Supreme Court rejects coach’s prayer appeal

The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a former Seattle-area football coach who lost his job because he refused to stop praying on the field.

However, four conservative justices said Tuesday that they are interested in former Bremerton High School coach Joe Kennedy’s case and the legal issues it raises.

Lower courts said Kennedy was not immediately entitled to get his job back. Courts rejected Kennedy’s claim that the school district violated his speech rights by putting him on paid leave after he continued to pray at midfield following games.

Justice Samuel Alito says the high court is right to reject the appeal for now, but says he is troubled by lower courts’ handling of the case. Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas joined with Alito.

•A former top Sacramento Kings executive has pleaded guilty to siphoning $13.4 million from the team to buy Southern California beachfront properties, according to court records.

The records show former chief revenue officer Jeffrey David pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and identity theft. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced April 15.

Prosecutors say the scheme was uncovered soon after David left the Kings in June and accepted a similar post with the Miami Heat. The Heat said in September that the team and David parted ways.

•Authorities say former Raiders running back Darren McFadden posted bond after he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge when he fell asleep in the drive-thru lane at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Dallas.

Collin County court records show the 31-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest after being found early Monday at a Whataburger in McKinney. McFadden was taken to the county jail.

McFadden played 10 years in the NFL, spending his first seven seasons with the Raiders then signed with the Dallas Cowboys, for whom he played for three seasons before retiring in 2017.

Basketball: Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage is requesting a trade.

The Australian, 27, finished second behind Breanna Stewart in WNBA MVP balloting this past year. Cambage set the league game scoring record last season when she had 53 points against New York. She averaged 23 points and 9.7 rebounds last year.

•Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland says he’s leaving for the NBA draft after a knee injury ended his freshman season in November.

Sports and drugs: The World Anti-Doping Agency straddled the wide gulf between vindication and capitulation, agreeing to keep Russia’s anti-doping operation in business after receiving much-sought-after lab data that could be used to prosecute hundreds of cheaters.

The decision came with a warning: Fool us again, and we can bar you from the Olympics.

WADA officials accumulated the data more than two weeks after the Dec. 31 deadline upon which they had insisted.

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