Police chief: In aftermath of overdose, a 'cover-up'
A suburban New York police chief likened the conflicting accounts of an accidental overdose at Isiah Thomas' home to a "cover-up" and rebuked the former New York Knicks coach yesterday for saying it was his teenage daughter who required treatment. "It wasn't his daughter," Harrison Police Chief David Hall told the Associated Press. "And why they're throwing her under the bus is beyond my ability to understand." Authorities were called early Friday to Thomas' Westchester County home, where police said a 47-year-old man was taken to the hospital and treated for an overdose of sleeping pills. Several news outlets reported that police confirmed it was Thomas who went to the hospital. But reached on his cell phone Friday, the 47-year-old NBA great told the New York Post he had not been treated for a sleeping pill overdose and that it was 17-year-old daughter, Lauren, who had a medical issue. Hall forcefully rebutted Thomas' statement. "My cops ... know the difference between a 47-year-old black male and a young black female," Hall said. Thomas could not be reached for comment. No suicide note was found, and police were classifying the case as an "accidental drug overdose" on "a number" of prescription sleeping pills, said Hall, who would not confirm the identity of the hospitalized man.
Trail Blazers: : Portland exercised fourth-year options on forward LaMarcus Aldridge and guards Sergio Rodriguez and Brandon Roy. It also exercised its third-year option on center Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall draft choice in 2007, who missed last season because of a knee injury. All four players are now under contract through the 2009-10 season.
Report: Bengals QB Palmer likely done for '08
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is likely to miss the rest of this season, but he will hold off on whether to pursue surgery to repair his injured throwing elbow, ESPN.com reported late Friday. Palmer has already missed three of the past four games as the Bengals have fallen to 0-7. Citing multiple sources, the Web site reported that Palmer's injury is to a "frayed" ligament and that doctors have agreed that Palmer's conservative approach to having Tommy John surgery is acceptable. The report went on to note that the Bengals have no plans to place Palmer on injured reserve, which would end his season. Palmer has asked the Bengals to wait "around two months" before taking any action, a source told ESPN.com.
NFL: : A third member of the New Orleans Saints, defensive end Charles Grant, is among a number of NFL players who have violated the league's steroid policy, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and ESPN.com reported. ESPN confirmed through league and union sources that the number of pending cases on the positive steroid tests is eight. The Web site, citing numerous sources, said half of the eight have tested positive for Bumetanide, a diuretic that enables users to lose weight and potentially hide the presence of other substances, but the identity of those four players are unclear. ESPN also confirmed that Houston Texans long snapper Bryan Pittman is among those players to test positive for using a weight-loss supplement. Saints running back Deuce McAllister and defensive ends Will Smith were identified in media reports on Friday as among those who tested positive.
Rams: : The NFL denied St. Louis' attempt to rework a contract with interim coach Jim Haslett that would ensure him a job beyond this season if he won six games because of a requirement that minority candidates be interviewed for head coaching vacancies.
Panthers: : Reserve defensive tackle Darwin Walker was involved in a minor car accident and was listed as questionable for today's game against the Cardinals.
Agent: Yanks' Mussina still mum on retirement
Most people expect Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina to announce his retirement sometime in the next month, but agent Arn Tellem said the former Oriole hasn't made up his mind yet. After winning 20 games for the first time in his 18-year career, Mussina indicated at the end of the season that he was strongly considering retirement. But Tellem said in an e-mail to Newsday: "Mussina has not made a decision." He also said he has had no conversations with the Yankees regarding Mussina's future. Mussina, 39, was 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA last season.
Hockey: : Alexander Semin scored at 2:17 of overtime, and the visiting Washington Capitals beat the Dallas Stars, 6-5, to break a three-game losing streak. Dallas' Mike Modano scored with 56.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Sergei Fedorov and Tomas Fleischmann each had two goals for Washington, and Tyler Sloan added his first career goal for the Capitals. ... Milan Lucic completed his first career hat trick with 1:41 to play, helping the host Boston Bruins to a 5-4 comeback win over the Atlanta Thrashers. ... Jeff Carter scored in overtime to lift the host Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Devils. Philadelphia beat New Jersey on back-to-back days after six straight losses to start the NHL season. ... New York Rangers coach Tom Renney returned to the bench against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, one night after he suffered a concussion when hit by an errant stick during a game. The Rangers won, 3-0.
Soccer: : David Beckham insists he will stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy regardless of any possible loan to Italian power AC Milan. "At the end of the day, my commitment is still to the Galaxy and that's not changed," Beckham said. "But I've been given a chance to join up with one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I'm going to do that." AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said last week that he wants to bring Beckham to Italy on a loan and possibly sign him. If the loan takes place, Beckham would arrive in January. Beckham said he's hopeful a deal is completed within the next two weeks. Major League Soccer deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis said Thursday that the loan would be approved only if it "makes sense" for the Galaxy and Beckham, who signed a five-year contract worth $250 million in January 2007.
Cycling: : Lance Armstrong, who is returning to cycling next year after a three-year retirement, is leaning toward racing in the 2009 Tour de France and raised the possibility that he would compete in the sport's premier event the year after. "I'm definitely coming back to racing, and I recognize the Tour is the marquee event," Armstrong, 37, told the Austin American-Statesman. "Chances are more likely than not that I'll [ride in the Tour de France]." Armstrong, a seven-time Tour champion, added: "I don't want to rule out a second year, but I don't want to guarantee it either."
Golf: : Kevin Sutherland hit seven birdies during a bogey-free third round, shooting a 7-under-par 63 to take a one-stroke lead over George McNeill at the PGA Frys.com Open in Scottsdale, Ariz. ... Karen Stupples (5-under 67) chipped in a 35-foot birdie on the 18th hole and took a two-shot lead at the Grand China Air after the second round in Haikou. ... Jeff Sluman shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion John Cook (63) and first-round leader Mark James (69) in the AT&T; Championship in San Antonio.
Tennis: : Jelena Jankovic will end the WTA season with the world No. 1 ranking. She secured the year-end ranking by winning three consecutive tournaments.