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Police: Pill overdose occurs at Thomas' home

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Authorities were called to the home of former New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, where police said a 47-year-old man was taken to the hospital and treated for an accidental overdose of sleeping pills early yesterday morning. Police would not identify the man, except to give his age. But reached on his cell phone, Thomas, 47, told the New York Post he had not been treated for a sleeping pill overdose, and that it was his 17-year-old daughter Lauren who had a medical issue. It "wasn't an overdose," he told the newspaper. "My daughter is very down right now." Harrison Police Chief David Hall said the case was not a suicide attempt. Hall told the New York Daily News that the man took about 10 Lunesta sleeping pills.

Et cetera:: Rockets guard Rafer Alston was found not guilty on a drunken-driving charge by a Harris County, Texas, jury. Alston, 32, was arrested in August on the misdemeanor charge. ... After team doctors performed a second magnetic resonance imaging on Larry Hughes' dislocated right shoulder, the Bulls hope the veteran guard will miss just two to four weeks. The Bulls also exercised contract options for the 2009-10 season on forward Tyrus Thomas, guard Thabo Sefolosha and center Joakim Noah. ... Nets forward Keith Van Horn, who had not played in an NBA game since the 2005-06 season, was waived.

Johnson takes pole after rain halts qualifying

auto racing

Rain washed of Sprint Cup qualifying for the third straight week, forcing NASCAR to set the field on points at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Pep Boys Auto 500. It gave Jimmie Johnson the top starting spot, and put the 11 drivers chasing him for the title right on his bumper. Greg Biffle, who trails Johnson by 149 points with four races left, will start second.

Mich., Rodriguez sign deal; Arizona hires Pennell

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Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez is finally under contract with the school. He signed a six-year deal yesterday worth at least $2.5 million annually, an amount that was agreed upon when he left West Virginia in December for Michigan. A school spokeswoman said there was nothing unusual about the time it took to work out the terms of the agreement. The contract is retroactive to Dec. 19. The Wolverines are 2-5 under Rodriguez.

College basketball: : Arizona selected Russ Pennell as the interim replacement for retired men's coach Lute Olson. Pennell, 47, is a former Arizona State assistant and served last year as a Sun Devils radio analyst. The move comes one day after Olson, 74, stepped down after 24 seasons with the Wildcats. The school turned to Pennell, who has not been a college head coach, after failing to reach an agreement with Olson's top assistant, Mike Dunlap.

Baseball: : New York City officials told a congressional panel that they didn't do anything improper in shepherding through $1.3 billion in financing for a new Yankee Stadium. At issue was a six-fold increase in the city's assessed value of the land, to about $200 million. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, suggested the reason was to make it easier to get tax-exempt bonds to pay for the construction of the ballpark in the South Bronx.

More baseball: : Bob Brenly, Ken Macha and Willie Randolph are the candidates for the Brewers' managerial job, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Brenly interviewed Thursday. If Randolph doesn't get the job, he'll probably sit out next season, a source told Newsday. Randolph turned down an offer to join the Nationals' coaching staff, Newsday reported. ... New Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said recently fired Brewers manager Ned Yost and former Seattle interim manager Jim Riggleman are two candidates to be manager in 2009. Riggleman was named the Nationals' bench coach yesterday.

Soccer: : David Beckham said he will be back with the Los Angeles Galaxy for the start of the 2009 Major League Soccer season. He added on his Web site he's in negotiations for a temporary loan to AC Milan. ... D.C. United president Kevin Payne was fined $5,000 by MLS for inappropriate conduct directed at an official after a loss to the Galaxy last month.

Olympics: : Jacques Rogge confirmed that he is running for another term as president of the International Olympic Committee, a decision that had been widely expected. The Belgian, 66, will stand for re-election in October 2009, an IOC spokeswoman said. No other candidates are expected. Rogge was elected to an eight-year term in 2001. He is eligible for a second term of four years.

Golf: : Seve Ballesteros underwent a third operation to remove the rest of a cancerous brain tumor at a hospital in Madrid, Spain, a 6 1/2 -hour procedure that went "better than expected." ... Arron Oberholser shot a 6-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead after two days in the PGA Tour's Open in Scottsdale, Ariz. ... Laura Diaz shot a 9-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Grand China Air in Haikou, the LPGA's first tournament in China. ... England's Mark James shot an 8-under 63 - his best round on the Champions Tour - to take a one-stroke lead in the AT&T; Championship in San Antonio.

Hockey:: Blues goalie Manny Legace left after one period with a strained left hip flexor that might have occurred when he tripped over the carpet placed on the ice for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The Alaska governor dropped the ceremonial first puck before the Blues hosted the Kings. ... Rangers coach Tom Renney was hit on the head by a stick and briefly lost consciousness during the second period against the host Blue Jackets. Renney didn't return to the bench in the Rangers' 3-1 win. ... The visiting Flyers beat the Devils, 6-3, to become the last NHL team to earn a win this season. ... Flyers center Daniel Briere will be sidelined up to a month because of a torn abdominal muscle.

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