- - Monday, April 25, 2011

FOOTBALL

Hall of Famer Perry, former 49, Colt dies

SAN FRANCISCO | Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry, the first player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and nicknamed “The Jet” for his speed, has died. He was 84.

The San Francisco 49ers announced that Perry died Monday in Arizona of complications from dementia.

Perry was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969 following a 16-year NFL career, 14 years with the 49ers and the other two for the Baltimore Colts.

A three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, Perry still stands as San Francisco’s all-time leader in yards rushing (7,344) and touchdowns rushing (50). He led the 49ers in rushing on eight occasions, including seven consecutive seasons from 1949-1955.

SOCCER

For Manchester’s Gibson, parting is such tweet sorrow

LONDON | Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson’s social networking experiment proved short-lived when he closed his Twitter account Monday just two hours after opening it following a flood of abusive comments.

Gibson, a bit-part player at Old Trafford, followed United teammates Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen in joining Twitter, and Ferdinand encouraged his followers to “show him some love.”

Instead Gibson was greeted by some less-than-welcoming remarks, many of which appeared to be from United supporters. One of the posts said “nothing would make me happier than if we sold you this summer.”

BASKETBALL

Lakers’ Caracter charged over restaurant incident

NEW ORLEANS | Authorities say Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter was arrested in New Orleans, accused of public drunkenness and shoving a pregnant cashier at a pancake restaurant.

Police said Caracter, 22,was arrested early Sunday and booked into jail on charges of battery, public drunkenness and resisting arrest. They said he allegedly grabbed and shoved the cashier at an International House of Pancakes after he was refused service and became belligerent. The woman wasn’t injured.

BASKETBALL

Rose expects to play after MRI on ankle is negative

DEERFIELD, ILL. | It would probably take a broken bone for Derrick Rose to miss a playoff game, so consider this good news for the Chicago Bulls. His sprained left ankle is just that - sprained.

Rose plans to suit up for Game 5 on Tuesday when the Bulls try again to close out their first-round series with the Indiana Pacers.

The All-Star point guard sprained his ankle driving to the basket late in the first quarter of Game 4 on Saturday and wasn’t his usual dominant self as the Pacers beat Chicago 89-84 to avoid the sweep.

BASEBALL

Former National Dukes faces more legal trouble

TAMPA, FLA. | Troubled former Washington Nationals player Elijah Dukes has been charged in Florida with driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

Officials said Dukes, 26, was arrested Sunday on an exit ramp of Interstate 75 near Tampa. It was the latest in a string of arrests for Dukes, who also played for Tampa Bay.

Dukes, a National during 2008-09, also was arrested March 2 after a former girlfriend accused him of hitting her. At that time, he was charged with aggravated assault on a pregnant woman and driving with a suspended or revoked license.