September 20, 2005

Pro basketball

Blake might join Dixon on Blazers

Steve Blake could be teaming up with former Maryland and Washington Wizards teammate Juan Dixon with the Portland Trail Blazers. The pending agreement was reported by The Washington Post last night and later announced by the Trail Blazers. Blake, a restricted free-agent point guard, was in Portland, Ore., last night and has agreed to a two-year contract, Blake's agent, Joel Bell, told the Post. According to a Post NBA source, Portland offered Blake less than $2.3 million for the 2005-06 season, which is what the team had left from its mid-level exception. Dixon, who spent three seasons with the Wizards after teaming up with Blake to lead the Terps to the NCAA title in 2002, signed a three-year, $8 million contract with Portland in July. Starting tomorrow, the Wizards would have seven days to match Portland's offer should they choose to keep Blake, who averaged 17.1 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.3 assists in 118 games with the team.

Auto racing

R. Gordon, Kahne not suspended

Robby Gordon and Kasey Kahne avoided suspensions when NASCAR penalized them for road-rage incidents in New Hampshire. Gordon was fined $35,000 and docked 50 points in the standings for intentionally trying to hit Michael Waltrip's car during Sunday's Nextel Cup race, throwing his helmet at Waltrip's car, and cursing during a television interview. Kahne was fined $25,000 and penalized 25 points for intentionally hitting Kyle Busch's car.

College football

Oklahoma moves QB Thompson

Oklahoma's Paul Thompson, who bided his time behind Nate Hybl and Jason White to earn the spot as Oklahoma's top quarterback before this season began, will move to wide receiver as the team tries to keep him on the field while developing promising young passer Rhett Bomar.

Georgia Tech -- Quarterback Reggie Ball was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after being treated for viral meningitis. His status for Saturday's game against No. 4 Virginia Tech is uncertain.

Michigan -- Safety Ryan Mundy is expected to miss the rest of the season with a nerve injury.

Florida -- Defensive end Ray McDonald had surgery to repair ligament and cartilage tears in his right knee and hopes to be back at practice within six weeks.


Report says Federer is signed by IMG

Top-ranked Roger Federer, perhaps the most high-profile athlete in sports not to have representation, signed with IMG, the world's largest sports marketing and management agency, ESPN.com reported. Federer's girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec, and his family had been helping him with his schedule over the years.

WTA -- Second-ranked Lindsay Davenport pulled out of the China Open in Beijing because of a strained lower back. ... Venus Williams beat top-ranked Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-4, in an exhibition in Seoul, South Korea.

Et cetera

Superdome shape better than feared

A second inspection over the weekend revealed the damage to the Superdome wasn't as bad as first thought, said Doug Thornton, the regional vice president of SMG, the company that manages the 30-year-old facility. Thornton initially feared the dome might need to be gutted because of damage from Hurricane Katrina. The adjacent New Orleans Arena, however, appears to be in worse shape than originally thought, Thornton said.

College basketball -- Louisville sophomore starting center David Padgett will be sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot and spraining his ankle in a pickup game.

Golf -- Defending champion Mark Bemowski won a first-round match at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in Rocky Face, Ga. ... Four-time champion Carol Semple Thompson reached the second round of the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur in Rye, N.Y., beating Barbara Pagana of Selinsgrove, Pa., 6 and 4.

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