The 22-year-old player, who helped the Buckeyes win the national championship in 2002, was wanted on two counts of aggravated robbery. He is accused of flashing a gun and demanding property from a man and a woman behind the Opium Lounge in downtown Columbus shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday. Police said he fled with two men in a sport utility vehicle after he was identified by the bar owner, who happened to come out into the alley. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Denver Broncos picked Clarett in last year’s draft but later cut him. ‘Canes in news Kick returner Devin Hester chose to skip his senior season and leave Miami, a decision announced only hours after the Hurricanes fired four assistant coaches following consecutive three-loss seasons. Hester becomes the 11th Miami player to forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft in the last five seasons; seven of the previous Hurricanes who left early were first-round picks. While Hester’s decision wasn’t unexpected, the moves made by coach Larry Coker stunned most people around the program. He fired offensive line coach Art Kehoe, offensive coordinator Dan Werner, linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves and running backs coach Don Soldinger. Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett turned himself in Monday night on charges of robbing two people at gunpoint in an alley behind a bar. Clarett turned himself in after 9 p.m. (EST) at the county jail, Columbus (Ohio) Detective Art Hughes said. “For me, it’s definitely personally a very tough decision,” Coker said. “But it’s a decision I think had to be made. … We have high standards here, high standards are set and I think we have to work hard to live up to those standards.” “I’m very surprised. These coaches know how to win,” offensive lineman Tyler McMeans told the Associated Press. His Miami career ended with Friday’s 40-3 Peach Bowl loss to LSU. “They’ve all been a part of great programs at Miami. There’s going to be big changes for this program now, obviously.” Badger OT injured Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas, who is considering entering the NFL draft early, injured his right knee midway through the third quarter in Monday’s 24-10 victory over Auburn in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin officials said the extent of Thomas’ injury would not be known immediately, but the player left on crutches. Thomas, a 6-8, 303-pound junior from Brookfield, Wisc., said last week that his evaluation by NFL officials indicated he was projected as a first-round pick. Thomas was injured while playing defensive end. Virginia Tech senior cornerback Jimmy Williams was ejected for bumping an official in the first quarter of the Gator Bowl on Monday in Jacksonville, Fla. Williams was upset after Louisville scored on a 39-yard touchdown pass. Williams ran into an official after the extra point, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and then ejected. Virginia Tech tackle Jimmy Martin sat out the Gator Bowl with a sprained right knee. Martin sprained the medial collateral ligament in practice Friday. Knicks suspend James The New York Knicks indefinitely suspended Jerome James for conduct detrimental to the team, saying the center was unprepared to practice Sunday. The Knicks said they would not comment further on the suspension, and coach Larry Brown would not address James or his status before the Knicks’ game against Phoenix on Monday. The 7-foot-1 James, who spent the past four seasons with Seattle, has been a disappointment after signing a five-year, $30 million contract with New York. He has been limited to just 14 games because of conditioning and injury issues, averaging 3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 10.4 minutes. Also, the Knicks announced that Penny Hardaway has been given permission to leave the team to work out with his own trainers in Houston. The oft-injured Hardaway has appeared in just four games while spending much of the season on the inactive list because of knee and leg troubles. The Washington Wizards recalled 19-year-old rookie Andray Blatche from Roanoke of the D-League, bringing back a player who was shot during an apparent carjacking in September. Blatche was a second-round pick from South Kent Prep School in Connecticut. He missed all of training camp while recovering from injuries to his chest and forearm. He played in four Wizards games before being sent to Roanoke on Dec. 4. Hingis back, wins Martina Hingis is playing on the WTA tour again for the first time in three years, and the 25-year-old Swiss star beat Venezuela’s Maria Vento-Kabchi 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Australian women’s hardcourt championship in Gold Coast, Australia. “I don’t know what else I should have done today better than what I did,” she said. “The score says it all.” Hingis was forced to leave tennis because of foot and ankle injuries. Coach killed in accident French men’s giant slalom coach Severino Bottero was killed in an auto accident in the Alps. The 47-year-old Bottero died after his car went off a road and into a ditch between the French towns of Sallanches and Cluses, regional highway operator AMTB said. They said he was alone in the car. The Italian-born Bottero was on the way to join the French team in the Swiss town of Bernex after a family holiday in the Piedmont region of Italy, police and highway officials said. Sparks’ schedule out The 2006 schedule for the Los Angeles Sparks has been released. The WNBA team will open the regular season with a game at Seattle at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. That will be the first of six away games L.A. will play before its home opener. The Sparks will open their home schedule at Staples Center on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. against Detroit. Full schedule/B5 Briefly Rick DiPietro’s injured left knee kept him out of the New York Islanders’ game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The U.S. Olympic goalie sprained his knee Friday in New York’s game at Ottawa when he fell to the ice during a scramble. He is day-to-day. Colorado Avalanche forward Brad May will miss four to five weeks because of a sprained knee. May was hurt in Colorado’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. John Iamarino is the new head of the Southern Conference after serving as the Northeast Conference’s commissioner for nine seasons. He replaces Danny Morrison, who left in June to become TCU’s athletic director. Iamarino begins his new job Jan. 30. Hernan Crespo scored seconds after entering as a substitute to help defending champion Chelsea win 3-1 at West Ham and open a 14-point lead over Manchester United in England’s Premier League of soccer. Liverpool’s 10-game winning streak ended with a 2-2 tie at Bolton, leaving Rafa Benitez’s team in third place, 17 points behind Chelsea. Jean-Louis Schlesser of France won the third stage of the Dakar Rally, and Nani Roma of Spain took the overall lead as the race entered Africa in Morocco. ABN Amro Two of the Netherlands pulled ahead of Brasil 1 shortly after the start of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race off Cape Town, South Africa. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!