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Sports in brief: Former NBA, Kentucky star Antoine Walker sentenced for gambling debts


former nba, kentucky star walker must repay $770,000 in gambling debts

LAS VEGAS — Former NBA star Antoine Walker was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and ordered to pay $770,050 in restitution to three Las Vegas casinos after pleading guilty to failing to repay gambling debts.

Walker and his lawyer declined to comment after his brief appearance before Clark County District Court Judge Valorie Vega.

Walker has repaid some of his Las Vegas casino debts since his arrest in July 2009 in Lake Tahoe, where he planned to play in a celebrity golf tournament.

The felony charge could be dismissed if Walker fully repays the remaining debts incurred in 2008 and '09 at the Planet Hollywood, Red Rock Casino Resort and Caesars Palace casinos, prosecutor Samuel Bateman said. Walker faces a year in prison if he violates probation.

Walker, 35, starred on Kentucky's 1996 NCAA national title team and was a three-time All-Star with the Celtics before winning a 2006 NBA championship with the Heat. He also played for the Timberwolves in 2008.


Five-time title winner Hearns chosen for Hall induction

Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, the first man to win titles in four divisions, tops a list of 13 people elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum.

Hearns, who won five titles, compiled a 155-8 amateur record and was 61-5-1 with 48 knockouts as a pro.

Also selected were: Mark Johnson, a two-division champion; ring announcer Michael Buffer; trainer Freddie Roach; broadcaster Al Bernstein; and journalist Michael Katz.

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Autos: Mike Ford was let go as crew chief for Denny Hamlin after a disappointing season. "I'm kind of relieved," Ford told the Associated Press. "It had been dragging on for so long, I'm actually relieved there's finally a resolution." Ford's future with the team had been subject to speculation most of the season.

Winter sports: Ted Ligety turned in a dazzling second run in frigid conditions to capture a World Cup giant slalom. The three-time overall GS champion flew down the course in Beaver Creek, Colo., in a combined time of 2 minutes, 40.01 seconds, holding off Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 0.69 seconds. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was third. "I tried to do my best. I had no chance," Hirscher said. "Ted was unbreakable." Ligety entered the final run trailing France's Alexis Pinturault by 0.14 seconds. Pinturault took fourth.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Former NBA, Kentucky star Antoine Walker sentenced for gambling debts 12/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 10:57pm]
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