Former All-Star Gatling pleads guilty
• A former NBA All-Star accused of squatting at a Paradise Valley home and then trying to list the house for rent on Craigslist has pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges.
Chris Gatling entered the guilty pleas to one count of theft and one count of forgery on Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. His sentencing is set for Oct. 4. Gatling was accused of breaking in the key box at the home and living there for about a year. Police say the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on at the Arizona home.
Gatling’s attorney, Michael Alarid III, declined to comment on his client’s guilty pleas. Gatling averaged 10.3 points in 11 seasons with Golden State, Miami, Dallas, New Jersey, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Denver and Cleveland.
LSU running back Hill rejoins team
• Hours after a judge decided against sending Jeremy Hill to jail for a probation violation, LSU’s leading running back last season apologized to his teammates and then joined them at practice. LSU coach Les Miles stressed that Hill would face further punishment from coaches which will be handled internally, leaving open the possibility that Hill could be forced to sit out some games. However, Miles declined to specify how many games, if any, Hill may have to miss.
• Jim Whitesell, the associate head coach at Saint Louis University for the past two years, was hired as an assistant coach at St. John’s. Red Storm coach Steve Lavin said Whitesell, who has 24 years’ experience as a head coach at the Division I, II and III levels, would replace Darrick Martin as an assistant. Martin, in his second year at St. John’s, takes over as the program’s director of operations. Before being hired at Saint Louis by the late Rick Majerus, Whitesell was the head coach at Loyola, Ill. for seven seasons, compiling 109 victories, including 21 in 2006-07, the program’s first 20-win season since 1985.
• Michael Dyer will have to follow a strict code of conduct playing for Louisville. Cardinals coach Charlie Strong said the former Auburn running back must sign a behavior contract and be subject to a zero-tolerance policy as conditions of joining the program. Dyer rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons at Auburn but was dismissed and transferred to Arkansas State, where he never played after a March 2012 traffic stop for speeding that also revealed a gun and drugs in his car. He wasn’t charged with a crime.
Coyotes complete ownership change
• The Phoenix Coyotes spent four years looking over their shoulders as numerous potential owners came forward then fell away. Rumors of relocation cropped up, the team supposedly headed back to Winnipeg, where it originated, or to someplace new like Seattle. Finally, after all the fits and starts, distractions and innuendo, the Coyotes finally have an owner — and a home. IceArizona completed its purchase of the franchise from the NHL on Monday and received approval from the league’s Board of Governors, keeping the Coyotes in the desert for the foreseeable future. Completion of the sale triggers a $225 million lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena reached last month by the city of Glendale and Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, managing partner of IceArizona.
— From wire reports