INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson fired shots in the air in apparent self-defense after he was hit by a car outside a strip club early Friday — the latest blow to a team struggling to rebuild its image.
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said Jackson and teammates Jamaal Tinsley, Marquis Daniels and Jimmie Hunter committed an “error in judgment” by staying out late during training camp. No one was seriously injured.
Police said the disturbance began with an argument inside Club Rio involving patrons and players. The players said they left the club, but the patrons followed them. Then things turned physical.
Sgt. Matthew Mount, a police spokesman, said Jackson fired five shots from a 9mm pistol outside the Indianapolis club after he was slugged in the mouth and struck by a car that sent him tumbling onto the hood. Officers were searching for the vehicle and three men wanted for questioning.
SAN JOSE — NHL referee Rob Martell will miss at least one week of action after getting hit in the left eye with an errant puck during the Sharks’ game against St. Louis. Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, said Martell has swelling and blood in his eye, but probably incurred no long-term damage. He was cleared to fly out of San Jose, but won’t return to the ice for at least another week.
Giants first baseman and outfielder Mark Sweeney underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to be ready in time for spring training. Team orthopedist Ken Akizuki performed the procedure on Sweeney, who is scheduled to begin rehabilitation Monday.
» The Los Angeles Angels declined a 2007 option on left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero, who can become a free agent after the World Series.
ARCATA — Roland Demombynes scored in the first minute of the second half as Humboldt State edged San Francisco State 1-0 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men’s soccer match. The Gators dropped to 4-7-3 overall, 2-6-3 CCAA.
» Allison Lawrence and Jessica Hewins scored goals as Humboldt State beat San Francisco State 2-0 in a CCAA women’s soccer match. The Gators dropped to 4-8-2 overall, 3-6-2 CCAA.