Montgomery gets 5 years in heroin case
track and field
Disgraced former Olympic track star Tim Montgomery, once dubbed "the world's fastest man," was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for dealing heroin to an informant. "I was blind. I never had a job in my life," Montgomery told U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Friedman in Norfolk, Va. "I did the wrong thing." Montgomery, 33, will serve the five-year sentence after he completes a 46-month prison term for an unrelated conviction in New York. Under an agreement with the government, he pleaded guilty in July to possession and distribution of more than 100 grams of heroin. He received the minimum term under federal sentencing guidelines. A prosecutor described Montgomery's athletic skills as "super-human" but said he had squandered his talent and the acclaim and money that came with it. Montgomery won an Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2000 Games and a silver in the same event four years earlier. A doping scandal wiped his achievements from the books.
Magic Johnson criticized a pair of talk show hosts for accusing him of faking AIDS but said he didn't want them to be fired. Chris Baker and Langdon Perry of KTLK in Minneapolis made the remarks during Baker's conservative radio show Wednesday. After the former NBA star condemned the statements, the station said it regretted "some offhand remarks" by the pair. "We can't have people out here making false statements and putting out bad information, because this battle is too big when it comes to HIV and AIDS," Johnson told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. Johnson said he hadn't heard from the station. He said he wants the hosts to keep their jobs. "I would rather they educate their audience," he said. Johnson was diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and then retired from the NBA at 32. Johnson, 49, said his health is "wonderful."
Pacers-Mavericks: : Indiana traded forward Shawne Williams to Dallas for 14-year veteran Eddie Jones, future draft picks and cash. Williams, the Pacers' first-round draft pick in 2006, was dogged by three incidents involving police in the past 13 months.
More Pacers: : Veteran center Jeff Foster signed a contract extension with Indiana. The 6-foot-11 Foster has spent his entire 10-year career with the Pacers.
Nuggets: : Star forward Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) sat out Denver's preseason opener against Minnesota because of a bruised left ring finger. Anthony was injured when the ball was slapped out of his hand during practice Thursday. X-rays were negative.
Johns Hopkins hangs on for 36-34 football win
Johns Hopkins raced to a 33-point lead and then held off visiting Dickinson to win, 36-34, at Homewood Field. Andrew Kase rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns for the Blue Jays (4-2, 2-2 Centennial Conference). Pat O'Connor led the Devils (3-3, 2-2) with a school-record 396 all-purpose yards, including 248 receiving, and three touchdown catches. Kase's 1-yard touchdown run and a 69-yard touchdown run by freshman Lyndon O'Connor in the third quarter put the Blue Jays up 33-0. Then the Devils rallied. Ian Mitchell's 58-yard touchdown pass to O'Connor on fourth-and-10 with 1:33 left pulled Dickinson to 36-34, but Mitchell's two-point pass attempt was batted away. The Blue Jays recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock. Hopkins had 477 yards of offense.
More college football: : Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said he would start freshman backup quarterback Willy Korn in place of senior Cullen Harper against Georgia Tech next Saturday, seeking to spark what was supposed to be among the nation's best offenses. The Tigers (3-3, 1-2 ACC) and Harper have not come close to last season's record-setting attack. The final straw for Bowden was Thursday night's 12-7 loss at Wake Forest.
Auto racing: : Helio Castroneves can leave the country for an IndyCar event this month in Australia after a federal judge in Miami agreed to modify bail conditions on tax charges the driver is facing. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Turnoff said he was convinced that "the dumbest thing Mr. Castroneves could do" would be to flee to his native Brazil and not show up for court, given his lucrative racing and endorsement career based in the U.S. The judge initially prohibited the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner from traveling outside the continental U.S. for races or other work but agreed to modify those conditions for the Oct. 26 event in Brisbane.
Horse racing: : Kentucky racing officials plan to challenge a recommendation that there's insufficient evidence to suspend Big Brown's trainer, Rick Dutrow of Hagerstown, for violating doping rules. The order by hearing officer James Robke indicated that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission was unable to prove Dutrow's horse, Salute the Count, had an excessive amount of the legal drug Clenbuterol in his blood after finishing second May 2 in the Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs. That was one day before Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby.
NHL: : Bryan Little had two goals, including the go-ahead score in the third period, and the host Atlanta Thrashers beat the Washington Capitals, 7-4. Goalie Jose Theodore didn't make it through the second period of his debut with Washington, giving up four goals before he was pulled. Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was held without a point.
Golf: : Chris Stroud, 26, moved into position to make a big jump on the PGA Tour money list, shooting a 6-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead at 10-under 130 after the second round of the Texas Open in San Antonio. ... South Korea's In-Kyung Kim, 20, shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead at 8-under 136 over Mollie Fankhauser in the LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge in Danville, Calif.
College tennis: : Men's and women's tennis coach Keith Puryear, a UMBC alumnus who had guided the Retrievers since 1990, has resigned to become women's tennis coach at Navy. Puryear will complete the fall season with the Retrievers before taking over the program at Navy, which will be elevated to varsity status in fall 2009.