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O.J. Mayo says energy drink might have led to his suspension

Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara lead Champions Skin Game.

January 29, 2011|Wire reports

Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo says he believes an "energy drink" he bought at a gas station contained the substance that led to his 10-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy.

"I didn't know it had any bad substances in it, and it caused a 10-game suspension," Mayo said Saturday at the team's practice court. "It's not like I went to a GNC and got some Muscle Armor or ordered some supplement off the Internet or anything. It was just a local gas station that kind of got me hemmed up."

The NBA suspended Mayo on Thursday for testing positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is on the league's list of banned performance-enhancing drugs. His suspension started Friday night at Philadelphia, and he will be eligible to return Feb. 15, also against the 76ers in Memphis.

Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara lead Champions Skin Game

Bernhard Langer made an eight-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole for four skins and $120,000, giving the German star and partner Mark O'Meara the lead Saturday in the Champions Skins Game at Kaanapali, Hawaii.

Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw, the 2009 winners, were second with $80,000 after the first nine holes in the two-day, 18-hole event. Zoeller made a bending 20-foot birdie putt on the eighth for two skins.

Defending champions Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson won the first two skins when Nicklaus hit his iron shot to two feet on No. 2 and Watson tapped in for $60,000.

Fred Couples and Nick Price were shut out on the first nine at Royal Kaanapali.

With a $40,000 carryover from No. 9, $510,000 was available on the back nine Sunday.

Marvin Williams, Shawne Williams suspended for throwing punches

The Atlanta Hawks' Marvin Williams was suspended for two games and the New York Knicks' Shawne Williams one game for throwing punches Friday night.

Marvin Williams started things when he shoved Shawne Williams in the back as they ran up the court with 43 seconds left in the Hawks' 111-102 victory. The NBA cited Marvin Williams on Saturday for throwing punches and fighting, while Shawne Williams got a one-game ban for throwing a punch during an altercation.

Both suspensions are without pay.

Ponder outshines Locker at Senior Bowl

Florida State's Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes, including a clinching 23-yarder to Texas Christian's Jeremy Kerley in the South's 24-10 Senior Bowl victory over the North at Mobile, Ala.

Ponder completed seven of 13 passes for 132 yards, including several big ones to Leonard Hankerson of Miami and the final touchdown with 3:04 left.

Washington quarterback Jake Locker, likely to be among the first passers drafted, led a touchdown drive for the North but also had offensive linemen save him by falling on two fumbles in an uneven performance.

Locker completed six of 10 passes for 98 yards to lead the North. Ricky Stanzi of Iowa was seven for 12 passing for 87 yards.

Nevada's Colin Kaepernick flashed both his throwing and running skills on the North's first scoring drive, in the third quarter. He completed three passes to Ohio State's Dane Sanzenbacher and had an eight-yard run to set up a 24-yard field goal by UCLA's Kai Forbath.

Casey, Hanson share lead in Volvo Champions

Paul Casey shot a six-under 66 and Peter Hanson had a 67 to lead by one stroke after the third round of the Volvo Champions at Riffa, Bahrain.

Casey finished a bogey-free round and Hanson dropped just one shot — on his first hole. They shared the lead at 16-under 200. Darren Clarke (67) and James Kingston (67) were another shot back.

The leading eight players were separated by only three shots in the new European Tour event.

Soccer: Japan wins Asian Cup in final marred by lockout of fans

Japan won the Asian Cup for a record fourth time, defeating Australia 1-0 in the final of a tournament at Doha, Qatar, that served as an early rehearsal for a country set to hold the World Cup in 2022.

The only goal was scored by substitute Tadanari Lee in extra time, a left-footed volley in the 109th minute.

After mostly meager crowds during the three-week, 32-game tournament, Khalifa Stadium was nearly full, with 37,174 fans. But in what had been a generally smoothly run event, there were reports of many ticket holders being locked out of the stadium, among them foreign fans.

Thousands were denied entry after police shut the gates minutes before the game. Witnesses said irate fans — some holding their tickets in the air and shouting — were forced to watch the game on TV behind a fence that encircled the stadium.

Some fans complained that baton-wielding police roughly pushed the crowds and ordered them to leave because the stadium was sold out, although there were empty seats inside. Fights reportedly broke out as fans tried to push their way through the gates.

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup last month, and the Asian Cup was the wealthy Gulf nation's first test for the showcase tournament.

Napoli, Rangers agree to $5.8-million contract

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