INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson is “happy to be alive,” after being punched in the mouth and hit by a car during a fight at a strip club in which police say he fired a gun in the air.
“I want to apologize to my teammates, to the fans and to this organization,” Jackson said Tuesday after his first practice since the fight early Friday. “It was a very unfortunate incident. I definitely take responsibility for my action and everything I’ve done.”
Indianapolis police on Tuesday arrested 23-year-old Deon Willford on felony counts of criminal recklessness and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and a misdemeanor count of driving without a license for the fight. Willford drove a car that hit Jackson, sending himtumbling over the hood, said Indianapolis Police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Mount.
» The Los Angeles Clippers signed veteran free-agent forward Lamond Murray for a second stint with the team. Murray was drafted seventh overall by the Clippers out of Cal in 1994.
» The Denver Nuggets exercised their three-year option on coach George Karl’s contract, keeping him with the team through the 2009-10 season.
Senior midfielder-defender Galen Thompson, who had two goals and two assists in the Stanford men’s soccer team’s road wins over ninth-ranked Washington and Oregon State, was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week. The Cardinal are unbeaten in the Pac-10 at 3-0-1.
USF junior guard-forward Dominique Carter was named one of the top six returning players by West Coast Conference women’s basketball coaches, who also picked the Dons to finished seventh out of eight teams. Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount are co-favorites.
» Toledo center Haris Charalambous died during conditioning because a blood vessel to his heart ruptured, according to preliminary autopsy results released.
» Heralded Washington freshman men’s basketball player Spencer Hawes will have arthroscopic knee surgery today and is expected to miss two to four weeks. The 7-foot center is to have a loose particle removed from his right knee. Coach Lorenzo Romar said a full timetable for Hawes’ return won’t be determined until after the operation.
» Georgia women’s basketball star Tasha Humphrey will be suspended for the first six games after being charged with underage possession of alcohol. Humphrey, who averaged 20.1 points and 9.1 rebounds last season, will miss key games against national powers Stanford and Rutgers.