A long-running marijuana possession case against former University of Arizona and current San Antonio Spurs player Damon Stoudamire has been dismissed.
Stoudamire’s Tucson lawyer said Friday all charges have been dismissed with prejudice and cannot be refiled. The misdemeanor possession case took more than 4 1/2 years to conclude, including two appeals to the Arizona Supreme Court — which ruled there no longer will be jury trials in such cases. Under a settlement agreement with the Pima County Attorney’s office, Stoudamire successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program and urine tests proving he was drug-free.
• North Carolina junior Tyler Hansbrough won the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s top player Friday night. He beat out second-place Michael Beasley of Kansas State, who was followed by Kevin Love of UCLA and D.J. Augustin of Texas and Stephen Curry of Davidson in the voting.
• Georgia Tech baseball player Michael Hutts was found dead in his off-campus apartment in Atlanta. Atlanta police and Georgia Tech police said they had not yet determined the cause of death. Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said he didn’t believe foul play was involved in the death of the 21-year-old Hutts. A game scheduled for Friday night between Georgia Tech and Miami was postponed.
• Tim Wilkerson moved into position for his third No. 1 qualifier of the season, leading the Funny Car field in the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals with a quarter-mile pass of 4.850 seconds at 318.24 mph at Las Vegas. In Top Fuel, Tony Schumacher drove his dragster to a 4.510 at 328.38 provisional low qualifying effort. Kenny Koretsky drove his Pontiac GXP to a 6.724 at 204.05 for the provisional top spot in Pro Stock.
• James Blake fought off two match points to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, to give the United States a 2-0 lead over France in the Davis Cup quarterfinals at Winston-Salem, N.C. Andy Roddick ripped 30 aces in a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) win over Michael Llodra in the opener.
• Top-seeded Maria Sharapova beat No. 10 Alona Bondarenko, 6-7 (9), 6-3, 6-2, and will face Lindsay Davenport, who advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over No. 8 Agnes Szavay, in today’s semifinals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island, Fla. Also, Dominika Cibulkova defeated Amelie Mauresmo, 6-1, 7-6 (6).
• The Florida Panthers announced that Jacques Martin would not return as coach but has been offered the chance to retain his role as general manager.
• The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Tom Gilbert to a six-year, $24 million contract.
• Five more world records were set on the third day of the short-course world championships at Manchester, England, raising the total to nine. Duje Draganja of Croatia established a new mark (20.81 seconds) in the men’s 50-meter freestyle. Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe set a best time in the women’s 200 backstroke (2:00.91), as did Ryan Lochte of the United States by taking the men’s 200 individual medley (1:51.56). Felicity Galvez of Australia established another world mark in the women’s 50 butterfly (25.32), and the U.S. team of Margaret Hoelzer, Jessica Hardy, Rachel Komisarz and Kara Denby won the women’s 400 medley relay in 3:51.36.