Ex-safety Sharper charged with rapes
Prosecutors charged former safety Darren Sharper, 38, on Friday with raping and drugging two women in California and disclosed he is under investigation in connection with five more drug-related rapes in three other states over the last five months. Sharper briefly appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court, where his arraignment was postponed until Feb. 20 at the request of his lawyers. Prosecutors filed a motion to increase Sharper’s bail to $10 million and outlined details of investigations involving him in Las Vegas, Tempe, Ariz., and New Orleans. Sharper has not been charged in the other jurisdictions. Los Angeles County Investigator John Maccharella described a pattern in which Sharper met women at clubs or parties and lured them to a hotel room, where they were allegedly drugged and raped. Sharper played from 1997 to 2010 with the Packers, Vikings, and Saints. He was arrested Jan. 17, but freed on $200,000 bail and ordered to surrender his passport. He has not entered a plea. If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison . . .Commissioner Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012, including $35.1 million in salary, bonus, and pension compensation, according to tax returns the league has submitted. His total 2012 compensation includes a $5 million incentive payment and a $4.1 million pension payment from the 2011 lockout year that was paid in 2012.
Del Potro, Murray upset in Rotterdam
Ernests Gulbis upset top-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro, 6-3, 6-4, in the ABN Amro quarterfinals in Rotterdam, Netherlands, while Marin Cilic knocked off No. 2 Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-4. No. 3 Tomas Berdych survived Jerzy Janowicz, 6-7 (9-11), 6-2, 6-4 . . . Michael Russell upset third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), in the quarterfinals of the US National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis. Russell will play top seed Kei Nishikori, who beat Alex Bogomolov Jr., 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Ivo Karlovic used his powerful serve in beating 21-year-old American Jack Sock, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (3-7), 6-3. Karlovic, who served up 16 aces, will play fourth-seeded Lu Yen-Hsun, who beat American qualifier Alex Kuznetsov, 6-1, 6-4 . . . Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2, 6-1, in the Qatar Open quarterfinals in Doha. No. 5 Jelena Jankovic upset No. 3 Petra Kvitova, 6-1, 6-3; No. 6 Angelique Kerber beat Petra Cetkovska, 6-1, 6-0; and No. 7 Simona Halep swept Sara Errani, 6-2, 6-0.
Anthony open to staying with Knicks
Carmelo Anthony said he knows ‘‘for a fact’’ the Knicks won’t trade him, and said he would be open to staying in New York for less than a maximum contract. Anthony plans to become a free agent this summer. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, but Anthony ruled out the Knicks moving him to avoid the possibility they could lose him for nothing in July . . . All-America forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will miss three to six weeks with mononucleosis, leaving the top-ranked and unbeaten Connecticut Huskies with just eight healthy players . . . Indiana sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea, 21, was suspended indefinitely after his arrest on preliminary drunk driving charges. He was stopped by campus police about 3 a.m. Friday with a blood-alcohol content twice Indiana’s legal limit of 0.08 percent . . . Nevada boxing regulators say welterweights Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will be subject to stepped-up drug and hormone testing before their April 12 rematch in Las Vegas, including plans for samples to undergo isotope-ratio mass spectrometry to detect exogenous testosterone from outside the body . . . Mexico’s men’s soccer team will play Portugal on June 6 at Gillette Stadium in its final exhibition game before heading to the World Cup in Brazil . . . Longtime BC sports information director Dick Kelley died Thursday night after a long battle with ALS. He was 48.