- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2009

From combined dispatches

Downtown Los Angeles celebrations after the Lakers’ championship win turned ugly as darkness fell, with some throwing rocks and bottles that left five police officers with minor injuries.

Police also said Monday that police cruisers were damaged, windows on public buses were smashed and fires were set in the street. Eighteen people were arrested Sunday night after police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, authorities said.

Five officers had minor injuries, Sgt. Andy Mathes said. One of the officers was taken to a hospital, and the others were treated at the scene.

Reinforcement officers were called in from throughout the city to help disperse the crowd, officer Karen Rayner said.

Television footage showed people jumping on police cars, rocking vehicles attempting to pass through the crowd, setting small trees on fire and throwing bricks at empty buses. A gas station and a shoe store were looted, police said.

Bratton commended his officers for showing restraint despite “a lot of provocation from a number of knuckleheads,” he told KTTV-TV.

The 17 arrests were for disturbing the peace, arson, outstanding warrants and other infractions, Rayner said.

MAGIC: Hedo Turkoglu’s next shot will be at free agency.

Lon Babby, the agent for Turkoglu, told the Orlando Sentinel that his client will opt out of his contract and become a free agent in two weeks.

“It would make sense for him to opt out,” Babby told the newspaper. “I can’t imagine a scenario in which he would not.”

76ERS: Philadelphia guard Royal Ivey has declined his player option for the 2009-10 season and has become an unrestricted free agent.

Ivey played 71 games in his only season for the Sixers. He averaged 3 points and 1.1 rebounds and had 36 steals.

DRAFT: Decision time came for underclassmen, and Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks, Gonzaga’s Austin Daye and Wake Forest’s Jeff Teague remained in the NBA Draft.

Coach John Calipari posted Monday on Twitter that the Wildcats’ leading scorer had called to let him know about the decision.

Teague’s college career will end after just two seasons. He announced in April he would declare but not hire an agent, allowing him the option of returning to school in Winston-Salem for his junior year. But coach Dino Gaudio said Teague told him shortly before the deadline that he would stay in the draft.

Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody, Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal and Connecticut’s Ater Majok withdrew from the draft.

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