Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Michael Beasley told his personal manager several days ago that he was working out in Houston because it brought "a change of scenery" from Miami and Washington.
What happened next is a mystery, even to those who know Beasley best.
The Miami Heat forward checked into a Houston rehabilitation facility last week and is being treated for various issues, including depression, a person briefed on the situation told the Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of privacy concerns, and could not say whether the other issues included drug or alcohol treatment.
"Based on what I'm getting right now, there's a bit of concern," Bruce Shingler, Beasley's manager, told the AP in a telephone interview. "I don't really know what's going on. I just know his mom is on her way to go see him in Houston. That's it. I'm still collecting a lot of information." It's unknown how long Beasley will remain at the facility, or whether he will be available when the Heat open training camp on Sept. 28.
Yahoo Sports first reported Beasley entered a rehab facility.
Beasley finished his rookie season as Miami's second-leading scorer behind Dwyane Wade, averaging 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. He spent much of the year as a reserve, and both Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra and team President Pat Riley talked often this summer about using Beasley more this coming season at small forward and power forward. . . .
A former girlfriend of Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki was sentenced to five years in prison for violating probation.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Cristal Taylor admitted in court that she failed to check in with her probation officer in a 12-year-old forgery and theft case. She also acknowledged being arrested twice in Texas in 2000 for misdemeanors.
The 38-year-old St. Louis-area native has said she planned to marry Nowitzki and was pregnant with his child. A Texas judge last month ordered Taylor to undergo a paternity test to determine the father, and Nowitzki is seeking sole custody of the child.
Amelie Mauresmo overcame some sloppy serving to beat Ai Sugiyama of Japan, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round of the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven, Conn.
Mauresmo, the tournament's eighth seed, was playing just her second match since Wimbledon after losing in the first round at Toronto last week to Francesca Schiavone.
Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova needed three sets to overcome China's Zheng Jie, 6-1, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4. The French Open champion, who received a wild-card entry into this tournament last week
MISC.Staten Island Advances
Michael Rapaglia struck out seven over four-plus innings and Vincent Quinn slugged a three-run homer as Staten Island, N.Y., advanced at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., with an 8-3 win over Urbandale, Iowa. New York will play either California or Texas in the U.S. semifinals on Wednesday. . . .
Loudoun Golf and Country Club's Kevin McLister shot a 6-over-par 76 in the first round of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa to leave him tied for 114th, eight shots off the lead.
-- From News Services