Sports briefs 10/8/04

Friday, October 8, 2004


* Sammy Sosa was fined $87,400 -- one day's salary -- for arriving late and leaving early at the Cubs' regular-season finale at Wrigley Field.

Sosa arrived 70 minutes before Sunday's first pitch, and he apparently left 15 minutes after the first pitch without putting on his uniform, according to security cameras in the team's parking lot. Sosa told the Chicago Sun-Times he was in the clubhouse until the seventh inning and also said he was tired of manager Dusty Baker blaming him for the Cubs' failures.


* Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich has been named an assistant coach for the 2005 Hula Bowl Maui All-Star Football Classic. Solich will be an assistant on the "Aina" squad under Georgia's Mark Richt (Rict). The American Football Coaches Association selects the coaches for the annual all-star game for college seniors.

The game will be played January 22nd on Maui. Solich compiled a six-year record of 58-and-19 at Nebraska from 1998 to 2003. He has been out of coaching since getting fired last November.


* Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis will be sentenced to four months in federal prison and two months in a halfway house after pleading guilty to a lesser charge in a federal drug conspiracy case.

Under the deal with prosecutors, Lewis would serve his sentence during the NFL offseason. But he could be suspended by the league. Even if Lewis is suspended by the league, he has five days to appeal, so he's likely to play in Sunday night's game against Washington.

Lewis pleaded guilty to using a cell phone to violate federal law by trying to set up a drug transaction more than four years ago. Under the plea agreement -- which includes 500 hours of community service -- drug conspiracy and attempted cocaine possession charges are expected to be dropped.


* NBC is adding a 5-second delay to its NASCAR telecasts after Dale Earnhardt Jr. used a vulgarity during a postrace TV interview last weekend.

Federal regulators have cracked down on objectionable content on TV and radio since Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during her halftime performance at the Super Bowl. CBS was fined a record $550,000 by the FCC for Jackson's breast-baring incident.

Networks have installed delays of up to 10 seconds for some programming, and ABC's "Monday Night Football" is using a 5-second delay this season. But, until now, NBC had decided not to give itself a chance to censor its NASCAR telecasts.


* Johnny Kelley, a two-time Boston Marathon champion who became a beloved figure in the history of the race by running it a record 61 times, died at 97.

He died Wednesday night at a Cape Cod nursing home, stepson Dave DeLong said. His death came just three hours after he moved from his Dennis home to the nearby Windsor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Kelley, a former Olympian and member of the USA Track & Field, National Distance Running and Road Runners Club of America halls of fame, won America's oldest marathon in 1935 and 1945 and finished second a record seven times. He was 84 when he ran his last Boston Marathon.


* Amelie Mauresmo overcame a slow start to win her first match at No. 1 in the rankings, beating Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 7-5, 6-4 at the Porsche Grand Prix on Thursday.

French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova joined Mauresmo in the quarterfinals.

-- From wire reports

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