PARALYZED OLYMPIAN JAMIE NIETO WALKS WIFE DOWN AISLE
EL CAJON, CALIF.» Step by halting step, former Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto made good on his vow to walk wife Shevon down the aisle after their wedding and out the door to a waiting limousine.
It was roughly 130 steps, with a stop halfway down the aisle of the small church to kiss his bride for a gaggle of photographers.
No cane, no walker. Just Nieto holding his wife’s left hand for support.
The two-time Olympian fulfilled his vow Saturday, 15 months after suffering a spinal cord injury on a misjudged backflip that left him partially paralyzed, with no feeling in his hands or feet. Doctors didn’t know whether he’d walk again.
Nieto, 40, was determined to defy his doctors and make it all the way down the aisle.
Armored Athlete beats Team Colorado. A year after being knocked out of The Basketball Tournament in the Super 16, Armored Athlete got its redemption.
David Dudzinki led the way with 17 points, and all nine players scored for No. 4 seed Armored Athlete in an 84-75 upset of No. 1 seed Team Colorado in the West Region.
Marcus Hall finished with a gamehigh 29 points and averaged 28 points per game for Team Colorado during the tournament.
Predators lock in Arvidsson.
NASHVILLE, TENN.» The Nashville Predators are making sure they keep Viktor Arvidsson around, re-signing the forward who made the secondbiggest scoring jump in the NHL with a seven-year deal worth $29.75 million.
General manager David Poile announced the deal Saturday night, hours after the team and Arvidsson went to arbitration. Arvidsson will count $4.25 million against the salary cap through 2023 after a 45-point scoring improvement from 2015-16 in his first full season with the Predators.
Moore leads West past East.
» Maya Moore scored 23 SEATTLE points, reigning league MVP Nneka Ogwumike added 22 points and the West outlasted the East 130-121 in the WNBA All-star Game, where most of the attention was on Seattle’s Sue Bird.
The veteran West squad, with 55 total All-star Game selections on its roster, pulled away after a close first half. Moore made 9-of-17 shots, including five 3-pointers, while Ogwumike made 11-of-15 attempts off the bench. Bird had a hand in many of those baskets, finishing with a record 11 assists and eight points.
Isner reaches Hall of Fame final.
NEWPORT, R.I.» Top-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Bjorn Fratangelo 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Hall of Fame final, putting him in position for his third title in the event.
The hard-serving Isner won at Newport in 2011 and 2012. He will face Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk.
• Fourth-seeded Paolo Lorenzi of Italy and lucky loser Andrey Rublev of Russia reached the final of the Croatia Open.
In an all-italian semifinal, Lorenzi knocked out Alessandro Giannessi 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Lorenzi seeks his second ATP title. Rublev eliminated local wild card Ivan Dodig 7-6 (4), 6-1. Results » 9CC
Hold ’em table down to final three.
LAS VEGAS» The marquee no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event of the World Series of Poker is down to the final three players vying for the top prize of more than $8.1 million.
Rookie Scott Blumstein arrived at the table Saturday as the chip leader. The 25-year-old resident of Brigantine, N.J., has more than $226 million in chips.
Footnote. Former tennis professional Peter Doohan, whose best-known victory was over Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, died at age 56, Tennis Australia announced.