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Arena Football League could fold WATER BREAK

August 05, 2009|Staff And Wire Reports

The Arena Football League is on the brink of folding and declaring bankruptcy, an inglorious end for the 22-year-old indoor league that has gone through a year of turmoil.

James Guidry, the regional director of the AFL players association, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that it "seems to be inevitable at this point" that the AFL will soon announce it has ceased operations. Guidry said the players association will accept the owners' decision.

"We're waiting to see if this decision has been finalized by the AFL," Guidry said.

The AFL suspended play for the 2009 season, but some owners expressed hope that the league would return in some form in 2010.

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The agent for cornerback Antonio Cromartie confirms that the San Diego Chargers fined his client $2,500 for using Twitter to complain about the food at training camp.

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Florida receiver Riley Cooper, who has agreed to play baseball for the Texas Rangers, is returning for his senior season.

HOCKEY

Roenick expected to retire Thursday

San Jose Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick is expected to announce his retirement Thursday, ending the provocative hockey star's 20-year career. The Sharks have scheduled a news conference for Thursday. Roenick, a former King, has scored 1,216 points, third-most among American-born players in NHL history.

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Chris Zimmerman, president and chief executive for the Vancouver Canucks, is stepping down for family reasons, the team said. . . . The New York Rangers are making young forward Nikolai Zherdev an unrestricted free agent after walking away from the $3.9 million arbitration award he was given.

BASEBALL

Aaron says list should be released

Hank Aaron wants the list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 to be released. The Hall of Famer said releasing the list would help Major League Baseball get past the so-called steroid era. The list was supposed to remain anonymous and is now under court seal, but big names have leaked out.

"I wish for once and forever that we could come out and say we have 100 and some names, name them all and get it over and let baseball go on," the former home run king said.

Aaron also said he thinks it's time Pete Rose was reinstated and voted into the Hall of Fame.

"I think the thing that bothers me is that he is missing out on a lot of things," Aaron said. "He made a mistake. I don't know what else can be done, or what else can be said. I just think at some point he needs to start enjoying being a Hall of Famer."

GOLF

Buick ends PGA Tour sponsorship

Buick ended more than 50 years of PGA Tour sponsorship when it announced that it no longer will sponsor golf tournaments in Michigan and California because of the court-ordered restructuring of parent General Motors.

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Danielle Kang of Thousand Oaks rolled in a 30-foot par putt at the 18th hole to earn stroke-play medalist honors by one shot at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in St. Louis.

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Massa returns home after crash

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa left the hospital in Sao Paulo and returned home for the first time since a life-threatening crash in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix 10 days earlier.

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UCLA will play Portland in the first round of the 76 Classic, which runs from Nov. 26-29 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The field also includes Butler, Clemson, Long Beach State, Minnesota, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

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Atlanta police say they have charged 20-year-old Demario Ware with murder in the death of ex-boxing champion Vernon Forrest.

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