Thursday, May 20, 2004

Sports briefs



Sprinter White gets 2-year ban

World champion sprinter Kelli White was banned from competition for two years in the first athlete case involving evidence from a federal grand jury investigating steroid use by top-level sports stars. White, the 100- and 200-meter winner at last year's world track and field championships, also had her race results dating to December 2000 wiped out.

Taurasi ready for WNBA debut

Diana Taurasi will play her first WNBA game tonight, and she expects to be the team leader. "That's the way I've been all my life," she said. Taurasi, who will take the court with the Phoenix Mercury against the Sacramento Monarchs, led Connecticut to its third consecutive NCAA title this year and won her second straight Final Four MVP award.

Cities vie for Tyson fight

Mike Tyson's manager, Shelly Finkel, told FightNews.com that Louisville and St. Louis are front-runners to host the former heavyweight champion's next fight, perhaps July 31 against journeyman Kevin McBride. Tyson, who turns 38 next month and hasn't fought in more than a year, last week got a boxing contestant's license from Missouri's regulatory Office of Athletics. Tim Lueckenhoff said Tyson's camp did not specify a date for any fight. Officials are keeping Louisville's Freedom Hall unbooked for July 31, pending a decision on the fight, the president of the Kentucky State Fair Board, which runs the arena, told the Courier-Journal of Louisville.

OSU punter arrested again

Albert J. Trapasso, 18, an Ohio State punter, has been arrested a second time in less than a month on a charge of underage drinking. Coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday he still was gathering information about the Monday incident. Trapasso was arrested on the same charge in Columbus on April 25.




REDS
Reds bullpen bailed out by Jimenez's RBI single
Outfielder not sure about delay
Freel comfortable in role

MORE BASEBALL
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AL: Schilling on mark in Red Sox victory
NL: Rolen's double downs New York

XAVIER
Odia signs Xavier letter of intent

BENGALS
Linebacker Webster 'taking command of the huddle'

COLLEGE SPORTS
NKU going big-time in basketball preseason

OTHER SPORTS
ABA team trying to Blaze path here
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NBA
Wolves win by skin of their teeth
It's down to who wants it the most

HOCKEY
Flyers coach looks to Primeau to lead team

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