Sports Digest: Injured Bears DT arrested at Texas bar

2013-12-22T21:15:00Z 2013-12-26T18:41:06Z Sports Digest: Injured Bears DT arrested at Texas bar nwitimes.com
December 22, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

INJURED BEARS DT MELTON ARRESTED AT TEXAS BAR: Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton was charged with assault and public intoxication after refusing to leave a bar and fighting with employees in a Dallas suburb.

Grapevine police Sgt. Robert Eberling said Melton was arrested early Sunday at Chill Sports Bar after becoming belligerent. The nearly 300-pound Melton, who suffered a cut nose but declined treatment, was freed on $1,210 bond.

The 27-year-old Melton allegedly punched the manager in the face and bit his arm, Eberling said. The manager wasn't seriously hurt. Eberling said four bar staffers restrained Melton until police arrived.

Melton, a former Texas standout from Grapevine, is out for the season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament Sept. 22 against Pittsburgh.

Bears officials and agent Jordan Woy both said they were seeking more information about the incident.

UMP AT BROWNS-JETS GAME LEAVES AFTER INJURY: Umpire Butch Hannah left the game against the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets after appearing to suffer and injury to his face late in the first half.

After an 8-yard run by the Browns' Chris Ogbonnaya, it appeared Hannah made contact with Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie's right shoulder pad as he was spotting the ball. Hannah then stumbled into Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson before going down to the turf, holding his face.

Trainers from both teams checked on Hannah, who walked to the locker room under his own power.

He was not back on the field to start the second half. There was no immediate word on the nature of the injury.

Men's basketball

GRANT OUT AT N.D. BECAUSE OF ACADEMICS: Notre Dame will be without leading scorer Jerian Grant for the rest of the season because of an academic problem.

The university posted a statement from Grant on its web site Sunday evening that said he is no longer enrolled in the school because of an academic matter he didn't handle properly. He says he takes responsibility for his lack of good judgment and the poor decision he has made.

Grant, the son of former NBA player Harvey Grant, was averaging 19 points a game. The news comes a day after the Irish (8-4) squandered an eight-point lead in the final 50 seconds in a loss to No. 3 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden.

Grant is the second high-profile athlete to be dismissed from Notre Dame in the past year for academics. Quarterback Everett Golson was suspended from school for the fall semester for academic impropriety, but has since been readmitted.

Boys basketball

CRETE-MONEE WINS SHOOTOUT TITLE: Tyler Williams' 18 points led the Warriors to a 71-63 win over Lincoln-Way East on Saturday in the final game of the Crete-Monee Shootout.

The Times No. Warriors improved to 7-2.

Around the horn

Ariel Scott had 21 kills, and Katie Slay added 14 to give Penn State a 3-1 victory over scrappy Wisconsin (28-10) on Saturday night for the Nittany Lions' sixth NCAA volleyball championship. Deja McClendon's tap over the net for match point gave second-seeded Penn State (34-3) a 25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23 victory. It was the Nittany Lions' first NCAA title since their historic run of four straight from 2007-2010. ... President Barack Obama and the vacationing first family momentarily skipped the beach in Hawaii on Sunday to take in a college basketball game. Obama, first fady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attended the Oregon State-Akron game Sunday at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu. Oregon State is coached by Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson. The Obamas sat just behind the Oregon State bench, with the president sitting in between his wife and friend Bobby Titcomb. ... Former major leaguer Alex Cabrera has broken a three-decade-old Venezuelan record for most home runs in a season. Cabrera hit his 21st home run on Sunday, a grand slam that soared into the left-field bleachers and surpassed the tally set in 1980 by former big league catcher Bo Diaz. ... Dennis Rodman may not get to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on his latest visit to the country, but he said that won't stop him from coming back on Kim's birthday next month to hold an exhibition game with other former basketball stars. On the night before he was due to leave Pyongyang, Rodman told The Associated Press on Sunday that he had not yet had a meeting with Kim. The flamboyant Hall of Famer said that he didn't expect to meet the leader every time he comes to North Korea, and that his current trip was for training North Korean basketball players who will take part in the match Rodman is organizing for Kim's birthday on Jan. 8.

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