Indianapolis Former Indiana coach Bob Knight will not attend next week’s induction into the athletic department’s hall of fame. Athletic director Fred Glass said Thursday that Knight contacted him directly to decline the invitation. Glass said Knight was concerned that the interest in him would be a distraction from the other six inductees.
All living members of the 2009 Hall of Fame class, except Knight, are expected to attend in person. Knight won a school-record 662 games and three national championships at Indiana before being fired by then university president Myles Brand in September 2000. Knight retired in 2008 with the most wins (902) of any coach in Division I men’s basketball.
Cal picked to win Pac-10
Los Angeles — California is picked to win the Pac-10 basketball title, marking the first time in more than 10 years that UCLA or Arizona wasn’t the top choice. The Golden Bears received 350 points and 25 first-place votes in polling by media who cover the conference. Washington earned 330 points and seven first-place votes for second. UCLA was picked third, receiving 302 points and five first-place votes.
Judge denies evaluation
Louisville, Ky. — A federal judge has denied prosecutors’ request for a psychiatric evaluation of the woman accused in a plot to extort $10 million from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson ruled this week that there was no “reasonable cause” to question Karen Cunagin Sypher’s competency. Prosecutors had noted in asking for the exam that Sypher’s former attorney was concerned about her mental state.
NCAA approves changes
Indianapolis — The NCAA has approved new rules on basketball recruiting intended to restrict money being funneled to third parties. The governing body wants to limit access by coaches from outside the NCAA who run camps and try to enlist players.
Young to star for Titans
Nashville, Tenn. — The owner of the Tennessee Titans wants more of Vince Young. He’s getting just that with the winless Titans switching from veteran Kerry Collins back to the 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Coach Jeff Fisher announced the expected move Thursday after practice for the 0-6 Titans. That means Young will start Sunday against Jacksonville (3-3).
Two share Schwab lead
Sonoma, Calif. — Phil Blackmar and Jeff Sluman shot 6-under 66s in breezy conditions Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Eduardo Romero, the Toshiba Classic winner in March at Newport Beach, was a stroke back at 67, and John Cook and Brad Bryant opened with 68s.
Kim claims two victories
Casares, Spain — American Anthony Kim won two round-round robin matches in the Volvo World Match Play Championship, while fourth-ranked Paul Casey lost twice to drop out of contention for a semifinal spot. Kim topped the Seve Ballesteros Group with four points after beating Casey and Retief Goosen, both 3 and 2, at Finca Cortesin Golf Club. Scott Strange beat Casey, returning from a rib injury, 1-up. Goosen beat Strange 1-up.
Poulter leads at Singapore
Singapore — England’s Ian Poulter shot a 5-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over South Africa’s Ernie Els and Taiwan’s Chan Yih-shin during the suspended first round of the Singapore Open. Phil Mickelson opened with a 69.
Rain plagues Viking Classic
Madison, Miss. — Play in the Viking Classic was postponed because of impending rain and wet conditions at Annandale Golf Club, pushing the event to a Monday finish.
U.S. blanks Germany, 1-0
Ausgburg, Germany — Abby Wambach scored for the United States to beat world champion Germany, 1-0, in Thursday’s match.
D.C. United president fined
New York — D.C. United president Kevin Payne was fined $5,000 by Major League Soccer, then apologized Thursday for criticizing the league and three of its teams. The MLS said Payne was punished for “public comments deemed detrimental to the public image of the league” and pointed to an item posted on The Washington Post’s Web site this week. Payne was critical of the conservative playing style of Colorado, New England and Real Salt Lake in quotes posted on the site.
Payne said the tactics create “a lot of games in our league that I can’t watch.”
Pujols wants to stay
St. Louis — Calm down, Cardinal fans: Albert Pujols wants to stay in St. Louis.
“The fans know and the Cardinals know that I want to be a Cardinal for my whole career,” Pujols told WXOS-FM on Thursday. “I love this city. The way that this city has embraced me and my family.”
Pujols, who has one year left on his contract plus an option year, raised some eyebrows with his comments during an interview with a Dominican radio station earlier this month.
NASCAR driver arrested
Mooresville, N.C. — NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger was arrested early Thursday morning on a charge of drunken driving. Mooresville police said Allmendinger failed a field sobriety test after he was pulled over.
Allmendinger, who drives the No. 44 for Richard Petty Motorsports, said in a statement he had drinks with dinner and made a mistake in driving afterward.
Agassi e-edition shelved
New York — If you’re eager to read Andre Agassi’s memoir, don’t expect to download it any time soon. Agassi’s “Open” will not be available as an e-book when the hardcover comes out, Nov. 9, and publisher Alfred A. Knopf has not set a date for a digital version.
“We’re not releasing an e-book at this time but may consider releasing one in the future,” Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said Thursday.