Avalanche goalie Varlamov arrested
Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov surrendered to Denver police on an arrest warrant on charges of kidnapping and third-degree assault in what authorities are calling a domestic violence incident. Police said Wednesday night it involved someone who Varlamov was in an intimate relationship with. Sergeant Steve Warneke said the 25-year-old Russian goalie went to police at about 6 p.m. Varlamov was due for his first court appearance at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the Denver County sheriff’s website. Acquired from Washington in a 2011 trade, Varlamov is 7-1 this season with a 1.76 goals-against average . . . Alex Ovechkin is nursing an upper-body injury, but said it wasn’t a concussion. The Capitals forward missed practice Wednesday. Coach Adam Oates said he thinks Ovechkin was hurt in the first period of Monday’s loss to Vancouver. Ovechkin, who remained in the game, has 10 goals, second in the league through Tuesday.
FAU coaches admits drug use, resigns
Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned after acknowledging to university officials that they had used illegal drugs after a post-practice meeting with athletic director Patrick Chun. Chun said the school learned of the matter earlier in the week no criminal charges have been filed against either. ESPN.com reported the coaches were at a social event, where marijuana was used. Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim head coach for the Owls (2-6). Pelini was 5-15 in two seasons at FAU, his first time as a head coach. He was previously at Nebraska, working as defensive coordinator for his brother, Bo . . . Florida left tackle D.J. Humphries will miss Saturday’s game against Georgia and could be sidelined four weeks with a sprained MCL suffered in practice. The Gators (4-3) already were down four starters and several more backups . . . Washington receiver Kasen Williams will be sidelined up to four months after surgery to repair a broken bone in his lower left leg and an injury to his foot. Williams was injured in a 41-17 win over Cal last Saturday. He has 29 catches for 321 yards and one touchdown.
Iverson, 38, retires in Philadelphia
Allen Iverson officially called it quits nearly four years after he played his final game, retiring at the Wells Fargo Center, the site of so many of the moments he crafted into a Hall of Fame- worthy career. The 38-year-old is 19th on the career scoring list with 24,368 points. The team announced it would retire his No. 3 jersey this season . . . New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson has a chip fracture in a toe on his right foot and is expected to miss 1-3 weeks. The 6-foot-10-inch Anderson is one of New Orleans’s top 3-point shooters . . . Denver exercised the fourth-year option on forward Kenneth Faried and third-year option on point guard Evan Fournier. Faried averaged career-highs in points (11.5) and rebounds (9.2) last season . . . The Bulls exercised 2014-15 options on guard/forward Jimmy Butler (fourth-year option) and guard Marquis Teague (third-year).
Ruling threatens Armstrong’s bonus
A Texas company is closer to forcing Lance Armstrong to return about $12 million in bonuses he was paid for winning the Tour de France while secretly using performance-enhancing drugs. A spokesman for Dallas-based SCA Promotions said a Texas arbitration panel ruled that it would consider the company’s appeal to recover the money. The company tried to prove Armstrong used steroids and other drugs and doping methods back in 2005, but ultimately agreed to pay Armstrong in a settlement. Armstrong’s attorneys argued the settlement was irreversible. But SCA went back to the same arbitration panel for a new ruling after Armstrong confessed he cheated to win cycling’s biggest race every year from 1999-2005.
Athletics’ Reddick has wrist surgery
Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick had surgery on his sprained right wrist, which affected him much of the season. Dr. Mark Belsky, a hand specialist in Newton, Mass., who performed surgery on Reddick’s left wrist in November 2011, handled the procedure . . . A spokesman for the Detroit Tigers said the agent for backup catcher Brayan Pena reached out to the team, which said it is looking in a different direction. Pena hit .297 with four home runs in 71 games as the primary backup to Alex Avila . . . Top-seeded Rafael Nadal found a way to reach the third round of the Paris Masters, while Roger Federer qualified for the ATP Finals for a 12th straight year. Nadal beat Marcel Granollers, 7-5, 7-5, and Federer defeated Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-4 . . . Simona Halep, Samantha Stosur, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova were straight-set winners at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria . . . The Chicago Fire said coach Frank Klopas and president of soccer operations Javier Leon stepped down after the Fire narrowly missed the playoffs . . . Mark Watson was named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes after serving as the interim coach since June.