Sports shorts: State Hall of Fame will honor Mitchell, Lever, Eller

2013-02-19T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: State Hall of Fame will honor Mitchell, Lever, EllerStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Two-time Olympic silver medalist and Arizona diving operations director Michele Mitchell, former Pueblo High and ASU basketball star Lafayette "Fat" Lever and UA grad and Phoenix Suns founding investor Karl Eller were named to the 2013 class of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.

ASU and LPGA golfer Heather Farr, who died at 28 of breast cancer in 1993, also will be honored during induction ceremonies May 9 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

Mitchell, UA's diving coach for 15 seasons, won silver medals in the 10-meter platform in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. She was a four-time All-American at UA from 1979-83 and won nine national titles.

Lever led Pueblo to state titles in 1977 and 1978 and became a two-time NBA All-Star guard with Denver. Lever, the 11th pick in the 1982 NBA draft by Portland, is the Sacramento Kings' player development director.

Eller played football at UA and became a successful business leader, helping start the Suns in 1968. The UA's Eller School of Management is named after him.

College FOOTBALL

Wildcats set dates for spring ball

The Arizona Wildcats will begin spring football drills March 2, and will practice 14 times leading up to the April 13 spring game. The spring practice schedule was released by the UA Monday.

Arizona will practice four times in a seven-day span to open camp before taking a 12-day breather for spring break. The spring game, as previously announced, will be played at Kindall/Sancet Stadium at 1 p.m.

The schedule also includes a March 29 scrimmage at Phoenix College.

All practices will take place at Kindall/Sancet. The final practice before the spring game is set for April 10.

• Ken Clark, one of the top all-time rushers at Nebraska who went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, died Saturday in Minneapolis of a heart attack. He was 46.

• Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel accepted the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback Monday in Fort Worth, Texas.

NFL

Bucs' Bowers faces gun charges

NEW YORK - Authorities say Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport after police found a handgun in his luggage.

Bowers, a former Clemson star, was arraigned Monday on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and posted $10,000 bond. Former Giants star Plaxico Burress was arrested on the same charge after he accidentally shot himself in a nightclub in 2008

• The Green Bay Packers released veteran center Jeff Saturday, a six-time Pro Bowler who signed a two-year deal with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent in 2012 after playing 13 seasons with the Colts.

• The Chiefs have signed former Vikings safety Husain Abdullah, who gave up football last season to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, in an attempt to add depth to their defensive backfield.

miscellaneous

Stephens falls in Dubai 1st round

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Sloane Stephens lost to Romania's Sorana Cirstea 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Dubai Championship on Monday, the latest setback for the rising U.S. tennis star who reached the Australian Open semifinals.

• In soccer, the Shanghai club that was briefly home to ex-Chelsea forward Didier Drogba was stripped of its 2003 league title and fined $160,000 as part of a new round of sanctions aimed at stamping out match fixing in the Chinese Super League.

• Manchester United reached the FA Cup quarterfinals, beating Reading 2-1 as Nani and Javier Hernandez had second-half goals.

• USA Wrestling has formalized plans for a committee charged with restoring Olympic wrestling, chaired by former world champion Bill Scherr.

• In horse racing, Super Ninety Nine, trained by UA grad Bob Baffert, led from the start to win the $300,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

- Daniel Berk

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