Thursday’s Sports In Brief
PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said.
The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals’ headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on a $25,000 bond.
The arrest came at a time when the NFL and its commissioner are under fire over a series of violent off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.
The NFL has said the Dwyer case will be reviewed under the league’s personal-conduct policy.
The Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list. A person with knowledge of the situation said Dwyer was undergoing mental evaluation because of mentions of suicide referred to in police documents. Because of the designation, Dwyer can’t play for the Cardinals again this season.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – Michael Vick fully supports the man who gave him a second chance in the NFL.
The New York Jets quarterback defended NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell while the league and its teams have come under heavy criticism during the past two weeks over how they are dealing with several players facing domestic violence allegations.
”I think he’s doing a great job,” Vick said after practice. ”I think some situations are more complicated than others. You’re not going to get it right all the time on the first time. These situations that are arising are situations that we have never dealt with before in the NFL from a PR standpoint, just from a situational standpoint.
”It’s kind of new to everybody. That’s why we’re all talking about it right now.”
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews is no longer just for men.
The spiritual ”Home of Golf” became the latest club to end years of male-only exclusivity when its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. The vote was effective immediately.
R&A secretary Peter Dawson said more than three-quarters of the club’s 2,500 members worldwide voted, with 85 percent in favor. It was the first time in the club’s 260-year history that members were allowed to vote by proxy at the annual business meeting.
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Top-ranked Stacy Lewis birdied the last three holes and five of the final six for an 8-under 64 and a share of the lead with Mi Jung Hur in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event that was dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, had a bogey-free round on The Senator course. She has a tour-high three victories this season.
Hur also had a bogey-free round. The South Korean player won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2009.
South Africa’s Paula Reto had a 65, and Cydney Clanton was another stroke back along with Sweden’s Karin Sjodin and Japan’s Ayako Uehara.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Barry Bonds may yet overturn his obstruction of justice conviction.
Several members of an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals expressed skepticism over the sole count that baseball’s career home run leader was found guilty of following a trial three years ago.
Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher called the prosecution’s definition of obstruction ”alarming” because Bonds ultimately answered questions before a grand jury about whether he was given drugs to inject himself with, an assertion he denied. Fletcher compared it with lawyers who evaded questions in civil litigation with the intent to mislead, and asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Merry Jean Chan whether that would be criminal behavior. Chan said she believed it would.
A decision is not expected until next year.
IRVING, Texas (AP) – Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he is embarrassed for breaking the trust of his wife of 42 years, offering some insight but few details for his sudden resignation two weeks ago.
Washington never said what his ”mistake” was during his 3 1/2-minute statement, his first public comments since he resigned Sept. 5. Washington’s wife, Gerry, and an attorney sat in chairs to the side of the podium in the hotel meeting room more than 15 miles from the Rangers’ ballpark. They left without taking questions, with Washington putting his right hand on her right shoulder as they departed through a back door.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Teemu Selanne managed to make a stir on the first day of the Anaheim Ducks’ training camp even after his retirement.
Coach Bruce Boudreau and Selanne’s former teammates reacted with disappointment and chuckles after hearing about Selanne’s fierce criticism of Boudreau in a new biography published in Finland.
Selanne retired at 43 years old last summer following a 21-season NHL career spent mostly in Anaheim. His disagreements with Boudreau about his playing time and role last season were hardly secrets, but Selanne’s decision to air them in public surprised the Ducks.
Several media outlets obtained copies of the Finnish book and translated the passages criticizing Boudreau’s decisions regarding Selanne, who felt betrayed by his dwindling role in his final season. Selanne, who flirted with retirement for seven consecutive summers, even said he might have played another year if Boudreau wasn’t the Ducks’ coach.
NEW YORK (AP) – Chivas USA might not play in 2015 and perhaps longer, a decision that won’t be made until a new owner takes over the Major League Soccer team.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said he hopes to `close an agreement by the end of the season.’
The league hopes to have a schedule by late fall. With the addition of New York City and Orlando, MLS will have 20 or 21 teams next year, depending on whether Chivas USA plays.