London to host NBA game in January
The Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks will play a regular-season game in London Jan. 17 at the O2 Arena, the site of this year’s Olympic gold-medal game . . . Maya Moore scored 20 points to lift Minnesota past Los Angeles, 94-77, in the opener of the Western Conference finals. . . Peyton Manning, wife Ashley, and former NBA player Penny Hardaway agreed to join the group of minority owners for the Memphis Grizzlies, said a person familiar with the deal. The Mannings and Hardaway join a group that includes singer/actor Justin Timberlake and a couple of Memphis businessmen, the person told the Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because prospective buyer Robert J. Pera’s purchase of the Grizzlies is pending approval by the NBA . . . Houston Rockets first-round draft pick Royce White has not reported to training camp and said he and the team are working on a plan to address his fear of flying.
Fagundez to join Uruguay U-20 team
Revolution forward Diego Fagundez has been invited to play for Uruguay’s Under 20 national team, which has scheduled two games next week against Chile. Fagundez, 17, who signed a contract with the Revolution while a freshman at Leominster High two years ago, will travel to Montevideo after Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Union. Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson will rejoin the Honduras national team for World Cup qualifying matches against Panama and Canada.
Court to return Sandusky bail money
A judge granted a request by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that the court return to his wife the $50,000 she put up for his bail before he was convicted this summer of sexually abusing nearly a dozen boys. Judge John Cleland signed the order that refunded the bail to Dottie Sandusky and released the court’s hold on the couple’s home, as a promissory note against the home had been put up as $200,000 collateral . . . No. 14 North Carolina beat No. 13 BC, 1-0, in a women’s soccer match on Thursday in Chapel Hill, N.C. . . . Twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison of Richmond, Texas, committed to Kentucky. The Harrisons are two of the top-rated guards in the country . . . Shawn Eichorst left his job as athletic director at Miami and accepted a five-year contract to succeed Tom Osborne at Nebraska. Former Maine athletic director Blake James will become the acting AD at Miami . . . Texas Tech associate men’s basketball coach Chris Walker was named interim head coach, replacing Billy Gillispie. . . North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams’ second kidney tumor isn’t cancerous the school announced Thursday. Williams had a biopsy on Wednesday and the school said the tumor was the same kind as the one Williams had removed on Sept. 19.
Querrey advances at China Open
Sam Querrey defeated Andreas Seppi, 6 -1, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the China Open. He’ll face Feliciano Lopez, who topped Yen-hsun Lu, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7). Mikhail Youzhny and Zhang Ze also advanced. In women’s singles, No. 1 Victoria Azarenka beat Elena Vesnina, 6-3, 6-3, and No. 2 Maria Sharapova defeated Polona Hercog, 6-0, 6-2, to reach the China Open quarters. Angelique Kerber and Li Na also advanced. . . Tomas Berdych advanced to the Japan Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Alejandro Falla. Berdych was joined by Janko Tipsarevic, Milos Raonic, and Marcos Baghdatis.
Cruz is boxing’s first openly gay man
Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz became what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come out as homosexual while still competing. Reaction to Cruz’s announcement was largely positive across social media, with many praising him for taking what they called a brave step given the sport’s violent history . . . The Providence Bruins fell to Bridgeport, 3-1, in an AHL exhibition game. Christian Hanson scored the Bruins’ only goal. . . The Minnesota Twins did not renew the contracts of bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, bench coach Scott Ullger, third base coach Steve Liddle and head athletic trainer Rick McWane for the 2013 season . . . The United States Football League said it will kick off its inaugural season in the spring of 2014. Plans are for a 14-game season played by eight franchises, none of which has been identified yet . . . Paul Simson won the USGA Senior Amateur for the second time in three years, beating Curtis Skinner, 4 and 3 . . . Ryan Moore matched the course record with a 10-under-par 61 in the first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at Las Vegas to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA’s Fall Series opener . . . Branden Grace shot a course-record 12-under-par 60 in the opening round of the Dunhill Links Championship. Grace’s record round was at Kingsbarns, one of three courses hosting the event.