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Lions' R. Johnson says Bell stole his luggage


Detroit running back Rudi Johnson said yesterday that the player who was waived to make room for him on the Lions' roster - Tatum Bell - took his luggage from team headquarters. Johnson said he was shown surveillance footage Tuesday afternoon that captured the theft. Johnson said a woman returned the bags to the practice facility Tuesday evening but that the contents were gone. Johnson said he is missing "a bunch of my underclothes," credit cards, his ID and about $200 in cash, but he said he did not plan to involve the authorities.

Jaguars:: Coach Jack Del Rio said offensive tackle Richard Collier, 26, was still in critical condition a day after getting shot in the front seat of his Cadillac Escalade outside a Jacksonville, Fla., apartment building. "You see this stuff in the news and it happens all of the time, but it really doesn't hit you hard until it hits your home," said linebacker Clint Ingram, Collier's closest friend on the team.

Patriots: : Coach Bill Belichick expects quarterback Tom Brady to be ready Sunday for the season opener.

Oklahoma City team to be called 'Thunder'


After weeks of speculation, Oklahoma City's new NBA franchise revealed that the team will be called "Thunder." Team chairman Clay Bennett said the team colors will be blue, red and orange - blue to coincide with the main color of Oklahoma's state flag and red and orange to reflect the colors of the sunset.

Rookies:: Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur, stars of Kansas' 2008 NCAA championship team, were sent home from the NBA's mandatory rookie transition program for violating unspecified league rules. Sources told ESPN The Magazinethat they were caught in their hotel room in Rye Brook, N.Y., with marijuana and women. Having visitors at the rookie transition program is not permitted. Chalmers, who was drafted by the Heat, and Arthur, drafted by the Grizzlies, must return to the symposium in 2009. The sources said the players were also fined $20,000 apiece.

Spurs:: Guard Manu Ginobili had arthroscopic surgery to repair a ligament injury in his left ankle. The team said Ginobili's rehabilitation schedule will be determined after his ankle is re-evaluated.

Billick invests in sports radio station

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Former Ravens coach Brian Billick has become an investor and partner in sports talk radio station WNST (1570 AM). Billick last night announced his partnership with station chief executive Nestor Aparicio and pledged to help bring a product that would cater to the sports-obsessed fans of the Baltimore region. "This is Baltimore-owned. This is home, and we're going to run the station as Baltimore's," said Billick, who will blog regularly and conduct four radio segments a month, including a live show on the first Wednesday of each month. Aparicio said the station's Web site would be relaunched as a 24-hour sports service offering video, podcasts and blogs. EDWARD LEE

Baseball: : Major League Baseball's scoring review committee ruled that official scorer Bob Webb did not err when he ruled that the Pirates' Andy LaRoche singled against CC Sabathia in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Brewers' 7-0 win Sunday. The soft grounder, which Sabathia dropped, was the only hit he allowed. ... The Red Sox sold out Fenway Park for the 455th consecutive regular-season game, tying the Indians' major league record.

Golf: : Hall of Famer Tommy Bolt, the 1958 U.S. Open champion who had one of golf's sweetest swings and most explosive tempers, has died. He was 92. His wife, Mary Lou Bolt, said he died Saturday after "his liver shut down." ... Former Maryland coach Fred Funk, Jay Haas and Jim Thorpe (Morgan State) have committed to the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, scheduled for Baltimore Country Club on Oct. 9-12.

College football: : Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada has made enough progress in recovering from a partially torn hamstring that he will dress for tomorrow's game at Ball State and could play in an emergency situation. It was also announced that offensive right tackle Andrew McGinn will be out because of a concussion. McGinn, a senior who has started 13 games over his first three years, will be replaced by Mike Von Bargen, a senior making his first career start. DON MARKUS ... No. 7 LSU has postponed its game against Troy after Hurricane Gustav rolled through Louisiana this week. The game will be played Nov. 15.

Horse racing: : Live racing returns to Laurel Park today for the fall meeting. First post is 1:10 p.m. Opening day features free admission. The 17-week stand will feature live racing Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons (with Columbus Day holiday exception) through Dec. 27. ... A federal grand jury has issued new indictments against two part-owners of 2007 Preakness winner Curlin. Attorneys William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr. are accused of defrauding clients of $94 million after winning a settlement from manufacturers of the diet drug fen-phen. They are charged with eight counts of wire fraud.

McKay:: The Babe Ruth Museum will celebrate the career of legendary sportscaster Jim McKay. "A Champions Tribute to Jim McKay" will take place Nov. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the new Hilton on West Pratt Street in Baltimore. The celebrities scheduled to honor McKay, who died in June, include Michael Phelps and Dorothy Hamill. For more information, go to

Soccer: : Fred led host D.C. United to the U.S. Open Cup title and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League, scoring in the 50th minute help the Major League Soccer team beat the Charleston Battery, 2-1. ... Spain held on to the top spot in the FIFA world rankings, while the U.S. climbed three spots to No. 28.

Tennis:: Women's players will be able to consult with their coaches during matches starting next year. To visit their players on court, coaches must agree to wear a microphone so television audiences can hear the conversations. Coaches will be allowed one visit per set. Coaching is limited to WTA Tour events and doesn't include Grand Slams.

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