Wanting a piece of the action
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former UCLA college basketball standout Ed O'Bannon and his lawyers are seeking to dramatically expand their lawsuit challenging the NCAA's ban on compensating athletes. It's a move that could expose the NCAA and its member schools to billions of dollars in damages.
O'Bannon and his lawyers on Thursday asked a federal court judge to turn their antitrust lawsuit into a class action, representing thousands of former and current college athletes. The lawsuit demands that the NCAA find a way to cut players in on the billions of dollars college sports earns annually in live broadcasts, memorabilia, video games and other revenue streams.
U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken didn't immediately rule on the issue.
The NCAA argues many of the athletes receive scholarships in exchange for playing sports and to pay student athletes would ruin amateur athletics.
Rangers tighten things in AL West
UNDATED (AP) — Ian Kinsler's two-run single in the seventh led Texas to a 4-3 win over Oakland to tighten up the race for the AL West leads. The Rangers pulled within a game of the Athletics by winning three times in the four-game series.
The game ended when Josh Donaldson was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Seth Smith's single to center.
In other major league finals:
— Pedro Alvarez took care of all of Pittsburgh's offense in a 5-3 win over Cincinnati. The third baseman homered and drove in all five runs. He now has 48 RBI's on the season.
— Carlos Pena hit a walk-off, three-run homer in the 10th inning to give Houston a 7-4 win over Milwaukee. The victory enabled the Astros to two out of three games in the series. The game featured four errors and six unearned runs.
— Brian Dozier's two-run homer was one of four home runs hit off of White Sox starter John Danks in the Twins 8-4 win. Dozier, Justin Morneau (mor-NOH') and Oswaldo Arcia (AR'-see-uh), each had two runs batted in.
Three more pitchers can join the 10-win club tonight with a victory. They are Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, Lance Lynn of St. Louis and Jason Marquis (mar-KEE') of the Padres. There are currently two pitchers with 10 wins, Max Scherzer of Detroit and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.
Carpenter's rehab hits a snag...Buchholz on the mend
UNDATED (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter's rehab has been put on hold after he injured his lower back in a bullpen session. Carpenter has been sidelined since February with nerve issues on the right side of his body.
Before spring training, the 38-year-old Carpenter and the team believed the injury might be career-ending. The 2005 NL Cy Young winner had been steadily progressing before the back tightened after he finished throwing Sunday.
In other baseball news:
— Boston's Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts) was able to throw a bit Thursday, and the Red Sox hope the unbeaten right-hander will be able to come off the disabled list and start next week. Buchholz is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA. The Red Sox put him on the 15-day DL on Tuesday because of a strained neck.
— The Texas Rangers are planning to bring top pitching prospect Martin Perez back to the majors and give ace Yu Darvish an extra day of rest. The Rangers said they would recall left-hander Perez from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday to start that night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
All the marbles
MIAMI (AP) — The NBA championship will be determined tonight in Miami as the Heat entertain the Spurs. It's Game 7 of the Finals and with Miami's last-second, overtime win two nights ago, the Heat and Spurs find themselves matching up one final time with the winner taking home the Lawrence O'Brien Trophy.
To successfully defend their championship the Heat will have to do something neither team has been able to do in this series, win back-to-back games. If the Heat lose, it'll be their second Finals failure in three years. The Spurs are looking forward to the possibility of celebrating a fifth NBA championship.
It all begins tonight at 9 p.m. eastern time.
Denver names new GM
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets went to New Orleans to find their new general manager. Tim Connelly, who served as assistant GM with New Orleans, takes over a team that is also looking for a head coach. NBA Coach of the Year George Karl was fired earlier this month. Connelly says his first job is re-signing free agent shooting guard Andre Igoudala (EE'-guh-dah-luh).
Hoffman soars to lead
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Charlie Hoffman had a pair of eagles in a bogey-free 9-under 61 to grab the lead late in the first round of the Travelers Championship. Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) had eight birdies on his card to shoot a 62 and trails by one shot. Bubba Watson's round was a bit more adventurous. He had an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys to shot a 63 and trail by two. Webb Simpson and Zach Johnson are in a group at 5-under, four shots back of Hoffman.
Newly crowned US Open champ Justin Rose shot a 67.
Center re-signs with Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have signed free-agent center Dan Koppen. He joined the team last October and started 12 regular season games after J.D. Walton had offseason surgery on his left ankle. Walton was expected back this season but needed more surgery this off season. Koppen, who played his first nine seasons with New England, is an 11-year veteran.
Sabres and Sharks ink players
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed backup goalie Jhonas Enroth (YOH'-nuhs EHN'-rawth ) to a two-year contract extension. He had been scheduled to become a restricted free agent before the signing. Enroth was 4-4-2 in 12 games last season, with a 2.6 goals-against average and a shutout.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Forward Raffi Torres (RAH'-fee TOHR'-ehz) has signed a three-year contract with the Sharks. Torres was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5. Torres had two goals and four assists in 11 regular season games with the Sharks and also scored an overtime goal to beat Vancouver in the first round.
Flyers to buy out veteran's contract
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers are buying out the final two years of forward Danny Briere's (bree-EHRZ') contract. The move will shave $6.5 million off their salary cap. Philadelphia had one of the NHL's most expensive payrolls last season and must shed salary to get under next season's cap. Briere is a 15-year NHL veteran, who had six goals and 10 assists in 34 games last season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PENN STATE
New pact for football coach
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien is getting a $1 million pay raise after a successful debut season. O'Brien's deal when he arrived in January 2012 called for a base salary of $950,000. That's going up to $1.9 million starting July 1, according to contract terms released by the school.
Counting compensation for radio and television work and a Nike contract, O'Brien's total deal this year would be worth more than $3.2 million.
O'Brien guided the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 season after the program was hit by NCAA sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal and player defections weeks before the start of the 2012 season.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
A renewal of an old rivalry
OMAHA (AP) — Two rivals from the ACC are meeting tonight in the College World Series. The 58-11 North Carolina Tar Heels are facing the 50-15 Wolfpack of North Carolina State.
This is their second meeting of the World Series with State coming out on top last Sunday, 8-1. The Tar Heels had another game with LSU and won, 4-2.
This is a double elimination tournament.
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Qualifier Jamie Hampton of Auburn, Ala., became the first American since Jennifer Capriati in 2003 to reach the Eastbourne semifinals. She defeated Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in the Wimbledon warm up event.
Wimbledon, by the way, gets under way next Monday.
Jay-Z certified...but to do what?
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z is now in the player agent business.
The rap mogul has been certified by the NBA players' association, according to spokesmen for the union and Roc Nation Sports.
However, it's unclear exactly what he can do. He would have to sell his minor share of the Brooklyn Nets before he can represent players, according to NBA rules. A Roc Nation spokesman wouldn't comment on whether that has been done.