Tuesday, July 14
Suns sign 1st-round draft pick Devin Booker
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have signed first-round draft pick Devin Booker.
The 18-year-old out of Kentucky was the 13th pick overall.
The Suns, who made the announcement Monday, are hoping Booker will add some much-needed outside shooting ability. He is participating on the Phoenix entry in the Los Angeles Summer League.
The 6-foot-6 Booker, the youngest player available in the recent NBA Draft, was the sixth man for Final Four participant Kentucky last season, averaging 10 points while shooting 47 percent from the field, including 41 percent from 3-point range.
Booker will compete with Archie Goodwin and newly signed free agent Sonny Weems for playing time as a reserve shooting guard behind starters Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.
Under the NBA's rookie salary schedule, the four-year contract could be worth up to $10 million.
CHARTER SCHOOL COACH ARRESTED
Mesa charter school teacher-coach accused of sex with teen
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a teacher who doubles as a football coach at a Mesa charter school has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl.
Mesa police say 36-year-old Sheron M. Butler is being held on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor.
It's not immediately clear if he has a lawyer yet.
Police say Butler works as teacher and football coach at Sequoia Charter School.
They say their investigation began Saturday when a 17 year-old girl disclosed at summer camp that she was having a sexual relationship with a teacher from her school.
The disclosure was made to a counselor who then contacted police.
Butler was arrested at his home.
Police say the girl claims she had sex with Butler several times since the beginning of this year.
Demaryius Thomas gets good news about his family
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Demaryius Thomas received some good news Monday and it had nothing to do with his contract stalemate with the Denver Broncos: his mother is getting out of prison early.
President Barack Obama cut the prison sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders, and one of them was Katina Smith, who has been incarcerated in Georgia since 2000.
She and her mother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, were arrested on drug trafficking charges in 1999 when Thomas was 11 years old.
Smith was scheduled to be released in 2017. Now, she'll be released on Nov. 10.
Smith had declined to testify against her mother in exchange for a reduced sentence. Her mother received a life sentence as a multiple offender.
MLS ALL-STAR GAME-VOTING
US national team stars Bradley, Dempsey to key MLS All-Stars
NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto FC's Michael Bradley and Seattle's Clint Dempsey headline eight U.S. national team players on the MLS All-Star team that will face English Premier League club Tottenham on July 29.
Bradley and Dempsey will be joined by U.S. teammates Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston), Graham Zusi (Kansas City), Benny Feilhaber (Kansas City) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Also, MLS commissioner Don Garber added English stars Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to the league's team.
Brazilian star Kaka (Orlando City) and Spanish standout David Villa (New York City FC) were also among the 10 players announced Monday as winners of fan voting on the league's website and on social media. Seattle's Obafemi Martins got the 11th spot as winner of the "More Than A Vote" tournament as fans scored more than a million goals using the forward in the FIFA 15 video game.
Rough play is riskier than heading in youth soccer: Study
CHICAGO (AP) — Heading takes the heat in youth soccer, but a study says limiting rough play might be a better way to prevent concussions and other injuries.
The nine-year look at U.S. high school games found that over 1 in 4 concussions occurred when players used their head to hit the ball. But more than half of these heading-related concussions were caused by collisions with another player rather than with the ball. These included head-to-head, elbow-to-head and shoulder-to-head contact.
Dawn Comstock is a University of Colorado public health researcher who led the study. She says soccer rules prohibit most player-to-player contact and notes that rough play has become more common at all levels of the game.
The study was published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.