California football player released in Honolulu
HONOLULU — Police have released a Southern California high school football player who was arrested on suspicion of sex assault while on a school trip to play against Hawaii teams.
The 17-year-old was arrested for third-degree sex assault, but prosecutors declined to pursue charges, police spokeswoman Teresa Bell said Monday.
Authorities wouldn’t comment on the arrest because it involves juveniles.
The arrest generated reports of hazing and sex assault, but it was nothing more than an altercation in a hotel room that involved students shouting and punching, said Conejo Valley Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Baarstad. “We believe that’s the extent of it, but we’re going to continue to investigate it.”
About 150 students were in Hawaii last week to play three football games. On Wednesday, during a visit to Pearl Harbor, a freshman player began teasing a varsity player and knocked off his cap, Baarstad said.
That night at the hotel, some varsity players went to the room of the freshman involved to confront him.
Coaches broke it up and five players weren’t allowed to play in Friday’s game against Waipahu High School, he said.
Someone went to Honolulu police, resulting in one arrest and one player being detained but quickly released, Baarstad said.
Mets ace Harvey has torn ligament in elbow
NEW YORK — Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, a potentially devastating injury for the pitcher that had given the foundering New York Mets reason to be hopeful about their future.
For now, the 24-year-old Harvey and the Mets hope that he will be able to avoid reconstruction surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.
“It was tough. Obviously it was the last thing I was expecting when I went this morning,” Harvey said Monday. “I am going to do everything I can to avoid surgery.”
The National League’s All-Star game starter on his home field this July, Harvey has been experiencing forearm tenderness for a month or two but could not pinpoint exactly when it began.
The No. 7 pick of the 2010 draft, Harvey is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA.
He has a league-leading 191 strikeouts in 178 1-3 innings pitched and was a top candidate for the NL Cy Young Award.
McGrady announces retirement from NBA
Those sleepy eyes always betrayed Tracy McGrady.
Whether he was pouring in 13 points in 35 seconds for Houston in 2004 or sitting on the bench and watching the San Antonio Spurs win another playoff game in June without needing him, that cool expression rarely changed. It all looked almost too easy for McGrady, even if it rarely was.
McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday, ending a 16-year career that included two scoring titles, seven All-Star appearances, injuries to his knee and back and zero playoff series wins while he was leading the way.
The straight-from-high school project who blossomed into a dominant, two-way superstar will always be remembered, too, as a player who struggled with injuries.
Woods withdraws from Begay’s charity event
VERONA, N.Y. — Tiger Woods has pulled out of a charity event for good friend Notah Begay because of his ailing back.
The Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge said Gary Woodland will replace Woods in the field Wednesday at Turning Stone Resort.
Woods said he felt stiffness in his back last week at The Barclays from a soft bed in his hotel.
He said he suffered a back spasm during a seven-hole stretch at the end of the final round, and he dropped to his knees after one shot. Woods finished one shot behind Adam Scott.
Hearings begin in America’s Cup scandal
An international jury on Monday began hearings into what could be one of the biggest scandals in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup.
The panel, meeting in San Francisco, is investigating defending champion Oracle Team USA for illegally modifying two of three prototype boats it sailed in four warmup regattas last year and earlier this year.
The jury held a hearing Monday for Oracle Team USA employees being investigated under Rule 69 of the Racing Rules of Sailing, which deals with gross misconduct. That hearing is expected to continue today.
Goodson suspended first 4 games
NEW YORK — New York Jets running back Mike Goodson was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Goodson, signed as a free agent in the offseason, rejoined the team Monday after being away all of training camp for personal reasons that the Jets declined to detail. He was placed on the team’s active/nonfootball injury/illness list.
“I’ve been away from the team to take care of some important personal things,” Goodson said in a statement issued by the Jets.
Goodson has rushed for 722 yards and three touchdowns, and caught 59 passes for 524 yards and a TD in his career.
By wire sources