TEAMMATE WANTS MEDAL: One of Marion Jones' relay teammates wants to keep the bronze medal she earned with the disgraced sprinter at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
"I competed fairly, and I should not have to suffer the consequences for someone else's bad decisions and choices," Passion Richardson said Wednesday on the CBS "Early Show."Jones returned her five Sydney Olympic medals Monday after admitting she took steroids. Now the International Olympic Committee must consider whether Jones' relay teammates should lose their medals, too. The IOC executive board next meets in December.
POPE BLESSES TEAM: Pope Benedict XVI blessed a third-division Italian soccer team Wednesday, praising the club for signing onto a program by a Christian sports organization that seeks to promote ethics in the game.
Wearing red jerseys, the players of the Ancona team were among the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the pope's weekly audience."I encourage them to work so that the game of soccer may become ever more an instrument of education to the ethical and spiritual values of life," Benedict told the crowd.
PENALTY UPHELD: An appeals committee on Wednesday upheld the penalty that was levied against Carl Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racing team when his race-winning car failed inspection at Dover.Edwards' car did not meet minimum height requirements, and NASCAR docked him 25 points. Crew chief Bob Osborne was fined $25,000, and car owner Jack Roush was docked 25 car-owner points.
CARPENTIER TO NASCAR: Former Champ car star Patrick Carpentier was finalizing a deal Wednesday to drive the No. 10 Dodge for Gillett Evernham Motorsports next season. Carpentier will replace Scott Riggs, who is leaving to drive for Haas CNC Racing next season.
MASTERS MOVES TO ESPN: The first two rounds of the Masters are moving to ESPN. The network will televise the Thursday and Friday action when the tournament tees off in April, Augusta National chairman Billy Payne announced Wednesday.USA had aired the first two rounds since 1982.
LANDIS TO APPEAL: Floyd Landis will appeal his doping case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, his last chance to retain his 2006 Tour de France title.
An arbitration panel ruled against Landis last month, upholding the results of a test that showed the American cyclist used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback Tour victory. That decision meant Landis must forfeit his title and is subject to a two-year ban, retroactive to Jan. 30.Landis repeatedly has denied using performance-enhancing drugs
SHARAPOVA LOSES: Maria Sharapova, playing in Moscow for only the third time, lost to teenager Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (9), 6-2 Wednesday in the second round of the Kremlin Cup.
It was Sharapova's first match in six weeks since her defeat in the third round of the U.S. Open. The second-seeded Russian, who was sidelined because of a lingering shoulder injury, has never made it past the second round in the event.
In the men's event, second-seeded Mikhail Youzhny and third-seeded Andy Murray advanced to the second round. Youzhny beat Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-2, and Murray defeated Evgeny Korolev 6-2, 6-4. Paul-Henri Mathieu defeated qualifier Igor Kunitsyn 6-3, 6-4.