Sports shorts: UA lands 3-star DT; I-Ridge QB commits to Air Force

2013-02-05T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: UA lands 3-star DT; I-Ridge QB commits to Air ForceStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

David Maka didn't need long to decide he wanted to play football for coach Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats.

The Tustin, Calif., defensive tackle was offered a scholarship by the UA on Monday morning and committed right away.

"It feels really great to get it out of the way," Maka said. "I knew as soon as they offered me that I wanted to play there."

The 6-foot-5-inch, 330-pound Maka is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com recruiting service. Several schools recruited Maka as a center, but he said the Wildcats want him to play defensive tackle.

Maka said he was holding out hope for an offer from the Wildcats since visiting the UA in October for the USC game. He also held offers from Utah, Colorado State, Utah State, San Diego State and UTEP.

Maka is the 27th player to give Rodriguez a commitment for the 2013 class. Athletes are allowed to start signing national letters of intent on Wednesday. Scout ranks the UA's recruiting class as 24th nationally and sixth in the Pac-12. Maka is just the second defensive tackle in the class, joining Luca Bruno, who committed in August.

• Ironwood Ridge quarterback Tyler Williams committed to Air Force and will sign his letter of intent Wednesday, he said.

Williams, the 2012 Arizona Daily Star offensive player of the year, made his decision Sunday morning before heading back to Tucson after an official visit to Air Force.

"You can tell if something feels right," he said Monday. "I just fell in love with the campus, the coaching staff and could see myself being in that environment."

As a senior, Williams ran for 1,354 yards and passed for another 1,143 in leading Ironwood Ridge to a 13-1 mark and the Division II state title.

Soccer

Widespread match-fixing alleged

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - An investigation has uncovered more than 680 suspicious matches - including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games - and found that a Singapore-based crime gang is closely involved in match-fixing, Europol said.

"This is a sad day for European (soccer)," said Rob Wainwright, the head of Europol.

The probe found 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia, South and Central America. Europol said 425 match officials, club officials, players and criminals from at least 15 countries were involved in fixing the European soccer games dating to 2008. The agency declined to name suspects, teams or games.

• Defender Timmy Chandler, 22, was among 24 players selected for the United States' World Cup qualifier and will make his debut at Honduras on Wednesday. Also, Jozy Altidore said he wants to move on from last week's racist chants directed at the black forward in a Dutch Cup game.

• The Red Bulls traded top scorer Kenny Cooper to FC Dallas for allocation money.

Miscellaneous

Pima's Davis named top player

Pima College women's basketball sophomore D.J. Davis earned ACCAC Division II player of the week honors after averaging 15.5 points, 3 assists and 2 steals as the Aztecs beat Chandler-Gilbert and lost at Central Arizona last week.

• The Detroit Lions released wide receiver Titus Young, banished from the team in November for unacceptable behavior.

• Rookie LB Brandon Joiner was activated by the Cincinnati Bengals after completing a prison term for a Texas robbery.

• The agency that runs the home of the St. Louis Rams says it's unlikely it will implement the team's $124 million plan to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome. Already, there is speculation about a new stadium.

• Boise State officials say two football players were suspended from the school for violating university rules: safety Lee Hightower and tight end Hayden Plinke.

• Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction will be heard starting Feb. 13 in San Francisco by three federal judges each appointed by a different Democratic president.

• Former Colorado Rockies first base coach Glenallen Hill will manage the organization's top farm team in Colorado Springs this season.

• Rafael Nadal's ailing left knee may still bother him for a few more weeks, his coach said, as the Spaniard opens doubles play today in Chile's VTR Open.

Daniel Berk Daniel Gaona Includes material from news releases

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