TOP ROOKIE WITH ANXIETY ISSUE JOINS ROCKETS' CAMP: HOUSTON (AP) — Royce White finally got to focus on basketball Monday, joining the Houston Rockets after he missed the first week of training camp to form a long-term plan for his anxiety issues.
White, the 16th overall pick in the draft, has a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, a compromise he says will help him cope with his anxiety, fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder over the long term.
He was happy to just be back on the court after the swell of national media attention sparked by his request to the team.
"Trying to get back in the swing of things," White said. "It went as good as it could go."
Houston held its first week of practice in McAllen, home of its developmental league affiliate. The Rockets were back at the Toyota Center on Monday, and coach Kevin McHale said White was noticeably behind in his conditioning and his familiarity with Houston's plays.
US TEAM YET TO DISCUSS VONN'S REQUEST TO RACE MEN: GENEVA (AP) — Lindsey Vonn wants to challenge the men's downhill skiers in a World Cup race next month, though her wish still needs the support of the United States team and Alpine skiing's governing body.
The U.S. ski federation said Monday that it had not had a "formal discussion" about the possibility of its star racer challenging the men Nov. 24 in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Vonn, the women's Olympic downhill champion, has written the International Ski Federation to ask whether she can make the historic start at a venue where she has earned nine of her 26 World Cup downhill victories. The Canadian course — often dubbed "Lake Lindsey" for her dominance there — stages women's races, including two downhills, the following weekend.
LARSEN'S PERFECT GAME UNIFORM TO HIT AUCTION: LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (AP) — Don Larsen has the perfect way to pay for his grandchildren to finish college.
The 82-year-old former Yankees pitcher will auction off the pinstriped uniform he wore 56 years ago Monday when he threw the only perfect game in the World Series.
"I've been thinking about it for a bit," Larsen said. "I'm not getting any younger and I don't know how much longer I'll be around. I want to make sure they can both go to college, which isn't cheap these days.
One of Larsen's grandkids is in college and the other is a freshman in high school.
FOOTBALL PLAYER HELD AFTER OPPOSING COACH PUNCHED: WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 16-year-old high school football player was detained by police in suburban Detroit after a 67-year-old assistant coach on an opposing team was punched following a game.
The Detroit News reports Monday that Oakland County sheriff's deputies took the West Bloomfield Township player into custody after Friday's game at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.
The Stoney Creek coach was knocked to the ground after coaches from both teams argued following the 50-28 victory by Rochester Hills.
GIANTS S WILL HILL SUSPENDED FOR BANNED SUBSTANCE: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The NFL has suspended New York Giants rookie safety Will Hill for using Adderall, the same prescription drug that teammate Tyler Sash used.
The Giants announced Hill's suspension on Monday, the same day they added Sash back to the 53-man roster, following his suspension, which was announced during training camp.
Hill's suspension will begin immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Giants active roster on Nov. 5, the day after the Giants play the Pittsburgh Steelers.