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Rashard Lewis suspended for taking banned substance

Orlando Magic forward will have to sit out the first 10 games of the season without pay.

August 07, 2009|Staff and Wire Reports

Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis tested positive for an elevated testosterone level and was suspended Thursday for 10 games.

Lewis said in a statement that he took an over-the-counter supplement late last season that included a substance he did not realize was banned by the NBA.

"First and foremost I take full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty," Lewis said. "I apologize to Magic fans, my teammates and this organization for not doing the research that should come with good judgment."

He will be suspended without pay for the first 10 regular-season games for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

NFL

Stallworth ready for NFL ruling

Suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth feels he has done "irreparable harm" to the family of the man he killed while driving drunk and said he was ready to accept whatever ruling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes on his future.

Stallworth, suspended indefinitely by the league for killing Mario Reyes while driving drunk in Miami, met with Goodell in New York on Wednesday about a possible reinstatement. Stallworth was recently released from jail after serving 24 days for the DUI conviction.

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Atlanta Falcons Coach Mike Smith confirmed that receiver Harry Douglas will miss the season because of a knee injury.

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The San Diego Chargers are warning fans that local television blackouts are likely for the two home exhibition games and possibly for some regular-season games. "I think we're concerned about all eight regular-season games," Chief Operating Officer Jim Steeg said. "None of those at this moment are close to being sold out."

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Cleveland Browns guard Rex Hadnot was carted off the practice field after suffering a possibly serious injury to his left knee. Hadnot, who started 15 games for the Browns last season, was hurt while pass blocking during team drills.

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The New England Patriots have obtained two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Derrick Burgess for undisclosed draft considerations. Burgess had held out of training camp with the Oakland Raiders in hopes of being traded. . . . The Cincinnati Bengals signed free agent Matt Sherry of Villanova. . . . Rookie safety William Moore, the Falcons' second-round pick from Missouri, is expected to miss at least two weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.

TENNIS

Roddick wins 500th pro match

Andy Roddick won the 500th match of his professional career with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Sam Querrey in the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

Lleyton Hewitt fell to second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2). No. 10-seeded Tommy Haas beat Juan Carlos Ferrero, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1. Fifth-seeded Robin Soderling needed three sets but beat Marc Gicquel, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

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The International Tennis Federation has appealed a doping ruling that essentially cleared tennis player Richard Gasquet, who was said to have inadvertently taken cocaine by kissing a woman in a nightclub.

The ITF said it was appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after an independent tribunal's decision last month exonerated Gasquet for a positive cocaine test.

ETC.

Ortiz to hold news conference

Red Sox star David Ortiz may soon provide more details about his 2003 drug test. The Boston slugger and incoming players' union head Michael Weiner plan a news conference Saturday at Yankee Stadium before the Red Sox play New York.

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Jessica Hardy broke the world record in the 50-meter breaststroke when she time-trialed the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Open National Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Hardy split a time of 29.95 seconds to beat the previous mark of 30.09 set by Yuliya Efimova at the world championships on Aug. 2.

Hardy made her return on Wednesday after a one-year ban because of a failed drug test. She finished second in the 100-meter freestyle. She is also scheduled to swim in the 100 breaststroke and the 50 free.

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The NCAA will no longer hold championship tournaments in states that permit betting on single games.

The move came one day after a federal judge denied a request by professional sports leagues and the NCAA to halt Delaware's planned sports betting lottery until a legal challenge is resolved.

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The parents of a boy struck in the head when a batter hit a ball into a picnic area before an Albuquerque Isotopes game can sue the minor league team and the city, an appellate court has ruled.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals declined to adopt the so-called "baseball rule," which immunizes stadium owners from liability as long as they have screens protecting the stands behind home plate.

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Jeremy Roenick announced his retirement after 20 years in the NHL, including a season with the Kings.

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Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz told an Indiana television station he doesn't plan to run for Congress, despite an earlier statement from a GOP strategist.

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