No brain trauma for Bobcats’ Najera
Bobcats forward Eduardo Najera didn’t suffer any brain trauma after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from Milwaukee’s John Brockman in Friday night’s 95-90 loss. Najera had a CT scan at a hospital that showed he suffered a fractured frontal bone. He accompanied his teammates on a flight back to Charlotte Saturday morning after leaving the hospital, according to team spokesman B.J. Evans. Brockman visited Najera at the hospital.
Giants’ Tollefson latest to head west
The Raiders signed defensive end Dave Tollefson, the latest Giants free agent to land in the Bay Area. Tollefson had a career-high five sacks last season while playing in a reserve role for the Super Bowl champions. Running back Brandon Jacobs and wide receiver Mario Manningham previously signed with the 49ers . . . Former NFL star Warren Sapp owes more than $6.7 million to creditors and back child support and alimony, according to a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in South Florida. Sapp played defensive tackle for the Buccaneers and Raiders during a 13-year NFL career. His $6.45 million in assets includes 240 pairs of Jordan athletic shoes worth almost $6,500, a $2,250 watch, and a lion skin rug worth $1,200. He reported losing the 2002 Super Bowl ring won with the Bucs and his 1991 national championship ring from the University of Miami.
Filmmaker defends recording release
A documentary filmmaker says he had the right to release a recording of then-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams exhorting his players to physically punish targeted San Francisco players. In a statement posted on his promotional website, Sean Pamphilon says he and former Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason “have a production agreement that I have followed.’’ Gleason, who has ALS, had been allowing Pamphilon to document his struggle against the incurable disease. The Saints, who’ve supported Gleason’s efforts to raise awareness about ALS, gave Pamphilon behind-the-scenes access, which allowed him to record Williams’s speech ahead of New Orleans’s 36-32 playoff loss to the 49ers in January. Gleason said the Williams recording should not have been released without his permission, which he never gave.
Guillen apologizes for Castro remarks
Ozzie Guillen called Marlins beat writers for a closed-door meeting in Cincinnati to apologize for telling Time magazine that he loves Fidel Castro. The Marlins released a statement Saturday saying there is “nothing to respect’’ about Castro, calling him a “brutal dictator.’’ Guillen told Time that he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long. Guillen apologized to the baseball writers for the statement, saying he’s opposed to the way Castro has treated the Cuban people. Guillen said he didn’t sleep Friday because he was sick over how the comment would be received . . . The Mets and lefthander Jonathon Niese have completed a $25.5 million, five-year contract that could keep him in New York through 2018. The 25-year-old Niese went 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA last year. He’ll make his first start of the season Sunday against Atlanta. This was the Mets’ first big move since settling the lawsuit by the trustee in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme and securing $240 million from a dozen minority investors . . . Indians manager Manny Acta says pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez plans to drop the appeal of his five-game suspension following his season debut. Jimenez was suspended for intentionally throwing at Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in his final start of spring training last Sunday. Jimenez drilled his former teammate in the elbow, escalating a running feud the two had all spring . . . The White Sox signed veteran righthander Kip Wells, their former No. 1 draft pick, to a minor league deal.
Serena routs Stosur, reaches final
Serena Williams needed less than a hour to dispatch second-seeded Samantha Stosur, 6-1, 6-1, and advance to the final of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. Williams will face Lucie Safarova, a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Polona Hercog, for the clay-court championship . . . Monique Lamoureux-Kolls scored three goals and twin sister Jocelyne Lamoureux had two in the three-time defending champion United States’ 9-2 victory over Canada in the Women’s World Hockey Championships in Burlington, Vt. Hilary Knight also scored twice, Julie Chu added a goal, and Molly Schaus made 19 saves in the opener for both teams. Natalie Spooner and Marie-Philip Poulin scored for Canada . . . A person familiar with the decision said TCU is set to hire LSU’s Trent Johnson as its basketball coach and will be introduced on the Fort Worth campus as early as Monday . . . Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long made it perfectly clear what he expects from his staff as he put coach Bobby Petrino on leave for keeping him in the dark about a sordid-looking relationship with a female employee . . . Isiah Thomas said he is deeply disappointed by his firing by Florida International, adding that he felt the long-struggling program was on the verge of a breakthrough season. Thomas went 26-65 in three years, and FIU’s basketball program hasn’t had a winning record since 1999-2000.