Mets fan gets three-year ban
Tech's Beamer, Curry win golf tourney
Federer, Nadal to meet on split court
Emory & Henry names Johnson new AD
Frank Torre gets kidney transplant
Bucs tennis team to face Alabama
Vols' gridiron opener to be on ABC
KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee football team's season-opening game at California on Sept. 1 will be broadcast on ABC's "Saturday Night Football," the network announced Tuesday. The telecast will kick off at 8 p.m. Since 1997, UT's season-opener has appeared on national television every year except 2005 when the Vols' game against UAB was broadcast regionally by Jefferson Pilot Sports. UT has won its past 12 season-openers.
NEW YORK - Frank Martinez has been to his last New York Mets home game until 2010. The 40-year-old fan was banned from Mets home games for three years after pleading guilty Tuesday to shining a high-powered flashlight at a pair of Atlanta Braves players during an April 20 game. The Bronx man also must spend 15 days in jail as part of his sentence for interfering with a professional sporting event. Authorities say that Martinez, seated behind home plate, turned the beam on Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and shortstop Edgar Renteria. Renteria complained to umpire Paul Emmel, who called time out and alerted security. The security officers removed Martinez and found the flashlight in his backpack, authorities said.
GREENSBORO, Ga. - The Virginia Tech team of football coach Frank Beamer and former basketball star Dell Curry won the inaugural Chick- fil-A Bowl Alma Mater golf tournament Tuesday, and their win will benefit families of last month's massacre on the Virginia Tech campus. Beamer and Curry combined for a 10-under 62 to top the San Diego State team of Chuck Long and Marshall Faulk by one stroke at Reynolds Plantation. "We had a great round and a lot of fun," Curry said. "You put Frank and me together and we make one pretty good golfer." Twelve college teams were competing for $275,000 in scholarship money. At the request of Beamer and Curry, their $100,000 first-place prize will be donated to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, which benefits families of the April 16 massacre on the school's campus. The tournament will be broadcast on CBS on Christmas Day.
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Balearic Islands - One is the king of grass, the other the king of clay. Today, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal will be king of both. Four-time Wimbledon champion Federer plays two-time French Open winner Nadal in an exhibition on a customized half-clay, half-grass court on this Spanish island. "It'll be fun to find out what it's like to play on a court with mixed surfaces," Federer said Tuesday. "And it ought to be interesting to see who chooses the better tactic." Organizers needed 19 days and $1.63 million to create the court, which divides the surfaces by halves for a unique match in which a player can receive on clay and hit a winner on grass - or vice versa. Federer hasn't lost on grass in four years, a 48-match run. The second-ranked Nadal has won a record 72 straight clay-court matches.
EMORY, Va. - Veteran Emory & Henry men's basketball coach Bob Johnson will head the school's athletic department, the college announced Tuesday. Johnson, who has coached the basketball team for 27 years, had served as the interim athletic director for eight months while the school conducted a national search to fill the position. He will continue to coach basketball, the school said. Johnson recently was awarded the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2007 Division III Service Award.
NEW YORK - The older brother of New York Yankees manager Joe Torre was recovering Tuesday afternoon after kidney transplant surgery with an organ donated by his daughter. New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia said in a statement that 75-year-old Frank Torre was "out of surgery and doing well." Like his brother, Frank Torre was a major league baseball player, spending seven seasons with the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies from 1956-63.
JOHNSON CITY - The East Tennessee State men's tennis team is headed to Durham, N.C., on May 11 to face No. 17 Alabama in the first round of the NCAA tournament. "Alabama is going to be a great opponent for us. I think that we got some respect in the drawing," ETSU coach Yaser Zaatini said Tuesday. This will be Bucs' fifth appearance in the NCAA tournament and third in four years.