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Jones ends season early, cites layoff

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 15, 2006


Marion Jones pulled out of this weekend's World Cup in Athletics in Athens and won't race again this season.

The five-time Olympic medalist said her conditioning wasn't good enough for her to compete at a high level after missing more than a month of competition following her positive test for the banned endurance enhancer EPO. The 30-year-old sprinter was cleared to run again when her second sample tested negative.

BASKETBALL

Wolves hire Hoiberg

Former Timberwolves player Fred Hoiberg and former Toronto general manager Rob Babcock were hired as assistant GMs for Minnesota. A heart ailment forced Hoiberg to retire in April after 10 years in the NBA.

WARRIORS: The team hired Stephen Silas as an assistant coach, adding the son of veteran coach Paul Silas to Don Nelson's new staff.

WIZARDS: Point guard Gilbert Arenas will not face charges for allegedly interfering as police arrested teammate Awvee Storey in Miami Beach during Memorial Day weekend, authorities said.

U.S. WOMEN: Tina Thompson scored 19 and Candace Parker added 17 and the United States (3-0) beat Russia (2-1) 90-80 at the World Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: German authorities secured samples of former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich's DNA when they raided his Swiss residence and plan to compare it with frozen blood seized at a Madrid clinic. ... Andrey Kashechkin won the 18th stage of the Spanish Vuelta while Alexandre Vinokourov kept the overall lead.

TENNIS: A judge ordered Venus and Serena Williams to turn over tax returns to prosecutors who claim the documents prove the players lied about their father's involvement in their careers. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Winikoff said portions of the returns are relevant to a breach of contract lawsuit the sisters and their father, Richard Williams, face for pulling out of a 2001 tournament. ... Lindsay Davenport and Patty Schnyder reached the quarterfinals of the Wismilak International in Bali, Indonesia. ... Guillermo Garcia-Lopez knocked out top seed Dmitry Tursunov 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) to move into the quarters of the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest. ... The U.S. Tennis Association will increase the numbers of women and minorities working as chair umpires at its tournaments.