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Sprinter Pettigrew gives up gold medal from Sydney

June 04, 2008|Eric Stephens; Greg Johnson; Grahame L. Jones; Dan Arritt; Gary Klein | From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Antonio Pettigrew gave up his Olympic gold medal Tuesday, two weeks after the sprinter admitted in court that he cheated to win at Sydney in 2000.

During last month's trial involving former track coach Trevor Graham, Pettigrew came clean about using banned substances EPO and human growth hormone from 1997 to 2003.

Graham, his one-time coach, was found guilty of lying to federal investigators about his relationship to a steroids dealer.

Pettigrew's decision to give up the gold for the 1,600-meter relay was expected, and it came only a day after one of his teammates, Michael Johnson, also said he was giving back his relay medal in response to what Pettigrew had admitted.

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Jamaican Usain Bolt, who set the world record in the 100 meters Saturday, said there is no guarantee that he'll run the 100 in Beijing.

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Ashley Harkleroad will turn down a berth on the U.S. Olympic tennis team to focus on improving her world ranking.

PRO FOOTBALL

Packers running back Herron stops burglar

Packers running back Noah Herron thwarted a would-be burglar at his suburban Green Bay, Wis., home by hitting him with a bed post during a break-in.

Brown County Sheriff Dennis Kocken said the break-in occurred late Friday and the injured intruder remained hospitalized but is expected to recover.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said wide receiver Terry Glenn failed a physical after last season and still hasn't passed it because of problems with the right knee that was operated on twice last season.

Jones wants Glenn to agree to accept a $500,000 injury settlement if he can't play this season. "I paid him $5 million last year and we got four plays," Jones said.

HOCKEY

Ducks' AHL team to be based in Iowa

Fulfilling their wish to move their minor-league teams closer to Anaheim, the Ducks announced a two-year American Hockey League affiliate agreement with Des Moines, Iowa.

The Ducks had their AHL team based in Portland, Maine, for the last three years.

-- Eric Stephens

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John Tortorella was fired as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, four years after leading the team to its only Stanley Cup title.

MISCELLANY

Arizona State wins college softball title

Katie Burkhart threw a four-hitter, Kaitlin Cochran hit a three-run home run and Arizona State claimed its first women's College World Series title with an 11-0 victory over Texas A&M at Oklahoma City.

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Brian Keith Patch, a 36-year-old skateboarder who has starred at the X Games, will be arraigned today on a charge of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

He was charged with one felony count of lewd acts with a child, Orange County district attorney's office spokeswoman Farrah Emami said.

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Slamball, the sport that blends basketball, football and gymnastics, will return to California starting this weekend with a series of afternoon and evening demonstration games at Universal Citywalk.

Games will be staged daily at 2 and 7 p.m. from Saturday to June 14 -- with the exception of Tuesday, when no games are scheduled. Admission is free.

-- Greg Johnson

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Galaxy midfielder David Beckham suffered a sprained right wrist while captaining England to its 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain on Sunday, but the injury will not cause him to miss Los Angeles' Major League Soccer game on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.

-- Grahame L. Jones

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The final 20 minutes of the "CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights" attracted an average national audience of 6.51 million viewers, according to updated Nielsen ratings.

The audience peaked from 11:30 to 11:51 p.m. during the main event between Kimbo Slice and James Thompson.

-- Dan Arritt

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USC and Virginia's football season-opener at Virginia on Aug. 30 will start at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised locally by Channel 7, the schools announced Tuesday.

-- Gary Klein

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Mike Williams, Syracuse's top wide receiver, was suspended for academic reasons and is no longer enrolled at the school.

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Max Mosley won a vote of confidence to remain president of Formula One's ruling body.

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