Hall of Fame Celtics center Bill Russell issued a statement Saturday accepting responsibility for the Wednesday incident in which he was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officials found a loaded gun in his luggage. “Before boarding my flight from Seattle to Boston, I had accidentally left a legal firearm in my bag. I apologize and truly regret the mistake,” he said. “I was issued a citation by the TSA, whose agents couldn’t have been more thorough and professional when dealing with this. I really appreciate their efforts to keep air travel safe.” Russell was arrested as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. The gun was confiscated and he was released. Russell’s gun was a .38-caliber pistol and was loaded with six rounds, according to a TSA spokesman. Russell was turned over to Port of Seattle police and there were no disruptions at the airport. The 79-year-old has lived in the Seattle area for decades. He was an 11-time NBA champion with Boston and coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 1973-77 . . . The Utah Jazz signed Derrick Favors to a four-year extension. Terms of the deal with the three-year veteran were not announced. The 6-foot-10-inch forward-center averaged career highs with 9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 77 games.
Grambling scrambling for resolutions
Grambling University officials are meeting this weekend in an effort to reach a resolution with disgruntled players and avoid any more forfeits. University spokesman Will Sutton said Saturday that players were given the weekend off but that officials were in touch with some of them by phone. Sutton said there is a practice scheduled for Monday. Grambling players, already playing for their third coach this season, refused to travel from their Louisiana campus for Saturday’s game at Jackson State because of issues they have with leaders of the athletic department and the university. Some of the players have demanded the resignation of university president Frank Pogue, but Sutton said ‘‘that’s not going to happen.’’ Grambling forfeited against Jackson State, but the university plans to play Saturday’s game at home against Texas Southern. It is the school’s annual High School Day, which draws in many prospective students from around the region. Sutton confirmed one of the players’ concerns was about travel. The team recently took buses to games in Kansas City and Indianapolis. ‘‘When you have your budget slashed by 57 percent, you have to make choices,’’ Sutton said. ESPN obtained a letter from players complaining of mold and mildew on equipment and facilities as well as having to pay for certain expenses, such as Gatorade, on their own.
Miller activated, to play against Colts
The Broncos activated All-Pro linebacker Von Miller following his six-game drug suspension. He makes his debut Sunday night when the Broncos (6-0) visit the Colts (4-2). Miller, who has 30 sacks in his two seasons, returned to practice Wednesday after serving his ban for violating the league’s drug-abuse policy . . . Jake Locker will start for Tennessee in Sunday's game against San Francisco, a person familiar with the situation said. Locker suffered a hip sprain three weeks ago in a win over the Jets. The third-year quarterback was listed as questionable on Tennessee’s final injury report this week.
Dixon wins third IndyCar series title
Scott Dixon won the IndyCar championship, using a fifth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., to deny Helio Castroneves his first title. Will Power won Saturday night’s season finale, but the big prize went to Dixon, who won his third series title and gave Target Chip Ganassi its 10th since 1990. Castroneves finished sixth in the race . . . No. 63d-ranked Robin Haase upset top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), to set up a final against Tommy Haas at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Tsonga, ranked eighth, looked to have an injured knee . . . Samantha Stosur beat doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-4, and will face Simona Halep in the Kremlin Cup final in Moscow. In the men’s semifinals, top-seeded Richard Gasquet defeated Ivo Karlovic, 7-4, 7-5, and qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin upset defending champion Andreas Seppi, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 . . . Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will play Annika Beck in the final of the Luxembourg Open. Wozniacki, ranked No. 9, defeated Sabine Lisicki, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals. Beck advanced to her first WTA final when Stefanie Voegele retired at 7-5, 1-0 . . . Top-seeded David Ferrer became the first Spaniard in 37 years to reach the Stockholm Open final when he beat Ernests Gulbis, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. In the title match, Ferrer will play Grigor Dimotrov . . . Japan’s Tatsuki Machida edged American Adam Rippon for the Skate America men’s title in Detroit, where Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White topped the ice dance competition for the fourth straight year.