Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis was arrested for investigation of misdemeanor driving under the influence after a one-car accident early yesterday in Los Angeles.
The 41-year-old former track star was not injured in the accident on Interstate 110. The California Highway Patrol found Lewis alone in a 2004 Maserati and noticed signs of alcohol intoxication, officer Joseph Pace said.
Lewis failed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested, Pace said. A breath test given later at a police station showed Lewis's blood-alcohol level was .08 percent, the level at which a driver is considered intoxicated in California. Lewis was released.
The case was scheduled for July 7 in Los Angeles Superior Court. . . .
The shooting death of a home intruder by former NBA basketball player Fennis Dembo was under investigation, although San Antonio police said the man appeared to be a burglar.
Dembo was awakened early Sunday by a family member who heard someone inside the house, said Sgt. Gabe Trevino, a police spokesman. Dembo, 37, told the man to stop before shooting at him several times, according to a police report.
The unidentified intruder, who was standing in the front doorway, was shot in the head, chest and arm, Trevino said.
Dembo was chosen in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft and played one season for the Detroit Pistons. He later played in the CBA and Europe. . . .
Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons, accused of choking a woman and holding her against her will at his apartment, pleaded guilty to a pair of lesser counts and was suspended from the team for one year.
Drake Has Big Plans for Davis
Four years after being let go as basketball coach at Iowa, Tom Davis was hired to rebuild the program at Drake. The university called a news conference for today to introduce him.
Drake has not had a winning season since going 17-14 in 1986-87. The Bulldogs last played in the NCAA tournament in 1971.
Davis, 64, compiled a 269-140 record in 13 seasons at Iowa but was told before the 1998-99 season that his contract would not be renewed at its end. He has been out of coaching since.
Davis also has coached at Lafayette, Boston College and Stanford in a 28-year career. He has an overall record of 543-290, including 16 seasons of 20 or more victories. His teams made 11 NCAA tournament appearances, including nine at Iowa. . . .
Toledo will eliminate men's swimming and men's indoor and outdoor track and field this year because of budget shortfalls in the athletic department.
Toledo will save $478,000 by dropping the three teams with 59 athletes, the school said.
The moves will put the athletic department in compliance with Title IX, the federal law that mandates equal opportunity for female athletes at schools that receive federal money.
"This decision was necessary to stabilize our financial future," Athletic Director Michael O'Brien said.
With the decision, Toledo will have 16 varsity sports, the minimum required by the NCAA for Division I schools. . . .
Virginia football player Almondo Curry was found not guilty of assault and battery in Charlottesville General District Court three weeks after similar charges were dropped against teammate Elton Brown.
Fellow student Ayoola Keith Olorunsola filed charges against Curry and Brown three months ago after an alleged incident on Jan. 18, but Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ron Huber on March 31 chose to dismiss the charges against Brown because of lack of evidence.
At Curry's trial, Huber said, Judge Joe Serkes found discrepancies in the accounts Olorunsola and another prosecution witness gave of the alleged assault. Huber said the police officer who responded to the incident testified that he saw no bruises or other evidence of an assault on Olorunsola's face that night. . . .
J.R. Pinnock, a small forward from Coastal Christian Academy in Virginia Beach, has signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball for George Washington next season.
Selanne Is a Free Agent
Teemu Selanne, the San Jose Sharks' leading scorer, became a free agent when he declined an option for next season.
Selanne scored 28 goals and had 64 points this season, leading the Sharks in both categories while improving his two-way game and physical play. Spending much of the season on a line with fellow speedsters Patrick Marleau and Marco Sturm, Selanne was named the Sharks' most valuable player.
When Selanne re-signed with the Sharks before last season, he agreed to a one-year deal for $6.5 million, with an option for the second year.
A Sharks spokesman said Selanne's decision didn't necessarily mean the team won't pursue him as a free agent.
"We like Teemu, and we wanted him back, but we very much respect his decision," Sharks President Greg Jamison said.