Press Box


December 17, 2009

NBA: Former center Chris Dudley, 44, formally announced he is running as a Republican for Oregon governor. The 6-foot-11 Yale graduate, who said he wants to slow the growth of the state budget, played 16 years in the NBA, including two stints with Portland. ... Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov completed a partnership agreement to buy the Nets. The NBA Board of Governors is expected to rule on the sale early next year. ... Golden State coach Don Nelson returned after missing five games while recovering from pneumonia. ... Pistons guard Richard Hamilton (sore right hamstring) did not play against New Orleans. ... Warriors center Mikki Moore (bone spurs in heel) is out indefinitely. ... Timberwolves forward Ryan Gomes (sprained ankle) was inactive against the Clippers.

SOCCER: The Galaxy signed Landon Donovan to a four-year contract through the 2013 Major League Soccer season that will allow him to pursue opportunities to join a foreign club on a short-term loan agreement. Donovan has been in talks about a loan move to Everton in the English Premier League. ... Spain was ranked No. 1 in the year-end FIFA standings for the second straight year. The U.S., which will play the Netherlands in a World Cup warm-up March 3 at Amsterdam, is ranked 14th. (List below left) ... Premier League leader Chelsea ended a four-game winless streak by defeating last-place Portsmouth 2-1.

OLYMPICS: U.S. luge doubles partners Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin defeated Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall at a race-off in Norway to secure their fourth Olympic trip together. Also heading to the Olympics is Megan Sweeney, who survived a race-off to grab the final women's singles spot on the U.S. team by downing her younger sister Emily Sweeney and Kate Hansen.

ALSO: U.S. Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer and 2002 Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse, both of Belgium, had one-year bans for violating anti-doping rules lifted by the ITF. ... Light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and will be out nine weeks. ... Marty Reid will take over as ESPN's lap-by-lap announcer for NASCAR coverage in 2010, joining analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Dr. Jerry Punch returns to his role as a pit reporter.

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