oversee basketball operations in his role as an executive vice president . . . The Portland Trail Blazers hired Terry Stotts as head coach. The move announced Tuesday by Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey fills the NBA’s last coaching vacancy . . . The Chicago Tribune reported that the Chicago Bulls are closing in on a contract with first-round draft pick Marquis Teague for his slotted salary of $857,000 next season.
Dodgers owner, Mickelson buy Padres
A group that includes former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and pro golfer Phil Mickelson reached agreement Monday to buy the San Diego Padres from John Moores in a deal believed to be around $800 million. Ron Fowler, chief executive of Liquid Investments, would become controlling owner if the agreement is approved by baseball owners and finalized . . . Arizona Diamondbacks backup catcher Henry Blanco is scheduled for surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and could miss the rest of the season . . . Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis was scratched from the Chicago White Sox starting lineup because of a sore right knee.
Ex-Penn St. players appeal sanctions
A group of former Penn State players, led by former quarterback Michael Robinson, has notified the NCAA that it intends to appeal the harsh sanctions placed upon the football program — including vacating all of the team’s victories from 1998-2011 — because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Paul V. Kelly, an attorney for Robinson and seven others who played for Penn State at some point during the 14 seasons in which the NCAA vacated victories, sent an intent to appeal letter to the NCAA dated Aug. 7 . . . Players’ names are being added to Penn State’s football jerseys for the coming season, the university announced, along with blue ribbons to show support for victims of child abuse. The team’s generic look — blue and white, no names on jerseys — has long been a trademark and was associated with the buttoned-down style of former coach Joe Paterno . . . Suspended University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson pleaded not guilty to raping a woman in February. He has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent . . . The University of Albany and Stony Brook University will join CAA football beginning in 2013.
Oklahoma State’s Jurick suspended
Oklahoma State center Phillip Jurick was suspended indefinitely after he pleaded not guilty to charges that he possessed marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Coach Travis Ford said a final decision on his status will be made when more information is obtained . . . Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun, 70, was released from the hospital following surgery to repair a hip fracture. No timetable has been set for his return to work . . . Connecticut sophomore forward Lauren Engeln is transferring so she can be closer to her home in Laguna Hills, Calif.
Dodge pulling out of NASCAR racing
Dodge is withdrawing from NASCAR competition at the end of the 2012 season. Penske announced in February that it would move to Ford next year, and SRT President and CEO Ralph Gilles said that had an impact on the decision . . . Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger told ESPN he tested positive for the prescription drug Adderall, usually used to treat attention deficit disorder. He said a friend gave him the pill to give him energy . . . Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon and is out indefinitely . . . The World Anti-Doping Agency is urging cycling’s governing body to support United States anti-doping officials and provide documents to help their case against Lance Armstrong. WADA says it wrote to International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid, asking him to withdraw a request to take jurisdiction of the Armstrong case from the US Anti-Doping Agency . . . A federal appeals court ruled that colleges cannot count competitive cheerleading as a sport when trying to comply with gender-equity requirements, upholding a US District Court decision against Quinnipiac University . . . Dick Phelps, 84, of Wakefield and his daughter Ann Jacobs, 53, of Weston won their third USTA National Father/Daughter championship at Longwood Cricket Club in the over 80 division.