Pac­ers’ Copeland stabbed in New York

Los Angeles Times - - NBA -

In­di­ana Pac­ers for­ward Chris Copeland , his girl­friend and an­other woman were stabbed early Wed­nes­day in New York af­ter an ar­gu­ment on the street near a Man­hat­tan night­club that also led to the ar­rest of two At­lanta Hawks play­ers, au­thor­i­ties said.

The vic­tims were hos­pi­tal­ized and in sta­ble con­di­tion, po­lice said. Copeland, 31, a for­mer mem­ber of the New York Knicks, had surgery on his el­bow and his ab­domen, Pac­ers Coach Frank Vo­gel said. Copeland’s girl­friend, Ka­trine Saltara , was slashed in the arm and across the breast. The sec­ond woman, who was be­lieved to be with the at­tacker, was slashed in the ab­domen.

At­lanta Hawks play­ers Pero An­tic and Thabo Se­folosha , who were not with Copeland but were also at the club, were ar­rested and later re­leased with­out bail af­ter po­lice said they blocked of­fi­cers from try­ing to start their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The Hawks play­ers’ at­tor­ney, Alex Spiro , said they did not com­mit any crime.

The vi­o­lence be­gan just be­fore 4 a.m. out­side 1Oak Club, a trendy Chelsea spot, po­lice said. The cou­ple was ar­gu­ing on the street as the at­tacker eaves­dropped and started to in­ter­fere, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The dis­pute es­ca­lated un­til the 22-year-old sus­pect, who was iden­ti­fied as She­zoy Bleary ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press, pulled out a knife and started slash­ing, po­lice said. Charges were pending, ac­cord­ing to po­lice..

The Phoenix Suns’ Mar­cus and Marki­eff Mor­ris are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated on al­le­ga­tions they joined three other men in beat­ing Erik Hood on Jan. 24 as Hood was leav­ing a high school bas­ket­ball game, Phoenix po­lice said. Ac­cord­ing to Hood’s ac­count, he formed a strong bond with the 25-year-old broth­ers when they were ninth-graders with dreams of be­com­ing pro bas­ket­ball play­ers but the broth­ers cut off con­tact when they were shown texts in­di­cat­ing that Hood wanted their mother to be his girl­friend. In an in­ter­view at the twin broth­ers’ home on Feb. 10 with a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor, both NBA play­ers de­nied any in­volve­ment in the in­ci­dent.

Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves cen­ter Nikola Pekovic had surgery on his right Achilles’ ten­don.

In ten­nis, eighth-seeded Sam Quer­rey won 24 of 30 points in the third set to de­feat Steve John­son , 6-1, 4-6, 6-0, and ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Cham­pi­onships at Hous­ton. . . . Amer­i­can Lau­ren Davis beat top-seeded Eu­ge­nie Bouchard , 6-3, 6-1, at the Fam­ily Cir­cle Cup at Charleston, S.C., a short time af­ter sec­ond-seeded Eka­te­rina Makarova with­drew be­cause of a stom­ach ill­ness.

In col­lege bas­ket­ball, Rashad Vaughn an­nounced that he is leav­ing Ne­vada Las Ve­gas and will make him­self avail­able for the NBA draft. Among other declar­ing for the draft were In­di­ana for­ward Troy Wil­liams and Ari­zona for­ward Bran­don Ash­ley . . . . Utah gave fourth-year Coach Larr y Krys­tkowiak a con­tract ex­ten­sion through the 2022-23 sea­son that awards him $2.4 mil­lion per year.

Notre Dame ju­nior Jewell Loyd de­clared her­self el­i­gi­ble for the WNBA draft.

In pro foot­ball, the New York Jets and for­mer New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots run­ning back Ste­van Ri­d­ley agreed to a one-year deal. . . . The NFL hired Sarah Thomas as a line judge, mak­ing her the first woman to serve in that role. . . . The Dal­las Cow­boys re­leased de­fen­sive tackle Amobi Okoye , who was drafted by Hous­ton as a teenager and hasn’t played since 2012 as he at­tempts to come back from a brain con­di­tion. . . . Cincin­nati Ben­gals line­backer Em­manuel La­mur , who helped fill the void when starters Rey Maualuga and Von­taze Bur­fict were in­jured, signed a one-year ten­der of­fer for $2.356 mil­lion. . . . The New York Jets re-signed de­fen­sive line­man Leger Douz­able to a one-year con­tract.

Timmy Lee Brown pleaded guilty in the 2007 killing of Wash­ing­ton Red­skins star safety Sean Tay­lor dur­ing a botched bur­glary in the Fort My­ers, Fla., area. Brown will serve 18 years in pri­son un­der his plea agree­ment.

In col­lege foot­ball, Illi­nois Coach Tim Beck­man said that Mike Dudek , the team’s lead­ing re­ceiver, will sit out at least the be­gin­ning of the fall sea­son be­cause of a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment. . . . Alabama fresh­man run­ning back Bo Scar­brough , who was in­jured in a week­end scrim­mage, had knee surgery, ac­cord­ing to Coach Lou Sa­ban .

Detroit Red Wings for­ward Erik Cole will sit out the rest of the sea­son be­cause of a spine con­tu­sion. . . . The Van­cou­ver Canucks signed for­ward Derek Dorsett to a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion and de­fense­man Luca Sbisa , a for­mer Ana­heim Ducks player, to a three-year deal.

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