Within hours of his ouster from the International Tennis Hall of Fame, doubles great Bob Hewitt was permanently removed in his homeland from the South African Sports and Arts Hall of Fame. The national prosecutor in South Africa is investigating Hewitt, 72, over allegations he sexually abused numerous underage girls he coached from the 1970s to 1990s. In the United States, Hewitt is accused of sexually abusing Heather Crowe Conner, then a 15-year-old student at Masconomet Regional High School, in 1976 after he played a season for the Boston Lobsters.
Czechs, Spain tied in Davis Cup final
Tomas Berdych beat Nicolas Almagro, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, to give the Czech Republic a 1-1 tie with Spain after the opening singles matches Friday in the Davis Cup final in Prague. Earlier, Spain’s David Ferrer topped Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Spain, playing without injured star Rafael Nadal, is bidding to win its fourth title in five years.
Rockets’ White focuses on his health
Rockets rookie forward Royce White said on Twitter that properly treating his mental-health condition is more important than his NBA career. White, the 16th overall pick in the draft, has been absent from Houston’s practices for almost a week and called the team ‘‘inconsistent” for how it was helping him deal with his anxiety issues and obsessive compulsive disorder. According to an ESPN report, White will meet with the Rockets on Monday to discuss his future. White posted on Twitter: ‘‘I'm not PLANNING to quit, but if its between my HEALTH and BASKETBALL, health takes precedence.’’ . . . Hornets general manager Dell Demps agreed to a multiyear contract extension.
UCLA freshman Muhammad is eligible
The NCAA ruled UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad eligible to play, and the star freshman guard is set to make his Bruins debut Monday night. The NCAA said UCLA’s sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after the school required him to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits. The NCAA and UCLA found that Muhammad accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina . . . Saint Louis men’s coach Rick Majerus, will not return to the team because of a serious heart condition. Majerus has been undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for ongoing heart trouble. Jim Crews, added to Majerus’s staff last season, is the interim coach.
O’Connor headlines TD Garden bouts
Two-time national amateur boxing champion Danny O’Connor of Framingham will take on Derek Silveira of Salem in a 10-round welterweight bout in the headliner of TD Garden’s Night at the Fights on Dec. 14. The card, which will also feature five amateur bouts, begins at 7 p.m. . . . Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon said he was fueled by a seven-month grudge when he intentionally wrecked Clint Bowyer last Sunday, but said he regretted the incident. “I allowed my anger and my emotions to put me in a position to make a bad choice,’’ Gordon said. ‘‘I felt like Clint needed to be dealt with, but that wasn’t the right way to go about it, certainly not the right time.’’ . . . Defending champion and world No. 1 Rory McIlroy (5 over) missed the cut at the Hong Kong Open. Michael Campbell has a one-shot lead after a 64 got him to 9 under . . . Ai Miyazato shot an 8-under-par 64 for a one-shot lead in the second round of the LPGA Titleholders in Naples, Fla. . . . Henrik Stenson opened a four-shot lead at the South African Open in Johannesburg with a second-round 65 before play was suspended because of an electrical storm with much of the field yet to finish.