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Out of prison, M. Jones tearful about drug use

track and field

Disgraced track star Marion Jones says she often thinks she would have won gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, even if she hadn't taken a designer steroid known as "the clear." "I usually answer, 'Yes.' " Jones said on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show broadcast yesterday, her first post-prison interview. Jones, 33, apologized to her teammates and tearfully read a letter she wrote in prison, in which she told her children she lied to federal prosecutors because she didn't love herself enough to tell the truth. Jones was released last month from a Texas federal prison after completing most of her six-month sentence for lying about doping and her role in a check-fraud scam. After long denying she had ever used performance-enhancing drugs, Jones admitted in court last year that she used the designer steroid from September 2000 to July 2001. Jones was stripped of three gold medals and two bronzes she won in Sydney after the admission.

Report: White Sox to give Griffey chance to move on


The Chicago White Sox reportedly won't include slugger Ken Griffey Jr. in their offseason plans, although Griffey could be considered later in a lesser role, especially if he recovers from left knee surgery performed Oct. 14. But, citing people familiar with the team's thinking, said the White Sox will allow Griffey to explore free agency. Chicago had acquired Griffey as part of a trade July 31. The White Sox have a $16.5 million option on Griffey for 2009 that they have not been expected to pick up.

Betting: : Even before the Philadelphia Phillies won the suspended Game 5 of the World Series last night, some sports books in Nevada had declared the Phillies the victor. A top gambling regulator says a handful of Tampa Bay Rays bettors have complained. Nevada Gaming Commission enforcement chief Jerry Markling told the Associated Press that different sports books have different rules about baseball betting. The game was suspended Monday with the score tied at 2 in the middle of the sixth inning. Some have rules stating that rain-delayed games are over after a certain period of time. The books use the score from the last completed inning to determine a winner. That would make the Phillies the winner. They led 2-1 after five innings.

More:: New York Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos was released from jail in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, after a car crash that killed two women. The 24-year-old reliever is prohibited from leaving the country without permission from an appeals court. Burgos is accused of abandoning the victims and fleeing after the Sept. 30 car crash. ... A grand jury in Dayton, Ohio, has indicted a minor league pitcher accused of throwing a ball that hit a fan in the forehead. Julio Castillo, who was pitching for the Peoria Chiefs - an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs - is accused of throwing into the stands during a July 24 game against Dayton that featured a 10-minute, benches-clearing brawl. The fan was treated for a concussion. Defense attorney Dennis Lieberman says Castillo will plead not guilty to two counts of felonious assault.

5-year probation levied against D.C. school


Citing what it called "the most egregious lack of institutional control ever seen" by its Division II investigative committee, the NCAA levied numerous sanctions on the University of the District of Columbia. The penalties include five-years of probation, a cancellation of seasons for certain sports, a one-year postseason ban in all sports, forfeiture of wins in select sports, a reduction of scholarships and a reduction in recruiting activities. Most of the violations occurred from 2000 to 2004, and some of the harshest penalties have already been self-implemented by the school.

Football: : Virginia fullback RaShawn Jackson is facing felony charges in connection with a campus burglary committed in November 2007. University police said that Jackson faces one count of breaking and entering and one count of grand larceny in connection with the break-in. NBC-29 in Charlottesville, Va., reported that Jackson turned himself in Tuesday and was freed on bond. Athletic director Craig Littlepage in a statement that Jackson remains on the team. ... Houston wide receiver Patrick Edwards said he holds no animosity toward Marshall, a day after he ran into a service cart and broke his leg in a game against the host Thundering Herd. The freshman was going after a pass at full speed in the third quarter Tuesday night when his right shin hit a cart in the back of the end zone. Marshall AD Bob Marcum said the carts, used by Marshall's band, will be relocated at future games. ... Duke running back Re'quan Boyette is out for the season with a knee injury.

Funk heads into last event in heated points race

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With one weekend left in the Champions Tour season, the senior circuit's big prizes are still up for grabs. That's why Jay Haas, Bernhard Langer and former Maryland golf coach Fred Funk all have reason to hope for a big finish at the $2.5 million Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, Calif. Haas enters the four-day event today with a razor-thin 12-point lead over Funk (2,556-2,544) in the standings for the Schwab Cup and the $1 million annuity awarded to the winner of a yearlong points race. Langer (2,460) is behind both golfers in the Schwab Cup standings, but at $1,992,573 he leads the money list by about $50,000 over Haas and about $200,000 over Funk. All three could end up with the money title and the Schwab Cup with a win in the tournament.

More golf: : Anthony Kim has joined the PGA European Tour, the latest of a half-dozen U.S. tour players who have decided to take up joint membership in Europe for the 2009 season. Kim, a 23-year-old American whose two PGA Tour victories, including the AT&T; National in Bethesda, propelled him to No. 8 in the world ranking, becomes eligible for the season-ending $10 million "Race to Dubai" for the top 60 players and the additional $10 million bonus pool.

Hockey: : For the third straight year, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the NHL's most valuable team, worth $448 million. The Leafs increased in value by 9 percent and easily were valued ahead of the New York Rangers in Forbes' annual rankings. The Rangers are worth $411 million. Third on the list were the Montreal Canadiens at $334 million, followed by the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings ($303 million) and the Philadelphia Flyers ($275 million). But the biggest increase in value was made by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who made the Stanley Cup Finals last spring. Pittsburgh is worth $195 million, up 26 percent.

Soccer: : Diego Maradona, the former superstar who led Argentina to a World Cup title 22 years ago, will become coach of the national team coach next week. The Argentine Football Association said on its Web site the appointment will be made Tuesday.

Sailing: : The resumption of America's Cup may be one step closer after Team New Zealand agreed to drop its lawsuit against Alinghi, the holders of the trophy.

Stadium: : The RCA Dome in Indianapolis, the former home of the Colts, will be reduced to rubble Dec. 20.

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