SAXON DRAFTED BY CBA: Big West Conference Tournament MVP Marcus Saxon, the two-time All-Big West point guard from Utah State, was a third-round draft choice Tuesday of Fort Wayne's Fury of the Continental Basketball Association. Saxon was the 26th player taken overall in the CBA draft.
SPUD SIGNS WITH CBA: Twelve-year NBA point guard Spud Webb became the first major name to sign with the Continental Basketball Association during the lockout, coming to terms Thursday with the Idaho Stampede.
LAYDEN INDUCTED: Frank Layden, head coach of the WNBA's Utah Starzz, was one of eight people inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. Along with Layden, players Dean "The Dream" Meminger (1973 New York Knicks - NBA Champions), Ray Lump (NYU), Mel Davis (St. Johns), Irving Torgoff (LIU) and Doug Moe will be inducted, as well as coach Bill Spiegel and trainer Charles "Doc" Turner.
CHARGES DROPPED: Two days before the scheduled start of the trial, robbery and attempted murder charges against Fresno State basketball player Kenny Brunner were dropped after the victim was unable to identify him as the attacker.
Brunner, who played at Georgetown last season before transferring to Fresno State, was accused of robbing and trying to shoot Los Angeles City College basketball coach Mike Miller on May 22. However, after charges were filed, Miller and two witnesses changed their statements and said they were unsure whether Brunner was the assailant.
FOX DROPS ANDRO ADS: Fox Sports Net announced it will not run advertisements for the muscle-building supplement androstenedione. ESPN, which first ran the commercial Tuesday for the supplement used by Mark McGwire, pulled the ads one day later in response to criticism from the NCAA and a national high school federation.
SAN DIEGO STATE LOSES: Quarterbacks Keith Smith and Ortege Jenkins overwhelmed San Diego State Thursday night, leading the No. 16 Wildcats to a 35-16 win over the Aztecs.
Smith got the start and had touchdown scrambles of 20 and 30 yards, plus a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy McDaniel. Jenkins played the second and third quarters, leading the Wildcats on two scoring drives and throwing a 10-yard TD pass to McDaniel.
LOBO LINEBACKER QUITS: New Mexico junior linebacker Ryan Taylor, one of the best defensive players in the Western Athletic Conference last season, says he has quit the team.
"I don't know; I just lost the love for the game," said Taylor, who had 11 sacks as a sophomore last season. "I just wasn't having any fun, and I didn't want to waste any more of the season or waste any more of the athletic department's money."
DEBARTOLO TESTIFIES: San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.'s testimony before a federal grand jury investigating riverboat gambling and former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards raises questions about DeBartolo's status in the probe.
DeBartolo slipped in and out of the federal courthouse unnoticed Thursday, but his lawyer, Aubrey Harwell, confirmed only that DeBartolo testified.
PLAYER BOOTED: A 17-year-old was kicked off his high school golf team for refusing to wear the squad's camouflage-print shirt.
Phil Mauser said he found the shirts embarrassing.
"I don't hunt, so I don't like camouflage. Camouflage is not in the same category as golf attire," he said.
FRAZIER ACQUITTED: Applause filled the courtroom after a judge acquitted former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier of drunken driving charges stemming from the boxer's arrest in April.
Minutes after being acquitted Thursday, Frazier walked out of the courthouse in his hometown and smiled liked he had just reclaimed the title.