Sports Briefs

Arrest made in death of player

FAIRFAX, Va. – A college football player in Virginia found fatally stabbed is being mourned, and Fairfax County police have made an arrest in his killing.

Authorities have arrested 22-year-old Johnny Bonilla, of Gainesville, in the death of Zavier O. Stringfellow. Police say Stringfellow was stabbed during a meeting with Bonilla.

The 19-year-old Stringfellow, of Manassas, was found dead Friday in a minivan in the Vienna area.

Stringfellow played football for Battlefield High School in Haymarket and more recently for Ferrum College in southwestern Virginia, where the roster lists him as a defensive end. His coach, Dave Harper, tells WTOP that Stringfellow was well-liked and had a good attitude.

Serena opens with victory

BRISBANE, Australia – Serena Williams joked that since the calendar still read 2012, she needed to maintain this year’s dominant form.

The 15-time Grand Slam champion opened her 2013 season Sunday, and Williams needed less than an hour to beat fellow American Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Brisbane International.

Williams won 31 of her last 32 matches during the 2012 season, including titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics, the U.S. Open and the WTA Championships. She was 58-4 overall.

Duke women

route Monmouth

DURHAM, N.C. – Tricia Liston scored 15 points for No. 4 Duke, and Monmouth tied a Division I record with three points in the first half of a 73-32 rout Sunday.

The overmatched Hawks managed just one field goal in the opening 20 minutes against the Blue Devils (11-0).

Monmouth (3-8) matched the NCAA’s halftime scoring mark set in 2003 by Savannah State against Florida State and equaled by Tennessee State two years ago against Georgia Tech.

Chelsea Gray scored 13 points and Haley Peters added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who could afford an off day from star sophomore Elizabeth Williams.

Kent St. holds off Fairmont St.

KENT, Ohio – Chris Evans finished with game-highs of 27 points and 9 rebounds to help Kent State hold on to beat Division II Fairmont State 77-75 on Sunday night.

Kris Brewer added 11 points and Randal Holt chipped in with 10 to help Kent State (8-5) win its third game in a row.

Evans connected on a 3-pointer with 10:08 left to play to give Kent State its biggest lead of the game, 66-49.

Isaiah Hill led five Falcons in double figures with 19 points.

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Indians sell TV network to Fox

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians have sold their regional TV sports network.

FOX Sports Media Group announced Friday that it has acquired Sports- Time Ohio, the Cleveland-based regional sports network held by Indians owners Paul and Larry Dolan.

In addition, FOX Sports Media Group announced said it has secured the exclusive long-term local telecast rights for Indians baseball.

FOX Sports Ohio shows the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, Xavier Musketeers, and Cincinnati Bearcats. Paul Dolan said the club is looking forward to a long-term partnership with FOX.

NHL makes new offer to players

NEW YORK – The NHL says it has made a new contract offer to the players in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says in a statement Friday that a “comprehensive” proposal was made a day earlier, although he would not discuss details.

He adds that the league is “hopeful” that once the union and its negotiating committee review the proposal “they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.”

The NHL says it doesn’t want a season of less than 48 games. To make that possible, a deal likely must be reached by mid-January.

Cavs’ Varejao to miss 2 more

CLEVELAND – Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss at least two more games with a bruised right knee.

Varejao has missed four games since hurting his knee on Dec. 18 against Toronto. The Cavs had hoped extra rest would get the NBA’s leading rebounder back on the floor, but he’s not ready to play. Varejao will sit out Friday’s home game against Atlanta and will not travel with the team for Saturday’s game in Brooklyn so he can get more treatment.

Texas suspends McCoy, Hicks

SAN ANTONIO – A person with knowledge of the suspensions tells The Associated Press that Texas has sent home backup quarterback Case McCoy and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks from the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio for violating team curfew rules.

Coach Mack Brown addressed the situation during a previously schedule news conference Friday and referred to a report that police were investigating two unidentified Texas players in an alleged sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel.

Indiana wallops Jacksonville

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Jordan Hulls scored 17 of his season-high 20 points in the first half, leading No. 5 Indiana past Jacksonville 93-59.

The Hoosiers (12-1) will take a three-game winning streak into Big Ten play, which begins Monday at Iowa. Indiana also has won 29 consecutive non-league games at Assembly Hall.

Gonzaga too much for Baylor

SPOKANE, Wash. – Kevin Pangos made seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead No. 13 Gonzaga past Baylor 94-87.

Kelly Olynyk scored 21 for Gonzaga (12-1),.

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Nadal’s return delayed by bug

MADRID – Rafael Nadal’s return to competition has been delayed by a stomach virus.

The Spaniard was scheduled to play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Thursday after missing seven months because of tendinitis in his left knee. But he said on his Facebook page Tuesday that his doctors ordered him to pull out when he was running a fever, telling him his body needed rest.

“My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good and I was looking forward to competing,” he said.

Former Rangers owner dies

HOUSTON – Brad Corbett, who owned the Texas Rangers from 1974 to 1980 and had six managers in six years, has died. He was 75.

Corbett’s daughter, Pamela Corbett Murrin, told The Associated Press that her father died peacefully in his sleep on Monday. She said he had not been sick recently.

The Rangers said in a statement they were “saddened” to hear of Corbett’s death.

The team’s website says Corbett was directly involved in decision making, including player transactions. The Rangers had three pitchers during his tenure, Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Bert Blyleven. All three were elected to the Hall of Fame. As owner, Corbett traded all three. Corbett also was part-owner of a Fort Worth company that sold PVC piping to the oil and gas industry.

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Kuhn leads OUE women to victory

LIMA, Ohio – The Ohio University Eastern women made short work of OSU Lima, 100-69, after a rather long road trip Sunday.

Monroe Central graduate and all-conference performer Alex Kuhn set a career high of 36 points to go with eight assists and five rebounds.

Backcourt mate and Shadyside graduate Kelsey Holloway hit for 24 points, six rebounds and five steals. Beallsville product Julie Bilyeu patrolled the lane for 17 points and 12 rebounds. Monroe Central’s Casey Digity came off the bench with 11 points and Shadyside’s Sarah Neavin added 10 points and six boards for the Panthers (8-2 overall, 5-0 ORCC).

O’Neil leads OUE men past Lima

LIMA, Ohio – Former Wheeling Park standout Marquez O’Neil scored 19 points and collected nine rebounds as he led the OUE men past OSU Lima, 87-62.

Another former Patriot, Djhae Jackson, added nine points, nine assists, and six steals while Jordan Barbina had 14 points and six rebounds. Nick Schuetz also contributed 13 points and Devin Ward supplied the Panthers with 10 points.

WVU women top Youngstown St.

MORGANTOWN – Taylor Palmer scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures for No. 25 West Virginia, which shot 64.4 percent in defeating Youngstown State 90-57 Sunday.

Ayana Dunning added 13 points and 13 rebounds, Christal Caldwell and Averee Fields scored 12 points each and Darius Faulk scored 10 for the Mountaineers (7-2), who made 38 of 59 shots in winning their fourth consecutive game.

Caldwell and Palmer each scored 10 of their points in the first half, when West Virginia took a 43-23 lead.

Love III, son

win challenge

ORLANDO, Fla. – Davis Love III had a nice pitch shot on No. 18 and son Dru finished off the birdie to capture the Father-Son Challenge title Sunday.

With Larry and Josh Nelson already in at 22-under for the two-day scramble format, both Loves misfired in trying to reach the green in two at the par-5 finishing hole.

The Loves teamed for an 11-under 61 in the final round.