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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Fired Buckeyes coach had DUI arrest in '13

Staff, news services

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired last month after a history of domestic violence allegations became public, was arrested on a drunken-driving charge in 2013 but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Documents obtained by the Blade in Toledo showed that Smith was stopped for speeding in Dublin, north of Columbus, in the early hours of Feb. 23, 2013.

He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and declining to take a blood-alcohol test.

In April 2013, Smith pleaded guilty to an amended charge of failure to control and paid a $375 fine.

It's not clear whether the misdemeanor was reported to the university. Smith's attorney declined to comment, and Ohio State didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Smith was fired July 23. The university is investigating coach Urban Meyer's handling of the domestic abuse allegations against Smith. Smith has never been criminally charged.

BASKETBALL

Anthony signs with Rockets

Veteran forward Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets. Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last month before the Hawks released him.

Lynx star Whalen plans to retire

Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen says she'll retire at the end of the season. Whalen has been balancing a new job as coach of the Minnesota Gophers with playing point for the Lynx. Her retirement will end a 15-year career that includes four championships with the Lynx, where the former Gophers star returned in 2010 after beginning her WNBA career in Connecticut. Whalen, 36, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She led the Gophers to their only Final Four in 2004.

FOOTBALL

2 more arrested in Frost burglary

Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, arrested two more people in connection with a burglary at the home of Nebraska football coach Scott Frost. Lincoln police said a 20-year-old man was taken into custody Saturday and a 16-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday. A 17-year-old girl also was arrested last week. Officer Angela Sands said investigators recovered several pairs of athletic shoes believed to have been stolen. Frost told police July 29 that burglars entered an unlocked garage door at his house, which is unoccupied while being renovated.

COLLEGES

Mastodons picked 8th

The Mastodons were picked to finish 8th in the 2018 Summit League Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll. Purdue Fort Wayne tied with Western Illinois, each receiving 12 votes to round out the poll. The leagues nine head coaches selected Denver to finish first with 61 points..

GOLF

PGA ratings up 69% from 2017

The charge by Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship and the two-shot victory by Brooks Koepka drew the highest final-round coverage for the major in nine years. CBS Sports said Sunday's round at Bellerive in St. Louis drew a rating of 6.1 and share of 14 – up 69 percent from last year. The top viewership market was St. Louis (11.5/24), site of the year's last major. Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned to a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Warsaw names tennis coach

Warsaw announced Stacy Lind as its boys tennis coach, pending approval by the Warsaw Community Schools board. Lind replaces Rick Orban, who coached the Tigers to their sixth consecutive sectional final last fall. The Tigers have won 30 sectional titles in boys tennis since 1979. Lind coached at Tippecanoe Valley for three seasons and has worked at the Warsaw Tennis and Fitness Center for six years.

TENNIS

Murray loses 1st-round match

In Mason, Ohio, Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open, clearing another obstacle for Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup north of Cincinnati. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out Sunday night to prepare for the U.S. Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto. On the women's side, 13th-seeded Madison Keys held off Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round. Wild card Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, also came from behind to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.


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