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Complaint filed in case of Caster Semenya

Filing says the IAAF failed to safeguard the confidentiality of the runner whose sex has been questioned.

September 16, 2009|Mike Bresnahan; Ben Bolch | Staff and Wire Reports

South Africa's minister for women and children has filed a complaint with the United Nations over how Caster Semenya's case was handled.

Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya says the international athletics governing body failed to safeguard the confidentiality of the runner whose sex has been questioned. She says they showed "blatant disregard" for Semenya's "human dignity."

The complaint made Monday asks the UN Division for the Advancement of Women to investigate the matter.

The International Assn. of Athletics Federations has refused to confirm or deny Australian media reports saying sex tests show that the women's 800-meter world champion has both male and female characteristics.

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Asafa Powell dominated the field to win the 100 meters in 9.82 seconds, and Tyson Gay cruised to victory in the 200 in 20.21 seconds at the Pedro's Cup in Szczecin, Poland.

HOCKEY

Kings win at Staples Center

Jack Johnson's short-handed goal with 8:54 left in the third period held up as the winner in the Kings' 4-3 exhibition victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in a split-squad game at Staples Center.

Johnson, who had scored a power-play goal in the first period, made a slick move to give the Kings a 4-2 lead less than three minutes after Teddy Purcell's power-play blast broke a 2-2 tie. Phoenix's Peter Mueller made it a one-goal game with a power-play goal at 11:59.

Justin Williams scored the Kings' other goal late in the second period.

In the teams' other split-squad game, winger Wayne Simmonds scored twice in the Kings' 4-2 loss to the Coyotes at Glendale, Ariz.

BASKETBALL

Heat staffers take pay cuts

Miami Heat basketball operations employees have accepted up to a 20% pay cut to avoid layoffs. The cuts affect everyone in the department, including team President Pat Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, assistant coaches, scouts and others. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel first reported the salary reduction Tuesday.

Player salaries are not being affected.

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Golden State's Stephen Jackson has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for saying he wanted to be traded. Jackson, who averaged a team-best 20.7 points per game last season, told Dime Magazine last month that he wanted out and had told the front office as much.

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The Phoenix Suns reached an agreement on a contract buyout with swingman Sasha Pavlovic, who was acquired from Cleveland as part of the trade that sent Shaquille O'Neal to the Cavaliers. Terms of the buyout were not disclosed.

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Chinemelu Elonu, a second-round pick of the Lakers in the 2009 draft, signed a two-year deal with Cai Zaragoza, a team in Spain.

Elonu, a 6-foot-10 power forward out of Texas A&M who was the 59th pick in the draft, was invited to participate in the Lakers' training camp later this month but was not expected to make the team. He can opt out of his contract with Cai Zaragoza after one year. The Lakers open camp Sept. 30 in El Segundo.

-- Mike Bresnahan

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Defending champion Russia edged Macedonia, 71-69, to reach the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland. In another Group E matchup, France defeated Greece, 71-69, on a jump shot at the buzzer by reserve guard Nando De Colo to stay unbeaten in the tournament. Croatia earned the fourth and final quarterfinal spot from Group E with its 70-68 win over Germany.

JURISPRUDENCE

Redskins' name challenged

A group of American Indians who find the Washington Redskins' name offensive wants the Supreme Court to take up the matter. The group on Monday asked the justices to review a lower court decision that favored the NFL team on a legal technicality.

Seven Native Americans have been working through the court system since 1992 to have the Redskins trademarks declared invalid. A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office panel ruled in their favor in 1999. But they've been handed a series of defeats from judges who ruled that the plaintiffs waited too long to bring their suit in the first place.

ETC.

Hampton is out for 2010

Oft-injured Houston Astros pitcher Mike Hampton is already out for next year. Hampton has undergone surgery for a torn left rotator cuff and other damage in his shoulder that will sideline him for the 2010 season, the team said.

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A wake for Kevin Telles, the Garden Grove High football player who died after he collapsed during a game Friday against Westminster, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Garden Grove is expected to play at Irvine Woodbridge at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at St. Columban Catholic Church in Garden Grove, followed by a burial at Rose Hills Park.

-- Ben Bolch

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Fred Cusick, the radio and television voice of the Boston Bruins for more than four decades, died at his Barnstable, Mass., home after suffering from cancer, his family said. He was 90.

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