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Sports log: Mookie Blaylock faces charges in fatal crash

BASKETBALL

Former NBA star Mookie Blaylock was charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane in a head-on crash near Atlanta that killed a woman, police said Sunday. Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen said authorities wanted to talk to Blaylock, 46, before deciding whether he should face more serious charges. Officers had not been able to speak with Blaylock because of his injuries but they hope to do so as early as Monday, the chief said. Blaylock was driving an SUV that collided Friday with a van after crossing the center line in the Atlanta suburb of Jonesboro. The crash killed Monica Murphy, 43. Her husband was driving the van and suffered a broken ankle. Blaylock was seriously injured, but a spokeswoman at Atlanta Medical Center said his condition was upgraded to fair Sunday. He was initially in critical condition. Blaylock was a first-round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets out of Oklahoma in 1989. He played for the Atlanta Hawks from 1992-99, appeared in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game, and had his best season in 1996-97, averaging 17.4 points and 5.9 assists . . . In WNBA play, Angel McCoughtry scored 15 points and Erika de Souza had 14 as the Atlanta Dream beat the host Washington Mystics, 73-63. Crystal Langhorne led the Mystics with 15 points . . . Epiphanny Prince scored 19 points and Elena Delle Donne added 15 as the host Chicago Sky beat the Tulsa Shock, 92-71.Glory Johnson led Tulsa with 15 points . . . Tanisha Wright scored 20 points to lead the Seattle Storm past the visiting Phoenix Mercury, 75-72. Candice Dupree had 18 points and Brittney Griner added 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots for Phoenix.

BASEBALL

Twins send Colabello back to minors

The Twins optioned infielder Chris Colabello to Triple A Rochester. In two major league stints this season, the former Assumption College star from Milford has appeared in six games, hitting .133 (2 for 15) . . . The White Sox put outfielder Dewayne Wise on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and recalled outfielder Jordan Danks from Triple A Charlotte . . . The Rockies put closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day DL with a strained right groin and recalled righthander Manny Corpas from Triple A Colorado Springs. Corpas, a mainstay in the Rockies’ bullpen for five seasons before undergoing Tommy John surgery in September 2010, appeared in 48 games with the Cubs last season . . . The Mariners put first baseman Justin Smoak on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain and traded outfielder Francisco Martinez to the Tigers for a player to be named or cash considerations . . . Despite saying his injured left knee has not improved yet, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper expects to begin running and hitting next week and come off the DL the first day he is eligible on June 11. Also, the Nationals expect to have outfielder Jayson Werth back on Tuesday. Werth has been on the DL with a strained right hamstring since May 3.

COLLEGES

Washington edges Harvard in IRA final

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The Washington men’s rowing team won the varsity eight title in the grand finals of the IRA championships in Sacramento, Calif., with a time of 5:39.68, finishing ahead of Harvard (5:42.24), Brown (5:42.53), Northeastern (5:42.72), California (5:45.06), and Princeton (5:49.54). Washington also won the second varsity eight grand final ahead of Brown, California, Princeton, Boston University, and Northeastern . . . Sean Keselica had two hits and an RBI as Virginia Tech beat Connecticut, 3-1, in an NCAA elimination baseball game in Blacksburg, Va. Brad Markey gave up one run and five hits in 5 innings for the win. Anthony Marzi took the loss . . . Brett McAfee had two doubles and three RBIs as Arkansas beat Bryant, 12-3, in Manhattan, Kan., to eliminate the Bulldogs from the NCAAs. Kevin Brown homered for Bryant . . . Danny Barrett led California to the Collegiate Rugby Championship title, scoring twice in a 19-14 win over Life University in Chester, Pa. . . . Pac-12 school presidents will take no further action after an independent review found the conference properly handled concerns about officiating during its basketball tournament. A report by Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller LLP said the Pac-12 was correct in its assessment that coordinator of officiating Ed Rush wasn’t serious when he offered bounties to any official who disciplined Arizona coach Sean Miller during the Pac-12 tournament in March. Ice Miller also agreed that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott had the authority and made a reasonable decision in fining Miller $25,000 for his actions during and after Arizona’s semifinal game against UCLA. Rush said he made the bounty offer in jest to lighten the mood in the officials’ locker room, but resigned as coordinator of officiating April 4.

MISCELLANY

Pagenaud captures Detroit Grand Prix

Simon Pagenaud won the Detroit Grand Prix for his first career IndyCar victory. James Jakes finished second, Mike Conway third, and Scott Dixon fourth, followed by Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti, who pulled into a tie with HelioCastroneves for the IndyCar points lead . . . Jorge Lorenzo won the MotoGP race in Scarperia for his third consecutive Italian Grand Prix victory . . . Bernard Koech of Kenya won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in San Diego in 58 minutes, 41 seconds, the fastest time ever run in the United States and the fastest in the world this year. Koech’s mark will not count as a record because the net elevation drop from start to finish on the point-to-point course exceeded IAAF rules . . . A portion of the 15-foot-tall “Walk the Plank” obstacle collapsed at the Tough Mudder Challenge at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, N.H., but no injuries were reported.

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