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Ellis suspended by Warriors

Return flight

October 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The Golden State Warriors suspended injured guard Monta Ellis for 30 games without pay Saturday for violating his lucrative new contract by getting into a moped accident in the off-season.

Ellis, who agreed to a six-year deal worth $66 million during the summer, severely sprained his ankle in the accident in August. He recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament, sidelining him for at least the first several weeks of the regular season.

The Warriors counted their four exhibition games in the suspension's length, which means Ellis won't return to the club until after Golden State's 26th regular-season game, against Indiana on Dec. 17.

Ellis averaged 20.2 points last season to earn the new deal.

Miami Heat center Jamaal Magloire will miss at least six weeks with a broken left hand, and could be sidelined even longer if surgery is required to repair the fracture.

OLYMPICS

Ueberroth strikes back at IOC complaints

Peter Ueberroth took a swipe at international officials critical of the money the U.S. Olympic Committee receives, setting up some possibly uncomfortable moments for the Chicago group trying to land the 2016 Games.

"Who pays the bill for the world Olympic movement?" Ueberroth said Saturday in his final speech as USOC chairman at Orlando, Fla. "Make no mistake about it. Starting in 1988, U.S. corporations have paid 60% of all the money, period. Be sure you all understand that. The rest of the world pays 40%. It's pretty simple math."

It was Ueberroth's first extensive response to comments made by European IOC members Denis Oswald and Hein Verbruggen, who said this year that the amount of money the USOC received was not morally acceptable and called for the revenue-sharing deal to be revisited.

As part of a long-standing deal with the International Olympic Committee, the USOC receives about 13% of U.S. TV rights fees and 20% of global marketing revenue.

It was an uncommonly candid public statement from Ueberroth, who has built his career on getting along with IOC members, playing a huge role in bringing the 1984 Olympics to Los Angeles and turning around the fortunes of what was once a very troubled Olympic brand.

PRO FOOTBALL

Chiefs reportedly seeking Gonzalez trade

Tight end Tony Gonzalez will be traded to a contender if the Kansas City Chiefs get the right price.

Three people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the nine-time Pro Bowl player could be dealt before the Tuesday trade deadline. The three didn't want to be identified because a deal hasn't been struck.

Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow remains hospitalized because of an undisclosed illness, making it more likely he won't play in Monday night's game against the New York Giants.

he Federal Communications Commission has sided with the National Football League in a long-running programming dispute with Comcast Corp., ruling that Comcast should carry the league's NFL Network on its popular digital cable package.

In a decision released late Friday, the FCC ruled that Comcast discriminated against the NFL Network by agreeing to carry the channel only on a more expensive sports cable service. The NFL filed the complaint against Comcast in May.

The FCC ruling now goes before an administrative law judge, who could force Comcast to carry the NFL programming at a certain price.

TENNIS

Jankovic reaches final in Moscow

Top-ranked Jelena Jankovic rallied from a set down to cruise into the final of the Kremlin Cup with a 0-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over defending champion Elena Dementieva at Moscow.

In the final, Jankovic will face the winner of the all-Russia semifinal between Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina.

Top-seeded David Nalbandian and Robin Soderling routed their opponents to reach the Stockholm Open final.

Nalbandian cruised past Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2, 6-1, and Soderling outplayed Japanese teenager Kei Nishikori, 6-1, 6-0.

MISCELLANY

Klitschko defeats Peter to regain WBC title

Vitali Klitschko reclaimed the WBC heavyweight title at Berlin, stopping Samuel Peter at the end of the eighth round.

The 37-year-old Ukrainian beat Peter with a flurry of solid jabs to the head that kept him ducking and weaving -- and occasionally wobbling.

Klitschko (36-2, 34 KOs) has been WBC "champion emeritus" since a knee injury forced him to bow out of a fight and retire from boxing in 2005.

The two fought at Berlin's O2 World arena in front of more than 12,000 fans.

The Nigerian-born Peter dropped to 30-2.

Thoroughly dominating three-time champion Antonio Tarver, Chad Dawson won a unanimous decision to capture the IBF and IBO light heavyweight titles at Las Vegas.

The Connecticut fighter had the lone knockout when his powerful left jab sent Tarver to the canvas with 2:11 left in the final round.

Dawson won by the scores of 117-110 from two judges and 118-109 from the other.

Dawson is 27-0, Tarver 27-5.

Australia's Craig Alexander rallied to win the Ironman World Championship at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The 35-year-old triathlete from Sydney completed the 140.6-mile endurance test in 8 hours 17 minutes 45 seconds.

He was 11th at the end of the 112-mile bicycle ride but ran a strong marathon and moved into the lead around the 18-mile mark of the run.

Britain's Chrissie Wellington won the women's race. It was her third straight Hawaii Ironman title, as she finished in 9:06:23.

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