EXTRA SCRUTINY: U.S. coach Greg Ryan is mum on who will start in goal against Norway in Sunday's third-place game at the Women's World Cup. One thing in sure: Whatever the pick, it will generate heat. Ryan's decision to bench Hope Solo in favor of 36-year-old Briana Scurry in Thursday's semifinal against Brazil backfired, causing one of the few simmering disputes in an otherwise placid tournament.
JURY DELIBERATES: A jury asked for hundreds of pages of testimony and documents before finishing its first full day of deliberations Friday in the sexual harassment case brought by a former top New York Knicks executive against coach Isiah Thomas.
The jury asked for transcripts of testimony of four men, including Thomas, along with e-mails sent by the plaintiff, Anucha Browne Sanders, to the president of Madison Square Garden, also a defendant in the $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit.The panel, which started its deliberations late Thursday, returns to U.S. District Court in Manhattan to resume its work on Monday.
TRAYLOR GETS PROBATION: A federal judge in Detroit sentenced Robert "Tractor" Traylor to three years of probation Friday after the former NBA player admitted to preparing a false tax return that hid assets of a convicted drug dealer.
Traylor, 30, pleaded guilty in January to a charge of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return. He could have been sentenced to up to 14 months in federal prison.Traylor, who now plays professionally in Puerto Rico, will serve the first three months of his probation in a halfway house and the next three months in home confinement. His sentence will be served in the offseason, the court said.
20-GAME SUSPENSION: Philadelphia Flyers rookie Steve Downie was suspended 20 games by the NHL on Friday for leaving his feet to deliver a deliberate and dangerous hit to the head Ottawa's Dean McAmmond.
McAmmond was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the second period of Tuesday's preseason game and is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Downie received a match penalty and was automatically suspended until Friday's hearing in Toronto."The hit was deliberate, dangerous and has no place in our league," NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell said. Campbell said Downie would be available to play in the Flyers' minor league affiliate in the AHL.
BARTOL ADVANCES: Marion Bartoli upset top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Fortis Championships. The fifth-seeded Frenchwoman next faces fourth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova in today's semifinals.
HEWITT OUT: Lleyton Hewitt was upset by Rainer Schuettler 6-3, 7-5 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Mumbai Open. Schuettler will face Olivier Rochus in the semifinals. Top-seeded Richard Gasquet and Fabrice Santoro also reached the semifinals.
FEDERER WITHDRAWS: Roger Federer pulled out of the Japan Open because he needs to rest after the U.S. Open and Davis Cup. The top-ranked Swiss said his doctor told him he should not play in a tournament for at least 10 days to avoid the risk of serious injury. The Japan Open begins Monday. David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet were added to the men's bracket and Venus Williams, who is playing in South Korea, to the women's bracket.
VENUS IN SEMIS: Venus Williams defeated Marta Domachowska 6-2, 6-3 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Korea Open. The top-seeded Williams will face Italian Flavia Pennetta who defeated Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-2.