Tejada receives year of probation


With an apology to Congress, baseball fans and the kids who looked up to him, All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada received a sentence of one year of probation Thursday for misleading Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Tejada, a former Oriole, faced up to a year in prison, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay issued a sentence of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. Kay waived drug testing often required of other convicts on probation and said he wouldn't restrict the Houston Astros player's travel. In a 45-second statement before the judge, Tejada said he takes "full responsibility for not answering the question" and apologized to Congress, fans of his sport "and especially the kids." He added: "I learned a very important lesson."

Yankees:: CC Sabathia will start the season opener at the Orioles on April 6 and the first game at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16.

Et cetera: : Doctors said Astros third baseman Aaron Boone, 36, was doing fine after open heart surgery to replace a bicuspid aortic valve. ... Former agent Jeff Moorad was introduced as CEO and vice chairman of the Padres and confirmed that former NFL great Troy Aikman is a partner in his ownership group. ... Athletics right-hander Justin Duchscherer (elbow) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

Officer delayed player as mother-in-law died


A Dallas police officer was placed on administrative leave over a traffic stop involving an NFL player whom he kept in a hospital parking lot and threatened to arrest while the player's mother-in-law died inside the building. Officer Robert Powell also drew his gun during the March 18 incident involving Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats in Plano, a Dallas suburb, police said. Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle apologized to the family and said Powell would be on paid leave pending an internal investigation.

Giants: : With four days left until a pretrial hearing, attorneys on both sides of wide receiver Plaxico Burress' gun possession case could be drawing closer to a plea agreement, Newsday reported.

Bills:: Wide receiver Terrell Owens doesn't plan to show up for workouts unless he has to. Owens, who missed the start of the team's voluntary offseason program this week, said he's more comfortable following his normal offseason routine of individual workouts.

UConn discusses probe with NCAA

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The University of Connecticut and the NCAA discussed an investigation into alleged recruiting violations by the men's basketball program, a university official told the Associated Press. The official said the school was in contact with the NCAA on Wednesday, after Yahoo Sports reported that agent Josh Nochimson, once a student manager at UConn, helped steer recruit Nate Miles to the school. On Thursday, Yahoo reported assistant coach Andre LaFleur had phone conversations last April of 13 and 44 minutes with Nochimson, who was shadowing Huskies recruit Ater Majok, during the Kentucky Derby All-Star Festival, according to phone records. A week later, Majok visited UConn and signed with the school.

Et cetera:: B.J. Mullens, a 7-foot freshman at Ohio State, said he would declare himself available for the NBA draft. ... North Carolina guard Ty Lawson said his right big toe still hurts but he expects to play against Gonzaga on Friday. ... Paul Westhead, 70, who has won titles in the NBA and WNBA, was hired as the women's coach at Oregon. ... Amid speculation about his job security, Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie said he has no idea whether he'll be back for a third season.

Gore leads, Woods 3 back in Orlando

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Jason Gore ran off three birdies over the final four holes for a 5-under-par 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. Tiger Woods was in the water and in the trees until he had eight consecutive one-putts - including four straight birdies - that put him in fourth place with a 68.

More golf: : South Korea's In-Kyung Kim shot a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead after the first-round of the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International. Two-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa (72) and Michelle Wie (73) struggled in windy conditions. ... Five-time major winner Seve Ballesteros, 51, will undergo a fourth round of chemotherapy for a cancerous brain tumor.

NBA: : Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers (57-14) scored the last 20 points of the third quarter in a 92-77 victory over the Detroit Pistons (34-37). ... John Salmons scored 27 points to lead the host Chicago Bulls (35-38) to a 106-87 win over Dwyane Wade (31 points) and the Miami Heat (38-34).

NHL: : Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau accused the media of blowing out of proportion the controversy over Alex Ovechkin's 50th-goal celebration and revealed he called Lightning counterpart Rick Tocchet to talk about the superstar's antics. "It's 10 days since it happened," Boudreau said. "Nobody cares about it anymore."

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