- - Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Yale’s Schwartz, 23, loses battle with leukemia

NEW HAVEN, Conn. | Yale University officials say the campus is mourning the death of Bulldogs hockey player Mandi Schwartz, whose 27-month leukemia battle drew thousands of people to sign up on bone marrow registries.

Schwartz’s father, Rick Schwartz, said she died Sunday in her native province of Saskatchewan, Canada. She was 23.

Schwartz underwent a bone marrow transplant in September, but tests later determined the leukemia had returned. Her father says her family and fiance were with Schwartz when she died.


Chiefs’ Vrabel arrested, charged with casino theft

VEVAY, Ind. | Kansas City linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested Monday and charged with theft from a riverboat casino.

The Switzerland County sheriff’s department said Vrabel, 35, was arrested at 5:30 a.m. and released about five hours later on $600 cash bond. He was charged with a class D felony.

“It was an unfortunate misunderstanding, and I take full responsibility for the miscommunication,” Vrabel said in a statement. “I feel comfortable that after talking with the appropriate parties, we will resolve this matter.”


Lost Bonds trial evidence rediscovered, in dispute

SAN FRANCISCO | Prosecutors in the federal case against Barry Bonds say a key witness has rediscovered the tape of a secretly recorded conversation with the slugger’s doctor, sparking a fight between the government and defense attorneys over whether the new material can be included at a trial years in the making.

On a day when there was no testimony because a juror was ill, the government said Monday that former Bonds business partner Steve Hoskins found a cassette recording of his conversation with Dr. Arthur Ting.

Prosecutors, hoping to counter Ting’s testimony last week that he never discussed Bonds’ alleged steroid use with Hoskins - who insisted they had - said both men might be recalled to the witness stand.


Rodman, Mullin lead 2011 Hall of Fame inductees

HOUSTON | Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin and a trio of coaching legends are part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011.

Coaches Tex Winter, innovator of the “Triangle” offense, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer and Philadelphia University’s Herb Magee are part of the class announced Monday at the Final Four in Houston.

Longtime NBA and ABA star Artis Gilmore, former Portland TrailBlazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards also will be inducted.

They are joined by Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum and Boston Celtic Tom “Satch” Sanders.


Southern AD LaFleur arrested in prostitution sting

HOUSTON | Southern University athletic director Greg LaFleur is free on bond after his arrest in Houston on a charge of soliciting a prostitute.

Houston police spokesman John Cannon said the 52-year-old former NFL tight end was arrested on a downtown street about 8:30 p.m. Sunday as a result of a reverse prostitution sting by undercover officers. LaFleur was released Monday on $500 bond.

LaFleur has been Southern’s athletic director for six years. The Ville Platte, La., native and former LSU star tight end and receiver played with the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts.

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