U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies has been moved out of intensive care as he recovers from serious injuries after a car accident in which another passenger was killed. The U.S. Soccer Federation says Davis is now able to receive visitors. He will have surgery early next week to repair a broken left elbow and may require operations to repair facial fractures.
Davies is listed in fair condition at Washington Hospital Center Medstar. He broke several bones, including two in his right leg, and sustained a lacerated bladder from the accident, which occurred last week when the U.S. team was in Washington for a World Cup qualifying game.
Davies was a passenger in the car, as was Ashley J. Roberta, 22, of Phoenix, Md., who was killed. Davies is expected to need six to 12 months to recover, essentially ruling him out for the World Cup, which begins in South Africa in June.
U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu will have surgery Wednesday to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, an injury sustained in last week’s qualifier against Costa Rica. The time frame for Onyewu’s recovery will be determined after surgery.
WNBA’s Shock moving to Tulsa
The WNBA’s Detroit Shock are moving to Tulsa, Okla., a team official told the Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make the announcement.
Detroit made its debut in the league in 1998 and won titles in 2003, 2006 and 2008. The Shock lost last month to the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference finals after rallying to earn a playoff spot.
Last week, a group of investors in Tulsa said they would formally apply to the WNBA to purchase a franchise.
Lead investor Bill Cameron has said his group, called Tulsa Pro Hoops LLC, will exercise its option to buy a WNBA team and expected a decision from the league by the end of October with the goal of having a team in Oklahoma next season.
Cameron and fellow investor David Box announced last month that former Tulsa and Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson would serve as the WNBA team’s coach and general manager if Tulsa landed a franchise.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will have surgery today in New York for a broken right hand. The former UCLA star was hurt Friday in an exhibition at Chicago. He is expected to be sidelined at least six weeks.
Death of jockey is being investigated
The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission is investigating the death of a Texas jockey who was thrown from his horse during a thoroughbred race at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw over the weekend.
Racetrack General Manager Blaine Storey said Mark Pace, 58, died Sunday after falling off his mount, Reep What You Sow, during the first race. According to the race chart, the horse, a 60-1 long shot, hit the rail on the backstretch, lost its jockey and did not finish.
Constantin Rieger, the racing commission’s executive director, said an investigator for the agency is looking into the accident. He said Pace was from Devine, Texas.
Two University of Louisville basketball players were sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from an altercation with off-duty police at a southern Indiana restaurant earlier this month.
Guard Jerry Smith, 22, and forward Terrence Jennings, 20, must complete 40 hours of community service and pay about $500 in court costs as part of their pleas on a charge of resisting law enforcement, a misdemeanor.
Iowa forward Devon Archie could miss the start of the basketball season after injuring his right shoulder in practice. Hawkeyes Coach Todd Lickliter says Archie was hurt Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for four to seven weeks.
Catcher Kenji Johjima opted out of the final two seasons and $15.8 million of his contract with the Seattle Mariners, allowing him to sign with a Japanese team.
A group of high school girls’ rowers from Los Angeles won the women’s youth four event at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on Sunday. Representing the Marina Aquatic Center, the rowers included Maureen O’Hanlon from El Segundo, Chelsea Shannon from North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, Meghan Costopolous from Los Angeles Marymount and Grace Riccardi from Los Angeles Marlborough. The boat was coxed by Shannon Sullivan from Marlborough.
The Head of the Charles is the largest two-day rowing event in the world.