Sports BriefsPublished 2:34am Wednesday, July 23, 2014
New evidence delays Ward’s trial until Aug. 4
DENVER (AP) — A court hearing for Broncos safety T.J. Ward on charges stemming from an incident at a strip club has been delayed until next month.
Ward appeared in a Denver courtroom with his attorney Abraham Hutt Tuesday morning. Hutt asked the judge for more time because of evidence he just received. The hearing was delayed until Aug. 4.
Ward faces misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender May 10 at PT’s All Nude Club. He has pleaded not guilty.
The 27-year-old signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Denver this spring.
Judge denies McClain’s request to delay trial
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has denied a motion from Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain to delay his trial because of training camp.
Decatur Municipal Court Clerk Jessica Haggard said Tuesday that Judge Bill Cook Jr. declined to push back the trial set for Friday on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. McClain’s local attorney, Carl Cole, had filed a motion to reschedule because the Cowboys start camp on Thursday.
McClain was with the Cowboys when they arrived in Oxnard, California, on Tuesday. He wasn’t available for comment, and it wasn’t immediately clear how the team planned to handle a possible trip to Alabama.
Dallas acquired the rights to McClain from Baltimore on July 1. He was the eighth overall pick by Oakland out of Alabama in 2010 but had retired and hasn’t played since 2012.
Haggard says the case had been postponed three times since McClain’s arrest in April 2013.
It was his third arrest in Decatur since 2011.
McClain has played in 41 games over three seasons.
WVU, Tennessee agree
to play game in 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — West Virginia and Tennessee will open the 2018 college football season at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
The Charlotte Sports Foundation on Tuesday announced the first meeting between the schools. The game will be played Sept. 1, 2018.
It will mark the first game for Tennessee in Charlotte. It also will be the Volunteers’ third neutral-site game in four years. Tennessee opens the 2015 season at LP Field in Nashville against UAB and will meet Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016.
TCU suspends DE Fields
ovaer alleged assault
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, “I should blast you!”
Officers said 20-year-old Haley Brown’s right cheek was swollen and she had a cut under her eye when they arrived at a Fort Worth home early Sunday. Police said Tuesday that no charges had been filed and Fields, the Big 12’s preseason defensive player of the year, had not been arrested.
The school said Fields is “separated” which means he will be denied access to the school and its activities until police complete their investigation. That includes being barred from any involvement with the football team less than two weeks before the start of fall practice.
Yanks acquire Headley
to fill void at third base
NEW YORK (AP) — Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula.
Headley arrived at Yankee Stadium right around game time Tuesday night and was in uniform. New York manager Joe Girardi said Headley would take over fulltime as the starter at a spot that’s been a question mark for the Yankees all year following the season-long suspension of Alex Rodriguez.
Georgia Tech dismisses
trio, suspends another
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has dismissed wide receiver Anthony Autry and defensive linemen Darius Commissiong and Travin Henry and suspended defensive back Lynn Griffin for the first two games of the 2014 season.
Georgia Tech says Tuesday’s moves were due to unspecified rules violations.
In March, Georgia Tech announced Autry was suspended for two games for violating the school’s conduct policy.