Ex-safety Sharper pleads not guilty
Former safety Darren Sharper pleaded not guilty to charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood night club. A judge increased his bail to $1 million Thursday and ordered him to remain in Los Angeles, stay away from nightclubs, and not be alone with any woman not known to him since October, when the first alleged incident took place . . . A police complaint alleges Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked out his fiancee during an argument at an Atlantic City casino. Police charged both Rice and Janay Palmer with simple assault in the incident Saturday at the Revel Casino. A police complaint says Rice struck her with his hand, ‘‘rendering her unconscious.’’ Palmer is also accused of striking Rice with her hand. Palmer’s attorney, Robert Gamburg, said he’s certain neither person committed a crime. Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, has said he hopes the case is shown to be a misunderstanding. TMZ Sports released a video of what it says shows Rice dragging a seemingly motionless woman out of a Revel Casino elevator . . . Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch expects to see his driving under the influence trial in California come to an end Friday when he pleads guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving. Lynch’s attorney, Ivan Golde, reached a plea deal with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Lynch was arrested in July 2012 on investigation of driving under the influence after he was pulled over on a freeway in Oakland. Lynch will have to take six driving safety classes and pay a $1,080 fine.
Pistons’ Billups has knee surgery
Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and he’s expected to be evaluated after two to three weeks. Billups had surgery to smooth irregularities in the meniscus and alleviate pain and inflammation . . . The New York Knicks say swingman Iman Shumpert will miss about two weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee . . . Minnesota Timberwolves center Ronny Turiaf is out indefinitely with a bruised right knee . . . Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is suing his former accountant for $600,000 over what Durant says are mistakes on his taxes. Attorneys for Durant said in the lawsuit filed last month that California-based accountant Joel Lynn Elliott deducted some personal expenses as business expenses on Durant’s taxes without proper documentation. The lawsuit stated that Durant will now have to amend his taxes, pay back taxes, interests, and possibly penalties.
MLS takes over troubled Chivas USA
Major League Soccer assumed operation of Chivas USA from troubled owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes. The team had the second-worst record in the league last year at 6-20-8 and averaged a league-low attendance of 8,366 at home. Commissioner Don Garber said the league will sell Chivas USA to an ownership group committed to keeping the team in the Los Angeles area. Garber hopes to have a deal in place by the end of the year. Garber also said MLS is considering putting teams in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Sacramento, San Diego, and Texas . . . Liverpool and Manchester City will play at Yankee Stadium on July 30 as part of a multicity preseason tournament, the International Champions Cup, featuring some of Europe’s top clubs . . . Massachusetts Institute of Technology men’s coach Mike Singleton is leaving to take over as coach at Washington and Lee in July.
Men sentenced for beating Giants fan
Two men who pleaded guilty in the savage beating of a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day in 2011 were sentenced in Los Angeles. Louis Sanchez, 31, who acknowledged he kicked and punched 45-year-old Bryan Stow and pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem, was sentenced to eight years in prison with credit for 1,086 days. Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and was sentenced to four years. His credit for time already in custody appeared to account for at least the majority of that term. The two still face federal weapons possession charges that could send them to federal prison for another 10 years. Stow is permanently disabled, requiring 24-hour-a-day care . . . The NCAA clarified a rule that allows for an automatic ejection for basketball players who go into the stands and commit an ‘‘unsporting act.’’ In a memo sent to conference officiating coordinators Monday, the men’s basketball rules committee said a player will be charged with a flagrant, noncontact foul 2 and will be ejected. The change comes after Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart went into the stands at Texas Tech Feb. 8 and shoved a fan. He was given a technical foul but was not ejected . . . Rafael Nadal defeated Albert Montanes, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals of the Rio Open in Brazil. Nadal showed no problem with his tender back in his second match since returning from the injury. The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago to Stanislas Wawrinka. Nadal said he pushed his recovery ‘‘a little bit’’ to play in Rio, after pulling out of the tournament the week before in Buenos Aires.