MTSU to play in tourney after teammate's death
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders women's basketball team spent most of Thursday grieving the stabbing death of teammate Tina Stewart and agonizing over the decision to play in the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
They reached a unanimous decision just before facing reporters.
Standing together, holding hands for support and with their eyes red from crying, senior guard Anne Marie Lanning announced they would try to win another title and trip to the NCAA tournament.
Middle Tennessee (23-6) is the East's top seed.
Stewart, 21, of Memphis, was stabbed to death Wednesday night and her 18-year-old roommate, Shanterrica Madden, has been charged with first-degree murder. The MTSU freshman is being held without bond. Madden's attorney, Joe Brandon, told The Associated Press that his client used Stewart's own knife in self-defense during a fight.
Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans wrote in an email to the AP that possible drug use inside the apartment is part of the overall investigation and police believe first-degree murder is the appropriate charge.
WACO, Texas — A grand jury declined to indict Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn for assault Thursday, effectively ending the case that began last fall with his arrest for allegedly breaking his girlfriend's jaw.
Abel Reyna, the McLennan County district attorney who inherited the case when he took office in January, said he reviewed the details and did additional investigation. The grand jury then got the case and made its decision when it convened Thursday.
Dunn, who last month became Baylor's career leading scorer, missed the first three games of the regular season after his arrest for aggravated assault, a felony charge related to an alleged domestic dispute with a woman in September.
The woman, LaCharlesla Edwards, who is also the mother of Dunn's young son, disputed police accounts. She had asked that charges be dropped.
Phelps wins two events in at Indianapolis Grand Prix
INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Phelps posted the fastest times in the world this year in both of his events Thursday at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 46.27 seconds, and the 100 butterfly in 51.75 seconds.
He improved on his disappointing performance in January in the Austin Grand Prix. In that meet, he was relegated to the consolation final in the 200 free, where he finished in 1:49.90. He bettered that time in prelims on Thursday and was pleased with his finals mark. Ryan Lochte, who won the 200 free in Austin, finished fourth in 1:49.41.
NCAA will keep men's, women's tourneys split
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA will keep the men's and women's soccer College Cups at separate sites and on separate weekends.
The decision comes after two years of debating whether to combine the events.
Proponents contended it would cost less money to combine the championships. Opponents argued that field conditions would be problematic and that it would could cause scheduling conflicts for conference tourneys and NCAA preliminary round games.
Compiled from wire reports