Lawyer says Crittenton
is ‘not guilty’ in slaying
Former player Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended from the NBA for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, plans to surrender to face a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting, an attorney said Monday.
Crittenton, 23, will travel from Los Angeles to Atlanta and should arrive early Tuesday, said lawyer Brian Steel.
“He offered to turn himself in,” Steel said. “He’s not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.”
Police earlier obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four.
Police say Jones was walking with two men when she was shot and they believe one of the men with her was the target.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.
Crittenton played in 113 NBA games, most recently in April 2009 for the Washington Wizards.
Owners, players reportedly
will meet Wednesday
Two people with knowledge of the plans say the lead negotiators for league owners and players will meet Wednesday — for the second time since the NBA lockout began.
San Diego State coach Fisher gets 4-year extension
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher, 66, got a four-year contract extension worth $3.448 million and longtime assistant Brian Dutcher, 51, has been designated as his eventual replacement.
“In my mind, Brian is more important than the extension of my contract,” Fisher said.
Fisher will get a $150,000 raise next season to $800,000, with a 5 percent escalator in ensuing seasons. Aztecs athletic director Jim Sterk — previously Washington State’s AD — said there is no penalty if Fisher retires before the contract ends.
Fisher has a 232-152 record in 12 seasons at San Diego State, including a school-record 34-3 mark last season.
Former Seton Hall player
is expected to get 3-year term
Ex-Seton Hall player Kelly Whitney, 28, has pleaded guilty in an armed robbery at a house near the school’s New Jersey campus.
Whitney is expected to get a three-year state-prison term in a plea deal with Essex County prosecutors. The Chicago resident pleaded guilty to burglary, conspiracy and criminal restraint charges, and must serve 85 percent of his term before becoming eligible for parole.
Woods to play in October
Tiger Woods will play the Frys.com Open, which starts Oct. 6 in San Martin, Calif., his first time competing in the PGA Tour’s Fall Series. Woods, a former No. 1 player who is ranked 38th in the world, is trying to prepare for the Presidents Cup in November in Australia.
Harvick is in NASCAR Chase
Kevin Harvick has clinched at least a wild-card berth in NASCAR’s 12-driver, 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Harvick was not listed among drivers who had clinched after Saturday night’s race in Bristol, Tenn., because there are still scenarios where he could fall outside of the top 10 in points. Further review by NASCAR determined his three victories this season have earned him at minimum one of the two wild cards.
Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards also have secured berths. That leaves seven spots available over the next two races.
Martin wins Vuelta time trial
German Tony Martin of the HTC-Highroad team won the individual time trial and Briton Christopher Froome of the Sky team took the overall lead in the Spanish Vuelta.
Froome leads Leopard Trek rider Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark by 12 seconds after 10 of the 21 stages.
Martin completed the 29-mile test in Salamanca in 55 minutes, 54 seconds.
• More than 100 youths attacked a Panathinaikos soccer fan club in downtown Athens, Greece, leaving three people hospitalized with stab wounds.
Police said three people have been detained for questioning after the mayhem.
It was the latest sign of trouble in Greek soccer despite a government campaign to crack down on violence and corruption in the sport.
The Greek league started last weekend, with three of the 16 teams in the top division still to be determined because of a major match-fixing scandal.
• For the first time in her harness-racing career, 3-year-old filly See You At Peelers was not in the winner’s circle.
Her 22-race winning streak ended with a sixth-place finish in the $193,150 Nadia Lobell Stakes at The Meadows in Washington, Pa. Idyllic, who paid $12, won by 3 ¼ lengths over Myluvmylife.
See You At Peelers’ winning streak was the fourth-longest in U.S. harness racing over the last 20 years.
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