Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

December 16, 2005

Track and field

Montgomery opts for retirement

Tim Montgomery, the former 100-meter world-record holder, has retired, rather than waiting out a two-year suspension and returning under a cloud of suspicion. Although he did not test positive for drugs, Montgomery was banned for doping based on evidence gathered in the criminal investigation of BALCO, a San Francisco-area lab that served many high-profile athletes.

College football

Hawkins in line for Colorado job

Boise State coach Dan Hawkins said he'll go to Colorado to finalize negotiations to become the Buffaloes' new coach. The Colorado board of regents is scheduled to meet today to approve Hawkins' contract. If that goes as expected, Hawkins could be introduced as the replacement for Gary Barnett later in the day.

San Diego -- Football coach Jim Harbaugh, a former quarterback for the Ravens, pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

College basketball

St. Mary's falls to Davidson

Matt McKillop made six three-pointers to help host Davidson beat Division III St. Mary's, 112-59. Valdez Preston led the Seahawks (5-3) with 25 points, and Dan Engelstad had 13 points.

Kentucky -- Center Randolph Morris' season-long suspension for his attempt to enter the NBA draft was reduced to 14 games by the NCAA. The NCAA cited new information for softening its punishment after Morris tried to go into the draft. Additional information provided by the school showed that Morris clearly intended to retain his collegiate eligibility while declaring for the draft, the NCAA said in a statement.

Cycling

Armstrong to stand trial for defamation

Lance Armstrong has been ordered to stand trial in Italy on charges of defaming cyclist Filippo Simeoni. Armstrong is being investigated for reportedly threatening Simeoni for testifying about doping abuse in the trial of an Italian doctor associated with the American.

Baseball

Twins, Batista agree on one-year contract

The Minnesota Twins agreed on a one-year contract with two-time All-Star third baseman Tony Batista. Batista played last season in Japan, batting .263 in 559 at-bats with 27 homers and 90 RBIs for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Pacific League. Batista, 32, has eight-plus years of major league experience, last playing with the Expos in 2004. He played for the Orioles from 2001 to 2003.

Pirates -- Right-handed reliever Roberto Hernandez finalized his $2.75 million, one-year contract after he passed a physical.

Yankees -- Left-hander reliever Mike Myers and the team came to terms on a $2.4 million, two-year contract.

Phillies -- Outfielder Jason Michaels was placed in a program for first-time offenders after his arrest last summer for assaulting a police officer outside a nightclub. Michaels was placed in the district attorney's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for the July 3 arrest.

Rockies -- Controlling owner Charlie Monfort and his brother, Dick, have bought the remaining shares held by team co-founder Jerry McMorris.

Et cetera

Villa Julie accepts CAC invitation

Villa Julie College has accepted an invitation to join the Capital Athletic Conference. During the next two years, 16 of Villa Julie's 21 teams will join the conference, which is losing members Goucher College and Catholic University to a newly formed conference. Villa Julie's field hockey and women's lacrosse teams will start play in the CAC during the 2006-2007 academic year. Villa Julie will enter the CAC as a full member in the 2007-2008 academic year, ending a three-year stint in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

Golf -- Tim Clark and Ross Fischer tied a course record with 5-under-par 68s and shared the lead after the first round of the South African Open in George, South Africa.

Speed skating -- Shani Davis, who is trying to become the first American to make both speed skating teams for the same Olympics, failed to make either final at the U.S. short track championships in Marquette, Mich.

Auto racing -- Toyota power will be gone from the Indy Racing League a year earlier than planned, leaving Honda as the only engine supplier next season.

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