Caldwell commits to LSU golf team

LSU received a commitment this week from the No. 1-ranked junior golfer in Louisiana.

Ponchatoula High’s Blake Caldwell, selected LSU over several colleges, including Louisiana-Lafayette, Rice, Lamar, and South Alabama.

In tournament competition, Caldwell won seven times and finished second seven times. His stroke average is below par and stands at 71.78. Four of the victories were on the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour.

In 2012 Caldwell was awarded the inaugural “Frank Mackel Scholarship” through the Kelly Gibson Foundation, based on community service and academic achievements. The $2,500 grant will be presented to LSU upon his enrollment. Caldwell is academically qualified with a 3.78 GPA and 23 on his ACT.

Blake is the son of LSU alumnus, Bill and Andre’ Caldwell, both former lettermen on the men’s and women’s golf at LSU.

Rutgers transfer Okoro granted waiver by NCAA

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Kerwin Okoro will be allowed to play for Rutgers this season after he was granted an NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility following his transfer from Iowa State.

Rutgers announced the NCAA’s reversal Friday night after the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard’s initial request was rejected by the governing body last month.

Okoro, a high school star at St. Raymond’s High in New York, appeared in only nine games for the Cyclones as a freshman while dealing with the death of his 28-year-old brother due to colon cancer just two months after their 72-year-old father died after a stroke.

NBA’s Odom charged with DUI in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Basketball star Lamar Odom has been charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, nearly two weeks after his Mercedes-Benz was pulled over on a Southern California freeway.

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office said Friday that the charges stem from Odom’s Aug. 30 arrest.

The husband of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian was taken into custody after a sobriety test.

The California Highway Patrol said Odom’s car was observed traveling in a “serpentine manner.”

The 33-year-old Odom could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Suns sign Christmas to multiyear contract

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have signed 6-foot-5 guard Dionte Christmas to a multiyear contract.

Christmas averaged 10.1 points for the Suns’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League. He played the last four seasons internationally for teams in Israel, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece, Russia and Italy.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press