Brandon Browner sentenced for attempted murder
Prosecutors say former Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner has been sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to kill his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her Southern California home. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Browner, 34, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading no contest to attempted murder as part of a deal with prosecutors. Browner also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child. The five-year NFL veteran, who won Super Bowls with the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, was arrested in July. Investigators said Browner broke into the apartment, chased and dragged the woman and then tried to smother her in a carpet. Browner last played in the NFL in 2015 after one season with New Orleans.
Jackson, Providence tip BC in OT
Isaiah Jackson (19 points) hit five free throws in the closing 33.9 seconds of overtime, lifting Providence to a 100-95 victory over host Boston College. A.J. Reeves led the Friars (7-2) with 24 points, and Alpha Diallo had 15. Jordan Chatman led Boston College (6-2) with 28 points . . . Jacob Grandison scored 20 points and Caleb Green added 17 as Holy Cross (6-3) held off host UMass, 82-78. Luwane Pipkins scored 22 points on 6-of-18 shooting for the Minutemen (5-4) . . . Oshae Brissett had 21 points and 14 rebounds to pace host Syracuse (6-2) to a 72-49 win over Northeastern (4-5) . . . Max Mahoney and Tyler Scanlon combined to score 43 points as BU (6-4) broke the game open in the second half to defeat visiting UMass Lowell (5-6), 79-60 . . . Napheesa Collier had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Katie Lou Samuelson scored 20 points, and UConn (8-0), the country’s top-ranked women’s basketball team, beat host Saint Louis, 98-42. Crystal Dangerfield added 18 points and Christyn Williams had 17 as the Huskies won their 123rd consecutive regular-season game. Myia Clark led Saint Louis (4-5) with 18 points . . . Junior guard Blanca Millan, who finished with a season-high 26 points — including the 1,000th of her career — helped visiting Maine (6-2) to a 67-60 victory over Harvard. Jadyn Bush had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Crimson (4-5).
Sixers’ Fultz sidelined indefinitely
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz will be out indefinitely with thoracic outlet syndrome. Fultz, 20, visited with several specialists to figure out what’s ailing him. The Sixers said the specialists have identified a compression or irritation in the area between the lower neck and upper chest. Physical therapy was recommended for Fultz before returning to play. Fultz was the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft. He played just 14 games last season because of a shoulder injury that appeared to affect his shooting mechanics. Fultz lost his starting spot in the rotation when the Sixers traded for Jimmy Butler . . . Joakim Noah, 33, will try to revive his NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies, as general manager Chris Wallace announced that the team has signed the 6-foot-11-inch center for the remainder of the season. Noah made consecutive All-Star appearances in 2013 and 2014. He finished fourth in the Most Valuable Player balloting and was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in the 2013-14 season. But he hasn’t been much of a factor in recent years as injuries curtailed his production. Noah appeared in just seven games with the New York Knicks last season and averaged 1.7 points, 2 rebounds and 5.7 minutes . . . Hawks forward Taurean Prince will miss at least three weeks after injuring his left ankle in Monday’s loss to Golden State. An MRI revealed a ligament sprain, bone bruise, and associated soft tissue inflammation . . . Clippers guard Patrick Beverley was fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball at a fan during a game in Dallas. The incident occurred with 9:10 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 114-110 loss to the Mavericks on Sunday. Beverley and Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. wrestled on the floor for a loose ball, their second loose-ball scramble of the game. After Beverley got up holding the ball, he threw a bounce pass to a Mavericks’ fan sitting courtside, which the fan caught. That drew a technical foul and an ejection. He said after the game that the fan uttered an expletive about his mother.
IAAF extends ban on Russians
The IAAF extended its ban on Russia’s participation in international competitions on Tuesday, with no clarity on whether the suspension may be lifted before next year’s world championships in Qatar. Sticking to a harder line than the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee, a meeting of the IAAF council in Monaco wasn’t prepared to draw the line under the scandal of Russian doping and cover-ups. The IAAF still has two remaining conditions for Russia to be reinstated. It wants the country to pay its substantial costs, including legal costs, incurred from dealing with the Russian doping crisis; the IAAF also is pressuring for its anti-doping unit to get access to data and drug-test samples from a Moscow laboratory that could help identify more Russian athletes suspected of doping. ‘‘Russian athletes cannot return to international competition unconditionally until that such issue is resolved one way or another,’’ he said . . . Russian curling medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky was banned for four years in a doping case that cost Russia the right to fly its flag at the Winter Olympic closing ceremony this year. Krushelnitsky won the bronze medal in mixed doubles with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova — the first medal for Russian athletes at the Pyeongchang Games — but they were stripped of the result after he tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. Krushelnitsky argued that he was spiked with meldonium by an unnamed third party but the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled the ‘‘arguments were not supported by reliable or credible evidence.’’ Russian athletes were not allowed to compete under their own flag in Pyeongchang as punishment for past doping offenses. They had to pass extra vetting before the games and competed in neutral uniforms as ‘‘Olympic Athletes from Russia.’’
Maryland tabs Alabama’s Locksley
Maryland hired Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as its football coach, bringing home a familiar presence after the most tumultuous year in the program’s recent history. Offensive lineman Jordan McNair died in June of heatstroke he suffered during an offseason workout, and in the wake of his death came allegations of bullying and intimidation by coach DJ Durkin and one of his assistants. Locksley, who won the Broyles Award on Tuesday as the nation’s top assistant coach, was Maryland’s running backs coach from 1997-2002, and returned as the program’s offensive coordinator from 2012-15. Locksley spent the last three years at Alabama, including last season as co-offensive coordinator and this year as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator . . . Louisville officially hired Scott Satterfield as its head football coach, with the 45-year-old former Appalachian State coach to receive a six-year contract with a base annual salary of $1.625 million and another $1.625 million for media obligations . . . Former Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant said he’ll play his final season at Missouri. Bryant released a video on social media that ended with a player in a Missouri uniform and fans chanting ‘‘M-I-Z’’ for its nickname ‘‘Mizzou.’’ Bryant had visited several schools after he announced his transfer from Clemson because he was demoted as starting quarterback behind freshman Trevor Lawrence. Bryant, 16-2 as Clemson’s starter, helped the Tigers win an Atlantic Coast Conference title and reach the College Football Playoff in 2017 . . . In men’s hockey, Harvard senior Michael Lackey made 24 saves to help the visiting Crimson (5-4-2) hold off Bentley (5-10-1), 2-1, in Waltham . . . Kurt Busch and sponsor Monster Energy will move to Chip Ganassi Racing next season for Busch’s 20th season in NASCAR. The partnership is a one-year contract for Busch to drive the No. 1 Chevrolet with primary sponsorship from Monster. It is believed the one season as teammate to Kyle Larson will be Busch’s final year of fulltime NASCAR competition. Busch won NASCAR’s Cup title in 2004 and counts the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600 among his 30 career victories. He spent the last five seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing . . . The PGA of America is leaving Florida for a $520 million development in the Dallas area that will include a 500-room hotel, a massive conference center, and two golf courses that will bring major championships back to Texas. The decision followed approval of an incentives package by the Frisco City Council and other government entities. The move is not expected until the summer of 2022, about the time the two golf courses, a 9-hole short course, and practice areas are to be finished. As part of the agreement, the PGA Championship will be held at one of the two courses in 2027 and 2034.