Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge and was placed on interim probation nearly a year after he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole on eastern Long Island. In exchange for the guilty plea, Kidd agreed to speak to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunk driving. If he fulfills his community service, his plea will be reduced to a violation — driving while ability impaired — when he returns to court on Sept. 30. Kidd, who retired as an NBA player after last season, was recently hired to coach the Nets . . . Chauncey Billups is back with the Pistons, who brought him back on a two-year deal for $2.5 million each year . . . Mike Miller was designated the Heat’s amnesty player, a move that may save the Heat more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years . . . The Bucks waived forward Drew Gooden and designated him as their amnesty player . . . The Spurs agreed to a two-year contract with forward Jeff Pendergraph, who spent the past two seasons at Indiana . . . Mavericks rookie guard Shane Larkin underwent surgery to repair his broken right ankle . . . In the WNBA, Crystal Langhorne had 13 points and nine rebounds, and the host Washington Mystics defeated the Silver Stars, 86-64.
Blackhawks trade Carcillo to the Kings
The Kings acquired forward Daniel Carcillo in a trade with the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks, who beat the Kings in the Western Conference finals, received a conditional selection in the 2015 draft. Chicago also announced it reached a one-year deal with defenseman Ryan Stanton . . . The Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with defenseman Brendan Smith, who played in 34 games for them in 2013 . . . The Ducks signed left wing Dustin Penner to a one-year contract . . . The Hurricanes signed Jared Staal, younger brother of team captain Eric Staal and forward Jordan Staal, to a one-year, two-way contract.
Spurrier: Coaches for paying players
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier thinks it’s unanimous among his SEC brethren: Football and basketball players should get paid. Spurrier opened his media days address by saying the 28 football and men’s basketball coaches were in favor of paying players about $300 a game in football and perhaps a little less in hoops. Spurrier also added another entry in the growing legend of Jadeveon Clowney. Spurrier said his All-America defensive end ran a 4.4 40 at the end of summer workouts. Clowney is regarded as a Heisman Trophy candidate after finishing sixth last year . . . Florida coach Will Muschamp said Ohio State reported the Gators for possible NCAA violations. Muschamp said no violations were found by the SEC or NCAA. ‘‘And so we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules,’’ Muschamp said . . . Boston College senior Alex Amidon, an All-ACC first-team honoree as a junior last fall, was named to the 2013 preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, which recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football . . . The NCAA champion Louisville men’s basketball team is headed to Washington, D.C., next week to meet President Obama . . . Kent State won a $1.2 million judgment against former men’s basketball coach Geno Ford for leaving in 2011 to become coach at Bradley.
Favre’s No. 4 to be retired — someday
The Green Bay Packers will definitely retire Brett Favre’s No. 4. It just won’t happen during the upcoming 2013 season. Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy made it clear that retiring Favre’s number and reconciling with the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback is important to the franchise. Favre was revered in the state after he led Green Bay to the Super Bowl title in 1997. But he tested the patience of fans and franchise alike with his annual retirement watch late in his career, and his decision to retire and then unretire in 2008 . . . The Packers signed safety Morgan Burnett to a long-term extension reportedly worth $24.75 million over four years . . . The Redskins are asking a judge to dismiss a former Giants linebacker Barrett Green’s lawsuit that accuses the team and former assistant coach Gregg Williams of running a bounty program that encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents. Green, says he was targeted by the Redskins Dec. 5, 2004, resulting in a career-ending knee injury.
Italy eyes Powell, Simpson for doping
Former 100-meter world record-holder Asafa Powell, Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson and their newly hired trainer Christopher Xuereb, were formally placed under criminal investigation for violating Italy’s doping laws, police said in Rome. The move came a day after Italian police confiscated unidentified substances in a raid on the hotel where the three were staying in the northeastern town of Lignano Sabbiadoro, following the athletes’ positive tests for banned stimulants . . . Olympic gold medalist David Rudisha has pulled out of the 800 meters at next month’s world championships in Moscow because of a knee injury, his coach said. Olympic sprinter Yohan Blake of Jamaica also withdrew due to a nagging hamstring injury . . . Registration for the B.A.A. Half Marathon Oct. 13 will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m., online at www.baa.org and limited to 7,500 entrants. The cost is $65 . . . ESPN is expected to announce Wednesday that former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year . . . Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the Swedish Open by beating Sesil Karatancheva, 6-1, 6-2, and next face 104th-ranked Anna Tatishvili, who beat 16-year-old Belinda Bencic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 . . . The host New York Sportimes defeated the Boston Lobsters, 21-14, in World Team Tennis.