October 26, 2008|By From Sun news services

Police chief: In aftermath of overdose, a 'cover-up'

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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

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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, 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

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 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

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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.

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