Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 25, 2014

Sports briefs, Jan. 25


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Weather wipes out Friday's hoops schedule

Another date on the KT-area boys basketball schedule fell prey to the frigid winter conditions Friday as all seven games were postponed.

Peru at Taylor was rescheduled for Feb. 1, Hamilton Heights at Eastern was moved to Feb. 5 and and Cass at Northwestern was moved to Feb. 11. No new dates were announced for Maconaquah at Western, Carroll at Tri-Central, Benton Central at Tipton, or Rossville at Clinton Central.

Also postponed Friday night was the Huntington North at Kokomo girls basketball game. No new date was announced.

Several events scheduled for today were postponed Friday including three girls basketball games — Taylor at Hamilton Heights (rescheduled for Feb. 4), Peru at Eastern, and Tri-Central at Carroll. Also postponed was the Eastern at Northfield boys basketball game and the Mid-Indiana Conference girls swim meet.

The MIC girls swim meet was scheduled for Hamilton Heights. The new plans call for it to be held next Saturday at Northwestern, which will host the MIC boys meet the same day.

Young Spieth takes lead at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jordan Spieth turned out to be the star attraction playing with Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines.

Spieth again showed game well beyond his 20 years with a 9-under 63 on the North Course. That gave him a one-shot lead over Stewart Cink going into the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open. Cink had a 71 on the tougher South Course.

Woods played the opening two rounds with Spieth and was just along for the ride. In his first competition in six weeks, Woods had another day with no birdies on the par 5s and shot 71. He was nine shots behind.

Spieth last year shot 62 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship playing with Phil Mickelson. He was more concerned with the score than the audience.

Ex-Cowboy Brent gets 180 days in jail

DALLAS (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. He was also fined $10,000.

Brent, 25, closed his eyes when the judge read the jury's verdict. He was kept in custody after the hearing.

One of his attorneys, Kevin Brooks, described the former defensive tackle as "somber."

"I'm really kind of overwhelmed with the results," Brooks said. "It's kind of what we've been fighting for from Day 1. I'm happy for Josh. Josh is still sad and grieving and that's something he's going to carry with him the rest of his life."

Brent's family members and supporters cried and hugged as the courtroom emptied after the hearing. His mother, LaTasha Brent, spoke briefly as she left the courthouse, saying she was there to support her son.

Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, wasn't in the courtroom when the verdict was read. She publicly forgave Brent, and said during Thursday's sentencing proceedings: "He's still responsible, but you can't go on in life holding a grudge. We all make mistakes."

Jackson was the last witness the jury heard, and lead prosecutor Heath Harris said her testimony probably helped Brent get probation.