Press Box


December 15, 2009

BASEBALL: Randy Wolf finalized his $29.75 million, three-year contract with the Brewers, who also agreed to a $2.1 million deal with infielder Craig Counsell. ... Cardinals third baseman David Freese was arrested Saturday in Maryland Heights, Mo., on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, marking the fourth time in less than three years that a member of the team has faced drunken-driving allegations.

GOLF: Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer said it will spend the next few weeks assessing its relationship with golfer Tiger Woods. A statement from the company said that because of Woods' indefinite leave from golf, it is examining its long-term relationship with him. The statement comes a day after consulting firm Accenture dropped ties with Woods. ... Spain's Pablo Martin became the first player to win on the European tour as an amateur and a professional at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa. Martin, the first amateur winner in European tour history when he took the 2007 Estoril Open de Portugal, had a 17-under 271 on the Leopard Creek course to finish a stroke ahead of South Africa's Charl Schwartzel.

OLYMPICS: The IAAF has amended its results to list Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou as the winner of the 100 meters at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The body moved Thanou from second to first and lists Marion Jones as disqualified. The IOC declined to upgrade Thanou from silver to gold because she missed several drug tests before the 2004 Athens Games. In the new IAAF results, there is an asterisk next to Thanou's name. A note reads: "Following a decision of the IOC, Thanou will not be awarded the gold medal but will retain her silver medal." ... Dutch Olympic and speedskating authorities will investigate claims by a Polish speedskater that she was offered nearly $75,000 for her starting spot in the 5,000-meter race at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Katarzyna Wojcicka told a Dutch national broadcasting network she was offered the money to withdraw so that Dutch skater Gretha Smit could compete. She said she turned it down. Smit and her then-coach Ingrid Paul, now coach of the Canada women's speedskating team, deny the allegation.

ALSO: Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Jennifer Gillom was named the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Gillom replaces Michael Cooper, who is now head coach of USC's women's team. ... Swiss skier Didier Cuche has a broken rib and could miss this weekend's World Cup races in Italy. The super-G world champion fell during training last week at Val d'Isere, France. ... A Belgian court suspended the one-year doping bans for tennis players Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse.

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