Sports Briefs

Published 12:42 am Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Video shows FSU’s QB punched woman

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors have released video showing Florida State freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson punching a woman at a bar.

The video released by the State Attorney’s Office on Monday was taken from a security camera at a bar near campus. It appears that the woman and Johnson were both trying to get a position at the bar, and Johnson jostled her.

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The video shows a woman raising a fist and shouting at Johnson before Johnson grabs her fist and holds it down. The woman then raises her other hand and swings. It’s not clear whether she made contact, but Johnson responds by punching her hard in the face while still grabbing her other hand. She staggers, and her nose begins bleeding.

Johnson was suspended from the team after the June 24 assault. He’s been charged with misdemeanor battery.


No dad means no Harper for derby

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper won’t participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby because his father isn’t available to pitch to him.

The Home Run Derby will be held Monday, the day before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Harper was the leading vote-getter in fan balloting for NL starters and began play Monday tied for second in the majors with 25 homers.

Harper finished second in the 2013 Home Run Derby with his dad as the pitcher. But his father recently underwent shoulder surgery, so Harper said Monday he will skip the event.

Harper says, “Not having my dad throwing to me is a big issue for me.” He says his father “throws strikes” and knows where his “sweet spot” is.

The outfielder hopes to participate in the future, after his father recovers from the operation.


McIlroy’s knee has ruptured ligament

LONDON (AP) — World number one Rory McIlroy has ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer less than two weeks before the start of his British Open title defense.

The Northern Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement Monday on his Instagram account, only saying that he is “working hard to get back as soon as I can.”

“Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday,” McIlroy wrote. “Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started….. Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”

The British Open starts on July 16 at St. Andrews in Scotland.


Ginobili returning for 14th season

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili says he is returning to the San Antonio Spurs for a 14th season.

Ginobili made the announcement on Twitter on Monday. The Argentinian will turn 38 later this month and is coming off of a season in which he battled several injuries.

Ginobili averaged 10.5 points in 70 games, his lowest scoring average since his rookie season. But the Spurs need his experience, versatility and playmaking to bolster the depth on a roster that is a little thin following some big expenditures in free agency.

The Spurs have agreed to terms with LaMarcus Aldridge on a four-year, $80 million contract, Kawhi Leonard on a five-year, $90 million deal and Danny Green on a four-year, $45 million deal in the last week.


Williams goes back to play with Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — Mo Williams is heading back to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James again.

Williams tweeted on Monday night that he is going back to the Cavaliers, where he was an All-Star playing alongside James in 2009. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Williams started last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was traded to the Charlotte Hornets, where he averaged 17.2 points in 27 games.

The Cavaliers were in need of a quality backup point guard with the ability to score behind starter Kyrie Irving.

Williams spent two and a half seasons with the Cavaliers before being traded to the Clippers in 2011.

The contract cannot be signed until Thursday.