Eager to get to Miami, Beverley wants to show NBA that he's overcome his mistakes
MIAMI (AP) - What Patrick Beverley's basketball career is best-known for has nothing to do with his game.
Nothing to do with the 29 points he scored in his first game at Arkansas, or winning the 2007 SEC newcomer of the year award, or helping the Razorbacks stun Number 4 Tennessee the next season.
It's about a paper he didn't write.
Beverley's demise at Arkansas came after he had another student write a paper for him, leading to his suspension from the team and ultimately his departure from school. Determined to rehabilitate his image but with few options, Beverley spent last year on a Ukrainian team, unsure if any NBA club would give him an opportunity.
Pat Riley and the Miami Heat believe him.
The Heat swung a late-draft-night trade Thursday with the Los Angeles Lakers, getting the 6-foot-1 point guard. Beverley was taken No. 42 overall, is no lock to even make the Heat roster, but his odyssey has at last led him to the NBA.
Arkansas State arranges game at Memphis
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State is set to play at Memphis in basketball next season.
Coach John Brady said Friday the game is "a done deal" but he wasn't certain what the date would be. The schools have played 56 times but did not meet last season.
Brady said Arkansas State is hoping to find one other road game next season against a team that wouldn't have to make a return trip to Jonesboro.
"We've talked with Wake Forest. We're talking to several schools," Brady said. "(Texas A&M) wanted the same date Memphis did, but obviously for us, just to drive to Memphis is much better than a flight to try to find A&M."
Brady said Texas-El Paso might also be a possibility.
Henderson State AD retiring next year
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) - Henderson State athletic director Sam Goodwin is retiring.
Goodwin's retirement takes effect next March. He's been athletic director at his alma mater since 2000.
Goodwin was a football player - and discus thrower - at Henderson State from 1962-65. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Goodwin says he loves Henderson State and calls the decision to retire difficult. But he says he can do some of the things he wants to do and spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Judge orders golfer John Daly to pay newspaper's legal fees, costs in failed libel suit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Professional golfer John Daly has been ordered to pay almost $272,000 in legal fees for his unsuccessful libel lawsuit against The Florida Times-Union.
Duval County Circuit Judge Hugh Carithers ordered Daly to pay $263,088 in attorney's fees, plus costs of $8,675.99 and 8% interest rate per year until it is paid.
Carithers dismissed the lawsuit in March. He ruled that former columnist Mike Freeman's statements in a 2005 column were either true or constitutionally protected opinion.
Calls to Daly's attorney, Lydia A. Jones, and Daly's agent, Bud Martin, and Times-Union publisher Lucy Talley were not immediately returned.