Barkley faces driving charge
Retired NBA star Charles Barkley was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of suspicion of driving while impaired. Barkley, who now works as a television commentator, failed to stop his vehicle at a stop sign in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, at 1:30am. He was cited by police and released. The former Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns star played 16 seasons in the NBA and retired as one of only four players in league history to have 20,000 points plus 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. Barkley, 45, was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 1993 and played on the 1992 and 1996 US Olympic gold medal teams. He was voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Indians sign DeRosa
The Cleveland Indians have acquired infielder Mark DeRosa from the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland said on Wednesday. The Indians sent three minor league pitching prospects — Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer and left-hander John Gaub — to the Cubs as part of the deal. The 33-year-old DeRosa played largely at second base for the Cubs but he is likely to play third with the Indians, who finished with a record of 81-81 last season. Chicago added the switch-hitting Aaron Miles from the St Louis Cardinals. Miles, who played mostly at second base, batted .317 with 15 doubles, four home runs, 31 RBIs and a .355 on-base percentage in 134 games for the Cardinals last season.
Kinnear drops training
Newcastle’s injury crisis is so bad that manager Joe Kinnear has been forced to abandon normal training. With the number of casualties reaching double figures after Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Liverpool, Kinnear is struggling for players to face Hull City in the FA Cup tomorrow. “It’s been more or less a case of canceling training and wrapping all of my players up in cotton wool, and then we will see if we can get 11 out for Hull,” Kinnear said. “It’s tough, but it’s my job to keep them all up for it. I have to face it, and it is my job to lift whoever is fit to play. The pain in the neck is that I won’t know what my team is likely to be until Friday. We want a decent cup run and we are up for Hull, but it’s dependent on which players we have,” he said.
Israeli FA cancels games
Israel’s Football Association postponed all games on Wednesday after a missile fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip hit a team’s pitch minutes before a training session. A Katyusha rocket exploded in the penalty area of third division Hapoel Ashkelon’s stadium on Monday, just minutes before the players were about to begin their training session. One person was killed when Hamas fired a rocket on Ashkelon earlier this week.
Angels snap up Fuentes
The Los Angeles Angels moved to replace Francisco Rodriguez by agreeing with reliever Brian Fuentes on a two-year contract, the team said on Wednesday. Fuentes, 33, is a left-handed closer who saved 111 games for the Colorado Rockies over the past four seasons. Fuentes’ contract with the Angels includes a club option for 2011, the team said on its Web site. Rodriguez set a single-season record with 62 saves last season before leaving via free agency for a three-year deal with the New York Mets.