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Crittenton to be returned to Georgia

September 1, 2011

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Basketball
Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton waived California extradition proceedings yesterday and will be returned to Georgia in connection with his arrest in a murder case in Atlanta. Crittenton, 23, appeared before Superior Court Judge Upinder Kalra and said he had voluntarily signed the waiver. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office had charged Crittenton with being a fugitive from justice for the purpose of holding the extradition-waiver hearing. Police in Atlanta had obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of Jullian Jones, 23, a mother of four young children, as she was walking with two men. Jones was outside her house with 18-year-old Trontavious Stephens when a black Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid pulled up and gunfire erupted. Authorities have said they don’t believe Jones was the intended target, but they haven’t said whom the assailant was after.

Owners, players have second meeting There’s still time for a deal to keep the entire NBA season intact, though it’s running out. Owners and players returned to the bargaining table, meeting for about six hours in just their second bargaining session since the league’s lockout began on July 1. “Everyone loses if we don’t reach an agreement, that’s something that I think has always been understood,’’ said union president Derek Fisher of the Lakers. Neither side offered specifics or would say if progress was made, but said they plan many more meetings in hopes of having basketball begin without interruption . . . University of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is staying on the job, ending speculation he might retire. Kyle Muncy, assistant director of athletics, said in an e-mail that the 69-year-old Calhoun informed university president Susan Herbst he will coach this season . . . Yao Ming’s agent has asked the Hall of Fame to set aside the former All-Star center’s nomination for a later year because Yao feels it’s too soon to be placed on the ballot.

Baseball
Feds drop remaining Bonds charges Federal prosecutors dropped all the remaining charges against Barry Bonds, days after a judge upheld the slugger’s conviction on an obstruction of justice count. The US attorney’s office in San Francisco filed court papers informing US District Judge Susan Illston it was dismissing the three charges of making false statements still pending against Bonds. A jury deadlocked on the three counts at Bonds’s trial in April . . . A 24-year-old man is in fair condition at a Dallas hospital four days after he fell 21 feet from a stairwell while leaving a game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Charles Thomas Conner of San Antonio was knocked unconscious by the fall onto a concrete floor underneath the stands Saturday night when the Rangers were playing the Angels. The incident happened nearly two months after Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone died after tumbling out of first-row seats and about 20 feet to concrete behind the left-field wall when he reached out to catch a baseball tossed his way.

Giants designate Rowand and Tejada The plummeting Giants designated outfielder Aaron Rowand (.233, 4 homers, 21 RBIs) and infielder Miguel Tejada (.239, 4 homers, 26 RBIs) for assignment. Rowand, 34, the team’s second-highest paid player behind pitcher Barry Zito, is making $12 million this season and was due the same for 2012. Tejada, 37, received a $6.5 million, one-year deal in December . . . The Rangers made a pair of trades to strengthen their roster for the stretch run, acquiring reliever Mike Gonzalez (2-2, 4.27 ERA in 49 appearances for the Orioles) and bringing back catcher Matt Treanor from the Royals. Treanor was with the Rangers last season when they won their first AL pennant . . . Outfielder Matt Diaz, who played in Atlanta the last five years, returned to the Braves from the Pirates and was immediately inserted into last night’s starting lineup against Washington. The Braves, stacked with lefthanded hitters, need help from the righthanded hitting Diaz against tough lefthanded pitchers. Later, Atlanta added some middle infield depth, acquiring Jack Wilson from the Mariners for a player to be named . . . The Padres claimed former Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida off outright waivers from Cincinnati . . . Cubs prospect Matt Camp was suspended 50 games for a second violation for a drug of abuse, as was free agent pitcher Adam Osteen, who tested positive for methasterone and metabolites of methandienone.

Miscellany
Gordon clinches spot in the playoffs Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon clinched at least a wild-card berth in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. NASCAR determined that even if Gordon is knocked out of the top 10 in the standings over the next two races, he still would get into the Chase via the wild card . . . With an eye toward a late-season run at a Horse of the Year title, the owner and trainer of Havre de Grace have chosen to face males in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes Saturday at Saratoga Race Course . . . The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Fedor Tyutin, 28, to a six-year contract extension. He had seven goals and 20 assists in 80 games last season . . . Trying to reduce head injuries, the Ontario Hockey League is requiring players to wear soft cap shoulder and elbow pads. The major junior league’s regular season starts Sept. 21 . . . Fox will televise the first English Premier League match on free television in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday, when Chelsea plays Manchester United.