NBA players union picks executive director
LAS VEGAS — The National Basketball Players Association elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American male sports union.
Roberts received 32 of 36 votes in a process that was completed in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The Washington trial lawyer defeated tech industry CEO Dean Garfield and Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery in the final vote.
The vote capped a long and arduous process to replace Billy Hunter, who was ousted in February of 2013.
Her appointment comes at a critical time for the players, who could face another round of collective bargaining talks in 2017 if either the union or the league opts out of the current agreement.
LSU signee Hobbs wins two Jr. Olympic titles
LSU’s signee Aleia Hobbs, a former McMain High School star, sprinted to a national championship in the 100-meter dash during Sunday’s finale at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships.
Hobbs’ time of 11.77 seconds came in a strong headwind at Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas.
Hobbs teamed with fellow Lady Tigers recruit Mikiah Brisco of Baton Rouge High School to lead New Era Track Club to the gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay on Saturday (45.24 seconds).
Brisco earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.14.
Baton Rouge Bandits name Coleman coach
The Baton Rouge Riverboat Bandits minor league football team named Doug Coleman its head coach for the 2014 season.
Coleman is the all-time leading passer for the Bandits (1997-1999) and was elected into the 2014 minor league football hall of fame recently.
The Bandits will hold workouts 6 p.m. Thursday at Kenilworth Middle School. Former high school and college players interested in playing full-contact adult football are welcome. There is no fee.
The Bandits open their season Sept. 6 away at the North Louisiana Black Bears. For more information, call 225-305-7604 or 225-938-8183.
Triple-A brawl results in 11 suspensions
A major brawl in a Triple-A game instigated by rehabbing Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top minor league affiliate has resulted in the suspension of 11 players.
The benches cleared twice during Arruebarrena’s at-bat for Albuquerque in the second inning Saturday night. The second time, Arruebarrena took exception with Reno Aces catcher Blake Lalli brushing past the Cuban player after he struck out. Arruebarrena shoved Lalli, and then threw his helmet at him, setting off a melee that lasted 21 minutes and resulted in 10 ejections, including Reno manager Phil Nevin, the former major league All-Star.
Arruebarrena was not among the five Isotopes suspended because he was on a rehabilitation assignment. Any discipline would come from the commissioner’s office. But Arruebarrena has since been sent to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga by the Dodgers.
Pitcher Kameron Lowe, first baseman Mike Jacobs and outfielder Aaron Cunningham, all former major leaguers, were among six Aces suspended.
Fifth-seed Ivanovic lone seeded player to win
STANFORD, Calif. — No. 5 seed Ana Ivanovic won her first-round match in the Bank of the West Classic, defeating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (2), 6-1 on Tuesday.
The former world No. 1 lost to Lisicki in three sets in their previous meeting at Wimbledon.
Ivanovic has won three WTA Tour titles this season after failing to win a tournament in 2013. She owns 14 career titles.
The Serbian next faces qualifier Carol Zhao, a sophomore at Stanford who was leading Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 1-0 when the Belgian retired because of a viral infection.
In other matches, Monica Puig beat seventh-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-3, 7-5, and Garbine Muguruza eliminated defending tournament champion Dominika Cibulkova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.