In brief | Sports 092413


NBA may have Heat, Nets wear nicknames on jerseys

MIAMI — So long, James, Allen, Pierce and Garnett.

King James, Jesus Shuttlesworth, The Truth and KG may be headed to the backs of NBA jerseys.

Some members of the Miami Heat have been told the NBA is considering having them and the Brooklyn Nets wear “nickname jerseys” in at least one of their four matchups this season. The NBA has not announced the plan, but teams apparently have been aware of the likelihood of it happening for at least several weeks.

For now, only the Heat and the Nets would be taking part. It’s unclear how many times those teams would wear the nickname jerseys, or if they would ever wear them against other opponents.

Horse group to appeal cloning verdict

AMARILLO, Texas — The nation’s top quarter horse group has filed a notice of appeal to topple a ruling that requires it to begin allowing cloned animals to be added to its breeding registry.

The Amarillo, Texas-based American Quarter Horse Association filed its notice of appeal on Monday in Amarillo. It’s appealing a federal jury’s verdict last month that it conspired to keep cloned horses from its breeding registry.

A statement issued by the group says it’ll ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to stay the Panhandle jury’s verdict and U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson’s ruling until the appeal is completed.

Vikings owners face $84.5M fine

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A judge in New Jersey on Monday ordered Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf and their cousin Leonard Wilf to pay $84.5 million to two former business partners who she previously ruled they had defrauded in a 1980s real estate deal.

The ruling from Superior Court Judge Deanne Wilson covered compensatory and punitive damages to plaintiffs Josef Halpern and Ada Reichmann. It also includes a redistribution of real estate profits dating to the lawsuit’s initial filing, in 1992. Attorneys for the Wilfs promised an appeal.

Pacman gets disorderly citation

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was accused by police of making offensive comments while drunk during a traffic stop early Monday and was given a disorderly conduct citation.

Jones, who has had a spate of legal troubles, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. after the vehicle he was in was pulled over for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on a highway in Cincinnati, State Patrol Lt. Anne Ralston said.

The driver was cited for drunken driving while Jones was cited for disorderly conduct. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Ravens WR Jones ‘fine’ after altercation

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore receiver Jacoby Jones is doing well after being involved in an altercation on a chartered bus.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh says the incident occurred early Monday morning and that Jones is “fine.”

TMZ reported Jones and his teammates were returning from the District of Columbia after celebrating offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie’s birthday when Jones was hurt.

Harbaugh did not provide details of the altercation. The coach did say Jones “went through everything today that he was supposed to go through.”

Jones is rehabilitating a knee injury and has not played since the season opener.

Harbaugh says he scolded Jones and addressed the team.

By wire sources