Miller, Nelson honored
Former Indiana Pacers superstar Reggie Miller and coaching great Don Nelson were among those inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. Miller, one of the greatest clutch scorers in NBA history, played his entire 17-season career with the Indiana Pacers and finished it with 25,279 points and 1,505 steals. He ranks second on the NBA all-time list for three-pointers made, with 2,560, and his 320 playoff three-pointers are the most for any player in the post-season. Nelson, who was a finalist for the Hall of Fame for the fifth time, has more than 1,300 NBA victories and is one of only two coaches to be named NBA Coach of the Year three times. He spent more than 40 years as a player, coach and general manager, winning five titles as a player with the Boston Celtics. The teams he coached made 18 playoff appearances and amassed 75 playoff wins, but Nelson said he had left the game with no regrets. “Hopefully this will be the last tuxedo that I’ll be wearing,” Nelson said. “I am going to Maui. There is life after basketball.” The class of 2012 also included Ralph Sampson, a three-time collegiate national player of the year, who later became known as one of the Houston Rockets’ Twin Towers — along with Hakeem Olajuwon — during the club’s success in the mid 1980s. Friday’s inductees also included Jamaal Wilkes, two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain, longtime referee Hank Nichols and former Soviet women’s coach Lidia Alexeeva. Wilkes was a member of four NBA championship teams, first in 1975 with Golden State and then with the Lakers in 1980, 1982 and 1985.
Marathon bans Armstrong
Lance Armstrong has been banned from running in next month’s Chicago Marathon, a spokesman for the suspended American cyclist said on Friday. “Lance was going to be running as a fundraising team member of Team Livestrong at Chicago,” Mark Higgins said in an e-mail. “One of the Lance Armstrong Foundation staffers had communicated that to the race organizers and she was told he could not run.” Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins last month and handed a lifetime ban by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after indicating that would not challenge charges that he had doped throughout his career. “When he chose not to contest in a public hearing the overwhelming evidence of his cheating Mr Armstrong was well aware that he was accepting ineligibility from world-class athletic events like the Chicago Marathon,” a USADA spokeswoman said in a statement. “This is what the world rules require for all sanctioned athletes, high profile or not.”
Parents sue US track star
The parents of Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison have sued the US track star, saying she spread stories they were out for their own interest and tormented and cheated her out of money. Robert and Jo Ann Madison filed the libel, slander and defamation lawsuit on Thursday in an Ohio court. Tianna Madison was on the winning 4x100m relay track team at the London Olympics. She won the gold with Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter in world record time. The lawsuit also names her husband John Bartoletta. Madison’s parents are seeking more than US$25,000 each in damages. They said in the suit they have been loving and supportive parents.