Briefs: NBA, players’ union remain committed to New Orleans

first_img A Duke wide receiver was charged in the traffic death of another driver after a weekend accident in Reidsville, N.C. Raphael Chestnut was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, the state Highway Patrol said. Douglas Smith, 50, died at the scene, the patrol said. A defensive back for a minor league football team in Daytona Beach, Fla., who was knocked unconscious in a helmet-to-helmet block, died from a broken neck, according to a preliminary autopsy report. Javan Camon, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defender for the Daytona Beach Thunder of the World Indoor Football League, probably was killed instantly Monday, said Dave Byron, Volusia County spokesman, speaking on behalf of the medical examiner. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Monday, Hunter told New York Newsday that, “If the union is not convinced that the city can accommodate the All-Star Game, it’s an issue that will be subject to litigation between the union and the league.” Hunter was responding to questions about whether New Orleans could handle the event, after there were hundreds of arrests and complaints about the crowds during All-Star weekend in Las Vegas. The NBA and its players’ association reiterated their commitment to New Orleans on Tuesday, a day after union director Billy Hunter said he could sue over the league’s plans to host its next All-Star Game there. Hunter plans to fly to New Orleans next week for his first visit to the city since Hurricane Katrina and will meet with city officials and look into accommodations for players and their guests. center_img New York Knicks guardJamal Crawford could miss the rest of the regular season with a stress fracture of his right ankle. University of Arizona men’s basketball coach Lute Olson labeled speculation that he has Parkinson’s disease “a vicious, vicious rumor” that is “totally false.” “I have gotten some calls about rumors and certain radio stations running some things about me having Parkinson’s, which is a complete lie,” the 72-year-old coach said at his weekly news conference in Tucson, Ariz. “I have physicals like everyone else does. There is absolutely no medical indication of any type of problem.” FOOTBALL: Defensive tackle Hollis Thomas has agreed to a four-year, $12 million contract to remain with the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Damon Huard has agreed to a three- year, $7.5 million contract to stay with Kansas City. last_img

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