James leads votes for All-NBA team
Miami Heat star LeBron James received 119 votes to lead the first-team All-NBA team.
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers earned an 11th All-NBA selection, tying him with Hall of Famer Karl Malone for the most in a career.
Joining James and Bryant on the first team were the Thunder’s Kevin Durant, the Spurs’ Tim Duncan and the Clippers’ Chris Paul.
Former Buck, Laker Robinson dies
Flynn Robinson died on Thursday at age 72 after a battle with cancer.
Robinson was a 6-foot-1 guard who played a big role on the Lakers’ 1971-72 NBA championship team that won a record 33 consecutive games.
Robinson was named an All-Star in 1970 with the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 14 points and three assists a game over seven NBA seasons.
Urlacher open to TV analyst role
Brian Urlacher’s playing days over. Could his next role be as a TV analyst?
“I don’t know how good I’d be at that,” Urlacher said. “It would take a lot of work to get me ready for it. But that might be something I look into.”
Urlacher was a regular guest on Fox Chicago’s “The Final Word” with host Lou Canellis the last three seasons.
RG3 aiming for Redskins’ opener
Robert Griffin III dropped back and launched passes during the Washington Redskins’ non-contact practice Thursday, the latest sign of progress from the second-year phenom who said his goals include being ready for training camp and starting the season opener.
Griffin is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in January.
Brent might have violated bond
Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent is scheduled for a court appearance on Friday morning to address a possible violation of his bond after a monitoring device detected alcohol.
If so, Brent violated conditions of his bond before he goes to trial on a manslaughter charge in the death of former teammate Jerry Brown.
Coach sentenced to 7 years for abuse
A once-prominent swimming coach who trained thousands of children was sentenced to 7 years in prison Thursday for sexually abusing one of the girls he instructed.
Richard J. Curl, who last year was banned for life from the sport by USA Swimming, apologized for abusing the girl over a four-year period in the 1980s.
The abuse started when she was 13 and took place in their respective homes, inside his private school office and at hotels where they stayed for swim meets. He was charged last year after the allegations of abuse against the woman, Kelley Davies Currin, became public.