Memphis, Tenn. Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur, who has not played this season while recovering from surgery in October, plans to make his debut Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
The 6-foot-9 Arthur, in his second season out of Kansas, was cleared to play and began full-contact practice on Thursday. He participated in Friday’s warmups before the Grizzlies’ game against the Houston Rockets.
Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said he was prepared to play Arthur against the Rockets, but the forward opted to push back his first appearance to help familiarize himself with the offense.
“I had one practice with the team,” said Arthur, who had surgery to repair a partially torn right pectoralis muscle.
Arthur averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in almost 20 minutes a game as a rookie. During Summer League play last year, he averaged 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Goodell wants labor deal
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he hopes the pessimism from the players’ union regarding labor talks doesn’t become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Speaking on Friday at his annual Super Bowl-week news conference, Goodell said fans “expect solutions ... and we should deliver” on a new collective bargaining agreement.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday the union views the chance of a lockout in 2011 as a “14” on a scale of 1 to 10 after the current labor agreement expires.
The commissioner said there is no contingency plan for the 2012 Super Bowl, on the chance that no football is played in 2011.
Johnson, Stricker tied
Los Angeles — Dustin Johnson made a hole-in-one, and Steve Stricker shot a 6-under 65 at rainy Riviera to finish atop the leaderboard Friday at the Northern Trust Open. Johnson had two holes left when play was halted by darkness. They were at 10-under 132.
Patrick 12th in qualifying
Daytona Beach, Fla. — For a few minutes, at least, it looked as if Danica Patrick would be leading the field to the green flag in her Daytona debut. Patrick briefly held pole position in qualifying for today’s ARCA series race, eventually slipping to 12th. The IndyCar driver will make her stock car racing debut with James Buescher starting on the pole.
Ex-Indiana player arrested
Fort Wayne, Ind. — Indiana broadcaster and former Hoosiers player Todd Leary has been arrested on felony charges in connection with what authorities say was a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme..
Gregg, Blue Jays agree
Toronto — Reliever Kevin Gregg agreed Friday to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a deal that could be worth $11.5 million over three seasons.