Kidd to contest crash charges
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Knicks guard Jason Kidd intends to fight a charge that he was drunk when he crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons, his lawyer said Wednesday.
When asked about the allegations after a brief court appearance, Edward Burke said, "We are defending that.
"He is taking this very, very seriously. He wants to get this past him as quickly as possible. The legal process takes some time, but he is ready for his season."
Kidd was arrested in July, a few days after leaving the Mavericks for the Knicks. He suffered minor injuries when the vehicle hit the pole and veered into the woods.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 7.
Nets sign forward jettisoned by Wizards
The Nets signed F Andray Blatche. Terms weren't disclosed. The 6-foot-11 Blatche averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 26 games last season for the Wizards. He missed the final 40 games with a calf injury. Washington waived Blatche in July, designating him as the amnesty player. The move enabled the Wizards to remove the $23 million remaining on Blatche's contract from their salary cap.
Hunter-Reay crashes before season finale
IndyCar title-contender Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed while testing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Hunter-Reay, trailing leader Will Power by 17 points entering Saturday's season finale, was making a run when his car spun in the second turn and scraped the wall. His Andretti team began changing the engine after the crash, which will draw a 10-spot penalty on the starting grid.
Del Potro practices, will play in Davis Cup
Juan Martin del Potro, slowed by a sore left wrist, is expected to play in Argentina's Davis Cup semifinal match against the Czech Republic this weekend. Del Potro, ranked sixth, is expected to play singles only.
Ferrero to retire: Juan Carlos Ferrero will retire after next month's event in his hometown Valencia Open. The Spaniard, 32, reached No. 1 in 2003 after winning the French Open.
Boxing: Manny Pacquiao will fight Dec. 8, likely against Juan Manuel Marquez. He hasn't fought since losing to Timothy Bradley June 9. Pacquiao won two of three fights with Marquez, the third a draw.
Cycling: Authorities are investigating the theft of Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong's two bikes. They were shipped from Germany, where they were on display for an event. But only empty boxes arrived at her house.