понедельник, 17 сентября 2012 г.

Wednesday's Sports In Brief - AP Worldstream

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Dateline: PITTSBURGHPittsburgh Steelers cut Kordell Stewart, allowing the quarterback to become an unrestricted free agent and getting the Steelers under the 2003 salary cap, which kicks in this weekend.

Stewart had an up-and-down career in Pittsburgh after becoming its starter in 1997. After leading the Steelers to the AFC title game in 2001, he lost his job to Tommy Maddox early last season.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Stephen Davis, one of the NFL's top running backs for the last half-decade, was cut by the Washington Redskins in a long-expected move to help get the team under the salary cap.

The Redskins also released former starting safety Sam Shade and tight end Walter Rasby.

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Dwayne Rudd, the linebacker who cost the Browns a win over Kansas City last season when he was penalized for throwing his helmet, was one of three veterans released by Cleveland.

CAMDEN, New Jersey (AP) _ Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp admitted that he is the father of a 2-year-old New Jersey girl and avoided a third DNA test in a paternity case.

Chantel Adkins is suing Sapp in state Superior Court for child support for her daughter, Autumn Jade Adkins Sapp, who was born Nov. 21, 2000.

GOLF

AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) _ The Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition has requested an application for a permit to demonstrate at the Masters in April.

Jackson's group has indicated it will protest in support of Martha Burk, the chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, who is leading the fight against the Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership.

Col. Gary Powell of the Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff's Department said he received requests Tuesday from Jackson's group and from an unidentified man from Maine who supports Augusta National.

CARLSBAD, California (AP) _ Tiger Woods beat Carl Pettersson in the first round of the Match Play Championship.

Ernie Els had a shocking finish to a short week at La Costa. Poised to get past Phil Tataurangi, he could only watch as the Kiwi holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th and then won on the 20th hole.

BASKETBALL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Ron Artest was suspended for disciplinary reasons by coach Isiah Thomas and did not travel with the Indiana Pacers on their flight to Boston.

The Pacers would not disclose the circumstances that led Thomas to tell Artest to stay home for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, team spokesman David Benner said.

NEW YORK (AP) _ Dallas forward Eduardo Najera was suspended for one game by the NBA for bumping a referee during the Mavericks' loss to Orlando.

Najera was ejected for making contact with official David Jones after Orlando's Tracy McGrady wasn't called for losing the ball out of bounds during the second quarter Tuesday night.

SOCCER

MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Inter Milan gained a scoreless tie against visiting Barcelona, ending the Spanish team's 11-game winning streak in the European Champions League.

In the other Group A game, Alan Shearer scored three goals in the first 35 minutes to lead Newcastle to a 3-1 win over visiting Bayer Leverkusen.

In Group B, Francesco Totti scored twice and Emerson once as AS Roma won 3-0 at Valencia. Arsenal played a scoreless tie at Ajax Amsterdam in the other game.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) _ The United States under-20 men's soccer team drew a scoreless tie with Colombia as it continues to prepare for the FIFA World Youth Championship.

Ricardo Clark gave the United States its best chance to score in the final minute, but his header went just wide of the right post. U.S. goalkeeper Steve Cronin recorded his fifth U-20 international shutout.

CRICKET

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Cricket star Shane Warne will not appeal his one-year suspension for using a banned substance.

The Australian Cricket Board suspended him Saturday, saying he used the diuretics hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride.

Warne ranks second internationally in test wickets behind retired Courtney Walsh of the West Indies.

SKIING

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) _ Sweden's Thobias Fredriksson and Norway's Marit Bjoergen won 1.5-kilometer cross-country sprints at the Nordic world championships.

Fredriksson finished in 3 minutes, 12.1 seconds, capturing his first major title. Norway's Haavard Bjerkeli won the silver, 0.8 seconds behind, and compatriot Tor Arne Hetland took the bronze.

In the women's race, Bjoergen was timed in 3:28.8. Germany's Claudia Kuenzel earned the silver, finishing 1.1 seconds back. Norway's Hilde Pedersen was the bronze winner.

YACHTING

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ A group calling itself "September 11" sent terror threats to the U.S., Australian and British embassies in New Zealand, warning it has 55 pounds of cyanide to use against American interests if Iraq is attacked, police said.

A squad of anti-terror police is working to find the author of the threat contained in letters that mentioned the America's Cup yacht race in Auckland.

Cyanide crystals were found in one letter intercepted by postal workers at the Auckland mail center, but white powder also sent in all the letters was not anthrax, said counterterrorism police chief Assistant Commissioner Jon White.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) _ The America's Cup remained stalled for a ninth straight day, this time because of choppy seas on the unpredictable Hauraki Gulf.

Principal race officer Harold Bennett called off race 4 _ the sixth time it's been postponed _ after harbormaster James McPetrie suggested the gulf would be too rough for the spectator fleet.

A day after gale-force winds raked the gulf, the forecast was for wind of 20 to 25 knots and a swell of 4 to 6 feet.