tampabay.com

Chemist admits making steroids

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 5, 2006


SAN FRANCISCO - An Illinois chemist who pleaded guilty to making steroids for a California lab that supplied pro athletes was sentenced to three months in prison.

Patrick Arnold, 40, also received three months of home confinement and two years of supervised release from U.S. District Judge Susan Illston. Arnold pleaded guilty in April to distributing three types of steroids to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO.

U.S. prosecutors are looking into whether the steroids were used by such athletes as Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, the second-leading home-run hitter in history.

In a related development, lawyers for two San Francisco Chronicle reporters argued that the First Amendment protects them from revealing their source for the secret testimony in the government's steroids probe.

BASKETBALL

Americans, fresh from win, off to Asia

Hours after closing its second training stint in Las Vegas on Thursday night by overwhelming Puerto Rico 114-69 in its lone exhibition in the United States, Team USA departed Friday for a month in Asia, culminating with the world championships in Japan.

The training in the Far East begins with games against China and Brazil next week, the first time Team USA featuring NBA players has played in China.

LAWSUIT IN WORKS: The agent for Pistons center Dale Davis plans to file a lawsuit against Miami Beach police after the 15-year NBA veteran was shocked with a stun gun and charged with assault and disorderly conduct in an altercation Tuesday. "It was so ridiculous, it's unbelievable," agent Chubby Wells said. "We're going to take a stand."

MOVEMENTS: Dallas released 7-foot-5 Russian center Pavel Podkolzin, a former first-round pick who played six games in two seasons. . . . Phoenix signed Leandro Barbosa to a five-year, $33-million contract extension.

ET CETERA

NHL: Philadelphia acquired left wing Kyle Calder from Chicago for center Michal Handzus. . . . Phoenix re-signed Mike Comrie to a one-year, $3-million deal.

TENNIS: Third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt fell 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 to 11th-seeded Arnaud Clement at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington. . . . Second-seeded Maria Sharapova advanced to the semifinals in the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., routing defending champion Mary Pierce 6-2, 6-3. . . . Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Carlos Berlocq 6-0, 6-4 to the semifinals of the Prokom Open in Sopot, Poland. He faces seventh-seeded Filippo Volandri. . . . Andre Agassi withdrew from the next week's Rogers Cup. . . . Venus Williams withdrew from next week's JPMorgan Chase Open because of a left wrist injury.

TRACK & FIELD: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, 17, a promising British sprinter, has severed ties with Justin Gatlin's coach, Trevor Graham, after the American runner's positive doping test. Also, Gatlin rejected USA Track & Field's request to withdraw from June's national championships over his positive drug test, the Associated Press reported. . . . Hurdler Cordera Jenkins, 18, accepted a deferred three-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana.

X GAMES: Chris Cole backed up last year's bronze in Skateboard Street with a gold medal in Los Angeles.