- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 7, 2011

BASKETBALL

LeBron James‘ mother arrested in valet assault

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. | The mother of Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James was arrested by Miami Beach police after she was accused of assaulting a valet worker because it was taking too long to have her car delivered.

Police said Gloria James had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and her eyes were bloodshot when officers arrived at the hotel about 4:47 a.m. Thursday. She was released with a promise to appear on charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct.

“It’s a sensitive subject,” LeBron James said after the Heat practiced Thursday afternoon. “It’s a personal matter. It’s being taken care of.”

Police said several witnesses supported valet worker Sorel Rockfeller’s account of the incident.

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Mystics latest to rock red with new jersey colors

The Washington Mystics showed off a new jersey of red, navy, silver and white on Thursday, part of owner Ted Leonsis’ plan to make red the dominant color for all three of his sports teams.

The NHL’s Capitals already “Rock the Red,” as the slogan goes, and the NBA’s Wizards plan to make the switch to red, white and blue next season.

The WNBA will be using new uniforms in its 15th season, with jerseys designed to be lighter and dry faster to keep players more comfortable.

BASEBALL

Twins’ Nishioka suffers broken fibula on Swisher slide

NEW YORK | The Twins’ heralded Japanese import, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, has broken his left fibula after the Yankees’ Nick Swisher slid into him at second base while breaking up a double play in Minnesota’s 4-3 loss.

Nishioka had to be helped off the field, barely putting weight on the leg, in the seventh inning Thursday. Swisher slid well to the left of the bag as Nishioka tried to turn the double play.

The Twins say they think the play was clean, and Swisher apologized to Nishioka after the game. There was no immediate word on how long Nishioka would be out.

HOCKEY

Foote to retire after 17 years with Avalanche

DENVER | Longtime Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote plans to retire after 19 hard-hitting years in the NHL.

Foote has appeared in more regular season and playoff games than any other defenseman in franchise history and was a member of Colorado’s two Stanley Cup champions.

Foote’s 17th season with the team has been marred by injuries. The captain has been sidelined by a leg injury since March 16. He also missed time this season with a concussion. He might play this weekend, when the team wraps up its season with games against Dallas on Friday night and Edmonton on Sunday.

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Jayhawks’ Morris twins declare for NBA draft

NEW YORK | Kansas twins Marcus and Markieff Morris have hired an agent and will skip their senior seasons with the Jayhawks to enter the NBA draft.

The forwards from Philadelphia led the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots last season, when the Jayhawks went 35-3, won the Big 12 regular-season and tournament titles, and advanced to the regional semifinals as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Marcus, a second-team All-American, averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, while Markieff was an honorable-mention All-American after averaging 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds.

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