Castroneves cleared of most tax charges

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Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves was acquitted Friday of most charges that he worked with his sister and lawyer to evade more than $2.3 million in U.S. income taxes. A federal jury acquitted Castroneves on six counts of tax evasion but was hung on one count of conspiracy. The jury also acquitted Katiucia Castroneves, 35, who is her 33-year-old brother's business manager, on the tax evasion counts but hung on the conspiracy charge. Michigan attorney Alan Miller, 71, was acquitted on all three counts of tax evasion and one count of conspiracy. Castroneves will return to his No. 3 IndyCar in time for practice and qualifying Saturday for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Subway Fresh Fit 500: : Mark Martin won his third pole of the season with a lap of 133.814 mph at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale. Martin beat Kyle Busch (133.725) and Kurt Busch (133.700) for the top starting spot in Saturday night's Sprint Cup race.

Et cetera: : Richard Petty Motorsports said AJ Allmendinger will drive for the team in 2010. ... Greg Biffle had to hold off Jason Leffler over several late restarts, then hold him off for a final two-lap sprint to the finish to win the Nationwide Bashas' Supermarkets 200 in Avondale.

Bills trade Peters to Eagles


The Buffalo Bills traded Jason Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles rather than risk another offseason holdout from the disgruntled two-time Pro Bowl left tackle. The Eagles then signed Peters to a four-year, $53 million extension that would keep him in Philadelphia through 2014, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. Peters will earn $60 million over the next six seasons, including $25 million in guaranteed money, according to the person. The Bills received the 28th overall pick - the second of the Eagles' two first-round picks - and a fourth-round choice in next week's draft. Buffalo also gets an undisclosed pick in 2010.

Jets: : The NFL moved up the start time of New York's game against the Titans on Sept. 27 after the team complained to the league about having to play home games on consecutive Jewish holidays. The league rescheduled the 4:15 start to 1 p.m.

'Canes even series; Pens take 2-0 lead


Defenseman Tim Gleason scored his first NHL playoff goal on a slap shot at 2:40 of overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the host New Jersey Devils, 2-1, tying their first-round playoff series at a game apiece. Eric Staal scored the other goal for the Hurricanes. Zach Parise scored for the Devils, who lost captain Jamie Langenbrunner to a lower-body injury in the second period.

Penguins 3, Flyers 2, OT: : Bill Guerin scored his second goal for Pittsburgh during a rare two-man power play 18:29 into overtime, and the Penguins went up two games in their first-round playoff series against the visiting Flyers. Guerin also scored the goal that tied it at 1 late in the second period, and Evgeni Malkin tied it at 2 with 3:37 remaining in the third after rookie Darroll Powe's goal put the determined Flyers up early in the period.

Groups lobby for harsh poaching sentence

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Conservation and recreational fishing groups and a regional regulatory agency are asking a federal judge to make an example of five watermen who pleaded guilty to poaching millions of dollars worth of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River when sentencing begins next week. In letters to U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, groups such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and state chapters of the Coastal Conservation Association have advised him to send a message to poachers and unscrupulous fish dealers that the federal government is serious in its prosecution of those who violate natural resources laws. CANDUS THOMSON

Soccer: : Crystal Palace Baltimore coach Pete Medd expects defense to be the strength of his team this season, while the offense will need a few games to become as effective. That analysis played out in the opener as Crystal Palace locked down the Pittsburgh Riverhounds but generated few chances in a 0-0 draw in front of an announced 2,050 at UMBC. "We didn't create enough opportunities, we didn't create enough corner kicks and we didn't get down in their box a lot," Medd said. "We have to find the right combination." TODD KARPOVICH ... Ben Olsen headed in a cross from Jaime Moreno in the 90th minute as D.C. United (1-1-3) salvaged a 1-1 tie with the visiting New England Revolution (2-0-2).

Cycling: : Olympic champion Tyler Hamilton, once touted as the next great American cyclist and an heir to Lance Armstrong's throne atop the sport, ended his doping-tarnished career by saying he tested positive for a banned substance and would retire. Hamilton admitted taking an herbal product for two days in February to combat depression.

Women's lacrosse: : Colleen McCaffrey scored five goals, but visiting Johns Hopkins (5-10, 0-3 American Lacrosse Conference) fell, 16-7, to No. 1 Northwestern (14-0, 3-0). ... Meggie McNamara had four goals and three assists to lead visiting Towson (9-5, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association) past George Mason (5-9, 1-4).

Tennis: : Top-ranked Rafael Nadal moved one step closer to his fifth straight final at the ATP Monte Carlo Masters, defeating Ivan Ljubicic, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the semifinals in Monaco. ... Top seed Elena Dementieva advanced to the WTA Family Circle Cup semifinals in Charleston, S.C., when Dominika Cibulkova quit in the second set because of a leg injury.

NBA: : Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, who suffered a minor heart attack Thursday, could be released from Massachusetts General Hospital by Sunday. ... Ernie Tapscott, who served as the Wizards' interim coach this season, will stay with the team in a role yet to be determined.

College basketball: : Loyola junior guard Brett Harvey was selected as a member of the Maccabi USA Basketball team that will compete in the 18th annual Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv in July.

Golf: : Brian Gay used five straight birdies to shoot a 66 and push past Todd Hamilton and take a one-stroke lead at the PGA Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C. ... Larry Nelson shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over Nick Price after the first round of the Champions Outback Pro-Am in Lutz, Fla.

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