Peach Belt adds track and field
The Peach Belt Conference announced Tuesday that men’s and women’s outdoor track and field will become official conference championship sports beginning in 2012-13.
The league is officially adding the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Nova Southeastern University as its first associate members to help meet the NCAA minimum sports sponsorship, which requires six teams to formally conduct a league championships.
With the two new schools, the PBC has six men’s and seven women’s track and field programs.
Roddick done in by back spasms
In Mason, Ohio, Andy Roddick developed back spasms during his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday, setting up a two-set loss that left questions about his health heading into the U.S. Open.
Wild card Venus Williams survived a three-set opening match, another encouraging win coming off her Olympic gold medal in doubles with sister Serena.
Roddick, who has played through a sore shoulder this summer, developed a new concern as he lost to a player who was in the draw as an injury replacement.
He got treatment for his back during the second set of his 7-6 (4), 6-3 loss to Jeremy Chardy, who replaced injured No. 9 seed and former Georgia star John Isner.
Williams beat 12th-seeded Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in a match that lasted 2 hours, 23 minutes, serving 11 aces.
Early release of ex-ref is denied
A federal judge in New York has refused to allow an early end to supervised release for a former NBA referee who took money from a professional gambler.
Former referee Tim Donaghy argued he should be released early because of good conduct and because it’s difficult to find work while under court supervision. The judge denied the request Tuesday.
Donaghy pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce. He was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison camp and served 33 of 36 months of supervised release. His sentence ends Nov. 3.
Jockey Albarado fined for assault
Jockey Robby Albarado was fined $500 for his misdemeanor conviction of assaulting his former girlfriend during a scuffle for a cellphone.
Albarado was convicted of fourth-degree assault in July.
Stars charged in prostitution case
The Paris prosecutor’s office says French national team players Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema will face a trial for soliciting a minor.
The office said Tuesday that six other people and a nightclub suspected of serving as a base for a network of prostitutes are being charged with aggravated pimping in the case.
The trial is going ahead at the behest of a judge, even though the prosecutor’s office has argued the charges should be dropped.
A woman who says she has been paid for sex since she was 16 has testified Real Madrid’s Benzema and Bayern Munich’s Ribery solicited her while she was underage. Prostitution is legal in France, but prostitutes must be older than 18.