USC tailback Tre Madden out for the season
USC tailback Tre Madden suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and will undergo surgery that will force him to sit out the 2012 season, the school announced Friday.
Madden was injured Thursday during the Trojans’ 11th spring-practice workout. He was attempting to plant his left foot but fell to the ground despite not being hit.
Madden, a sophomore from Aliso Viejo, had been perhaps the most pleasant surprise of spring practice. The 6-foot, 226-pound Madden was converted from linebacker to tailback to help supply depth, and he showed flashes not only as a big-back presence but also as a running and passing threat from the Wildcat formation.
USC again faces the prospect of entering the fall with only two sound scholarship tailbacks.
Senior Curtis McNeal is the returning starter, having rushed for 1,005 yards last season. Third-year sophomore D.J. Morgan started two games in 2011.
Redshirt freshman Javorious Allen has been sidelined in spring practice because of a hamstring strain.
USC will practice Saturday at the Coliseum at 11 a.m. The workout is open to the public and admission is free.
Moments after their motorcycle accident, Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino and his passenger, Jessica Dorrell, told a passerby not to call 911, then the coach got a ride back to Fayetteville, Ark., as each went their separate ways. New details of the immediate aftermath of Petrino’s crash were in a 911 call released by the state police. Petrino has been placed on paid leave after he did not initially reveal that Dorrell, his 25-year-old employee, was with him on the ride. She was not injured in the crash. Petrino is married and has four children.
Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley, 22, was found dead in his campus apartment Friday morning. The cause of death was not immediately released. Police said there was no indication of foul play.
U.S. tied in Davis Cup
In Davis Cup quarterfinals, John Isner defeated Gilles Simon, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, pulling the United States even with France after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat 19-year-old Ryan Harrison, 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, in the opening match at Roquebrune, France. ... At Buenos Aires, Juan Martin del Potro fought off stomach problems and beat Ivo Karlovic, 6-2, 7-6 (7), 6-1, to give Argentina a 1-1 tie with Croatia. ... At Prague, Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia saved three match points to overcome Czech opponent Radek Stepanek, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 9-7, in a heated Davis Cup encounter that ended in accusations of improper conduct. ... At Castellon, Spain, Nicolas Almagro and David Ferrer swept their matches to give Spain a 2-0 lead over Austria.
Samantha Stosur beat Venus Williams, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, spoiling the chance at an all-Williams sister semifinal at the Family Circle Cup at Charleston, S.C. Serena Williams reached the semifinals when Sabine Lisicki had to withdraw because of a twisted ankle.
Van Gundy, Howard make peace
One day after Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters that All-Star center Dwight Howard wanted him fired, the two agreed it was time to move forward and focus on the team’s play on the court. Also, it was announced that Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu will have surgery for a facial fracture and miss at least the final three weeks of the regular season.
New Orleans point guard Jarrett Jack was ruled out of the Hornets’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night because of a right foot sprain. ... The New Jersey Nets have decided to shut down Brook Lopez for the rest of the season after an injury-marred campaign in which he played in five games.
Rangers coach fined $20,000
New York Rangers Coach John Tortorella was fined $20,000 by the NHL for his comments after a 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Thursday night in which he called the Penguins “one of the most arrogant organizations in the league” during a profanity-laden tirade that focused on Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik’s knee-to-knee hit on Derek Stepan.
Davis, Griner, get Wooden Awards
Anthony Davis of NCAA men’s champion Kentucky and Brittney Griner from NCAA women’s champion Baylor received the John R. Wooden Award at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Connecticut women’s coach Geno Auriemma received the Legends of Coaching award.
Anthony Davis of NCAA men’s national champion Kentucky and Brittney Griner from NCAA women’s national champion Baylor received the Wooden Award at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. University of Connecticut women’s coach Geno Auriemma received the Legends of Coaching award.
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Florida International fired basketball Coach Isiah Thomas after his teams went 26-65 in his three seasons. Thomas told ESPN that he was not given specific reasons why the decision was made. ... Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas said he will return for his junior season. ... Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said that forward Tony Mitchell, who had ended the season on suspension, and guard Charles Hankerson Jr. requested and received releases from their scholarships. ... Eastern Illinois has hired Jay Spoonhour as its new basketball coach.
Video’s release deflates former Saints player
A recording of then-New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging players to deliver punishing hits on specific San Francisco players was released without approval from retired special teams standout Steve Gleason, who had helped a documentary filmmaker gain behind-the-scenes access to the Saints. “I feel deflated and disappointed. I feel frustrated and distracted,” Gleason said in a statement on his website. Gleason has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and has allowed filmmaker Sean Pamphilon to capture his struggle with the incurable disease.
The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with linebacker Barrett Ruud, cornerback Roy Lewis and guard Deuce Lutui on one-year deals.