Middle River's Long wins bronze at Paralympics



Swimmer Jessica Long of Middle River took a bronze medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the Paralympics in Beijing, ending her quest to win seven golds in as many races. Long, the world-record holder in the event, finished seven seconds behind Erin Popovich, of Fort Collins, Colo., who set a world record of her own (1 minute, 31.60 seconds). Long, 16, has two golds and one bronze entering today's finals of the 100-meter backstroke. Meanwhile, in his first event, Philip Scholz, a Loyola College sophomore, finished eighth in the men's 100-meter butterfly. "The race felt good, though I was tired at the end," said Scholz, who is blind. "I was out of my mind, thinking about the thousands of people in the crowd." He swims in the 400-meter freestyle today. MIKE KLINGAMAN

Lakers' Bryant decides not to have pinkie surgery


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The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant will not have surgery on his right pinkie because recovery would take too long. Bryant has played with damaged ligaments in the finger since February but said he won't have surgery after seeking opinions from hand specialists. "When the doctors told me recovery from a procedure could be 12 weeks, I just decided now was not the time to have surgery," Bryant said on the Web site

76ers: : Philadelphia gave coach Maurice Cheeks his second contract extension in seven months. Cheeks had signed a one-year extension Feb. 20. Terms of the latest deal were not disclosed.

Heat:: Point guard Mario Chalmers will be fined $20,000 for his role in the incident that led to last week's expulsion from the Rookie Transition Program.

WNBA:: Rookie Tasha Humphrey had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Washington Mystics, who fell to the Chicago Sky, 78-59.

Wie headed to qualifying school

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Unable to earn her card through sponsor exemptions, Michelle Wie has entered the LPGA Tour qualifying school and will play the first stage next week. Her father, B.J. Wie, had said at the U.S. Women's Open that Wie had "no other options" but Q-school if she didn't make enough money to finish the equivalent of 80th on the LPGA Tour money list. "Nothing has changed since then," he said from Palm Desert, Calif. "She will go to Q-school." Wie has not won a tournament since the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in 2003 at age 13.


More golf: : The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship announced Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw and Craig Stadler have committed to play in the tournament at Baltimore Country Club at Five Farms in Timonium. It runs from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12.

Colleges:: Jack Newell, longtime assistant to Johns Hopkins baseball coach Bob Babb, announced his retirement. Newell, who helped guide the Blue Jays to more than 450 wins, eight Centennial Conference championships and a national runner-up finish in 2008, served at Homewood for 14 seasons. ... For those in and around the Michigan football program who were offended and/or motivated by his "To hell with Michigan" comment last spring, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis offered this response yesterday: Get it? "Anyone who is a Michigan fan should know and understand that that comment pays respect to Bo [Schembechler] and his mentality when playing an opponent," Weis said yesterday of the remark he made at a booster brunch the day of the Irish spring game. Schembechler, the former Michigan coach who died in 2006, was known on more than one occasion to say, "To hell with Notre Dame." ... Former Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk, who sued the NCAA after being denied a sixth season of eligibility, lost another appeal when an Ohio judge ruled against him.

Obituary: : Ultimate Fighting Championship star Evan Tanner has died in the desert east of San Diego, possibly of heat exposure. Sheriff's Lt. George Moreno said Tanner, 37, was found Monday about two miles from his campsite in a remote area of the Palo Verdes Mountains, where temperatures had reached 110 degrees.

Baseball:: The Mojave County, Ariz., medical examiner expects to complete its findings in the death of former Orioles third baseman Todd Cruz by Sept. 18. Cruz, who died Sept. 2 while swimming in the pool at his apartment building in Bullhead City, was a starter on the Orioles' 1983 world championship team. MIKE KLINGAMAN ... The Athletics released 14-year veteran Mike Sweeney after he struggled to return from operations on each knee. ... Cubs pitchers Rich Harden (arm discomfort) and Carlos Zambrano (shoulder) remained on track for starts this week, good news for the struggling National League Central leaders. ... Dontrelle Willis, who spent most of the season at Single-A Lakeland working on his control, and Freddy Garcia, who hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2007, will start for the Tigers next week.

Hockey: : The Detroit Red Wings re-signed defenseman Chris Chelios, 46, for one year. Chelios, who has 948 points in 1,616 regular-season games, enters his 25th NHL season and his 10th with the Red Wings. ... Slovakia's women's ice hockey team claimed an 82-0 victory over Bulgaria in Olympic qualifying, setting a record for margin of victory in a women's International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event.

Lacrosse: : Cal Ripken Jr. will deliver the keynote address on the opening night of the 2009 US Lacrosse national convention at the Baltimore Convention Center from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18. Go to for more information.


Running: : Corrigan Sports Enterprises announced that the 2008 Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival has passed the 15,000-runner mark for the first time. The eighth-annual festival will take place Oct. 11.