Sports Briefs: Muamba’s condition no longer critical
LONDON — English soccer player Fabrice Muamba began breathing on his own and responding to family members Monday, showing significant signs of recovery two days after going into cardiac arrest during a match.
The 23-year-old Bolton midfielder collapsed on the field just before halftime at Tottenham on Saturday. His heart started beating on its own again only later in the hospital.
For two days, amid an outpouring of global support, Muamba remained in critical condition in intensive care in a heart attack unit, and his long-term prognosis was uncertain.
But the Congo-born player made progress throughout Monday, with medics no longer describing his condition as “critical” by the evening.
Bobcats’ Maggette out with injured back
Maggette, Charlotte’s leading scorer this season at 15.8 points per game, injured his back diving for a ball during Saturday’s win over Toronto. Coach Paul Silas says he’s optimistic Maggette will be back in action Friday night against Milwaukee Bucks. Reggie Williams, averaging 8.6 points, started in place of Maggette.
c The Houston Rockets waived point guard Derek Fisher, less than a week after acquiring him in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers. Houston picked up a 2012 first-round pick from the Lakers and sent Jordan Hill to L.A. in the deal. The Rockets negotiated a buyout of Fisher’s contract, due to expire this season.
Hickson played 35 games for Sacramento, averaging 4.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18.4 minutes.
Judge urged to bar some Clemens lawyers’ arguments
Federal prosecutors in the Roger Clemens perjury trial urged the judge Monday to bar Clemens’ lawyers from arguments they say will encourage jurors to nullify the law and acquit regardless of the evidence.
In a pre-trial motion, prosecutors objected to several lines of argument Clemens’ lawyers made at the opening of last summer’s trial, including asking jurors to put themselves in the former pitcher’s shoes, maintaining that the government was wasting money on the prosecution and referring to possible penalties Clemens faces.